PHILADELPHIA -- Upon entering Citizens Bank Park for Friday night's series opener between the Phillies and Cardinals, fans were handed Stand Up to Cancer placards, setting the stage for a special moment.
Fans were asked to stand up at the end of the third inning to honor a person in their life who has been affected by cancer.
Stand Up to Cancer Night coincided with the Phillies' inaugural Star Wars night. Characters from the beloved movie saga roamed the concourse during the game and Darth Vader threw out the ceremonial first pitch. A portion of the theme night ticket benefited Stand Up to Cancer efforts.
Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.