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Relishing Cooperstown

by Adam Bjaranson

Posted on July 29, 2009 at 11:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:40 PM

By Adam Bjaranson

Time for me to check something off my "bucket list"....Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown, NY.
About a decade ago, I made a pact with myself--if Rickey Henderson went into the HOF, I'd be there, on the grounds of the Clark Sportscenter to witness it.
I was born in the Bay Area, and lived there until age 10. As a devote Oakland A's fan, I idolized Rickey Henderson. I'd mimic his every move on the diamond, collect everything from magazines to newspaper clippers to trading cards. It was all Rickey...all the time!
So, after very little thought, the plans went into motion. Myself, my brother and a couple high school buddies were ready to go.
And, all I can say is "WOW...WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!" And not just for Rickey! Cooperstown is a very small town....but it's everything baseball. Very nostalgic, historic, and peaceful. There is a certain aura about it. One you have to feel for your own.
The sightings were endless too. Got to meet (and have my picture taken with) Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt, Goose Gossage, Dave Stewart, Brian Cashman, Bob Ryan, Rollie Fingers, Dave Winfield, Bob Costas, etc. To be surrounded with such incredible baseball talent and minds was enough to make my head spin just a bit.
But, no Rickey Henderson (my brother beat me to that one).
An amazing trip that I'll relive in my mind for decades to come. If you get the chance, use the old Nike slogan and "Just Do It".

as a child, I was going to do everything in my power to be there when "the greatest leadoff hitter ever" was inducted into the HOF. saying if I "ever had the chance" to attend