The extended family is heading off to Cooperstown, NY, this weekend for the induction of Cal Ripkin, Jr. and Tony Gwynn into the Baseball Hall of Fame. My wife’s family have been Cal fans since the early ’80s when they lived in Baltimore, and have been planning this trip almost as long. The forecast calls for rain all weekend – a bummer when the ceremony is outside and we’ve got a 4 and a 1 year-old.
Though I was a Gwynn fan growing up and I like Cal a whole lot – though I think he could have been an even better player and teammate had he taken a few days off from time to time to lick his wounds – I’m really, really looking forward to a book signing on Sunday morning with George Will. He will be signing his book Men At Work, one of the best baseball books ever written, and one which features extensive analysis of the way that Tony Gwynn (as a hitter) and Cal Ripkin, Jr (as a fielder) played the game (also featured are Tony LaRussa’s craft as manager and Orel Hershieser’s approach to pitching). I plan on getting a book signed for myself and also one for our son, who is due in November. (Oops – did I mention that we’re having a boy, the first boy in my Dad’s side of the family in 29 years?)
Pray for safe travel, happy car-seat riding children, and nice weather. I hope and pray that the Baseball Gods will look kindly on us this weekend . . .