Force was strong with Rays in rout of Red Sox

The Force was present, and it was strong.

Chewbacca throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Rays-Red Sox game Saturday night.

Chris O'Meara / AP

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Force was present, and it was strong.

Saturday was Star Wars Night at Tropicana Field during a game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox, and the predictable crew was present: Chewbacca, Stormtroopers, even Darth Vader made his presence felt during a race between oversized soft drink bottles.

All that was fine and fun. Still, these grounds-crew members stole the show.

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