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Curley: Baseball, Star Wars go glove in hand

Otto Klein never forgot what it was like when his dad took him to see “Star Wars” in 1977. It left a huge impression on him.

He now has his own children, and he’s taken them to see the latest editions of the space-based Western.

As a longtime leader in the Spokane Indians baseball team’s front office, the senior vice president has a pretty good idea when something is as American as apple pie. Or Father’s Day.

Sunday was “Luke, I Am Your Father’s Day” at Avista Stadium. It followed Saturday’s Star Wars Night at the park.

The place was crawling with bounty hunters and Jawas on both days. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than at the games.

It was perfect. And packed … as in less than 100 people from a sellout on Saturday. Sunday’s crowd was almost 1,000 more than expected.

Anyone who thinks science fiction and baseball don’t mix hasn’t been paying attention. Box scores, Boba Fett, bats and blasters were practically made for each other. Full story. Rob Curley/SR

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