It’s About Time

We couldn’t let Dave write his own champion’s post, so thanks to Dan the #1 Rays Fan for stepping up with this guest post.

Destiny Fulfilled

There is no better, more competitive, more challenging and harder fantasy league to win than

I believe this with all of my heart, and you’ll never convince me otherwise. We have ten of the most committed and competitive owners in all of fantasy baseball. Every year, the gap between last place and first place seems to shrink more and more. Every owner in the league seems to get smarter and smarter with each passing season, and just making the playoffs has become the ultimate grind.

As you look around the league, you can see as owners mature over the years and improve their game. I was a brash, determined young rookie in 2009 who had all the talent in the world, and was looking to come into this league and do damage. What I quickly found out, was that this game has a very cruel learning curve. I lost my last two games, and missed the playoffs, because I wasn’t ready. I needed to feel out this game, and realize the tricks of the trade. I realized this learning curve affected everyone, and felt much better about my rookie season afterward. I’ve come to realize over the years that I was dead wrong.

There was no learning curve, no growing pains for our 2013 Fantasy Baseball Champion, Dave Ingalls.

I’ve never told him this until now, but I’ve always marveled at Dave’s ability to walk in right away and dominate this game. His first season playing fantasy baseball in 2008, he finished with the best record in the league, and as he likes to call it, it seemed like “he was playing chess while everyone else was playing checkers.” He made the right moves, mastered the waiver wire, and seemed well on his way to fantasy glory. I can say this now, but I never really understood how he could do that. He seemed to know what he was doing, right from day one, while the rest of us slowly came along and figured this game out. It all came so easily to him!  However, he finished just short in the playoffs, losing to Dave McLaughlin and his Boston Braves in the finals. It wouldn’t be the last time the Yankeehaters would suffer a crushing playoff defeat over the years.

Since I entered the league in year two in 2009, Dave and I have gone head to head many times over the years, and for me, they’re always the biggest games of the season. Yet for so frustratingly long, he was usually on top at the end of the day. It went this way for the majority of the league, as Dave almost entered the playoffs as the favorite to bring home the title. It always seemed like he had the best team. Yet he had to sit back and watch his wife go on her legendary three-peat, beating Dave twice in the finals. Ginger’s great teams would step up and play their best ball in the playoffs, while time after time Dave watched great seasons crumble.

I can’t imagine how this must have felt. Doing everything right, building elite teams, and falling short over and over again. It became a running joke around the league, and Dave himself even got in on it after awhile. But I’ve always known it bothered him. He wanted to win the ultimate prize more than anything.

Over the years, we’ve begun to look to Dave as our leader. He writes the posts, he’s the most active and runs website. Ginger is a big part of that, but she’s never really been vocal enough to establish a presence other than the legendary champion. Dave is always there, and we’ve all begun to look at it as being “his league.”

That’s why we’ve all felt that if somebody should win their first championship, it should be him. It felt like some sort of cloud over the league, that its most committed and focal player had yet to win it. We all want to win of course, but it just seemed so strange that Dave couldn’t close the deal.

That all changed in 2013. As usual, Dave built up his great team, and finished the season as the #1 seed. But this time, there was a happy ending for him. He beat me, the defending champion, in the first round, and was able to get the by the RedRays in the championship game.  After 5 agonizing seasons, 3 championship game losses, 5 playoff losses, and a whole lot of jokes at his expense, Dave finally had his championship.

I can honestly say that I’m happy for you. You deserve this. You’ve had the best team consistently over the years, and it’s about time you got to join the champions club with Ginger and me. As the champion the previous year, I officially pass the title of defending champion over to you. Wear it proudly.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the best fantasy baseball league in the world. I’m glad you chose me to write your champion’s post.

Dave Ingalls, the 2013 Fantasy Baseball Champion


11 Responses to “It’s About Time”

  1. Dave Says:

    Thanks Dan! Nice job….these kind words aren’t going to prevent an other ass kicking in 2014, but I really do appreciate it!

  2. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I gotta say, I’m really happy with how this turned out. After you wrote me such a great and inspired championship post last year, going back and looking up my first days on, I really wanted to step up to the plate and make you a good one. Im glad you enjoy it.

    Some interesting facts discovered in the Rays Those Cowbells war room this morning.

    – It’s become tradition at, that whoever wrote the Champions post for the previous years champion, ended up winning the league that season.

    Dave wrote the 2012 Champions post, and won the 2013 League title.

    Dan wrote the 2013 Champions post, and will win the…. well you get it.

    -Also, the last time the Red Sox were the defending World Series Champions, the Rays won the American League pennant. So i’m rather looking forward to this season!

    3 days

  3. Allan Says:

    So…are you two gonna kiss now?

  4. Dave Says:


  5. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    That’s why he’ll never win…. The fantasy gods could never reward someone like that.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Look, you guys are my friends. I would never allow anyone else to disrespect what the two of you have going on. I am all for Gay marriage and promise to stand by the both of you throughout the process. That’s what true friends are for. Dave just has to worry about telling Ginger and the kids, lol

  7. Allan Says:

    ^ That was me :)

  8. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I hate you so much. lol

  9. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I don’t wanna alarm anyone or anything…..


  10. Dave Says:

    It’s about time!!!

  11. Allan Says:

    3 hours away…. =/

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