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March 31, 2011    |    By +
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Since the second the Worlds Series ended, I’ve been (not so) patiently wait for this day.

Baseball’s Opening Day means about seven months of watching my favorite sport each and every day, but just as importantly, Opening Day means that warm weather is just around the corner.

Trading out my ball cap for my Gift Guru cap, each spring I find a few baseball gifts that further fuel my excitement for the old ball game. Gifts any baseball fan would love to get. So without wasting any more pitches, here are three must haves for MLB diehards.

The MLB team logo lawn stencil is a Ruthian display on fan loyalty. Each stencil allows for a 52” team logo to be painted on a fan’s lawn. The kit comes with the stencil and enough lawn-friendly Turf Paint for a handful of applications. The stencil basically will grow out and disappear when the grass in next mowed. Here’s a great move I might just try. I’ll buy the Yankees stencil and go on a Special Ops mission to stencil it on my friend’s (and Sox fan) lawn!

Another gem I found is the “Cooperstown Hair-Itage” tee from Nike. These retro-feel tees pay homage to our favorite bearded and mustachioed stars of the past. With merely a team cap and their trademark facial hair, these players are instantly recognizable to the most die-hard of baseball fans. I’m loving the “Pops” (Will Stargell) throwback look on the black and gold tee. Classic.

Lastly, for years each March, I’ve picked up the annual installment of Baseball Prospectus. It’s a baseball stats lover’s dream as the phonebook (do they still make those?) sized tome offers “deadly accurate” forecasts for every major league player and scores of minor leaguers as well. The insights of Baseball Prospectus are well worth the read. A must-have for big fans.

Here are some more MLB gift ideas.

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.