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Best Promotions: Opening weekend (3/28-3/31)

Baseball season starts Thursday — and there are some terrific promotions going on!

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Top 5 promotions of the week

(plus bobbleheads and kids run the bases)

1. Twins Puffy Vest

Thursday, March 28. (You may need it.)


2. Blue Jays Hoodie

Saturday, March 30. (First 15,000 fans)


3. Kids Opening Day Shirt

Seattle Mariners, Sunday, March 31. Also includes a pre-game parade on the field.


4. Brewers Flannel

Saturday, March 30.  Requires that you buy the special “Cabin Fever” ticket package.


5. Padres Cap

Thursday, March 28th.  Note: opening day game may be sold out — but tickets available through SeatGeek, etc.


Bobblehead giveaways

  • Walker Buehler Bobblehead (Dodgers, Saturday, March 30th)
  • 50th Anniversary Swingin’ Friar Bobblehead (Padres, Saturday, March 30th)
  • Blake Snell Cy Zilla Bobblehead (Rays, Saturday, March 30th) [Note: this is the coolest thing ever.]
  • Jesus Aguilar Bobblehead (Brewers, Sunday, March 31st)



Kids Run the Bases (Sunday, March 31)

A sure fire way to give your kids an unforgettable experience!

  • Kansas City Royals
  • Minnesota Twins
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • San Diego Padres


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4 Ballpark Meals to Put on Your Bucket List

There’s something about sitting in the stands watching a game that makes baseball park food special. Here are four food recommendations that help make your ballpark experience complete.

4) Cheesesteak and Crab Fries

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies

Get a cheesesteak from Tony Luke’s (a real Philly Cheesesteak) and get crab fries from Chickie and Pete’s. It’s a lot of walking, but once you’re set up in those stands, you’re ready to go. (Note: bring a drink and maybe some blood thinners for the potential heart attack to follow.)


3) Garlic Fries and Ghirardelli sundae for desert

AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants

This is a two-parter. Gilroy’s Garlic fries will light your mouth on fire. Then a few innings later, go get a sundae to cool things off.


2) Shake Shack Burger and Shake

Citi Field, New York Mets

The Mets offer some of the best food options in the MLB. Our advice: go to the Shake Shack, get a burger and a vanilla shake to wash it down. Perfection.


1) Skyline Chili Cheese Dog

Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati Reds

With a 6-inch cloud of finely-shredded cheese piled on top, you wonder how you can fit in all in your mouth, but then it mushes together into cheese-chili-hotdog-onions-mustard-heaven-gone.


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Baseball Logos: Rankings 1-10

[Public service announcement before I get into Jack’s final logo list. We have hit 100 downloads of our guide! If you haven’t downloaded it, check it out here. And if you know someone going to a game, be sure to send them to our website.]


10. Arizona Diamondbacks

This one is controversial. Some say it sucks. Others say it’s great. I say it is good. The “A”, admittedly blocky, and overall the logo might look better on football helmet, but I’m a sucker for hidden thing in logos. And the fact that the “A” doubles as a snake is so awesome. A+ for creativity.


9. Chicago Cubs

This logo is also super iconic. And even though it might be for how bad the Cubs traditionally are rather than how good, it still counts. The Cubs “C” might feel boring, but when you sit back and look at is, it really is awesome.


8. Miami Marlins 

The Marlins logo is the MLB’s newest, and it might be too early to tell, but I think they did pretty well. The “M” font is cool, and the black Marlin is the best we’ve seen yet. Overall, pretty good job.


7. Toronto Blue Jays

This is usually higher on other people’s lists. I never found the jay as intriguing as others have, but I still think it’s really cool. It is much better than the old one and the Maple Leaf is a great nod to Canada.


6. Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers logo is the most iconic of any. The logo itself is solid but it doesn’t just represent the Dodgers. The fact that they’ve successfully made the “L-A” the symbol of that city is very impressive.


5. Chicago White Sox

Personally I love this logo. The font is awesome and it is the only logo to really have a word on it it rather than just a letter or a symbol. The “S-O-X” is a perfect blend of creativity and simplicity. Hats off.


