*NEW* MLBlogosphere ranking… and thoughts on this Phantasy Camp Diary

Due to an unfortunate error, my unheralded rise to “MLBlogosphere Immortality” was indeed, miscalculated. According to the revised numbers, I am now sitting at #24 on the current list MLBlogosphere leaders. But, just as I was when I found out I even made the Top 100 the first time, I am still over the moon.

Even with the little boost in viewership with the help of others in the world wide web, I still shook my head in disbelief. So did others. Unfortunately, my #1 ranking did not sit so well with some fellow MLBloggers.
Every writer on MLBlogs maintains their blog for various reasons… from the professional all the way down to the pure love and joy of just talking about their favorite team. As anyone who has read my diary can attest, I write my blog for many personal reasons. I do not write this blog or take these photographs to compete for a number. Yes, I want to share my thoughts and stories with as many people as humanly possible. Who doesn’t? This is why we blog.
I do not get thousands upon thousands of hits per day on my blog. However, at least once a day, I get a beautiful email or fantastic comment that makes so incredibly proud of what I am doing. These are moments that can’t be quantified with rankings…
The numerous campers, umpires, and Phillies fans and autograph seekers in Clearwater who would stop me and tell me how much they loved the blog, it’s sentiment, and how much it resonated with them, even before I began the full daily recaps…
The folks who couldn’t tell you the difference between a baseball and a football, absolutely moved by the writing and the emotions of the blog…
The husband and wife who printed up and bound my diary and which now holds a spot on their bedroom nightstand…
Family, friends, and strangers who are now seriously contemplating signing up to attend not only a baseball or sports fantasy camp, but to have a similar dream-making experience…
The married couple who found inspiration through my blog to attend Phantasy Camp next year as a way to overcome their own personal tragedy…
The father who reads the diary along with his 8-year old son…
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There is a very good chance I may not be among next month’s MLBlogs leaders. I’ll probably be dropping from #24 to #1,024. 
And I do not care.
My goal with this diary was to document to the best of my ability my emotional trip, have as much fun as humanly possible, all while paying tribute to my father. If my story touched a few people along the way, all the better. Mission accomplished.
I want to thank EVERYONE for their continued support and readership. The 2011 Phillies Phantasy Camp is over, but this diary is not. There are many more stories to be told. 

Pitchers and catchers are reporting. Spring is around the corner. Opening Day will soon follow.
Life is beautiful.

4 Comments

Sarge,
You accounts of the Fantasy camp were great.
Keep on writing, you are the type of person that eventually makes that top spot.
The people with passion and heartfelt remeberances of the game are the ones the fans bond with…you have that in spades (red pinstripes).
Do not let the screamd and rants of a few divert you from eventually taken the seasonal path and writing during the season. I undertsand the passion, the drive and the frustration when people question even a small bit of your truth.
I hope you write more…about Spring Training,about your pitching staff, about CBP.
You caught people’s attention, not by the in-fighting of the few, but because you have a great baseball soul.

Rays Renegade
http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Again, thank you RR for your incredible comment and, quite possibly, the greatest baseball-related comment I have ever received.

I found and read your blog because of the promotion you got on the front page. I come back because of your writing and the stories you told. Great job and I look forward to reading more during the season.
http://wrigleyregular.mlblogs.com/

Thanks so much!

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