Simply the Best

Basketball is boring, the NHL has too many foreign players whose names I can’t pronounce, and the NFL may not be around for a 2011 season. And that is why Major League Baseball is the best of the professional sports. 30 teams, all with a chance to win the World Series. 162 games that matter. Fresh-cut grass. Cold beer. Keeping score… and oh yeah, fantasy baseball.

Quick Hits:

  • I can’t believe that I made a “don’t draft” list and didn’t include Grady Sizemore. I hate that bastard, and his one good knee.
  • It’s nice to see the Chicago Cubs in mid-season form. It’s the first week of games and they’re already fighting each other in the dugout.
  • Carl Crawford’s batting average has soared to .167 ¬†after collecting two hits today. The flood gates are officially open.
  • Speaking of mid-season form, Dice K gave up 7 runs in today’s game. That’s $100 million well spent.
  • I want to see a race between Jacoby Ellsbury & Carl Crawford. The loser has to bat lead-off.
  • I just scored two tickets for the Rays-Red Sox game this week, 5th row behind home plate. This spring is shaping up nicely.
  • After watching the aging Yankees last night, Robinson Cano is their only player that scares me. That guy is stupid good. He’s the best second baseman in the league… By a lot!
  • Just when you think a player is a total scumbag, he runs into your daughter’s first grade teacher and her son at Publix, poses for pictures, and gives the kid an autographed bat… I guess that’s just Manny being Manny. Classy move.
  • I’m really happy to see that our league has 10 teams signed up, although I’m not sure what a “bostobadboy” is.
  • Dont sleep on the Atlanta Braves this year. If one of their Billy Wagner replacements pitches well, watch out.
  • I actually traded Hanley Ramirez and David Price for Ryan Howard and a scrub pitcher last year. How’d I make the playoffs?
  • If you want a good laugh, YouTube Dustin Pedroia and watch any interview he does. The guy is a character.
  • Is Buster Posey the first catcher taken in the draft?
  • Can’t wait for Opening Day. Although I’m dreading that I have to listen to Dewayne Staats call Rays games.
  • Fact:¬† 3 weeks until draft time, and two-time defending fantasy baseball champion Love Boat Captains has yet to research the first player or do a mock draft. Why am I still scared?

79 Responses to “Simply the Best”

  1. Ginger Parker Says:

    I hate the draft. I’ll ignore it as long as possible, drink myself silly when it starts, and enjoy fantasy baseball again when it’s over. Same as I always do.

  2. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    The champ has spoken. Im starting to think we never really had a chance. I think she sits back, listens to us morons spouting our “this is my year” garbage, and has a good laugh after winning a title. Again

  3. Dave Says:

    You summed it up perfectly Dan.

  4. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Just one lineup change at a time Dave, we’ll catch her.

  5. allan Says:

    well guys I have no fear of nobody lol

  6. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    That’s because you have never looked down at the schedule and seen the Love Boat Captains as your next weeks opponet.

  7. allan Says:

    im ready n Ihope they put me in her division too

  8. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Good luck with that.

  9. Dave Says:

    This is the year that Ginger goes down! We know all her tricks, and have learned from our past mistakes. I predict LBC’s misses out on the playoffs this year… Or.. She kicks our asses for the third year in a row. It will be one of the two.

  10. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    She cant win 3 titles in a row. She just cant. Can she?….

  11. Dave Says:

    It’s funny… I write a post, and what so we end up talking about… That the LBC’s are still the team to beat. I’m thinking I should commit an entire post to Ginger and the LBC’s. That should really get the comment count up!

  12. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Your right, it was a good post. Nobody hates Sizemore more than me, The Cubs suck, Ellsbury is faster than Crawford now but not 5 years ago, Dice K sucks, Cano is a man among boys, Manny was always nice just self centered, I would take Mauer first, oh and if memory serves the scrub pitcher was AJ Burnett. Did I miss anything? Baseball is back and thefoulline has a new post up every couple days. Good times. Keep up the good writing Dave.

