January 2012

SPPCD: 2011 Top 100 MLB.com Blog!

I’m num-ber 45! I’m num-ber 45!

MLB.com Blogs Central revealed their top 100 blogs for the year, and Sarge’s Phillies Phantasy Camp Diary landed on the list at number 45. Not too shabby for a blog that was centered around an experience that was only about 8 days long (orientation, camp, and two reunions). It’s been extremely fun maintaining the diary through the rest of the year, and I’m REALLY excited to do it again. One week to go!

I want to thank everyone for stopping by, reading a post or two, and leaving such wonderful comments in the last year. Right around this time last year, I was embroiled in a little MLBlogs controversy as the blog was mistakenly ranked number one for the month of January. It was still in the upper echelon which I was extremely proud of. I hope I can return there during these cold, winter months as we all watch Prime 9/Greatest Games marathons on MLB Network and get extremely eager for the beginning of Spring Training.

I also want to congratulate all the bloggers who made the list, including fellow Phans Phillies Phollowers, The Phanatic Addict, Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts, Phillies Red Pinstripes, Larry Shenk’s Phillies Insider, and the best (and number one) beat writer, Todd Zolecki and his Zo Zone.

See you in Clearwater!

An Eagle Flys To Phantasy Camp

If this blog was your destination for up-to-the-second news, well, I would be out of “business”. I’m about three weeks late to this item, but I’m still going to mention it. Current 94 WIP radio personality and former Philadelphia Eagle, Ike Reese, will be joining everyone in Clearwater as a player at this year’s Phantasy Camp.

It’s humbling enough I’m surrounded by former baseball all-stars and World Series winners, but now an NFL All-Pro and NFC Champion.

I’ll be at the tiki bar.

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Below is the official list of Phillies Legends that will be in attendance at Phantasy Camp this year. It’s exactly the same as last year, with the exception of Mitch Williams.

  • John Kruk
  • Mike Lieberthal
  • Greg Luzinski
  • Bob Boone
  • Milt Thompson
  • Larry Anderson
  • Dickie Noles
  • Mickey Morandini
  • Marty Bystrom
  • Von Hayes
  • Dave Hollins
  • Kevin Stocker
  • Scott Eyre
  • Tyler Green
  • Tommy Greene
  • Jim Eisenreich
  • Juan Samuel
  • Ricky Jordan
  • Warren Brusstar
  • Ricky Bottalico
  • Terry Harmon

Two Week Countdown

We are officially at the two-week mark! Only 14 days to go until I return to Clearwater for my second and consecutive Phillies Phantasy Camp.

Between last weekend’s incredible freezing over of the field at Citizens Bank Park and today’s 14-degree wind chill in New York City, nothing sounds better than playing a few baseball games in sunny Florida, rather than “the frozen tundra of Central Park’s North Meadow #5…”

Long Winter's Nap, Central Park, NYC

I’m even more excited to document my trip once again. This time the entries will not be so lengthy as I pretty much know what to expect. This time I’m going to focus more on the images and speaking to other Campers, especially the rookies, and getting their take on the whole experience. As excited as I am for myself, I’m even more thrilled for the people going for the very first time. Nothing will ever beat it…

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