MLB Tailgate Season is Coming!
For one thing, New York Yankee’s veteran Derek Jeter recently announced that he will be retiring from Major League Baseball after this season. Jeter’s final season will be his 19th as starting shortstop for the Yankees. “I took a lot of time thinking about this,” Jeter told the press during a “Q and A” session at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa last week, and went on to stress that it was the pain he felt daily because of his ankle injury. Jeter stressed, however, that he still has a full season up ahead of him. He plans on playing the full year, and he’ll be wrapping up a highly celebrated run, and leaving baseball with over 3,300 hits and thirteen all-star game appearances to his credit.
And as one star prepares to hang it up, another star is starting to take stride in Washington, D.C. There has been considerable hype surrounding the young Stephen Strasburg, who first garnered national attention while still a college athlete pitching for the San Diego State Aztecs. He won the bronze medal for the United States in 2008 Summer Olympics, which further catapulted him towards super-star status. When he graduated from, he was highly sought after by the major leagues and arrived on the Nationals with expectations higher than the Washington Monument. Although he hit some bumps in his professional career early on, injuring the elbow of his pitching arm during his first professional season with the Nationals, he’s reportedly back in top form now, and there is talk of an All Star or even Cy Young-worthy season in 2014.
Speaking of bouncing back from injuries, fans of the Los Angeles Angels are excited to see Albert Pujols finally return to the diamond this season. Pujols encountered several setbacks last year because of a foot injury, and turned in a campaign full of all-time low performances: he scored only 17 home runs, played in only 99 games, and had a batting average of only .258. Consider that this is the same Albert Pujols who won the National League’s “Rookie of the Year Award” his first year with the Cardinals, and it’s obvious that for him that was a poor showing. Pujols insists that he’s going to pace himself this season, and he won’t strain to go beyond the scope of what he can do without hurting himself, for fear that he would ultimately have to spend even more time off the field, so let’s hope he sticks to that approach.
For those of us eager to spend time near the field again as the season gets into gear, tailgating is the way to go, so you might consider getting some officially licensed party gear to help support your favorite team. Yankees fans will no doubt love the tailgate tables with their logo, great for snacks, or for beer pong. Mean while Strasburg fans down in DC can make use of the Washington Nationals plastic tailgate toss, which comes complete with eight bean-bags and fold-in legs. Angels fans can celebrate Pujols gallant return to form with the Angels tailgate table or cornhole game - both excellent for your next tailgate party. You can get all of your official gear for this MLB season here.
But if tailgating before a game and actually hanging out in the bleachers isn’t an option, DirecTV’s Extra Innings baseball package (details on their homepage) is the best way to catch all the MLB action you could possibly want, including up to 80 games a week that wouldn’t normally be shown in your home market. With that option, it might be more tempting to just set up a TV next to the beer pong table in the garage, and letting the games begin!