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The Best Events To See At Baseball Games (That’s Not Baseball)

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 Many ballparks have traditional events that occur during each game–and sometimes these are just as exciting to look forward to as the opening pitch! See our full list below of fun items we’ve loved to see at games… after you browse, make sure to enter our contest so you have a chance to pick a game to go to (and see these fun traditions!).

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1

Sausage Races with the Brewers

Miller Park: Milwaukee, WI
 
 
 

Right before the sixth inning of every home game, five sausages race down the third base line.

The sausages are known as the Klement's Racing Sausages (named for Klement's Sausage Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin). The sausages are served in Miller Park.

Originally it was just the bratwurst, Polish, and Italian sausages. But the hot dog and chorizo were added a decade later after fans felt strongly about them being included as sausages.

2

Seventh Inning Stretch with the Cubs

Wrigley Field: Chicago, IL
 
 
 

In the seventh inning, it's typical for fans to get up, stretch and sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame." It's a tradition.

But the Cubs have nearly always added a unique twist to it: they bring in celebrities to sing. Whether it's on the field or in the broadcast box, someone will belt out the tune.

It wasn't until 2013 that the Cubs finally put the kabosh on having random celebs come out to sing. Now they have only celebs that call Chicago home, like Bill Murray and John Cusack.

3

Pool Suite with the Diamondbacks

Chase Field: Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Big enough to fit 34 people, the pool in the outfield of Chase Field offers a unique experience to stadium goers. Especially since you can see 49,000 other fans who will pack the stadium. And inevitably be jealous of your fun.

The pool holds 8,500 gallons of water, and is 415 feet from home plate. Not a bad spot to sit, watch the game, and splash your friend.

4

Sweet Caroline sung with the Red Sox

Fenway Park: Boston, MA
 
 
 

Sweet Caroline is always played in Fenway Park during the eighth inning. But why?

Seems that an operator in the box had a child named Caroline that was born in 1997--the same year the song started. The operator played that song until employment ended in 2001. But it had already stuck. So the Sox kept playing it.

On opening night of the 2010 season at Fenway Park, the song was performed by Diamond himself. And after the Boston Marathon bombings, the New York Yankees played it to honor the bombing victims. To which, Neil Diamond himself tweeted: "Thank you NY Yankees for playing 'Sweet Caroline' for the people of Boston. You scored a home run in my heart. With respect, Neil."

 

Calling All Angels is played before the game even begins in Angel Stadium. Every time. The song is sort of the unofficial anthem. In 2010, it was played before each game while a slideshow was shown on a large screen with the highlights of the team.

Train came out and performed the song live before the Home Run Derby of the 2010 All-Star Game.

 

Ahhhh...if you aren't watching a row of sausages race home, then it's got to be the Presidents. George Washington. Thomas Jefferson. Abraham Lincoln. Theodore Roosevelt. And William Howard Taft. Larger than life and stuffed with fluff.

Before this, the Nationals had the PNC Dollar Derby, cartoon shown on the big screens. But then changed to the faces shown on currency. And then just general Presidents.

Typically something will happen to a president during each race. You'll have to pay attention to what mishap is next...

7

The HomeRun Train with the Houston Astros

Minute Maid Park: Houston, TX
 
 
 

Whenever a player hits one outta the park, the train will take a lap around the outfield. The only other time the train will leave the station during the game, is when the team wins.

Why? Because the location of the stadium used to be the very same location as the Houston Union Station.

8

Bernie's Slide with the Brewers

Miller Field: Milwaukee, WI
 
 
 

Alright, we know we already added one for Milwaukee, but we have to give props where props are due. Bernie the Brewer takes a trip down the water slide whenever the brewers make a homerun.

The slide is located near the outfield, so if you aren't paying attention to it at the time, you may miss him. But really...you can't miss the giant yellow tube.

9

McCovey Cove with the Giants

AT&T Park: SanFrancisco, CA
 
 
 

Well, if you don't have tickets but you want to catch a game, you can head to nearby McCovey Cove. On game days, fans get out their boats, kayaks, or just sit on the dock, often with fishing nets, to try and catch or fish out a homerun ball.

The name of the cove was thought up Leonard Koppett, a writer for the Oakland Tribune, who suggested it pay homage to famed first baseman Willie McCovey. While it's not official, the name stuck.

10

The Clydesdales with the St. Louis Cardinals

Busch Stadium: St. Louis, MO
 
 
 

What's better than having a team of horses run around your stadium to bring in a team named after birds or religious persons?

Well, the Clydesdales are associated with the Anheuser-Busch brand (You've probably seen the Super Bowl ads, I presume?), but Cardinals fans are dead set on the fact that they represent baseball. Not beer.

They'll walk out from the stadium tunnel and make a full loop to a special Clydesdale song.

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