Hi sweet Lion,
Do you guys miss the Spos? They are always talking about moving the Lynx out of Ottawa if attendance doesn't pick up but they brought it on themselves!!! When baseball shut down a few years back during the lockout, they lost a lot of fans ... tens of thousands! They're dreaming if they think fans are so stupid that they'll come back eventually! Many fans are stubborn and will boycott the sport they love, just to make a point. There's always TV where you can watch baseball without buying a ticket or a hotdog or a pennant. Everybody looses except the fan!
That's why hockey, for the next ten years, will see a drought like they never imagined. They take the fans for hypnotized dupes who will be drawn to them like a magnet when they finally grow up and get back to the rink.... but that is a dangerous business fantasy. They're wrong. People will boycott and they'll lose more and more millions than they ever thought possible, because THEY are in a fantasy camp all their own.
Jose Canseco has just released a book describing his steroid use throughout his career and he named other names. Now the baseball commission is investigating the possiblility that MVP's and legends like Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds (who I believe has lost some of his brain cells lately) earned their high scores because they were chemically super-human and not because they were just good players.
I played in three of these camps, in subsequent years. You do meet some wonderful people. From the 72 year old hockey player from Canada, to the 30 year old from SF, to the family that runs the Horse track in Minnesota, to the gentleman whom founded Toy's r Us. Its a blast, other than the busiest place becomes the trainer's area on Thursday. By then most of the war injuries show up. One year I brought out the radar machine, Blyeleven fined me for that, but wanted to know how hard everyone was throwing! Its a great party in the winter.
I have also participated in a fantasy camp. A fantastic vacation for anyone who ever wanted to play the game. Katie, fantasy camp is when a bunch of "Older" gentlemen, go to a spring training facility (mine was in FL) and play baseball for a week with other "Older" people. They are sponsored by Major League Baseball Teams and those teams, have retired players who also play baseball with you. It is a lot of fun and you meet so many great people from around the country.
Tell me more about this Fantasy Camp you were at. What do you do there... lie on the field and look up at the sky and say, "I wish I were a Chicago Cub! I wish I could pitch like the Unit. I wish I could throw a fastball at Barry Bonds with a blindfold on. I wish I had arms like Canseco!"
Does Kevin Costner visit your camp? How about James Earl Jones? When you're driving places and you pass a cornfield, do you stare at it really hard to see if anyone comes out?
Wait! No that's from "Signs" isn't it? I don't know. I live on another planet.
1SG - talk about freezing at a basball game? You should come up and see an Ottawa Lynx game in April! Beside each base is an oil drum with a fire going just to keep the players warm between runs over the snowbanks!!!
Dont' forget about the Cubs! We are still waiting for next year. Big baseball fan here, I had the opportunity to play at a couple of Major League Fantasy camps. Bert Blyelven was my coach, and I hit off Fergie Jenkins.