If your team is attending Cooperstown Dream Park for Week 9 for 2020(Aug 1 – Aug 7), I'd be honored to represent your team as your sponsored umpire! I've been attending CDP since 2015. My costs are low because I am within driving distance, and I think that my sponsorship fee would be well within your team's budget. If you are interested, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.
If you're an umpire and you're looking to get hooked up with teams going to Cooperstown, and you post your availability within this forum, please be advised.
PLEASE, POST ONE (1) TIME:
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** IMPORTANT!: Remember, you will make it easier on yourself if you only post once also because all of your info and responses will be from one post. And, it's easier and more simple for people to find YOU if you only have ONE post.
Multiple posts with the same inquiry will be deleted.
Again, please be courteous to everyone, post only once when you are inquiring about finding a team to go to Cooperstown.
Thanks, and good luck!
I just returned from Cooperstown Dreams Park week 12, and it was another great week. I had an amazing crew to work with, and enjoyed myself all week - well, except for the ugly bicep bruise I have from a 60 mph inside fast ball that the catcher never touched. Wednesday night, the assignments were given out for Thursday's play off games and when I saw my name listed for plate in the championship game, I thought I might fall over. It might only be "12 year old baseball" to some people, but at that park, in that setting, it's a big deal. They put on quite the production for the final game, and I was a bundle of nerves off and on during the day. Pre-game on the field involves fireworks, announcing of the umpires, the players, and the national anthem - for which I had to carry the flag out behind 2nd base and not move while it was sung. (I was just hoping I wouldn't trip on the walk out there!!)
Once I put the ball in play, all was good. I kept the generous strike zone that I'd had all week (which I was instructed to have) and things rolled along. We had the #1 and #2 seeded teams playing, so it was a good game. We had several home runs, some good defensive plays and then the #1 seed broke it wide open in the 5th. The only thing that I regret is the fact that with 2 outs in the top of the 6th, the catcher missed a 76 mph fast ball ball and I took it straight on the upper thigh. The next pitch was a strike and the game was over, but the bruise from that pitch will remain with me for a week or two.
Watching the replay of the game is interesting, mostly because the announcers annoy me. It's weird watching myself call a game, but to listen to guys second guess your strike zone is not fun. However, when I hear the comment "She's the most consistent plate umpire we've had all summer", I'll take it. The fact that they said it more than once is even better.
So, working the last game of the night on Wednesday. In the rabbit. Bottom of the 1st, First batter gets plunked in the shoulder region and starts to head down to first. PU signals time, and states that the batter did not attempt to evade the ball, so no HBP. Head Coach comes out of the dugout, requests time, and walks straight toward the PU. In the process he says something that makes the 1st base umpire nearly bust out laughing. so later between innings, I go over to take to the BU. He tells me that the coach walked to the PU, and said "You'ld better have a reason, and it BETTER BE GOOD!"