“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again. Oh people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.”
It is one of my favorite movie monologues, and if you recognize it, the chances are pretty good you’re a baseball fan, and are enjoying the beginning of a new season of America’s favorite pastime. The quote, of course, is from James Earl Jones’ character Terrance Mann, in the 1989 classic Field of Dreams. The message, though from a fictional movie, could not be truer. Over 70 million fans flocked to major league games last season, and the popularity of the sport is among its highest ever. Another famous line from that movie is “If you build it, he will come,” and in Minnesota, where we are located, they built it. Brand new Target Field opened for our home town Twins, and fans welcomed back outdoor baseball for the first time in 30 years. I have been to a few games since the season opened, and have found some items that we carry here at Luggage Pros to be very convenient accessories when heading to the ballpark.
Most teams allow fans to bring in a smaller bag (subject to search), and this day pack works perfectly. It’s small and extremely light weight, which is a must when maneuvering through crowds. I use it to bring some snacks for the kids, a light coat, sun screen, and even my kids’ baseball gloves . . . ok fine, my baseball glove.
So, I’m sitting at the game, and then something happened that I had not previously experienced while at a major league game; water started to fall from the sky. Confused people rushed for the concourse to avoid getting wet. Not me. I had done some research and learned that this does sometimes happen in open air stadiums. I pulled out this handy Kiva Poncho. How great is this thing? It folds down into its own self-carrying pouch. I felt like James Bond. In hindsight, I probably should have brought one each for my wife and kids. It’s a mistake I won’t be allowed to make again.
If you’re not a poncho person, this will work as well. The carrying case provides convenient storage, and it is very easy to use. Just be sure not to block the view of the people behind you when the game is being played!
It is a known fact that my six year old son can wave down a cotton candy vendor a half a stadium away. When that happens, and he is allowed to get some, anyone within a three seat square area is in danger of ending up with cotton candy on them. I bring these as a courtesy, to pass out while I apologize, and also to pry his hands off whatever they happen to be stuck to when he’s finished.
Sometimes, the Twins play other teams from the American League Central Division. If you are a fan of one of those teams, and they’re playing the Twins, you will probably need these. Bah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha (evil laugh). Sorry, I couldn’t resist. It’s my nature.
Have a wonderful summer at the ballpark!