Bad Boys

I can’t believe we are on the verge of our 5th Fantasy Baseball League. Time flies when you’re having fun!

Five years ago, when Matt McLaughlin proposed that we start a fantasy league, my first thought was that I’d try it out for a season, but I wasn’t optimistic that I would enjoy it.  As much as I love baseball, I thought fantasy baseball was for nerds. I signed up begrudgingly, cajoled my dad and a couple of friends to join, and was able to get nine teams signed up. Unfortunately, we needed ten.

As the clock ticked down to draft time, I got desperate. I asked my wife to bail me out and sign up. She said, “No, thanks.” I promised that I would help her draft a team and assist her along the way during the season. Knowing what we know now, that last sentence sounds really stupid. She finally agreed, and the rest is history.

I never thought I would enjoy this league as much as I do. I get excited when the season is approaching and I can start looking at players and formulating my draft strategy. But as I wrote last year, my favorite part was the constant fantasy baseball talk between Ginger, the Bostonbadboy and myself. We were all hooked… hard.

The Badboy lived 500 miles away, and we would talk three times a week about teams, our opponents and what players we could trade away. These conversations were the best.

We always hoped that we would have all three Ingalls members in the playoffs, but it never came to be. As much as my dad liked to play, he wasn’t very good at it. I think we all salivated a little when we were number one in the waiver wire order, anticipating which superstar the Badboy was going to drop after they may have had a mediocre week. He managed his fantasy team like he used to manage my Little League team. He didn’t care if he won or lost. He just wanted everyone to have a good time.  The Badboy used two resources to help him assemble his team: the USA Today and his gut. Neither served him too well during a long season. The funny thing is, he really didn’t care if he lost. I know he enjoyed following baseball, talking trash, and busting balls, and I think it made him feel young to be playing with people half his age.

We’ve had people come and go during our five years of playing, but I always thought the Love Boat Captains, Boston Badboys and the Yankeehaters – three of the original ten teams – would stay playing together for many years.

The reason for writing this is that the Boston Badboy got sick in June 2011, and passed away in November. I miss him a lot. I know that I’m going to miss him much more when baseball season rolls around. In the weeks after he died, I thought that I would be done with fantasy baseball. In my mind, there was no way it was going to be nearly as fun. How could it be? But as time moved on, I remembered how much my dad enjoyed reading, interacting with everyone, and using strange names for his comments (Albert Desalvo, Clark Kent, Old Man River, Lucky Larry, to name a few), all written in the same nearly incomprehensible style that was my dad’s.

I know that he would want me to keep playing,  just to keep kicking Dan the #1 Rays Fan’s butt!  But how do I replace one of the original members? Especially someone who I enjoyed playing with so much?

I originally thought it should be another family member, but although my brothers enjoy sports, they are not as rabid about baseball as my dad and I. I had criteria for a potential new player. He had to be involved all year. I can’t stand part-time players that don’t keep up with their team. Our league is too good and deserves ten committed owners. The new owner had to know baseball and be familiar with the players. He had to be passionate about his team.

After careful consideration, my choice was obvious – my longtime friend, Dennis. Ginger and I met Dennis for lunch a few weeks ago to pitch to him the idea of replacing my dad and joining our league, and he accepted. Dennis was honored and maybe a little intimidated, as he had heard stories over the years about the tough competition in our league. I think he’s going to do great. Although he’s a damn Yankee fan, Dennis knows baseball and is a tough negotiator. He has chosen his team name to the be the “October Boys.” I’ve already warned him about most of you, so please try to make him feel welcome.

While we are on the subject of team names, I am retiring the Yankeehaters name. Although it has treated me well over the past four seasons, it’s time for a change.

I wanted a name that would strike fear in the hearts of the owners.  A name rich in fantasy baseball tradition. So from here on out, I’m the Boston Badboys. But unlike my dad, I’m going to spell it the right way, I’m going to make the playoffs… and I’m going to win the league!

Consider yourselves warned.

46 Responses to “Bad Boys”

  1. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I think its 115% outstanding that your going to be taking up the Boston Badboys as your team name. I did not expect that, and i think its a great way to honor your dad’s memory.

    He may not have had the best winning percentage in the league, but his impact was second to none. I was an 18 year old hothead when I started this league, and looking back, the thing i’ll remember most about him is how he managed to get under my skin and play mind games with me. Looking back, I can see how much of a tactical advantage this must have given him over me, and ill bet he enjoyed watching me fly off the handle like crazy.

    I know things will never be the same without him. His posts on thefoulline and in the chat rooms were in a way, the most recognizable thing about our league. He will be missed.

    I want to be the first to welcome Dennis to the league, even though the team you support is pure evil. Its gonna be alot of fun.

    Great post Dave.

  2. Dave Says:

    Thanks Dan… I reserve the right to go back to the Yankeehaters next year if my team tanks it this year. Lol
    I have a 4 year playoff streak on the line.. It’s going to be weird not having him around this season.

  3. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Its going to weird not having your team be the Yankeehaters are well.

    I have a one year playoff streak on the line. First of many.

    Im going to pay you back for beating me in the football championship when i had the better team! You’ll see!

  4. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    By the way, speaking of which, where is the McLaughlin family these days?? They havent been around in forever.

  5. Dave Says:

    You definitely 100% had the better fantasy football team. I got super lucky. BUT!… I’ll take the luck… And the chpi

  6. Dave Says:

    You definitely 100% had the better fantasy football team. I got super lucky. BUT!… I’ll take the luck… And the championship! I can’t wait to win 2 titles in the same year!

  7. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    How can you win a championship when the LBCs will win the championship?

