IF YOU GET CHOKED up at the ending of "Field of Dreams," you'll want to be in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Father's Day weekend.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame, as part of its second annual Hall of Fame Classic game on June 20, will offer a weekend of events for fans of all ages.
Among them is a "Family Catch" in which parents and kids will be permitted to play catch on Doubleday Field - much like the emotional father-son bonding scene between actor Kevin Costner and his "dad" in "Field of Dreams."
The "Family Catch" is one of many events being offered on June 19, the day before the game. Others include the "Legends for Youth Skills Clinic" and "Voices of the Game.''
The clinic, open to children 5 to 12 years old, will be conducted by former major league players. The "Voices of the Game" will feature Hall of Famers Gary Carter, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Harmon Killebrew, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith - who will all play in the Classic, which still has tickets available.
Reservations for the "Family Catch" and other programs can be made beginning today. However, participation in the family events is reserved for members. To join, and sign up for the Hall of Fame Classic Weekend activities, call the Hall of Fame's Membership Program at 607-547-0397.
President Obama has some advice for Cavaliers star LeBron James, who can become a free agent this summer: Sign with the Bulls.
Obama, a Chicago resident before becoming president, recently chatted with Marv Albert. The interview will be aired tomorrow night at 8 on TNT. In it, Obama says this about LeBron joining the Bulls:
" . . . I don't want to meddle. I will say this: [Derrick] Rose, Joakim Noah, it's a pretty good core. You know, you could see LeBron fitting in pretty well there."
Careful, Mr. President, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban just got fined $100,000 for making similar comments.
- Tom Mahon