Since we just got back from a weekend of baseball at spring training, I thought it would be fitting to share a few tips on how to survive. As females, the idea of a weekend spent watching minor league players in small stadiums in Florida or Arizona might not sound appealing. So, how do you keep things fun?
With a second year of baseball spring training under my belt, I have a few ideas. This year’s trip was much different than last year’s. While still not my ideal warm weather getaway, Matt and I definitely had more variety this year. I know Matt would love nothing more than to spend all day and every day soaking up all things baseball. So what do you do when you find that the man in your life feels the same way?
1. Manage expectations.
Both yours and his. This is one of my favorite business-y terms. It’s so important to make sure you’re not expecting too much out of something.
For you, accept that you’re probably going to spend a little time with peanuts and the seventh inning stretch. It might not be interesting but isn’t it adorable to see your guy in his element? Things could be worse. He could be playing video games. For any of you following me on Instagram, you know that I get this version of Matt a lot too!
For him, start mentioning that you might want a variety of activity. Ask him if he’s interested in mixing it up and let him know that you’d like to do something other than try to figure out what all the numbers on the scoreboard mean. You can only pretend to care so much about errors, batting averages, and strikes, right?
Do your research before you go. Find things that you would want to do in the area. Whether it’s a restaurant you think you’d both really enjoy or a fun mini golf outing, make sure you have options! I found a really cute brunch spot in Tampa that I wanted to try and Matt was totally down to go try it before one of the baseball games. We also mixed things up with mini golf and a country music concert. Bring alternatives to the table or else you will be stuck on the field all day long!
3. Take an interest.
Just like I mentioned in my post on marriage advice, it’s important to take an interest in what your spouse likes. You don’t need to be spouting off statistics like the boys around the water cooler but it can be fun to learn about something your guy is really into. Plus, it’s adorable when they get so excited to teach you something, isn’t it? Trust me, if you keep an open mind to baseball (or anything a guy likes), it can be fun within reason.
4. Plan a date night.
Remember that even though baseball days might be long, baseball players can’t play all through the night. Plan a romantic dinner or a night out at a fun dance club to get a little quality time together. We did both this past weekend. Matt even mentioned how much he enjoyed this quality time because as you know, it’s one of his love languages!
5. Make it a group trip.
Chances are that if your guy loves baseball, his friends will too. So, make it a couples trip or travel with a group. Even if that group is your family! We went to Tampa with family as we do every year so there were other girls there that I could hang out with at the game. I’ve also tossed around the idea of going with one of our friend groups here in Chicago because all of our guys love baseball. If it’s possible, make it happen! Worst case, you girls break away for a little mimosa brunch or a trip to the Sprinkles ATM.
Have you ever been to baseball spring training? Do you have any tips on how to keep it fun?