If you haven’t already seen the movie “The Bucket List”, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, then I highly recommend that you do so. In short, the movie is about the adventures of two men who believe that they are terminally ill and have decided to write out a “bucket list” of things they want to do before dying. The pair of nut cases tried everything from skydiving to classic muscle car racing. The whole list seemed full of fun/stupid/crazy stunts, and it was enough to motivate me to want to try them all (without the whole “terminally ill” part). I proceeded to start the process of creating my own bucket list of relatively dangerous, self-indulgent, and utterly ridiculous things to do. I won’t go into the details of that list here, but suffice it to say that swimming with sharks seems like one of the safer things to do in retrospect. Today I’m taking the bucket list concept one step farther. I’ve created a bucket list specifically for baseball.
In no particular order, here is my personal baseball bucket list.
- Take in a game at Fenway. Start by walking around the street side of the Green Monster to get an appreciation for what it takes to clear that wall. Look at the Coca-Cola sign. Then imagine Mark McGwire launching balls one after another into the night over that wall during the home run derby. If you want to be a bit more nostalgic, then imagine Ted Williams bouncing shots off of the wall for long singles.
- Attend a World Series game in which my favorite team is participating. This one needs no additional explanation.
- See a day game at Wrigley. Sit in the bleachers. Wear a Cardinals jersey, and then wait for Cubs fans to start harassing you. Enjoy the banter, and be sure to shake hands at the end of the game. It’s well worth the price of admission.
- Watch a position player pitch in a blowout game. Whether it be a fastball from someone like Aaron Miles or a strikeout by Skip Schumaker, this is just pure fantasy. Put me in coach, I’m ready to play.
- See my favorite team win the World Series. Count yourself lucky if you get to see this happen once in a lifetime, because there are plenty of people who haven’t been as lucky. I’ve been fortunate enough to see it happen 3 times.
- Attend a baseball game with family members representing at least 2 other generations. This is especially poignant if the love of baseball has been passed down from one generation to the next.
- Dance like an idiot during a rain delay. Yes. Do it. Be THAT guy or gal that everybody is pointing at during the rain delay. Dance like nobody else is watching. Shake what yo’ momma gave you.
- Attend Fan Appreciation Day in St. Louis. Arrive early. Be there in time to join the crowd in singing the National Anthem. If that doesn’t give you goosebumps, then the Communists have won.
- High five at least 2 dozen complete strangers in a fully packed stadium after a walkoff win. Think of it as a positive example of the mob mentality. All the cool kids are already doing it. It’s an outward expression of joy sourced from a love of a wonderful game that is shared by thousands of people around you. Just a high five, though. Good touch >>> bad touch.
- Ride a bike taxi in St. Louis from the stadium to my car. The people who operate the bike taxis are some of the hardest working people I know. Don’t think so? Try peddling a bike uphill while dragging along 3 people who are yelling and pointing at pedestrians.
What would you put on your baseball bucket list?
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