That is what I asked myself during my fantasy baseball league draft day.
What would Brian Sabean do?
I removed my creative hat and stepped into some new shoes and a fitted baseball cap. And asked myself that exact question. You see, it is my dream to work in baseball…writing…designing or even ironing jerseys. I don’t really care so long as it is for an MLB team. SF Giants, preferred. So, I got to live out my fantasy…even if it is just for one day! Why not play the role of GM and give it my all and base my selections on the outstanding job Brian Sabean has done and will continue to do…insert haters here but let me remind you…two World Series Championships in 3 years! That’s right. Two!
So what is key? Pitching.
Yup, pitching. I generated documents listing all positions and filled in names tied to each position. Some were just 5 players deep and others had 30 names. Shortstop, second base and third were mighty slim pickins’. I had to generate a plan. What was priority in my 9th and 11th pick? I wouldn’t see draft choices for a bit of time after that. Strategy had to be in place.
Now, keep in mind…this was my first fantasy draft. I popped my fantasy baseball cherry. Yup. I stepped into territory that was unknown for this girly girl.
Living in a fantasy world.
Yet, I know my players. I know players outside of the SF Giants. I can chat about baseball for hours.
I can redesign uniforms every time I see them in my head. I am addicted to baseball. But it is more than a fantasy. Baseball has become my family. Read my first post that I ever wrote here. The article is titled, Embracing My Inner Annie, and not for the aspects of being a cleat chaser…thank you very much!
So, I was thrilled for the opportunity to draft, stomach in knots, sweaty palms, lists spread on the table, and all while I watched my list of names get checked off and limit my options.
It was amazing. One of the most fun-filled baseball moments that I’ve had…and I have had many!
I was playing a business position for an MLB team, well, at least in my own private fantasy world. But I wanted to do my world proud.
So, pick number 9…top pick still on board? Joey Votto, check. Mine. Pick number 11? Strategy came into play…take the best pitcher at that moment, right? Right. Verlander, check. When my time came around again, Harper was still available. Harper, check. Now I had to be even more strategic. My outfielder list was long, my SS, second baseman and third baseman list was getting short. Phillips, check. Rollins, check. And on and on again I went. Pitchers. Lincecum, check. Rodney, check. Kimbrel, check. Pitching and pitching and pitching.
Shit. I need a third baseman. Only one left on my list. Dammit. Catcher needed and a good one, Mauer, check.
Outfield, eep. List options narrowing.
Stomach turning. Did I fail in my Sabean tactics? Did I fail in my temporary GM role? I dunno.
Herein lies my list. You can judge, I don’t mind:
C – Joe Mauer
1B – Joey Votto
2B – Brandon Phillips
SS – Jimmy Rollins
3B – Mike Moustakas
OF – Bryce Harper
OF – Josh Willingham
OF – Josh Reddick
OF – Ryan Ludwick
Util – Marco Scutaro
Util – Todd Frazier
BN – Justin Morneau
BN – Michael Cuddyer
BN – Jeff Keppinger
BN – David Murphy
BN – Norichika Aoki
P – Justin Verlander
P – Craig Kimbrel
P – Tim Lincecum
P – Fernando Rodney
P – Homer Bailey
P – Rafael Soriano
P – Barry Zito
P – mark Buehrle
And that is my team. I dropped some guys. And I picked up some waivers. I am digging my team so far.
We are doing the standard 5×5 for pitching and hitting.
Now, I may not have big bats but I have a few. And I’ve got saves nailed. And a few quality starts. Maybe some steals. But, I hope that this is a team that maybe Sabean would do…I hope that he would be proud. Go ahead…give your trash talk now. I don’t mind. I like my guys. I like my team.
The season ain’t over until it is over. We’ll see how my team is standing then. I’ve got some bench guys to pull in when needed.
I’ve got a little pitching.
And so you know, this is my fantasy. And I can direct it and write it how I want.
All I know, is that I love a man in a uniform and these dudes all fit my fantasy bill.