At 33, Bobby Wong is a little young to have a bucket list.
That hasn't stopped the Lowell baseball coach and teacher from compiling an agenda of activities he wants to do in his life.
Thursday at Wrigley Field, Wong was able to check one of them as done, serving as an honorary Cubs groundskeeper after winning a Menard's-sponsored contest.
"I had a blast," Wong said following the game. "I talked to my wife about wanting to do it some time before I died. It was fun."
Wong saw the Menard's commercial and went to a store to fill out an entry form. When he found out he had to mail it in rather than just drop it in a box, he wasn't going to bother, but his wife Arianne put it in an envelope and sent it. Wong was called Monday to inform him he had been chosen.
He was accompanied by his wife, children (Elizabeth, 4, and James, 2), who were attending their first major league game, and his in-laws.
The group arrived at 5:30 and spent time on the field while St. Louis did its pre-game hitting. At 6:25, Wong went to work, helping take down the batting practice equipment and prepare the field for the 7:05 start. He raked the home plate area, cleaned the plate and made the chalk lines for the batter's and umpire's boxes.
"Being a coach, I always knew how hard it is, what they have to do," Wong said. "Actually having to do it in a short amount of time -- it took them 20 minutes to get the whole field ready -- was impressive. Everything was moving really fast. Everyone was like clockwork with where to go and what to get done."
Wong spent the first inning in the press box with the scoreboard operator, who let his daughter enter the numbers for batters. After that, he went to the media room behind the Cubs dugout. In the bottom of the third, he picked up his field drag and hung out in the tunnel, awaiting go time.
"I stood at the top step (going up) to the dugout," Wong said. "I looked next to me and there was (Alfonso) Soriano. (Darwin) Barney was on the other side. (Jeff) Samardzija was a few spots away. One of the guys had me switch spots to try get a high five. (Luis) Valbuena came by, gave me a high five, and kind of looked back like, 'Who's this guy?'"
As the top of the fourth approached, Wong got in line in the tunnel to head to the field.
"A lot of them were shocked to see me do it," he said. "They said I was the youngest guy to ever do it. Most of them they get are over 50."
After doing his dragging, Wong exited through the first-base dugout, passing Carlos Beltran. He dropped off his equipment and headed to his seats in section 120, where he watched the rest of the Cubs' 3-0 win with his family.
"It was a good game," he said. "It was all about the experience, being out there. I told while we were sitting around that it was the one time I wish it had actually rained."
Wong, who is a Sox fan, DVR'd the game and took a bunch of pictures for keepsakes.
Next up on his list is driving a Zamboni, if it's possible.
"I'm going to find out," he said.