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By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker and 94 WIP midday host Ike Reese says that he hit a home run during a game at Phillies Phantasy Camp. To be specific, he says he hit an inside the park home run. There were conflicting reports that it was ruled a triple and an error. It looks like it just depends who you ask.
Former Phillies left fielder Greg “The Bull” Luzinski, who was Reese’s manager at Phantasy Camp in Clearwater, called into the Mike And Ike show today on 94W WIP to clarify. “There’s two scorebooks,” Luzinski said, “there’s the one that the score keeper keeps, and there’s the one Ike keeps. He was fumblin’, bumblin’, stumblin’ as they say in football terms, but he finally made it home. He hit it hard, if it had a little more height on it, it had a chance of going.”
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH GREG LUZINSKI:
Phantasy Camp takes place every year in Clearwater, Florida, and gives regular people the chance to to play with former big leaguers like Luzkinski, Larry Andersen, John Kruk and Juan Samuel.
Luzkinski said that Reese played a solid first base, but probably found out that baseball is “a little more difficult than it appears to be.”
Reese, who was a special teams Pro Bowler during his time in the NFL, says he loved Phantasy Camp. “It was more than I imagined it would be. I felt like I was in a tryout for the Phillies.” He says he exceeded his own performance expectations, “with the hitting, I knew I would struggle. I just didn’t know how bad I would struggle. It’s one thing to not get a hit, it’s another to strike out 12 times in 12 at-bats.”
The inside the park home run may have only really been a triple, but he did hit one over the fence in batting practice off of former Phillies closer Ricky Bottalico. “That one went over the fence. It cleared it by 30 feet,” Reese said.
LISTEN TO IKE TELL STORIES FROM PHANTASY CAMP: