ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Nate Jones literally has one fewer item on his bucket list.
The White Sox reliever achieved a new first in his career Friday night when he milked a cow on the field at Angels Stadium.
Although he grew up in rural Northern Kentucky, Jones’ limited experience milking cows came from grade school field trips. But on Friday, Jones went head-to-head against Angels pitcher Ryan Basier, a contest he enjoyed even though he lost.
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“That was the first real time milking a cow,” Jones said. “Back in the day they used to take us on field trips and they showed us how to do it, but that’s when I was a lot younger. Yesterday was the first hands on. …I felt like I was doing good. I felt like I was getting milk every squeeze and letting it go, but it wasn’t good enough.”
Jones believes he lost the contest because his cow was at first bothered by the crowd. The cow moved around and was antsy but she eventually settled down, Jones said.
All in all, Jones seemed to have fun with an utterly unique experience.
“That’s up there,” Jones said with a laugh. “That has to be on everybody’s bucket list. I’m glad I got to mark that one off.”