On August 29, 2008 I left for New York City and what was to be a whirlwind, once-in-a-lifetime baseball fan's dream visit, first to Yankee Stadium, then to Cooperstown to see the Hall of Fame, then home by the night of September 2nd.
As the rocker Meat Loaf reminds us, "Two out of Three Ain't Bad"...
In any case, I am finally ready to begin sharing some of my Hall of Fame photos, a few at a time.
I'm still planning an NYC/Yankee Stadium trip report at a slightly later time.
In any event, On Monday, September 1 I left my motel in Syracuse and made my way upstate to Cooperstown. It was Labor Day.
On the outskirts of the village, I tuned into the local info radio channel, which told me the best way to make my way in, was by trolley.
You will note I made it in on the last day of the peak season.
The trolley drops you off in front of a park, where you are greeted by the writer the village is named after...
I have to admit, Mr. James Fenimore Cooper, that the most I know about the "Last of the Mohicans" is that one of my favorite movie and TV show characters, "Hawkeye"
of M*A*S*H fame, was named after someone in your book.
I have since purchased a copy and promise to read it.
But I digress...
On to the National Baseball Hall of Fame next door...
You have to love the fact that if you missed that morning's USA Today, or couldn't access espn.com, no matter. Just look in the windows.
(Sorry about the reflecions, especially the one of the guy with the camera)
It's a beautiful day for a ball game, for a ball game, today...
Many, many pictures in the days to come. I just had to get this started, finally.
I will tell you that the drive between Syracuse and Cooperstown, New York is one of the more beautiful and serene I've ever taken (except, of course, when I'd miss a turn and the GPS lady in my rented car would let me know about it!).
Nothing but greenery and farmhouses as far as the I can see...especially when it's Labor Day and not mid-January, I suppose.
In any event, your comments and reflections are most welcome here - whether you have visited this great shrine to our national pastime, or not.