Keep the game alive during the off-season
The holiday season reminds us to cherish the things in life that are the most precious to us; family, friends, and baseball. Christmas marks the middle of the baseball off-season and many baseball fans find themselves missing the green grass, warm sun, and smell of leather that permeates the great game of baseball. For baseball fans that are eager for next season to start, I have come up with 3 creative ideas to bring baseball into your home this Christmas.
Baseball-Themed Christmas Gift Bows
Ribbon, bows, wrapping paper and tape are essentials for the holiday gift-giving season. A Christmas gift is not complete without attractive packaging to hide the gift while it waits to be opened under the Christmas tree. If you are going to be giving a Christmas gift to someone that loves baseball, use baseball ribbon and a Baseball Rose Boutonniere in place of your traditional ribbon and rows. Usually the ribbon and bow are discarded with all the wrapping paper remains after everyone opens their gifts on Christmas morning. But the Baseball Rose Boutonniere and baseball ribbon will be a treasure that a baseball fan can keep for many years to come. It will be like receiving two gifts in one! Each Baseball Rose Boutonniere is handcrafted from genuine baseball leather to form an unforgettable bloom that lasts a lifetime.
Everyone is familiar with the tradition of hanging mistletoe in a doorway during the holiday season. A few of us may have even found ourselves caught under the mistletoe and earned a kiss. This year, start a new baseball-themed holiday tradition with baseball mistletoe.
What is baseball mistletoe and where can it be purchased?
Baseball mistletoe is a fun holiday twist on the Baseball Rose Boutonniere. Simply take a Baseball Rose Boutonniere, attach a yard of baseball ribbon, and hang it upside down under a doorway. This cute baseball-themed idea will be adored by any baseball lovers that visit your home for the holidays. Who knows? Maybe a couple will hit a home run in their love lives after coming to bat underneath your baseball mistletoe…hopefully they don’t strike out. You can purchase "baseball mistletoe" here.
One of the most exciting and memorable times at Christmas is setting up the Christmas tree with your family. The kids and pets love getting into all the decorations, lights, and ornaments. Christmas tree decorating dates back to around 1605 in Germany with cookies, nuts, and breads used as decorations. German immigrants brought the tradition to America and now Americans continue to spark new life into the tradition each year. Many families use Christmas tree ornaments that have been collected over the years, like “My First Christmas”, and ornaments that commemorate a special year or interest. Christmas trees can also be decorated based on a theme that a family is passionate about.
If you’re choosing to go with a baseball-themed Christmas tree this year, the Baseball Rose Boutonniere is a great way to add a classy touch to your theme. The short flexible stem can be shaped so you can position the baseball rosebud just the way you like on the branches of the tree. The silk baby’s breath and artificial greenery create an attractive ensemble to the Baseball Rose Boutonniere that complements any evergreen. Add baseball ribbon, baseball cards, popcorn/peanuts on a string, and other baseball-themed ornaments to your tree until you have the perfect baseball-themed tree that will be the envy of all your friends and family that love baseball.
The Baseball Rose Boutonniere is not just for weddings, proms, and formal events. Baseball-themed gift bows, baseball mistletoe, and baseball-themed ornaments are just a few of the endless possibilities that Baseball Rose Boutonnieres can be used for. The best part about the Baseball Rose Boutonniere is that it lasts forever, so you can continue coming up with new ways to show your love for the game. Tell us about your baseball-themed Christmas ideas below, or share other ideas you may have for using a Baseball Rose Boutonniere.
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A look back at baseball during WWII
It’s November 11, 2011…11/11/11…Veteran’s Day 2011. This is a day to reflect on and thank those who have dedicated a part or all of their lives to preserving the freedom we enjoy every day. But how is baseball connected to the veterans we salute today or any day?
Baseball has a rich and storied history in America. Baseball has endured through great depressions, world wars, terrorist attacks, strikes, and recessions. Baseball is America’s game, bringing together players and fans through the good times and the bad times. During wartime, baseball had players leave the playing field for battlefields. And it also had players that continued to play the game and provide a meaningful way to help America cope with their loved ones fighting overseas.
President Roosevelt asserted the importance of America’s Pastime during wartime in his famous “Green Light” letter sent to Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, on January 15, 1942, shortly after the US entered WWII.
I honestly feel that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going. There will be fewer people unemployed and everybody will work longer hours and harder than ever before.
And that means that they ought to have a chance for recreation and for taking their minds off their work even more than before.
