HORNELL — Think back to a day in your life that was just perfect. Now think about exactly who you were with and what exactly you did that day. If you can’t remember everything you did that day, but you remember exactly who you were with than you are probably like everyone else.
Last Tuesday, I crossed the 14th Major League Baseball stadium off my list by attending a Cincinnati Reds game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. I sat down the first baseline about eight rows up, ate one of the best chili dogs I’ve ever had and saw a three-run walk-off home run to win the game for the Reds.
As close as I was to the players and as great of a game I witnessed, nothing will compare to the people that joined me for the night. I went to the game with my girlfriend, her brother and her aunt and uncle. We spent the day/night dancing in the car on the way to the stadium, laughing at her aunt every time she held her breath when her uncle hit the breaks (or didn't), belting Sweet Caroline in the parking garage after the game and finishing off the night with White Castle sliders.
The point is no matter what you do, as cool as it is at the time, it would be nothing without the people you share the experience with. I hope to one day see all the MLB baseball stadiums, but even I know a walk-off home run won’t mean much to me when I’m old and gray. Spending time with friends and family is something that will always be with me.
I expect to see future hall of fame players, amazing views of different cities and maybe even grab an autograph or two, but that wouldn’t mean much if I was by myself.
Just like all vacations, this one way way too short. All I can do now is wait until the next one. Not for the three hours of baseball, but for the unforgettable memories I’ll make along the way.
Think again about that perfect day in your life. Now think about that day minus the people you spent it with. How perfect would it be then?