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Are You Ready For Fantasy Baseball - 2009?

 
 
fbaezer
 
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Reply Wed 24 Jun, 2009 02:26 pm
@George,
George wrote:

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Nothing like the seventh-inning-hit half-price beer for the old Mexico City Tigres . . .

If they had half-price beer at Fenway, they'd need a SWAT team in the bleachers.


If the Tigres got a hit in the seventh inning, beer was at half price until the end of the inning. Everybody wanted a 7th inning rally.
When my boys were 15 and 19, the only beer I allowed them to buy at the ball park was precisely the 7th inning beer. They were queueing already at the top of the 7th.
A few years before, my daughter -the youngest- changed opinion twice about the nature of Chacho.
"He's a tiger who decided to live with humans", she said when she was about 3.
"He's a living stuffed tiger", she corrected herself a few weeks later.
The following season she shook hands with him. She was excited afterwards, but concluded: "It's a man in a tiger costume, but I still think he's supercool".

The Tigres left Mexico City (I know how the old Brooklyn Dodgers fans felt) and the stadium is now a mall.
But Chacho came back home for the World Baseball Classic. It was a blast!
George
 
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Reply Thu 25 Jun, 2009 07:59 am
@fbaezer,
The Red Sox now have a mascot as well.
He's a green monster called "Wally".
Har, har, har.
I hate him with a passion.

http://www.ostervillefreelibrary.org/osterville/images/sitepics/wally-green-monster.jpg
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ElStudHoncho
 
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Reply Thu 25 Jun, 2009 01:20 pm
Manny was booed last night when he came to bat for the Albuquerque Isotopes. He left the game early and was not even at the ballpark at the end of the game.
Foxfyre
 
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Reply Thu 25 Jun, 2009 02:41 pm
@ElStudHoncho,
That was one report but most seem to be saying that the crowd was actually booing the pitcher for throwing balls instead of strikes at him though. Most media sources are still describing an Isotope fan love fest with Manny. Who knows though?
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Thu 25 Jun, 2009 05:25 pm
My anti-Sonnastine strategy is finally working!
fbaezer
 
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Reply Thu 25 Jun, 2009 05:59 pm
@fbaezer,
fbaezer wrote:

My anti-Sonnastine strategy is finally working!


NOT!
Foxfyre
 
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Reply Thu 25 Jun, 2009 06:17 pm
@fbaezer,
Told ya owls were sneaky. You're narrowing the gap and will probably pass me tonight though. Sneakiness can only accomplish so much yanno.
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jun, 2009 09:06 am
Fantasy Baseball Owner Rips Team In Media

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BROOKLYN, NY"Mark Mendicus, 26-year-old Staples employee and principal owner of the fantasy baseball team Beat With Uggla Stick, blasted his underperforming team in the media Monday, going so far as to single out individual players, criticize their recent play, and question their commitment to winning.

"They all suck," a visibly frustrated Mendicus told reporters following Beat With Uggla Stick's head-to-head 8-2 loss to division rivals The Mark Currys. "[Alex] Rios sucks, Delmon [Young] sucks, Pedro [Martinez] ******* sucks. Everybody on my team sucks."

"The Beat With Uggla Sticks have a proud tradition of winning," continued Mendicus, whose team has made the playoffs the past two years, including a league championship win in 2006. "But apparently that means nothing to this group of players. Apparently they'd rather just lose every single 5x5 category. Apparently my players don't care about winning the 12-team Yahoo! Plus 'Mmm…Fantasy Baseball' league pennant as much as I do."

Mendicus had high expectations for his team coming into the season, but his players have been plagued by injuries and inconsistency, losing six of their first eight matchups en route to a 22-46-14 overall record. The historically temperamental owner did not hold back his opinions after their latest humiliating defeat, telling the New York Post that Prince Fielder "had better start hitting some ******* home runs already" before making several vicious personal attacks on the first baseman, calling him a "fatass," a "fat bastard," and a "fat ****" in the course of one statement.

"I paid $38 for [Fielder], and this is what I get?" Mendicus said, directing reporters' attention to Fielder's "putrid" Yahoo! Game Log. "Twelve home runs. Twelve goddamn home runs. When you pay $38 for a guy, you had better give them a hell of a lot more than 12 home runs through the first half. I got you for your power, buddy, not your walks. This is a batting average league, anyway, not an on-base percentage league, so walks don't ******* matter. It's like these guys don't understand that."

Mendicus continued his heated rant, calling shortstop Felipe Lopez a "talentless hack whose multiple position eligibility is the only thing saving his ass from waivers," claiming that pitcher Ian Snell is "killing [him] in WHIP, absolutely killing [him]," and encouraging outfielder Brad Hawpe to "go eat ****." He then accused the whole team of not stealing enough bases and "not playing like true Beat With Uggla Sticks."

He did, however, reserve some praise for hot-hitting second baseman Dan Uggla upon learning that Uggla homered twice that day, saying, "That's you, Danny."

With his team already down 9-1 in this week's matchup against Gary Sheffield's Head Vein, Mendicus issued an ultimatum, claiming that unless his team delivers at least a tie, there will "be some changes around here." Mendicus said that "no one is safe," and had particularly strong words for pitcher Chris Young, who three weeks ago was hit in the face with a line drive and has not made a single start since.

"Toughen up, you little baby," Mendicus said. "You don't throw with your face, do you? I already got Phil [Hughes] in the DL slot, so you better get your ass back in action."

