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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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Stars Shine Bright Part 2

Carl Crawford shined the brightest among the star studded rosters that participated in the 80th All Star Game last night.  With a game saving catch to rob the Rockies’ Brad Hawpe of a home run and a 1-3 night at the plate, Carl Crawford was awarded the All Star Game MVP trophy from the commish Bud Selig.  A great honor for Crawford who’s STELLAR play kept the AL in the game and gave them their 12th win in 13 years of All Star play.  Congrats to Crawford for his achievement.

The game was a very good one, keeping me alert at all times.  Different from the Home Run Derby the night before, the game was exciting and it was definitely worth watching.  Most of the action happened early as the AL scored twice in the top of the first.  The NL scored three times in the bottom of the second to go ahead in the game.  Hmmmm.  Maybe the NL had a shot at winning this thing.  Well, maybe not.

In the fifth, the AL tied the score up with a run on a combined effort from Joe Mauer and Derek Jeter.  The game then stayed scorelss until the eighth in which my favorite player, Curtis Granderson, tripled to deep left off the wall.  Just missing a home run, Granderson swiftly made his way to third to put the go ahead run on.  He was then driven in by an Adam Jones deep sacrifice fly.  In fact when the ball first left his bat, I thought it was going out, but the wind must have knocked it down because it was just short of the warning track.  It was deep enough to drive in Granderson and the AL went ahead.

The NL was then on the ropes for yet another loss in the All Star Game.  They were unable to score in the bottom of the eighth as Joe Nathan got out of a little jam in which he had walked a guy and gave up a hit.  In the bottom of the ninth, as he has his whole career, Mariano Rivera stepped up to the mound and shut down the NL 1-2-3.

Now, as I said in my first edition of this post, defense is a huge aspect of baseball, whether you think it is or not.  In last night’s game, the ball off Brad Hawpe’s bat would have left the yard (barely) if it wasn’t for the great hustle from Crawford.  His great concentration allowed him to catch the ball while hitting the wall.  Michael Young made a couple nice plays over at third base in place for Evan Longoria who was a late scratch with an infection of his finger.  All over the field, people were making some good plays.  Ironically enough, each team had an error.  Well, it didn’t seem to make that much of a difference but still… kind of ironic.

The All Star Game was a blast to watch.  I was pumped that Curtis Granderson was a huge part of the game with his triple and game winning run.  I didn’t know if he would get that much playing time but he did.  In fact, his first at bat was when he hit the triple.  That was the turning point in the game.  It broke a tie and it broke the NL’s chances of winning for the first time in 13 years.  Also, I was glad that Jeter and Rivera had good games.  Teixeira didn’t really have any huge plays but his presence at first was felt as he played a solid game.  The Yankees were well represented with their old skipper on the opposite bench, Joe Torre.

The starting pitching was supposed to be STELLAR but in fact, it wasn’t that STELLAR.  Lincecum had trouble in the first inning where he gave up two runs on two hits.  On the other side of things, Halladay gave up three runs on four hits.  Only two of them were earned as one run scored on a Josh Hamilton throwing error.  The rest of the game, the pitching was pretty good.  Solid all around and it was a great thing to watch.

The All Star Game in general was pleasing to me.  It got me back on track with baseball after a disappointing Home Run Derby Monday night.  I’m pumped for the rest of the season and it is going to be a good one.  The stars shone bright last night and the stars are going to shine bright the rest of the season as the playoffs near.  The Yankees and Red Sox race for the top of the AL East is going to be a good one.  The NL Central is about as tight as it gets.  Everyone’s got a chance.  The AL Central looks like the Tigers are going to take it.  The Dodgers are still the best team in the bigs and will continue to play like it.  Manny’s return will help them even more.  It’s going to be a great second half of the season and I am psyched.

-Dillon

MLB All Star Game 2009

So, the midsummer classic is coming up and some of my pals have been bugging me to post my picks for the game.  Now, most of them are no doubters but others people might have an argument against.  Well here they are.

