Feb 06, 2020

How I Arrived At Phillies Phantasy Camp 2020 – Part 1

Let’s start at the very beginning on how my father and I arrived to experience one

week in sunny clearwater Florida with 5 star hotel accommodation’s, Philadelphia

Phillies legends and perfect manicured baseball fields. When I was 18 years old I

applied to sell Phillies programs and publications at the home of the Philadelphia

Phillies Citizens Bank Park. I worked the whole season without missing many home gam

regardless of the times, long hours, rain and that bright hot sun from the sky in mid

summer that can give you a nice tan. (Job Perk) Let me remind you the year was 2008

and the Phillies would make this one of the greatest years in their long storied

history and for myself selling their publications and merchandise was about get a

whole lot more exciting and profitable. (Job Perk) As the Phillies progressed from the

NLDS to NLCS to eventually the World Series it was their and my time to shine and make

up for all the months or making the daly minimum selling those wonderful publications.

I remember the excitement of going to the ballpark early during the World Series home

games just to walk around and take in the sights and smells before the Philly faithful

had arrived. Game by game went by and the Phillies were poised to finally win the

World Series trophy and if they did, how much money could I actually make? $25 per

program and everybody might by three or four or maybe even five. I was never a wiz at

math but I knew something good was brewing up ahead. After the final pitch from Brad

Lidge that sent Philadelphia into a euphoric frenzy it was time to sell, sell, sell.

Needless to say I never made so many new friends, talked to so many amazing people

and had so much cash on me at one time.(Job Perk) After all the money was counted and

handed it was time to wait for the big check to arrive at my house. 10% of what you

sell was your commission rate. At this time my parents were struggling with a house

foreclosure that as a young kid sometimes you don’t fully understand. I remember my

parents looking for a apartment or house but needing a down payment to even get

started and the whispers of we don’t nearly have enough finally hit me. This was real

and maybe I could help, as they have to me so many times in the past. Once I received

my AWESOME Phillies check I wanted to help because it would be the least I could have

done at such a tough time. The look of gratefulness, sadness, and appreciation was

enough pay back that I would have ever needed. It was the help they deserved. As time

went on life improved and normalcy returned. Fast forward to this past holiday season

in 2019 when My mom decided she wanted to make sure she let me know how appreciative

she felt after all these years. “I am sending you and your father to phillies Camp to

experience something that you now deserve after helping us in our time of need”.

“Don’t think I ever forgot” (Part 2). Pack your bags for Clearwater Florida.