Don’t kid yourself about the Braves sweeping the Marlins last weekend. We are ‘rebuilding’. Still, there isn’t much better than going down to see a baseball game. It makes for a great date with wife/girlfriend, and there is a slight chance that the Braves could score more than two runs. Maybe. Style at a baseball game isn’t brain surgery, but there are a couple tricks that could make your trip more enjoyable.
For a weeknight/date, up your style a bit with a polo and a nice belt. For the Sunday game with the guys, relax a little and pay homage to a retired great. Either way, there’s always time for a tailgate before first pitch. Here are some details on doing it right:
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1. Braves Stillwater Hat: For me, hats are optional. They aren’t as go-to as they used to be, especially if I’m wearing sunglasses. In situations like a 3-4 hour baseball game, a hat is a must. I like going with something vintage, like this early 80’s Braves model. Extra points for a minor league hat.
2. Patagonia R1 Pullover: Night game? Got a date? It’s not a bad idea to have a pullover handy. Leave it in the car if the temperature doesn’t get below 70.
3. Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses: Whether you are going for the business look or the weekend look, you’ve got to have a good pair of shades for the game. You can’t go wrong with Wayfarers. Tortoise is where it’s at.
4. Vintage Dale Murphy T-shirt: T-shirts are very prevalent at games these days, and while it’s not my first choice, I do approve of a retired players’ number. Show that you know what’s up.
5. Ball and Buck Hunter’s Polo: At this point in my life, I rarely leave the house without a collar. Polos are getting more and more play as a t-shirt replacement, and a game down at The Ted is ground zero. I really dig these Hunter polos from Ball and Buck – the shoulder detailing is cool, and the logo is as good as it gets.
6. Ex Officio Bandana: Fold this up and keep it in your back pocket. There are NEVER enough napkins.
7. Onward Reserve Piedmont Shorts: Appropriate inseam required. Ketchup stains don’t show up as well on darker colors.
8. Smathers & Branson Belt: While Smathers & Branson offer MLB belts, I’m not big on wearing them to the game. It’s like wearing a shirt of the band you are going to see. Instead, opt for a lifestyle belt or a belt from your golf club.
9. Polar Bear Soft 24-Pack Cooler: Since a baseball tailgate doesn’t require keeping ice for a month (nor to 99% of other cooler-friendly events), opt for the Polar Bear soft cooler. Yetis are great, but I’ve been using my Polar Bear for the past couple years and am extremely happy…not only for a day+ of cold drinks, but the relatively low hit on the wallet.
10. Southern Proper PC Shorts: Back to the Sunday game. Relax a little.
11. New Balance 990s: If you have to walk a mile (or so), it might be a good idea to plan accordingly.
12. Koozies: Camo + Nascar + Neoprene. I shouldn’t have to justify this.
13. Hari Mari Scouts Flip Flops: If you are a flip flop guy, do it right. Don’t forget suntan lotion.