With the summer baseball season starting to heat up, it's important the players don't forget the essentials. Here are some must-haves for every player to ensure their summer baseball season is the perfect one.
First, and most importantly, every player needs equipment. From gloves to bats to spikes and everything in between, a player without equipment is like a fisherman without a fishing pole. Every baseball player has at least one superstition when it comes to equipment and forgetting that important piece of leather or metal could wreak havoc with a player's mentality. A player forgetting that lucky batting glove could turn his hot streak at the plate to an 0-4 day in a heartbeat. Equipment is most important for a successful summer baseball season.
Second is shorts. These are crucial for when the games end, especially in the dog days of July and August. The heat will be bearing down on the players and there is no better feeling than taking off long, thick baseball pants and replacing them with a nice pair of athletic shorts. Putting on shorts makes going out to dinner after a game or the long ride home so much more relaxing.
Third is sunflower seeds. Any kind of seeds will work, but there is no question that ranch flavor is the best. Sunflower seeds have multiple purposes for players. Not only are they a decent snack for the long games where players go without a proper meal for awhile, but they are also a good way to keep a player occupied if they are just DH'ing or not pitching that day. Sunflower seeds are not only a beloved part of the game of baseball, but a big bag of seeds can easily make a player the most popular one on the team.
Fourth is accessories. Sunglasses, arm sleeves and wristbands are all necessities for summer baseball. Sunglasses serve their obvious purpose but they also serve the one that arm sleeves and wristbands do — they make a player look awesome. Wearing any of these three accessories could be a great boost of confidence for any player. If you look good, you feel good and if you feel good you play even better. A salesman can tell you how these accessories can protect a player, but no one is wearing them for that reason.
The final essential for summer baseball is gallons and gallons of water. Playing in the summer heat, water has never been more important. The thirst after a long, hot day of baseball can only be quenched with water and every player needs it to survive a long, hot season of summer baseball.