One Way Or Another

I can’t even begin to imagine what I’ve done to deserve this fate.

I don’t break the law. I work hard. I’m generally nice to people. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump in November, and I try my best to be a good person who does the right thing.

So how in the world would the fates force me to be the one to write the champions post for Dave Ingalls and his Yankeehaters, for the SECOND time?

Ugh.

There isn’t much worse than this. Dave is the most outspoken member of our league when it comes to his expectations. If he didn’t win the title, he’ll tell you he’s gonna win it next year. If he did win the title, he’ll tell you that he’s going back to back. And trust me, he absolutely means it 100%.

But here’s what I’ve learned in the nine years I’ve spent playing fantasy baseball with Dave. There’s a reason he feels that way. Because he’s the best.

That was painful to type. Yes Dave, you are the best.

Maybe it’s drafting Nolan Arenado or Kris Bryant way before their average draft position and watching them put up MVP seasons. Or maybe it’s plucking guys that nobody would’ve touched and thought were finished, like Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello, and watching them have CY Young seasons and carry his pitching staff. Or maybe it’s making trades, such as going against conventional wisdom and dealing the best player in the world, Mike Trout, two weeks into the season. Or perhaps it’s a fleecing, like the infamous “Mike Minor and Andrew McCutchen trade” in his first title season of 2013.

It doesn’t matter. Every year it’s a different strategy, a different plan. A different way to go about things. It will always be the same in the end, the Yankeehaters, competing for another championship. One way or another.

That kind of versatility amazes me. My strengths and weaknesses are clear and well defined. I’m a mediocre drafter who’s good at making trades and quicker to adjust to what’s going on in the season than most people are. I’ve tried to improve other areas of my game in recent years, but it’s difficult to do. Dave does it every year, regularly. One way or another.

I know what you may be thinking. The legendary Love Boat Captains three-peat was a feat that will probably never be duplicated in our league again. Ginger has her own place in history with her three championships, and her greatness and claim to the title of being the best cannot be questioned. But Dave having “only” two championships is an arbitrary detail at this point. In 10 years, he’s been in the championship game like six times and bad luck and timing is the only thing standing between him and four or five championships.

So take it in Dave. You deserve all of this, and congratulations on being the first male member of our league to reach the multiple championships club.

But keep in mind. Things change, and the story of thefoulline.com is still being written. You may be the best for now, but I promise to make it my personal mission to see that you don’t end up there when it’s all said and done.

I will end up with my own place in the record books. That is my promise.

One way or another.

2 Responses to “One Way Or Another”

  1. Allan Says:

    Good job fitting your personal goals into Dave’s championship post. I’m sure everyome was so excited to learn so much about Dan while celebrating such a good fantasy champ like Dave. Lol

  2. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Thanks for commenting Allan! I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

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