Star Wars Night with the Schaumburg Boomers

by Darth Danno
on 2018-08-15, 06:41:57

Last Fri night, a friend and I went to the above. For any who don't know, The Schaumburg Boomers are a baseball team that are part of the Frontier League, so they're not a Major League team, but are still considered a professional team. It’s nice not having to go all the way into the city to catch a game, plus one can get good seats 10-12 rows around home plate for $12.00 apiece. Now the team used to be called the Schaumburg Flyers, and I'm not exactly sure what a Boomer is, but their mascot looks a lot like a chicken, plus his name is Coop.

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I'm not a huge fan of baseball, but willing to show my support for any team that has a Star Wars night. The weather was absolutely perfect for baseball, and their festivities included special SW-themed foods, an exclusive t-shirt for sale, a Star Wars themed fireworks show after the game, members of the 501st in attendance, and the baseball players had specially designed uniforms that were to be raffled off after the game with the proceeds going to a local charity.

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Mid-way through the game, I opted to get up and get something to eat. Unfortunately with this being a smaller ballpark, there were a lot less concession stands, and a lot more lines of people waiting to get things to eat/drink. Of course, it seemed like everyone in front of me was ordering 50 of everything, so it took at least 30 minutes for me to get up to order. By that time, they were out of pizza, and there was a 10 minute wait for hot dogs. Fortunately I just wanted a brat and a soda, and I was able to get all that for only $10.00. It wasn't until later that I realized they actually did have special SW-themed foods, but they were only available at one tent at one end of the park.

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After eating, I decided to walk around some more and see what I could find out about the jerseys being auctioned off for charity, as very little had been posted or said about it. When I finally found the table in question, I was told the auction had ended a half hour ago, and they only had one jersey left. Not wanting to let that slip away, I bought it. I was given a ticket, and told to head to section D after the fireworks were over, then we'd all be led onto the field to retrieve our jerseys from the players.

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The fireworks, done to Star Wars music and dialogue, were nice but brief. Then I headed off to section D and waited my turn to go out and procure my prize. I had won #6, which was worn by Schulewitz, one of their pitchers. I thought they should have allowed us to get our jerseys pre-fireworks, because when we got down there, we had to wait on the team as they were currently in the showers. We showed our tickets, which indicated which numbered jersey we had won, and they would call us out when the appropriate player/jersey made their appearance. Some players actually came out, signed the jersey, then gave it to the winner. Others had to leave for whatever reason, signed the jersey, then gave it to a Boomers staff member to distribute. Apparently Schulewitz was one of the latter, but never even signed the uniform. Considering this was my first Boomers game, I had no clue who he was, and had to look in the free programs they distributed earlier to determine who he was and what position he played, I didn’t consider it a major loss. Just took my prize and proceeded off toward the parking lot. A very enjoyable evening overall!





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