AL

C: Joe Mauer (Twins)

1B: Mark Teixeira (Yankees)

2B: Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)

3B: Evan Longoria (Rays)

SS: Derek Jeter (Yankees)

LF: Jason Bay (Red Sox)

CF: Curtis Granderson (Tigers)

RF: Ichiro Suzuki (Mariners)

P: Roy Halladay (Blue Jays)

NL

C: Yadier Molina (Cardinals)

1B: Albert Pujols (Cardinals)

2B: Orlando Hudson (Dodgers)

3B: David Wright (Mets)

SS: Hanley Ramirez (Marlins)

LF: Ryan Braun (Brewers)

CF: Raul Ibanez (Phillies)

RF: Brad Hawpe

P: Tim Lincecum (Giants)

Now as you have probably noticed on many other ballots before, the AL squad is stacked with Yankees and Red Sox players.  That is because they are the two best teams in the AL and they have the most All Star worthy players.  So don’t yell at me because I picked them because one- they deserve it, and two- a ton of others have picked them in their ballots.  Two Cards start at their own home stadium for the game (Pujols and Molina). 

Adios

-Dillon

The Riley Pooles of Baseball

For any of you who don’t know Riley Poole, he is one of the main characters in the National Treasure movies.  Acting alongside Nicholas Cage and Diane Kruger (Ben Gates and Abigale Chase), Justin Bartha (Riley Poole) makes the wise cracks that make the movie great.  Amidst the action and adventure, Bartha’s wise cracks keep the movie going.  To me, he is the funniest character in the movie and a very important one in that.

Now, there is a reason I am talking about Mr. Riley Poole on this MLBlog.  It is because there is a strong comparison between Riley and many of the MLB players out there who don’t get a ton of credit for what they do on a daily basis.  The guys who put up good, consistent numbers to keep the team in it to win it.  Those are what I am calling the Riley Pooles of Baseball.  I mean, how would Ben Gates have stolen the Declaration of Independance without Riley at his side talking him through it?  How would they have survived the constant threats from Ian Howe and his men?  How would they have gotten to the treasure?  Riley was a very important character in this movie and there are many of them around the MLB.

  1. Riley Poole of Baseball #1: Jacoby Ellsbury- Now, I’m not saying that nobody knows about this kid or doesn’t appreciate him.  Because I know first hand how much he is loved around here in Boston.  He is one of the favorites among every single fan.  But his job with the Boston Red Sox is extremely important and it hasn’t been recognized that much (at least I haven’t heard any talk about him).  Ellsbury is currently second to Carl Crawford with 30 steals on the season.  He is on a phenominal pace and will easily end the season with over 40 stolen bases.  He gets on base to produce runs and to score them himself.  He has already stolen home this season in one of the biggest moments for the Red Sox all season- in a game against the Yankees.  Ellsbury is also a great defender.  He plays a STELLAR center field.  He makes diving catches all the time.  Despite not having a great arm, he has a respectable one and makes up for it with his amazing diving catches.  With all the talent surrounding him, this kid is doing as well as anyone.  All in all, this kid has a great amount of talent and is not getting recognized for it. 
  • Riley Poole of Baseball #2: Brad Hawpe- Now this guy is definitely not getting enough respect for what he has done this season in Colorado.  He is one of the biggest reasons for the Rockies’ recent success.  He is currently batting .333, has a .604 slugging percentage, has 11 homers, 53 RBI, and 136 total bases.  He is tearing it up.  Now I’m not saying he is having an MVP worthy season, because he has a lot to compete with (Pujols, Wright, Fielder).  He has earned an All Star vote from me though.  He is doing everything right in Colorado and I don’t think he is getting even close to the amound of appreciation he deserves.  Even I am appreciating him and I’m not even a Rockies fan.
  • 3.  Riley Poole of Baseball #3: Pablo Sandoval- The reason I chose this guy as #3 is because he is having a STELLAR season in a place where so many people go unrecognized.  Sandoval is one of them.  Now, you’ve got Tim Lincecum and Bengie Molina, but what about those other guys that contribute so much to the team and don’t get the respect and appreciation they deserve.  Sandoval, Randy Winn, Aaron Rowand, and Edgar Renteria (sort of) are all playing well but don’t get back what they give.  Well, Sandoval is playing the best out of these guys so I chose him,  He is batting .336, has a .544 slugging percentage, has hit eight homers (respectable), has driven in 34 runs, and has 131 total bases.  He is having a good season and no one is giving him credit.  Well I am.  Now, I don’t really care at all about what is going on in Frisco but this guy deserves the credit and I am giving it to him.  Congrats man.

    So I hope all of you get what I am trying to say here.  Professional baseball would be going no where without the Riley Pooles of Baseball. 

    -Dillon