Love Boat Captain

Love Boat Captain by Pearl Jam

First comes love, then comes pain…
Let the games begin.
Questions rise and answers fall…
Insurmountable.

“Love Boat Captain”

 
It’s been a really long wait. Year four of The Foul Line fantasy baseball league is finally here, and I know that everyone is excited to get things going. I’m excited to have the gang back together, along with first-timer Allan. I really appreciate everyone coming back for another year of smack talk and friendly competition.

But first things first.

Season 3 ended with a bit of a whimper, with the Love Boat Captains beating our butts for the second year in a row. In our highly competitive league, to win once is incredible — to win twice is just crazy.

I feel I did a poor job in recognizing this amazing accomplishment. There was no prize package of useless baseball trinkets or parade in her honor. Just a few congrats and we all went into the off season with our tails between our legs and our pride hurt again. So this post is titled in honor of two-time champion Ginger and her Love Boat Captains.

It’s not a trophy, but at least you get a post named after you.

This year’s winner gets a trophy.

2011 THE FOUL LINE FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT

What a great turnout for the draft. All ten owners showed up prepared and eager to pick the team to take them all the way. I love the draft. No matter how much you prepare, you just never know who the owner in front of you is going to take. It’s exciting and infuriating at the same time. Here’s my take on our draft, round by round. Enjoy.

Shocker! Albert Pujols went first.

I know Dan mulled over this decision for days. Should he take the greatest player on the planet, playing for a new contract, or should he grab one of the two elite shortstops? This was a no-brainer. Write him in for 40 home runs and 120 RBIs.

And the first pitcher taken is Roy… Wait, what?

After a predictable next three picks of Tulowitzki, Hanley, and Cabrera, Sam’s Baseball Train grabs Cliff Lee, and the other 9 owners’ jaws hit the floor. Isn’t there another Phillies pitcher that might be a little better?

And the Yankeehaters are on the clock…

I really debated this decision. I hate the #6 pick. I prayed that Tulowitzki would fall to me… Strike 1. Then I hoped I’d get Miggy Cabrera… Strike 2!

In my mind there are four elite outfielders in baseball (Braun, CarGo, Crawford, and Holliday). I figured I’d grab the one that has the best track record. The pick is Braun, and I’m ok with it.

UNsportsmanMike grabs Adrian Gonzalez at 7. I’m a little leery of taking a guy coming off shoulder surgery. Gonzo is eventually going to tear it up at Fenway, but I thought this was a little early.

With a fresh McDonalds sundae in hand, Allan takes Dan’s man-crush Evan Longoria at 8, and the already shallow 3B position takes a hit.

LBC took NL MVP Joey Votto in the 5th round last year, and she steals him again this year at 9. It’s not the sexiest pick, but a great one nonetheless.

How come when I get autodrafted, I get stuck with Dice K and Julio Lugo?

RedRays’s computer freezes up, and he gets Halladay and King Felix. Good things happen to good people.

A catcher in the second round?

I always prefer a good hitter to a good pitcher, and it looks like most of the league felt the same way. I believe that there are 3 stud catchers, and then the rest are pretty comparable. Allan opened the flood gates, and V-Mart, Mauer, and Posey were gone. I guess I’ll wait until round 10 to take a catcher…

Don’t look now, but the first basemen are going fast.

Hmmm… Who do I take? The douchebag Yankee or the 300-pound vegetarian in his contract year?

Round 3 might be the best round for all of us. Quality picks all around:

> Dan gives me an eff-you and grabs Pedroia
> Chefdick takes fireballer Josh Johnson
> Willis takes the #4 rated hitter, Teixeira
> BBB takes the guy with the best name in baseball, Buster Posey
> I loved Sam’s pick, Dan Uggla. He’s gonna do damage in that lineup
> Yankeehaters takes 2011 MVP and perennial jerk A-Rod
> Mike goes with Crawford
> Allan steals the 2011 AL Cy Young award winner
> Ginger takes the last of the good shortstops
> RedRays is back in action and takes big bad Ryan Howard

Who’s the idiot that took two third basemen?

Round 4. The best hitter still available is a great guy for my utility spot. Trade bait? Perhaps.

