By Bonnie Berg
I can’t believe it’s already been a few weeks since we returned from Cooperstown, NY. The last load of laundry has finally been folded and put away. We are back to school and following our normal routines. However, the memories made on this trip will last forever.
My son’s baseball team worked long and hard for the last five years to make it to Cooperstown. We were excited to finally say, “Cooperstown Dream Park, here come the New Castle Yankees!”
In preparing for our trip, we used the unofficial “parent’s guide to Cooperstown” amassed by parents who had “been there done that”. The guide included a long list of to do’s, and an even longer list of clothing and items needed for the five night stay. Unfortunately, for many, this packing came on the heels of the tedious unpacking and endless loads of laundry from seven weeks of sleep away camp. However, there is no amount of packing, unpacking or laundry that could have put a damper on this once in a lifetime experience for these boys!
On Friday morning, August 26th, my son Evan and our family headed to the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY. The Otesaga would be our home for the next five nights. We were pleasantly surprised by the old world castle looking exterior, beautiful pool, well appointed rooms, and hearty breakfast served each morning. After all, why should just the boys and coaches have all the fun bonding in the bunks of the barracks at the park? This was our vacation too.
So, like many other parents and siblings, we took advantage of all that the town and hotel had to offer-long walks, shopping in town, pedal boats, canoes, and of course, a trip to the National Baseball Hall Of Fame!
As for the baseball, the New Castle Yankees with their coaches and banner in tow marched the field of opening ceremonies on Saturday, August 27th. What followed was an amazing four days of baseball, with two games a day, as the sun shined down overhead. Many of us bought big umbrellas that looked like baseballs-at times the sun was unbearable. Imagine what it was like for our boys? But they were so happy to be there, playing what they loved, that they did not seem affected by the heat at all!
In terms of results, there were some losses and one win. But, most memorable to me were the smiles on the boys faces. Needless to say, what happens in the barracks, stays in the barracks boys! Luckily, the amount of Cooperstown swag was abundant, that will help keep the unforgettable memories alive and vibrant for months to come.
The true magic of the team and the trip is evidenced in many of the emails that circulated upon our return home…
I am so thankful to all of my son’s teammates, coaches, friend’s parents and their siblings for sharing “the field of dreams” with Evan. Cooperstown, NY is where big dreams can and do come true!