The ivy is from Wrigley Field. So are the box seats. Ditto the dugout bench. Ditto the sod. Ditto the pavers. It doesn’t get more real, unless you’re actually at Wrigley Field. But I wasn’t. I was on a walking tour of the Bohemian National Cemetery.
When you’re walking past rows of monuments in sombre grays and blacks and then suddenly wander into what resembles a sports theme park, it’s hard not to smile, laugh even. But sitting on the dugout bench on a warm overcast day, I couldn’t help thinking, this might have been a perfect burial place for my father. He was, as I wrote in an earlier post, a lifelong baseball fan and Bohemian National Cemetery is located in the neighborhood he lived for 50 years. Here, I could remember him enjoying life, the way he wanted to be remembered.
There are several nameplates on the centerfield wall. One reads: “I saw Ruth and Gehrig play at Wrigley.” Another: “Cubs Win.” And, of course: “Wait until next year.” These “eternal luxury skyboxes” are the vision of Dennis Mascari, CEO of Fans Forever. His story received a lot of press when the wall was dedicated last year, so if you’re interested, check out the link below.
Sources: Beyond the Vines