Odds and ends and an off day.
It’s been awhile since our last off day that didn’t require travel, or it seems that way. Going into it with a 5 game lead and having Papi walk us off last night was pretty damn cool.
The yanks are something like 40-19 since the break so I don’t expect anything less than a full out heavyweight brawl all the way to the end. They are clicking in every phase they need to, to win games, and we are playing well. This is the time of year when you laugh at the people that downplay April wins and overstate September ones. Without playing as well as we did early, and the Yanks struggling early, we don’t have anywhere near the cushion we are enjoying right now.
Lots of things going on right now. Yesterday the players got their opportunity to vote on the players choice awards and since there is no national security issues involved I thought I’d share my votes for anyone interested.
Player of the year- Alex Rodriguez. You can argue anyone you want to argue with but when you can throw out 52 homers and 140 rbi’s on September 13th on a team in legitimate playoff contention I think the case is pretty much made, and resolved right there.
Pitcher of the year-Josh Beckett. Having seen him up close the entire year I’d argue that he’s been the most consistent and most dominant winner in the game this year. I think you’d have hard time finding a hitter that would argue that as well. I am hoping the writers get this one right when the seasons over because from April to today I think he’s been the most consistent pitcher in the game. Pitching here, in this environment for this team and being pretty much the ace from day 1, and really never hitting any rough spots all year long is as big a reason as any as to why we are where we are.
Rookie of the year-Dustin Pedroia. There are some guys having very good seasons this year as rookies. Young for Tampa, Okajima and Daisuke, and a few others around the league but Dustin is having what may be one of the better rookie seasons for a 2B in a long long time. Once he snapped the early season funk he’s been an impact player on both sides of the line. It’s to the point now that I think his incredible offensive season is going to overshadow just how good he’s been defensively. From saving Clay’s no hitter to saving other games as well, he’s been a stud.
Comeback player of the year- Carlos Pena. One of the great things about this game is being able to watch great things happen to great people. Though he was not here that long last year Carlos Pena was one of the kindest and nicest teammates I’ve ever played with. A guy that I would think no one in the game wishes anything but the best of and to see him do what he’s done this year has been incredibly gratifying.
I commented in the last post about the lack of detail going into post game blogs and I guess the thing at this juncture is this. I am changing just about everything I do, mentally and physically, to prepare and perform. A lot of it is new to me and a lot of it is and will be things that I am not comfortable putting out there. If I can figure out a way to make that happen then I will definitely do them again, as I have my post game stuff I keep still with me.
Football season has started and my Steelers started it off with a resounding thumping last week. Big Ben looked good and the D not only looked great but helped carry me to a fantasy win over Brad Mills’ team in week one of the Sox FF league. I am trying to make sure the loss doesn’t get Millsy too down, giving him daily pep talks hasn’t helped yet, but not sure what else I can do. With a backfield anchored by Frank Gore, Adrian Peterson and the Edge, I am feeling good about the squad. Deep bench and a young Jay Cutler QB’ing the team too.
In other leagues, or should I say other matchups really, I challenged Meter to a season long head to head matchup since he’s supposedly the resident ‘expert’ at EEI. Not sure what it takes to be labled an expert in that crowd but it is what it is. Unfortunately a last minute flop on my part, swapping out Minnesota and going with Oakland’s D, on a stupid STUPID whim, cost me. Meter beat me in week one, which I am publicly admitting here…..
We are using the Sporting News salary cap FF leagues scoring system and here was our week one lineups. BTW we decided on thisThursday or Friday so the Colts and Saints players were not available week 1.
We use 2 QBs, any combo of 4 WR/RB with at least one of each, 1 TE, 1K, 1 D/ST.
Bulger/Romo 910 pts
Tomlinson/S Jackson/Coles/C Johnson 815pts
Tomlinson/Jackson/Gore/S Smith 827pts
We both took
And finally Meter killed me by taking
and I, in what might be the worst FF pick ever, tried to be the ‘smart’ guy by going with a sleeper, even though they played asleep….
and took Oakland for -30 pts
Final score week 1
Meter 1-0 2362 pts
Me 0-1 2079 pts
Next week the tide turns…..And hopefully we run onto some field somewhere and celebrate a post season berth…