Dating back decades, there's a stigma that anyone who's a fan of nerd culture is bad at sports, but on July 7, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson hopes to prove that
Star Wars night at @Dodgers Stadium is 7/7 & I’m throwing out the first pitch. Legit more nervous about this than the premiere of the movie.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) July 3, 2017
Taking to Twitter, the director shared the news with his fans about the honor bestowed upon him. The pressure of a full stadium watching his physical feat is clearly overpowering, as he claimed he was "legit more nervous about this than the premiere of the movie."
The director continued to share his thoughts about the occasion, in which he jokingly said it might be the last time he is "ever seen in public."
Come on down & say hi, because if this goes badly it may be the last time I am ever seen in public. Tickets: https://t.co/VyDIYn1wZY— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) July 3, 2017
In response to the announcement, many of Johnson's Twitter followers shared GIFs of some of their favorite opening pitches, with a wide variety of Star Wars related images.
Not so sure about that pic.twitter.com/y1hS1a9pfI— Mike Sampson (@mjsamps) July 3, 2017
He’ll be fine. Very few people know this, but Rian already threw out the first pitch at a game. Watch: pic.twitter.com/o6Px88cVkb— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) July 3, 2017
Even director Chris Miller, who recently parted way with the Han Solo spin-off film, recalled his experiences of throwing out the opening pitch.
I threw out 1st pitch at Mariners Lego Movie day-- missed wide left. Announcer said "I guess not *everything* is awesome"— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) July 3, 2017
I am practicing my laughing-it-off embarrassed head shake as much as my pitch.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) July 3, 2017
The ritual has a long history
The Last Jedi will hit theaters December 15.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second film in the new Star Wars sequel trilogy that began with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. The film will deal with Luke training Rey to become a, and possibly the last, Jedi. Meanwhile, the Resistance, including Poe Dameron and First Order defector Finn, continues to fight against the First Order, led by General Hux, while Supreme Leader Snoke and his Dark Side follower Kylo Ren continue their mysterious plot.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita