At Nats Park, can­di­dates for Wookie of the Year

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY DAN STEINBERG dan.steinberg@wash­post.com

Sun­day fig­ures to be one of the more mem­o­rable days in Na­tion­als Park’s brief history. There will be am­atchup of two Na­tional League fa­vorites, first­place teams (and pos­si­ble play­off op­po­nents) in the Na­tion­als and Dodgers. There will be a show­down be­tween world-class, all-star pitch­ers in Zack Greinke and Max Scherzer. There will be a sell­out or near-sell­out crowd.

And there also will be thou­sands of adults and chil­dren in Star Wars cos­tumes, cel­e­brat­ing the team’s first Star Wars Day.

What should you ex­pect from the Star Wars por­tion of the af­ter­noon? A brief sum­mary:

• Lots of cos­tumes. There will be more than 60 paid per­form­ers in Star Wars get-ups. They will rove the con­course, in­ter­act with fans, per­form on the field and staff a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­ity sta­tions. Some sta­tions will in­volve in­ter­ac­tive games, while oth­ers will al­low for pho­to­graphs. There also will be a lightsaber bat­tle on the field and var­i­ous demon­stra­tions.

• Fans are en­cour­aged to dress in cos­tume, but adults will not be al­lowed to wear masks while walk­ing around the sta­dium. They will, how­ever, be al­lowed to wear masks in their seats. Chil­dren un­der the age of 10 can wear masks when ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. Also, any props re­sem­bling weapons — in­clud­ing toy guns and lightsabers — will not be al­lowed into the park, although the pro­fes­sion­als will have such props.

• The Rac­ing Pres­i­dents will have spe­cial Star Wars-themed cos­tumes as well. Ex­pect Thomas Jef­fer­son to pay trib­ute to Princess Leia. I can’t even imag­ine what the Sage of Mon­ti­cello would have thought if he were told that 190 years af­ter his death, a large like­ness of him would run around the warn­ing track of a base­ball sta­dium while dressed as an in­ter­ga­lac­tic princess. The mu­sic and in-game en­ter­tain­ment will also be Star Wars themed.

• There also will be lots of Star Wars-themed con­ces­sions. Some will be reg­u­lar items with a new name, and some will be new or al­tered items. Among the of­fer­ings: Luke Fry walker Cheese Fries, Planet Hoth Shaved Ice, Boba Fett Hot Dogs (fea­tur­ing red yel­low and green pep­pers), Cloud City Cot­ton Candy, R2-D2 frozen drinks and Jawa Juice cock­tails.

• You might want to be par­tic­u­larly pa­tient at the me­tal de­tec­tors. In ad­di­tion to the mas­sive crowd, and the give­away item (25,000 R2-D2 koozies), you might also ex­pect it will take a bit more time to screen sev­eral thou­sand folks dressed like droids or what­ever.

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