MrT wrote:Before fantasy baseball I would merely follow the Cubs (as a die hard fan) and the penant races. With Fan baseball I watch more games, read box scores, and watch highlights. I know the performance of nearly every worthwhioe player.
Having siad that sometimes I don,t even know who is in first place in real baseball. I now hope that the Cubs lose sometimes if it will aid my palyaers or team perfromance.
The better question is: whether fantasy baseball has ruined our appreciation and interest in the game of baseball.
I feel exactly the same way. After play fantasy baseball avidly for 7 years now, I've noticed that sometimes I lose touch with what's going on in real baseball. I forget about close pennant races and which team is doing what. Instead of looking at scores as a win or loss, I find myself just picking out the daily stats of players I own. The worst was during last September, when the Giants won a thrilling extra inning game against Duaner Sanchez of the Dodgers. I should've left that game feeling damn happy as a Giants fan but instead I kept thinking about how that loss by Sanchez was going to hurt one of my teams. This year I've forced myself to manage only 2 teams to see if less involvement with fantasy will help me regain my appreciation for whats real.
just as a side note - I have not watched more than 10 minutes of an NBA game this year - but I have a fantasy basketball team in a money league currently in second place. I couldn't even tell you who has winning records in the NBA, (I might could name 5 teams off the top of my head but thats the extent for sure)
However I feel like I've made the moves to put myself in a postition to win my league...(I have J oneal on the bench and a second place team - when he comes back from injury - look out)
AdvRider wrote:Fantasy doesn't come close to emulating the real thing. It doesn't take into account defense, for one. Nor does it fully reflect the influence that intangibles like player attitude, clubhouse personality, and lifestyle have on the fortunes of a real MLB team.
A Jeter fist pump is worth at least 2 wins.
5X5 roto comes fairly close. Last years irl playoff teams of 8, 6 would have made it using roto. Cleveland beat out Boston, and Philly beat out SD.
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Conversely - with football - I'm involved in the teams i love - and the fantasy football thing is just a secondary hobby.....
Fantasy football= injury roulette. It's still a blast but not nearly as engaging as fantasy baseball. I do the same thing w/ baseball, watch a lot early on until the cloud of doom hangs over Wrigley again then get interupted by vacations and stuff in August. I do like to play guitar and watch baseball games though and generally get my chops back in order quite a bit after opening day.
I would easily swap a fantasy win for a Cubs world series though...
mak1277 wrote:I play to win money from my friends and co-workers, end of story.
I love baseball for what it is, and frankly, sometimes fantasy bugs the crap out of me...for example, Reyes for the Mets. The guy is a freaking lousy baseball player, but he's a high fantasy pick. Stuff like that irritates me.
how much do you win? I've never played in a pool of larger than 50 bucks. If I spend an hour a day on fantasy baseball, thats over 180 hours spent for $50. You must play in leagues worth over $500 if you just play for money.
The smallest per team entry fee I pay is $50. First place in my leagues is usually $400-$800.