Not to get all Dark Side on the minor-league Toledo Mud Hens and their upcoming "Star Wars" weekend, but these Chewbacca jerseys are not very strong with the Force. Get better rags, they must.
The Hens will no doubt will put on an entertaining party Saturday and Sunday. They've got lots of cool-sounding space plans, not the least of which would be having Hens players decked out like Chewbacca the Wookiee, the hairy best pal of scoundrel/smuggler/freedom fighter Han Solo, and first mate of the Millennium Falcon.
It sounds cool, the concept of Chewie jerseys, until you look at them. What the heck?! The "Mud Hens" part is nice, with the feather, but Chewie's bandolier looks cheap and I don't know what's up with the camo pattern. It's got to be Chewie's hair, but that's only because we know it's got to be Chewie's hair. It looks like tall grass. Or maybe it is tall grass, like that on Chewie's home planet. Tall grass and a bandolier could reference Nicaragua in 1983, for all we know. Are these jerseys Contras or Sandinistas?
The jerseys are to be auctioned. But why would anyone want one? It's like being given the choice of seeing a prequel. Most would decline.
Now THESE are good Chewbacca jerseys.
On the hockey jersey, you can even see traces of the bad Chewie Grass on the sleeves (thank goodness it didn't spread), but all we'd need to do is make these babies sleeveless and — voila! Play ball!