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Eric Hosmer has never seen a ‘Star Wars’ movie, but he’s an X-wing pilot bobblehead

The Force is clearly not with Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Nothing against Hosmer, he just has no idea what it is. In fact, he knows nothing about “Star Wars,” The Force, Luke, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Rey, Chewie, Han Solo (or that he shot first), lightsabers, droids, Obi Wan Kenobi or, gasp, the Millennium Falcon.

“Nah, never seen one,” Hosmer said. “Might have to check one out now.”

For “Star Wars” fans that may seem impossible to fathom, but hey, at least he’s never had to sit through Episodes I, II or III, right?

I asked Hosmer about the movies because Sunday is “Star Wars” Day at Kauffman Stadium, and the team is giving away a Hosmer X-wing pilot bobblehead to people who purchased the sold-out theme ticket.*

*If you have a “Star Wars” Day theme ticket, you can get the bobblehead only at Gate A

“I like it. It’s really cool,” Hosmer said. “Usually, I haven’t watched those type of movies, but when I did see the bobblehead, I was a big fan of it. It might drive me to watch a ‘Star Wars’ movie because of the bobblehead.”

Hosmer is 26 years old, so it makes sense that he would not be a fan. He was born after the original “Star Wars” trilogy captured the nation’s attention and was 10 when Episode I was released.

Regardless of that, “Star Wars” remains a big deal. Last year’s “Star Wars” Day at Kauffman Stadium was hit, and fans received a “Jedi Gordon” bobblehead. It was left fielder Alex Gordon with a lightsaber bat.

As for Sunday’s game, all fans can wear “Star Wars” costumes to the game, but be aware that the Royals have the disclaimer: “Guests wearing masks may be asked to remove them when coming through a gate, and guests wearing costumes may be subject to reasonable searches and inspections prior to being allowed entry into the ballpark. Please leave all replica weapons at home and keep makeup and costumes family-friendly.”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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