When I was assigned a baseball theme cruise, I had mixed emotions. I had never been on a themed sailing before, and because I’m not a huge fan of professional sports, I was concerned that maybe this sort of thing wasn’t the best way for me to get my feet wet.
Contrary to my initial fears, I wasn’t stuck on a ship with thousands of male senior citizens wearing baseball jerseys and spouting off ridiculous stats. The truth is that the ship isn’t a full charter. In fact, most people on the sailing had no idea anything baseball-related was even scheduled until they received their first couple of daily programs.
Because sailings on MSC Poesia generally sell out, the baseball cruises, which happen once a month during the winter, aren’t advertised.
I attended a storytelling session today and was pleasantly surprised by the anecdotes of Ken Griffey Sr., Art Shamsky, Darold Knowles, Jim Fregosi and Stan Bahnsen, all of whom are onboard for this sailing. I sat in one of the ship’s lounges, riveted by tales of Mickey Mantle hurling frozen ducks across the airport and Yogi Berra nearly burning down his own garage. Throw in some quips about crazy umpires and even crazier fans, and you’ve got one heck of a way to kill an hour.
Honestly, I was sad it wasn’t longer.
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