Bringing the MLB to Your Living Room
Even if you can’t go to the ballpark, there’s no reason you can’t root-root-root for the home team from your house. Part of the weirdness of 2020 is Major League Baseball games without fans in the stands. But if your Little Leaguers have their hearts set on being part of the action, you can recreate the ballpark in your living room. Let’s talk about bringing the MLB to your living room!
First, you have to warm up. Make sure your young fans have baseball caps and t-shirts for the game. Make your own foam fingers by cutting giant hands out of poster board and stapling them together, leaving the bottom open to slide in the fan’s hand. Have your youngsters paint or color in home team colors and, if you have a budding artist, see if they can recreate the team logo on it. If not, just print it out and glue it on.
Now, the kids need to earn some cash for concessions. Have them do some light household chores to earn major league “bucks” from you.
Print out scorecards at https://baseball-scorecard.pdffiller.com/ and teach the kids how to keep score during the game. If you don’t know-how, get a quick tutorial at http://www.baseballscorecard.com/scoring.htm. Helps keep everybody’s head in the game!
Don’t Forget The Food
And it’s not a real game without all the MLB food. Make sure you have hot dogs, Cracker Jacks, peanuts, popcorn, ice cream, and if you’re in Texas, nachos on hand to sell during the game. Let your kids use their hard-earned bucks to cash in.
Now, set up camp chairs in front of the biggest TV in the house, even better if the chairs have cup holders for the fans’ drinks.
Play ball!! Get there early to settle into your seats and fill in your scorecards. Even if you can’t go to the ballpark you can still have fun!
Now is a good time to teach your kids how to be good sports. Teach them the fine art of doing the wave, cheer wildly for your own team, don’t stand up when there’s a player in the box, explain the fine art of rally caps (in case your team falls behind), wave your foam finger (but not in anyone’s face) and teach them to yell “Hey batter, batter, SWING!”
And don’t forget to do the seventh-inning stretch and belt out “Take Me Out to the Ballgame!” Your MLB home team game night can easily be adjusted for NHL, NBA, NFL, and college football games. You can even stage a movie night for “Mulan,” which will begin streaming on Disney Plus on Sept. 4.
Amanda Rogers is a freelance writer based in Fort Worth, Texas
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