  13. lucky larry Says:

    hey the LUCK MASTER here nice baseball stuff .is this a school project? MOST SCHOOL BOYS ARE IN TO GIRL FANTASYS . ITS NICE TO SEE THEM GOING AFTER BASEBALL VERY HEALTHY. A GIRL! GINGER BREAD IS BEATING YOU GUYS EVERY SCHOOL YEAR ??AN YOU TALK ABOUT IT? AN STILL YOU PLAY WITH HER ?MAYBE YOU GUYS SHOULD BE JUMPING ROPE .OR PLAYING WITH DOLLS.. YOU GUYS KEEP THIS UP AN GIRLS ARE GOING TO WANT TO VOTE OR EVEN RUN FOR PRESIDENT . ….HOPE YOU GET AN “A” ON YOUR PROJECT.. GO PIRATES

  14. allan Says:

    im just ready for the games to begin the days won’t flow by fast enough for me.

  15. allan Says:

    the most insulting thing I got out of all of that was the fact that you mentioned the pirates lol

  16. Dave Says:

    I really missed Lucky Larry. Glad to see he’s back

  17. allan Says:

    So how many games will the rays sell out this season??? (not counting playoffs games lol)

  18. Dave Says:

    0

  19. allan Says:

    It’s kinda sad how nobody goes to rays games down here but all the “die hard” fans always seem to show up during the playoffs n the tickets r like 3x as much as the regular season cost lol. I’ll give it to dan since we were kids when the rays were created he’s been like the only true fan that I know that would go to every game if he could no matter the cost…hell he’d prolly give up his 1st born child for season tickets for life lol.

  20. Dave Says:

    I know what you mean Allan, although it’s great to be able to see the Red Sox 9 times a year. I really hope the Rays dont end up moving elsewhere. As for Dan… Is he paying you to say all that stuff?

  21. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I say 6. The opener will sell out, and some of the saturday night concert games will sell out. It sucks, but I dont care about other Rays fans. If im the only person in the stands, I will still be there. I grew up here, I watched The Hit Show with Canseco, Vinny Castillia and Greg Vaughn. The Crappy 2002 team with Ryan Rupe and Albie Lopez and Tanyan Sturtz. I dont need a “rays nation” or or a fancy 8 year sellout streak. Ill put my love for the Rays up against ANY of those Boston fans at Fenway Park. Thanks for the kind words Allan, there just my team, no matter what. Plain and Simple

  22. allan Says:

    pay me with what??? lmao j/p…yea I wish the damn braves would come here its really starting to piss me off. im really not trying to drive to miami or atlanta to see them lol. although it would be a nice trip……

  23. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Marlins tickets are cheap. Better go this year before they open the new park and prices go up.

  24. allan Says:

    I still can’t believe they traded us uggla….we’ll take hanley and jj off yalls hands as well lol

  25. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I’ll take them too its a shorter drive to St. Pete than Atlanta lol. And Dave your a jerk. “How many games will they sell out?”…………”O”. Thanks man lol

  26. allan Says:

    rumor that yankees r keeping an eye on astros pitcher brett myers. he was pretty good in 2010

  27. allan Says:

    so only 20 days till all hell brakes loose? lol

  28. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Just wait until Boston plays Tampa Bay. Things get crazy around here lol

  29. Dave Says:

    I have my draft for another league I’m in today. Dont worry… This is my step child league. Our league will get all of my love and attention. Anyhow, I have the #2 pick, which blows. Any suggestions on who I should grab. I imagine i’ll have a choice between Pujols, Halladay and Hanley.

  30. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Ugh. What a terrible pick. You wont even get Pujols if those kids know what their doing. I would take Halladay, who will outscore Hanley. I guess. Terrible spot

  31. mr wizard Says:

    bam abra cadabra …. DAVID #2 pick player of the year 2011 SUPER FREAK…. get em bitch…..

