If you’ve just realized that Father’s Day is right around the corner and you’re at a loss as to what to get that special guy, we’re here to to help! ….As long as the dad in your life is a baseball fan.
If not, then this probably won’t help you at all. And why the heck are you hanging around him in the first place, if he doesn’t like baseball?
Anyway, here’s a collection of gifts that the travel ball dad in your life is sure to love…as well as some strange baseball themed items we couldn’t resist including.
See the perfect gift below? Just click the link or photo and you’ll magically be transported to a site you can order it from.
For those of you who insist on giving Dad a tie every year in spite of the fact that he never wears them, here’s an awesome baseball themed one for just $19.95 to add to his collection. It’s actually quite hip looking. If you nag him enough, maybe he’ll wear it to the ballpark. All the other dads will be wearing theirs.
Click the tie photo to order.
We LOVE this DAD word art sign found on Etsy, made by www.WordArtByChristini.com. It’s unique, bold and a great wall hanging for the man cave. You’ll probably like this one all the more if you’re a Detroit Tigers fan, but Christini offers lots of other themes in her Etsy store.
O2 Cool Portable Fan
Any travel ball dad who lives south of the Arctic Circle needs a good, portable, battery-powered fan. Because, as we all know, there’s normal summertime hot and then there’s “OH MY GOSH! IT’S A THOUSAND DEGREES OUT HERE AND WE’RE STUCK AT THE BALLPARK FOR SIX MORE HOURS!” hot.
That’s why we recommend the O2 Cool fan. It’s perfect for cooling Dad off after one of his many altercations with the coaches and umpires. (Also great for moms who suffer from hot flashes.)
Just $26.95 Click on the fan photo to order.
Baseball Dad Wisdom T-Shirt
What a great gift for the dad who has truly “seen it all, heard it all and paid for it all.” And might still be paying for it all a few years from now. Compared to everything else in travel ball, this t-shirt is a steal at only $24.95.
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The Arm: Inside the Billion Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports, $10.99 from Amazon, isn’t just another book on parenting ball players. It’s a must-read for dad whose kid is a pitcher or may one day step onto the mound. Written by Yahoo Baseball writer, Jeff Passan, there are so many important life lessons packed into the pages. It’s also available in audio version for dads who are always on the go or refuse to read anything longer than a receipt.
To order, click the photo.
Granite Ball and Bat
Dads who enjoy spending money on ridiculous extravagance…or who accidentally break bats all the time, will appreciate a bat and ball set made of solid granite. While we’re not sure if it’s legal for tournament play, it certainly does make a statement. (We’re not exactly sure what that statement is either. If you know, please tell us.)
Relief Pitcher Tee
Celebrate Dad’s love of beer in a classy and pun-filled way with this Relief Pitcher t-shirt, $18.95, from Amazon. (Please wear responsibly.)
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If Dad has been so busy with travel ball that he hasn’t showered in a couple weeks, then we have the perfect gift for him (and anyone who has to share space with him). This baseball themed, ozone mist scented soap will allow him to still focus on the game, even while he calls timeout to shower.
GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker
Nothing makes a day at the ballpark more comfortable than the right chair. And we think we’ve found it with this lightweight, portable rocking chair, 64,23. The rocking motion offers a productive way to relieve anxiety when Junior takes the mound for the first time.
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Easton Padded Seat Ball Bucket
Perhaps the most versatile necessity a baseball dad can own is the simple, unassuming ball bucket with padded lid. It’s a supply caddy. It’s a chair. And most importantly, it’s a cooler for those ballparks that don’t allow outside food or drinks. If your travel ball dad doesn’t have his own ball bucket, do right by him and order this one today. (Oh, and please resist the temptation to paint it up all Pinteresty with monograms and clip art. He might tell you he likes it that way, but I can assure you he doesn’t. Plus, the other guys would make fun of him carrying around a hand painted ball bucket. Plain is best.)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, click the photo to order.
Rawlings Leather Travel Kit
One thing travel ball dads tend to do a lot of…. No, not drinking. Traveling!!! Give Dad a genuine Rawlings leather toiletry carrier for those overnight trips to out of town tournaments. It’s $111.00, but, hey, that’s only a quarter of what your kid’s new bat cost.
Behavior Modification Hand Puppet
For parents who’ve been warned repeatedly about shouting threats at coaches and umpires, this gift offers successful behavior modification therapy. Role playing with hand puppets will enable the travel ball man in your life to practice constructive and unoffensive confrontation methods with baseball officials before blowing his top and potentially winding up in jail…again. (Order extra puppets to represent other problem parents.)
Angela is also a freelance writer known to tackle the tougher topics…like why do cat food makers shape the morsels like fish or chicken? Do cats really care? Exactly how many of something is “more than you can shake a stick at?” And then there’s her ongoing paranoia that her house smells like animals and she's gone nose blind.
WordPress says that I’m supposed to tell you a few things about myself so that you’ll want to read more of my posts. Here goes.
My name is Angela Weight. I live in Midlothian, VA with my husband James, two sons, Andrew and Jack, dogs Katie and Ayla and cat, Callie. We’re new to the area…transplants from the Dublin, GA area, where I grew up. My husband has a job that pays the bills so I can sit around and obsess about cat food shapes and how my house smells. I also have this goal of seeing all 50 states by the time I’m 50. I’m 43 now and have been to 45 of them. If you have any friends or family in Vermont, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, North Dakota or Alaska who’d like us to come visit (and maybe pay for it) let me know.
My sons (ages 16 and 11) play a ridiculous amount of baseball. If I’m not at home or out buying scented wax warmer cubes, I’m probably at a baseball field somewhere in Suburbia. In fact, I have to leave now to take Jack to practice. I’ll write more later.
Oh, another thing you need to know. We’re SF Giants fans. Crazy, fanatical Giants fans. I grew up a Braves fan, but converted when I married James who grew up in the Bay Area. That’s important.
Great! Now Jack is late for practice.
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