A big one in loss column for Cooperstown

Upstate NY has little enough going for it and now there is one less thing.

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** A big one in loss column for Cooperstown**

One late winter night each year, Alan Martell pulls on three layers of clothing, grabs two parkas and a pair of boots, packs a sleeping bag and lawn chair and then heads to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, arriving around midnight.He sits outside the museum until Hall of Fame Game tickets go on sale. He stays awake by talking baseball with others who are waiting. Not long after dawn, he buys three tickets for $11 each.

       Every year Martell takes his two children to the Hall of Fame Game, an annual exhibition between two major-league teams played at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field. This coming winter, Martell had planned to allow his 9-year-old son, Cooper, to wait outside all night with him for the first time.

That won’t happen. When the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs play at Doubleday this afternoon, an annual tradition that dates back to 1940 comes to an end. Major League Baseball said over the winter that it has decided to discontinue the game. Today’s is the last.

One late winter night each year, Alan Martell pulls on three layers of clothing, grabs two parkas and a pair of boots, packs a sleeping bag and lawn chair and then heads to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, arriving around midnight.
He sits outside the museum until Hall of Fame Game tickets go on sale. He stays awake by talking baseball with others who are waiting. Not long after dawn, he buys three tickets for $11 each.

       Every year Martell takes his two children to the Hall of Fame Game, an annual exhibition between two major-league teams played at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field. This coming winter, Martell had planned to allow his 9-year-old son, Cooper, to wait outside all night with him for the first time.

That won’t happen. When the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs play at Doubleday this afternoon, an annual tradition that dates back to 1940 comes to an end. Major League Baseball said over the winter that it has decided to discontinue the game. Today’s is the last.

Major League Baseball officials cited scheduling conflicts as the primary reason for discontinuing the game. Baseball teams play 162 regular-season games each year, with only one or two days off each month. Spending one of those days traveling to and from an isolated town in central New York became too burdensome.

Yet two teams can travel all the way to Japan and play a series of exhibition games as well as two regular season games a week before the season actually begins.

Hmm, I suspect the real reason is that there is just not enough money to be had by playing in Cooperstown, NY.

I thought they were rained out only, rather then it being an end of a tradition. Hopefully things will change. We took our sons to the Baseball Hall of Fame several years ago, and they loved it.

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