By Cal Meacham and Coach Ryan,
Last Tuesday we brought you our AL picks where we both agreed that the Tigers are the team to beat in the American League, but what of the dominant National League. Keep in mind the American League hasn’t won back to back World Series Championships since 2004 & 2005. As a matter of fact the NL has won 3 out of the last 4 World Series with the cream of the NL crop being the Cardinals who have have been to four Fall Classics since 2004, winning two.
By Coach Ryan and Cal Meacham,
With Major League Baseball’s Opening Day upon us it is time to dust off the old grey and Chief Wahoo ball caps and strap in for 162 games of baseball, baseball, baseball.
While some professional prognosticators would have you believe that they have a clairvoyance on par with Dr. Manhattan, others just cover themselves on both ends (here & here) so that they can say that they were right. We at FOH can tell you up front that we claim to be neither of those things. Instead we have derived a formula that involves equal parts baseball knowledge, love for our hometown teams and Yuengling.
The more Yuengling and craft beers we drink the more we like discussing our predictions and takes on everything you can find on our site. For Cal and myself, seldom do topics get us debating as much as baseball. We both are fans of the AL Central, and although we may root for different teams we still try to be somewhat realistic with expectations as we praise or critique players and teams around the league.
Today, we bring you our predictions for the AL Central along with the rest of the American League: Continue reading
Every year December comes around and I start getting that “need” to play Fantasy Baseball. Like an insatiable itch in the middle of my back I crave the daily drop/adds, roster shuffles and micro managing of my multiple fantasy baseball teams. Rationalizing a roster move because a player had one bad game only to have that player hit 2 home runs and drive in 7 while he sits on my bench. The end of March can’t come quickly enough and I usually turn to MLB The Show on my PS3 to build my own fantasy team during the offseason so that I can get my number crunching fix. But this year is going to be completely different because I have decided to walk away from my addiction………..Yes you read that right, I am not playing the game that I obsess over every day. But I have good reason to walk away now.
First and foremost, I feel that fantasy baseball has had the opposite effect that most would attribute to it, that is “It doesn’t actually make you follow the game any closer”. You would think that you have to be a hardcore baseball fan to play fantasy baseball but I feel like it has had the opposite effect on the way that I enjoy the game. Instead of sitting in front of the tv to watch Sunday night baseball, I have my computer up with my fantasy baseball team and MLB.tv up on one of the tabs and I frantically flip between games (or have it on the mosaic mode) watching every pitch/at bat of every player on my fantasy baseball team. I get upset when a player strikes out because in my fantasy baseball-drugged mind, all of my players should bat 1.000. On top of that, nothing is worse than when one of my pitchers is going up against one of my hitters, that is truly the end of the world. Weeks go by with this daily grind and what I find out is that I have absolutely no grasp of how “real teams” are doing in the standings, or that I don’t know half the players on my favorite team. Instead that information has been replaced with “my fantasy baseball teams” stats and standings. Can it be true that my fantasy baseball addiction has pulled me further away from my favorite sport?
The past 3 baseball seasons I have sought respite from my addiction by being a season ticket holder to Vanderbilt Baseball. It gave me time to go enjoy the game that I loved and enjoy it the way that I used to. I would go to the games and watch their away games online and actually cheer for a team not based on numbers or how they personally effected me. I would chew sunflower seeds and chat about the game with the other fans and was elated to be part of the whole experience. This recent reflection made me look at the past few seasons of attending Braves games and one common theme kept popping up: I spent so much time cheering for individuals regardless of team and little time cheering for the team I was there to see. What kind of monster have I become?
This brings me to the writing of this article. Within the last week I reached out to a friend of mine (and fellow fantasy baseball enthusiast) and asked him for some advice. It wasn’t until I started spelling out the reasons to him for my “being at odds with fantasy baseball” that I really realized that it had become a problem. I had let my addiction to the micro managing of people and numbers ruin my love of the game and I felt really empty inside because of it. His words to me were to take a year off and see how I feel. He was trimming back his addiction to just one uber-competitive league this year so he could go back to enjoying life outside of fantasy baseball. I have decided to take his advice in the hope that I can go back to enjoying the peanuts and crackerjacks and stop my separation from the favorite sport in my life.
Wish Me Luck!
These are the five most imperialistic, hated, dominating teams in all of the major sports which cause the average sports fan headaches and distress prompting us to question much larger topics like religion and death as a result of the horrible things we’ve seen.
We’ll begin in the most obvious place…
THE NEW YORK YANKEES (Inception until the end of time) Continue reading