I have a few bad habits. In casual conversation, I may curse a bit too much. I’m definitely too sarcastic at times. Physically, I twirl pens constantly which can be a bit distracting or annoying for people watching or listening to me. When I was a kid, I used to count my steps all the time and ALWAYS needed to step with my right foot first. I also have a terrible habit of picking at my fingers, making them raw and overly sensitive. For whatever reason, I just can’t stop scratching that stupid itch. And here’s where we bring it back to baseball. There are things that get my goat that I just can’t help but argue with.
One of the things highest up on this list is the “plays the game the right way” meme that we hear people taut all the time. We know this is something horribly subjective and is usually applied to players who play the game a way very differently from how I think the right way to play the game is. You all know (or should know) by now how I think offense and pitching should go so I won’t bore you with the details.
In a similar vein is the “he’s just a good fantasy player but that’s it.” That’s something else I absolutely cannot stand. Doesn’t it follow that if a guy is a good fantasy player that he adds real value to his team? I mean, if a guy is getting a lot of homers, hitting for a high average, knocking in a lot of runs, or stealing a lot of bases, chances are that he’s a player worth a good amount to his team. Baseball pundits will say that he fills stat columns and all that good stuff, but he’s not a winning player. Please. If guy’s doing all of those things, if a guy’s filling columns, he’s a winning player. All of those things count towards winning. This may seem out of no where, but I bring it up because fantasy baseball season is starting in the next week or two. I have a feeling we may hear a lot of this talk as fantasy drafts roll on and the regular season starts. I hope that people will soon realize that when a guy is a good fantasy player, it means he’s a winning player.
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