The voice that projects regularly and vociferously the words known to all Cotuit Kettleer fans -- "HAVE A HIT" -- surely cannot belong to this sweet 80-something year-old man with a walker and a hearing aid. He is Ivan Partridge.
But, alas, here he is in front of me at the conclusion of an important late summer matchup between his beloved Ketleers and the cross-town rivals, the Hyannis Mets. Cotuit's defeat of Hyannis guarantees Cotuit the western division championship. And so Mr. Have a Hit, Ivan Partidge, is happy, practically giddy.
I have waited several years to get this interview. I've talked with league officials, players, authors, media stars and others, but it is Ivan that I've wished to interview for so long because I believe he so embodies the spirit of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
This former Episcopal clergyman and now super-fan of the Cotuit Ketleers is an energetic and knowledgeable baseball fan who enjoys his renown in ballparks both home and away.
In celebration of the Cotuit Ketleers' bid for the CCBL championship, we offer you this CodBall Conversation with Ivan Partridge.