I got a text message today that Chet was going to be unavailable to write his weekly piece due to work commitments. Since when does work come before VFTB? Instead, you’re stuck with me this Wednesday afternoon on short notice. I have to warn you, editorial column type posts are not my strength, but I’ll try to get you through it.

We’ve all heard of the bucket list concept when it comes to living life. Heck, maybe you’ve even been treated to the movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman about the concept. Side note, I’d highly reccomend that one over another Nicholson movie, About Schmidt where you’re subjected to a very naked Kathy Bates in a hot tub. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, the concept goes a little like this:

You make a list of all the things you want to accomplish in all facets of life before you “kick the bucket”. Instead of applying it to my whole life, I’d like to present my sports Bucket List in abbreviated fashion.

Visit Fenway Park – I hate the Red Sox, but there is something magical about old ball parks. I’ve been to Old Comiskey and Old Yankee Stadium, but never Fenway.

See a No Hitter Live – I don’t really have a requirement that I need to be in attendence. I simply want to watch a game from start to finish, live. The closest I’ve ever seen is a Zambrano start against the Diamondbacks a few years back. You may ask why I don’t count the Zambrano no hitter in Milwaukee. It’s because I was blacked out for that game and couldn’t watch. I had every intention of watching the Randy Johnson perfect game against the Braves, but instead went to Wal-Mart with my wife. Ugh.

Attend a Duke / Carolina game – If you don’t live here in the tobacco road area, you don’t understand how much hype the game gets. I’ve been to a game at the Dean Dome and it was a crazy experience. I can’t even imagine what it would be like for that rivalry.

Visit the Four Major Sports Hall of Fames – I’ve been to Cooperstown already, though it was way back in 1996. That leaves three to go with the most likely one being Canton since it’s somewhat on my way to Chicago on a road trip.

Stand on the Pitchers Mound at Wrigley Field – Seriously, how cool would that be?

See the Cubs / Illinois Basketball Win the Championship – If  you had to pick which would happen first, which would you pick?

Hit a Hole in One – I say it every time I talk about this. When it happens, it will be my last golf shot ever. I’m going out on top.

There you have it. Now I want to hear your list.


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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail