Thursday, March 13, 2008

I Heart Fantasy Baseball

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You know, I can’t help it - but I have a confession to make. I am addicted to Fantasy Baseball.

There’s something about pretending to be a General Manager that makes the whole thing seem special. It’s your opportunity to assemble your baseball dream team - and most of the time, it’s merely for bragging rights (occasionally it’s for a small amount of money).

Whoever’s idea it was to come up with Fantasy Baseball (and Fantasy Sports in general) is a genius. After digging a little further, it looks like we have Harvard University sociologist William Gamson and Magazine writer/editor Daniel Okrent to thank.

There are many reasons why I love Fantasy Baseball, but maybe one of the most important is that it helps me apprectiate teams and players I would otherwise not follow. Ordinarily I would only care how players on the Blue Jays perform; but if I drafted only Jays, my team would probably be a sitting duck. But by drafting different players from different teams, it gives me a new appreciation for these players. It makes me feel as though they are “mine”, and that’s why I follow them so closely.

Fantasy baseball is also a great way to keep on top of the latest player statistics. Avid players are always aware of which players are leading which categories. Fantasy players also have the latest injury updates on players. I usually drop players quicker than Britney Spears’ baby if I find out they are on the DL.

Although in retrospect, some might see Fantasy Baseball as a waste of time, I see it as a labour of love. Since I will never play on a Major Leauge Baseball team, or ever own one, Fantasy Baseball is the next best thing.

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