Elliott's bucket list

BOB ELLIOTT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

No wonder we never get Film Festival invites.

Turns out The Bucket List is not a baseball movie.

All this time we thought it was a docudrama about Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman listing the Blue Jays hitters who stepped in the bucket.

Ken Huckaby, who used to stride toward the third-base coaching box or the third-base dugout, would have been in there.

So, too, would Eddie Zosky, Damo Garcia and Danny Ainge.

Alas, it turns out the movie is about all the things the two of them wanted to do before they "kicked the bucket."

On this birthday day of reflection, our own bucket list:

- See Cito Gaston stand in a clubhouse with champagne running down one cheek and tears down the other as he celebrates another World Series victory to partially make up for his 11-year exile from managing. It won't be this year, but some time down the road.

- Hear the Jays go a season without complaining about competing against the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. They finished ahead of the Red Sox in 2006 and are currently ahead of the Yanks this year.

- Watch Canada beat the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic before a full house at the Rogers Centre next March.

- Have the chance to watch someone with the ability to hit line drives at-bat after at-bat the way Paul Molitor did.

- Be able to see a healthy Scott Rolen swing the bat. We've never seen anyone with a better glove, and we saw Mike Schmidt and Graig Nettles.

- See more major-leaguers play with the passion of Boston's Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury.

- Witness the National League win an all-star game.

- Watch Vernon Wells and Roy Halladay both be injury-free the same season.

- Find 20 or so tickets for the remaining home games at Yankee Stadium to satisfy half the people who have asked me to "fix 'em up" this final month.

- See Buffalo get another NFL team after the Bills come to Toronto.

- Be assigned to the Montreal Expos' home opener in 2012, after major league ball fails in Washington D.C. for a third time.

- See another World Series memory like Mookie Wilson/Bill Buckner in 1986, Kirk Gibson/Dennis Eckersley in 1988, Joe Carter/Mitch Williams in 1993 or Luis Gonzalez/Mariano Rivera in 2001.

- Have another "old-fashioned baseball night" -- 14 people telling stories, with one San Francisco scribe claiming he suffered a rib injury from laughing too hard, eating Mexican food in Riverside, Calif., the night before the Angels won the 2002 World Series.

- Cover a rookie-class team for a week and check on where everyone wound up five years later.

- See the Yanks win again after not winning since 2000.

- Visit Tootsie's on a trip to Nashville for the winter meetings, after being 0-for-8.

- Make a trip to the homestead at Doonan Lodge, county Donegal, Ireland to check out their ball team.

- Be able to write one column as well as Wayne Parrish. Just one.

- Write another book, this one fiction.

- Take a one-week tour as a roadie for George Strait. "Would you like a water or a Lone Star?"

- Be able to tell an after-dinner story like Frank Orr.

- Avoid having to sit in an airport, on a plane or in a press box with a Republican on one side and a Democrat on the other during an election year as one tries to convince the other to switch his vote.

- Visit every Canadian province (three to go) and every U.S. state (nine remaining).

- Remember to get a Nexus pass and be able to skate through customs at Pearson International.

- Don't suffer seizures like Morgan Freeman did in the movie.

- Get tickets to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

- Be faster on the draw -- even for one exchange -- than Bob McCown.

- Hold a grandchild over my head.

- Spoil a grandchild and send him or her home.

- Stop losing so many friends and loved ones.

And when all that is done and the bucket is kicked ...

The first thing we want -- after hugging mother and father again -- is to visit with Ted Williams.

Our 1993 meeting at his fishing cabin on the Miramichi River to discuss John Olerud's assault at .400 was cancelled two days before heading east because of an illness in his family.


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