I know I’m not the only girl out there who used to create lists of traits that I was looking for in my future husband. This list was usually just something I carried around in my head, but I do clearly remember one night in college sitting around with some girlfriends, markers and construction paper everywhere, and actually writing out thorough lists that we each titled, “My Ideal Man.”
My list always included things like a strong faith, a sense of humor, and a humble character. Deal-breaker traits. But there was another one that I always thought would be pretty great too — more of a bonus trait. I wanted to marry a baseball fan… and not just any fan, but a Red Sox fan. Baseball has always been a huge part of my life growing up. We went to Tides’ games in Norfolk all the time and cheered for the Red Sox as our Major League team due to my mom getting hooked after living in Boston for a short time during her childhood.
Thank you, Lord, for answering my prayers! Not only am I blessed to have a husband of incredible character, but Chris is probably one of the biggest sports fans that I know. I could talk about his fantasy sports league history, his athletic involvement growing up, how I’ve learned to consider what game might be going on whenever I’m making plans for us – but most importantly, one of the first things I found out about Chris when I met him is that he is from Boston and as a result, is a huge Red Sox fan.
When he told me about his lifetime goal of seeing a baseball game at each of the thirty MLB stadiums, I was so excited to join the journey! As of last week, we had been to ten stadiums together and Chris had only six left to go to see them all. We are in the middle of a trip now to knock out the rest and our itinerary includes Cincinnati, St. Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Chicago (White Sox), and Miami.
I’m going to try to keep up entries here to cover them all. It’s been such a fun way to experience new cities–and a great way to try out new restaurants too! I loved the tacos, craft beer stands, and hanging greenery in San Diego. In Oakland, fans tailgate before the game and the rowdiness in the stadium is like nothing I’ve ever seen. The stadium in Phoenix actually has a pool inside. I know we have a lot of adventures ahead of us now as we finish out this goal. What a great way to spend Fourth of July week with my all American, baseball-loving husband!