Hello SOTGC Community,
Put me in coach is something you might say to your boss on that new big project. But what happens when your colleagues start throwing around the baseball jargon at the water cooler? We’ve worked up a few pointers so you can talk a little baseball at the office.
- Baseball players are called the boys of summer, but why? Much like suntans and beach time, baseball is the only major professional sport that spans the summer. It’s also the longest season with 162 games. The mid-point of the season is marked by the All-Star Game, which will be held in Miami – home of the Miami Marlins, in 2017.
- Since there are so many games, the chances of some extra tickets floating around your office are high. If you’re heading to the ballpark, you should know that the home team always bats last (think – they’re being courteous to their guests and letting them go first). A few other tidbits that you might enjoy – there are two leagues within MLB (Major League Baseball)– the American League and the National League. Playoffs begin in October and the champion will be decided in the World Series (although there is only one MLB team located outside the U.S. – Toronto Blue Jays).
- Baseball and hot dogs go together like wine and cheese. Although, stadiums have come a long way with their menus with some offering a roast pork-provolone-broccoli rabe sandwich (Philadelphia Phillies) to churro hot dogs (Arizona Diamondbacks) to a chicken and waffle cone (Houston Astros). (To find out what you should try at your hometown ballpark, click here).
- While we can’t say the same for real estate, baseball tickets are the cheapest in Los Angeles. According to Fortune.com, the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim have the cheapest ticket prices in the league and the Boston Red Sox and their vintage ballpark, Fenway Park, rank as the most expensive.
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