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Impressions of Induction Weekend (yes, I was there) by northern clipper
5 months ago  ::  Jul 22, 2019 - 4:24PM #1
northernclipper
Posts: 2,527



Hello everyone


I noticed an earlier post on Mariano's day, but I thought it better to perhaps discuss the overall weekend and mention a fews tips for those considering going next year for Derek Jeter's induction.  I will try to put as much information out as I can, and if anything else comes to mind I will add more information later.


As some of you know, I am Canadian, but a lifelong Yankees fan.  Why?  Probably because....


(a)  they were the team on tv most often growing up



(b) Buffalo, and New York in general, have close historical ties to the Yankees (again, I'm sure many of you know that Joe McCarthy was from the area)



(c) they had the most popular players (and, some would argue, still do!)



(d) I saw the movie "Pride of the Yankees" as a youngster and read up on a lot of Yankee stuff




Other than the reasons above, I don't know why, but I also grew up listening to "Ballantine Blasts" with Mel Allen, Red Barber, and later Frank Messer, Bill White, etc. etc.




In any event, when the chance came to see the induction of the first unaniMOus inductee, I wasn't going to miss the chance to see history in the making.


I'm glad I went.


FIRST TIP:  Book now (as in TODAY) if you are considering going.  Dates have already been reserved at many hotels in the area for 2020.  It will be another Yankee love-in, just like this one was.  Other teams were represented there, including a lot of Edgar Martinez fans from the Seattle area, but I would estimate that 70% or more were Yankee fans.  (I had one Seattle fan ask me where I was from and when I said "Canada", he must have thought the North Pole, because he replied."Wow, you sure came a long way!"  Not as far as he did, though.  Our drive was 5 1/2 hours.


Sorry, I don't know why this large font has taken over.  I'm going to stop this now and get back on later.  I will try to be more chronological, instead of just jumping around (like I just did) to various incidents.


   nc

    





  

5 months ago  ::  Jul 22, 2019 - 4:46PM #2
northernclipper
Posts: 2,527

We stayed in a place outside Rome called Verona.  It was the closest place we could get.  We drove to Cooperstown on Saturday morning, hoping to drop our lawn chairs at the induction site, Clark Field, about 30 minutes walking distance from the village (yes, it is 30 minutes, and although the local literature all sites 15 minutes for walks into Cooperstown, allow an extra 10 or so).


We decided to Park in what is called the "Blue Lot" trolley station.  Parking is free in the trolley lots, with the expectation that you will be taking the trolley into town.  It costs $5.00 for all day use.  We never ended up taking it, just using the parking lot and walking into the village.


ARRIVE EARLY!  We into town about 7:00 a.m. and the lot was already filling up.  Sunday is even worse.  If you park in the village, it's a little closer, but the locals open up their backyards and charge $20-30 on Saturday and $10 more on Sunday, so be warned!  Lots of residents set up stands to sell water, soft drinks and the like.  Water was anywhere from !-3 dollars, and some were selling it for charity or local schools, etc.


GOOD TO KNOW!  The Visitor's Center on Main Street had free, ice cold water, as well as maps and information.  Early in the day it wasn't too busy, but I don't know about other times.


UNLESS YOU ARE BRINGING A LUNCH, PLAN TO EAT EARLY! We had lunch at the Doubleday Cafe on Main.  It was excellent, but we were lucky to walk in at 11:00 a.m.  because a millisecond later there were 10 to 15 groups behind us.  Many restaurants had food for sale outside on the sidewalk but, again, very, VERY busy at peak times.


BRING SUNSCREEN!  It was brutally hot.  You might want to bring a facecloth that you can dip into the ice water in your cooler and apply to your face or, wear it, French Foreign Legion style, hanging out from under your Yankee cap so you don't get a nasty burn on the back of your neck.


