The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Induction is this weekend in Cooperstown.
“It’s fantastic. We’ve been coming here about 13 years for induction week, fell in love with Cooperstown and decided to open a store here,” said Gina Froio, director of marketing of the Swing for the Fences store.
She moved from Boston, Massachusetts, and six weeks ago opened the baseball store.
“Business has been great. We’re loving it. We’re meeting people from all over. The kids are coming in, they’re playing baseball again, so it’s nice,” Froio said.
Retired pitcher from the New York Mets and Yankees Dwight “Doc” Gooden sat right next to Swing for the Fences, signing autographs and taking pictures with fans.
He said he wants to have a positive influence on kids who look up to him.
“It’s good to try and leave a good, positive inspiration on those kids because it was done to me at a young age," Gooden said. "Pete Rose did it to me. So I try to take the same message to these kids. Be positive and hopefully they get to follow their dream and play Major League Baseball one day.”
Gooden has been coming to Cooperstown for induction weekend for the last 10 years.
“I have a good time," he said. "There’s a lot of guys that I played with, a lot of guys that I played against. A lot of guys that, even though I’m older now, I idolized as a kid. You know, you build up a friendship with them and you look forward to hanging out for the weekend, and the guy who gets inducted, you get a chance to congratulate them and seen them.”
The induction ceremony will take place Sunday.
David Ortiz, better known as “Big Papi” from the Boston Red Sox, is one of the seven retired baseball players being inducted this weekend.
It’s the MLB Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Cooperstown. Former pitcher @DocGooden16 says he enjoys meeting the fans and hopes to be a positive influence on kids. @SPECNews1CNY pic.twitter.com/sakOyULgyT— Shalon Stevens (@shalonstevenstv) July 22, 2022