The experience at Phillies Phantasy camp 2020 was incredible, memorable, and one for the record books. Each day is filled with positive energy, and a full itinerary of baseball infused activities. If you have ever pondered the thought of what the camp is like and your budget allows such a splurge, you should take the plunge and experience it for your self. Many of the veterans and legends you speak with have been going and relieving their Phantasy camp experience year after year.
The full experience is run and operated by ESF camps who successfully run children’s programs in NJ, PA, MD, CT, and NY. The program is top-notch and, in my opinion, because of the excellent staff of employees who work day in and day out to make your five-day big-league experience one, you will never forget. When you think about all the details and people it takes to pull off such a fantastic trip, you start to realize this has taken months and months of planning. The execution has to be perfect; it was indeed Perfect!
If the glowing praise about your MLB uniform, the beautifully manicured fields, and dinner with Phillies Legends aren’t enough to spike your interest or consider going to a future Phillies Phantasy camp, maybe this will. A trip between a father and son, one that has instilled memories, bonding time, and joy that few things in life can. The game of baseball is more than a game. It’s the feeling you get from buttoning up that jersey next to the man you call Dad. The sense of saying, “Dad, wanna have a catch”? If you case you forget or didn’t realize, life is short and unpredictable. Enjoy all life has to offer and take in every special moment you can because just like a high fastball if you take your eye off the ball, life will pass you by at 95 MPH.
As Frontier airlines flight 2375 touched down in Tampa Florida it was time to
experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the the big leagues. Day 1 starts with a
welcome reception at the beautiful Clearwater Marriot hotel filled with welcome bags,
personalized luggage tags, and the feeling that you finally made it. (Not to the MLB
but that feeling that your room is ready and it’s before 4pm). Opening day is your
chance to board the Academy bus outside the hotel and take a trip down to Spectrum
field for Rookie workouts. What happens here? Baseball fundamentals 101. A few hours
at the facilities to take warm up’s, stretch, field ground balls, shag a few in the
outfield, and finally get some swings in the cages. You are working out so the
veterans and coaches can scout you and place you on your respective teams. I have to
say the workouts where fun and gives you the opportunity to size up the competition
(in a friendly way of course) ages range from 30 all the way up to the mid 80’s. The
rookie workouts are over and now back to the hotel to shower and get ready for the
welcome dinner upstairs in the ballroom. One of the coolest experiences of Phillies
Phantasy Camp is all the people from all walks of life that you meet and become close
friends with in only a few short days of knowing each other. Another benefit is the
access to Phillies Legends your entire trip. It’s not a meet and greet, it’s
conversations with the legends from eating breakfast and dinner together, them
coaching you during all your games, and even telling you stories from their glory
days as if they knew you their entire lives. (Super Cool). Shout out to my Legends
John Kruk and Dave Hollins. Could we have been any luckier? During the next three
days you play two 6 inning games per day. Each day starts with a breakfast at the
hotel followed by bus transportation to Spectrum Field. Let me just saw the welcome
on day 1 at the field was spectacular (The Locker Room Introduction). As you walk
into the Phillies official locker room you are greeted but the Phantasy Camp legends
clapping and smiling as you look for your name on that beautiful, clean, crisp pin
strip jersey with your name stitched on the upper back. (If you remember that scene
from Titanic where Jack is waiting for Rose at the very end on the spiraling
staircase. Died and went to heaven came to mind). Day after day you play one game and
then break for catered lunch upstairs on the concourse. Once lunch is over it’s back
to the locker room to get changed and play another grueling (for some) 6 inning game.
The games are fun and competitive and the weather we were blessed with this past
January of 2020 was perfect. Everyday Sunny and in the 70’s! Everyday gamer awards
are given out to players who make a spectacular play ( Not to brag but I received
one HEHE). In addition their is a star in each game who gets interviewed by the
Phillies own Greg murphy just like the real deal. Greg Murphy was fantastic as the
emcee the entire camp and again (Not to brag but Pops and I were interviewed by Murph
on the same day). Phillies Phantasy Camp is about Baseball, Friends, and memories. In
part 3 I will speak about the odds and ends that go on, Kangaroo Court and the
success of Phillies Phantasy Camp and the amazing job done by ESF.
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.
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