There is nothing quite like attending the ballpark to cheer on your favorite baseball team during a match. However, as the coronavirus pandemic looks set to continue for an indeterminate length of time, it may not be possible for you to watch your team in-person at every match. Many MLB teams are restricting the number of fans allowed into stadiums, with some teams even requiring attendees to provide proof of vaccination and negative COVID tests. Furthermore, you may not want to run the risk of infection and be happy to watch the 2021 season from the comfort of your own home. Read on for a baseball fan’s guide to enjoying game day at home.
Consider pre- and post-game entertainment
If you are inviting family and friends round to your house to watch the game, you could turn it into a proper get-together. As such, consider organizing some pre- and post-game entertainment to whet people’s appetites for the game ahead. For instance, you could hold a competition for the best impersonation of MLB announcers, the winner perhaps winning a small prize like a bottle of wine.
Stock up on drinks
Ensure that your refrigerator is well-stocked with chilled drinks – no one wants the horror of discovering that they have ran out of drinks just as the game starts. If you are hosting a group of friends during the game, consider what they like to drink. Beer is a classic matchday drink, and you may want to toast an impressive win with a post-game whiskey. Ensure that you have a good choice of non-alcoholic options, too, such as orange juice or iced tea. Some guests may be driving or – as game day is likely to be a long day – prefer to pace themselves to avoid an unpleasant hangover the following day.
You and your guests might get a bit hungry during the game, but be reluctant to leave the TV screen in case you miss any action. Prepare some snacks ahead of the game for people to graze on, such as chips and dips, or a simple bowl of peanuts. If your guests are staying after the match, it might be wise to pre-prepare a more substantial post-match dish. A bowl of chili with tortilla chips is easy to make and guests can serve themselves, or you could recreate the feel of your favorite sports bar with plates of spicy chicken wings and sliders.
Get your baseball jersey ready
Wearing an official replica jersey for your favorite baseball team is a great way of showing your support and connecting with other fans on matchday. However, when emotions are high with food and drink around, it’s all too easy for your jersey to become stained, and no one wants to turn up to a game with a dirty jersey. Make sure that your baseball jersey has been freshly washed and ironed so that you can watch the game with the reassurance that you smell and look fresh.