Next, what happened at the parade (and some tips), my search for the perfect hat, the Wade Boggs serenade, and more on Sunday's events.  Stay tuned.  (or not, that's fine too)  nc    

5 months ago  ::  Jul 22, 2019 - 5:03PM #3
northernclipper
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We brought a towel to lay on the  grass near the sidewalkg to view the parade. We put it on the ground about noon, opposite the Fire Hall on Chestnut Street.  Other people had lawn chairs, which they set out.  Another good spot, but do it early...opposite the former movie theatre which is now (surprise) a memorabilia shop!  The corner at Mel's 22, however, a restaurant at the corner of Chestnut and Main, was 12 deep, and Main Street must have been jammed, too.   DEFINITELY NOT RECOMMENDED


If I had to pick a spot, in retropect, it would have been on Fowler Lane, just where the vehicles leave Doubleday Field at the start of the parade.  Why?  The vehicles are moving slowly at this point, before they turn right onto Chestnut, so you an get some decent photos.  But it's a small spot, so now that I have written this, it will probably become a prime location.


We were fine, however, where we were.  I got an excellent shot of Mo, during the parade.  Just how, I'll tell you in the next post.  Have to break for supper.  nc

5 months ago  ::  Jul 22, 2019 - 5:12PM #4
northernclipper
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So, we had staked out our spot and now the search was on for the perfect cap.  I spent much of the day looking for a Yankee cap,  fullback, New Era, but not wool.  I already have one and, although it's the one worn on the field, so they say, it's too blamed hot for me most days.  I wanted one that would be cooler.  In and out of every store in Cooperstown I looked, but no luck.  There were caps of all descriptions, needless to say, but not what I was looking for.   We headed down to the lake to get a break from the heat, but it was very oppressive in the sun.


On our way back up Pioneer Street to the main drag, a woman appeared from the end of the Hall of Fame building and delivered a short speech.  Every year, they persuade some Major Leaguer to step out onto the porch there at the side and serenade the crowd.  So out of nowhere comes Wade Boggs, who proceeds to lead us all in a couple of verses of "Take Me Out to the BallGame".  Kind of neat, and totally unexpected.  Now I really have to go for supper.  More to follow.  nc

5 months ago  ::  Jul 22, 2019 - 5:31PM #5
GottaGoToMo
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Thanks for writing this ... I'm having fun reading it.

5 months ago  ::  Jul 22, 2019 - 9:43PM #6
FishEyedFool
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I have an old friend who is the son of a Hall of Famer.  He has been to many induction ceremonies and has shared photographs and stories with me over the years, including how he got into a shouting and shoving match with Joe Morgan one time.  I've always wanted to attend the festivities and it's on my bucket list, but until then, thanks for sharing, NC!

Signed,
The former El Guapo
5 months ago  ::  Jul 22, 2019 - 10:01PM #7
northernclipper
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Thanks, Mo.  To continue.....


VERY IMPORTANT TO STAY HYDRATED!!!! 


We spent the rest of the afternoon browsing through the shops, again unsuccessfully, in search of that elusive hat.  My wife found it boring, but I enjoyed seeing all the autographed stuff and at least the stores were air-conditioned.   We saw many players up close (Chris Chambliss,  Jesse Barfield and others).  Of course, HOF'ers were everywhere, signing memorabilia for a fee, naturally, sometimes for a charitable cause, sometimes for, well, you know.  I noticed Pete Rose in one store, in company with some others, (Gooden???) but there were too many people to see who else it actually was.  


As parade time drew near, I remembered that I had made a sign for Mo, so I returned to the car to get it.  It was on two bristol board panels about 24" X 14" and read "Siempre Renombrado / Nunca Olvidado"  (That's my poetic side emerging.)  It means "Honoured forever / Forgotten never" in Spanish.  I thought it might catch Mo's eye.  I thought I'd do an English version, too, but forgot.  Besides, it would have meant too much paper to lug around and my wife was already rolling her eyes at her "four-year-old" husband's behaviour.  Oh well, if she doesn't understand me after more than 40 years, I guess that she never will.


There was security everywhere, state troopers doing crowd control and police snipers on the roof of the Fire Hall.  I guess that, unfortunately, that's the type of society we live in these days.  People at the parade itself, however, were super nice.


