Red pinstriped uniforms can be seen running around Clearwater in two days. Well, not the city but Bright House Field and Carpenter Field.
No, the back-to-back National League champions aren’t starting spring training. That’s next month.
This is the Phillies annual sold-out Phantasy Camp for fans. Twenty-one Phillies Alumni and nearly 150 fans will be in uniform. Some names on the back of the jerseys will be very familiar (Alumni) while other names (fans) will not ring a bell, unless it is your neighbor.
Alumni who will be there include Dickie Noles, Mickey Morandini, Marty Bystrom, Von Hayes, Jim Eisenreich, Dave Hollins, Kevin Stocker, Warren Brusstar, Tommy Greene, Tyler Green, Mitch Williams, Kevin Saucier, Ricky Bottalico, Ricky Jordan, Gary Matthews, Keith Moreland, Bob Boone, Greg Luzinski, Terry Harmon and Bob Dernier. Scott Palmer will be there and provide video features on this website.
The camp commission is none other than Larry Andersen, who will provide a few laughs.
The Alumni will serve as managers or coaches. The “players” will work out, then be drafted for teams and play games at Carpenter Field. Sunday, the “players” will play a game against the Alumni at Bright House Field. Fans are welcome to attend but chances are they will be out-numbered by sea gulls.
Next week, a few Alumni will be sprinkled around events in the Philadelphia area.
Garry Maddox will host his annual celebrity bowling tournament (856-756-0222 for reservations) on Tuesday. Andersen and Darren Daulton will be in attendance at the La Martinique Lanes in Stratford, NJ.
Bottalico will attend Wednesday’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs banquet (610-841-PIGS). Ricky and Marty Bystrom will be at the Reading Phillies annual “King of Baseballtown” banquet the following night (www.readingphillies.com).
That same Thursday, Daulton is hosting a Celebrity Dart Night at McFadden’s restaurant at Citizens Bank Park. The Daulton Foundation event will benefit the Arc of Philadelphia/PDDC. Maddox, Andersen and Larry Christensen will join the event (215 952-0300, ext. 10).