SUNDAY JUNE 15
Finding a gift for a dad can be pretty tough. But, if you have a baseball dad, don’t worry, I got this. This is my wheel house. Here are a few ideas that will bring joy to your baseball dad….trust me!
This gift book for dad collects more than 100 inspiring quotes from the greatest coaches of all time. After all, dads do what the best coaches do: they motivate, mentor, discipline, and love. Author and parenting expert Tom Limbert takes wisdom from John Madden, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda, Phil Jackson, and many more, and applies it to fatherhood. With a foreword by Steve Young and photos of famous coaches in action, dads will find a wealth of inspiration in these pages.
I will start with one of my favorites (I hope Lefty reads this). A lid is always a good idea, however, you will score big with this twist. All MLB teams have at least five or six minor league affiliate teams (AAA, AA, A etc.) Find your dad’s favorite major league team’s affiliate and get a hat. Your dad will get some baseball street cred when he shows up in his team’s minor league lid. This hat is from the Salt Lake Bees, the AAA affiliate of the LA Angels (my team). My hat size is 7 1/4 Lefty. 😉
Find your dad’s MLB minor league teams.
There’s No Place Like Home
No one to take you out to the ball game? Then bring the ballgame out to you! This clever doormat ensures that everyone entering your house scores a run. Durable tufted coconut fiber is weather resistant and cleans up easily with a hose or brush, making it ideal indoors or out, while the home plate design puts you solidly in league with the boys of the summer. Now if someone will just buy the peanuts and cracker jacks! Made in India.
This was a very entertaining book. An everyday guy goes to MLB umpire school.
As They See ’Em is an insider’s look at the largely unknown world of professional umpires, the small group of men (and the very occasional woman) who make sure America’s favorite pastime is conducted in a manner that is clean, crisp, and true. Bruce Weber, a New York Times reporter, not only interviewed dozens of professional umpires but entered their world, trained to become an umpire, then spent a season working games from Little League to big league spring training.
These bottle openers are made out of bats used by major leaguers. You get a card telling you which game it was used in.
$95.00 – 125.00
Swing And A Drink
Replay the crack of the bat against your first home run every time you crack open a cold one with these all-star openers, handmade from authentic game-day bats swung by Major Leaguers. Gift boxed with a story card with instructions regarding its special hologram number. Bats from the USA, hardware from China. Assembled in the USA. Bats may be natural or black. Sorry, no choice of color. Sold individually.
Apps! Your baseball dad HAS to have a couple of baseball apps. These two are a necessity for a baseball dad.
Never miss perfection. No-hitter alerts, direct to your iPhone and iPad.
• Receive a notification whenever a no-hitter is in progress.
The Radar gun App lets you be a scout by just using your phone. Every baseball dad wants to know how fast a pitcher is throwing…from little league on up.
I am not a big car decal or bumper sticker guy, but when it comes to Lefty’s jersey number, I am a sucker. He wears #4 and I find myself seeing the number 4 everywhere. I would put this on my car.
You can show your support with this Rawlings baseball logo shirt. Made of 100% Polyester this high performance moisture management top is perfect to wear under your jersey or just as a regular T-Shirt.
It’s alright if it hurts, as long as you’re the only one who knows it. Designer tee features baseball imprint on the back left shoulder of the tee as well as the vintage Baseballism Bat. The premium poly cotton blend tee is true to size.
Never forget how to calculate an ERA
The equation every baseball player should know and every baseball player forgets. Premium poly cotton blend makes for a soft and extra durable tee with minimal shrinkage.
Live life like a 3-1 count. -Baseballism
The Posters are 24inches x 36inches
If you have a minor league team within driving distance, get some tickets. These games are fun, not too expensive and you get to see good baseball in a smaller stadium. Plus, you can pick up a lid (see first gift idea).
It’s Gone by my favorite artist, Joshua Serafin
“My paintings are much closer to expressing how I feel about what I see and experience rather than trying to duplicate what is “there”. I produce art through various mediums as a way to share and remind others, as well as myself, that when we experience certain times in our lives we should never forget how we felt. These times are memories that are forever happening throughout our lives.
I want the viewer to see my work and become lost in his/her own path of memories. By seeing in my work ones own memories, the viewer is reminded of themselves, who they are and where they come from. My art is a statement that touches upon emotion. Emotion that strikes the chord of energy in life.
My photography is another outlet to help feed my passion to re-live the instantaneous moments in life. The photographs I take stand alone as works of my art, as well as having the potential to be recreated in my painting. Life itself is a canvas to be painted.”
I hope this gives you some ideas.
To all the baseball dads out there, Happy Father’s Day.
To my dad, thanks for your love and support over the years…inside the baselines and out.