If you are on the NYS Thruway on Saturday, pull over …

   Now I realize that it’s pretty much a long shot that anybody could be reading my blog while traveling on the New York State Thruway (the Garden State Parkway, sure, but not the Thurway), but the headline is simply meant as a teaser.
   But I can tell you that if I were within hooting and hollering distance of Cooperstown, N.Y., I would be sorely tempted to take my own advice. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host the 13th annual World Series Gala at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 in Cooperstown. This family event will feature a live broadcast of Game 3 of the World Series between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies, which will be played in the Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park and begin at 7:57 p.m.
   The fun-filled evening will feature refreshments, trivia, raffles, prizes and more as fans watch the game from the Hall of Fame on the big screen in the Grandstand Theater. The World Series Gala is made possible by the generous support of New York Central Mutual Insurance Company. A ticket is required for this event and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 by calling the Membership department at (607) 547-0397.

   Now just so I don’t get accused of plagiarism, those last two paragraphs are pretty much verbatim from the Hall of Fame press release, but this part isn’t. If you never been to the Grandstand Theater at the Hall of Fame, you’re missing a real treat, and I can’t even imagine how cool it would be to watch a World Series Game there.

   When I was a young man I pretty much thought you couldn’t properly watch a baseball game without a half dozen or so Rheingolds or Ballantines, but I’ve managed to get past that particular requirement. I presume beer is not available in that setting (I checked and it isn’t), but I can assure you it wouldn’t matter a bit.
   Besides, it would make the drive along Route 28 or Route 80 just that much easier after the game, though I’d recommend staying overnight in Cooperstown anyway.

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