Updated 06/17/2012 09:22 AM
Baseball fans flock to Cooperstown for Hall of Fame Classic
The Cooperstown Hall of Fame Classic brings thousands of fans together this weekend to watch some heroes of the game play ball. Our Andrew Sorensen was on hand to catch all of the emotions at one of the year's biggest tributes to baseball.
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Baseball has a spot reserved deep in America's heart. "I love it -watch it all the time," said Yankees fan Deb Mattei.
Cooperstown, the hometown of the hall of fame is of course the mecca for the game. "We love coming up here because the people are great, it's a great atmosphere, we love the journey, and everybody loves baseball so it's like coming home," said Cooperstown fan Bill Hauser.
But if you want to see the players from the hall, the Hall of Fame Classic is the place to be, even for the pros. "You're like a kid in a candy store when you come and get to play. Carlton fisk, I was born in Chicago, so watching Carlton Fisk, I'd watch him every day," said former MLB outfielder Rob Mackowiak.
The Hall of Fame Classic is also a great place to teach the kids the love of the game. "We love it, we have a great time. The kids enjoy it. We come up here and watch all the hall of famers and former ball players and enjoy the history of baseball," said Red Sox fan Justin Thompson. They even offer clinics during the weekend to give kids that fantasy opportunity.
But the museum offers plenty for adults as well. "It's our first trip to Cooperstown, even though we're New Yorkers. We had a good time, we think we'll be back," Mattei said.
The Cooperstown Hall of Fame is of course open year-round, and they have plenty of other events that you can check out on their website, baseballhall.com.