What’s on Your Bucket List?

My buddy Al and I have just returned from another item on our baseball bucket list, namely attending a Little League World Series game. We saw Puerto Rico defeat Canada and Georgia (Southeast) defeat Michigan (Great Lakes). Well, we saw parts of both games as we moved back and forth between the two ballparks.

Lamade Stadium, the main diamond at the Little League World Series

Attending the Little League World Series, and the College World Series (CWS), which we did in 2016, appear on the bucket lists of many fans. Others compose rather elaborate lists, such as attending games in every major league city, but it is hard for me to believe that anyone has had more fun than have Al and I by visiting the lesser known baseball shrines. While some take a pilgrimage to the mecca of Fenway Park or Wrigley Field, we have journeyed to Bosse Field in Evansville, IN, the third oldest continuously used professional ballpark in the country behind those two major league shrines, where we saw the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League play; and where we met some folks with whom I still keep in touch. We also attended a collegiate summer league game in League Park in Huntingburg, IN where the movie A League of Their Own was filmed and which has maintained its 1940s look. And we met some folks there with whom I still keep in touch.

We each visited the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown as kids and before we knew each other, but together, we also visited the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, MD. While on the Shore, we also visited Jimmie Foxx’s statue in Sudlersville, MD.

We make it a point to at least play catch in every new state through which we pass and so we have played baseball to some degree or another in every state from Pennsylvania/Delaware all the way down the coast to Florida. Naturally, we played in Nebraska while there for the CWS and in Iowa, driving across the Missouri River in order to lay claim to that state. We can also lay claim to Bermuda because, yes, we took our gloves on a cruise. The parks in which we’ve played include Home Run Baker Park in Trappe, MD and James Hoyt Wilhelm Park in Cornelius, NC.

Playing catch on Nassau Beach.

We’ve been to the Hillerich & Bradsby Factory and Museum in Louisville, KY; the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore; Spring Training in Florida, including the Braves and Orioles minor league complexes; and games at the University of Florida. I’m not sure what’s next on the bucket list, but I have no doubt that we have not reached the end of it.

So, dear readers: What are the top three items on the bucket list of your passion? You art fans what works must you see or have seen? Music fans, what performers must you hear or have heard?

If you don’t have a bucket list of something, make one, for despite the irony that the list encompasses the things you want to do before you die, the planning and the achieving insures that you are truly living.

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About Austin Gisriel

You know the guy that records a baseball game from the West Coast in July and doesn't watch it until January just to see baseball in the winter? That's me. I'm a writer always in search of a good story, baseball or otherwise.
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12 Responses to What’s on Your Bucket List?

  1. Shea Steele says:

    NYC with my husband

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  2. Cindy S Everly says:

    Great post, Austin. And Venice, Italy

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  3. Albert E Smith says:

    Austin forgot to mention we are returning to Williamsport in 2028 to watch our granddaughters play in the LLWS.

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  4. Keith Kelley says:

    1. visit the Galapagos Is., 2. visit Cooperstown, 3. play volleyball against the (topless) womens Swedish team.

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  5. David Meyer says:

    Greetings Austin, Just got around to reading your latest email. I agree with your bucket list idea.

    Was at historic Bosse Field last night in fact. Had a pre game Otter’s gathering in the Meyer backyard. Some tasty pizza & cold beverages along with a few games of cornhole.

    Bill Bussing (Otters owner) stopped by to visit and thank our group (15 or so) for the support last night and during the season.

    You talk about pennant race in the West Division of the Frontier League:

    River City Rascals 46 41 – Normal CornBelters 44 40 .5 Evansville Otters 45 42 1 Florence Freedom 44 43 2 Southern Illinois Miners 42 42 2.5 Gateway Grizzlies 36 51 10

    We saw our Otters win an exciting 7 – 5 match up with The Miners last night. Leads went back and forth all night. Gave up a run in the top of the 8th to tie score @ 5 apiece but Otters plated 2 runs in the bottom half and had a quick 1 2 3 top of the 9th.

    My dad Jim, son Drew and neighbor Lee enjoyed the short 8 minute drive back to our house after this intense and exciting win by our Otters.

    These are “bucket list” events in my book.

    Frontier League plays a 96 game schedule so it is crunch time. Otters have last home stand this weekend against league leading River City and then travel to Gateway for 3 and close the season with a 3 game series against the current 2nd place Normal CornBelters.

    Lots to watch in these last 9 games of the regular season.

    Have a GREAT weekend Austin and keep sharing these wonderful articles.

    Blessings,

    Dave

    On Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 8:29 AM, Austin Gisriel wrote:

    > Austin Gisriel posted: “My buddy Al and I have just returned from another > item on our baseball bucket list, namely attending a Little League World > Series game. We saw Puerto Rico defeat Canada and Georgia (Southeast) > defeat Michigan (Great Lakes). Well, we saw parts of both game” >

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  6. Lynne Marino says:

    Bucket list:
    1. Walk Hadrian’s Wall
    2. See the Roman ruins in Bath
    3. Go on a dance cruise.

    Those are the ones that come to mind immediately.

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