In response to the Crier’s Feb. 28 editorial entitled “Save the Weekend“, I can only say that the paper’s criticism of savethefamegame.com and the growing number of people nationwide who have voiced their own opinions is misguided.
Anyone who has read the website or the news stories that have appeared in the few weeks since savethefamegame. com was launched, or who knows me personally, knows that this campaign is about much more than what happens between the first pitch and the last out on that Monday afternoon.
I am not devoting much of my time, energy and personal resources just to save a Major League Baseball exhibition game. The Hall of Fame Game goes well beyond that, but it certainly includes having Major League teams and Major League players on Doubleday Field.
It’s the celebration of Major League Baseball in the sport’s celebrated home that makes the Hall of Fame Game what it is. True, Major Leaguers don’t play in much of the game, but there are tens of thousands of Americans who travel hundreds and thousands of miles and spends hundreds and thousands of dollars every spring to see baseball that is equally as “minor league” during Spring Training, and they do so happily and with great excitement. It’s not just about seeing your favorite players bat four times. The Hall of Fame Game is about the experience on the whole, the setting, the celebration, the history, and the memories that bond people to their heroes, to their families and friends, and to Cooperstown — an entire weekend to create memories that last a lifetime. In all honesty, I too have felt that an Old Timers Game would be an outstanding addition to the Cooperstown calendar, and I would make plans to be there if it ever becomes a reality. But it should not be a replacement.
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