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It’s John Kruk Month!

MLB.com’s Blog Central released their January 2012 leaders, and the diary cracked the top 30 at #29.

That’s right, I’m rocking The Krukker’s number this month!

So in honor of one of the best Legends to take the field at Phantasy Camp, please enjoy this little John Kruk medley…

I have been receiving some very complimentary words about my photographs. If you would like to see all my images from Phantasy Camp, please visit my Flickr collection here.

2012 Phillies Phantasy Camp
Photo by Louise DiBiase

I want to thank everyone who has stopped by to read this blog, and has taken the time to leave a comment or send an email. It truly means the world to me.

Now let’s resume counting down to when the REAL players hit the field!

The Diary Is Featured On MLBlogs!

Last January, MLBlogs featured my blog on their homepage. This January, they did it again. Along with blogs about the Yankees, Mets, and Rockies fantasy camps, my diary was given special attention by the nice folks at MLBlogs. Thanks again!

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!

No June Swoon

I’m proud to say I’ve made a return to the MLB Blogs leaders, landing at #49 for the month of June.

Thank you all for your continued readership!

There will be a lot of new pictures and video in late August after the 2011 Phantasy Camp reunion at Citizens Bank Park. And of course, another return to Clearwater in January 2012…

So don’t go turn that dial!

Thank You… Again!

The MLBlogs Leaders for February 2011 were announced, and incredibly, I moved in to the Top 20, landing at the #19 slot. Last month, I was mistakenly placed at the number one spot, but was quickly revised, still keeping me in the Top 25. 

Thank you to everyone again for continuing to stop by and taking the time to read and comment on my blog. I truly appreciate it!
And congrats to everyone who made the list, including my Phillies brethren!

*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.

#1 in the MLBlogosphere!

One of my goals for this blog was to crack the Top 100 of the monthly MLBlogs leaders, at least just once. Well, I cracked it alright…

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Congrats to everyone on the list, especially to my Phillies cohorts: Phillies Phollowers, The Phanatic Addict, Phillies Red Pinstripes, Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts, Philling You In, Phillies Insider, and Todd Zolecki over at The Zo Zone.
Thank you to everyone! 

Phantasy Camp Interview and Links

I’ve been back from Phantasy Camp for just over a week, and I feel like I haven’t left. The response to the blog has been incredible, and I thank each and every one of you for stopping by, reading, and taking the time to comment, send me an email, or pass it along to others.

Today (2/3) at 6:45 PM, listen live to the Phillies Talk podcast. I will be discussing the Camp with the folks at Fightin Phillies
Just this week, my blog was featured on the MLBlogs homepage, The 700 Level, and Big League Stew (Yahoo Sports MLB blog), as well as plugs via Twitter from Phillies Nation and Mike Meech of TheFightins.com.
Thanks again!

Thank you MLBlogs!

Big thank to MLBblogs for featuring my diary on their homepage!


1/3/11 – …and speaking of a Happy New Year…

On the homepage of the MLBlogs website today, my blog was “featured” as part of their New Year celebration. Number 9 Number 9 Number 9….

Congrats to two other Phillies MLBlogs for making the feature, Phillies Phollowers and The Phanatic Addict. Thanks MLB!

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