The folks at Funny or Die know it. Baseball can bring out the competitiveness in Midwesterners. We may have our disagreements – Cubs or Sox, Tigers or Tribe, Twins or Brewers – but no matter who you cheer for in the Midwest, chances are your local economy picks up just a little this time of year.
Major League Baseball’s Opening Day might not be the most productive afternoon in the office. But no one can deny the economic effects of the baseball season. Last year, we wrote about how our Midwest cities buzz on Opening Day.
As the season goes on, the economic ripple effects from baseball can grow or wane, depending on, say, how Justin Verlander pitches. There’s also the possibility this year that Detroit will get an extra economic boost from Prince Fielder, and Milwaukee will lose out. And if any of our Midwest teams make it to the playoffs, that’ll only make the cash registers sing for longer.
If the economic benefits aren’t enough to get you excited about opening day, here are some videos that might: