Yankees Fantasy Camp has been yet another incredible experience having been a part of it for the 3rd time in the past 7 years. Really fun being able to "disappear" from my day job as the the CEO of ISI and live out my my childhood dreams of being a major league baseball player.
Without a doubt the most meaningful experience this week at Fantasy Camp has been reconnecting with my old friend, Gus Gussack who recently celebrated his 90th birthday and is a 10 time Hall of Fame Fantasy Camper. Interestingly enough, Gus was born on December 7, 1923 and was enlisted in the US Navy at 18 years of age a few days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. At the time, Gus was regarded as a good baseball prospect (by the then New York Giants) but had to forego his dreams of being a big league ball player to serve his country and subsequently start a family.
In an effort to "reconnect" with the game, Gus decided to participate in his first Yankees Fantasy Camp (at the recommendation of a close friend) years ago and has attended over 10 different camps in his career. That is the sign of a true baseball fan! Gus made a decision to honor his past and be part of the game he has loved since he was a young man by reaching out of his comfort zone and trying something different. I wonder how many of us would make a similar choice?
It's funny how you can connect with someone (or something) that touches your heart. I know for me, the New York Yankees Fantasy Camp organization has been allowing me to connect with my childhood fantasy for over 7 years now and for that, I'll always be grateful.