His whole life is a fantasy camp

132x92_fantasycamp.gifEver dream of turning a double play, flipping a curveball or swinging for the fences as a member of the Indians? Well, you can take a cue from Kramer and test your mettle at Indians Fantasy Camp.

This year’s camp opens on Saturday and runs for one week. On Thursday, the Indians announced that 18 former members of the Tribe will be taking part in this offseason’s annual Fantasy Camp.

Joining the campers will be Max Alvis, Brian Anderson, Joe Azcue, Scott Bailes, Len Barker, Gary Bell, Dave Burba, Joe Charboneau, Jim “Mudcat” Grant, Mike Hargrove, Dave Nelson, Rick Manning, Chad Ogea, Kevin Rhomberg, Cory Snyder, Greg Swindell, Pat Tabler and Rick Waits.

“Fantasy Camp is truly the eof a lifetime,” Bob DiBiasio, Indians vice president of public relations, said in a statement. “The opportunity to enjoy a big-league experience amongst the backdrop of a picturesque, ballpark paired with the camaraderie established among pros and teammates creates lifetime memories for campers.

“Many Fantasy Camp attendees will tell you this is among the greatest weeks of their lives.  No other sport can bring together persons of various ages and skill levels like the game of baseball.”

Per the press release, “Continuing in 2011, all proceeds generated from Fantasy Camp will benefit Cleveland Indians Charities (CIC). Since 1989, CIC has donated more than $6.5 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio and annually provides educational and recreational opportunities to nearly 20,000 Cleveland-area children.”

The campers take part in a 7-game schedule and the division-winning teams play in a title game under the lights at Goodyear Ballpark. A simulated game against the pros highlights the week’s activities. Campers also get an authentic Indians uniform, roundtrip airfare, meals, hotel, gifts and more.

Unfortunately, this year’s Fantasy Camp is full. That said, it’s definitely something to keep in mind for the future. I’ve gotta say, I might have to take part in one of these in an upcoming offseason. Check out indians.com for more info.

~JB

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