Every sport has its rules! But do you know that there are also certain rules that fans have to follow? These rules certainly differ from sport to sport and baseball particularly is unique in various ways.
Watching soccer or football and even basketball allows fans to jump up and down, scream, wave, show all kinds of gestures, etc. Watching a baseball game is an entirely different experience.
First of all, the atmosphere is much friendlier. True, die-hard fans know that there is a specific etiquette that needs to be followed.
Let’s talk about some of the most important ones so you know how to behave next time you go to the park.
Never be Late and Never Leave Early
Coming late to a baseball game is just bad manners. If you arrive late you will need to move a whole row of people who are already sitting down comfortably and are enjoying the match. This could happen during an important play of the game and fans really don’t want to miss it.
Additionally, leaving early prompts the same thing happening. Moving all those people out of their seats just you can go is really not nice.
Most fans wear baseball hats to the game. That is all good as you are supporting your team. But if you wear a hat or a jersey of a team that is not playing, that’s just rude. Never ever come to the ballpark wearing a different jersey or hat unless the team isn’t playing then.
Also, remove your hat during the anthem. It is just bad manners if a guy or a girl stands up and disrespect the national anthem in this way.
Finally, unless you are a kid you are too old to be wearing your glove to the game. It is plain weird of you see an elderly person going to the game with a glove on their hands. Leave that to the kids, they should enjoy it more.
Be Careful With Vendors
It has become a tradition to have some food or a drink during a baseball game. But you also have to know how to behave when a vendor comes by. The worst thing that one can do is to stand up and walk directly to the vendor in order to buy a beverage.
Lift your hand and show the number of drinks or hot dogs that you want with your fingers. Pass down the money to the person at the end of the row and you will soon be getting your order back.
Baseball is mainly a sitting down game. There are certain elements that will make you jump off your seat but this is not football nor baseball. Enjoy the game quietly and feel the rhythm. If you notice other people standing up then you can do the same. So only stand up if there is a specific reason. Don’t be that guy that ruins the fun for all the other people around you.