Baseball Blog

I am the author of a Philadelphia Phillies blog called Sarge’s Phillies Phantasy Camp Diary. In it, I chronicle my experience of attending Phillies Phantasy Camp in 2011 and 2012, including the alumni reunions and batting practice at Citizens Bank Park in August of ’12.


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  1. jealous.happy.proud.

    I’m so incredibly glad you are doing this for yourself, for your father and for all the dads and sons who, no matter how different, are bound together in their love of this glorious game.

  2. I remember going to a game with our Dads and my brothers at the old Vet. Bryan your Dad always had a joke to make someone laugh and he is missed. I never had an opportunity to offer my condolences. I believe THEY are both looking down with smiles on there faces. Have a blast you deserve it…

  3. Reading your posts brings back some great memories for me. I attended in 2007, as the first attendee from Australia. All of the anticipation you are feeling in the lead up is nothing compared to arriving on day one. Promise not to spoil it for you, but you will simply have the time of your life. Enjoy!!

  4. awesome Bryan.
    Really good stuff.
    My Dad went w/ his best friend to DodgerFantasyCamp at Vero Beach when they turned 40. We didn’t recognize him when we deboarded the plane cuz he shaved his mustache. He struck out Tommy Lasorda and played INF with tall gawky guy would wanted to do motivational speaking: Tony Robbins.
    Can’t wait to hear about it.
    -g

  5. I just had to write a response to the entry about the players’ list. What a list that is!! You have to do me a favor. When I went to Mets Fantasy Camp, one of the best things to do is to go out in the evening and meet up with the players (they are a hard drinking bunch). If you can manage to stay awake long enough (which for me was almost an impossibility after playing all day), and you can swing it, I would like to hear what it was like to party with Kruk, Luzinski, and Williams. Just getting the stories, alone, would be worth it (like the time during the All-Star game when Randy Johnson threw behind Kruk, and then he just whiffed at the next pitches to get out of there).

    Also, one of my fondest memories of the camp was the time I spoke to Doug Flynn and told him I was at the ballpark for his inside-the-park homerun. The next day at lunch he presented me with a Newsday article with the actual recap of that game. I asked him if I could keep it (I do not know where he got it), and he said absolutely. When I asked him to sign it, he did, with a very personal note. I am not sure if he knew it at the time, but that small gesture meant a great deal to me.

    If you come away with this type of memory (plus the friends I met that I still keep in touch with), the camp will be a great success.

    Enjoy the heightened anticipation. That is part of the fun!!

    Mike

  6. Bryan,
    I will be joining you in a few weeks. We are “neighbors”. I live in Jersey City and work in Manhattan. I’ve been doing BP at Chelsea Piers but the options are limited for a lefty so I’m considering taking a few swings at The Baseball Center. Let me know if you’re interested in hitting or tossing some balls.
    Sam

  7. Bryan, Marie and I enjoyed reading your commentary. That we received an honorable mention only adds to our anticipation and excitement of getting to Camp. We look forward to sharing Camp with you and are certain the spirit of your Dad will be there with you. Regards, Gene

  8. Brian:

    I don’t know if you got my last e-mail so I am leaving a copy of it on your blog:

    Thanks for including me in the blog. I am glad I could be a part of it (and hope you didn’t find my endless stories to be boring)!!

    Now for my little tidbits of advice as you make your final prep to go. First, make sure you do not forget sliding pants and a cup (the raspberry you prevent may be your own). Second, bring some UnderArmor to wear under your uniform in case it gets cold. You may not need them, but there was one day at the Mets camp that started at 38 degrees (you can always strip it off between games). Third, please remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. We got there on a Monday. By Wednesday the line for the trainer’s room was out the door.

    Other than that, prepare for the most fun you are going to have with your clothes on!!! Enjoy it all and soak it all in. Your inner kid will thank you.

    Have a great time.

    Mike

    • Thanks Mike! Trust me, I am all stocked up in the gear department. The Camp has been very thorough in describing what things I will need and compression/sliding pants were definitely emphasized.

      I’m definitely going to pace myself (at least try) and not get too much like a some kid at Disneyworld for the first time and completely sputter out by noon.

  9. My husband and I debated doing the Phantasy Camp for a few years now, we had to wait until I turned 30. I can’t play baseball anymore because of a nerve disease, but I love baseball as much as my husband and love managing, doing stats etc. I will be doing the GM program while he plays next year. So excited! My husband has played baseball for more than 35 years, played in college and coached in college. He plays summer ball now. He had decided we shouldn’t spend that much money on camp not knowing if it was worth it and fate stepped in. I was considering it for his 40th bday present and through a twist of fate, mid-season last summer, he was forced to switch summer baseball teams. I fell in love with his new teammates immediately. Great guys. I became comfortable with one right away and he went from being a stranger to being someone who has known what to say to me to comfort me in hard times that have happened in the last few months. I was explaining to him how I wanted to do something great for my husband for his birthday (my husband works his butt off and then has to help care for me on my bad days – he has given up a social life and so many activities because of my physical limitations) and I was thinking of sending him to camp for his 40th, but that we just didn’t know if it was worth the money (our vacations are usually budgeted in through our timeshare payments – this would be an additional 7,000+ dollars!). Turns out, this great guy I was talking to runs the Phantasy Camp! He assured me it was an awesome experience. Knowing him and his brother who works there as well, I know the program must be set up to make each participant feel special and have unimaginable memories – these guys are so sweet and caring and thoughtful. There are so many selfish and self-centered people in the world – these brothers remind you not everyone out there is like that.

    We just had a family tragedy as well and even the comfort of friends and family was not helping. We needed something to look forward to. Our friend brought up camp because he is in Florida now preparing for you guys and that was it! Something to research and get excited about. A way to get back into life. Baseball is a huge part of our lives and doing this camp I am sure will be one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. (Aside from the birth of our child, being at the Phillies WS Game 5 ’08 part I and II tops the list!!!!) I looked on the web for peoples’ stories of camps and was so upset there weren’t many! I love talking to my friend about baseball, but don’t want to be one of those people who bothers him about his job all the time, so I wanted to find info and stories on the web. I really appreciate your blog. It has given my husband and I something to talk about and look forward to. Knowing all the emails and what the orientation is like – seeing the list of those Legends that attend got me to smile. Life has to go on after someone you love passes. Baseball has been a great therapy in our lives, and it is reassuring that it has been for you as well. Thank you for the time you took to write your blog – maybe we will do one for next year as well! Cannot wait to hear all the stories and don’t forget to thank the staff of ESF. They don’t just do all this because it is their jobs – the people I know truly care about others and want to be part of this great memory and experience. I know your dad will be there enjoying every second with you! Is your wife going as a Phan? My hubby and I are inseperable – one of those couples that both love baseball and do not enjoy things as much when apart. It is a blessing that they allow either the Phan package or the GM one that I am doing. I have joked with my hubby that I will draft him and then trade him for two cases of beer and a bucket of balls! Have fun!!!!

  10. I greatly enjoyed reading your blog. My wonderful son, as an extended Christmas gift in 2010, gave me a week in Phantasy camp in January 2012. I am so excited and I can’t wait to go! I started working out now to get in shape. Sure want to take advantagous of my son’s generous gift. Now I have a better idea of what to expect. It’s my fantasy for the day, week, month, year, actually a lifetime.

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