ST. LOUIS — For the first time in club history, the St. Louis Cardinals will hold a fantasy camp on their home turf.
Busch Stadium will be the site for the July 10-13 camp, which will provide fans the opportunity to play alongside former Cardinals like Rick Ankiel and Jason Isringhausen and interact with the likes of Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee and Bruce Sutter.
The camp is an addition to the annual Cardinals Fantasy Camp held at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., which began in 2001.
"Over the years, Cardinals Fantasy Camp has offered fans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play and experience the baseball lifestyle among living Cardinal legends," said Joe Pfeiffer, director of Cardinals Fantasy Camp. "The only way to make the ultimate fan experience better was to bring the camp to Busch."
During the four-day event, the 44 campers will live the life of a major-leaguer, receiving instruction from some of the best in baseball and playing four games under the management of a former Cardinal.
All four teams, managed by John Tudor, Todd Worrell, Dave LaPoint and Jim Edmonds, will be formed in a draft, with the former Cardinal/team manager selecting players.
In previous fantasy camps, campers played against the alumni, but in a new twist, two former Cardinals will be drafted onto each roster and will play alongside the rest of the team.
Former Cardinals playing alongside the campers include Ankiel, Isringhausen, Randy Flores, Brian Jordan, Jeff Suppan, Gary Bennett, Tom Pagnozzi and Kerry Robinson.
All campers will dress in authentic, personalized Cardinals uniforms, and use a customized locker in the visitors' locker room at Busch Stadium during the round-robin tournament. At the end of the weekend, one team will be crowned Fantasy Camp champion.
Additional perks include autograph and photo sessions, party suite tickets to the July 10 game between the Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates game, and two "Talkin' Baseball" dinner events.
The first dinner is a tribute to the 1982 champs featuring a question-and-answer session with Whitey Herzog, Sutter, Smith, McGee and LaPoint.
The following night, the Cardinals will host another Q and A celebrating 2006 champions --Edmonds, Flores, NLCS MVP Suppan, Isringhausen and Bennett.
Other Cardinals alumni participants include camp commissioner Andy Benes, Rick Horton and Scott Terry.
For more information, or to register for camp, fans should visit cardinals.com/fantasycamp or email email@example.com. Campers must be 27 years of age or older.