Maybe we’ll miss out on Johan on Opening Day afterall. “Johan Santana met with GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel for 40 minutes this morning about the best way to handle his elbow tightness. The bottom line is that Santana is officially in limbo and his Opening Day start (April 6) could be in jeopardy as well.” [On the Mets beat]
So this afternooon is yet another fantasy baseball draft in a lifetime of fantasy baseball drafts. You know I remember my first one like it was yesterday. And like your first time in other activities your first fantasy baseball draft will always be special. There’s an innocence and a fascination about it.
I remember back in 1999 I finally got signed up for ESPN Fantasy Baseball. I actually got my mom to give me her credit card because back in those days it was $39.99 to play on ESPN. This was before the economy was shot and guys would actually pay that much money easily to play in ESPN’s league. First prize was a t-shirt, but I won the league in 2002 and never saw shit. I got randomly placed in some league full of a bunch of guys I didn’t know and I was absolutely thrilled. I was going to get to test my baseball knowledge against strangers dotting the globe. How cool of an idea I thought it was to get to be in a live draft with a bunch of guys. The draft was over my spring break, and since I didn’t go anywhere and didn’t make the varsity team in high school so that year I was at home.
It was the night of the NCAA Final Four, and the Ohio State Buckeyes were on against UConn and I got to take part in that first fantasy draft. It was a fascinating concept and I managed to snag two guys I was in love with back then; Manny Ramirez and Pedro Martinez. They went on to be two of the most dominant players in baseball that year. And in a draft where I watched the NCAA Final Four between picks and listened to a Boston CD I just got, I selected a team that would finish 3rd in my debut. I would only begin to play with friends in years to come, but it was still the neatest draft I ever had and because fantasy baseball was all new to me then it was some of the most fun I had doing it.
The word is that Manny Ramirez has turned down the Dodgers once again. People in Los Angeles are actually starting to side with Ramirez on this, painting the Dodgers to look like the bad guy due to the fact that it leaked the Dodgers were offering deferred money (2 years, $45 million) instead of the money straight up, which Ramirez reportedly would have accepted.
Wait a second people. You’re going to side with Manny on this? If you are, shame on you. During these tough economic times if Ramirez can really turn down that kind of money with all of the money he’s already got to go and play for a team that was a contender last season; then he’s a first class fuck-shot. It’s becoming rather clear that Ramirez doesn’t really even want to play baseball anymore. If he could make this much at any other craft he’d be doing it. It’s not about winning for him anymore, it’s not about fame, it isn’t even about him adding to his personal stats. It’s just about the money.
It’s easy to see that whoever winds up paying him the Manny Money he demands is gonna get a guy who shows up and decides to hit when he wants, not when your franchise needs it most.
So not to make too big of a deal out of this (we’re trying to be old pro’s) but today marks our second birthday here at Diamond Hoggers. It is definitely somewhat hard to believe that today it’s really been 2 years of fun here on the site. Time really flies and all that jazz, but at the same time it feels like its been longer in some ways. Yeah, so what to say from here; oh yes.
I’d like to thank every reader that ever came across the page and gave us their time and intellect to listen to us talk baseball. That’s what this site is all about, just shooting the breeze about baseball as if we were sitting on our front porch with you the reader. Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers, it does not go unappreciated at all.
Other then that we’d like to state that while eveything else in this world changes, we will never because we hate change. As long as we’re able to write about baseball and our fingers work; you’ll be getting this site updated. So here is to 10 more decades of Diamond Hoggers (or several).
MLB 2k9 hits stores this coming tuesday morning. To celebrate the release of the game we will have ’2k day’ here on the blog and we’ll take some screen shots and give some basic reviews about the game and such; as long as it doesn’t suck. In case you don’t like video games this is supposed to be the premiere game for XBOX 360 users, maybe because it’s the only game in town. We’ll throw in a hogleg and give it a whirl with time to kill before Opening Day a video game should hit the spot nicely.
Today’s video has little to do with baseball and a lot to do with gambling which is a distant cousin to the holy mother that is the sport of baseball. So what is worse? Liquidation of all your assets so you can go to a casino in Vegas and bet it all on RED; or betting your wife’s you know what?
We know this guy’s feeling but on a much smaller scale. We know how it is when you want RED to hit so bad on that little roulette wheel and that little white devil ball finds its way into BLACK; or more begrudgingly GREEN! House wins, fuckers!
