This is actually pretty funny and I'd thought I'd share it.
My friends in my league always play their stars no matter what they are doing at the time such as A-Rod and Abreu and stuff. I was getting so fed up with my team that I just started benching people that were pissing me off. Shawn Green and Mike Sweeney were playing like crap early on. I then offered them in a few trades and was extremely close to getting one done. It fell through at the last second. However, the next day Sweeney went 2 for 4 or something with a homerun and Green goes 4 for 4. The next day Sweeney hits another homerun. They started to turn it around.
A few days later I realized how badly Vernon Wells was killing me so I got fed up with him and benched him. He went 2 for 5 with a RBI double that night. The next day I play him he racks up a few hits and smacks a homer the next day.
Tejada had been killing me since the season started and I just didn't bench him because I had no viable backup. He came up 0 for 4 or something in a Sox game a few nights ago. While talking to one of my friends I distictly said "if this freakin guy doesn't get a hit he's on the bench." Next pitch...homerun over the Green Monster.
It seems like whoever I threaten to bench seems to wake up and turn it around. I call it the Steinbrenner Theory because we all know how impatient George gets when his stars are playing like crap. He'll deal for a new star immeadiately. Though I wouldn't do something ridiculous with one of my slumping stars, I do not hesitate to bench them and so far it's worked out for me big time. My friend is getting mad because he tried the same thing and Abreu still played like crap.
I am currently sending Brian Giles to the bench and am not going to insert him into my starting lineup until he does something that deserves it.