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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