Overall, the roulette wheel is the devil. It really is. It’s invented to exploit guys who have a gambling problem. And those guys always think its about BLACK or RED. It’s never about ODD or EVEN. That is no fun. And you always gotta bet on RED. It’s a great color. One time we were on a bad losing streak in Vegas. No matter how many top 10 hands we played in poker some donkey playing 3 6 off suit was there to crack our aces. We’d had enough. We took $100 out of the ATM emergency funds and threw it on RED. You wanna talk about a rush? Oh my God what a rush. It’s a rush because if you lose you’re going to start thinking suicide methods. When we threw that $100 dollar bill (and its been so long since we’ve seen a bill that big we forget which President is on one of those) and it hit RED; we had to then throw the $200 on BLACK. Why did we do that? Because it had came up RED 5 or 6 times in a row. Law of averages you know. Well that little ball landed in GREEN. House wins. Everyone at the table wants to go vomit while the little guy behind the table laughs.
You sneaky, sly, son of a bitch. “Alex Rodriguez closed a deal on Monday to rent a 2,300 square-foot pad at 15 Central Park West, a real estate insider tells The News. The Yankee slugger is said to be paying $30,000 a month for the two-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath apartment on the 35th floor of what’s been billed as New York’s hottest new condo building.” [NY Daily News]
First day of spring training baseball games. It was also over 50 degrees out today. Very refreshing. Spring will make everything better. Absolutely everything. Lets get crackin’ with the links.
-Boof Bonser’s season is over before it even begins. [Twins Insider]
-A little speculation about whether or not Joba Chamberlain will be starting the spring training home opener. [NY Times Bats Blog]
-A 48 year old batting practice pitcher got to hit in today’s exhibition for the Red Sox. [Extra Bases]
-Jim Bowden’s balls are in the blender. [Baseball Prospectus]
-PECOTA says the Chicago White Sox are destined to take a dive. [Can't Stop The Bleeding]
-Dennis Eckersly has inked a multi-year deal with TBS’ broadcast booth. [The Biz of Baseball]
-Did you wonder what they did with the monuments after moving to New Yankee Stadium? [NY Daily News]
Alright already. So Alex Rodriguez stepped up to the plate in today’s spring training opener and homered in the face of overwhelming negative crowd reaction. Kind of cool, but is it really that big of deal? If the guy is getting shit now, he’s most certainly going to be getting shit into April, June, and September. Let’s see how it all turns out. It’s a marathon folks.
This was today’s big story. You knew that had he not homered it was still the biggest story of the day: how would the crowds react to the fallen son of baseball?
And a little more wonder on the subject: why are fans so pissed at him? He sucks as a person. He’s been a scumbag for a while now, no? Why is it assumed now that crowds are going to hate him? I know a plethora of baseball fans that really don’t care either way. Stop following the rest of the crowd you field cows, you’re only booing when he steps up to the plate because the stranger next to you was doing it.
Move along, turn the page. The Alex Rodriguez garbage is putting me to sleep.
It’s finally time, the moment has arrived. Spring training games kick off within the hour. We’ll be following the action all day long and possibly reacting to it later should anything meaninful happen. [MLB.com]
This story struck as as a bit odd because we have had the same thoughts. Certainly, Jose Canseco has more skeletons in the closet then you and I, right? He’s probably got a few more enemies as well. Truth or lies, there is no denying that the former bash brother has burnt a lifetime of bridges the past few years. And we’ve often wondered if he himself fears for his safety. Ron Kittle does:
“My first thought was: ‘I wonder who’s going to be the first one to shoot him’. I still think somebody who might have had their life ruined might take vengeance on him. If I were [Canseco], I would think about that…That’s how I look at things. Maybe it’s the wrong way, but I think in [bad] economic times when kids are exposed to it and they get to the big leagues to make the money, they will do [steroids]. But it’s the wrong path. It’s a quick fix. ..There is a sign in just about every clubhouse: ‘What you see here, what you say here, let it stay here when you leave here.’”
In the same breath, guys like Canseco live to be 98 years old. Those you expect to slip first hang on forever. It’s the ironic card that life throws you, always. Look how long Billy the Kid lived–and those close to the situation had him dead for decades.