Blog Entry

Champions

Posted on: May 15, 2008 11:03 am
Edited on: May 15, 2008 11:29 am
  •  
 

Every now and then you get a moment to still act like a kid and forget about work and have some fun with your friends. Isn't that what Fantasy sports is all about? We had one of those moments Wednesday night. Our softball team from CBSSports.com played in the championship game and we won our second title in the past three seasons.

There were plenty of highlights. David Gonos at catcher made three put-outs at home (although he did strike out along with going 4-for-6). Brett Tresky (5-for-6, four RBI) and Dwyne Philippin (5-for-6, four runs, two RBI) were stars at the plate. Pitcher Dan Dobish got the final out on a strikeout.

I was terrible at the plate, going 1-for-6 with a run scored, but I was a little tired from running for Gonos every time he got on base (outside of the strikeout, of course). I did win the hitting challenge for the season against Gonos and Tresky, finishing the year at .459 ahead of Gonos (.433) and Tresky (.424).

Other notes on the season include Eric Mack, who is our resident "softball guy" at shortstop, winning the batting title at .591 along with most home runs (four), RBI (25) and assists in the field (29). Dr. Joe in left field had the most triples (three) and put-outs (40). Gonos finished the season with a perfect fielding percentage behind the plate.

It was a great season and a lot of fun, and since we're talking Fantasy here, this is how our team compares to the real players. I had a little help from one of our Product Managers for Fantasy Sports, Corey Guerrera, who also plays third base.

  1. Danny Kadoche, RCF: Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays. Plenty of speed, good glove and occasional power.
  2. Todd Farrow, LCF: Carlos Beltran, New York Mets. Hits to all fields, good glove and might kill you if you look at him wrong.
  3. Eric Mack, SS: Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies. Think Rollins bat with Ryan Howard's speed.
  4. Dr. Joe, LF: Vladimir Guerrero, Los Angeles Angels. Power and a cannon for an arm.
  5. Corey Guerrera, 3B: David Wright, New York Mets. Hits for average and power and "he's my favorite player."
  6. Dan Dobish, P: Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs. Can hit for a pitcher and also a little volatile.
  7. Jimmy O'Halloran, DH/utility: Kevin Youklis, Boston Red Sox. Don't ask him to play catcher again but he's versatile with a good bat.
  8. Jamey Eisenberg, RF: Juan Pierre, Los Angeles Dodgers. Strictly a singles hitter with no power or arm but can run.
  9. Dwyne Philippin, 1B: Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins. Clutch hitter, solid defense and developing power.
  10. David Gonos, C: Pudge Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers. Great defense, bat is coming around to days of old.
  11. Brett Tresky, 2B: Orlando Hudson, Arizona Diamondbacks. The captain has improved his stroke and defense.

Our reserves:

  1. Jake Payton, OF: Vernon Wells, Toronto Blue Jays. He was here, played well and then left us when he moved to Detroit.
  2. Frank Olearczyk, OF/C: Luis Gonzalez, Florida Marlins. A veteran presence who comes up big when we need him.
  3. George Wakeling, OF/C: Hank Steinbrenner. He's never around, but we always hear from him.

Looking forward to next season boys. Good job on the title.

  •  
Category: General
Tags: Softball
 
Comments

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2008 10:19 am
 

Champions

Emack is DEFINITELY more Tejada than Rollins. Did he REALLY say he was young A-Rod? He's more like a young Belicheat.

-- It is not ILLEGAL! The ump was wrong. It was ruled an intentional drop. Completely legal play. I just have to play more incompetent to execute it for the maximum number of outs. --

Me and Tresky (Dwyne's way better than us and shouldn't even be compared to us) OWNED the night -- including at Bru's.

-- Again, 6-for-7 gets you nothing, apparently. What did I ever do to you? --

Emack.




Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2008 12:53 am
 

Champions

BT is more like Jamey Carroll than Orlando Hudson...white and slow, but with surprising range.

On a side note, F the Celtics. I hate Paul Pierce and wish he'd fall down a mine shaft.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2008 7:35 pm
 

Champions

Note to self i hate Gonos.. U can start to call me O-Dogg btw.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2008 6:17 pm
 

Champions

Oh, OK ... Well, that I can totally get behind. You just got five-starred.

Speaking of that, I had to go back to mention Tresky getting compared to Orlando Hudson was a little off. He's more like a bald David Wells ... playing second base. (Sorry BT, it was nearly two days since I took a shot at you.)



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2008 5:55 pm
 

Champions

Sorry GIB (Gonos is Burning), I didn't mean to bring your celebration down or anything.  It's just that I didn't want to hear eSmack-daddy tell us that he's now ready to follow David Wright in the Mets line-up, so I had to be a cooler.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2008 4:58 pm
 

Champions

Hey Jones, I just dropped a one-star rating on you for ruining our "Champions" blog.

Blanco played once last season, struck out (which I can't even freaking make fun of after Wednesday) and hit a triple (after the outfield moved up to the infield because of his earlier strikeout).

We're still hearing about his triple and how he could have had an inside-the-park homer had the 3B coach not held him up. Then we sent him back to Class A Paducah for good. His estimated date of arrival on this softball team is 2014. Pick him up in longterm NL-only keeper leagues ... then drop him.



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2008 4:22 pm
 

Champions

Wow...there's so much self-promotion and back-slapping in each of these posts that I assume you all must be running for mayor of the CBSSports Community.  Blah.

Just one question for you guys...I noticed Scotty Blanco was not on the roster, so did he not make the cut?  I know that [actually, just by looking at his headshots] he may be 6'6" and only 115 lbs, but I'm sure he could at least play rover and bunt his way to a .300 average.  I mean, if you look at his splits over the past two seasons, he's got 25 Sac Fly potential and is worth a flier in all AL-only and deeper mixed leagues.  eSmack, don't you agree?

Baseball Jones ~~ Hustling since 1980




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2008 3:50 pm
 

Champions

I'm a day late replying to this thing -- but then again, I just woke up from Wednesday. I plan on blogging about this too, but I need the fog in my head to settle.

Great job on the win, boys.

Emack is DEFINITELY more Tejada than Rollins. Did he REALLY say he was young A-Rod? He's more like a young Belicheat.

And let's go back for a second -- Jamey, don't blame your great big choke of an evening on having to run for me.

Me and Tresky (Dwyne's way better than us and shouldn't even be compared to us) OWNED the night -- including at Bru's. That fat pitcher threw sand in my face before my K, that's the only rational answer.

Bottom line though, Jamey had his best season ever and did it during our "bet" season. Just because he needs four relays to get the ball in from right field, we shouldn't hold that against him.

And a big kudos to the guys that made great throws to me at home for those big plays at the plate (Corey, Emack and Todd I think, not to mention a perfect throw from Kadoche that stopped a guy from thinking about coming home.)

Also, Dobish with the strikeout to end the game was awesome -- almost anti-climactic.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2008 7:31 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2008 5:24 pm
 

Champions

I definitely missed being there last night, and sad to say, I am close to catching on with a few teams here in the Detroit area.  It seems Tuesday is the big softball night up here, so it's not like I'd be cheating on the Wednesday team (or the Monday one for that matter), because it's not cheating if you're in different states right?



The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com