Great American Ball Park Opening Day 2015

Pictures from Reds Opening Day 2015

Checked off another item in my Baseball Bucket List this past Monday when I went down to work Reds Opening Day for a promotional company. If you’re looking for a way to attend sporting events, concerts, or just hang out at a bar, I would recommend looking into promotional work. You can usually get started in the Craigslist Gigs section and take it from there! Anyways, enjoy my pictures and start planning your trip to the All-Star Game. If it’s anything like Reds Opening Day, it’s going to be a blast!:

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Ballpark Food… It’s So Hot Right Now

Exactly how I feel about ballpark food options!

Exactly how I feel about ballpark food options!

In the last two weeks, I don’t think I’ve gone a day without reading about a new food item being offered at an MLB park. It started with that crazy Churro Dog from the Diamondbacks and escalated to a College Daze Bloody Mary topped with a pizza slice compliments of the Twins.

These days it seems like just about every ballpark serves up a novelty food item. I remember seeing the Boomstick when I was visiting Rangers Ballpark (now Globe Life Park) in 2012 and was afraid… that’s way too much hot dog for one person. Then came “The StrasBurger” at Nationals Park and the giant crab cakes in Baltimore. Forget the baseball and the parks themselves, the food was blowing my mind during my 2012 tour!

Personally, I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to ballpark food. Give me a soft pretzel and Chicago dog any day over these crazy concoctions- I’m not tryin’ to spend half the game in the bathroom! For those with steel trap bellies and zero concern for your cholesterol, click the link below to the SN slideshow of the wildest ballpark food offerings. ‘Merica… this is why you’re fat. ;)

Craziest Ballpark Foods

Bonus video: The 5 Best MLB Stadiums for Food

Should you or someone you know try one of these items and live to tell the tale… let me know! I am curious about that Churro Dog….

Also any pictures of you with the crazy things you eat are much appreciated. :) Tweet me @alicia_barnhart.

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2015 MLB Promotional Schedules

Whoever thought of promotional giveaways was a genius.

I for one love them and all the cool stuff I get when I attend a live sporting event. Most teams have stepped up their game big time in this department the last few baseball seasons.

Generic hats and t-shirts are a thing of the past… even bobble heads are becoming old news! Nowadays you have decorative socks, purses, fedoras (still weird.), even sombreros.

Click around on the team links below to see what’s up for grabs at the ballparks and plan your ballpark visits accordingly!

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Baseball Trips with Kids on a Budget

Kids of summer... throwback to our Cleveland Municipal days.

Kids of summer… throwback to our Cleveland Municipal days.

Weren’t Jezzie and I cute when we were little? Going to Indians games growing up was a summer staple in the Barnhart house. Reflecting on it now, I’m impressed that my dad took us to so many games… and bought us food… and bought us souvenirs (we were the worst!).

This post is for all you parents out there that love baseball and want to pass down your fandom (good and bad!) to your kids in the best way possible: at the ballpark! Enjoy these tips to making baseball trips affordable and fun for the whole family: Continue reading

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Ladies Ballpark Apparel on a Budget

I show you how to be a ballpark hottie for $15 or less!

In case you missed it yesterday, VS Pink dropped their latest MLB Collection. It was perfection (duh) and I wanted it all… but unfortunately I can’t justify spending that much on Yankees gear every single season. Until better more lucritive days come, I’ll stick to MLB Shop sales (they usually do a 50% off VS Pink gear a day or two) and buying clearance shirts to cut up.

I’ve been cruisin’ around Pinterest looking for cute shirt ideas this week and came across a great idea for a summer tank. It’s a subtle but sexy way to spruce up an old shirt.

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Ladies Ballpark Apparel on a Budget

I show you how to be a ballpark hottie for $15 or less!

I’ve been staring at my big box of MLB t-shirts all winter thinking, “I really need finish that blog series and get rid of those shirts.”

Well it’s March now and despite the snowpocalypse outside, I finally got my scissors out finished them up.

While I was “researching” shirt ideas on Pinterest, I kept stumbling upon this skull face cut out design.  Even though I thought it looked cool, I dismissed it at first thinking a skull didn’t really tie into baseball. Then it hit me… the Jolly Roger flag… this is the perfect shirt for the Pittsburgh Pirates! I then had to quickly check to make sure I hadn’t done the Pirates already and as luck would have it, I hadn’t. Continue reading

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Can’t Make Spring Training? Go on a Ballpark Tour!

Not all of us can make it out to Phoenix or down to Florida for Spring Training, but there another way to get a small baseball fix as we wait for Opening Day- a ballpark tour!

While I was in Los Angeles… or the OC as I was corrected, I took advantage of being near three MLB ballparks and hit them up with my friend Preston (the Minimalist Ballpark Art guy). We both love baseball and while he was eager to find new art angles, I was ready to bask in the glory of being a sidekick and hopefully find a little inspiration of my own. Continue reading

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Baseball is Back! Scroll Down for Spring Training Guides

***If you’re not interested in Yankee Spring Training thoughts (shame on you ;)) scroll down a bit for links to my Spring Training Guides from last season and the link to my Spring Training experience from last year. 

After what feels like a million years, another baseball season has officially come to a close. Teams have reported and the A-Rod show that is going to torture us all season long has started up. Seriously it’s horrible and I want it to stop. Checking my Twitter feed is causing me major sadness as I read about his every move. I feel like the Britney guy… LEAVE A-ROD ALONE!!! This request is in vain I know, but I thought I’d put it out there. I’ve never been a fan, but he apologized (I don’t even care if it wasn’t sincere or not… leaning towards it was) and I’m ready to let it go and see what he has left! Continue reading

Baseball is better in person- take yourself out to the ballgame!