As to the parade itself, it was fun, but not without its glitches.  The first few pick-ups came out with signs on them  identifying those inside, rolling slowly down the street.  The players, however, with one notable exception, sat inside on the passenger front side and it was sometimes hard to see them.  I guess they were concerned about the possiblity of rain.  (We did hear thunder rolling, but that was all.)  Other trucks followed, but some sped up so fast that you had no chance to see them or wave.  Still other trucks came down the street, but many now had no signs on them telling the crowd who was inside.  The people around us, and me, tried to identify who was inside, but sometimes it wasn't possible, so that was unfortunate. 


The notable exception was Johnny Bench, who walked the length of the parade, waving to the crowd, who roared in approval.


Finally, the last vehicle came into view.  Everyone knew it was Mo, but he was the ONLY ONE SITTING OUTSIDE IN THE REAR OF THE PICK-UP WITH HIS WIFE.  He wasn't letting the possibility of rain spoil a thing!!!


TIP:  We were lucky to sit where the players could be photographed, looking at the passenger side of the vehicles.  Those on the other side had a very obstructed view, because of the driver.  SO SIT ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET, JUST IN CASE!


I had woven my sign through the metal barrier in front of me, but it was a little low, so I hauled it out and waved it.  Mo was looking all around, waving happily, but didn't see me.  That is until, usidng my best Spanish accent, I called out, "Mariano!  Mariano!  Mira!"  (Mariano!  Mariano!  Look!)  At that moment he turned and looked at me, saw my sign, and waved happily as my wife took a barrage of pictures.  It was the best moment of the weekend for me!!!! 


The parade itself was over in less than half an hour.  It only goes about four short blocks to the Hall of Fame.  The HOF'ers were first, then this year's inductees followed, Mo at the very end.


Getting out of the parking lot for the drive to our hotel wasn't bad, but I thought Sunday would be worse.  Turned out I was right.


On to the acutal Induction ceremony next.  nc



   


 

5 months ago  ::  Jul 22, 2019 - 10:19PM #8
davis2
Posts: 17,502

Jul 22, 2019 -- 4:24PM, northernclipper wrote:




Hello everyone


I noticed an earlier post on Mariano's day, but I thought it better to perhaps discuss the overall weekend and mention a fews tips for those considering going next year for Derek Jeter's induction.  I will try to put as much information out as I can, and if anything else comes to mind I will add more information later.


As some of you know, I am Canadian, but a lifelong Yankees fan.  Why?  Probably because....


(a)  they were the team on tv most often growing up



(b) Buffalo, and New York in general, have close historical ties to the Yankees (again, I'm sure many of you know that Joe McCarthy was from the area)



(c) they had the most popular players (and, some would argue, still do!)



(d) I saw the movie "Pride of the Yankees" as a youngster and read up on a lot of Yankee stuff



Other than the reasons above, I don't know why, but I also grew up listening to "Ballantine Blasts" with Mel Allen, Red Barber, and later Frank Messer, Bill White, etc. etc.



In any event, when the chance came to see the induction of the first unaniMOus inductee, I wasn't going to miss the chance to see history in the making.


I'm glad I went.


FIRST TIP:  Book now (as in TODAY) if you are considering going.  Dates have already been reserved at many hotels in the area for 2020.  It will be another Yankee love-in, just like this one was.  Other teams were represented there, including a lot of Edgar Martinez fans from the Seattle area, but I would estimate that 70% or more were Yankee fans.  (I had one Seattle fan ask me where I was from and when I said "Canada", he must have thought the North Pole, because he replied."Wow, you sure came a long way!"  Not as far as he did, though.  Our drive was 5 1/2 hours.


Sorry, I don't know why this large font has taken over.  I'm going to stop this now and get back on later.  I will try to be more chronological, instead of just jumping around (like I just did) to various incidents.


   nc

    




  



You must be close to the border then... What route did you take to Cooperstown? I'm about 2 hours NW of Cooperstown.

5 months ago  ::  Jul 22, 2019 - 10:19PM #9
northernclipper
Posts: 2,527

Sunday morning.   Another early arrival.  Earlier, actually, than Saturday, and a good thing too.  It takes about 40 minutes to walk from the Blue Trolley Parking lot to Clark Field.  There are no shortcuts, so you walk up Linden, turn into a large driveway, take the path beside the public school (make a pit-stop, if needed, at the facilities in the school parking lot), continue over to Susquehanna Road, then another right to get to Clark Field.


There was no bag search as we entered.  Our chairs were just as we had left them on Saturday.


WASHROOM FACILITIES WERE LOCATED TO THE LEFT OF THE STAGE (AND ONLY ON THE LEFT) AS YOU LOOKED AT IT (A LONG WALK IF YOU WERE SEATED ON THE RIGHT SIDE).  LOST AND FOUND AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES WERE ON THE RIGHT AND MERCHANDISE FROM THE HALL OF FAME WAS IN TWO GIGANTIC TENTS ON EITHER SIDE.  HUGE CROWDS INITIALLY, BUT FEWER SHOPPERS AS THE AFTERNOON WORE ON.   WIth the heat and the length of the program it did wear on.  More on that later, too.


The screen showed short films on Cooperstown, early baseball history and Jerry Seinfeld's analysis of Abbott and Costello's vaudeville routine, "Who's on First?" as the enormous crowd waited for the start.  The program began precisely at 1:30 (and ended around 5:00 p.m., a  long time to sit in the sun.  


PLEASE KEEP COVERED, APPLY SUNSCREEN OFTEN (LIKE EVERY HOUR, OR LESS), BUY DRINKS FROM THE VENDORS AND USE THAT LEGIONNAIRE TRICK I MENTIONED EARLIER.  I AM SERIOUS HERE, FOLKS.  DON'T END YOUR WEEKEND WITH A SUNBURN, DEHYDRATION, OR WORSE!!!!  I will stop my health and safety lecture here, but I hope that if you go, you do take precautions.  Speeches are next.  nc




5 months ago  ::  Jul 22, 2019 - 10:23PM #10
davis2
Posts: 17,502

Jul 22, 2019 -- 4:46PM, northernclipper wrote:


We stayed in a place outside Rome called Verona.  It was the closest place we could get.  We drove to Cooperstown on Saturday morning, hoping to drop our lawn chairs at the induction site, Clark Field, about 30 minutes walking distance from the village (yes, it is 30 minutes, and although the local literature all sites 15 minutes for walks into Cooperstown, allow an extra 10 or so).


We decided to Park in what is called the "Blue Lot" trolley station.  Parking is free in the trolley lots, with the expectation that you will be taking the trolley into town.  It costs $5.00 for all day use.  We never ended up taking it, just using the parking lot and walking into the village.


ARRIVE EARLY!  We into town about 7:00 a.m. and the lot was already filling up.  Sunday is even worse.  If you park in the village, it's a little closer, but the locals open up their backyards and charge $20-30 on Saturday and $10 more on Sunday, so be warned!  Lots of residents set up stands to sell water, soft drinks and the like.  Water was anywhere from !-3 dollars, and some were selling it for charity or local schools, etc.


GOOD TO KNOW!  The Visitor's Center on Main Street had free, ice cold water, as well as maps and information.  Early in the day it wasn't too busy, but I don't know about other times.


UNLESS YOU ARE BRINGING A LUNCH, PLAN TO EAT EARLY! We had lunch at the Doubleday Cafe on Main.  It was excellent, but we were lucky to walk in at 11:00 a.m.  because a millisecond later there were 10 to 15 groups behind us.  Many restaurants had food for sale outside on the sidewalk but, again, very, VERY busy at peak times.


BRING SUNSCREEN!  It was brutally hot.  You might want to bring a facecloth that you can dip into the ice water in your cooler and apply to your face or, wear it, French Foreign Legion style, hanging out from under your Yankee cap so you don't get a nasty burn on the back of your neck.


Next, what happened at the parade (and some tips), my search for the perfect hat, the Wade Boggs serenade, and more on Sunday's events.  Stay tuned.  (or not, that's fine too)  nc    


[/quote   You were real close to me in Verona.

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