Saturday, July 27, 2013
Glimpses of various aspects of Cooperstown, centered on Cooperstown Dreams Park:
Presutti, the 73-year-old founder of Dreams Park, drives past the park’s 100-plus barracks for the youth teams that live and play here every week during the summer. Against a wonderful backdrop of wooded hills, we roll past some of the 22 ballfields, the 20 batting cages and the concession stands, all precisely maintained. When Presutti spots the rare piece of litter on the well-tended grass, he stops and picks it up. We pass two delighted parents who wave Presutti over and ask him for an autograph, praising him for Dreams Park and his speech at the opening ceremonies. Everyone calls him “Coach.’‘
. . .
There now are 104 teams every week throughout the summer, with a dozen players and four or five coaches per team. Presutti says they turn away thousands of teams a year and that teams put in applications years in advance. There are nearly 17,000 players every summer, each paying $850 to cover their three meals a day, housing, two sets of uniforms, laundry, a commemorative ring, a visit to the Hall of Fame and, of course, the games they play. “And it’s worth every penny,’’ one mother tells me.
The bad news is that they installed parking meters on Main Street. Read the whole thing, then visit.
The Yankee Clapper
Posted: July 27, 2013 at 02:36 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Luckily, Dodger Stadium has installed maybe one of the most brilliant inventions of all time: A machine that makes frozen beer foam. It’s like having a mini-cooler on top of your beer.
A company called Kirin launched the product in 2012, according to Beer Street Journal and is available in restaurants across Asia. The special tap works to freeze the foam of the beer at 23 degrees.
Its initial target audience, according to a Reuters interview with Kirin’s marketing brand manager for the campaign, was people who couldn’t finish their drinks before it got warm.
“We thought people won’t spend more than five minutes on a pint of beer but apparently not,” said Kunihiko Kadota. “Women and young drinkers spend much more time to drink it all up, and they like the idea the beer doesn’t get warm towards the end.”
Hats for bats, hats for beer!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Here’s the most unusual promotion from the minors this season: Beer vendor Vince Rainey has been called up from the High Class A Florida State League by the Washington Nationals.
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