Bennett, an instructor at Raleigh Batting Institute in Endwell as well as a high school and American Legion coach, said playing in the Classic is among the top highlights on his baseball calendar.
“This is very special,” said Bennett, who played with Relaford on the Phillies in 1999. “The reality of who you’re out there on the field with coupled with the nostalgic part, it’s definitely a highlight every year. I pretty much try to soak it all in.”
Idelson added it’s never a problem finding players for the game.
“There are games like this all across the country, but the guys all want to come back to Cooperstown,” Idelson said. “For the guys in Cooperstown for the first time in the shadows of the Hall of Fame, it’s meaningful. It’s not just another game.
“We’re continuing to attract younger players,” he continued. “We want it to be a competitive game while making sure we have a mix of personalities who can interact with fans. A lot of care goes in to picking the rosters.”
From 7-9 p.m. Saturday, the Hall will host A Night at the Museum. A limited number of fans can take pictures with the four Hall of Famers and the other former major leaguers during a meet-and-greet session. Autographs are not permitted. Tickets for that event can be purchased at Will Call tent in the Doubleday parking lot Saturday.
“Ticket sales are strong for that event,” Idelson said.
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