Interview: Mark Wahlberg on Why He Loves Baseball, the Red Sox and Watching Kids Play Ball

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In an exclusive this week, hard-core Red Sox fan Mark Wahlberg talked to Parade magazine about his love of baseball, why he’d rather watch kids play the game and how he and his eight siblings played baseball from morning ’til night in the summer when he was growing up in Boston.
Wahlberg, who stars as an elite intelligence agent in the new action-thriller Mile 22, which opens in theaters Aug. 17, also reveals his bucket-list wish—to take his kids, who have not caught the baseball bug, to a World Series game.
“I’d love to take my kids to Fenway for a playoff game or the World Series, where they can really see the intensity and the excitement,” he says. “But they’re not into it! My sons play football.”
Wahlberg’s other baseball bests:
Game-day eats: Fenway Park hot dog or the Our Burger from Wahlburgers, the burger joint he owns with his family. (There’s a location just down the street from Fenway.)
Positions played as a kid: “I played center field and first base. I’m a lefty but I pitched and I was a catcher at one point, with a special lefty catcher’s mitt. It’s very rare to see a lefty catcher.”
Best part about watching games at home: “I love sitting in the comfort of my home because you don’t miss a thing. There’s replay!”
Also in this week’s Parade, a roundup of all things baseball, including the weirdest things you can eat at a game (toasted grasshoppers with chile-lime seasoning, anyone?), the highest price ever paid for a baseball card ($99,100 for a Derek Jeter rookie card in May 2018) and famous little leaguers (Steve Carell, Tom Selleck, Elizabeth Banks and more).
For more about Mark Wahlberg and fun facts about baseball in 2018 see Sunday’s Parade or go to

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