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June 12, 2008

Many reasons to save game

Back in late February, I wrote a response to the Crier’s Feb. 28 editorial “Save the Weekend“, in which I said that “the paper’s criticism of savethefamegame.com and the growing number of people nationwide who have voiced their own opinions is misguided.” The response was passionate because I am passionate about baseball, but even more so about Cooperstown. Cooperstown is a place that has always respected the past and has always respected traditions, and I like to think that the Hall of Fame Game is a Cooperstown and baseball tradition worth trying to preserve for my generation, and for those generations that will follow.



Since 1940, generations of Americans have built their own personal and family traditions around making the pilgrimage to Cooperstown to see two Major League teams play in the sport’s celebrated hometown. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and friends and neighbors alike have been able to experience firsthand the glory of the national pastime in a setting that is intimate, pure, and inspiring, and more true to baseball’s history than any other setting you can find today.



Equally compelling to me in my decision to try to make a difference is that Cooperstown is my hometown. It is where I was allowed to experience, learn, mature, and to develop into the person that I am today, and it continues to move me every time I return. I haven’t been a full-time resident of Cooperstown for over a decade, but there is not a day that goes by when I don’t feel that I am a part of the Cooperstown community.



So I launched savethefamegame.com, a grassroots campaign that has given people from all over the world the chance to stand up to this decision, too, and people have responded. People are choosing to fight because they don’t like how the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Association are treating baseball only as an industry, always choosing to chase the extra dollar without regard to serving the sport’s best interests as a national game and as an integral part of our American identity and history. Most importantly, people don’t like how MLB and the union are treating baseball fans.

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