It’s no secret that I am a baseball fanatic, I always have been and always will be. There’s no shame here when it comes to my rabid obsession for Major League Baseball. Go ahead, I dare you to ask me which is better – American League or National League. Ask my opinion on the designated hitter. Feel like debating whether or not Pete Rose deserves to be in the Hall of Fame? What about domes vs open-air stadiums? I’m your girl. Don’t get me started on steroids in the game though, we don’t have the time.
I vividly remember my first baseball game.
I went to see the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field with my Dad. It was during the years that Jose Canseco played for the team and he hit what should have been a home run and the ball got stuck on the catwalk inside the dome. I have spent the next few years (decade +) attending hundreds of games. I was (am) a crazed Rays fan if ever there was one and I have tons of team gear to prove it.
Then we moved to Atlanta.
My husband said, “What are you going to do about baseball?” Well, what’s a girl to do? Embrace the Braves, of course! As they say, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” so we packed up and went to a game.
The only issue last season was that I had no Braves gear. I couldn’t wear team socks or carry a team bag. I didn’t even own a team shirt! It was bit embarrassing and entirely unacceptable. This year I was determined not to make the same mistake so before this year’s MLB Opening Day I headed over to my favorite sports store (Fanatics.com, the largest retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise and a store that provides the ultimate shopping experience to sports fans like myself) and picked up some gear.
A New Braves Shirt (with Glitter Logo because Glitter is Always Good)
Let’s face it, you’re going to be checking your look at the game. There’s nothing worse than sitting out in the hot sun and not be aware that you’re make-up has started to smear a little bit. Not a make-up wearer? You still need to protect your lips! What better fan statement than to whip out a team compact?
But you know, I didn’t stop there. How could I? Fanatics has EVERYTHING you could possibly want to rep your team so I kept shopping. I bought two reusable navy blue Braves tote bags so I can continue to rep my team even when I’m just stopping at the grocery store to pick up some gameday snacks. I used them at the store the other day and I was able to bring ALL of my groceries home in just these two bags.
Impressive, yes? Not to shabby for a $5 investment.
And, just because I’m that kind of fan I spent another $4.95 on a soft Atlanta Braves cleansing cloth for my sunglasses and electronics. The stadium here is outdoors and since sunglasses are a must now I can wipe the lenses with my Braves cloth while looking around with my arrogant, “Yeah, I’m an such an awesome fan I even have a team cleansing cloth. Be jealous” attitude. It’s just one of those little things that take you from being a fan to a superfan.
Are you a superfan?
If you are, you need to shop Fanatics. My husband and I have shopped with them for years. My husband jokes that he’s a “hat chameleon” because he owns dozens of hats and is rarely seen in the same hat twice. MLB, NFL, NHL, or NBA, we buy all of our gear on Fanatics so I’m seriously thrilled that I’m able to share them with you today. They literally offer hundreds of thousands of officially licensed items for all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, PGA), major media brands, and over 200 collegiate and professional team properties so I promise they have something for you even if you’re not a baseball fan (and shame on you if that’s true!)
Next up I need a hat. I think there’s some kind of rule that you aren’t allowed in the baseball stadium without a baseball cap.
So here are my top 5 styling tips for MLB Opening Day:
- Team Hat (and girls, a low curled side ponytail is super cute under a ballcap.)
- Team shirt (but nothing long-sleeved and no jersey’s if you’re outside because they are HOT!)
- At least two team accessories (compact mirror, bag, cloth, bracelet, earrings, etc)
- Shorts! Don’t wear pants to the game. It’s too hot and you’ll regret it by the bottom of the third inning.
- Sneakers or closed-toe flats. Girls, leave the open-toed sandals, wedges, heels, etc at home. They don’t belong at the game! I don’t care that you’re going to be out in the sun and you’re toes are painted in team colors, ok? The games are packed, your toes are likely to get stepped on, and it’s dirty from spilled drinks and food. Protect your feet.
You can buy all the gear you want/need at Fanatics and you can have it super quick! Their shipping costs are really reasonable and they guarantee 3-7 days delivery in the continental 48 states, although I’ve never had anything take longer than 3-4 days. And don’t fret too much about sizing. Everything I’ve ever ordered has been true-to-size but if you do need to return something they have one of the easiest return policies I’ve ever seen.
Now GO! Get shopping! And please don’t tell me that you’re not a baseball fan because if you say that I’m not sure we can be friends anymore. I’m kidding (slightly) but I do think that you’re wrong and you need to give baseball another chance.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
- What team are you reppin’ this MLB season?
- Do you have any styling tips to add to my list? What are your gameday must-haves?