Forces Combine At Citi Field
Two different forces united at Citi Field on September 13 when the Mets hosted Star Wars Night and the Stitch and Pitch events featuring more than 300 knitting fans.
Mr. Met dressed up as Darth Vader as part of the Star Wars theme that coincided with the September 18 Blu-Ray release of the complete Star Wars saga.
Fans who purchased tickets at www.mets.com/starwars got a tee-shirt adorned with the image of Luke Skywalker or Princess Lea and the slogan, Use The Force For Good.
Partial proceeds from the ticket sales went to the nonprofit charity Stand Up To Cancer.
Mets hurler R.A. Dickey, who counts Darth Vader among his favorite characters, got into the act during Tuesday night’s festivities.
Dickey filmed scenes with a volunteer Star Wars reenactment group, the Empire City Garrison of the 501st Legion that ran on the scoreboard during the game.
The Stitch and Pitch event was hosted by the National NeedleArts Association at ballparks nationwide, drawing hundreds of needlepoint, crochet and knitting fans, a Mets spokesperson said.
A similar event last year at Citi Field drew 800 knitters to the home of the Mets, setting a Guinness World Record for the most people crocheting simultaneously.
The September 13 event marked the fifth annual gathering of the group at a Mets game, where participants knitted scarves and hats for charity and covered railings, seats and columns in six sections of the ballpark in yarn.