Added bonus: Sam makes a panic move and takes Adrian Beltre with the next pick.

I did 40 mock drafts in preparation for this draft, and round 5 always was my nemesis.

Dan jumps on Heyward with the first pick of round 5. Here’s a fun fact that’s sure to drive Dan crazy:

Player A: .276 (464 at-bats), 85 runs, 23 home runs, 66 RBIs, 12 steals
Player B: .277 (520 at-bats), 83 runs, 18 home runs, 72 RBIs, 11 steals

Player B is Jason Heyward.
Player A is Colby Rasmus, taken in round 19 by yours truly.

I took Jacoby Ellsbury. It’s probably a bit of a reach, but he’s been tearing up the spring, and when he’s healthy he’s a top 5 fantasy outfielder. Please stay healthy Jacoby!

Holy crap, there’s a lot of great pitchers left!

Haren, Hanson, Liriano, Weaver, Buchholz, Grienke, Latos, Gallardo, Billingsley, Scherzer, Oswalt, Cahill, Beckett, Danks…

I sure am glad I waited on pitching. I scooped up Weaver, Gallardo, and Scherzer. I was psyched to get Scherzer. He was one guy that I was targeting. I think he has huge breakout potential this year.

Then he went out and gave up 12 runs in 2 1/3 innings the very next day. Swell.

There’s still a few hidden gems left, right?

RedRays and Allan take the Upton brothers in round 10. I love the Justin pick. B.J., not so much.

I finally take a catcher, really happy with Soto. Now that he’s Piniella-free I think we’ll see his resurgence.

For some odd reason, Sam takes Corey Hart. He’s on the DL! I think I’d rather have Corey Feldman.

Dan goes fat and skinny in rounds 10 and 11 with Ichiro and Kung Fu Panda. Ichiro slips every year for some odd reason. Solid pick. I’m still not sold on Sandoval, but Dan needs a third baseman and he was the fattest available. I think I would have gone with Aramis Ramirez, but good luck with that.

Some really interesting picks in round 12:

  • LBC takes Wandy Rodriguez, which could be a good value
  • I take the steal of the draft with Mike Stanton. He may strike out 200 times this year, but I’m counting on 40 home runs. It’s worth a little risk for a potential huge upside
  • BadBoys takes his his man crush with Aubrey Huff
  • I love Willis and Dan’s Billy Butler and Brandon Morrow picks
  • Francisco Cordero in this round was a horrible choice by Sam’s Baseball Train. There were much better options

It’s time to take the best of the mediocre pitchers!

Take a look at round 13. Every one of us picked a turd, with the exception of Allan and the Love Boat Captains. Jonathan O. Sanchez and Daniel Hudson are solid picks.

Dan and I picked Garza and Lackey. I usually like it when an AL pitcher goes to the inferior NL, but Garza is a head case that I think is going to wilt under the pressure of playing at Wrigley. I’m still not sure why I took Lackey. He was pretty awful last year.

Next, I take Alexei Ramirez, followed by Dan cursing me out via the chat, which only makes me like the pick that much more. The BadBoys grab Elvis Andrus. Dan responds by taking Marco Scutaro, and laughter is heard throughout thefoulline.com headquarters.

I was really happy getting C.J. Wilson in round 15. He’s the #1 pitcher on the American League Champions. He could be a steal.

I really liked round 16:

  • Matt Thornton and Chris Perez are two low-cost, high-quality closers picked by the LBCs and the Yankeehaters
  • Allan grabs this year’s Jason Heyward in Freddie Freeman
  • Willis takes a potential 30/30 guy in Drew Stubbs
  • And Dan takes Gordon Beckham, which gives him two second baseman. I don’t have the heart to tell him that he only needs one.

Is this draft ever going to end?

