Game canceled, but Kids visit Cooperstown
When he walked into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra admittedly was in awe.
“Here’s little me right in the middle of all of this baseball history,” said Sugra. “It really stops you in your tracks.
“I have been around baseball my while life, but this is the first time in 40 years that I have been to something like this. It’s crazy”
Sugra and his Konkrete Kids were scheduled to meet East Penn Conference rival Emmaus at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y., Monday afternoon as part of the Hall’s ongoing high school baseball program in which teams from across the country can play a regular season game at the historic site.
Unfortunately, due to overnight snow and cold temperatures, the game was canceled.
The Kids took the five-hour trip early Sunday morning in anticipation for the Monday afternoon game that involved both JV and varsity teams.
“The Emmaus coach and myself heard about it and we looked into it,” added Sugra. “Even though we didn’t play, it was a very humbling experience for all of us. It was just incredible to see everything.”
Kids’ catcher Zech Lambert cherished every moment in baseball’s sacred ground.
“It was very exciting just to get the chance to play there,” he said. “This also was a great team bonding experience for us.
“People probably never realize the Hall of Fame contains the few select players. Being here makes you realize what an honor it is for those players. Seeing all of the busts of the players is very special.”
Kids’ pitcher Mike Ettl was anxious to find the jersey of Roy Halladay from his no-hitter with the Phillies.
“He (Halladay) is my favorite pitcher of all time,” said Ettl. “It is just amazing to see how much stuff is behind everything up there and how it all comes together.
“Being a pitcher, it was great to see all of the great ones in there like Nolan Ryan and all of the no-hitters that he threw in his career. It really has an effect on you.
“This was a great experience and one that many people won’t get to experience in their lives.”