  32. allan Says:

    yea you pretty much have to go with halladay on that one. if you get stuck with the #2 pick in the draft and you cant pick up the best bat in baseball you might as well snatch up the best pitcher in baseball. then again you cant help but wonder with some of those injuries that the phillies have suffered will he get as many wins this season im sure the production will be there but the wins thing is kinda huge. miggy is too much of a risk at 2 and hanley kinda scares me as well because he’s gonna be on a team thats a noncontender n will he stop caring half way thru the season?

  33. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Take the best player available. Halladay is the best player available. Its not a pick I really want. I dont want a top 5 pick this year.

  34. allan Says:

    I got the #1 overall pick last season and its not a pretty place to land I still made the playoffs in that league but lost in 1st round my other league I won the title in I picked around 7 or 8 so thats where im hoping to land this season.

  35. allan Says:

    hey dan r you joining any other leagues this season?

  36. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Nope. One league for me. You can focus on it more.

  37. Dave Says:

    Thanks for the tips guys… I took Hanley. SS is so shallow. My first 5 picks were: Hanley, Carlos Gonzalez, Fielder,David Wright, A-rod as my utility. I had a really good draft.

  38. allan Says:

    thats 5 great picks dave. there is just too much pitching to go around to take one 2nd overall. I think david wright is in for a good season n its great that u got 2 good 3rd baseman nice trade bait if needed. fielder is in a contract year so I expect him to go ape s**t lol and cargo was just nasty last season

  39. allan Says:

    I think im gonna join another league as well just to have something else to do

  40. Dave Says:

    Thanks Allan, I think two leagues could be fun. A-rod in the 5th as my utility was too good to pass up, even though I hate hiim. I also grabbed Uggla as my 2B, Victor Martinez as my catcher, and Wilson as one of my closers. I’m pretty happy with this one

  41. allan Says:

    that sound like a pretty good team. that just shows how stacked the league is with great talent this season

  42. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    David Wright sucks. Trust me. He’ll have a great 40 point game against a crappy 2-11 team, than when you play your division leader he’ll break out the nice 5 point week. But that is a good team. If I were you I would put A Rod at 3rd and trade Wright for a pitcher before everyone realizes he sucks.

  43. Dave Says:

    I dont do trades anymore.

  44. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Oh ok that’s right I forgot. The Tradehaters. Dave has a new strategy this year.

  45. allan Says:

    well i’ll have my trade block up on the 1st day allowed lol

  46. Dave Says:

    ok…maybe ill do a few…

  47. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    And by a few he means alot.

  48. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Aces falling like hotcakes. Greinke hurts ribs playing basketball, out a month to start the season.

  49. allan Says:

    y the heck is greinke playing basketball during spring training??? ok mlb gm’s and presidents lets be smart put a damn clause in there contracts that states that they can’t do things like this during spring training. playing basketball u can easily pull or tear anything. you wana make millions playing baseball I think its time to sacrifice some things. nlf players have all sorts of clauses in there contracts during the preseason and season some of them cant pee standing up lol

  50. Dave Says:

    I’m not a Grienke fan, but moving the NL was pretty enticing. What round does he fall to now?

  51. allan Says:

    well hurting ur ribs can be a complicated but he’s a brewer n not a yankee so no pressure on him for this injury n im sure he’s gonna come back strong so i’d say 8 or 9

  52. allan Says:

    So does anybody think johan santana will be back to normal in the 2nd half when he returns and where to you feel he’ll be taken? i’ll say he’s taken by the 14th or 15th round. he’s still a big name.

  53. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Johan shouldnt be drafted. He’s toast. He hasnt been the real Johan since his first year with the Mets anyway. He’s yours if you want him. There saying it could be July before he returns

  54. Dave Says:

    I agree with Dan (holy crap). Johan had flashes of brilliance last year- but I’m not grabbing him.

  55. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Im tired of my player getting injured. One of the biggest things i’ll be drafting for this year is games played. Every player that goes onto my team is getting his games played over the last 5 years looked at. Players who play 150 games every year are high up on my list.

