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Rooting in Fantasy Baseball Gets Weird.

Postby TomBrooklyn » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:33 am

Rooting in Fantasy gets weird, because sometimes you own the pitcher and the batter, and a host of other scenarios.

For instance, I find myself rooting for such things as I hope a player reaches, but on an era so my pitcher is not charged, and then I'd rather he doesn't score right away--I'd like him to steal a base first--then score.

Or, I want someone to hit a home run, but I want them to take my pitcher out first.

Or, I want some team to score--but not enough to take a lead--just enough for my reliever to have a save opportunity.

It gets pretty convoluted, eh?
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Re: Rooting in Fantasy Baseball Gets Weird.

Postby kab21 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:49 am

Or one of your fantasy players is playing against your favorite team. You hope that he will do alright, but not do enough to beat your team.

Or you own a player in one league, but in another H2H league your opponent owns that player. This happened with Buchholz tonight for me.

Or you secretly hope that anyone you have traded underperforms so you can justify your trade.
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Re: Rooting in Fantasy Baseball Gets Weird.

Postby King Tim » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:06 pm

Not really rooting but....

I owned Torii Hunter a few years during his prime. I loved it when he would rob one of my other players of a HR or extra base hit.

How about rooting for a starting pitcher and watching him get bombed, but then owning the closer on the other team and hoping for no more than a 3 run lead heading into the 9th.
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Re: Rooting in Fantasy Baseball Gets Weird.

Postby neoforce » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:33 pm

kab21 wrote:Or one of your fantasy players is playing against your favorite team. You hope that he will do alright, but not do enough to beat your team.


That kept me out of fantasy baseball for years. I could not root against my Yankees. Then someone explained NL only leagues. Now I only have that problem occasionally during interleague play.

I know hardcare fantasy players don't have this issue. But for me it was a show stopper.
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Re: Rooting in Fantasy Baseball Gets Weird.

Postby Neato Torpedo » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:55 pm

When my pitcher pitches against the Tigers or the Rays (of which I have 2 hitters each) I hope the defense makes an error to start the inning then the offense goes to town. }:-)
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Re: Rooting in Fantasy Baseball Gets Weird.

Postby raiders_umpire » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:57 pm

My fandom for the Tampa Bay Rays and my hatred for the Yanks, Mets, and Sox does not get in the way of fantasy baseball. I will still root against the Yanks, Mets, and Sox players even if they are on my fantasy team, just like I still root for the Rays even if my fantasy pitcher is pitching against them that night.
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Re: Rooting in Fantasy Baseball Gets Weird.

Postby Neato Torpedo » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:59 pm

When a pitcher is pitching against my Cubs, I hope he loses 1-0. B-) A scoreless 7 and a late inning comeback by the Cubs is even better.
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Re: Rooting in Fantasy Baseball Gets Weird.

Postby StlSluggers » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:20 pm

raiders_umpire wrote:My fandom for the Tampa Bay Rays and my hatred for the Yanks, Mets, and Sox does not get in the way of fantasy baseball. I will still root against the Yanks, Mets, and Sox players even if they are on my fantasy team, just like I still root for the Rays even if my fantasy pitcher is pitching against them that night.

Opposite for me. I went gaga over Utley's HR against the Cards on Sunday, because that HR - for the time being - put me up in my weekly league. Of course, Lidge was also playing for my opp, so I ended up rooting for him to blow it for both the obvious reason (Cards win) and the personal reason (FBB win). However, it turned out that the Utley HR was all the diff in the 5-4 game.

How do I feel now? I'm still only mad that Stavinoha had such a terrible AB. Otherwise, I could have eaten my cake and still have had it. My wife says I'm a bad Cardinals fan, but dang it all... I don't play for them. I have no say on that outcome.

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Re: Rooting in Fantasy Baseball Gets Weird.

Postby Old_Style » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:55 pm

raiders_umpire wrote:My fandom for the Tampa Bay Rays and my hatred for the Yanks, Mets, and Sox does not get in the way of fantasy baseball. I will still root against the Yanks, Mets, and Sox players even if they are on my fantasy team, just like I still root for the Rays even if my fantasy pitcher is pitching against them that night.


That's how I look at it too.
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Re: Rooting in Fantasy Baseball Gets Weird.

Postby dclark0699 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:58 pm

How about when the bases are loaded for your hitter - but your opponent's hitter is on first...

Naturally in this situation I want my hitter to hit a grandslam and have the runner on first to be called out for passing the runner on second.

I don't think that's weird.
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