Last week, former Phillie and Phantasy Camp coach Mike Lieberthal was inducted onto the Phillies Wall of Fame, part of the franchise’s annual alumni weekend.
Lieby in the booth, providing instant bad luck to Roy Halladay:
Lieby with Phantasy Camp regular, Scott Palmer:
(Hey, that’s the other Drillers coach, Kevin Stocker, unveiling Lieby’s plaque!)
“Sarge”… the other one… and Von Hayes with Scott Palmer:
Tommy Greene, complete with the Affliction t-shirt that he wore pretty much every single night at both Camps, with Scott Palmer:
Alumni weekend roundup:
I’m amazed looking at all the attendees last week and think about how I shared many days and nights with these baseball idols. It still gives me goosebumps. I’m still that 10-year old boy reenacting a made-up World Series in my backyard.
Again, the biggest of congrats to Mike. You deserve it!
Let’s go Drillers!
It never ceases to amaze me what I can find on YouTube. This is an absolute gem… a PG-13/R-rated video recap of the 1986 Phillies Dream Week (what the camp was originally known as). Other than the new digs at the Carpenter Complex and the uniforms, this video could have been filmed last year (although I would love it if they outfitted us with those maroon ensembles). It’s incredible how they have kept this exact vibe going all these years, complete with the good-natured ribbing and salty language. This is a must view.
Back to the present… Crossing Broad featured this mini-documentary about Phillies PA announcer Dan Baker. Easily one of the top highlights of my two trips to Phantasy Camp has been hearing Mr. Baker announce my name over the PA of Bright House Field and Citizens Bank Park.
The chills that ran down my spine actually hurt.
Today marks the three year anniversary of the passing of the “sound of summer”, Harry Kalas.
We miss you HK.
Last month I posted a video about one of the great father-son duos at Phantasy Camp, Rocky and Chris Wright.
Several days ago, Chris contacted me and sent along a couple of his own videos. He was very gracious to let me share them on this website.
The first was a segment from “Behind The Pinstripes” back in April, hosted by Scott Palmer, public affairs director for the Phillies, and one of the many Phantasy Camp gurus. The show did a piece on the Wright’s Camp experience together in Clearwater last January.
The other was a very nice photo compilation of both he and his father (complete with a soundtrack supplied by a band who is fronted by one of my favorite personalities in rock).
Needless to say, Chris’s videos and his wonderful messages were quite timely…
This week marks the second anniversary of my dad’s passing (as well as the 21st for my mother).
“…for baseball is continuous, like nothing else among American things, an endless game of repeated summers, joining the long generations of all fathers and all sons.”
There were a couple father-son combos at Phantasy Camp last January. This video highlights one of them.
All of the people that get to attend Phantasy Camp are truly very lucky individuals. These particular guys had the best luck of all.
Playing baseball, or even just having a simple catch with someone, is pure joy. But doing that with your father? Indescribable.
I was waiting for this one. A fellow Camper had a video camera attached to a helmet that he wore pretty much all through Camp. Below is the final result.
This just nails it.
It’s safe to say that one of the most entertaining Legends in Phillies Phantasy Camp this past January was the one and only, John Kruk.
This past weekend, Kruk got his due when he was officially given a rightful spot on the illustrious Phillies Wall of Fame.
Thanks to my friend Tom, I now have an incredible collection of DVD containing his VHS-transferred Phillies “Home Companion” videos. Not only were these a fantastic flashbacks to a time when I started to really come in to my own as a Phillies fan, but also made me look at these players in a completely different light. Practically every single Phantasy Camp Legend made an appearance in these wonderful baseball time capsules.
Needless to say, the vast quantity and quality of classic Kruk moments were boundless. I tried my best and compiled some of my favorite moments. Here’s to you Krukker!