Thursday, May 22, 2014

Swinging for the Fences

Swinging for the Fences
How Paracord ties in with America's pastime

There are few memories I revisit more frequently than my first baseball game. I was eight years old when I first laid eyes on the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, and instantaneously fell in love. From the salty, sweet aroma of freshly popped kettle corn, to the shiny, new batting cages adjacent to the plaza, it would have been impossible for a Minnesotan kid like me to not become a die-hard Twins fan. One new stadium and thirteen years later, my fascination with the Twins, and with America’s pastime in general, is as prominent now as it was then. The most valuable lesson that I’ve learned from all of my years of baseball fandom is that the unexpected is always possible, and you can never be too prepared. Just look at the 2004 American League Championship between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Down 3-0 in the series, the Red Sox became the first team in MLB history to dig their selves out of such a massive hole and emerge victorious. Analogously, paracord was revolutionized by like-minded individuals who believed anything can happen in life and thus preparedness is essential. We’re now about two months into the MLB season and this blogpost is dedicated to America’s rope, paracord, and America’s sport, baseball. 

MLB Paracord Bracelets

Image from Carolina Custom Cords

One of the uses of paracord that is too sparsely mentioned is its ability to help you express yourself. Pertaining to baseball, paracord bracelets that are being worn in the summer months can say a lot about the MLB team that you are cheering for. You wouldn’t be crazy enough to wear a black and yellow paracord bracelet in Phillies territory, would you?! Show your true colors with your paracord bracelet! Paracord Planet offers pre-assembled bracelets in the color schemes of ten separate MLB teams here.

Baseball-Themed Bracelets

Image from Etsy

Survival bracelets have their place on the diamond, as well. Just imagine if Bill Buckner had been wearing a paracord bracelet while he went down for that infamous groundball that snuck under his glove; maybe the extra weight on his wrist would have dropped the glove down enough to snag the ball. I apologize to all Red Sox fans that I just forced to revisit that moment. On a serious note, the baseball-themed bracelets have circulated as another way for ball players to express and identify themselves. All of the survival capabilities are simply added incentive. Here is a video tutorial that can teach you how to construct your own baseball-themed bracelet design. 

Baseball Monkey Fists

Image from Amy Gilbertson Peltz

The Monkey Fist is arguably the fiercest member of the paracord craft collection. Tying some 550 paracord around a small aluminum ball erects a destructive makeshift weapon that can hang from your lanyard or keychain. On our Facebook page for Paracord Planet, we host a weekly event called “Monday  Medley” that highlights submissions from our talented fans. One of our fans, Amy Gilbertson Peltz, created this awesome baseball-themed monkey fist. Although I wouldn’t suggest bringing this thing to the batting cages out of fear that it might shatter your bat, it still is an awesome accessory with a whole lot of hidden power.

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Written by: Jackson Yakowicz, Paracord Planet Intern

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