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dmendro wrote:Awesome! I love to hear stuff like this. In fact I think I'm going to dedicate my podcast this week to that subject!!
Learning about baseball in the year 2010.
Let me ask you one question, are you a video gamer? If yes, pick up a copy of one of the later video games for baseball. I'd recommend MLB 2K9 for the XBOX 360 because you can get it for like $10 used. It's the fastest way to learn. You get a first person seat at each game and get to see how each pitch works, the dynamics of different situations, and they have trianing videos!!!
Next. If you have cable or satelite TV, watch the MLB Network. They have awesome spring training videos when sprint training starts, where they cover all the team in one month. They also have a better nightly show on baseball than Baseball Tonight IMO. Second, go to a game, get a hotdog and enjoy a day in the sun. Nothing is more fun that a baseball game in person. 9 inning of baseball can be kind of boring for someone who isn't a true fan yet. Being at the game gets you into the atmosphere and allows you to soak in the experience. Grab a pencil and a scorecard and try and keep up with the game pitch by pitch. Order peanuts from the vendor across the isle (he'll pitch the peanuts to you usually). Do the wave, get yer best "Hey Batter Batter, saaawing batter!" going.
As to how to win at Fantasy Baseball, for a non-baseball geek, I'd recommend two books. The first is moneyball. This is how to win baseball for geeks. Getting in the mind set of being a GM rather than a coach or a player is important because Fantasy Baseball is about being impartial, and finding a winning formula rather than finding your favorite player or team. the second book is Fantasy Land by Sam Walker. This is the book for sports fans who have never played Fantasy Baseball. It's entertaining and a good read to see what you can expect.
Next, go to yahoo.com's fantasy baseball page and sign up for their new mock drafts. Do as many as you can. You will see what other people are thinking about when they are picking. Ask questions!
Finally have fun. Don't expect to win in your first year. When in doubt keep it simple. Don't go for any complex strategies the first year. Just enjoy yourself.
Use the forums here when you have questions here about who you should draft, what trades you should make. It' sa great resource.
JSK100 wrote:Thanks a lot! I'm actually purchasing MLB 2k10 march 2nd, so I'm pretty psyched for that. I've been to baseball games a lot, but always been relatively bored at them. I'll look into those books!
SlightlyStoopid wrote:JSK100 wrote:Thanks a lot! I'm actually purchasing MLB 2k10 march 2nd, so I'm pretty psyched for that. I've been to baseball games a lot, but always been relatively bored at them. I'll look into those books!
Oh nooooes!! If by chance you have a PS3 then buy MLB: The Show 2010. It is far superior then the 2k series. Alas, if all you have is an XBox then you're stuck with 2k.
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