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This past weekend, I traveled to Arkansas for a
wedding. It was a great one. You know how you go to a ballgame or stay out
too late one night and when you wake up the next day you’ve lost your
voice? It almost always means you had a
good time the day before. Well I took
that to the next level. When I woke up on
Monday, I had lost my hearing. Couldn’t
hear out of my left ear. Spent most of
the recap lunch staring at my plate wishing the food would disappear without me
actually having to eat it and pretending to follow the conversation around
me. Guess that means I had an awesome
time on Sunday.
Because of the weekend events, I didn’t follow my expert
league match-up at all. Even forgot to
set my lineup for the weekend before I left on Friday. You know what? Didn’t matter. The results didn’t change a bit. I won 5-4-1, the exact same result that would
have occurred had I scoured the wire for last second free agent fill-ins and stared at
the scoreboard all weekend.
Like many fantasy players, I can get caught up in the
obsession and pay too much attention to every at-bat, pitch, and play. It’s too bad “time spent hoping” isn’t a
fantasy category, as I would clean up.
While I usually enjoy following my players extremely closely, it’s still
nice to see that you can step away for a few days without consequence. Fantasy baseball isn’t like the Hatch in “Lost.” You don’t have to push the button every 108
minutes to prevent the end of the world, even though it often feels that way.
Someday I might forget to put a pitcher in and it will cost
me a few categories. But today I take
comfort in knowing that even in an intense expert league, it’s possible to step
back for a few days without changing a thing.
Gives me time to focus on other matters.
Like getting my hearing back.
I’ll be back tomorrow with an interview featuring Mock Draft
Central’s Geoff Stein. Until then.