OpinionApril 24, 2008

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Cleat Marks #6

By Madison Jones

I hope your fantasy teams are being good to you, mine are downright annoying. I can’t seem to score runs or steal bases in one of them (thank you Jimmy Rollins and Kelly Johnson!), and my other team seems to be full of chokers this year that can’t put the ball out of the park or drive anyone in. Grumble, grumble. It’s still very early and the ships will be corrected, but I’m sure I’m not the only one annoyed with their teams at the moment.

To dig or not to dig is the question my dear.

I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed, but I’ve yet to see this pointed out anywhere. Probably just a coincidence, but for those who truly believe in jinxes and/or reverse-jinxes, how about this? Prior to the Yankees busting the concrete of their new stadium to remove a David Ortiz jersey that had been buried there with the intent of jinxing the Yankees, Ortiz hit just .070 (3-for-43), with one home run, and three runs driven in during the first twelve games of the season. Since April 13th, the day the jersey was dug up, Ortiz has responded by hitting .310 (13-for-42), with two home runs, and fifteen runs driven in during those ten games. Coincidence? Maybe, but for those who believe in jinxes, you may wish to either thank Hank Steinbrenner, or cuss him for this one.

Hurtin’ Time!

So how long until Frank Thomas signs a new contract, and where will it be? Rumors have the Texas Rangers talking to him already, but the last thing they need is another bat. Then again, Tom Hicks doesn’t seem to understand that some SOLID PITCHING WOULD BE A NICE CHANGE! Sorry, as a Ranger fan, I had to vent a bit. Back to the point, rumors suggest Oakland almost signed him on Wednesday, but another team made a move right before the deal got closed. Who was it? Rumors are out there that it could be Seattle (or the previously mentioned Rangers) that made the last minute offer. There are plenty of teams that could use Thomas in their lineup. Keep an eye on that situation, as Thomas is in the declining stage of his career, but he did hit .277, with 26 home runs, and 95 runs driven in last season. If he lands somewhere favorable to hitters (like Rangers Ballpark in Arlington), he very well could put up a line worth a spot in your lineup.

You’re stupid! Nuh-uh, you’re the stupid one!

Every season a few common debates are revisited. Reading some of the points can be enlightening, some can be funny, and others can be just plain silly. I read a thread recently that debated daily lineups versus weekly lineups and it got me laughing quite a bit. In a nutshell, this is how some of the discussion came across: “Your league settings are stupid and if you don’t like the league settings I like, then you’re stupid too!” Now It’s almost as silly as someone having a favorite color of blue, and then saying anyone who likes green is dumb. I remember that happening once or twice when I was younger, but then I moved up to third grade. A darn shame everyone can’t just let others enjoy their favorite league settings without feeling the need to try to make themselves feel better about themselves by insulting or trying to put down others. We’re all part of the fantasy baseball family, so let’s discuss the merits of the differences in league choices like friendly folks do.

Until next time, may your players be productive and healthy!

Madison Jones is always lurking in the shadows of the Cafe. When he does venture into the forums, you can find him posting as Madison.
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