As a child in suburban Boston, Craig Nichols idol of the Red Sox left fielder Carl Yastrzemski – even choose Yaz No. 8 of the Little League uniform. That fandom reached new heights just after 6 am the last Saturday of March, when Nichols, now 51 years old Little League coach, woke up in a sleeping bag directly under the copper plate Yastrzemski in the Hall Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York "We sleep in the sacred land," says Nichols, whose son Ryan, 10, slept nearby. "You know that when Yaz visits Cooperstown, which is right where I slept."
Nichols, along with 37 other parents and players from Little League Westborough, Massachusetts, was participating in a program called Overnights Hall of Fame extra innings – basically, Night at the museum with baseball uniforms. The program, which offers five times a year, began at 6:45 pm on Friday, when the group, which included me and my three children, set out the sleeping bags in the gallery of the plate. For the next two hours we had the museum to ourselves, looking at exhibits including Curt Schilling's bloody sock and a closet of Lou Gehrig (a Yankee!). After snacks and a movie ("Rookie of the Year"), the group of beds in the room of the plate, a space of time, the increase in bedrooms with fine carpets. (Tip key: If you do not bring an air mattress, I envy those who do.)
The trip was a bonding experience for all. Parents told stories about long-retired players, sometimes, the boys traveled in packs, feel that the owner of the site – basically, they did. Turning off the lights, it was the usual parade around with the 21-century pastime text messages across the room. But basically, the trip was a throwback to the old-fashioned pleasures of sleepover father-son, where they survive a night without the comforts of home – namely, Mom – allows each generation see the other in new ways. And listen to others: In the morning, the talk focused on the identity of the mysterious loud snorer.
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Overnight extra innings, Hall of Fame, 888/425-5633, baseballhall.org, tickets $ 40 adults, $ 50 children between 7 and 12 (includes breakfast).
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