A Hall of Fame honeymoon
By Samantha Carr
Ben Nelson grew up an Atlanta Braves fan and always figured he would make a trip to Cooperstown if longtime Braves third baseman Chipper Jones gets elected.
Nelson’s new bride decided that was too long to wait.
“You never know what will happen in the future and if we would be able to go, so I figured let’s not wait,” said Elyse Nelson.
Ben and Elyse made the trip from Waynesboro, Ga., to Cooperstown for their honeymoon and a VIP Experience at the Baseball Hall of Fame. They were married on May 15th and share a love for the game.
“I grew up playing baseball and have been a huge fan of the history of the game. I have always wanted to come here,” said Ben. “And Elyse grew up playing softball since the tee ball stage and had a brother who played.”
The newlyweds began their trip in New York City with a stay in Times Square and drove to Cooperstown to take in baseball history.
“Knowing how much history is in this building is just amazing,” said Ben. “There are artifacts from some of the greatest players of the game, like Mickey Mantle. I never got to see him play, but I can see the uniform he played in.”
“We really got a kick out of the plaques,” said Elyse. “That was what we expected to see when we came here, but there is really so much more history here. And it is so close you can almost touch it.”
A VIP Experience package is a behind-the-scenes fan package at the Baseball Hall of Fame. It begins with exclusive after-hours access to the Hall of Fame on a Thursday evening and wrap up on a Friday afternoon with a private reception. In between fans receive a Library archive tour and Museum collections artifact presentation.
The Museum has partnered with Cooperstown accommodations to offer this unique package with the next select dates scheduled for October 2010 through May 2011. For more information, contact the Membership Department at 607-547-0397.
Samantha Carr is the manager of web and digital media at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.