Cooperstown like 'baseball heaven' for induction weekend

By Mike Peal

July 25, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 7:39 PM EDT

Cooperstown, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Take a few steps in Cooperstown this weekend and you may think you've died and gone to, "baseball heaven."

"That's where we are right now, baseball heaven," said Pete Tucciarelli of Staten Island.

"It's like a religious experience, to be honest with you," added Clyde Page, who made the trip to Cooperstown from Lawton, OK.

That's the fan experience during induction weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Cooperstown attracts fans from all over.

They all have a story. Annika McKillop promised in her wedding vows she'd take her husband Sean, a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, to see manager Tony La Russa's Hall of Fame induction.

"And here I am," she said.

Page said he trekked from Oklahoma for one specific reason -- or rather, three.

"With three Braves going in to the Hall of Fame this weekend, this is just something I had to do at this time," he said.

Three (Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Bobby Cox) of the six inductees this year played for Atlanta. Cooperstown may as well be Atlanta North. The strong Braves contingent in town includes former players.

"To be able to come at the same time as teammates like Maddux and Glavine and Bobby Cox and the greats that played during my era is awesome," said Ryan Klesko, a Brave from 1992 to 1999.

"We got in town last night and you can feel the electricity. I think there's 60 Hall of Famers here," said John Rocker, who pitched for Atlana from 1998 to 2001. "That's what's so exciting about coming up here."

Even the locals realize this year feels different.

"It's big here. You sense it. People are excited about it," said Cooperstown resident Rob Lee.

"Everybody's talking about it," Klesko added. "Everybody's trying to get a plane ticket, people are driving an hour just to get a hotel room. It's just a fun time."

A fun time in baseball heaven.

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