What do you do when you’re nervous or anxious? Bite your nails? Pace your apartment? The below is how I cope, but first a quick backstory.
I’ve been a wreck since the MLB playoffs started three weeks ago, and now the Dodgers are in the Fall Classic for the first time since I began cheering for them in 1990 at age 10. That was when Darryl Strawberry, the man whose name was stamped on the inside of my first baseball glove, signed a free-agent deal to play for Los Angeles. As an impressionable young kid in Tennessee with no natural team to root, I followed Straw to L.A.—good role model, eh?—and proceeded to fall in love with the Boys in Blue. I followed the Dodgers from afar for a couple decades before a job brought me out here in 2011. I turned my wife into a diehard, my son sleeps in a Dodger blue bed and I might have blown some savings on three tickets for Game 2 against the Astros at Dodger Stadium.
So this World Series is special to me, and my stomach has been churning since the NLCS ended. To calm the nerves, I took to the internet on a quest for a World Series Gear Guide to share with you. Enjoy…
1. Ebbets Field Flannels: 1946 Ballcap ($48). The traditional L.A. hat is preferred but this one is pretty badass too. The fact that it’s an old Angels hat can be your little secret. (Also love this Brooklyn option from Todd Snyder.)
2. Mitchell Bat Co.: MBCO A-7 ($160). I know for a fact MBCo. owner Jeremy Mitchell is a Cubs fan, so know your money will be going to support a charitable cause.
3. Fanatics: 2017 World Series Shirt ($29). When it‘s 29 years between World Series appearances, it’s okay to celebrate it with a $29 T-shirt—a dollar for every year you waited. The commemorative baseball is not a bad keepsake either.
4. Prinstant Replay ($30). Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit miracle is the Dodgers’ most memorable moment. What will this year’s be?
6. BreakingT: Red October ($24). The Ginger Jesus was crucified as a Met, died and rose into Blue Heaven. Justin Turner is a Dodger Deity and it is glorious.
7. Fanatics: Mitchell & Ness Hoodie ($69). The Fall Classic calls for fall layers, as even sunny SoCal gets chilly once the moon comes out. (And if you don’t want sleeves, Johnnie-O has got you covered.)
1. New Era: Astros World Series Patch Hat ($37). The World Series patch hat is as good a reason as any to get a new lid. If you’re less traditional, the bright orange Come & Take It from a local Houston brand is a good option.
3. BreakingT: Love Verlander ($24). The perfect shirt for Kate Upton, Jose Altuve or anyone else enamored by the dominant, last-second addition to the Astros. Another option: the dueling ticket tee from Fanatics.
4. S. Preston Art + Design: Minimalist Minute Maid Park ($49). A brilliant take on the iconic train that gets a-chuggin’ anytime the Astros score a run.
5. Forever Collectibles: Jose Altuve Bobblehead ($34). A pint-sized replica of the baseball superstar who could fit in Aaron Judge’s pocket.
6. 8th Wonder Brewery: Dome Faux’m Ale. A worthy tribute to the old home of the Astros. Fun fact: the Astrodome never hosted a World Series game.
7. Smathers & Branson: Astros Needlepoint Wallet ($115). I can’t imagine an item that would garner more envy among fellow Houston fans every time you pulled this out.
8. Johnnie-O: Astros 1/4 Zip ($129). For the fan who embraces subtlety but still wants his affiliation known.