For a good part of the summer, baseball has the center stage. No other major sports are taking place for a couple of months and there’s nothing quite like getting out to the diamond to enjoy America’s pastime. Of course you need to be properly attired for these visits and well nothing about wearing a jersey says properly attired. Should you find yourself lucky enough to be in a luxury box in most instances you’ll be perfectly fine swapping out the shorts for a pair of pants. Here’s a rundown for each team located near the shores of the Great Lakes.
Enjoying a weekday afternoon game in the bleachers at Wrigley might as well be a rite of passage. If the sky’s out, those thigh’s better be out. Pull it all together with a Chicago flag belt in team colors.
Chicago White Sox
Bring back the good old days before the South Siders sold out to commercialism and Comiskey became the Cell. The fireworks on the belt are reminiscent of the explosions in the sky after White Sox home runs and victories.
Homage Comiskey Park T-Shirt ($28) / Jack Donnelly Dalton Short ($72) / ’47 Brand, 1982-86 Cooperstown Franchise Cap ($22.99) / Smathers & Branson Fireworks Needlepoint Belt ($165) / Allen Edmonds Custom Fastball ($125)
Toss that koozie in there as a reminder of days past. For the average price of a beer at Progressive Field these days you could have purchased 55 8-ounce cups on that fateful night.
Polo Classic-Fit Mesh Polo ($85) / Bonobos B’s Knees ($65) / State Traditions Columbus Gameday Hat ($25) / Homage 10 Cent Beer Night Koozie ($2) / Vineyard Vines Cleveland Indians Canvas Club Belt ($49.50) / Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original Canvas Boat Shoe ($75)
Opt for the tennis shoes instead of a pair of tennis shoes. You might need them to escape from a mugging. I kid but only slightly.
Pennington & Bailes Coach’s Shirt ($85) / Brooks Brothers Garment-Dyed Plain Front 9 Inch Twill Shorts (
$85 $51) / ’47 Brand 1972-73 Cleanup Cap ($19.99) / Collared Greens Venable Belt ($78) / New Balance 574 ($67.99)
Go with the throwback color scheme here. And if you’re cheering for the Brewers you better have some beers on your belt.
John Russell Golden Polo ($62.50) / J.Crew 9″ Stanton Short ($59.50) / ’47 Brand 1978-85 Cooperstown Franchise Cap ($22.99) / Knot Belt Co Leatherback Tabbed BYOB Belt ($96) / Allen Edmonds Custom Shortstop ($125)
Toronto Blue Jays
Don’t think we forgot about our neighbors to the north. The retractable roof on the Rogers Centre and the northern location make pants more bearable during the summer.