The Staglin Family has truly “swung for the fences” with this one!
Here’s an auction lot that combines the best of the Big Apple with everything you love about America’s National Pastime – all designed by the Staglin Family to honor the memory of their great friend, Mets legend and humanitarian Rusty Staub. This home-run lot includes trips to New York City and Cooperstown for two couples, giving you a chance to experience not only the bright lights of the big city but also the historic charms of an Upstate New York village.
Your journey starts when you depart from your home city via a Premium Class flight to New York City and find your limo waiting to carry you to the Marriott Marquis Hotel and the start of your eight-day stay in New York. Dinner this evening is at NYC’s number 1 grossing restaurant, Del Frisco’s Steak House, and will be complemented by library wines from Staglin Family Vineyard. Yes, this is “the” happening steakhouse in NYC – and the perfect first stop to your grand slam week!
After breakfast on day two, you’ll head to Citi Field for an “on-field experience,” one that includes batting practice and walking on the field, as well as meeting Mets team members. Then, enjoy a perfect view of the game from your box seats before finally heading back to the city for dinner at the Chef’s Table at NWWF Chef Bill Telepan’s Oceana restaurant, one of NYC’s finest seafood eateries. On day three, you’ll slip into the Metropolitan Museum of Art even before the doors open to take part in a behind-the-scenes private tour – minus the crowds, naturally. Get a peek at the world’s largest baseball card collection, and then enjoy lunch at the atrium café. That’s followed by a pre-theater dinner at The Lambs Club with executive chef Geoffrey Zakarian and a trip to Broadway to enjoy the Tony Award®– winning musical, “Hamilton” in coveted “house seats.”
Next, you are off to Cooperstown! Here, you’ll be whisked by a private limo and stay for three nights at the luxurious Otesaga Resort Hotel, which is perched on the edge of the peaceful waters of Otsego Lake – made famous as “Glimmerglass” in classic American author James Fennimore Cooper’s “Leatherstocking Tales.” Dinner that evening will be at the Otesaga Hotel’s Hawkeye Grill, overlooking the tranquil waters of the lake – and renowned for its comfort foods and regional specialties.
You’ll spend the next two days discovering “the Birthplace of Baseball,” including a private tour of The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, with behind-the-scenes access to its archives and most valued artifacts. The collections date back to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig and boasts treasured items rarely seen by the public. After your tour, spend the afternoon and the following day exploring Cooperstown’s many historic delights. This could include a private tour of the Fenimore Art Museum, with its celebrated collection of American Folk Art and the world-renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Native American Indian Art Collection; four passes to The Farmers’ Museum, the living history museum of 19th-century rural life in Upstate New York; a private tour and tasting of handcrafted artisan spirits at Cooperstown Distillery and the use of a private powerboat, ideal for touring the placid waters of Otsego Lake. Finally, cap off each of the last two evenings with alfresco lakeside dinners at The Blue Mingo Grill.
When your time in the country is complete, you’ll transfer back to New York City and return to the Marriott Marquis Hotel for one more evening. This is the bottom of the ninth now, and you’re sliding into home with a pre-theater dinner at Danny Meyer’s Union Square Café followed by house seats for Broadway’s hottest new musical, “Pretty Woman.” The following morning, it’s a transfer to the airport for your flight home
Since no trip to the ballpark could be complete with a keepsake or two, the Staglins are sending you home with some very special souvenirs. This auction lot includes two 3 Liter bottles of 2011 Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as four Large Format bottles of Grand Cru Burgundies from the Staglin’s private cellar – wines only made available to Rusty, thanks to his personal relationships with the Burgundy community.
And for your memorabilia shelf, there are two bats signed by Ben Zobrist, World Series MVP from the Chicago Cubs – and one bat signed by “Le Grand Orange” Rusty himself. This bat signifies Rusty was the only player to get 500 hits with four different teams and signifies Ty Cobb and Rusty were the first two players to hit home runs in their teens, 20s, 30s and 40s. You will also take home four New York Mets baseball caps and four baseballs signed by Rusty Staub, Reggie Jackson and more!
If this can’t be called a “home run” on your list of experiences, along with the chance to honor a longtime friend and supporter of NWWF, what is?
Roundtrip, Premium Class Airfare from anywhere in the continental United States to New York, New York and roundtrip airport transfers in New York City are included. Roundtrip, private car service from New York to Cooperstown is also included. Ground transportation outside of what is listed is not included. Availability of all items is subject to mutually agreeable dates prior to December 31, 2020 and cannot be guaranteed. The Mets schedule for the 2019 and 2020 seasons are to be determined after the Auction and are subject to change. Tickets to Hamilton and/or Pretty Woman can be exchanged for another performance if the show has already been seen. Beverages and gratuity are not included for all dinners in Cooperstown and New York City.
Shari, Garen, Brandon and Shannon Staglin of Staglin Family Vineyard
Additional Donors: Patty Baker, Jeannelle & Brian Brady, Linda & Tom Koehn, Danny Meyer, Michael Moffett, David O’Day, Laura O’Keefe of the New York Mets, Donna Solimene, Ed Staros, Bill Telepan of Oceana, Michael Troise and Margaret & Geoffrey Zakarian