  8. Dave Says:

    There’s no way she can win 4 in a row right? Please tell me that she CAN’T win 4 in a row!!!! Damn it Dan… Tell me!

  9. Dave Says:

    We were talking about the McLaughlin’s earlier today. I’d love to have them back in the league.

  10. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Well I thought she couldnt win 3 in a row as well. It seems pointless to fight it at this point. Were all just like puppets, and shes the puppet master.

  11. Dave Says:

    I blame myself for that Dan…. Why did I talk her into joining 5 years ago??

  12. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    How could you know at the time… That one decision would haunt you for the rest of your life?

  13. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Hey Dave, guess who just got Price Fielder and Justin Verlander. In the same deal. I’ll give you 3 guesses.

  14. Dave Says:

    Come on dude… This is getting crazy. Who’d you give up?

  15. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    So heres the story. The psycopath sent me 50 messages today. He was in tears, begging me to trade him CC Sabathia. “Im a Yankees fan, I NEED CC! Please! I’ll give you anything”! The problem is I had already promised to deal CC to another guy for Matt Kemp, he just had to log in and accept it. So I wrote the guy I agreed to trade with, and came up with a plan….

    I would trade the psyco Johny Cueto, Ryan Zimmerman and CC Sabathia for Verlander and Fielder. And then, I would trade my buddy Verlander for Matt Kemp.

    So I get Price Fielder for rags.

    My buddy gets the best pitcher in fantasy instead of CC Sabathia.

    And the moron Yankee fan single handedly destroys his team.

    I think it worked out for everyone. Its just what happens when you mess with a master negotiator like me. My brain is just so evolved beyond these simpletons. You know what I mean Dave?

  16. Dave Says:

    It’s craziness..I’m honestly happy for you that you’re schooling these kids on some trades. You’ll be finely tuned when you start playing the varsity league.

  17. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I know its unrealistic, but its still fun. Something to do until the real league starts lol

  18. Dylan Says:

    This goes in the foulline hall of fame

  19. Dave Says:

    Thanks… It might be the only thing in there.

  20. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Are you kidding Dave? This whole website should go into the baseball hall of fame.

  21. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I have conformation directly from him, that Mike is in for fantasy baseball. He doesnt work evenings anymore, so he should be more active than ever.

    If his spot is still available of course.

  22. Dave Says:

    He’s 100% in! He was the only question mark. I’ve already confirmed myself, LBC’s, Rays, believe the hype, Chefdick, Haitian hammer, Willis, red rays, October boys ( Dennis). We are good to go. Talk to your guys and see what days are good for them to draft and what times work for them and we’ll get it set up.

  23. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Sounds great. We usually do it on a sunday around 7 or 8, so why change now? I think its worked for everyone in the past.

  24. allan Says:

    sad to hear about your dad dave….in his memory you should drop your best player when he pisses you off lol. Ive never been so excited for a baseball season in my life! I also love the fact that your honoring your dad by using his name in the 2012 season…its only right. I think I’ll stick with ” BELIEVE THE HYPE”.

  25. Dave Says:

    Thanks Allan… I think it’s really awesome that we have so many of the same players playing every year. Now.. If one of us could only take down the LBC’s.

  26. allan Says:

    Well I gotta make the playoffs first. It really hurt not to make the playoffs last year,but I knew I made a lot of mistakes and some dumb trades early on that really hurt my team. I feel like I did a good job rallying my team to some pretty good victories at the end of last season…but fell short of my goal. Thats what makes this league so fun tho, everyone is really good at building a team and competing at the highest level. I’m still thinking of what I should build my team around. should it be pitching or hitting?… I FEEL SO LOST!!!!

  27. Dave Says:

    I hear ya Allan… I usually have a good idea how I want to build my team. This year I am clueless. Any tips to help me out?

  28. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Follow Gingers draft strategy. She drafts hitters first and drafts average pitching late. I will do the same.

  29. Dave Says:

    Ah… What does she know?

  30. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    True.. I mean she did come within a Troy Tulowitski injury to losing to me in the first round of the playoffs.

  31. allan Says:

    I’m not running my mouth this season and asking to be put in her division lol. I was slap around twice and had my manhood taken from me …..I am asking the gods to put me in a division with dan….he always find a way to screw up lol

  32. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    You can be in a division with me, if your happy with fighting for second place lol

  33. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    The last 3 fantasy leagues i’ve entered, 2 football and 1 baseball, I have a playoff appearence and 2 championship game appearences….

    Im SO close to that elusive first championship I can almost taste it. I’ve hit my stride and my reward is coming, and soon!

    Be on alert.

  34. allan Says:

    ……………………………….i’m sorry………..did you say something???????? lol

  35. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Dave have you been watching any of the new show “Baseball IQ” on MLB Network?

  36. allan Says:

    Ive been watching it. I gotta catch the reruns tho because it comes on at 10pm n i’m at work at that time. good show

  37. Dave Says:

    I’ve watched 1 episode… I thought it was ok, nothing great

  38. allan Says:

    so dave, what day do you plan on having the draft on???

  39. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Well on thursday the Rays are playing the Red Sox in the quarterfinals.. Its like my favorite show on TV right now. Im addicted to it

  40. Dave Says:

    We can do it on Sunday again if that’s good with everyone. I’ll ask the other guys and work on getting the league set up on CBS.

  41. allan Says:

    sounds good

  42. allan Says:

    Who do y’all think will have the better 2012 season coming off of Tommy John surgery??? Stephen Strasburg or Adam Wainwright

  43. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Strasburg. Wainwright has more innings on that arm, plus Strasburg’s surgery was like 6 months before Wainwrights.

  44. allan Says:

    I agree with everything you said, I am also worried for both because not everyone comes back to normal from the surgery…cough cough liriano

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