The biggest impact on baseball in wartime was experienced during WWII. 1941 was a banner year in baseball history, featuring Ted William’s .406 batting average and Joe Dimaggio’s 56 game hitting streak. Two feats that have never been closely matched since. It was also the year that players from baseball would start enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces when America was drawn into WWII. Hugh “Losing Pitcher” Mulcahy was the first major leaguer to be drafted on March 9, 1941. Known for losing 76 games in 4 seasons to earn his nickname, he told The Sporting News, “My losing streak is over for the duration … I’m on a winning team now.”
Both Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio would also serve during WWII along with 26 other future Hall of Famers that include Yogi Berra, Stan Musial, Bob Feller, Hank Greenberg, Jackie Robinson, and Warren Spahn. Baseball did not hold back from offering its finest players to preserve the freedoms we have today in our country. In all, more than 4,500 professional baseball players (majors and minors) would serve in WWII.
Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio both had service in the military during WWII
During wartime, professional baseball players would show their passion for baseball by finding ways to play ball during their service which helped to provide an emotional lift for other servicemen. Sergeant Joe DiMaggio played for the Santa Ana Army Air Base team and Cadet Ted Williams played for the Chapel Hill Cloudbusters team.
The Norfolk Naval Station was home to many Major Leaguers serving in the military during WWII. Two of the best military teams, the Naval Training Station Blue Jackets and Naval Air Station Airmen, were in Norfolk. Among the players you would find on these teams were Phil Rizzuto, Pee Wee Reese, Bob Feller, and Dom DiMaggio.
During WWII, Major League Baseball became involved in many fundraising efforts to raise money for the war efforts. Both Sergeant DiMaggio and Cadet Williams would play together in an Armed Forces All-Star team that was managed by Babe Ruth on July 12, 1943. Playing against the Boston Braves in Boston, Ted Williams would hit the game-winning home run for the All-Stars and Babe Ruth even made a pinch hit appearance in the 8th inning.
Another huge fundraising event that drew over 70,000 fans to Yankee Stadium was a face off against the greatest hitter and the greatest pitcher of the golden era of baseball. Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson would go head-to-head during the break between two games of a New York/Washington doubleheader. Just imagine the excitement baseball fans and America must have felt during an event such as that.
There is a reason that baseball is America’s Favorite Pastime. Through the thick and thin, baseball has always been there and will always be there. Since WWII, we haven’t seen players leaving the sport to serve in the military to the same degree, and it is not likely to happen again since the draft was discontinued in 1973. But the attacks of September 11, 2001 showed that baseball can continue its efforts to play an important role to help heal the wounds of America caused by such a terrifying event. All you have to do is go to any ballpark during the 7th inning stretch on a Sunday, holiday, or post-season game to hear “God Bless America” sung along side the traditional “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”. This new tradition was established after September 11, 2001 and continues to this day. Baseball is full of traditions and veterans are a fundamental part of many of its traditions.
To all the veterans of the Armed Force…We Salute You!
Veterans Day, 2011
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The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun and now it’s time to get your checklist ready to create the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Of course, there are the essentials like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, wine…but for a football fan, the list gets even longer. They need their jersey ready, a comfortable couch, plenty of snack foods, beer, and like-minded friends/relatives ready to cheer on their favorite team.
Why not also bring football to the Thanksgiving dinner table? Here are a few ideas we found online to help get those brain juices flowing.
Football-Themed Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are not a stranger to a Thanksgiving appetizer menu. It doesn’t take much to add a hint of football to your deviled eggs this year.
1 dozen hard-cooked eggs, peeled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons mango chutney
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
Kosher salt to taste
Garnish: sliced fresh chives (or green onion tops)
Cut eggs in half lengthwise; carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks; stir in mayonnaise, chutney, and red pepper until blended. Spoon yolk mixture evenly into egg white halves. Sprinkle evenly with desired amount of salt. Garnish, if desired. Chill until ready to serve.
Source: Norm Thompson
Another appetizer option while the relatives are waiting for the food to cook and watching the morning football games is a Football Salami from Norm Thompson. Their award-winning sausage is made the old-fashioned way, with fresh beef and pork, cured and slowly smoked over hickory fires. In an authentic, full-size football shape, complete with lacing and stitches.
Chocolate Covered Football Strawberries
Source: Jennifer Showmecute – Youtube
Thanksgiving dinner is not over until dessert. Although, pumpkin pie may be a favorite for most, you can also add an additional option with chocolate dipped football strawberries. Check out this short video explaining the simple process to prepare them.
Football Rose Centerpiece
Finally, I’ve saved the best for last. After you’ve looked at a few different food options, I would like to turn your attention to the table setting. If you walk into any store in November, you will find a cornucopia of options for Thanksgiving themed centerpieces that usually revolve around gourds and fall colors. This is fine for most dinner tables, but for diehard football fans, you’re going to need something that makes a stronger statement about your passion for football.
