From last week's posting regarding Ballpark Etiquette, I've received some feedback regarding clothing. At the end of the day, it's a free country and you can wear whatever you want to the game. However, if you're looking to potentially avoid ridicule, here are five things you might want to avoid during your next visit:
1. Visiting team clothing- If you walk into Yankee Stadium in Red Sox gear (or vice-versa) you're going to hear it. You'll hear it ALL DAY LONG. There's nothing wrong with supporting your team and if you enjoy "getting into it" with other people then this is a good way to make that happen. Most stadium employees are trained to treat everyone with respect but just know that other fans do not receive that same training. If you happen to be in right field of Yankee Stadium, expect to be arguing/ debating with other fans for the entire game.
2. Wearing clothing form another sport - If you're at Citi Field for a Mets game and you're wearing a Steelers jersey - you're weird. Again, free country but expect to at least get a little bit of friendly ribbing from a vendor or two. You might even possibly get a few people around you yelling "touchdown" whenever a run's scored. Better off to just wear regular street clothes. The only exception would be if there's a local team from another sport who has a playoff game that night.
3. Bringing a baseball glove - If you're under the age of fourteen then bringing a glove is perfectly fine. If you're any older than that, then you should be using your bare hands, a cup or your hat. That's it. If you're a man in his 40's and you catch a ball with your glove at the game, please keep your celebration to a minimum. It's a routine catch. If you catch it with your bare hand, your hat or in your beer, you're a hero.
4. High fashion - Unless you just left work or some sort of celebratory dinner, leave the suits, high heels, tuxedos, fancy bags etc...at home. It's not a fashion show or a club and nobody's impressed. If you're trying to snag one of the rich guys/girls behind home plate at the next Yankees game, don't waste your time. They come in through a private entrance. Throw on a jersey and be comfortable.
5. Full uniform - This might come off as a bit harsh but if you're a teenager or older and show up at the game wearing a jersey with PANTS and CLEATS - you should really consider bringing yourself in for psychiatric evaluation. I've seen a few grown men do this and it really is odd looking. There are plenty of players on the roster and I assure you, even if they were to run out of healthy players, they aren't going to start plucking lunatics out of the crowd because they're dressed appropriately. Stick with shorts and a jersey or shirt.
I've been receiving great feedback and truly do appreciate the support. If you have any suggestions for future topics, feel free to email me through the link provided. Have a great weekend!