“It wasn’t like a normal Induction Weekend; it wasn’t as busy,” Ferrara said.
“The fact that there was no living inductee makes less people come,” he continued.
Connie Haney, co-owner of the Cooperstown Bat Company, said the biggest benefit of Induction Weekend for her business is exposure.
“It’s about people coming to Cooperstown and seeing what it is that we actually do,” Haney said.
She explained that Cooperstown Bat Company does custom artwork for each team or person it sells to, and a lot of people don’t know that until they come into her store.
“We love talking to people when they come to Cooperstown, having great baseball conversations and sharing in their excitement; that’s really what it’s all about,” Haney said.
“We do live in a tourism area and it’s really our job to provide as good a time as possible,” Haney continued.
Jim Miles, general manager of the Otesaga Resort and Hotel, said the Otesaga caters to the Hall of Famers, their guests and family members over the Induction Weekend much like a family reunion.
“We thought it was a wonderful weekend,” Miles said. “It’s a reunion environment, they’re either welcoming in new members or just reminiscing with other members.”