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Fantasy Sports

Now, some of you may know that fantasy baseball, to me, is a fun game that is a great way to make your baseball dreams come true.  But it’s nothing more than that.  It’s a game, nothing more.  Now, I have made several rants on how I have a huge pet peeve over people who follow baseball, or whatever other sport, just to see how their fantasy team is doing.  I mean, c’mon.  That’s not why people love baseball.  There are so many hypocrites out there that say they are baseball fans but only follow the sport to make sure their fantasy team wins.  I hate that so much.

Well, I couldn’t think of anything else to write so I figured I would just talk about this.  So, here we go.  I myself love to play fantasy sports.  It’s just fun.  I love to make up my own team and manage it like I would if it was a professional team.  But I still follow the game of baseball as a fan of the Yankees and not just as a fan of whoever is on my team.  Whether or not I have any Yankee players on my team, I will still love the Yankees.  As goes for Curtis Granderson or Ryan Braun or David Wright.  I am still a true baseball fan whether or not I play fantasy.  I play fantasy baseball, football, basketball, and hockey.  But that’s pretty much it.  I have fun with it and I usually don’t play in competitive leagues.  Usually just casual.  I figured I’d show you some of my teams.

Here’s one of my two baseball teams that I enjoy following more than the other.  I am currently in sixth place out of ten, mostly because of injury problems.  But here it is.

Team Name: The Silver Sluggers

C: Mike Napoli (LAA)

1B: Kevin Youkilis (Bos)

2B: Chase Utley (Phi)

3B: Emilio Bonifacio (Fla)

SS: Alexei Ramirez (CWS)

OF: Jermaine Dye (CWS)

OF: Jason Bay (Bos)

OF: Andrew McCutchen (Pit)

Util: Garret Jones (Pit)

Util: Shin Soo Choo (Cle)

Bn: Brad Hawpe (Col)

SP: Tim Lincecum (SF)

SP: Derek Lowe (Atl)

RP: Jonathon Papelbon (Bos)

RP: Huston Street (Col)

P: Chris Carpenter (StL)

P: Joakim Soria (KC)

P: David Price (TB)

Bn: Jair Jurrjens (Atl)

Bn: Johnny Cueto (Cin)

I’m doing pretty well in this league and I think I could make a run toward the end of the season.  I have been playing a lot better of late because my team’s injury problems have diminished.  I’ve been telling my friends that they better watch out for my team because I could be a spoiler in the playoffs.

On Friday, many of the people in the league that I have that baseball team in did a draft for football that starts up soon.  I missed the whole draft except the last pick in which I chose Sidney Rice from Minnesota.  I figured if Brett Favre ever signed with them that he would be a valuable guy.  So I took a chance and picked him.  Here’s the rest of my team.

Team Name: No Punt Intended

QB: Aaron Rodgers (GB)

WR: Steve Smith (Car)

WR: Marquis Colston (NO)

WR: Santonio Holmes (Pit)

RB: Adrian Peterson (Min)

RB: Frank Gore (SF)

TE: Anthony Fasano (Mia)

BN: Owen Daniels (Tex)

BN: Joseph Addai (Ind)

BN: Carson Palmer (Cin)

BN: Jericho Cotchery (NYJ)

BN: Sidney Rice (Min)

K: John Kasay (Car)

BN: Rian Lindell (Buf)

DEF: Chicago

DEF: New England

So, this league is to start up obviously whenever the NFL season starts so I’m excited for that.

Well, now I’m really bored so I’ll hopefully have something more intersting to write about tomorrow.

-Dillon

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Victorino and Inge Finish Off All Star Rosters

As all of you who read my post “Final Thoughts on Final Vote” know, my picks for the final vote were Shane Victorino and Ian Kinsler.  You would also know that I thought Ian Kinsler should have already been in the All Star Game starting at second base instead of the reigning MVP Dustin Pedroia.  Nothin against Pedroia who is having a good year, but Kinsler is having a better one.  You would all know that Shane Victorino and Pablo Sandoval were both good choices in my eyes but that I would go with “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” simply because I felt he was having a better season.  Now that the final vote is over, I have some more thoughts on the two guys that finished off the AL and NL All Star rosters.  Shane Victorino and Brandon Inge.

Now, Shane Victorino did all that he could over the course of the time limit for the final vote, including a walk off, some very good stats, and a continued season of full out effort.  He worked for it, deserved it, and is going to St. Louis to join some of his teammates in the NL’s attempt to win the All Star game for the first time in… I don’t know how long but the AL wins it almost every year.  So this pick satisfies me and I have no further comment on the NL final man.  Now the AL final vote pick has me thinking.

