Startin' early with this. Probably won't matter much for me, but still...
Last year, RIV's team was awesome, and he took home the RCL trophy. I sure wish I could say I've reached enlightened status and revel in the river of life and treasure the experience of having the highest raw score in 2011 (118), but coming in second anyway, and blah, blah, blah...
But you know what? I'm a craven, bitter old man that just can't get over it. The one time in my life I get lucky in the draft, mostly avoid consequential injuries and over-achieve to the extent that fucking Rudy (from Notre Dame, not RazzBall) inquired about the exact nature of my PED cocktail...
And all I get is second-fucking-place?? Because 3 or 4 of my league-mates (very, very loose use of the term... even more-so than usual) tapped out sometime before Memorial Day?
So... I really want to avoid the same fate in 2012. (After all, 2012 will be the last year of baseball, and everything else... I guess we should thank God that, according to the Mayan calendar anyway, he's not ending the world until December (poor NFL fans!))
So yeah... Can I get some "Hell yeah's" from team owners that can prove they actively managed their teams all the way through October in 2011 and would like to be in a truly competitive league in 2012? Can those same folks gimme another "Hell yeah!" when I ask Grey and Rudy to find a way to allow us to form our own league? Can I get one last "Hell yeah!" from a few folks willing to join the league I'm gonna volunteer to manage?
ESPN 12 team, All MLB Auction $260 budget
C: Brian McCann (kept 1 yr @ $5)
IB: Eric Hosmer (through 2016, $17)
2B: Anthony Rendon ($5)
3B: Manny Machado (through 2016, $14)
SS: Ian Desmond (kept 1 yr @ $8)
MI: Jean Segura (through 2017, $10)
CI: Edwin Encarcion (kept 1 yr @ $27)
OF: Bryce Harper (through 2015, $14)
OF: Nick Castellanos ($7)
OF: Ben Revere ($5)
OF: Curtis Granderson, ($8)
OF: Brett Gardner ($4)
Util: Billy Butler ($13)
P: Stephen Strasburg (kept 1 yr @ $14)
P: Michael Pineda ($4)
P: Danny Salazar (through 2017, $14)
P: Aroldis Chapman (kept 1 yr @ $21)
P: Zack Wheeler (through 2017, $14)
P: Grant Balfour ($13)
P: Nate Jones ($10)
P: Yordono Ventura ($8)
P: Sonny Gray ($14)
B: Miguel Montero ($4)
B: Gregory Polanco ($3)
B: Denard Span ($1)