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The top 5 mascots in the MLB

As promised, here they are – with videos!

5. Wally the Green Monster (Red Sox)

Wally is very solid mascot. The name is absolutely brilliant: WALLy the GREEN MONSTER. Great job. Beyond that he is just like any other mascot in that he kind of looks like a Sesame Street character. 

Also I will point out, you get bonus points for being in an ESPN commercial.


4. The Pirate Parrot (Pirates)

Granted he looks a little eerie, but the whole idea of the Pirates mascot being parrot is great. Kudos to whoever came up with that.

Also, the Parrot tends to be one of the games most entertaining mascots. Think about it, he makes sense, he isn’t too creepy, and he’s fun.


3. Sluggerrr (Royals)

This is truly well done. It makes sense, it’s entertaining, and has a great name. This is one of the cleanest looking mascots as well.

And if you’ve ever been to a Royals game, they use him well.


2. Orbit (Astros)

This, behind the Phanatic, is the most entertaining of the mascots. Not only that, it fits the team really well. Orbit is the perfect name for an alien. He isn’t at all creepy, he is SUPER fuzzy, and he loves moonpies.

You can’t ever beat the Phanatic, but you can come close.



*Fair Warning: this may suck you into an hour of watching Orbit highlights.

1. Phillie Phanatic (Phillies)

The Phillie Phanatic is THE mascot. No one does anything better.

Name? Classic.

Entertaining? The best.

Looks good? Awesome and fuzzy as all get out.

Makes sense? He symbolizes the Phillies more than their logo.

The best in the biz. Also, Tommy Lasorda beating up the Phanatic is maybe the greatest thing ever.



Tips for a Dodgers Game!

Looking out over the palm trees and hills beyond is pretty spectacular and the crowd is really good. But it’s an old stadium and it shows. View of the game isn’t great, seats are uncomfortable, and the food is kinda boring.

How to get there

It’s LA, suck it up. Go early and traffic won’t be quite so bad. Hey, and a heads up — there have been a couple of really nasty fights in the parking lot over the past few years. You’ll be fine, but just don’t talk trash to anyone.

Where to sit

Sitting on the lower decks makes it hard to see the action on the field. We’d recommend upper deck behind home plate. They’re at a dizzying angle, but the view of the game and the city beyond is pretty fantastic.

Batting practice

Crappy. You’re restricted to a small area and there are a lot of people, including adults, trying to get balls.

What to eat

The famous “Dodger Dog” is really just a hot dog that’s about an inch longer than normal. But nothing else really stands out, so you might as well get it.


(Photo credit to my cousin, Sam, and his fiancé, Kelsey.)

Royals game? That’s our specialty!

This ballpark has a large expansive design with a big view of the Midwestern sky. The stadium from the inside is beautiful but the ramp system makes it a pain to get around. The atmosphere is terrific and the fans are outstanding. Plus it has the best scoreboard in the game.

As always, the best tip of all: Download our free ballpark guide.

How to get there

The park is way out of the city, and you HAVE to drive to get there. Parking is excellent, but be prepared to walk a lot at this park to get anywhere.

Where to sit

Avoid the outfield. You can’t hear the speaker system and you usually can’t see centerfield. Nosebleed seats behind home plate are terrific. Cheap seats on the third base side also give you a great experience.

Batting practice

Big violation – the Royals actually require you to PAY for batting practice. Greedy. So get ready to pay an extra $12. But as batting practice goes, Kaufman is pretty good.

What to eat

Standard ballpark food. Save your appetite and get some BBQ in KC.

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Rockies game? Read this.

This stadium is right in the center of the city, tucked right in between highways and downtown. But at the same time, you’ve got a view of the Rocky Mountains in the distance. Catch a night game and you get to watch the sun set during the game.

Tip #1: Download our free guide.

How to get there

The downside to being in the middle of the city is that parking is in small, expensive lots. And they defy logic by not getting any cheaper as you get farther away. A Lyft is probably your best bet – or stay at a hotel downtown and walk. (Denver is totally worth a weekend visit.)

Where to sit

Definitely sit on the first base side so you get the best mountain view. Consider the 300 level, Row 20. Unlike the green seats throughout the rest of the stadium, this row is purple because it is exactly 1 mile above sea level.

Batting practice

This is generally good. Lots of bleacher space and lots of balls traveling far in the thin air. Only downside is that there is a special row in front of the bleachers that only certain people are allowed in. These people have a habit of reaching up and snagging balls headed your way.

What to eat

They are trying way too hard at Coors Field. Lots of fancy, novelty foods that cost a lot but aren’t very good. Stick to the basics.

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Tips for Cleveland Indians Game!

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Progressive Field is a terrific, no-frills ballpark. If you’re headed there — here’s what you need to know.

How to get there

Of all the stadiums, this has the most abundant street parking. It requires some walking, but it’s worth it.

Where to sit

The bleachers are terrific. They’re high up and give a good view of the game, and the crowd is into it. Plus there are lots of fun crowd giveaways over the course of the game.

Batting practice

Lots of space and pretty accessible. Also a good stadium to try and get autographs because the stands have lots of field access.

What to eat

Dollar Dog Night is the way to go if it’s available. This is a perfect stadium for the classic beer, peanuts and hot dog meal.

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Cincinnati Reds Ballgame Tips

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The location on the Ohio River is gorgeous and the park is beautiful. Some of the friendliest fans in the game. The Great American Ballpark is one of the most underrated stadiums in the league.

