NY - A capacity crowd cheered and offered high-fives as Bomber
Will Cosby took a victory lap along the outer walls of Little
Majors Stadium. Minutes before, he was basking in the glow
of winning the 2009 Cooperstown Dreams Park Golden Arm Award.
Lou Presutti, the CDP director handed the young gun a massive
trophy and applauded his stellar performance.
Will had qualified for the final throw off against
Roberto Zucchiatti of the California Golden Gaters. In this
final battle, Cosby outscored his opponent 5-0 and captured
the crown. With his entire Bomber team looking on, Will made
good use of his cannon arm.
The contest, part of the opening night festivities, set the
tone for the Bombers weekgiving them confidence
to face any challenge.
Soon players from all teams were milling about Cabin 18Asharing
their accolades and admiring Wills MONSTER trophy. The
stuff that legends are made of. In his typical humble manner,
Cosby was happy to tell his story and allow the team to share
in the excitement.
This achievement marks the one and only major award that a
player from DHYS has won to date. Hopefully when future Medlock
teams visit CDP, they will be inspired by Wills efforts
and strive to win an award of their own.
NY - For some, it was an elusive dreamfive years in
the making, for others a unique family vacation. But for all
who made that pilgrimage that magical July weekit was
the most exciting display of Bomber baseball ever witnessed.
They came by car and by plane to put on the gear and put on
a show for the special fans who follow them. Yes, the Bombers
arrived ready to play...and play they did. Facing teams of
all levels from all over the country (104 in all), the Bombers
gave it their all and left a piece of themselves on the hallowed
grounds of Cooperstown Dreams Park.
But it wasnt all about baseball. It was also about pin
trading, socializing, eating well, goofing off and getting
to know these special teammates. The coaches got a behind-the-scenes
glimpse of these talented athletes and saw them on a whole
new level. We sometimes take for granted how gifted these
boys are and forget sometimes that they are just boyswho
giggle, burp and get lost on field trips. Yet when the umpire
yells Play ball!, these same knuckleheads become
fearless warriors who can face their opponents with confidence
and strengthhard for us to imagine.
is indeed a young ballplayers utopia. This baseball
experience combined all the good parts of a summer camp with
the competition of their favorite game.
Visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame would make anyone wonder
if these same Bombers might someday return with their children
and recount the many stories from this magical week. Who knows...maybe
a few will return to be a part of the Hall themselves...
Heres to dreaming...and young boys playing baseball.