Robertson Appearance Ends A Great First Day

Following on the heels of the very successful Yankees’ Women’s Fantasy Mini-Camp last weekend, George M. Steinbrenner Field was taken over by the guys as the annual Winter 2012 Men’s Fantasy Camp got underway with two games on the main field, and six games at two other locations.

Monday night, camp attendees packed the kick-off dinner at the Sheraton Tampa Airport Suites where former Yankee pitcher David Wells – along with his fellow Yankee Great/Coaches – signed autographs and posed for photos.

Master of ceremonies, Yankees public address announcer Paul Olden, introduced not only a video retrospective of the coaches careers in pinstripes, but also the fantasy camp hall of fame nominees and special guests, Diane Munson and Helen Hunter, the widows of Yankees standouts Thurman Munson and Jim “Catfish” Hunter. Diane and Helen signed their share of autographs and appeared to be very appreciative of the attention from the campers.

It was picture perfect day with all of the attendees standing for headshots and team photos … keepsakes of what will probably be one of the most memorable weeks of their lives.

And on top of everything else, the weather was perfect. The daytime highs were in the low 70’s.

As for the games, in a well-played, highly competitive morning opener, The Mickey Rivers/Bucky Dent led Sultans topped the Chris Chambliss/Roy White coached Thunder, 10 to 7. It was a disappointing loss for the Thunder who came within one dropped foul pop-up of winning the game. But a four run ninth inning turned a 7-6 deficit into a victory for the Sultans.

The second game was all Bombers who scored a 22-10 win over the Riverdogs in a seven inning/two-hour time limit game.

Kevin Raymond, who traveled all the way from Woodland Hills, California, picked up four hits for the winners who are coached by Luis Tiant and Ron Blomberg. In defeat, fantasy camp Hall of Famer, New Yorker Warren Sherman, went three for four.

To end the evening, campers enjoyed a social gathering with a surprise autograph signing by New York Yankees pitcher, David Robertson. David signed and posed for photos for close to two hours.

Later in the week, some of the Yankee campers will travel to Lakeland to play Tigers fantasy campers while a team of Tigers campers will play in Tampa.

Fantasy camp road trips! This really is big time fun.

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