I remember going to baseball games with my dad. I remember the pleasure in tasting a hotdog (before I became a pescatarian). I remember wishing to catch a foul ball. I remember people walking out to the bleachers in sleeveless shirts on a sunny afternoon. And I remember passionate fans following their favorite player. I remember people watching the game. Think about that!…Watching the game with no interference except for the promise of catching a foul ball. No one standing up in front of you to capture a selfie with the jumbotron in the background. Or endless photographers by the front row seats.
Today, going to a ballgame is a different experience. Today, you have to be more mindful of your surroundings. Today you must make an effort to be courteous of others attending from parking to tailgating. Here are some things Mother, May I suggests we should all practice when it comes to attending any sporting event:
- Be mindful of where you park your car. Be sure you are not parking in an illegal spot for any reason.
- Tailgating is a great opportunity to gear up for the game, but taunting the opposing fans or leaving trash behind shouldn’t be a part of the experience.
- Helping those in need should always be a priority before getting to your seat. Assist others if they seem dazed and confused. Or if they need serious help, like the fans that helped save a mans life during a recent Pirates game.
- Attending a stadium is a first time experience for many. Don’t push and shove others just to be the first to see the field.
- Sit in your ticketed seat.
- Be courteous to those sitting around you. Offensive language is never in style so refrain form using it, and don’t cross words with a foe.
- Wait for the play to be over before excusing yourself to grab a hotdog.
- Exit the stadium with manners, and your left over cups and wrappers.
Manners…just like baseball, are an important part of our heritage. People will follow good behavior, so be a champion of proper behavior! Children will follow good sportsmanship. So no arguing, no pushing, or yelling…Just a good shout out from the umpire “your safe”!!!
Lets practice our best behavior this summer at all sporting events. Share with us your favorite sports memory on our Facebook page!