Dust off your baseball hats! Pretend to like that jerk at the office who has season tickets! Take me out to the ballgame! Buy peanuts and Cracker Jack! Eat hot dogs! Pay a ridiculous amount for parking!
Yep, America’s Pastime is back in full swing and it’s time to root, root, root for the home team. The 2014 Major League Baseball season started up on March 22 in Sydney, Australia, pitting the Dodgers against the Diamondbacks. For full team-by-team 2014 season schedules, click here.
Getting the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, their entourages, and all their equipment (including hats) across the ocean was quite an ordeal, but they pulled it off. Why do I keep mentioning hats? Because I need a new one since our cat apparently decided that my favorite one was a litter box.
At some point in the season, most teams will have a free hat, or “Cap” Day where fans who come out to the game receive a complimentary hat. To find out when if and your own home team is doing this, follow these instructions:
Go to MLB.com and roll the cursor over to “SCHEDULE.” DO NOT CLICK!
Keep the cursor there and a drop down menu will appear. Now click on “Team-by-Team Schedule.”
A new window will open displaying all of the teams. Find your team, then click on “Sortable Schedule.”
A new window will open showing the entire season schedule. On the right hand side of the page, under the “ALSO IN SCHEDULE” menu, click on “Promotions Schedule.”
A new window will open showing your team’s special giveaways and promotions for the year.
I notice that the Yankees give “All Guests” a free cap that day. Many teams only give a select number of fans who show up first a free cap. Hmm, I guess when you’re the most successful team in the history of the game like the Yankees are, you can do that. Sorry BoSox fans, but it’s the truth. (Oh, and smart move on that Babe Ruth trade.)
Anyway, seeing as how I live in LA, I really doubt that I’m going to fly to New York for a free hat, but I do need a new one. Remember what our cat did to my old one? I suspect that he’s originally from Beantown. Prolly a Southie, too. But that is better than being the alternative. There – I’m an equal opportunity anger-er.
So, where to buy my cap? I google “Yankee hats” and the first non-Ad result is Lids.com. I go to their site and discover that they have more than 400 styles for my good ol’ Bronx Bombers. 400! Excellent. True, they’re not free, but I did get to choose my size, styles, and colors. Plus, I got to use a Lids.com Coupon Code which did it get closer to being free, though.
How many different hats did I order? I’m not saying, both because you’d think I was insane, and I don’t want my wife to find out. Lids has all kinds of other stuff for all kinds of other sports too, so check them out if you’re into authentic team gear.
Another feather in Lids’ cap? They even will accept orders from Red Sox fans. Now that’s going the extra mile.