• Jake Shaw

I've wanted to do something like this forever...

What is something you've always wanted to do but haven't had the chance to do it?

Maybe you've always wanted to jump out of an airplane (you psychos 😉).

Maybe, just maybe, you have wanted to run across the continental United States?

For me, it's never been about making the news or breaking a world record or anything like that. I sure as hell don't feel like jumping out of a perfectly good airplane anytime soon! But, instead, I have goals and aspirations of my own.

I know it may sound funny to you. But to me, getting the opportunity to visit all 30 MLB stadiums has been on my bucket list since before I was able to comprehend baseball.

In school, I wasn't very scholarly, to put it nicely. I hated most everything about school and to be honest, the only real reason I continued going to class was the simple fact that I had to stay eligible to play sports. The one silver lining about school, especially my high school years, was history class. I had a couple of awesome instructors and they helped me grow passionate about all things history.

As most of your are probably smart enough to put two and two together, my love of history sprouted into my desire to visit all 30 ballparks. My reasoning? Simply put, they are some of the most historic buildings in all of the United States. From the green monster at Fenway to the mid summer ivey at Wrigley, baseball has carved its own stories into the history books.

From hosting world series featuring players such as Babe Ruth or Ted Williams to Derek Jeter and Big Papi. Moments locked in history throughout the corridors of some of the very same buildings.

Some of you may not know, and some of you might, but I collect baseball hats and I generally look for the "official" game worn style when I buy a new hat. I have 20 of the 30 current teams. Although I may not be in a hurry to collect them, I collect them nonetheless.

So I found it only fitting to collect the hat and visit the corresponding ball park. Some of my collection has come from the few parks I have already visited.

It's really all in fun but my love of history is what really have me the desire to seek history in so etching I already loved and that was sports.

What is something that you're passionate about or would like to achieve or so before you die?

Better yet, what have you already accomplished that used to be on said "bucket list"?

I'd love to hear some of your thoughts and responses.

Tweet me, DM me on IG, or email me. Let's talk! I want to hear what you aspire for one day. It could be none of the aforementioned or it could be the same. There are no wrong answers.

Cheers to a new week and new opportunity.


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