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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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I Think There’s A Glasses Store on Route 38

Hey.  This is for all of you umps from the Yankees-Jays game yesterday that missed a bunch of calls.  Most of them being involved with Mr. Jeter.  Yeah, the league’s top vote getter for the All Star game.  The leader of this Yankees team.  Yeah.  You know who I’m talking about.  I think you need to take a team field trip to a store to get some of these…

When Jeter stole third in the first inning, I was extremely mad.  Jeter had a right to be as well.  This was the first time I’ve ever seen Jeter argue a call.  He is such a classy player and will only argue if he knows he is right.  He got in there with his hand before being tagged and was clearly safe.  He was right and his arguing would be backed up.  Here was Jeter’s reaction after the game:

“I was just baffled by the explanation.  I was told I was out because the ball beat me, and he didn’t have to tag me.  I was unaware the had changed the rules.”  Sarcasm is always fun when you know you’re right.  Girardi got tossed for arguing the call and the crowd went wild when he walked back to the dugout.  This whole situation was messed up.  And that was just the beginning of it.

In the third inning, Jeter grounded a ball hit into the hole between third and short and did his signature jumping throw to get Aaron Hill out at second.  The only problem was this… the ump called Hill safe when he was clearly out.  Now Jeter didn’t argue this call because he didn’t have the best view of that end of the play.  But the replays that they showed on t.v. clearly showed Hill getting to the bag late and that he was out.  Yet another frustrating moment for Jeter courtesy of the umps.

Now, Jeter’s day was pretty tough, the Yankees lost, but not all was bad.  Remember that Eric Hinske?  Yeah, he made his debut for the Yanks yesterday and wasn’t too bad.  In fact, his first at bat, he blasted a shot to deep right for his first homer.  It was great.  Also in the game, Hinske ended the first inning with a diving catch to rob Vernon Wells of a hit.  He had a great debut.  It could have been even better when he stepped up to the plate in the ninth inning with the Yankees down one.  They had scored a couple runs already in hope of making a comeback, but Hinske struck out and the game was over leaving the Yankees with a loss.  It was tough, but Hinske still had a really good game.

The ninth inning was yet another crazy comeback inning that the Yankees have had so abundantly this season.  Thanks to the early struggles of the bullpen, the Yankees offense has had to make comeback after comeback.  Well, that hasn’t been the case recently but it was last night and it almost happened again.  We were only down one when Hinske stepped up to the plate.  We were down three at the beginning of the inning.  Alomst another crazy comeback but this time we took the loss.  The upside to this is that the Red Sox also lost to the Oakland Athletics.

On Other Notes Around the MLB

  • The Phils scored 10 runs in the first inning of their game against the Reds.  Johnny Cueto, who many believe to have been and All Star snub, had 9 earned runs in 2/3 of an inning.  When he was taken out, he was extremely mad at himself.
  • Jason Marquis made another STELLAR start for the Rockies.  He went eight innings giving up seven hits and two walks.  He struck out three.
  • A’s rookie Brett Anderson two hits Red Sox in first career shutout.  A’s win 6-0 in Nomar Garciaparra’s return.
  • Pujols, Fielder, Howard, and Gonzalez to compete for NL in home run derby.

So it was a busy day yesterday, huh?  I’m wiped from being outside all day for the first time all summer with beautiful weather.  So I’m out.

Adios!

-Dillon