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Today Show broadcasts from Cooperstown, tens of thousands to swarm home of baseball

By ANNA MEILER

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) -- America is swarming Cooperstown to celebrate its favorite pastime and the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

"I'm a huge baseball fan, so this is awesome. I'm trying to soak it up every minute I can before I leave," said Kyle Batts, who traveled from Tennessee.

The swearing in of six big names this year is drawing a crowd of about 50,000, including Today Show hosts Natalie Morales and Jenna Bush Hager.

"I grew up watching Frank Thomas crush the ball, so now to meet him and see his journey to come full circle was such an honor," said Hager.

They're already hooked on the charm of Cooperstown.

"We went to the Doubleday diamond and we did some practice at the batting cages, did some pitching, which didn't go so well, but we had a lot of fun there. But, we also took a spin on a tube out here on Lake Otsego so that was a blast. I haven't done that since- I don't know, i'ts been many, many years so I felt like a kid again," said Natalie Morales.

Broadcasting from the Otesaga Hotel with five million viewers, the Today Show shined its lights on the small village, giving them the chance to show the nation what they have to offer.

"Whether it's the lake, whether it's the farmer's market, whatever it is, there's just so much to see and do in Cooperstown that this weekend brings in all those people so they can see we have a lot to offer," said Teriann Sammis of the Cooperstown Farmer's Market.

With no living inductees in 2013, local businesses are hoping to score with the influx of 20 times more people than last year.

"In those four days we can make up for the nonexistence of last years hall of fame weekend," said Danny McMarty, the manager of Paterno Brothers Sports.

"The difference between a blowout, highly attended induction and a lower turnout induction  is night and day and you can feel it in the street and the businesses feel it too. Everything I've heard has been very positive," said Mayor Jeff Katz.

No matter where you're from or what team you root for, this weekend is guaranteed to be a big win.

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