Growing up in Boston, my father used to take us kids to Red Sox games a few times a season. We’d always sit in the bleachers, with some real hard core Bostonians, if you get my drift. I’d inevitably end up with beer spilled on me by some guy named Vinnie. I loved it and those are the the memories of my youth. However, I’ve noticed that Major League Baseball has been making some real efforts to bring families out to the games. Modernized ballparks with family bathrooms, healthier menu options and kid friendly activities are examples. It’s interesting to see that in any given ballpark nowadays, there really is a section for almost any baseball fan. Here in LA at Dodger games they have sections like Bleacher Beach, the All-You-Can-Eat Pavilion and My Town. For Mother’s Day, The Dodgers are doing something really awesome and turning My Town into Dodgertown, Mothers.
Fans who buy seats in My Town on Sunday, May 9 will get pink Dodgertown, Mothers t-shirts and a special all-you-can-eat menu of grilled chicken sandwiches with marinated artichokes and parmesan cheese, seasonal fruit, Dodger Dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and soft drinks. But most importantly, $2 from every ticket sold in the section will go to ThinkCure!, the Dodgers’ official charity, to help fight breast cancer and find a cure. The Dodgers will also wear pink ribbons on their uniforms and several players will use pink bats, including Andre Ethier, Casey Blake, Manny Ramirez, Matt Kemp and Russell Martin. Can I just say that I gotta wonder how the players feel about using pink bats? But, hey, good for them supporting ThinkCure! Special pink Dodger merchandise will be sold throughout the stadium as well. After the game, the Dodgers will host a Mother’s Day Walk in the Park where mothers and their families can take a walk around the warning track. Being allowed on the field is really unusual and something very special for Mother’s Day. To find out all the info about Dodgertown, Mothers happening this Sunday, May 9, click here.
I’ve been a big sports fan my whole life and look forward to getting Chip and Lulu very involved in sports both as participants and as fans. You can’t get much more culturally All-American than baseball. Both of my parents are big baseball fans. They even went to Cooperstown, NY (home of the Baseball Hall of Fame in case you didn’t know that!) during their honeymoon. Surfer Guy is an LA native and Dodger Fan big time. This is my blog so I’m going to have to say that if it’s ever an LA-Boston World Series (how awesomely awesome would THAT BE?!), I’m going with my tribe and Red Sox Nation. But LA is my home now and Chip and Lulu both have their Dodger hats and have been to Dodger games so we are a Dodger family for sure. Mother’s Day at Dodger Stadium is a fun way for a mom baseball fan to spend the day with her family. But, even if you can’t make it on Mother’s Day, the season is definitely long enough to find a game that works for your schedule. Ticket prices can be as low as $7 for same day ticket purchases which makes baseball a sport that is still affordable for the average family. Visit the Dodger website to see the schedule and ticket prices. For my dear readers who don’t live in LA, but do live near a Major or Minor League Baseball team, how about you tell your family to “take me out to the ballgame” this Mother’s Day?