For baseball fans, spring is the best time of the year. The weather is starting to turn for the better, restaurants and bars begin to open up their outside seating, and of course, baseball season is starting. Unfortunately, nearly all of us are stuck at work for most of the day, meaning very few opportunities to get out and enjoy the game. On top of that, it can be downright difficult to get anything done when all you’ve got on your mind is the next game.

This doesn’t just apply to baseball fans either. The only thing that makes it a bit easier on football fans is that most of the games are on the weekend, so typically you won’t have to sneak away from a conference call just to check the score.

Even if you can’t make it to all the games this year, you still feel that need to show pride in your favorite team. Sure, we’d all love to wear our jerseys to the office and sing fight songs walking through the hallway, but that’s just not going to fly in most offices these days. Not only would that rub your HR manager the wrong way, but it can also be quite annoying. Everyone knows an annoying sports fan in their office, so obviously you know how important it is to make sure you don’t become one.

Here are some ways that you can show your team pride without annoying your entire office:

Decorate your office appropriately

When you just have to show off your team colors in your cubicle or office, subtlety is of the utmost importance. You also want your office to look classy and professional, rather than like a teenager’s room, so you have to choose your décor wisely.

·         Team business card holders are a great way to take pride in your team without broadcasting it to the whole company. A team-specific business card holder is a sophisticated and classy way to show your pride without letting on that you may not be the most productive staff member during the season.

·         Another classy way to show off your sports pride is through displaying some of your favorite autographed collectibles. Let’s face it, sports fans are suckers for autographed stuff, and some of your favorite pieces can make for great office décor. You have to be careful, though, as there are a lot of fakes out there, so it’s important to know when you’re being scammed.

Avoid confrontation

In larger offices, running into a fan of your rival team is inevitable. Most fans are fairly cordial and friendly, but for some reason or another, you’ll inevitably want to avoid them at some point during the season.

·         While you don’t want to hole up inside your office for all of rivalry week, it still may be a good idea to prepare your office in case you need to hunker down for a while. A mini fridge can go a long way towards limiting your need to travel to the kitchen. They also come in many different shapes and sizes, so you can keep it tasteful – and even partially hidden – in your office. Those that can’t get away with a mini fridge may also want to look into a portable ice maker as a viable backup.

·         Shifting your office hours if possible is another great way to avoid confrontation from people you would run into on a typical day. Most people tend to fall into a routine without even realizing it. Changing your schedule up by 15 or 20 minutes can mean a lot fewer run-ins with whatever fan you’re trying to avoid.

Still catch the game

Just because we’re trying to tastefully show your team pride in the office doesn’t mean you’ll want to skip the game entirely. Thanks to the wonders of technology, you can work seven days a week and still not miss a game.

·         MLB.tv is a lifesaver for baseball fans, allowing you to watch any and all out of market games live on your computer. They even offer HD streams now, so that new monitor you talked the IT department into installing for you will come in handy. You’ll of course want to make use of the boss button when appropriate, and most importantly, you have to continue to meet your deadlines, or else the boss will get suspicious.

·         Your Smartphone can also be a lifesaver when you’re stuck in the office or out on the road for work. Between all the different applications available currently, you’re bound to at least follow along with each play, if not stream the game on your phone in its entirety.

Mike Tennant is a freelance writer who has covered lifestyle and technology topics for more than four years. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mike currently works with Air Conditioner Home as a content developer.  

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