Trevor Bickett always wanted to walk onto the hallowed field at Wrigley Field one day. He got his wish, even thought it might not have been quite the way he had dreamed of growing up a Cubs fan.
Bickett, a 2015 Princeton High School graduate from Malden, is stationed with the Travis Air Force Base in California. He was scheduled for a recent leave home with one stipulation from his commander: bring his blues home because he was going to get to do the Color Guard before a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.
The reigning World Series Chicago Cubs, his Chicago Cubs, were taking on the Washington Nationals Saturday, Aug. 5, at Wrigley Field, and he was down on the field with them.
He couldn’t believe it.
“I’m a die-hard Cubs fan. Never thought in my entire life I’d get to walk onto Wrigley Field,” Bickett said. “It was amazing. It was awesome. Once the national anthem started, it was extremely hard to keep my composure and keep military. It was one of the best experiences of my life.”
His brother, Blair, was a little envious.
“You bet I was. I told him to give me some of the Wrigley Field dirt that the champs walk on,” Blair Bickett joked.
The color guard got to sit in Section 100 at field level for the game, and Bickett was able to get his parents down there during the game.
He said if he every had a chance to do it again, he would in a heartbeat.
Bickett, 20, a multiple athlete in various sports at PHS, hopes to make a career out of the Air Force.
“I have always wanted to serve my country. I was in a tough place in my life. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, so I joined the military, and just changed my world around. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made,” Bickett said.
If you’d like to see a video clip, go to Blair Bickett’s Facebook page where he proudly displays his little brother’s walk at Wrigley Field. It will be a memory they will treasure forever.
Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.