While most of the country’s attention is still focused on football, another group of sports fans are spending this weekend marking the Bambino’s birthday (February 6, 1895) at one of a dozen-plus baseball fantasy camps.
Virtually every MLB team offers these week-long events where amateur athletes can play with—and oftentimes against—baseball legends like Goose Gossage and Bucky Dent. While each program is slightly different, perks generally include your own team uniform, personalized instruction from some of the biggest names to ever round the bases, one or more daily games, and nightly social events where life-long fans can actually spend time schmoozing with the players they idolized growing up. Many programs also offer summertime reunions where campers take the field before one of their team’s home games for a little batting practice.
If this sounds like your idea of a good time, you’ll want to start planning now to attend next year’s sessions as spaces are limited and often fill up months in advance. To get you started, here’s a list of some of the most popular baseball fantasy camps: