OK so for some good fodder and feedback before Opening Day. Most of us on here who follow baseball are likely in a fantasy baseball league, be it on Yahoo!, ESPN, CBS or elsewhere. And this past weekend I'm sure a lot of us had a marathon draft (or five).
So my questions for those of you out there, how many Yanks ya got? Do you cater towards your favorite team when push comes to shove? Make any pacts with fellow fans in your league not to take players from certain teams named say the Red Sox or Mets?
Who was that player you drafted and held your nose in the process? Ever draft one of those star players from a team you hate and get offered somebody from the team you love and maybe that player wasn't as good as the one you had and really put you in a tough spot? And what of that last pick, what's the most out there 'throw-away' pick you've ever made?
To be honest with you between my two leagues I have 15 Yankees on my roster(s): Jorge Posada (2), Mariano Rivera (2), Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher (2), Andy Pettitte (2), CC Sabathia, Nick Johnson, A.J. Burnett (2) and two former Yankees in one league (Hideki Matsui, Ted Lilly).
Once again I have no Mets for fear of injuries and my one Red Sox is Jon Lester and as tough is he is really with all he's been through, as a human being how can you hate Jon Lester? As far as catering my team, can I help it if the Yankees are great? Plus it makes it much easier to be engaged and having a strong rooting interest in your team(s) for multiple reasons.
As far as those pacts go, I'm in one league where there's a decent amount of Boston supporters, hence my Yankees roster overload. Back when they were on New York and Boston, a friend of mine had Gary Sheffield and I had Manny Ramirez, he offered me the deal but I never pulled the trigger. I won the regular season but lost in the playoffs. Chalk it up to bad karma I guess.
Finally for that last 'throw-away' pick, well last year one could call it a tribute but in one of my league's I took "The Big-G, The Giambino," Jason Giambi.