I’m So Excited

I have never been more excited for a baseball season to begin.

After suffering through a tumultuous 2010 season, filled with injuries and unfulfilled expectations, the offseason for the Boston Red Sox has been just what the doctor ordered. Boston made the two biggest splashes of the year by trading their top prospects for Adrian Gonzalez and his perfectly-suited-for-Fenway Park swing, and signing Red Sox-killer Carl Crawford to a ridiculous 7-year contract.

I absolutely love the additions. These are two high-character hard workers that make Boston a lot more exciting. The reality about the 2010 Sox was that they were a bit boring to watch. Players grinding out at bats is productive, but I want to see the shock and awe of Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury stealing bases, coupled with Gonzalez, Youkilis and Big Papi knocking bombs.

I couldn’t care less that Boston is shelling out hundreds of millions of dollars in player salaries. I just bought a Red Sox hat that cost 35 bucks, and I’m happy to see the Boston owners putting it back into the team. And I don’t buy that they’re starting to resemble the Yankees, who think they can buy a World Series. Pedroia, Youkilis, Lester, Buchholz, and Ellsbury are all homegrown and are still the heart of this team.

There has been a ton of speculation on what the new and improved batting order is going to be. Is Ellsbury leading off? Is the lineup too left handed? Where should Crawford hit? What a great problem to have. They could put all nine names into a hat and pull them out in any order and still win 90 games. David Ortiz is leading off? Whatever.

Of course, Terry Francona is a lot smarter than I am, and he has a ton of lineup options depending on the opposing pitcher. But, if it were up to me, here’s what I’d do.

  1. Ellsbury
  2. Pedroia
  3. Crawford
  4. Gonzalez
  5. Youkilis
  6. Ortiz
  7. Drew
  8. Saltalamacchia
  9. Scutaro

I’ll put this lineup up against anyone. Patience, speed, and power throughout. Is this a 95+ wins team positioned for a playoff run? As long as they stay healthy, I’m pretty confident that it is.

The 2011 baseball season starts in 30 days… I guess we’ll start answering some of these questions then.

80 Responses to “I’m So Excited”

  1. Dave Says:

    Great debate guys. I’m on the pro-Cabrera bandwagon. He’s the second best first baseman from a fantasy standpoint. Last year, he was picked in the second round in our league. The year before I took him in the first round ( pick 6, I think). He’s a stud.
    Heres how I rank the top first basemen ( fantasy value)
    Pujols
    Cabrera
    Votto
    Texiera
    Gonzo
    Youk
    Fielder
    Howard
    Dunn
    Morneau

    How do you rank them?

  2. Dave Says:

    Also, I went to Sox/Phillies game with Dylan. Great weather, fun game. Red Sox lost 2-0. To make matters worse, I dropped a foul ball that was hit right at me, and some dude grabbed it. Oh well

  3. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Pujols
    Votto
    Cabrera
    Fielder
    Teixera
    Gonzalez
    Howard
    Dunn
    Youkilis
    Morneau.

    I was supposed to go port charlotte today, but no go. I caught a batting practice ball once, and Bubba Trammell threw a ball right to me at the trop in 1999, but I have never caught one in the field of play. Its tough

  4. Dave Says:

    Wow… You have Fielder rated really high. He had a pretty off year last year. But as a whole, first base is loaded.
    Which leads to my question:
    If you have the first pick, do you take Pujols?

  5. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Yes I take Pujols. You dont have a choice really. You cant take a pitcher first overall. At least I dont think so.

    And im drinking the Brew this year, and its a contract year for Fielder. Braun is healthy, 40 to 45 bombs and 125+ RBIs for Prince. Last year was just an off year, he’ll be ok.

  6. Dave Says:

    I’m drinking the Brew big time this year too! I watched a ton of their games over the last two years. Last year they just looked off all season. I really like Fielder and Braun a lot? They seem like pretty good guys.

  7. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Braun was the best player in fantasy the first 4 weeks. He had two 40 points weeks, and one 30 point week. I was a genius for taking him in round one. Then in week 5, Tommy Hanson hits him in the elbow, and he’s never the same. Just my luck, and it killed the Brewers. It affected Fielder too. If Greinke can get his head out of his butt and actually try this year, and they can get a halfway decent bullpen, the Brew Crew will be sick this year. That offense will score in bunches.

  8. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Allan, only 5 more days until MLB 11 The Show! I cant wait. Dave you play any playstation?

  9. Dave Says:

    Sorry, I dont. I have the Wii.

  10. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    The wii is cool. Its pretty awesome. Is it just me or does the draft seem so far away? Im pretty pumped for it.

