Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I hate to say I told you so ...

It took a long, long time, but it looks like Upton may finish ahead of Phillips. And Albert Pujols may torpedo a lot of owners dreams of a fantasy championship, after all (which I think the entire Fantasy Hurler staff predicted would happen).

I think it's going to take a few years for the magnitude of the Yankees' woeful season to set in. This is a franchise with a higher payroll than five or six teams put together. For them to not only not make the postseason, but to be this bad, is pretty shocking.

I mean, give any semi-competent fantasy owner a basically unlimited budget and he would have done a better job than the Yankee front office. Or, at the very least, would have known not to sign Carl Pavano.


Don Ford said...

Anyone want to comment on Johnny Cueto and Jeff Francis as streaming options for Friday?

Ben Lea, staff blogger said...

Y'know, Bill James essentially made a similar argument years ago. Understanding that there's a lot more to managing actual, living people than there is to managing their cardboard counterparts, he still suggested that general managers ought to require managerial prospects to play 1000 games of Strat-o-matic or APBA or pick your favorite table-top simulation game, just to demonstrate their understanding of basic managerial tactics. You play a few hundred Strat games, you start to see that batting a guy "with good bat control" but limited ability to actually get on base in the 2nd spot doesn't actually do you a load of good, or that having a non-pitcher bunting in the 3rd inning leads to a lot of losses.

Is it possible, then, that fantasy baseball is some bizarre "The Last Starfighter"* kind of training ground for potential GMs? Like, you win a big fantasy league a couple years in a row, and suddenly Robert Preston shows up and whisks you off to Rylos to defeat Zur and the Ko-dan armada?

What, like that wouldn't rock?

* -- Yes, I know. "Ender's Game" would have been a much more erudite reference for the librarian to use here. But c'mon: given the choice to rehash a great '80s movie... well, y'all know me well enough by now to know that I'm not going to pass that up.

Bob Taylor said...

No fair! Upton might only catch him because Phillips got hurt!