- by Leland Dixon
America's national pastime has wrapped up, as the 2013 season featured the Boston Red Sox taking home the World Series crown against the St. Louis Cardinals. Two million persons celebrated the Boston victory parade in grand style, SB Nation reported. Pitchers and catchers report come February, and you can start planning your own version of a championship celebration for the next time the stars align and your favorite team wins it all. Where should you be when it happens?
Nothing makes the national baseball title a hair sweeter than if you get to see some green along with the trophy. After the Cardinals won in 2011, Deadspin reported a man who placed a bet — while they were 999-to-1 underdogs — won no less than $375,000 for his loyalty to the team. Vegas lets you watch TV in style on 72-inch plasma television projectors while you drink, dine, dance, socialize and do a bit of gaming. It's called America's playground for a reason, after all.
Anyone who has been to an MLB game knows how much thanks to give to the state of Wisconsin. Between the beer and the cheese brats, odds are good one or more of the delicacies at the nearby food pavilions came from the Badger State. Celebrate the old-fashioned way by booking resorts in the Dells for an entire viewing and celebration party. Enjoy paddle boating on the river, camping in the nearby forests and lighting celebratory bonfires at night to toast marshmallows. Oh yeah, and be sure to stock up on quality Wisconsin cheese from nearby dairy farms.
Baseball fans sit through a baking-hot summer in most cities only to be rewarded with a championship taking place in the onset of a freezing winter. Boston predicted Game 3 of the series would take place in 30-degree weather once the match started up. For those who want to party where it's tropical, and sandy beaches let you forget every shiver, Maui offers some of the warmest daiquiri-friendly celebration spots. Once you're done soaking up the sun, go deep-sea fishing, hike the nearby lush jungle hills or go snorkeling in the nearby reefs.
No matter what time of the year you come to the Big Easy, all you need to do is stick your head out the window and find the nearest party. Whether it's the World Series or the World's Fair, there's always reason to make it a Cajun-style party. Go up and down the rue of the French Quarter with oyster po' boy in one hand and a classic Sazerac in the other. Once you've had your fill of baseball celebration, check out the history devoted to the 400-year-old city, including the former offices of the Confederacy and the port that supplied so much World War II shipping that they awarded it the national museum.