The game of baseball originated as an informal, loosely rules-based game to pass the time between shifts at the factory or on weekends in the park. Since the mid-1800s, this game evolved. From homemade equipment and unofficial fields of play, it’s become the fascination of our beloved homeland. Today, the game is steeped in tradition. From the rituals of game day for the players to the tried-and-true routines of the fans, baseball is in our American DNA. Baseball is sewn into the fabric of our society like the pinstriped wool jerseys and carefully crafted lumber swung by our larger-than-life heroes and legends.
Jerky, it turns out, is pretty darn American too. Native American tribes were making buffalo jerky hundreds of years before the first settlers arrived. Once the European settlers made their way to America, the tribes taught these newcomers how to preserve animal meat. After the country’s founding it began to expand westward and jerky became indispensable to those making the perilous journey to the mountains and the valleys of what would become the Great American West. Without jerky in their pockets, the famed gunslingers and settlement founders would not have made our history books.
Baseball and Jerky—Bringing Tradition Together
This spring, as the new baseball season kicks off and generations of fans head to the ballpark in search of hotdogs, cold beer, and the crack of the bat, we urge you to combine a couple of our country’s greatest traditions. When you’re heading out to catch a game or two at Coors Field or Fenway Park, grab a program and soak in some sun and tradition with a stick of buffalo jerky in your pocket. Or, as you gather around the plasma screen (or if you’re like us, kick it old school with a classic radio) with a living room full of rabid fans, cook up some jerky nachos, and delight your crowd with your knowledge of baseball history.
Either way, enjoy the spring. Enjoy the fresh new season; the time of year when anything’s possible, when “this just might be our year” is the call to arms for every seasoned fan. And, of course, enjoy the jerky.