It is no secret that our family is baseball crazy, especially now that we can refer to our boys in blue as World Champions (words can’t describe how amazing it feels to type that, but I digress…). Since Wrigley can be absolutely frigid and miserable before June rolls around, I want to remind you of one of the most fun baseball experiences available to baseball fans…MLB Spring Training!
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Here’s why all baseball loving families should attend MLB Spring Training:
Spring training starts in late Winter/early Spring so it can serve as the perfect Spring Break trip for your family. I mean doesn’t Florida or Arizona sound warm and welcoming right now? Buh bye, snow drift…hello cacti and palm trees! And there are tons of cheap and direct flights from either Midway or O’Hare (and read up on my airport tips while you’re at it) to Arizona, where both the Sox and Cubs play Spring ball.
The tickets are SO MUCH CHEAPER. I’m not going to life, I have a mini panic attack every time I add up how much money we spend after taking a family trip to Wrigley Field or whatever name they are now using for the baseball stadium on our city’s South side. Thankfully, panic attacks are non existent when we attend Spring Training games. The best part? The cheaper tickets still provide the same amount of fun…and definitely less anxiety than Game 7. Promise.
Spring Training is as family friendly as baseball can be. Instead of being contained to a seat, you can picnic while watching the game, which is a game changer for fidgety little boys like mine. There are also tons of programs and activities geared towards little ones so that they are entertained even when the baseball game goes into extra innings.
You can get up close and personal with the players. Everything about Spring Training is laid back, from the expanded roster to the relaxed swings. But my boys favorite part is undoubtedly the opportunity for autographs, game balls, and “meet and greet” encounters with the players. The gracious players always have a kind word or two for their young fans so it truly feels like the “Friendly Confines,”…but in a much warmer setting.
Heading to Spring Training…or any other game this upcoming season? Don’t forget to gear up in the newest and cutest baseball gear around. The MLB Shop has so many great outfits that it can make even a Sox fan look dapper (if you can believe that!).
If you are lucky enough to scoop up some regular season tickets this year, don’t forget to look through my Wrigley guide before you leave to find out about photo ops and other freebies for Cubs fan of all ages.