Eric, his brother Shane, and Tigers President and General Manager Dave Dombrowski at spring training

In response to my fellow team member Shannon’s post about a Mom Cave, which I am all for, I felt inclined to write about key additions for a man cave.

Every guy yearns to have one. Most spouses loathe the idea.

Nearly every single article on the Internet will tell you that you need a lavish TV, the most comfortable couch that you can find, and a surround sound system that will blow your ear drums out.

I’m not going there. It’s been done already.

Instead, with baseball season hot on our tails, these are the six essential items that every baseball fan should have for his man cave to enjoy America’s pastime from March until October.

1. MLB TV Subscription

You might think that forking out $124.99 for a season subscription is steep, but let me break down to you what you’ll get. You’re going to get access to every single out-of-market game for you to watch in high definition. On top of that, you will get access to watching them on your mobile devices and computer. I personally love it, because I was able to watch my beloved Tigers during my college classes without a hitch. If you have an Apple TV, XBOX 360 or PlayStation 3, you can stream all of the games directly through those systems as well. To me, it is well worth the price.

2. Baseball Glove Chair

This one might be a stretch, but I thought it was so cool that I had to put it in. Will it make your basement look like an elementary-school-age child’s bedroom? Sure. Will it be an instant conversation piece and the most highly sought after chair in your basement? Most definitely.

3. The More Memorabilia, The Better

I am a memorabilia junkie, and I know I’m not the only one out there. My philosophy when it comes to sports memorabilia is that you can never have enough. If you think that you don’t have enough wall space or shelf space to add more, one thing I learned is that there is always room. Stock up. They are instant conversation pieces and, depending on the piece, they can be long-term, high-yield investments. Get out to your local stadium, sports shops, trade shows, collector shows, and even check out eBay for some great deals on some awesome pieces.

4. Team Fatheads

I had to throw this in here, not only isFathead a sister company of ours, I am also a satisfied customer. I got my hands on a 6-foot by 4-foot mural of Tiger Stadium and threw that bad boy on my basement wall, and it instantly brightened up my basement. For those of you who are not familiar with Fatheads, they are life-size posters with an adhesive backing of all of your favorite athletes and celebrities. †hey stick right to your wall, but are totally moveable. Don’t take my word for it, though – go check out Fathead’s website to see which of your favorite athletes you can put on your wall!

5. Mini LCD TV

See, everyone wants to have the biggest TV to watch the big game in his basement. I can’t argue with that. I have one, too. What’s underrated, for a couple of reasons, is the smaller LCD TV. First, if you have a bar area or a gaming area that is removed from your main TV, the smaller TV can be strategically placed in a corner to make it so you never have to miss a minute of the game. Second, let’s say you want to watch more than one game at the same time. You can hook up the mini TV to your MLB TV streaming device and watch more than one game simultaneously. Lastly, and we’ve all been here, you can put it in your bathroom to make sure that you don’t miss a beat of action.

6. Team Bar Essentials

This one has many different options for your man cave. If you have a kegerator in your basement, you can find a bevvy of really cool team-inspired tap handles for it. Head on over to to find a wide assortment of different taps to fit your needs. If you don’t have a kegerator, you can still get team-inspired pint glasses, shot glasses, beverage cozies, and more or less anything you can think of when it comes to beverage consumption that can be tied into your team.

Do you have your own baseball-themed man cave? Feel free to comment to add your suggestions, and what you would like to see in your own dream man cave!

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