Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Place Where Baseball Was Born

Today I got a good nights sleep. I woke up at 9 AM, and walked down to breakfast before embarking on our trip to Cooperstown. The ride was 2 hours but it was totally worth it, as that was where baseball was founded.

We ate lunch right after we arrived, and we chose a local restaurant called Alex and Ika. Mr. Chan-Law read saw from Yelp that it had 4/5 stars, so we expected it to be good. However, it took about 30 minutes just to get our overly priced drinks, and around an extra hour and a half to get our food. My hamburger was good, but not worth that long wait. To make it even worse, the waitress even forgot Rachael's order. She said something about forgetting to tell the chef about it. So, after another 15 minutes, give or take, they finally brought up the food. She ordered a hamburger without buns, but the meat was very red. It was supposed to be medium cooked, but looked as if it was rare. It wasn't only us who had terrible service. The people behind us complained about the long wait for food.

On a happier note, we finally arrived at the Baseball Hall of Fame. This made up for the low quality lunch. The place showcased the greatest of baseball's history. We saw iconic baseball artifacts, like jerseys, balls, World Champion Rings, and the list goes on and on. The three story museum was different from any other museum I've ever been to. Unlike regular ones, the hall of fame only displays the most important pieces of history...but there are a lot. My legs were beat after so much walking, but it was an exciting day. I'm always glad to look at memorabilia from any sport.

the entrance to the Baseball Hall of Fame
a Philadelphia A's jersey
collection of World Championship rings
After a few hours of touring the hall of fame, we headed back to Ithaca, where we all went for dinner, because it was almost too late to eat at our dining hall. We went to a pho restaurant, the first Asian place we ate in the East Coast. Compared to our displeasing lunch, this restaurant felt like it was a five star restaurant. We finally went back to our dorms at around 9 PM, to do our laundry. But before this, we had a quick game of baseball with a bat and wiffle ball we bought from the store in Cooperstown.

This was a fun day, one of the only days we are probably going to have in Ithaca. There was a lot of information in the Hall of Fame, and it was very cool looking at the bats and other items that the baseball hall of famers touched and used.
more baseball memorabilia
Babe Ruth and Ted Williams

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