Without jinxing us, I just want to say, 13-6. ?Nuff said.
Many of your comments have asked my feelings on Fantasy Baseball. I have thought about giving it a try for some time but have been hesitant. My hesitation comes from a fear that if I draft my own team, my purist love for the game and my team will take on different motivation.
I?m not particularly concerned with baseball?s game of numbers. I only check the box score if I couldn?t watch the game (which means rarely). In my experience, the dance of baseball is much more compelling. So to begin a fantasy baseball obsession (let?s face it, I?m a passionate girl and would most likely become obsessed) and care more about a player?s individual numbers than a night at the yard or watching a game merely for the love of the game is something that scares me a little bit.
That?s not to say I haven?t imagined my dream team in my head. I?m only saying that I?m not so interested in altering my perspective of the game?s simple beauty. Baseball is enough for me. I guess I am a traditionalist.
There was an interesting lawsuit about a year ago between a small St. Louis company that operates fantasy sports leagues and MLB. MLB made the case that this company should not be permitted to use a player’s name, likeness and stats for their own profit without a license. The St. Louis company countered with the notion that players are public figures, and therefore their stats are public domain.
Even though the court ruled in favor of the fantasy league company, I find this to be an interesting debate. On the one hand, an athlete is indeed a public figure, a celebrity; hence their stats can be used for anything right? After all, are these fantasy sports companies doing anything different than what the tabloids do with celebrities in their magazines? The tabloids sell to advertisers and consumers by using photos and running stories without consent, and make millions of dollars a year off celebrities’ public images. The celebrities are not compensated for this. It just comes with the territory and we accept it as a part of show business. Isn?t it virtually the same concept? On the other hand, athletes are paid for use of their likeness and name for commercial endorsements. If these fantasy sports companies are making millions (needless to say, it?s a billion-dollar industry) off of athletes’ names and stats, shouldn?t they have to monetarily compensate the athletes and be forced to get the license MLB is seeking?
I don?t have the answer. I think we are in an interesting time due to the modern world and the Internet.
I also think there may be a bigger social issue at hand with fantasy sports that may reflect the current trend in a consumer demand for bigger, better and interactive.
Baseball, to me, is about family. Baseball, to me, is about the community. It?s an escape. It?s about a hot summer day and an afternoon game. It?s about listening to the pregame report because you can?t wait for the game to begin. It?s about listening to the postgame report because you don?t want the game to be over. It?s about knowing how your home field grass is cut. It?s about Valdez stealing home to tie up the game in the bottom of the ninth. It?s about feeling like you’re part of the celebration after Russell Martin?s walk-off grand slam. Baseball is already a flight of the imagination. To me, the baseball experience couldn?t be bigger or better and Saturday?s win proved that. It?s perfect . . . just the way it is.
P.S. Maybe Tracy should have positioned Bay in the bullpen Saturday instead of stacking the infield.