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The $5,000 Dodgers Fantasy Camp

June 22nd, 2016 · 1 Comment · Baseball

It’s the time of year for frustrated ballplayers (21 and older, who have a few thousand dollars in cash lying around) … to sign up for the annual Dodgers Fantasy Camp!

Here is the announcement of the 2017 camp, to be held January 15-21, and formally known as the Dodgers & White Sox Fantasy Camp, since the teams share a spring training site in Glendale, Ariz., and run their camps concurrently.

Basically, it’s for overgrown kids who wonder what it would be like to wear the big-league uniform, play a few games with other civilians at a Major League training facility and hobnob with former players, who in theory will be coaching the amateurs.

And you can live it … for $5,000 or so.

That’s what it cost for the most recent fantasy camp, in January of this year. OK, $4,995, to be precise.

But you do get some stuff for your money.

Per the Dodgers, here is what the cash bought you, for the 2016 camp:

–An opportunity to sign up and play for your favorite team — the Dodgers or the White Sox.

–Each team will be coached by two former players.

–Your own locker and name plate within a professional locker room.

–Professional clubhouse manager and athletic trainer services.

–One full Major League uniform (Dodgers or White Sox, including pants, personalized jersey and cap.

–Personalized baseball cards, complete with your camp statistics on the back.

–Games each day, most being doubleheaders, culminating in a championship game on the main stadium field.

–Single-occupancy hotel room for six nights. (Two-bedroom suites available upon request.)

–Daily transportation between Camelback Ranch in Glendale and your camp hotel.

–Breakfast and lunch each camp day.

–Mid-camp Hot Stove dinner.

–Awards luncheon.

Among the ex-Dodgers who were expected for the 2016 camp were Rick Monday, Eric Karros and Steve Yeager and Tommy Lasorda. (No word on whether Tommy verbally abuses campers if they fail at hitting or running or pitching or catching.)

I think the “athletic trainer” is a particularly important person at a thing like this. Even people who have kept in shape, after high school or college careers (or no careers at all) are going to being tweaking and straining and spraining things left and right.

It might be interesting, informative … and depressing when you have reconfirmed that you can’t really play the game.

Wouldn’t a lot of us, if we coughed up the $5,000, try to get ready with trips to the batting cage, by taking some ground balls? By playing catch with some other fantasizing oldster for a couple of weeks?

And we would still get there and suck. Except for the handful of younger/semi-serious people who make everyone else look bad.

I don’t think I would go, even if I had the money. I’m not at all sure they could get my surname on the back of my jersey, and I live in fear of what sort of pathetic statistics I might put up, while at camp, which would be immortalized on the back of a baseball card.

But this might be a good idea as a Christmas gift for a parent or older brother, especially those who have forgotten that the greatest challenge in sports is trying to hit a ball square with a round bat.


1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Farhaj Hassan // Nov 11, 2017 at 4:54 am

    For 5K – I better be able to buy some doubles or triples. He’ll – for 5K, I want a few home runs or be able to pitch a few strikeouts while I’m at it. Nice article.


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