4. Milwaukee Brewers

To be clear, I am talking about the glove, not the “M”. Although the “M” might be their true logo, I couldn’t leave out glove. Not only does it hide an “M-B” in it, it’s creativity might be tops in the league. The only thing about this logo that is stupid is that it isn’t the Brewers primary logo.


3. Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles past couple years have been lousy. The one thing they’ve done right is the switch back to the oriole bird. The bird is kid friendly, super creative, and well representative of that franchise. Congrats O’s, this is the highest up on a list you’ll be in a long time.


2. Detroit Tigers

This is the best font in the game. The “D” is so cool and it’s fun to draw. It has also been the Tigers logo forever making it super iconic. Overall great logo.


1. St. Louis Cardinals  

This is the best of the best. It isn’t super creative because it doesn’t need to be. Its legacy and perfect simplicity are awesome. A true work of art.


Thanks for reading along! And if you plan to go to a baseball game (which you should), our free guide is right here.

Baseball Logos: Rankings 11-20

Part 2 of Jack’s baseball logo ranking. See Part 1 here.

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20. Atlanta Braves

The Braves logo is pretty weak. It isn’t as boring as Cinci, because it uses a cool font, but it’s still boring.


19. Washington Nationals

The Nats “W” is actually pretty slick. The font is is cool, and it doesn’t try to do too much. In fact this should be top-half logo. But, it’s also the Walgreens logo. Ouch.


18. Oakland Athletics

The A’s logo is very similar to the Braves. It’s kind of boring with a semi-cool font, and represents some history. The one thing that puts it ahead of Atlanta is the “s” at the end. That’s a nice touch.


17. Philadelphia Phillies

In their defense, this logo is pretty slick. The font is cool and is always associated with the Phils. But still, it would’ve been cool to see them dawn a logo more significant to their city (like their spring training caps).


16. Cleveland Indians

It’s pretty much official by now, the Indians are done with Wahoo Sam. And although that is clearly the right choice, their new logo is decidedly less interesting. The new “C” font is cool, but still nothing special.   


15. Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates logo represents their name very well and the font is pretty cool. The yellow is iconic and fun to have on a cap. It’s truly a solid logo and just good enough to crack the top fifteen


14. San Francisco Giants

The Giants logo is basically the Pirates except with different letters. The orange is cool and the font, as we’ve already established, is pretty nice. Once again, nothing too special, but a very solid logo.


13. Los Angeles Angels

This logo is carried by the halo. Without the halo this is for sure out of the top twenty. The “A” is blocky and the back is weird, but the halo. Perfect. In fact, it really shows what can happen if you use one piece of iconic head gear (cough, cough Royals).


12. Boston Red Sox

This logo completely rides legacy. It’s nothing special, and the font is a little off, but no one cares. The Red Sox “B” is too iconic to change. Straight up too much history.


11. New York Yankees

This last two are virtually interchangeable. The yankees “N-Y” is so iconic, it sometimes can represent baseball. It will, like the Boston “B”, never change. The only reason it’s eleven is because I think it is a bit better of a logo, but it really doesn’t matter.



Baseball Logos: Rankings 21-30

A logo can truly make or break you. A good, creative logo can improve your brand, while a bad logo can cripple a company into mediocrity. The same is true in baseball. The best logos make a team more intriguing, while the worst give that team a sense of boringness. So, we decided to create a list ranking each teams logos.

30. Seattle Mariners

I have always hated this logo. It feels so crammed. The font of the “S” sucks and the compass is just a terrible touch. They tried their hand at creativity and failed miserably.  


29. Houston Astros

This is one of the newest logos in the league and also one of the worst. The tacky “H” fits much better in a cartoon than on a cap. At least the team is good.


28. Tampa Bay Rays

This is another horrendous logo. The “T-B” combo doesn’t work in that font and it has no creativity. It doesn’t even look like they tried.


27. Cincinnati Reds

This is hands-down the most boring logo in the league. It’s just a white “C” with a spike at the end. I would say it gets points for legacy, but to be honest, it’s not even that iconic because the Reds suck.


26. Texas Rangers

This logo feels blocky. They tried to make it 3D, but it just messed with the color scheme and made more of a shadow than a side. Overall, it just feels botched.