At this point, we’re at the two-hour mark and we’re all getting a little punch-drunk. Some interesting choices the rest of the way:

  • Rays Those Cowbells:  Joe Nathan, Manny Ramirez , Jordan Zimmermann, Jorge De La Rosa. I think this is a strong finish for young Dan.
  • chefdicks11:  Adam Jones, Edwin Jackson, Jake Peavy. I think this is the year Adam Jones lives up to the hype. The other two guys, you can keep.
  • WILLIS Be The Year: Wade Davis and Vladimir Guerrero are solid late-round choices.
  • bostobadboys: Adam Lind and Brian Matusz. Lind is a good hitter and will rebound this year, and Matusz is a future All Star.  Nice choices.
  • Sam’s Baseball Train: Hiroki Kuroda is a pretty good pick. His other picks at the end of this draft, pretty bad.
  • Yankeehaters: Kelly Johnson, Jhoulys Chacin, Colby Rasmus, Eric Bedard. Score, score, score, score. Once again, the Yankeehaters are playing chess, while everyone else is playing checkers.
  • UNsportsmanMike:  Aaron Hill, Jaime Garcia, Scott Baker. Nice finish. These three guys will help this team.
  • ToPpIn Da ChArTz: Grady Sizemore (insert punchline here), Carlos Quentin, AJ Burnett, Johnny Cueto, Rafael Furcal. I think Allan had a really good draft from top to bottom. He may be a  force this year.
  • Love Boat Captains:  Madison Bumgarner, Ricky Nolasco, Brett Cecil. These are the type of pitchers that the LBCs likes to gobble up only to have them pitch their asses off.
  • RedRays: Jeff Niemann, Aramis Ramirez, Fausto Carmona, Javier Vasquez, Travis Wood. I’m not sure why some of these guys were still available. RedRays has a solid history of drafting low-risk, high-reward guys.

I had a great time preparing for the draft. I’m happy with my results, and I can’t wait to get the season started. I know it’s early, but based on the draft here’s my predictions for the four playoff teams:

  • Love Boat Captains
  • ToPpIn Da ChArTz
  • Yankeehaters
  • WILLIS Be The Year

31 Responses to “Love Boat Captain”

  1. bostonbadboys Says:

    AGAIN good job CHAMP ginger boy my grandkids are going to be so smart…..I like the way DAVE picks the top four I will lay odds THat AT most only maybe 2 make it the CAPTAINS are a given its a crap shoot with the the rest of us!!!!!!!!! people get hurt and its a long season U GOTTA LOVE IT.. I will say one thing about our players they know thier baseball. i got screw a few times with my secret pick going just ahead of me!rats! . NICE JOB TO ALL but……. YOUR so slow my god ..any way, play ball …and everyone but GINGER (cause she is the champ twice) SUCKS………………………..this is the BOSTONBADBOYS year ps. nice piece Dave

  2. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    This is clearly, without a doubt, slam dunk, the best post you have ever written Dave. Major props on this. This post is outstanding, and this is why I read thefoulline.com. This post took alot of research, right down to Allan’s sundae, and alot of time to write. Keep the posts coming, always a great read.

    Excellent research on Heyward/Rasmus. I know Heyward went early, but I really like his breakout potential this year.

    I loved your take on Alexi Ramirez. I was laughing throughout the whole thing.

    Of course I drafted Beckham! Now I can trade my 2nd baseman if I want! But nobody seems interested in my 2nd baseman, so i guess ill just keep him.

    Allan did have a great draft, and the redrays and WILLIS the the year scares the crap out of me. Good thing there all in the other division! Good luck LBCs!

    Dan” Always room to improve, can’t wait for this thing to start’ Mckewen

  3. Mr Unsportsmanlike Says:

    Nice draft recap Dave. Everyone has a solid team coming fresh out of the draft. Im pretty happy with my draft, even though I did it at work on my phone while valet parking. My first round pick was thanks to an 80 year old lady handing me a $2 tip as the clock was running. Lol but besides that I guess it went ok. I hope to have fun this year competing with MY team. Goodluck to everyone. I look forward on beating u all!

  4. Dave Says:

    Thanks as always for reading guys. Your input and comments is what makes this site fun to be a part of.
    I’m going to try my best to keep the posts coming. I plan writing a weekly fantasy recap/power rankings type post each week, along with some real baseball notes when the mood strikes.
    I’m glad you enjoyed the post. We appreciate your support.
    It’s Opening Day! Let’s get this thing started…. Good luck everyone.

