Playing Defense

Manny From Miami

THANK-YOU, DAN CLARK.

It has been driving me CRaZy the way everybody has been comparing the two, like they rly think Manny Machado & Bryce Harper are of the same caliber.

Manny is 100% going to bless whichever lucky team finally lands him. Harper is going to bring two hair dryers &, ok, probs some home runs.

Unrivaled defensive capabilities aside-

I’m also willing to bet that Manny hits MORE home runs AND hits for a better average …&, that at the end of the 2019 season, Manny from Miami will have an OPS above Bryce’s & a brighter future.

If Manny ends up with the Padres, it’s really what we all deserve.

I wouldn’t be mad at it. It would give me an excuse to plan a weekend trip to San Diego & finally check out Petco Park.

I think the Padres might surprise people this year & signing Manny would be a great way to start.

I also think of a sad, tan man from San Diego, who I met on a Grapeline Wine Tour in 2015. He was really bummed out about his son deciding to quit baseball. & the Padres.

Can you imagine a world where Manny Machado helps bring the Padres to their first World Series win? Wouldn’t you rather see that than see the Yankees or Red Sox or even the Astros win (again)? (Sad, tan man would.)

&

Isn’t imagining That World part of the BeAuTy of BaSeBAll

???

Even if it’s really, really, really unlikely-

You still gotta believe, right?

It builds character (& possibly five grand.) I also firmly believe that this is why there is such a lack of character in so many Yankees fans-

(I guess if Manny ends up with the Yankees, which I know he’d love, it’ll be what I really deserve. >_<)

But for now, I’m going to revel in one of my favorite Manny/Orioles memories…

*ThAt TiMe* Yordano Ventura (may he rest in peace) hit Machado with a fastball & Manny charged the mound & Adam Jones PAID HIS FINE.

SOMEBODY PLZ SIGN MANNY MACHADO & ADAM JONES ALREADY.

*~* I *politely* DGAF about Bryce Harper. *~*

That is all. 🙂
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All My Fantasies Are Baseball Fantasies

SPRING TRAINING GEAR IS HERE!!!

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…It’s like ‘back to school’ swag for people who are too old for Five Star binders, but refuse to grow up & I am here for it.

Just like in the old days, I want it all.

I know I could make all that^ an outfit… all it would take is a LBD, hoops, & black PF Flyers… (&, from now on, that’s the outfit I will be wearing in all my daydreams b/c, sadly, my budget can’t keep up with my cinematic Fantasies.)

Speaking of Fantasies-

My heart stopped when I saw Noah Syndergaard in this promo video.

Fact: He is a Golden God & the only famous person I can remember having had a sex dream about-

It happened shortly after I was traded him in Fantasy last year… & I vaguely remember the words ‘fastball down the middle‘ being used. I woke up giggling… & my husband, already knowing this was baseball-related, sighed & turned his back to me.

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Such is the life of the spouse of a Fantasy baseballer… & I feel for him, I really do, but-

NO WAY AM I GIVING UP FANTASY THIS YEAR, B/C I AM-

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Someone’s gotta tell Crabtree how lame ‘The Wave’ is & crush his hopes & dreams-

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& I am here for that too.

With Spring Training right around the corner, it is also almost time to resume our Silly Little Game.

Alas, without the Silver Lake ‘Staches, the only thing I’ve been managing is my brother-in-law’s love life… & I am ready to trade in studying selfies for studying players’ stats &, as Valerie Salembier, manager of Salembier’s Flambes, so aptly put it- ‘what they (have) in the back.

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Crabtree has ‘fessed up to already living the Fantasy podcast life. (He’s entertaining plans to build his team around Kershaw & delusions of grandeur.)

To which, I say-

Everyone has a strategy before 5+ shots of Crown.

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Draft Day, Easter 2016. …I went there.

Still-

It’s true that one can never be too prepared for Draft Day

But while some choose to dive in head first, I’ve always been a ❤ first kinda grl.

Baseball may be a notorious heart-breaker, but it’s all about courtship going into Spring Training.

1st- It teases you.

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Then- It presents you with shiny new swag.

Next- Pitchers & catchers report right around Valentine’s Day.

FINALLY- THE GAMES BEGIN

& you never know what might happen-

‘On March 13, 1954, Milwaukee Braves left fielder Bobby Thomson fractured his ankle while sliding into second base during a Spring Training game. The next day, (Hank) Aaron made his first Spring Training start for the Braves‘ major league team, playing in left field and hitting a home run.[11] This led Hank Aaron to a major league contract, signed on the final day of Spring Training…’

I’m not saying the O’s or the ‘Staches will be getting a Hank Aaron, but we do have Manny.

…I’m also really excited to get a 1st look @ Trey Mancini, Joey Rickard, & Hyun Soo Kim.

In my opinion, Kim is a sleeper going into 2017. He had a bad Spring Training last year & it took awhile for the O’s to really give him a chance, but when they did- he was great about capitalizing on opportunities to get on base. It was also his first year in the MLB, so I suspect he’ll get off to an easier start this year.

