The Empire strikes out at the Lugnuts game

In a galaxy far, far away, the Lansing Lugnuts held one of their fan-favorite themed nights, Star Wars Night on June 16 where they hosted the Bowling Green Hot Rods and lost, 7-1. While the Lugnuts lost, the force was with the audience as there were different Star Wars themed events and prizes. In-between field changes and timeouts, select fans were able to play fun mini-games like “Burger Dash”  and “Categories” to entertain the waiting audience. “Baseball games are always a blast to go to because they really make the effort to get the fans involved,” Taylor Konwinski said. “It’s why I always end up coming to more and more games.”

The biggest fan interaction came from the opportunity to take pictures with Darth Vader, stormtroopers and Jedi manhunter, Nico the Fett.

Mike Steele, a Michigan State University assistant coach for the 2006 and 2007 seasons, was a three-time minor league all-star. He said he had a hard time recovering after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Tommy John surgery is risk for baseball players, but ‘part of the game,’ pitching coach says

Mike Steele was a three-time minor league all-star before Tommy John surgery put his pitching career on hold. A growing number of pitchers face the surgery — which repairs ligament damage in the elbow — as a result of overuse and poor technique, according to Major League Baseball’s Pitch Smart program. The program aims to reduce pitcher injuries, particularly among youth players. “A lot of my past teammates and former players had the Tommy John surgery,” said Steele, a Michigan State University assistant coach for the 2006 and 2007 seasons, who had the surgery in February 2002 while playing for the Detroit Tigers. “Especially nowadays when you get a lot of kids who haven’t trained a lot.