  11. allan Says:

    well the way I look at it fielder and howard didnt look so great last season n from a fantasy standpoint u gotta go with consistent guys and votto hasnt been in long enough to really put him over cabrera. I like daves list with fielder,howard, dunn and morneau finishing on the bottom part.

  12. allan Says:

    Another thing is when it coms to fantasy not only do u look at the players number but how and when these number come about. I had fielder and dunn and cabrera last season and fielder and dunn would just kill me at times with K’s and there production was so spread apart but crbrera my god the way he played he never let u down and thats big in my book. howard hurt, morneau hurt.

  13. allan Says:

    Well once again it is happening the florida marlins have built a team full of talent and they are unloading them lol.the 1st has been dan uggla. what are the odds josh johnson or hanley are move by the all star break??? I feel like we may be seeing josh johnson wearing pin stripes by the break.

  14. Dave Says:

    I’ve never been more prepared for our draft. I’m starting to feel a little sorry for the other 9 teams.

  15. allan Says:

    funny thing is I feel the same way lol. I’m really excited for this draft and to see how things turn out

  16. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I feel good about this year. Im ready to take that step from good to great.

  17. allan Says:

    well were u really ever good to begin with???? lol

  18. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Oh yes. I always build good teams that win games and compete for a playoff spot.

  19. allan Says:

    thats good. did u know we’re playing each other this week in fantasy basketball?

  20. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I did. And im losing. Badly. lol

  21. allan Says:

    hey im gonna be in orlando on march 18th for the magic vs nuggets games n we’re gonna stay over im really thinking of going to the braves vs mets spring training game the next day at 1:05. its not far from where we’re gonna be at

  22. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    So go! The trop sucks. Its nothing on outdoor baseball, and you have never been to an outdoor game.

    Dan “Outdoor baseball >The Trop” Mckewen

  23. allan Says:

    yea im going it should be a good time plus good thing is great seats r cheap lol. magic game then brave game gonna be a great weekend too bad I gotta bring my wife lol

  24. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Watching the Red Sox/Yankees game on MLB Network, this Yankees left hander is only 20 years old, but he looks pretty good. Signed at 16. Allan did you know Andruw Jones is playing for New York now? I had no idea. Both teams pitchers look pretty good, but A Rod got robbed by the wind on a home run. Never seen a 415 foot double before.

  25. allan Says:

    kinda like the longoria 400 foot fly ball in the world series? lol. yea he sign as the dh a few weeks ago. he actually had a good year with the white sox last season. pretty sad story such a talented player who didnt take care of his body for nothing n wasted all that talent. 50 hr season turned into nothing really disappointed me he was 1 of my favorite braves. great defender as well. thats y I respect chipper so much because he’s taken care of himself but something that u cant stop from happening took his time away…injuries.

  26. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    You had to go there huh? Longoria flipped his bat and jogged to first base. Moyer asked for a new ball and turned around shocked when it didnt go out. Rays just had no luck that whole series, weather really helped the Phillies. Well that’s why you dont play indoors they got what they deserved. Oh well im passed it lol. Ol Larry Jones will have one more huge season you watch. Bobby Cox needed to stay one more year and go out with Chipper I think. Although how can you retire with talents like Hanson and Heyward i’ll never know. I would have had to watch them grow. Heyward will win multiple MVPs. His swing reminds me of Ken Griffey Jr with more anger lol. Him, Ryan Braun and Andrew McCutchen will be the National Leagues starting outfield in the all star game for the next decade.

  27. allan Says:

    the thing that had me dying was when heywerd hit his 1st hr that destroyed 3 quarters of carlos zambrano’s season lol the ball landed on the windshield of the braves vice president of operations lol. nice way to start ur career business wise.

  28. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    What’s really funny is I drafted big Z and traded him to Dave before the opener. So he got the nice little -24 lol

  29. Dave Says:

    You brought up the Zambrano trade? How dare you!
    I made some awful deals last year, just for the sake of making deals. Stupid!
    I’m much more disciplined and focused this season.
    Rule #1 don’t deal with Rays those Cowbells
    Rule #2 don’t forget rule #1

    Ps: Fantasy basketball?? You guys must be really desperate for baseball to start… Lol!

  30. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Dont listen to Dave, he’s just kidding himself. He knows he’s addicted to the blockbuster trade, and Allan the way you trade constantly Dave wont be able to resist. He’ll come calling sooner or later. You cant fool me Dave!

    And how am I supposed to load up on the good players without giving up much in return if you wont trade with me?? This changes my whole strategy this year!!

    Dan” That whole trade was a joke, Big Z chokes people and Kung fu panda was a tad overweight last year” Mckewen

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