The pilgrimage to Mecca…Is the trip to Cooperstown really everything its cracked up to be?


3 Responses to “The pilgrimage to Mecca…Is the trip to Cooperstown really everything its cracked up to be?”

  1. July 7, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    It’s that time of year. All around the country, but especially here in NY, armies of 12 year-olds pack up their families and invest thousands of dollars to trek up to Cooperstown, NY to play in week-long tournaments with participants coming from as far away as Florida, Texas, California, etc.

    I’m personally getting ready to make the trip myself with my son and our team so I’m wondering…is this a worthwhile endeavor? Is it a rite of passage for all young ballplayers? Is it a waste of time and money resulting in many small hometown teams dedicating a week of their young lives only to get beaten like stepchildren by “stacked” teams loaded with sponsorship money and “ringers” who play with a particular team for a particular week, never to be seen or heard from again?

    While I try to stay objective about this before my actual first hand experience, I’ve heard all too many recants from frustrated parents who have gone into this pilgrimage with the highest of hopes, only to come back home with a child who had a horrible experience and made a decision that their baseball career is officially over.

    The dynamics of this whole Cooperstown experience has me fascinated so I want to know what you think.

    Could be an interesting topic for the show…

    • 2 itsallaboutthekids,right?
      July 11, 2010 at 1:47 PM

      Coach, my son played for a local town team and went to Cooperstown last year. Our team won 1 game. But it wasn’t so much about the wins and loses. Its about the experience. Cooperstown is where the team really bonded and we went on to have a very productive summer and fall season. Its a shame that most people base success in wins and loses. Best of luck to your team.

  2. July 11, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    thanks. My guess is the coaches of that team did a good job keeping things in perspective. Far too many coaches go to these tournaments with winning in mind and those are the ones who get hammered and give the kids a bad experience.

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