Pop culture loves nostalgia. It loves nostalgia because it is inherently a narcissistic culture. From the 80's revival (soon to be 90's) going on right now, to grown people actually reminiscing about plastic video game boxes, pop culture is always looking inward on itself because it lacks the ability to have perspective. It celebrates, after all, what is popular.
The bucket list, the idea, not the awful movie, seems in many ways a practice in nostalgia. Let's make a list of things I need to do to feel accomplished! It's a very ends-based thought process, but it should instead be means-based. In other words, to use an overused parental phrase, "it's not the destination that matters, but the journey."
So with that in mind I thought I'd share my baseball bucket list, and perhaps encourage others to talk about things they'd like to experience with baseball. Ultimately, though, it's about who you experience these things with.
A selection from my bucket list
- See all 30 teams in their home stadium (3 of 30)
- See a game at ASU's Packard Stadium (completed)
- Go to an All-Star Game (completed)
- Go to a World Series Game
- Get an autograph directly from a player (completed)
- Catch a foul ball
- Play a full season of vintage baseball
- Teach a kid how to play baseball
- Teach a kid how to score baseball
- Visit all of the D-backs minor league affiliates
- Visit 2 oldest ballparks, Rickwood and Bisbee
- Go to College World Series
- Visit Baseball Hall of Fame
- Visit Negro League Museum
- Attend a doubleheader
- Sit in scout seats
- Sit in a luxury suite
- Attend SABR Convention
- Have a paper published in a SABR journal
It's not going to kill me if I don't accomplish most or any of this. Some of it is out of my hands (such as catching a foul ball). Others are longer shots, or based on significant monetary contributions (luxury suite). I figure if I can cross off a few over the years as I watch baseball, then that will be excellent.
If you want ideas on what to put in your own baseball bucket list, there's an extensive book that lists 162 things baseball fans should experience. Snooping around on Google found a few blog entries with some other ideas: here, here, and here.
What's on your baseball bucket list?