We did it last year, and it’s time, once again, for the official YFSF Fantasy Camp Roundup. This year, the Red Sox invite a contingent of suckers disposable-income-rich fans to fungo it up with the likes of Shag Crawford, Soup Campbell, and, if you can stand next to him for 5 seconds without wanting to sucker punch the guy (while simultaneously yelling "HOW’S THAT FOR  A PALMBALL, YOU A**HOLE?!"), the one and only Bob Stanley.  The best moment of the camp will most likely be the banquet on February 10th, when after enduring a 26-error three inning affair ended on a two-base gaffe by a squib off the bat of Johnny Pesky (right through the wickets of Mahty from Chicopee, anchored where he can do the least damage in left field), a very buzzed Steve Lyons gets up to make a toast, fumbles the Hagafen, and then drops his pants right up there on the dais, yelling "fire this, Fox, fire this!!!".  At that point, we envision Lyons getting tossed out of the joint by the night’s special guest, former umpire Rich Garcia.

The Yankees, on the other hand, charge the higher price ($4995 vs. the Sox’ $3795) and won’t specify a single player who might attend.  For the steeper cost you get a fashionable set of a "belt and socks" and the privilege of participating in a Kangaroo Court (really, what’s more fun than spending almost 5 large to be berated by a washed-up ex-backup catcher and then being made to pay $50 for the right to shovel a load of scrambled eggs and bacon onto Shane Rawley’s buffet plate the morning after taking a fungo hit by Lee Mazzilli off the cup?).

Once again, we’ll pass.  Camp is for kids.

8 comments… add one
  • I’m curious, SF: Does your irrational hatred for Bob Stanley (I mean, he wasn’t that bad in his 13 years. In fact, he was quite good in the late 1970s/early 1980s) stem solely from his role in the 1986 collapse, or are there other reasons of which a youngster like me might be unaware?

    Paul SF October 30, 2006, 4:48 pm
  • Four words SF
    Joe Pepitone!

    walein October 30, 2006, 4:54 pm
  • So hating him for just ’86 would be “irrational”? I need more?
    (I hated Stanley before ’86, FYI. I can’t point to a single event. The collapse just cemented those sentiments)

    SF October 30, 2006, 4:55 pm
  • Well, we all agree hating Buckner for 86 is irrational. Hating Torrez for 78 is irrational, Galehouse for 49, etc. I always considered Stanley as a good player with an unfortunate slip-up. Doesn’t everyone think Gedman should have gotten to that ball anyway?
    I fully advocate hating McNamara, Zimmer and McCarthy for those debacles, in any case.

    Paul SF October 30, 2006, 5:11 pm
  • Big part of the difference in price is the fact that the Yankees camp is single occupancy in the rooms, where the Sox are double occupancy.

    Eric October 30, 2006, 6:17 pm
  • Good point Eric. But they’d have to cut that price down quite a bit more to get me to room with a Sox fan. ;)

    walein October 30, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • …sf…funny post…enjoyed reading it, thanks…
    …on bob stanley, i remember making fun of him back then, not so much for ’86, but just in general…he seemed so snake-bit…you almost had to feel sorry for him in a way…just like buckner…to me the loss was a team loss…the mets had a very good team, and while it took somewhat of a miracle for them to snatch it away from the sox, the mets winning, eventually, was not a big surprise…i know i can be rough at times, but i genuinely felt bad for my sox fan friends about that one…
    …all of those fantasy camps seem like a rip off to me, but i’m cheap so take it with a grain of salt…

    he hate me October 30, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • ooops, left on the “he hate me” alias…

    dc October 30, 2006, 8:30 pm

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