The Veteran of the Bunch

Happy New Year everyone! We hope things have gone well for this first week of 2014. We’re just 29 days until the start of Fantasy Camp and just 18 days until Rockies Fest. Baseball is right around the corner and we’ll kick it off with our newest post from our veteran of the bunch, Alan Czarnowsky, who has been with us for 14 years.

My name is Alan Czarnowsky.  I like baseball, and I like being around people who like baseball.  But, I really love to play baseball.  Those are reasons that I go to the Colorado Rockies Fantasy Camps.  And upcoming 2014 Camp will be my fourteenth time to participate.

I’ll be joined at the February Camp at the Salt River Fields in Scottsdale by other returning “veterans” – Don Karras, Kevin Keating, Roger Harbert and his two daughters Tara and Tammy, Tom Sanders, Bob Bastiaans, Sam Rubinson, Drew Goodman, Steffan Tubbs – just to name a few (hopefully I did not miss naming one of the returning Camp veterans).  Rick Mathews headlines longevity in the coaching department – he’s been a part of every one of the Rockies Fantasy Camps.

In his 1990 bestseller book, Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball, George Will, an American journalist and author, wrote: “Baseball, it is said, is only a game.  True.  And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.”

To play on Mr. Will’s witticism, I might add: “The Colorado Rockies Fantasy Camp is just a vacation.”  If you have attended a previous camp, you know what I mean.  If you haven’t, you will soon be treated to a very wonderful time.

I want to thank the Colorado Rockies for hosting this annual event.  The Rockies organization is first class, from top to bottom.  Part of that reputation is earned by the hard work and effort put forth by Jason Fleming and his staff, who are the folks responsible for the success (and fun) of Fantasy Camp.

Given the number of individuals who regularly return, Jason often refers to the Camp as a family reunion.  To that, I say that friends are the family you pick for yourself.  And, I made some life-long friends from people I’ve met at Fantasy Camp.

Tonight, where I live in Montana, the snow is piled high, and temperature is heading to zero.  As my beautiful bride Sally says, “There’s not many Fahrenheits running around outside.”  All this cold weather reminds me of what Roger Hornsby, one of the best major league players of his era, once said, “People ask what I do in winter when there’s no baseball.  I’ll tell them what I do.  I stare out the window and wait for spring.”

I guess that’s what I’m doing tonight – staring out the window and thinking about Fantasy Camp.  Happy New Year to all of you and your families!  See you soon.

Until next time, stay warm Alan.

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