Brandon Inge, the third baseman from the Detroit Tigers.  He’s having a good season, don’t get me wrong.  But out of the guys that were available in the final vote, I don’t see how so many people picked Inge.  He isn’t one of those hugely popular guys who can just count on his popularity to get picked.  He isn’t that kind of guy.  Kinsler on the other hand, has a following, is having a better season than Dustin Pedroia.  He should have at least been a backup for the second base position.  Now that he is going to be absent for this midsummer classic, it will feel like there is something important missing.  Almost like missing an arm or a leg.  Also, another guy that I feel got snubbed was Alexei Ramirez, the White Sox shortstop.  He started off the season slow, but come May, he turned it on and has been having a STELLAR season.  Now, there is some tough competition at the shortstop position this year (Jeter, Bartlett) and I can see how he didn’t get in.  But I thought he could have maybe gotten in anyway.  He’s having a good enough season so if he got in, there would be no question from me about him deserving the spot.

Well, that’s all I can say about this.  I’m kind of all thought out.  ‘Til next time…

-Dillon

Taking A Look Inside One of the Biggest and Most Random Brains Ever: Mine

There were homers leaving the yard all over the place yesterday.  And there were only a few games played.  Very impressive.

I was watching the Yankees-Rays game on ESPN on Monday night and in that game alone, the ball was just jumping off every player’s bat that stepped up to the plate.  Well, it was Yankee Stadium, the new home run heaven, but still, it was crazy.  It was fun to see Mark Teixeira hit an absolute bomb to right and also to see Mr. Damon continue his homer surge this season.  Derek Jeter also went yard to the opposite field and had himself a good game.  Unfortunately, Gave Kapler, as great a player he is, hit one out too to bring the Rays back into the game.  Oh well.  We still won 5-3.

Here’s a list of all the players who went deep yesterday:

  • Marcus Thames
  • Alexei Ramirez
  • Jim Thome
  • Scott Podsednik
  • Jermaine Dye
  • Paul Konerko
  • Jack Cust
  • Derek Jeter
  • Mark Teixeira
  • Johnny Damon
  • Gabe Kapler
  • Adam Lind
  • Chipper Jones
  • Nate McLouth
  • Brian McCann
  • Troy Tulowitzki
  • Brett Carroll

AT first glance, you might not think this is a lot of guys who hit it out.  But for the amount of games, this is pretty impressive.  Every time I was looking down on the scrolling bar at the bottom of the ESPN screen, I saw another guy who hit a homer.  It was kind of something that is hard to explain but you kind of had to be there to understand how I’m feeling. 

So the power surge yesterday wasn’t everything that is on my mind right now.  Here’s something else:  How about that Andrew McCutchen?  He’s on fire.

Yesterday, McCutchen continued his STELLAR start to his MLB career.  He went 4-7 in the Pirates’ game agaisnt the Braves.  He was so good.  He looked like a veteran.  His stats for the game included 1 RBI, 2 runs, and 2 triples.  He was just flying around the bases.  Every time the ball was hit into the air, the commentators would say how if the ball got to the ground, McCutchen would be flying and would be on third.  That’s pretty much what happened.  He is just so fast, it’s ridiculous.

Now here’s something else on my mind today: The Yankees and Red Sox start a series tonight in Boston. 

They will compete in a three game series in which the red hot Yankees will try to get their first wins against their rivals on the season.  The two teams will be lead by their league leading offensive stars, Mark Teixeira and Jason Bay.  Not to mention the rest of their powerful offenses.  So far, the Red Sox have dominated the season series.  But when the first games of the season series were played, the Yankees didn’t have a red hot Mark Teixeira, they didn’t have good pitching at all, and their offense was sub-par.  They didn’t look like the Yanks at all.  Now… well now is a different story.  Just wait all you Red Sox fans.  I think the Yanks take two out of three… IN BOSTON. 

Final Thought on the day: The MLB Draft will be fun to watch for the first five picks, but after that… ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! 

This draft is far too long, far too boring, and we don’t know most of the players our teams are getting.  It’s nothing like the NFL and NBA drafts.  They are more exciting and we see most of these players go through college.  The fact that this draft is so long is because we need more players for this sport than the others.  The teams are bigger and the need of players is bigger.  The NFL is close, but as far as the NBA goes, the numbers are so much bigger.  The draft will be fun to see until the top five guys go because we have actually seen them for the past few weeks leading up to the draft.  We know who they are now.  Obviously we know the Nats are taking Strasburgh, and the other top five prospects are most likely going where they are projected to be going.  So despite that, it might still be fun.  The rest of the draftees, well, good luck in the draft but I won’t be sitting on my couch eating potatoe chips waiting to here your name picked.

Well, that’s about it…

Hasta Luego!

-Dillon