By CHARLIE VASCELLARO • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
For almost three decades, youth baseball players from all over the country have been chasing their big-league dreams all the way to Cooperstown’s Dreams Park, and this year’s 2021 Major League World Series represents the physical manifestation of those dreams coming true.
More than 500 Dreams Park alumni have made it to the big leagues and seven of them are members of this year’s Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves World Series combatants.
We love Major League Baseball’s World Series, even when it’s not “our” team playing in the Fall Classic. It always is a joy to see visitors traveling to and walking around Cooperstown just for the opportunity to watch the game on television in a restaurant in The Home of Baseball.
This year’s television and radio broadcasts, though, border on the unwatchable. Not because the quality of play is any less intense or expert. Not because it’s the Houston Astros once again vying for the title — Manager Dusty Baker has single-handedly restored dignity to a franchise that just a year ago was almost shamed out of existence thanks to its bang-on-a-can, signal-stealing controversy.
It’s not even because Joe Buck sometimes rattles on a little too much about statistics that sound like some of the most arcane trivia one could ever imagine.
COOPERSTOWN – Comedian Jeff Foxworthy and former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw are among the 48,000 people expected to visit Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend.
Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are scheduled to be inducted into the Hall of Plaques at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in ceremonies outside the Clark Sports Center.
“We’re excited!” said Craig Muder, the Hall’s director of communications. “This is what we live for!”
Biggio brings in a big turnout from his fellow Astros, including players Jeff Bagwell, Enos Cabell, Casey Candaele, Adam Everett, Charley Kerfeld and Bill Spiers, as well as owner Jim Crane, former managers Larry Dierker, Phil Garner and Art Howe, Reid Ryan, president of business operations, president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow and former coach Matt Galante.
Toronto Blue Jays president Paul Beeston and Tigers president Dave Dombrowski will also be in town, as well as Tommy Harper; Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry; Dodgers president Stan Kasten; and Braves president John Schuerholz.