Mendicus has a reputation for following his players' performance with intense scrutiny and personal investment, often to a fanatical degree. It is rumored that he monitors their progress on multiple Yahoo! Sports box score windows on his computer screen, and will erupt into obscenity-laden tirades at work after a mere groundout or caught stealing.

"**** you Edwin, you good-for-nothing piece of ****," Mendicus was overheard as saying while angrily clicking the "Refresh" button on his web browser 14 times after pitcher Edwin Jackson loaded the bases with three straight walks. "Throw the ball over the goddamn plate. I need a win here, you idiot. I'm getting killed in wins."

For some players on Mendicus' team, the demand for instant results, the constant threats to be released or traded, and the nonstop verbal abuse is too much. Pitcher Jeremy Guthrie has been dropped and picked up by Mendicus seven times already this season, and he says he doesn't like playing under such volatile conditions.

"I wish he'd have a little faith in me," Guthrie said. "I don't like being picked up the night before my start and then simply dropped the next day. It wears on you as a player. And now I have to explain myself to my kids when they read in the papers that their daddy is a '****-for-brains asshole who can't even get five strikeouts when that's all we needed to win the category.'"

"I'm sorry, but when I have runners on first and third and one out, I'm going to go for the double play to get out of the inning, not the strikeout," Guthrie added. "Even though they don't give out 'points' for double plays."

Some players, however, praised Mendicus for his fiery attitude and desire to win, saying they prefer that to the kind of owners who treat their fantasy teams like nothing more than a fun distraction from their real jobs.

"It's good that he cares," said Beat With Uggla Stick catcher Jorge Posada. "Some owners, like Garrett Baldwin of the Smilin' Joe Randas, or Mike Broberg of Tiny Damon, they just sort of check in every once in a while to see how we're doing, but that's it. In fact, I've been on the Tiny Damon's bench since I went on the DL in April, and they don't even have anyone in the catcher slot. That's just shoddy ownership."

"But there's also a thing called caring too much," Posada added. "You can only be called a worthless shitbag after popping out so many times before it starts to sting. It's at the point where playing for Mendicus is almost as bad as playing for Hank Steinbrenner."
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George
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jun, 2009 09:12 am
I'm glad I followed the link . . .
Foxfyre
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jun, 2009 09:33 am
@George,
Very Happy

Hey, when a player is on the 'can't cut' list, what does that mean and why?
George
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jun, 2009 09:39 am
@Foxfyre,
You can't drop him.
Why? Maybe an attempt to save us from ourselves.
Foxfyre
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jun, 2009 10:05 am
@George,
Maybe so. Thanks. Smile
George
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jun, 2009 11:42 am
@Foxfyre,
You're welcome, Hoots!
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jun, 2009 12:31 pm
Ok, so maybe this explains a bit of why PFM has been slipping...

http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/news/story?id=4287155

Soto is all doped up.
fbaezer
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jun, 2009 12:48 pm
@McGentrix,
I had a friendly chat with Soto today.
"Who gave you the stuff, man?", I asked.
"It was freaking Chavista Magglio", he answered, candidly.
"But Magglio was in the Venezuela team, and you were in the Puerto Rico team", I replied.
"I thought you meant during this fantasy season, not the WBC"
"I dropped freaking Chavista Magglio a few weeks ago", I replied.
"No wonder the ball doesn't look fuzzy anymore", he said with his classical 'oh, I get it!' gesture.
"So freaking Chavista Magglio didn't leave any grass behind?", I questioned.
"No, why you ask?"
"Man, the way we've been playing I think I deserve some relaxation too!"
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Foxfyre
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jun, 2009 01:03 pm
@McGentrix,
McGentrix wrote:

Ok, so maybe this explains a bit of why PFM has been slipping...

http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/news/story?id=4287155

Soto is all doped up.


Well, even considering that he's lovable and huggable, he isn't slipping fast enough for my tastes. I saw a five point advantage disappear over night and today isn't looking any more promising.
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realjohnboy
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jun, 2009 01:57 pm
In 1970, there was a pitcher by the name of Dock Ellis. He thought he was scheduled to be the SP the next day when the team returned to LA from a series in SD. So at noon he took LSD. At 1 pm his girl friend read in the paper that he, in fact, was supposed to be pitching in a matter of hours.
He hopped on a plane and made it the stadium in time.
He ended up pitching a no-hitter. He walked 8 and hit a few batters. Later he said the ball looked kind of fuzzy and the catcher and the batters seemed to be floating at times, and even appeared to disappear. A ball was hit in his direction and he dove out of the way, thinking in was a line-drive. The dribbler never even reached him.
I googled in Dock Ellis Pitching lsd and got several references to the story. The 3rd one down was cute if anyone can post it.
Gargamel
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jun, 2009 02:23 pm
@realjohnboy,
Former Poet Laureate Donald Hall wrote a biography about Dock called Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball. Dock's accomplishments were much more than the LSD incident, which isn't mentioned in the book. His era saw the largest percentage of African American players, and he was very aggressive in his efforts to ensure fair and equal treatment.
realjohnboy
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jun, 2009 04:30 pm
@Gargamel,
Point noted, Gargamel. Ellis died last year, I believe, at the age of 63. I think that the LSD incident from 1970 was told in the context of that time. A funny story that Dock himself told a few years later.
It bears no relevance to the performance enhancing drug scandals of today.
Sota's smoking of pot is, in my mind, like Michael Phelp's bonging, an absurd comparison.
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realjohnboy
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jun, 2009 01:50 pm
I am getting killed by McGentrix, but I am Happ...Happ...Happy with my SP today. CG, SHO, 5 hits, no walks on just 93 pitches.
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