25. Minnesota Twins

I will say, the color on this logo is actually not bad. But past that, it’s just the Reds logo with a “T” going through it. Boring.


24. Colorado Rockies

This logo isn’t so much bad as it is disappointing. I feel like they could do so much more with the mountains and the landscape, like they did on their spring training caps. That’s a step in the right direction, but for now the logo just a “C-R” in a boring font.


23. Kansas City Royals

Like the Rockies, this logo isn’t awful, but it could be so much more. Unlike the Rockies, they only have to do one thing: Put a crown on the K. For the love of God put a crown on the K!  


22. San Diego Padres

The Padres most certainly have the least history of any team, making their logo not iconic at all, and instead just a white “S-D”. Not ugly, just lame.


21. New York Mets

Without the history behind this logo, the Mets would jump back 5 spots or so. But this is for sure one the league’s most iconic logos. The problem: it looks like a pile of orange peels.


Next up: Logos 11-20! Stay tuned.

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Unwritten Rules for Baseball Fans

1) Don’t walk up or down the aisle when someone is hitting 

When you think about it this, it seems logical. You don’t want to stand in front of someone when they are watching the game. But SO MANY PEOPLE do. For the love of God, please wait.


When you are at a football or basketball game, one of the most popular cheers is the wave. That is not the case at a baseball game. The wave, for whatever reason, is not “allowed” at baseball games. If one is started, don’t participate.

3) Boo on the second throw-over, not the first

Baseball fans will boo at a pitcher who attempts to pick off a runner at first. This is totally justified when it is the second (or more) time. If it’s only the first time, hold off on booing.

4) Stand up for the last strike

When the home team is a strike away from winning, most fans will stand up and clap. This has happened for years and the entire crowd usually does it.

5) Batting practice is for kids

When a kid gets a baseball, that kid becomes a fan for life. When an adult gets a baseball, if they don’t give it to a kid, that adult is a loser.

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So you want a souvenir baseball?

Fresh back from a trip to spring training, our expert ball and autograph getter shares this advice.


If you decide to go to the game early to watch batting practice and try to get a ball, there are a couple of things to remember:

1. The most important thing is to be polite.

Most of the time, you’re not going to get a ball off a homerun since it would have to land right where you are standing. So your best chance of getting a BP ball is if a player in the outfield gives it to you. That’s why its important to know how to ask. I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten a ball because I said “please” and “thank you.” Your chance to get a ball sky-rockets when you are polite.

2. Location, Location, Location.

I have found the two best spots to be left- centerfield or the left field corner. Most hitters are right-handed, so this is their pull side. Left-centerfield is where the most balls are hit and usually where the most players stand. Players are given a limit on how many balls they can give out each night. The more players, the more balls. The left field corner is also great because: 1) It’s shallow, so more balls reach the wall and have a chance of being given out. 2) This is where the coaches and security guards stand. For whatever reason, these guys tend to be a bit nicer when handing out souvenirs.

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Top 3 “This Can’t Be Real” Baseball Stadium Moments

Every time you go to the ballpark – you never know what can happen. That’s why we created this guide. Over the years, we’ve had amazing things occur that have led to unforgettable memories.


Coors Field – looking at the view

Our first trip to Coors field, we lucked into sitting in the purple row (exactly 1 mile high). Sitting there watching a game with the Rocky Mountains in the background – there’s nothing like it in the world.


Mets on the field

We got a tour of Citi Field before the game. After the tour, we were on our way out when an usher said: “You don’t have to go, just go on inside.” I think he mistakenly thought we were VIPs or something. We walked through the empty ballpark, took a turn down a corridor, and suddenly we were on the field, not 10 feet away from the Mets taking batting practice. And when they were done, the Dodgers came out.


Jeter’s last game

We expected this to be amazing, but to have it end with Jeter hitting a walkoff was the greatest baseball experience of our lives.

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Top 10 baseball nicknames

Every professional sport has produced great nicknames. Football has lined their nickname history with “the Fridge”, “the Bus”, and “Mean” Joe Greene. Basketball has dubbed some beauties like “the Black Mamba”, “Magic”, and, “Dr. J”. But no sport has had a better nickname history than baseball. In its 150-year existence, baseball’s newspaper writers, TV analysts, and die-hard fans have laid down so many nicknames it seems impossible to narrow it down to just a few. But, that’s exactly what I did.


