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Nice Going, Jeremy Reed
Posted by Chris Liss at 3/24/2006 1:01:00 PM
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I go to Arizona, and draft what I think is a good AL LABR team. It's a 12-team AL only league, so every starter you have matters a lot. When John Flaherty, my second $1 catcher, retired, I laughed about it. When Richard Hidalgo, a $2 outfielder left the Orioles to play in Japan, I consoled myself that I had Nick Markakis, who could be called up at some point, on reserve. When Mike MacDougal strained his arm, and had to miss a month, I congratulated myself for buying Ambiorix Burgos for $2. But when I read that Jeremy Reed moronically ran into a wall during spring training and broke his wrist, I know I'm ****ed.

I didn't go to LABR for the experience, to be one of the guys, to drink beer and play poker with the big shots in the industry - I went there to bring home the title to RotoWire. And I thought the team I bought had a good shot to do it. Screw you, Jeremy Reed - At $15, I overpaid for your unproven ass anyway.

Not that I'm not still going to win it. It just pisses me off that it's not even Opening Day, and I'm already in a hole.

And for those of you who say it's callous for me to be so wrapped up in my stupid fantasy team that I'm upset with some kid whose career was dealt a serious blow, well, so be it. Roto ball is a callous game, just like the the stock market, just like anything else where your profit is derived from human events. And unlike the capital markets, nothing you do or say in roto causes any calamity on anyone else, so for the sanctimonious among you tempted to play that angle in the comments, you can preemptively shut it.


Is it bad form to comment on your own post? In any event, in the last half hour, I learned that (1) Reed is only out for six weeks (still, a wrist injury to a hitter is a serious matter, and I'm still upset with him); (2) Nick Markakis is making it very hard for the O's to send him down; and (3) that Joel Zumaya might make the team as well.

So that takes *some* of the sting out of it.
Posted by cliss at 3/24/2006 1:29:00 PM
things always look better in the morning, provided you didn't get too drunkthe night before
Posted by jamey3n2 at 3/24/2006 11:07:00 PM
Chris, I just wish you'd open up more ... sometimes we just never know how you feel.

BTW, you didn't pick up Rocco Baldelli, did you?
Posted by sixsigmagus at 3/25/2006 7:47:00 AM
Were you the prime example used for the Jack Nicholson film: "Anger Management"? If you were, nice job!!
Posted by Beeballers at 3/25/2006 9:08:00 AM
I actually have Baldelli in the yahoo experts league, but that's a mixed league, so it's not as big a deal - there are plenty of serviceable OFs to be picked up. But in LABR it's a wasteland.

Posted by cliss at 3/25/2006 9:21:00 AM
I feel your pain. I had just dropped Wily Mo Pena (figured he was destined to ride the Boston pine) for Jeremy Reed in a keeper league. I figured Reed would net me a much better average and some steals. The very next day Reed breaks his wrist. Maybe I should try and get Pena back so that he can hurt himself, too. I can see him knocking himself out cold on Pesky's pole...
Posted by lvtdude at 3/25/2006 1:24:00 PM
Did I say I hate Jeremy Reed? Love Jeremy Reed - guy's got wrists made out of steel.
Posted by cliss at 3/28/2006 11:41:00 AM

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