The good news is that, L.O.V.E.nterprises, the maker of the Baseball Rose, recently added the Football Rose to its Sports Roses product line. Each Football Rose features petals handcrafted from football leather and is accented by genuine leather laces hand-stitched on one side of the rose. The completed Football Rosebud is attached to a “realistic-looking” artificial rose stem. The end result is a rose that resembles a football that will never wilt or die.
Now you can make this Thanksgiving unforgettable and start a new tradition in your family with the Football Rose. Imagine the expression on your relatives’ faces when they come to sit down at the dinner table and see your Football Roses proudly displayed in the middle of your table…now that’s priceless.
Order your Football Roses now to assure their arrival in time for Thanksgiving.
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Hot dogs…check, Buns…check, Charcoal…check, Soda…check, Baseball Roses…?
The 4th of July marks the middle of summer on the American calendar. Schools are on summer break, the weather is heating up, families take their summer vacations, and baseball prepares for the All-Star game. Folks across the nation begin to prepare the grill and stock up on all the BBQ essentials for the upcoming festivities that bring friends, families and neighbors together. And every child looks forward to the spectacular firework displays during the grand finale of Independence Day.
Independence Day is when we celebrate the birthday of our great country. We’ll sing the National Anthem throughout the day and hold Old Glory in our hands. There are many different patriotic symbols that we associate with our great country – the Bald Eagle, Red/White/Blue, the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, and even Uncle Sam. Of course, I can’t forget baseball and apple pie.
What can be more American than America’s favorite pastime?Baseball is America’s sport and no other major sport in America shares the spotlight with baseball on our nation’s birthday. There will be very few, if any, lonely baseball diamonds during this 4th of July weekend. This is why I’m staking a claim to add a new symbol to our patriotic vocabulary…Baseball Roses. Baseball Roses are as American as baseball and apple pie. The seeds of this idea first sprouted on American soil, were nurtured by American hands, and were spread across the country by American fans. The Baseball Rose may only be 4 years old, but it’s strong American roots have a firm grip on the hearts of baseball fans.
This 4th of July, whether you host your own All-American BBQ or attend as a guest, make sure you add the Baseball Rose “Triple Play” Vase Arrangement as your picnic table centerpiece. The Baseball Rose “Triple Play” Vase Arrangement features three handmade Baseball Roses arranged in an attractive display with silk baby’s breath, and baseball grosgrain ribbon tied around the 9″ bud vase.
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The perfect gift for Father’s Day is a Baseball Rose?
Putting flowers and men together in the same sentence is not an easy feat to accomplish. When Mother’s Day rolls around each year, you can’t go wrong sending Mom a bouquet of flowers (hopefully sending flowers to your Mom isn’t just limited to one day a year). Flowers have become a staple for holidays like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day and also for special days like anniversaries, but we usually think of giving flowers to women. Men have been left out of the flower equation when it comes to holidays like Father’s Day and if you ask them, they probably would agree to leave it that way.Does it always have to be that way?
Maybe…but things change all the time and a few years back a very unique flower sprouted called the Baseball Rose. Naturally, female baseball fans gravitated to the Baseball Rose and they have been receiving them as gifts for Mother’s Day, graduations, birthdays, high school/college senior nights, the list goes on and on. But the facts don’t lie. I have received hundreds of orders from daughters, girlfriends and wives buying Baseball Roses for their man. Proms, coaches’ gifts, weddings, anniversaries…and oh yes, Father’s Day! Thumb through the photos on the Baseball Rose Facebook Page and you’ll see many men proudly wearing or holding a Baseball Rose.
The strong roots of the Baseball Rose have started to dig through the hard soil of established traditions. Baseball is part of the American spirit for both men and women. The hardy Baseball Rose, firmly rooted in America’s Favorite Pastime, is strong enough for a man.
Father’s Day is only 2 weeks away and it’s time to start searching for that perfect gift. Ties, tools, electronics and sports will always have a place on Father’s Day, but add a memorable touch this Father’s Day with a Baseball Rose to complement a gift or surprise Dad with a bouquet delivered to his office. He would definitely be the star of the office and I bet that deep down he will have the biggest smile on his face after he receives his Baseball Roses, even if his pride won’t let him show it on the surface. Each Baseball Rose features petals handcrafted from authentic baseball leather that last a lifetime and they are made right here in the USA.
P.s. I still would recommend staying away from our Pink Softball Rose for Dad. But if he’s involved with softball, he may enjoy the Yellow Softball Rose.
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