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Start making those St. Patrick’s Day 2021 plans

St. Patrick's Day, McKechnie Field

With MLB teams planning for spring training in some form and likely with COVID-19 restrictions, the need to plan ahead has never been greater. One of the most popular events on the spring-training calendar is a St. Patrick’s Day 2021 game: here’s a guide to the most popular and noteworthy.

St. Patrick’s Day is a must-attend event for many baseball fans, even in 2021, where the day falls on a Wednesday. It’s a grand tradition for many regular attendees, with the fan bases turning out wearing plenty of green—no matter the team colors—and in a festive mood. Yes, we need to note that anything happening in March may change due to COVID-19 mitigation (or lack thereof), but as of now teams are planning on spring training with social distancing and heightened safety precautions. Here are our recommended games in both the Grapefruit League and the Cactus League.

Grapefruit League

Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox. You don’t need to be Boston Irish to appreciate what sort of party the Red Sox throw on St. Pat’s Day.

Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers. Season-ticket holders at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium view St. Pat’s games as a personal holiday, as you’ll find plenty of fans decked out in a green and a very celebratory mood. 

New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies are another team that elevates the St. Pat’s Day party with green uniforms and plenty of green merch in the team store.

Minnesota Twins at Pittsburgh Pirates. Somewhere in our baseball memorabilia we have a green Pirates St. Patrick’s Day cap, given away in an era where spring-training games rarely sold out and a promo was needed to fill the stands. Alas, we don’t have spring-training cap giveaways anymore, but you can expect some green offerings in the LECOM Park team store.

Cactus League

Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs. Three teams have announced game times, and the Cubs are one of them—and this game is scheduled as a night game, which will certainly boost the festive atmosphere, particularly for those fans who are making this part of a St. Pat’s Day doubleheader.

San Diego Padres at Chicago White Sox. Another game where you can expect some food and beverage specials and a rowdy crowd.

Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds. Expect some greening of the uniforms and some specials within the ballpark as well. In recent years the intrastate Indians/Reds games have turned into pretty decent draws, and we’d expect no less on St. Pat’s Day.

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