The Force is with them: MLB personalities as ‘Star Wars’ characters
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Chewbacca: Jayson Werth
Perhaps one of the most visibly noticeable characters of the 'Star Wars' universe, Chewbacca, standing at 8-feet tall and covered in hair, is known for his loyalty along with his physical ‘Wookiee’ strength. The Nationals outfielder Werth might not have the exact mental characteristics of Chewy, but that hair and beard of Werth’s certainly is very Wookiee-like. Let’s just let the Wookiee win.
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Han Solo: Bryce Harper
Solo is described by 'Star Wars' creator George Lucas as 'a loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good.' He's stubborn and sometimes difficult -- just like Harper. The Nationals outfielder risks his body for the good of the game, and is seen by many as a cult hero. Both Harper and Solo have fiery personalities and love a good fight.
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Jabba The Hutt: Bartolo Colon
Jabba The Hutt is the most powerful crime boss on Tattooine. He has an insatiable appetite and a wicked sense of humor. While he plays the role of a villian, Jabba The Hutt is one of the most popular characters in the 'Star Wars' films. Colon is a pleasanty plump pitcher who is always entertaining. He has yet to eat one of his subordinates, like Jabba, although he's probably come pretty close.
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Boba Fett: David Price
The galactic bounty hunter is something of a fan favorite among 'Star Wars' aficionados -- and so is Price (or maybe primarily his dog, social-media star Astro). But the parallel to Fett goes a step deeper: Fett is hired by Jabba the Hutt to capture Han Solo to repay an old debt, but he's also pretty much for-hire by anyone needing a task done or an enemy captured. Similarly, before signing his big free-agent contract with the Red Sox, Price was something of a midseason trade commodity, changing teams three times since July 31, 2014. A high-profile 'hired gun' type, Price has been the go-to stretch-drive acquisition for contending clubs for each of the past two years . . . just as Fett's skills were always used to accomplish a specific goal in the old movies.
R2-D2: Jose Altuve
R2-D2 might be small, but don't underestimate this little guy. He's resourceful, clever and quick to help out. The same can be said for Altuve. Sure, he's the shortest player in MLB at 5-foot-6, but he's one of the most important players on his team, the Houston Astros. He might be height-challenged, but just like R2, he makes a big impact.
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Anakin Skywalker: Johnny Damon
The lovable (or obnoxious, depending on your P.O.V.) 'idiots' of the 2004 Red Sox were led by outfielder Johnny Damon, whose expansive beard and flowing locks of hair made him a hero among Sox fans. And then, after contributing to Boston's first World Series in nearly a century, Damon turned the tables and signed with the hated Yankees (or the 'Evil Empire', if you will) in January 2006. He cut his hair, shaved his beard and became a persona non grata in Boston . . . similar to how Anakin joined the Dark Side and turned his back on his Jedi training.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Terry Francona
Obi-Wan Kenobi is a Jedi Master, who is a mentor and teacher to young Jedis like Anakin and Luke Skywalker. In the 'Star Wars' movies, Kenobi uses 'The Force' to help bring down the 'Dark Side,' like the way Francona helped rid the Boston Red Sox of 'The Curse' in 2004. Francona is known as one of the most knowledgable managers in baseball and instills his wisdom on young players.
Luke Skywalker: Mike Trout
Often thought of as the Chosen One of MLB, Trout draws similarities to Luke Skywalker. Skywalker brought balance to the force in the original 'Star Wars' trilogy, with Trout bringing a level of excitement that had been missing in recent years from baseball with his offensive, as well as defensive capabilities. Really, would it shock anyone if Trout turned out to be an actual Jedi at this point?
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Darth Vader: Albert Pujols
Darth Vader was a ruthless, powerful character of the 'Star Wars' universe. He was ‘more machine than man’ as Obi-Wan Kenobi described the intimidating figure to Luke Skywalker. Pujols certainly couldn’t be described as a ‘Dark Side’ of the force kind of guy, but ‘the Machine,’ as he’s been called, certainly is ruthless when it comes to facing opposing pitchers during his 15-year career.
Yoda: Joe Torre
Torre is undoubtedly the Yoda of MLB. A former player, manager and TV color commentator, he now serves as MLB's Chief Baseball Officer. Yoda is wise and powerful and spent eight centuries training Jedi. He served on the Jedi Council in the last centuries of the Galactic Republic and as Grand Master oversaw the Jedi Order. Torre guided the Yankees to four World Series titles and is the only major leaguer to achieve both 2,000 hits and 2,000 wins as a manager. The comparison is fitting.