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Drafting Over Your Head

Posted on: March 9, 2009 4:52 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2009 5:01 pm

Two down and two to go.  Last night I completed what was quite possibly my worst baseball draft in a couple years.  I would love to blame the booze, but I came into this one sober. I was simply outclassed.

Clear of mind and focused on the task at hand, I sequestered myself to the man cave.  Armed with Red Bull (OK, more than just a splash of vodka), my notes, projections, and the USA baseball on the TV for motivation, I drafted like a tequila-fueled Jim Bowden after a night at a Dominican den of iniquity  . My fellow league owners were one step ahead of me at nearly every turn.  I became annoyed, angry, and ultimately, exhausted.  At least I think I learned something.

1.  Your next pick WILL get taken.   If you are playing against a quality opponent, they will be on their game. Chances are they have been reviewing similar if not the identical resources you have.  You might even be friendly with them and god forbid, you might have even discussed strategy.  In other words, Ricky Nolasco is not a sleeper

2.  Don't get flustered. Everyone else is changing their plans too.  Just because your next stealth pick was taken is not justification for you to reach for your deep sleeper at that position.  Have your plan B for every pick.

3.  The pre-determined rankings are crap.  I appreciate CBS offering the mock drafts.  They are great practice.  But they are not the Elias Sports Bureau.  You won't be drating against "ilikemudkipz" in two weeks.  Just because he and a cadre of others think Big Papi is a second round draft pick does not make it so.

4.  That next drink, while tempting, will inevitably lead to at least one bad decision.  Hey, you learned this while barfing on Max's shoes in 1984...

Time to toughen up.  Learn from my mistakes and hide the booze.  Who am I kidding?  Can I have a refill?

While the waitress is getting the next round, give a listen to some Death Cab for Cutie.





Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2009 10:16 am

Drafting Over Your Head

Good stuff, Dake.  (hey is that avi legal?)  Good luck!  Hey, is Zamoboni a free agent?  Nobody clears the zone better than that guy, even if he does get his fair share of icing calls!  How bowwwt Bobby Clarke, Rick MacLeish, or Reggie Leach?  Do you get points for penalty minutes, cause then I'm grabbin' Dave Schultz, (ha, now what decade are we dealin' with).  And, of course my goalie would be Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!

Yeah, I'm sure the wire will be heating up in the next week or so, as position and utility players, as well as pitching rotations get announced.  Some like Jordan Zimmerman though will win a spot, and may not matter given the team they play for...speculation; for schemers, dreamers, and gold miners...It's best to drop some fool's gold here and there to throw off the others: 

Hey guys, don't pick up Casey McGahee, he has no chance of taking Ricky Week's job at second base...the massive batting average and high fielding percentage are just "on paper"...


Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2009 10:40 pm

Drafting Over Your Head'd I get here again? I was heading to Baker City in my Pinto to a jig saw puzzle party and wound up, uh, where am I exactly?

Oh yeah, pep talk time! ...Chin-up men! I draft on opening-day eve, but your advents remind me of 6 months ago in my hockey lunacy ( Joe Sakic's back is too old, Rick DiPietro's hip is not game-ready, Chris Clarke? What decade was I living in anyway! ).

So after a 1-6 start, I began to pick the ol' waiver wire. Injuries happen. Suspensions happen. One by one, I started picking off sleepers and rookies who were playing "over their heads." I learned the new guys, and which old guys were toast and which ones turned up the heat late. I kept an eye on the sched, and the match-ups and also the trade deadline. I pooched my team a few times, but so did my competitors.

I don't know how I got here, but I'm starting the final week at 13-9 and 3rd in the power rankings! (??) Hang in thar. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Best of luck gents ( and glad I'm not in your league! )...



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2009 9:57 pm

Drafting Over Your Head

Okay, got in more than a few good kicks yourself.  I think you're about due for 10 Hail Mary's, 20 Our Fathers, and one act of contrition.  For your act of contrition, I'll send you a trade proposal and you just agree to it, then I'll talk to the man upstairs to clear your name again. 

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2009 2:42 pm

Drafting Over Your Head

That was a draft? I thought I was caught in a kick-boxing tournament with 13 other people. I've never been through anything like that, not even religion class in a Catholic grade school where you learn about all the things that will make you fry to a crispy critter in hell.



Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: March 12, 2009 9:07 pm

Drafting Over Your Head

I've been in some competitive drafts over the years, but Sunday was insane.  Fourteen baseball minds all paying attention and coming with a plan made it a nerve-racking event.  If I took one thing from it was to remain calm and plan at least 2 picks per round.  Then again, I had one round with FOUR players queued - one not even on the draft screen - and they were all were gone by the time it came back to me 10 picks later.

Best of luck this year, Smalls.  I know I need it.


Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: March 12, 2009 8:23 pm

Drafting Over Your Head

Holy, crap...sounds like the draft I was in...plan b's all the way down after the 3rd...hey, don't I know you?'re that guy who took Brandon Morrow right before me in the 11th round...which would have been okay, if I had actually drafted well enough to have taken one of your plan A's somewhere along the line...not likely...hey, another round over here....

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