  5. Trent Says:

    Nice post Dave but I think there was a mistake. I didn’t see the RedRays in the playoff prediction. Oh well, I could loose every other matchup but crush you head to head all year and that’ll be as good as playoff spot.

    I read this morning on CBS.com an article by Evan Brunell. At the end of his article were 5 thngs that could also happen this year in MLB and I thought #5 was funny…..

    5. Pujols announces the team he has chosen to sign with during the last homestand of the season — against the Cubs on Sept. 25. In the bottom of the ninth inning, with the bases loaded, down three runs with a full count and the division title in the balance for the Cardinals, Pujols watches strike three right down the middle. As the crowd groans, Pujols rips open his jersey, revealing a Cubs home jersey underneath and dropkicks Tony La Russa as the announcers scream “NOOOOOOO!” And fade to black.

  6. Dave Says:

    Thanks for reading Ferg! That Pujols story cracked me up. That was hilarious, let’s hope it happens.

  7. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Lol! What a story. I really hope that happens. Now in this story, Pujols is still mashing and running away with the NL MVP right?…

  8. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Albert Pujols: 0-5, 3 double plays. Welcome to Rays Those Cowbells.

  9. Dave Says:

    Has that ever happened before? Bizzarre!
    Stupid John Axford cost Yovani Gallardo a deserved win!

  10. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Pujols’s first 3 double play game ever. Its the first time he never reached base on opening day, and the first time he went 0-5 since 2005. Hopefully this isnt an omen…. And I didnt even know John Axford was still the Brewers closer. They need an upgrade!

    Dan” Jason Heyward leads the bigs in home runs, best 5th round pick I ever made” Mckewen

  11. Dave Says:

    My 19th round draft pick scored the same amount of poInts as Heyward. These two really are similiar stay wise

  12. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    They wont be for very long. Heyward is a once in a lifetime talent.

  13. Dave Says:

    I like Heyward. He seems like a great guy and is fun to watch. I’m not sold on the once in a lifetime talent. I haven’t seen that from him yet. There are young guys that I like a lot better. ( posey for starters)

  14. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I just had to have Heyward this year. And I didnt think he would be there with the last pick of round 6, so I took him the first pick of round 5. Im thinking a .290 average, 30 homers and 20+ steals. Matt Kemp is another player I was really high on. I love my outfield this year.

  15. Dave Says:

    Thats cool. It’s always more fun when you have players on your team that you really like.
    I was really high on Kemp this year also. I had a few opportunities to grab him, but with 2 OF’s already on my team I had other holes to fill. I think kemp is due for a nice bounce back year.
    I really like my team- Braun hits a hr, Weaver gives up 2 hits through 6…
    It was a nice start.

  16. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Yea your right about that. I think Kemp will be a top 10 OF this year. I think you hit a home run with Max Scherzer. I think he is gonna blow up this year. The two starters I was highest on this year were Brandon Morrow and Max Scherzer. I figured I could get one. Morrow and Schrezer could become aces this season.

  17. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    What an exciting game in Texas so far!

    Lester continues to suck early. It might hold him back from winning a CY Young in his career.

    Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis look outstanding.

  18. Dave Says:

    Dont forget about my guy Ellsbury!

  19. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Impressive Dave. Ellsbury will swipe 60 bases if healthy. I thought round 5 was a tad early, not because its a bad pick, but I think he wouldve been around until round 7. Ellsbury could be primed for a big year.

    Dan” Rays Those Cowbells sending Yankeehaters a blockbuster trade proposal sometime today? You never know what crazy Dan may do” Mckewen

  20. Dave Says:

    I’m itching to deal Dan

  21. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Well you will certainly appriciate my new post on the cbs.com site then.

  22. Dave Says:

    Can you send me the link?

  23. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Its in our leagues home news. Just go to the leagues home page.

  24. Dave Says:

    I just saw it. Good stuff! I have some offers out there. Waiting for replies

  25. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Thanks Dave. I enjoy writing about baseball. Its good stuff. I know why you started this site now.

  26. allan Says:

    dave I must say I love the post bro great job. hopefully I have got the al mvp from you in arod and he does NOT break his leg lol

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    happy birthday SON

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