  56. allan Says:

    so I joined a league thats called canadians vs americans lol draft is on monday…should be fun lol

  57. Dave Says:

    Good luck drafting Allan… Don’t forget that Pujols is washed up and should be avoided at all costs.
    Side note: went go the orioles/ twins game in Sarasota today. It was a great experience. Beautiful stadium, friendly people, both of my kids were give a ball. 1 by the orioles first base coach, 1 by the first base umpire. It was a great time.
    Tomorrow: going to rays/ Red Sox
    Friday: rays/ Pirates
    This is going to be a great week!

  58. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Dave

    Sounds like a great week. I myself am taking the treck to Port Charlotte to see the Rays/Sox tomorow! I was supposed to go last week, but now im going tomorrow! Cant wait. Forecast says rain in the AM, but gone by noon. I hope that holds true. So excited

    Dan”Going to be counting whether there are more Carl Crawford Rays jerseys or Carl Crawford Red Sox jerseys” Mckewen

  59. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Allan you should tell the school you got the ebola virus tomorrow and come to the game with us! It should be epic fun. Just tell them you were cured when you come in on friday. Its a miracle! lol

  60. allan Says:

    well I cant because im already taking off next friday for the orlando trip am I will be attending the braves mets game next saturday myself should be fun

  61. allan Says:

    btw nothing makes me more hapy than to c the phillies with more injuries I prolly shouldnt say that but they can F off. where do you guys c chase utley going in the draft??? he appears to b injured n does NOT want surgery. Im not gonna touch him with a 10 foot pole

  62. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Yea its cool. And Utley is tough… Because 2nd base is so weak, you almost have to take a chance on him…

  63. Dave Says:

    Utley is a baller. If he can stand he’s going to play. I think he’s going to be fne

  64. allan Says:

    this season chase utley’s like a box of chocolates….you never know what ur gonna get lol

  65. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    He’s still better than Kinsler. And i’ll still take Kinsler….. God I suck at fantasy baseball lol

  66. Dave Says:

    Let’s work this out now. Allan gets Uggla, Dan can have Kinsler, AND Aki Iwamura for when Kinsler gets hurt, and I’ll take Pedroia. It works out great for everyone

  67. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Ian Kinsler games played in 2010: 102

    Dustin Pedrioa games played in 2010: 75

  68. Dave Says:

    Pedroia MVP awards 1
    Kinsler MVP awards 0

    So is it a deal?

  69. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Kinsler career high in homers: 31

    Pedrioa career high in homers: 17

    Kinsler career high in steals: 31

    Pedrioa career high in steals: 20

    Kinsler career high in RBIs: 86

    Pedrioa career high in RBIs 83

    Sure Dave its a deal.

  70. Dave Says:

    Sweet! Thanks…Kinsler is all yours!

  71. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    You kidding? I dont want him. lol

  72. Dave Says:

    Drats!

  73. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Na. Im going to after Pedrioa. Oh yea. First round. First overall if I have too. Pedrioa is coming to Rays Those Cowbells this year, and its going to be outstanding.

  74. Dave Says:

    You know Pedroia is my weakness. I can only imagine the bounty you’ll get in return when you trade him to me.

  75. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Well Dave your a smart guy, so use your head. What’s my weakness? I think you can manage to turn the tables on me if you play it right.

  76. Dave Says:

    This year I’m sticking to my strategy. If I miss out on on some of my favorite players, so be it. I really need to take down the LBC’s this year.

  77. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Dont we all. This league needs a new champ. The question is though, can Ginger catch the Yankees and win 27 world championships? Only time will tell.

  78. allan Says:

    yea I’ll take uggla at 2nd no problem. man I think he’s gonna have a damn good year playing in turner field he’s gonna be happy and knowing that he’s actually got a shot at the post season…. i’m thinking 33 hr’s and 100 rbi’s

  79. allan Says:

    I must be honest tho if i’m in a situation where I’m thinking 2nd base and uggla is there but mr.cano is there as well im gonna have to pass on my new found soldier

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