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I am close to being put back together after attending my second week-long Diamondbacks Fantasy Camp last week.

My team, Chip's Champs, led by D-Backs' third-base coach Chip Hale, lost in the finals. Was it fun - beyond words. So, I'll use some from a teammate, Stew Bloemer, 67, a retired airline pilot.

scott-in-dugoutThe Champs were down to their last out, trailing by three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning:

"Then two things happened in rapid succession that typifies my entire camp experience.

The first happens as I come into the batter's box. The catcher, a fellow camper, and one who is at the edge of anticipation of a win for the championship and a defeat of a Chip Hale team gives me a fist shake and says, "Get a big hit, Stew!".

I didn't. I struck out, ending the game and Chip Hale's streak of success.
First to greet me, as I walk dejected back to the dugout with a pat on the back, is Chip, "Bloemer, great game!"

What was this fantasy camp worth? More than any dollar value you could place on it...
Stew"

My communication with Chip was a bit more concise:

Chip,

Thanks for another great week at D-Backs Camp. We certainly could have used one more win - but it was still a fun, fun week.
chips-champsI'm already looking forward to next year.

Have a great season.

Chips's response:

"It was great to have you on our team. I am glad you had fun, and you played with great passion. Thank you for that. Chip"

I think that means I'll do my best to be back in 2010 for my third camp.

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