  1. Stan “the Man” Musial


This one is a little questionable. It felt wrong to leave out names like “Catfish” Hunter, and “Charlie Hustle” but put in this one. Musial’s nickname isn’t very creative and it’s a little too simple. But, on the other hand, maybe that’s why it’s so great. It says everything you needed to say about the Cardinals outfielder in two words. The fact is: Stan was the Man. In a baseball period dominated by Joe Dimaggio and Ted Williams, the Cards best player quietly out hit them both. When all was set and done, Musial walked away with 3 rings, 3 MVPs, a 128.2 career WAR, 7 batting titles, and a whopping 24 All-Star appearances. In 25 seasons in the majors, Stan cemented his place as not only the greatest Cardinal ever, but possibly one of the greatest players ever. No one has ever been more of “the Man” than Stan Musial.


  1. Lou “Iron Horse” Gehrig


This nickname correlates specifically with one of Gehrig’s many accomplishments. From 1925 to 1938, Gehrig didn’t miss a game. He played 2,130 straight times in those years and refused to be benched once. He played through all sorts of aches, pains, and injuries during that time but was unfazed. He was then dubbed the Iron Horse, to imply that he was “made of Iron” and was “as strong as a Horse”. And that in itself is a pretty darn cool nickname. But it also fits to the rest of his career as well. Gehrig not only played 2,130 straight games, he played really well. Well enough to be considered the greatest 1st baseman of all time. His 2 MVPs, 340 lifetime average, and the 1934 triple crown deserve a really good nickname. And the “Iron Horse” fits the bill perfectly.


  1. Pablo “the Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval


Sandoval is the first example of a player on this list who has a nickname so good it doesn’t need to be backed up with a Hall of Fame career. And it isn’t like Sandoval is a bad player. The chubby, lovable and weirdly athletic 2-time All-Star was a key piece to the Giants World-Series runs in 2010, 2012, and 2014 before a trade to the Red Sox and health issues derailed his career. The best part of Pablo Sandoval will forever be his nickname. You see, around the height of Pablo Sandoval’s success, the Kung Fu Panda movies premiered. These movies were about a chubby, lovable, weirdly athletic Panda who defeats villains with karate. Noticing a similarity? So was San Francisco. Sandoval was dubbed the Kung Fu Panda and people loved it. Panda hats could be seen in the Giants stands and Sandoval’s popularity skyrocketed. And it wasn’t hard to make the connection:

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No nickname has ever fit someone better.


  1. Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd


This is another player who was defined by their nickname. Boyd pitched 10 season in the MLB in the 1980s and was never that good. He only won over 15 games once and only twice had an ERA lower than 3.70. But is nickname was god-tier. Announcers and journalists never even referred to him as Dennis. His nickname was so cool it became his name name. He wasn’t Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, he was Oil Can Boyd. Boyd was dubbed Oil Can by his teammates in his hometown of Mississippi, where beer was referred to as Oil. Sadly, the other significant part of Oil Can’s career was his infamous drug use during the 1986 season. Although the scandal put a damper on a solid career, his nickname will forever live on.


  1. Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown


Mordecai Brown was a terrific pitcher. One of the Cubs best pitchers during their 1907 and 1908 World Series runs, Brown finished his career with 239 wins and a 2.02 ERA. Even in the dead ball era that was impressive. Oh, and he had three fingers. When the pitcher was five, his right index finger was cut off in a farming accident. From that day on he was “Three Finger” Brown. Not only did he pitch, he pitched well. Mordecai and his three fingers were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1949. And although it might have seemed like a disability, opposing hitters claimed the opposite. According to certain hitters, the lack of an index finger gave the ball a lot more spin.


