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Baseball Wrap-Up

Unless you live in, well, any other country other than the US or Japan and maybe Taiwan, you know that the Phillies won the World Series last night. I was personally hoping for a Rays comeback, but am also happy that former Mariner Jamie Moyer picked up a ring at age 46. Jamie is one of those great stories of never give up. He was drafted in 1984 but has been up and and down the system and contemplated leaving baseball several years ago when it seemed he really couldn’t cut it as a major league player. Amazingly, Jamie persisted long enough (24 years!) to throw a great game during the World Series including this spectacular dive by the old man that beat the runner to the base…

Jamie Dives

Jamie Dives

So about the Seattle Mariners…yea, they sucked. I mean they were really, really bad. Unfortunately, Seattle had a better year than they really should have the year before and that caused the management to make some truly bad decisions (like trade 5 players for Erik Bedard) that have come back to haunt the team. That, combined with the previous years of bad decisions (like spending a ton of money on Richie Sexson, Carlos Silva, Jarod Washburn and Miquel Batista) and bad luck in injuries and you end up with a team that spent $100 million in payroll and still lost 100+ games. ugh. It is hard to be a Mariner fan during these times, but we still have the undervalued Ichiro, Felix Hernandez and uhm, some others. Oh, and we have a new GM this year so maybe they’ll turn it around next year.

Highlight of the year? I got to watch Felix Hernandez hit a grand slam at Shea Stadium against the Mets. Awesome!

Suckiness of the year? Felix getting injured in that same game and listening to those same Mets fans cheer about it. Ugh.

If you didn’t know, I pay a lot of attention to baseball these days. Had you told me I would be this interested in baseball 7 years ago, I would’ve laughed. Before moving to Seattle I thought baseball was the most boring sport ever created. Slowly, after learning a bit about the team and then after paying lots of attention to USS Mariner, I’ve learned that baseball, more than any other sport, is a numbers game.

I like numbers.

This year I signed up for a couple Fantasy Baseball teams on Yahoo and did pretty well. In my season long team, I came in 2nd place (out of 12 teams) and in my half-season team, I came in third (out of nine). The whole objective of the Fantasy League was to learn more about the players I didn’t know about at the time. Before, I only knew about the Mariners.

Now I feel like I have a good understanding of many players in the league. Which veterans are really super stars and not just paid like they are. Which stats on SportsCenter are almost totally useless (hint – pretty much all of them). It was fun and I’m glad I did it, even if my wife called me a dork numerous times throughout the season as I searched online for good pickups when my players were faltering. But seriously, what was my other option? Watching Grey’s Anatomy?

Nah.

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