It’s a bit too pricey for me, but I’m sure some of you out there can spring for it.
Here’s a four-day trip to Cooperstown during next year’s Induction Week July 31- Aug. 3), with all the fixin’s, starting at $4,390. Bear in mind the candidates for induction include a number of high profile names (and not all in a good way), such as Barry Bonds, Rogers Clemens, Greg Maddux, Mike Piazza, Jeff Kent, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Craig Biggio, and Jack Morris (in his last year of eligibility). This has the potential to be the biggest “class” ever.
Guests will be staying at the famous Otesaga Resort Hotel (where the Hall of Famers themselves stay during for the Induction weekend).
* The four-day baseball event is open to 130 guests – the cost includes a three-night stay at the historic Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, N.Y., sightseeing, transportation throughout the tour, meals and special entertainment. After arriving at The Otesaga Resort you’ll enjoy a keynote address from Ken Burns followed by a private cocktail hour for all guests with a chance to meet Burns one-on-one. The night concludes with a close-up look at all of the historic artifacts and treasures kept in the Baseball Hall of Fame on a special VIP tour.
* The baseball event also features former MLB outfielder and current ESPN baseball analyst Doug Glanville. Glanville spent his nine-year MLB career playing for the Cubs, Phillies and Rangers. He is one of the few people who truly know what it feels like to deliver a clutch hit in October – delivering a game-winning triple in the 11th-inning of the 2003 NLCS for the Cubs. Glanville finished his MLB career with 1,110 hits and is also the author of the baseball book, The Game From Where I Stand.
* Another special treat is an address from Lois Youngen, former catcher and outfielder in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). Still an active member of the AAGPBL alumni organization, Youngen played for the Kenosha Comets, Fort Wayne Daisies and the South Bend Blue Sox from 1951 to 1954. After baseball she earned her doctorate from Ohio State University and excelled as a physical education instructor for more than 30 years. She also caught a perfect game thrown by Jean Faut in 1953.
* Daniel Okrent, the inventor of Rotisserie League “Fantasy” Baseball will also be in attendance to discuss legends of baseball’s past and budding stars of today. The baseball author, editor and journalists wrote Nine Innings: The Anatomy of a Baseball Game, among other titles.
* Finally enjoy a special opportunity to interact with members of the Baseball Hall of Fame on Cooperstown’s own Doubleday Field. During last year’s event hall of famers Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith took the field with guests sharing pitching and fielding techniques. Take a few grounders, fine-tune your curveball and even take a few cuts in the historic batting cages on site all with tips from a legend.
Hint to event organizers, I’m available to cover this if you’re picking up the tab. Done it before.