The O’s love the long ball, but I think guys like Kim (& Rickard) are going to be clutch when our sluggers are slumping…

Still- It’s ALL just Fantasy till the season officially starts.

❤ ❤ ❤

On Tenterhooks,

Your Grl On Base

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When Fantasy & Reality Collide…

Fantasy Vs. Reality?

Today, I choose Reality. The Reality is- it’s a beautiful Saturday morning & just last night, my husband & I had a fantastic date night… that ended with us naked …in bed …making fun of Leonardo DiCaprio.

Awesome Friday Night.

(The Reality is also that we were coming off of an emotional Thursday night, during which I must’ve lost half my body-weight in tears.

It was a classic little-thing-blowing-up-quickly scenario, like the walk that leads to a ‘four-homer, nine-run seventh.’)

So-

It was also a Recovery Friday Night & it started with a date…

When Reality sucks, I choose Fantasy… Baseball. My husband, accepting this, took me to a bar where the Dodgers game was on (I have BOTH Kershaw & Bumgarner in Fantasy) & got some whiskey & wings in me (& that is how you get me naked.)

What was awesome for me in Reality, was not awesome for me in Fantasy

I was expecting double-digit Ks (a category I was losing) from both starters… & that is not what I got.

There’s the rub, but that’s the game.

In the after-math, I’m left leading in Ks… but barely …& my opponent has Wainwright & Price starting today.

Who do I have starting today & tomorrow? NOBODY.

…& we’re tied, 5 -5…

So, with two days of games left, it’s time for some lady-balls-

Are there any SPs I can add that’ll be available & starting tomorrow? Yes.

Is one of them, the O’s very own, Mike Wright? Yes.

Was he sort of sh*tty his last time out? Yes.

Is the other Wright (Steven Wright) maybe a better option? Yes.

But-

Do I just have a feeling about this guy? Yes.

DID I JUST DROP STARLIN CASTRO & PICK UP MIKE WRIGHT FOR TOMORROW?!

YES.

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Why the hell not put my lady-balls to the wall & go with my heart? The O’s ARE WINNING!

(Let’s face it-

Any time the O’s are winning it’s a Fantasy turned Reality.)

So-

With Schoop, Trumbo, & Rickard all in for today,

if I go down this week- I go down the honorable way.

 I mean-

In Reality & Fantasy this week, I’ve made some mistakes-

Like shutting a door at the wrong time & benching SO MANY PLAYERS WHEN THEY’VE HOMERED (hilariously leaving me perpetually 1 HR behind my opponent.)

Still-

I’ve have had some high-highs…

Like trading-

Not just Salvador Pérez & Victor Martinez for Matt Wieters & Andrew Miller

But also-

Watching that crazy 7th inning when we got home from the bar last night for going to bed with my husband.

Best Trade Ever.

So now-

I pray

&

plug back in

(I set my lineup early this morning & have opted to write this post without checking the status of the games.)

Just in time for-

The O’s, getting back at it, in just a few short hours…

Once again-

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Cheers, your grl on base.

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GOD BLESS O’MERICA

Alright, so, Bleacher Report predicted last week that the Orioles are only going to win 75 games in 2016.

Harsh toke, dude.

Now, when it comes to baseball, I’m still learning as I go, but all I have to say about that is, no. Just. No.

75?! That’s only 2 more games than the 2015 Phillies won.

I don’t know how they came up with that number, but last year, PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm/ fancy sabermetric projection thingy) predicted just 72 wins for the Kansas City Royals. That’s 1 game less than the Phillies actually won in 2015.

So, screw stats. What about SPIRIT? What about SWAG? ‘Cause a swaggy 161 million dollars checked into spring training camp early (Crush-ed it.) Jonathan Schoop and J.J. Hardy also checked in early. I bet they think they’re going to win more than 75 games this season.

And, ladies, it’s been reported that pitcher Chris Tillman checked into spring training with a hot new bod. (Thank-you, Roch Kubatko, for reporting on what really matters.) The word ‘abs’ was mentioned. Abs = Swag.

Also- we have Buck Showalter, who is essentially a baseball Yoda (as opposed to Mike Matheny, manager of my secret-crush team, the Cardinals, who would be baseball Han Solo.) Buck’s not concerned that we didn’t make many moves during the off-season, saying,

‘…I really like the things we did bringing the people back who were already here. I think they were better than about anything we could have gotten out there from somebody else.’ Preach.

Still, starting pitching has been on everyone’s mind and the O’s have reportedly finally reached an agreement with Yovani Gallardo for a three-year, $35 million contract.

Will Gallardo be worth losing our first round draft pick? General consensus seems to be yes, we need to fill the hole left by Wei-Yen Chen (Can we just have a moment of silence for my Taiwanese homie, who finished last season with a career-best 3.34 ERA over 191 1/3 innings pitched?)

Now, what about Dexter Fowler…

I say, let’s just sign him already, wave good-bye to that second draft pick, and cross our fingers that these late signings will be as auspicious as the late signings of Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz in 2014.

Why don’t we end this with an up-beat stat from Buck himself- the O’s have won more regular-season games over the past four years than any other American League team. So there.

XO, your grl on base.

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