Few things are better than sitting behind your favorite team’s dugout at a big league baseball game, especially on Opening Day. You get to see your favorite players up-close, maybe snag a foul ball and if you go early for batting practice maybe even an autograph.
But knowing which dugout to sit by can be tricky. There’s no consistent rule that says home team on one side, road team on the other. Depending on the stadium, the home team might sit in the first base dugout or the third base dugout. You may not know unless you’ve been to the stadium before, and if you pick a seat on the wrong side you’re out of luck.
So how do know which teams sit in the third base dugout and which teams sit in the first base dugout? We’ve got your answer. We studied every major league stadium to compile the list of which dugout the home team sits in.
MLB Home Teams in the First Base Dugout
Kansas City Royals
San Diego Padres
New York Yankees
St. Louis Cardinals
New York Mets
Boston Red Sox
MLB Home Teams in the Third Base Dugout
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
Toronto Blue Jays
Tips for Getting a Player’s Autograph
Getting your favorite player’s autograph is a lifelong keepsake. There’s no guarantee that any player will sign before the game (they’re getting ready for work, after all) but here are some tips to improve your chances:
- Bring a marker or a pen. Players don’t carry them in their pocket, so if you want an autograph you have to have your own. Make sure it’s permanent and won’t bleed. A Sharpie works great.
- Be polite. Most ball players are happy to sign for fans, but they do still have to prepare for the game.
- Have your souvenir ready. A baseball works great, or a program or photograph. Hats are also good, but make sure your marker will be visible if the hat is a dark color.
- Go to the end of the netting. Most teams now install netting that runs the length of each dugout to protect fans from dangerous batted balls. Go to the end, or even a little farther down the line where the wall is low right next to the field.
- Avoid the outfield. Outfield walls are too high for players to reach over, and most players are tasked with fielding batting practice.
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