  1. David “Big Papi” Ortiz


This is, and forever will be, the greatest nickname of the 21st century. In 2002, the Minnesota Twins released a young DH named David Ortiz. 5 weeks later, the Red Sox picked him up in was a seemingly insignificant move. In the following 15 years Ortiz became one of leagues most feared hitters, winning 3 World Series, 7 Silver Sluggers, and appearing in 10 All-Star games. He finished his career with 541 homeruns, and with league-wide recognition of being the best DH of all time. When he first got to Red Sox camp in 2002, he had trouble remembering names. So, instead of calling people by their first names, he just called them Papi. It didn’t take long for teammates and coaches to start calling him Papi back, and then Big Papi. In a couple of years the name had been popularized by NESN’s Jerry Remy, when he begun calling Ortiz Big Papi on air. He was also the clutchest hitter of his time period, leading the Red Sox to 3 World Series including the one in 2004 that broke the 86-year curse. But, the other thing that came out of his career was the best nickname of his generation: Big Papi.


  1. Reggie “Mr. October” Jackson


Reggie Jackson was arguably the best player of the 1970s. After starting his career as an Athletic, Reggie signed with the Yankees in 1977. Already one of the league’s best hitters and former MVP, the larger-than-life right fielder fit in perfectly with the clubhouse named the Bronx Zoo.  In the 1977 World Series, during Game Six, Jackson took the plate in the 4th inning against Burt Hooten of the Dodgers. On the first pitch, Jackson took Hooten deep. The very next inning, Jackson did the same thing. On reliever Elias Sosa’s first pitch, Jackson hammered one into the seats. Then, to a standing ovation in the eighth, Jackson sent Charlie Hough’s knuckleball 450 feet on the first pitch. From then on, he was Mr. October. And in a game where a player’s career can be defined by his performance in the MLB’s most important month, that’s not a half-bad nickname to have. Jackson’s career was top-notch, but his nickname was legendary. There will never be another Mr. October.


  1. James “Cool Papa” Bell


MLB nicknames are pretty darn good. But, there is something to be said for the nicknames of the Negro League. The league was established in 1920 as an alternate league for blacks who were denied a spot in the majors. And the nicknames were as talented as the players. So it’s only fair they be represented on this list. And no nickname of the Negro League is better than “Cool Papa” Bell. Bell joined the league in 1922 as pitcher. Not long after he was dubbed “Cool” after striking out the great Oscar Robinson. His manager then added the “Papa” because it sounded cooler. He was very much right. The name stuck and Bell started going by Cool Papa rather than James. And it only got better as he did. Bell eventually switched to centerfield and became a legend. Tales of Bell’s incredible speed only added to that. Satchel Paige, among others, claimed that Bell was so fast he could turn off a light and be under the covers before the room got dark. Others said he once was struck by a ball he hit while sliding into second. Whether or not the stories are true, they do make for a great story about a great player with a truly top-three nickname.


  1. Joe “Shoeless Joe” Jackson


One of the most popular baseball stories ever told is that of Joe Jackson. The story goes that while playing a game in Greenville, North Carolina, Jackson had gotten several blisters on his feet as he broke in a pair of new cleats. The pain had become so great that he decided to not wear shoes his next at bat. From then on he was “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. And Jackson played at the same legendary level of his nickname. In a 9-year career cut short by the Black-Sock Scandal, Jackson had a .356 career average and totaled 1772 hits. There will never be a more classic baseball nickname than Shoeless Joe except…


  1. George “The Babe” Ruth


There is no argument here. Say what you want about rankings 10-2, there is no question for the #1 spot. I know there are no rights or wrongs in opinionated writing, but this is right. Babe Ruth was larger than life. He led baseball out of the dead ball era, he was one of if not the face of the 20s, and was the most famous, and the best, baseball player of all time. Throw statistics around all you want, he was the best. And the greatest deserves the greatest nickname, and the greatest nickname he got. Now you could argue that Ruth had a whole platoon of true nicknames with the Great Bambino, the Sultan of Swat, the Colossus of Clout, or the King of Crash. And all those would surely make the top three and probably number one. But when it comes to Ruth, he really only has one nickname: “the Babe”. And it’s more than just that. The Babe represents baseball more than just about anything. One could argue that Ruth and his charming play, personality, and name are more iconic to baseball than George Washington is to America. Cause when it all comes down to it, “the Babe” represents baseball just as much as it represents Ruth. What he did for America’s pastime will never be matched, and the cornerstone to his legend will forever be his true nickname.