Play Ball!

I know. It’s still a full week away but I’m really excited for the true start to baseball season. Spring training is all fine and dandy. It gets us excited for spring and what’s to come… warmer weather and obviously days, weeks even months upon months of baseball! Maybe you’re not a baseball fan… and if not then shame on you. But regardless of what sport you love, you know what I’m talking about. You’ve waited months to see your favorite team play again. For me, that team is the Red Sox.  

I’ve only been to Fenway three times in my entire life. And by to Fenway I really mean in Fenway to see a game. Shopping at the Yawkey Way Store or wandering the streets doesn’t count even though it’s still fun. It’s not the same.

There’s something special about Fenway. It’s magical to me. And probably to many others. I guess it’s kind of like Disney to little kids. It just puts a big smile on my face. I love the smells, sounds, colors and the crowd. I love that we’re all there for the same reason… I guess even if you’re routing for the other team.

Let’s not forget the food. That definitely goes with the smell and sounds of going to a game – whether standing in line waiting for food of your choosing or waiting for one of the food guys to come walking around yelling ‘Peanuts! Popcorn! Cracker Jack here!’

My favorite baseball foods are definitely nachos and Cracker Jack. Not eaten together, that’d be weird. Take your time, you’ve got a few hours at least to enjoy whatever food and drink you desire.

Let’s talk food and drink… There’s nachos – plain or topped with jalapenos. I’m pretty sure you can even have chili thrown on. Pretzels – warm, salty goodness. Please cover that sucker with mustard. Cracker Jack – that’s a total given. I love the popcorn and the peanuts but probably the peanuts more which is sad because there is obviously way less peanuts than popcorn in a bag. Baseball and Cracker Jack go hand and hand if you ask me. Ice cream – in a baseball cup (those things are the best…if you happen to have a supply of Red Sox ice cream hats and would like to donate them to my kitchen I’d happily accept), sandwiches and many more varieties. Popcorn, peanuts and even pizza these days! They’ve got hot dogs, burgers, sausages, fries and even chicken. The drinks are pretty common… beer, soda, water and in my opinion – frozen lemonade.

Seeing as the majority of fans don’t have the opportunity to go to every game or even go frequently, we should still have the chance to enjoy in some of the tastier aspects of baseball season right?

Here are a few of my favorites that are extremely easy to whip up for yourself or a party:
Soft pretzel bites
Jalapeno nachos
Soft pretzels

Cracker Jack
Frozen lemonade

And for the non traditional options but still super tasty to eat while watching a game or anytime:
Hot wings
No fuss mozzarella sticks
Pico de gallo
Jumbo chocolate chunk cookies

Do you have a favorite baseball food? Maybe it’s one mentioned already or a special regional item. I’d love to hear what it is!

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10 Responses to “Play Ball!”

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    Danae (The Busty Baker) — March 25, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Oh this makes me so happy! I CAN’T WAIT!!! I’m jealous.. One of the things on my life list is to go to a game at Fenway. Preferably against the Yankees, but honestly, I’ll take any game. I love all the food at baseball games! I don’t get to go to too many, since I have to drive all the way to Cleveland to see the Indians play, but when we go to the minor league games here in town, (the AAA team for the Indians! Which is so much better than when we used to be the AAA team for the Yankees. Yuck.) Boyfriend ALWAYS has to get the ice cream in a hat. And we usually go on Dime-a-Dog night and make ourselves sick on hot dogs.

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    nicole — March 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I love going to Fenway. I have been for games and to see Phish. I mainly like to go for the hot dogs!

    whenever I think about the ballpark I think of this! LOL
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMNGbqzr3FE&feature=related

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — March 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    fun post! I love baseball season too!

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    Laura — March 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Holy cow where is the hot dog? It isn’t a baseball game until I have a hot dog in hand. :)

    I’ve actually been to Fenway more than you- weird since I am not a Red Sox fan. And I agree it is special. I’ve even done the tour. I’m a Cleveland fan, but I lived in Boston for a while and went to all of the Indians’ games. And I dragged my husband on a tour much later after that, although he is not a sports fan. I’m too much of a college basketball and hockey fan to be thinking about baseball yet, plus it is so cold! Don’t you kind of wish the season started later since you’re (I assume) in Boston?

    • Rachel — March 25th, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

      That’s so neat! I want to go on a tour sometime. I bet you get to see areas that you wouldn’t normally when you have regular tickets. Season start wise… honestly no. It is cold now and people will be bundled up in winter gear to sit in the stands but keep in mind if they make it into October it gets down right chilly at night then too! So I guess it works out just right – starts cold and ends cold. Even September nights can get pretty chilly depending on the year.

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    Jen @ BeantownBaker.com — March 26, 2011 at 10:05 am

    The tour is awesome – definitely worth doing. I only eat hot dogs at Fenway. Something about going to a game makes me crave a Fenway Frank. They’re just so good paired with a beautiful day and a cold beer.

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    Elle — March 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    So looking forward to the start of the season!

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    cakewhiz — March 30, 2011 at 2:38 am

    i haven’t been to even one game …. sighs :(
    but, hopefully i can go sme day :)
    since i am a traditional kinda gal, i can see myself snacking on your chocolate chunk cookies…hehe.

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    maryann — March 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Great post – can’t wait to hear “play ball” after this winter! We got the cute little hat bowls at iParty last year.

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    Kath — July 19, 2011 at 8:46 am

    My husband is still talking about the kielbasa he had at Fenway when he visited our daughter in Boston! I like clams and chips at Safeco Field in Seattle. We can also get sushi and stir-fries there!

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