I made it to Cooperstown this weekend. Will Hall (who, if you’ve been here for a while, you may remember as the only non-me Old Time Family Baseball writer) and I drove up from Ithaca on Saturday morning to visit the hallowed ground.
I had been once, nearly 20 years ago with my family. And as soon as we pulled down the main drag – The Baseball Project’s “Ichiro Goes to the Moon” blaring from the speakers – I immediately was 10 years old again. Every shop is baseball-themed, or sells baseball gear. It’s baseball mecca: An entire town that exists because and for baseball.
The museum is also one of the greatest collections out there, and I think even non-baseball fans would be astounded at the amount of artifacts and research that has gone into it. There is art, discussions of baseball as a cultural force, record-breaking baseballs and discussions of politics, immigration and what baseball means in America and the world.
It’s summed up best by Ichiro:
Anyway, here are a few other things I wrote this week:
It’s the 100-anniversary of the Army-Navy baseball game that took place in England during World War I. Even the King showed up. I spoke to Jim Leeke, who wrote Nine Innings for the King about the game.
I also ranked this year’s breakout stars (all about Odubel Herrera), marveled at the Rangers’ Tony Batista-like batting stances and broke the Clayton Kershaw conspiracy theory. READ IT HERE, YOU FOOL.
A few other things I read and enjoyed this week:
What stats do baseball players value. As always, Jed Lowrie rules.
Adam Ottavino rebuilt himself in an abandoned Manhattan storefront. Any other story by this title would be about some dystopian Silicon Valley startup. But this is baseball and it’s good.
My good friend and fellow Cut4-er Gemma Kaneko talked to Kurt Suzuki about what it’s like to be one of the few Asian American ballplayers.