How to get there

Right across the river, in Covington or Newport, KY is the best place to park. You can get cheap or free street parking. From there you can either walk across the bridge to get to the park, or get the Southbank Shuttle ($1) right to the front gates. This is absolutely the best way to get to the game.

Where to sit

Don’t sit in the outfield – you’ll miss the river view and the fireworks shooting out of the giant riverboat. Any seats in the infield (first or third-base) will set you up for a terrific experience.

Batting practice

This is an accessible stadium and they let you in for all of batting practice. A good place to get a ball and a good place to get an autograph.

What to eat

BEST ballpark food in all of baseball: Skyline Chili Cheese Dog!


Orioles Game? We’ve got you covered

Headed to Camden Yards? It’s amazing. Check out our tips to make sure you have a great experience.

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How to get there

There are a dozen multi-tiered highways that come into downtown Baltimore and it’s easy to go the wrong way. Leave time to get lost and for traffic. Lots of parking garages and the further away you get from the stadium, the cheaper they get.

Where to sit

You either want really good seats or left field bleachers. Anything else is uncomfortable and doesn’t always have clear sight lines. Left field bleachers let you see the warehouse and the game (and maybe get a ball).

Batting practice

Not the best stadium for batting practice. The only place you could get a ball during BP is left field and a small area in center field. So not a lot of opportunity, and those areas are crowded.

What to eat

Great food inside the park, but Boog’s BBQ is a must. Terrific sandwiches that get served fast – plus Boog Powell is usually there signing autographs while you wait in line. But that’s not all…after a day game, there are terrific seafood restaurants at the harbor and around the city where you could get dinner.


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Tips for a Braves Game

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Headed to Sun Trust Park? You won’t regret it. The Braves have an exciting young team and the newest stadium in the league.

How to get there

Getting anywhere in Atlanta is pure torture. Sun Trust Park is no exception. We would suggest taking an Uber or Lyft, so you can enter the stadium in a positive mood.

Where to sit

There are no bad seats and even the cheap seats high up are still pretty great. So not worth it to splurge for something too expensive.

Batting practice

First off, leave lots of time to get there for gates opening. Parking and just walking through the restaurants and bars all around the stadium take forever. So it’s easy to be late. On top of that, gates open on the late side compared to other parks.

What to eat

Food is decent, but nothing stands out – and there are lots of options. Plus it’s well designed, so you can get food and not miss much.

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6 strategies for a great ballpark trip

Heading to the ballpark? Great idea! Here are 6 tips that we’ve found make things easy and more fun.

1) Make ticket buying easy

Two apps are really good for monitoring ticket prices and buying tickets:

T!ckets – made by the terrific, it breaks down tickets by front row (good for kids), covered seats, family-friendly and more.

SeatGeek – This is the easiest app to navigate and makes it a snap to track and compare prices. Best by far for buying and selling.

2) Plan ahead for parking

It’s all about exit strategy. Look at GoogleMaps before the game and plan to park somewhere that lets you right onto the highway home.

3) Don’t get frozen out

It might seem nice out, but as the sun goes down and you’re just sitting there for 3+ hours, it gets cold. Bring more layers than you think you need.

4) Bring a glove and a pen

Your kid is gonna want to try and get a ball and an autograph – be ready.

5) Bring a bag

You may like the idea of traveling light, but you’d be shocked how much stuff you pick up at a ballgame. Bring a bag and make life easy on yourself.

6) Join the kids club

Most teams have some form of “kids club” that you should sign up for. Sometimes they even require a credit card to sign up, but it’s usually still free. It can get you free tickets, free food, passes to get kids on the field and more. Look into it before you go – totally worth it.

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Best Promotions: Week 2 (4/1-4/7)

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Top 5 promotions of the week

(plus bobbleheads, dollar dogs and kids run the bases)

1. Foam “Chop On” Tomahawk

Braves — Monday, April 1. Also includes 80s MTV concert and magnetic schedule.


2. Dodgers Hoodie

Wednesday, April 3. Plus they play the Giants, so it should be a fun game.


3. Pirates T-Shirt

Friday, April 5 is Free shirt Friday! (also dollar dog night!)


4. Phillies Socks

Saturday, April 6 at 2:05.  Giving away “Johnson Control Phillies Socks” — plus it’s Bryce Harper’s first weekend with the Phillies against a lousy Twins pitching staff.


5. Phillies Knit Hat

Sunday, April 7 at 1:05.  Giving away “Nemours Knit Hat” to kids 14 and under.


Bobblehead giveaways

  • Mike Trout Silver Slugger Bobblehead (Angels, Friday April 5th)
  • Evan Longoria Bobblehead (SF Giants, Saturday April 6th)
  • Todd Frazier Bobblehead (NY Mets, Saturday April 6th)
  • Cardinals Hall of Fame Mystery Player Bobblehead (St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday April 6th)
  • Jacob deGrom Cy Sound Bobblehead (NY Mets, Sunday April 7th)

Dollar Dogs

(Save yourself some serious cash.)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers – Monday, April 1st (Opening Day)
  • Toronto Blue Jays – Tuesday, April 2nd
  • Texas Rangers – Wednesday, April 3rd
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Friday, April 5th

Kids Run the Bases

(A sure-fire way to give your kid an unforgettable experience.)

  • Chicago White Sox – Sunday, April 7th
  • Milwaukee Brewers – Sunday, April 7th


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