Fantasy Draft Day Is Like Christmas Morning

2005coverfullThat’s the way I’ve had it described to me before, and I wholeheartedly agree.  There’s an anticipation that builds for weeks, even months before, there’s all of the preparation that one puts in for the big day ahead, and there’s that anxious feeling that’s in the pit of your stomach the night before that makes it hard to even get to sleep.

And then once the day has actually arrived, there’s a whole myriad of other emotions to go through as well:  excitement as the day unfolds, giddyness over all of the new toys — or in this case, new players — you manage to get, and a disappointment at the close of the day’s events that it’s all over, and there’s going to be another long year before you get to do it again.

2009 marks the 17th time I’ve gotten together with a group of my friends to draft for the Harry Caray’s Bleacher Bumz Fantasy Baseball League (or the HCBB for short), and the experience never gets old.  I never would have imagined when I started the league from scratch all those years ago that it would get to be as big (16 teams with 20 owners this year) or as complex (the league is both extremely hard and comeptitive, and there’s enough bells and whistles that have been added in over the years to give all of the owners the feeling that they’re actually competiting in one of the  major fantasy leagues in the country).

Thankfully, the guys I do this with are a great bunch.  I have a number of long-time friends in the league — in fact, they’re the people I’ve known the longest, some of them even longer than I’ve known my wife!   What’s made this league the best is that the people involved truly understand what the league is supposed to be all about, and why we’re doing it — and that’s to build relationships with people by enjoying a common activity together that we all love.  While we’ve had a handful of people over the years who didn’t get that message — they’ve all thankfully left the league to those of us who do.  I met several new guys this year who I’m glad are in this with us, and I look forward to the future and all of the great memories that are yet to come in the HCBB.

2009coverfullSo I’m sure you’re asking — how did I do?  Well, I pretty much got my targets on offense at the draft, adding Joey Votto (who I raved about on this site two days ago) and the dangerous duo of Jimmy Rollins and Ian Kinsler in my middle infield.  My offense should be solid, but my pitching staff will be a work in progress, as I ran out of money late and couldn’t do much more than prospect at the end of the day for the best, cheap options I could find.  I’m not a favorite, but I should be a contender to finish in the money (hopefully) — which is always my goal at the start of any given season.

My roster and a complete breakdown of how my draft unfolded can be found here, if anyone’s interested.  In the meantime, here’s some other pictures from Draft Day 2009 — including me wearing a clown suit for the entire draft!  I was stuck in the suit due to losing a side bet to another owner last season, so this year I did my best impression of Bozo the Clown — with face paint, crazy hair, and even over-sized clown shoes on my feet!  Again, it was all in good fun, so I didn’t mind (I actually will admit to having looked forward to it and the reactions I’d get, particularly when I wore the costume to breakfast before the draft that morning).

So without further ado, here’s the highlights of this year’s draft.  I plan to keep updating the world on my team’s progress throughout the year, and I’ll be giving some fantasy thoughts as well.(so long as they don’t hurt my chances in my own leagues).  Bring on Opening Day!

At breakfast before the draft

At breakfast before the draft

Trying to figure out what to do next

Trying to figure out what to do next

Getting the trophy for winning in 2008

Getting the trophy for winning in 2008

Eating lunch, catered by Corkys BBQ.  Note the deterioration of my clown makeup as the day wore on.  Im just like the Joker in the Dark Knight, sans the insanity!  Or, maybe not ...

Eating lunch, catered by Corky's BBQ. Note the deterioration of my clown makeup as the day wore on. I'm just like the Joker in the Dark Knight, sans the insanity! Or, maybe not ...

Le Boo!

Le Boo!

Near the end of the draft.  I was running on empty by now.

Near the end of the draft. I was running on empty by now.

Every kid loves a clown!

Every kid loves a clown!

Whats the draft without some beer and peanuts?

What's the draft without some beer and peanuts?

Babys First Plunger!

Baby's First Plunger!

Finishing last in ANY of our leagues is never a good idea around people like us

Finishing last in ANY of our leagues is never a good idea around people like us

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