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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

The Sinker

My favorite pitch in baseball.  It is almost unhittable if it is mastered.  It allows you to get ground ball outs which gets you deeper into games.  And it is and has been the key pitch for so many pitchers to play the game of baseball.  Some of the names that pop out to you on stat sheets are those of power pitchers.  But so many of the good pitchers in baseball establish their supremacy with their finesse.  Their changeups, their sliders, their sinkers.  Those are my types of pitchers.  The guys that work around a count with their secondary pitches, not just their fastball.  Nothing against guys like Tim Lincecum or Randy Johnson or any other power pitchers (I am a big fan of Lincecum), but finesse pitching is the stuff I enjoy watching.  The likes of Derek Lowe, Aaron Cook and Johan Santana (despite being a big strikeout guy) are who I am talking about.

Derek Lowe spent about a year in Seattle with the Mariners where he picked up his first win on June 6th against the Twins.  He was then traded to Boston along with catcher Jason Varitek.  In Boston, Lowe thrived.  He was very successful both in the bullpen and in the starting rotation.  After being in Boston for seven years.  He was part of the team that won the first championship in 86 years, breaking the “Curse of the Bambino.”  He then went on to play with the Los Angeles Dodgers after the 2004 championship run.  He did return to Boston in a Red Sox jersey for their ring ceremony.  He played with LA for three years before signing with the Atlanta Braves where he is currently playing.  Over his career, Lowe never put up big strikeout numbers, never was a huge name that the opposing team highlighted on their game board before a series.  He was good, but he wasn’t considered the toughest guy that would be on the mound.

Aaron Cook came up to the big leagues in 2002.  He has played with the Rockies his whole career.  He doesn’t have as interesting a story as Lowe does, but nonetheless, he is relevant to what I am talking about right now.  He is another guy who doesn’t rely on the fastball 100% of the time.  He is a finesse pitcher.  He uses his sinker a lot to get guys out.  He gets a lot of ground ball outs from this and he has been a very reliable guy for the Rockies over his career.  Like Lowe, Cook’s strikeout numbers are never very high.  But he is still a very big part of what is going on over in Colorado.

Johan Santana has a little bit of a different style of pitching than Lowe and Cook do.  They both have very good sinkers but don’t have as good third and fourth pitches.  Santana has the fastball, the very good changeup, and some other pitches that he uses to get guys out.  Santana creates finesse pitching differently because he does it with the changeup.  His strikeout numbers are generally up there.  He has been the strikeout leader before and has always been close.  Santana’s finesse is fun to watch because you never know when he is going to pull out that changeup.  He doesn’t have the sinker, but he has that changeup.

So, I hope you all see how important finesse pitchers are to baseball.  It’s not all about strikeouts.  Although they are good to get, ground ball outs do the job just as well as strikeouts.  It’s just that they don’t get on the stat sheet.

-Dillon