Just to change things up a bit, I thought I would share with my readers I can now scratch an item off my bucket list.
But first, a little background on me and my love for the greatest sport ever invented.
I grew up playing baseball and really enjoy the game.
I know some people find it boring, especially to watch—my wife included. But for me, understanding the strategy and intricacies of the game, I find it exciting. On top of that, even in this day and age, it makes for wholesome entertainment.
MY CHILDHOOD AND BASEBALL
For the many years I lived in a townhouse as a kid. We had a large brick wall in the front of it and a small front yard.
In the warm months of the year, I would play ball out there alone. I would throw a tennis ball against the wall for at least an hour each day, weather permitting. I pretended to be shagging fly balls and fielding grounders over and over.
We shared the brick wall with a next door neighbor. They would know when I was out in the front yard, because they would hear the “thump!” of the ball every ten seconds.
I became so synonymous with playing catch outside with myself that I had my picture taken doing it by another neighbor. That neighbor played high school baseball with Chad Curtis. I knew of Chad Curtis because he was at the time the starting center fielder for the Detroit Tigers.
As a result, I trained myself to be a good defender. This skill earned me the right to play short stop and third base, despite my being left-handed.
That was good, because I could not hit for power. I was more like a bunt-for-a-hit, slap-single hitter and could steal bases easily.
To this day I enjoy making it to a Major League Baseball game a couple times a year. I would like to see as many baseball parks as I can.
I WAS ONCE PAID TO BE AT THE WORLD SERIES
When I was in college at the Univerity of Michigan, I took a job vending at Comerica Park in Detroit.
I had prior vending experience, having done it for a couple seasons for the West Michigan Whitecaps. At Comerica Park I hawked hot dogs to the nosebleed section. I walked up and down the bleachers, offering overpriced hot dogs for baseball fans.
Well, the year I vended at Comerica Park, the Tigers made it all the way to the World Series. This was in October 2006 versus the St. Louis Cardinals.
I got paid to be at the World Series! Talk about a dream job. People paid me to be there. That was unforgettable.
Unfortunately, the Tigers lost the series. Their pitchers couldn’t throw guys out at first base, if you recall.
But it was a great job.
MY BUCKET LIST IDEA
All that to say I was excited to find a friend willing to do the “Who’s on First?” skit with me. Oh yes, the classic Abbott and Costello routine.
My friend, Christopher and I did this skit earlier this month at our Church’s talent show.
We practiced together once a week for a few weeks in preparation. We had a lot of fun with it.
I hope you enjoy it, as here is the video of our skit my wife recorded.
What do you think?
Anyone else share their enthusiasm with me over baseball?
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