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Phillies Phantasy Camp Reunion This Saturday

Now that the news of Mike Schmidt’s future appearance at Phillies Phantasy Camp in January has overcome everyone, I’m very excited about the upcoming alumni reunion this Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. I’ll be taking batting practice and shagging flies early in the morning, then watching the REAL players take their swings late in the day. Then before the Phillies take on the first place Washington Nationals…. *thud*…. I’ll be introduced on to the filed with the rest of my fellow Campers.

Here was my experience from last year’s reunion.

Check back for all the photographic and video evidence of me acting like an 8-year old… and hitting like one.

Phillies Phantasy Camp 2011 Reunion - 9/15/11

2012 Home Opener Tickets

They have arrived. I’m extremely excited. Just like last year’s home opener, I will be sitting with fellow Phantasy Campers and enjoying an after-game reception in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park. This will be the first of two reunions for us Campers. The next will be in late August where once again, I will be introduced on the field before the game (in addition to a little batting practice… which may not happen since I may pass out from pure excitement… or embarrassment).

Just like this year’s Phantasy Camp, I’m hoping there will be much better weather. Based on what the Northeast is experiencing right now, it should be glorious.

Phillies 2012 home opener tickets

“Number 31…”

Big thanks to my brother-in-law for shooting my Dan Baker introduction during the Phantasy Camp reunion. And an even bigger thanks to my personal cheering section!

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Another big thanks to Lynne, wife of fellow camper Sam Daley, for shooting my introduction from her vantage point.

2011 Phillies Phantasy Camp Reunion Night

I was only ever on a Major League Baseball field once in my life. Standing on the concrete field they called “turf” at Veterans Stadium for photo day in 1989 was one thing. This was completely different. Just like every other moment I’ve had during this Phantasy Camp experience, you could not get that goofy grin of mine off my face during this reunion. The grass was perfect, the dirt was clean, the Fall-like weather was awakening, and Dan Baker’s voice boomed down from the heavens. This was a religious baseball experience.

On that photo day in 1989, my dad was by my side. Without a doubt, he was with me again on a Major League field.

And he would have the same goofy grin.

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Getting changed in the…

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That’s why there weren’t any urinals.

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Going High.

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“Yes, I promise not to break from the group and run around the field… OK, I can’t really promise that.”

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Hey there Scott.

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My number was retired across from the visiting team’s clubhouse. They think of everything.

Phillies Phantasy Camp 2011 Reunion - 9/15/11 (Phillie Phanatic Lady Gaga egg)

“Calcified Clay? Check. Phillie Phanatic ‘Lady Gaga egg’? Check.”

I immediately recognized this from Opening Day…

REUTERS / Tim Shaffer

REUTERS / Tim Shaffer

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Really Bryan? Control yourself.

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“Bryan Sargent just ousted Placido Polanco as mayor of third base.”

Phillies Phantasy Camp 2011 Reunion - 9/15/11 (Florida Marlins dugout)

The Marlins are underwhelmed.

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Hello there.

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“I welcome you to Citizens Bank Park.”

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Let’s Try This One Again

The 2011 Phillies Phantasy Camp reunion will finally be happening tomorrow before the 7:35 game against the Florida Marlins. Ms. Irene wreaked havoc a couple weeks ago, rescheduling not only this reunion, but my “VIP Batting Practice Day”, which is still to be determined.

With the incredible run this year’s team has been on lately (and really, this entire season), I started thinking the hurricane’s disruption would be a blessing in disguise. As the days went by, the chance of now seeing the Phillies clinch their 5th National League East Championship in a row was a strong possibility. But no, the Houston A(AA)stros have unexpected taken two straight from the Fightins, thus eliminating the opportunity to see our boys celebrate on the field.

So, if you find yourself going to Citizens Bank Park tomorrow night, come early and take a gander at us Phantasy Campers as we are introduced on to the field before the start of the game (roughly 7 PM). If anyone cares, you will find me lined up along the first base line. Please keep your D batteries at home.

As usual, a full recap with pictures will follow.

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The other day I received an email from ESF to push the upcoming 2012 Phillies Phantasy Camp. No need to try and sell it to me!

I did find something interesting about this email however…

Yes. That would be the one and only Gary Matthews on that list. Sarge was not apart of last year’s Legends group.

I believe he and I will need to have a frank discussion about nickname copyrights next year…

Irate at Irene

For the past several months, I have run today’s scheduled activities in my head every single day.

My early morning departure from Penn Station. My cab ride to Citizens Bank Park. Walking through the clubhouse to prepare for morning batting practice. Making that emotional first step on to the diamond. Most likely embarrassing myself in the batting cage. Wandering around the field, occasionally shagging a fly ball or dodging a line drive because of my lack of attention. Returning to the clubhouse. Lunch. Tour of Citizens Bank Park. Watching batting practice of the real players. Looking like a fool with all my cameras. Seeing all my fellow Campers. Getting ready to be introduced on to the field before the game. My friends and family in attendance…

Hurricane Irene has promptly disrupted all weekend plans for 20% of the U.S. population. This includes me.

No batting practice. No on-field introduction. No reunion. No game.

Come on Irene!

My selfish, inner 12-year old got over it. This is a serious storm. Millions of people will be severely effected by the weather. My little day in the sun is meaningless.

My batting practice will be rescheduled. The reunion/on-field introductions have been moved to September 15th. It’s a small price to pay for being safe.

Until then, I’ll keep playing the day in my head as I hunker down this weekend with my wife. I’ll always have this tide me over…

Best to all…

The Phillies are also playing…

They finally arrived.

I feel like Ryan Howard every time the Phillies play in St. Louis. I had a lot of requests for these tickets to the Phantasy Camp reunion on August 27th. It’s going to be an incredible night!

I know all 45,000+ in attendance will be there just to see us Campers, but just in case you need a second reason…

Here’s the link to enter your name to win this very cool promotion.

1/10/11 – Other experiences…

When I first started my Phillies Phantasy Camp diary I was curious to see if anyone else in the web-o-sphere had done anything similar. It’s really slim pickings out there I tell you. I was kind of surprised that more people haven’t taken the time to share their time at Camp with the rest of the world… not only at Phillies Camp, but for all the other Major League teams.

I was contacted back in August by a former Camper who had stumbled upon my blog. He created his own blog, more for his friends and family, to keep them up to date on his trip halfway around the world. You see, he was from Australia. That’s a dedicated Phillies fan. Here is his blog from his experience back in 2007.

Public Affairs Director for the Phillies, Scott Palmer, has written a couple articles (here and here) detailing his experiences in Clearwater in the last couple years.

There’s Ballpark Bob who writes for the website fantasybaseballdugout.com. He provides a very quick synopsis of his trip, including a brief video.

We have this nice video/photo compilation of a Camper Jason Frankel’s experience in 2008:

I’m curious to know if there are any other blogs, diaries, articles or videos swirling around that I missed? I’d love to hear more about other people’s experiences at Phillies Phantasy Camp!

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