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The gang got back together for one last podcast of the year (though we might do one in December when players start getting traded and whatnot), and it was a blast (was not a blast)!  First, Rudy said this and then I said that and Nick said actually.  To think, before Thomas Einstein there was no such thing as podcasts.  Or was it Albert Graham Bell?  Any the hoo!  On today’s podcast, we talked about the best and worst that 2013 had to offer.  I mentioned Paul Goldschmidt only a few bazillion times and that wasn’t even half as many times that I mentioned how I beat Rudy in our league.  All in all, a fine afternoon spent with old friends.  That’s what you should say after you listen to our ramblings.  Nick also revealed plans to move to Florida and I revealed plans for my bachelor party that is coming in ten days.  I hope to return from Vegas after said trip with a few more mental scars.  “Yelp is giving good reviews for a place called The Glory Hole.  Says you have to try the breasts.”  That’s us planning our next move prior to not remembering anything.  On the podcast, we also mention some rookies for next year — Billy Hamilton anyone? — and who we are avoiding for next year.  Anyway, here’s the Razzball podcast (now with us waxing poetic):

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  1. David Reynolds says:
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    @Grey, @Razzball Writers and @Razzball community

    I found myself wanting to see if any mock drafts had started or was being set to take place. So I headed over to couchmanagers.com and I came across this. It is a 12 team, standard 5*5 scoring(assuming and I know it’s not always good to assume) and the roster is basically standard ESPN(outside of being required to start 2C, 5SP, 2RP, 2P and only two bench slots). The breakdown of the group is as follows
    six drafters from BaseballProfs, one drafter from BaseballPress, four that I did not know for sure(using nicknames and no branding of a website) and Razzball is being represented by Jay.

    The following is how the draft has played out up to the moment.
    Rounds 1
    1.) Mike Trout(OF)
    2.) Miguel Cabrera(3B)
    3.) Robinson Cano(2B)
    4.) Andrew McCutchen(OF)
    5.) Paul Goldschmidt(1B)
    6.) Carlos Gonzalez(OF)
    7.) Troy Tulowitzki(SS)
    8.) Hanley Ramirez(SS)
    9.) Ryan Braun(OF)
    10.) Joey Votto(1B)
    11.) Adam Jones(OF)
    12.) Edwin Encarnacion(1B)
    Round 2
    13.) Chris Davis(OF)
    14.) Jason Kipnis(2B)
    15.) Clayton Kershaw(SP)
    16.) David Wright(3B)
    17.) Prince Fielder(1B)
    18.) Bryce Harper(OF)
    19.) Adrian Beltre(3B)
    20.) Jay Bruce(OF)
    21.) Evan Longoria(3B)
    22.) Matt Kemp(OF)
    23.) Freddie Freeman(1B)
    24.) Albert Pujols(1B)
    Round 3
    25.) Carlos Gomez(OF)
    26.) Juan Segura(SS)
    27.) Stephen Strasburg(SP)
    28.) Ian Desmond(SS)
    29.) Jacoby Ellsbury(OF)
    30.) Dustin Pedroia(2B)
    31.) Giancarlo Stanton(OF)

    Jay(Razzball) is drafting from the 12th spot. He has selected Edwin Encarnacion and Chris Davis. He stated that he gave thought to selecting Clayton Kershaw over Chris Davis. He believed it was to early to select a pitcher at that point in the draft. On a side note the other drafters really like the Chris Davis pick. It’s has the second most good votes at five.

    I have been following it since it started(Monday) and it is has been delayed at the moment for site updates. I was just throwing it out to see if any particular player and his draft slot stood out to you(Grey), writers or the community of readers? Good or bad. Also any players not selected so far that you think should have been drafted? I know it’s very early in the 2014 process but thought it would be interesting to see some of the feedback up to this point.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @David Reynolds: I’d have gone Davis and Kershaw. Kershaw’s so far ahead of all the other pitchers on the planet it’s untrue, bargain in early 2nd round.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @TheNewGuy: I have to disagree with you here…I can think of 8 guys off the top of my head that provided pretty similar value…Scherzer, Waino, Harvey, Hishashi, JoFer, Cliffly, Yu, MadBum…

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Wake Up: The player rates begs to differ. Mad Max was the only one to get close to him this year in terms of value.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @TheNewGuy: just took a look…not sure what you’re seeing to say “Kershaw’s so far ahead of all the other pitchers on the planet”
            3rd & ($35.5) – Kershaw
            6th & ($33.4) – Scherzer

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Wake Up: The player rates begs to differ. Mad Max was the only one to get close to him this year in terms of value.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @TheNewGuy: just took a look…not sure what you’re seeing to say “Kershaw’s so far ahead of all the other pitchers on the planet”
            3rd & ($35.5) – Kershaw
            6th & ($33.4) – Scherzer

            • TheNewGuy says:
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              @Wake Up: Well I was going by ESPN’s rater rather than Greys:
              Kershaw- 13.18
              Scherzer- 11.37
              next best Wainwright- 9.9

              Pretty big difference between the two sites huh, no idea why that is but id tend to believe ESPNs more in this case. Check their respective numbers, Kershaws ERA was 1. friggin 83. Insane, pretty much a run lower than the other guys.

              • Wake Up says:
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                @TheNewGuy: there is about 5.3% chance that it is below two next year…

                • TheNewGuy says:
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                  @Wake Up: Thats irrelevant, he’s still clearly the no 1 guy by a distance.

                  I’d be very tempted if he reached me at the end of the 1st or particularly start of the 2nd round.

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @TheNewGuy: it actually is kinda relevant if you’re drafting a guy in the 1 round because his ERA is insane and so much better than everyone else’s this year…wouldn’t it have to be next year too? Best of luck with that…

                    • TheNewGuy says:
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                      @Wake Up: It may well be above 2 but it will still be far better than any other pitcher by a distance, not to mention best WHIP and top 3 in K’s and W’s. Best pitcher by a mile, so yes late 1st I think he is worth it.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @David Reynolds: I just glanced…but, Kipnis and Freeman seem too high…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: I think doing a mock this early makes me think you are all high…..and not sharing

        • Wake Up says:
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          @J-FOH: ha…you taking Freeman in the 2nd round next year?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Wake Up: I’m taking that goofy looking mofo in the first round. Followed by Fat Adams in the 2nd

            • Wake Up says:
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              @J-FOH: you should check out Ellsbury too…

              • Cram It says:
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                @Wake Up: Freeman’s a second rounder. Kipnis and Hanley too high. I’ll take Heyward ahead of Ellsbury. And TheNewGuy’s retarded. Out.

                • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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                  @Cram It: BAM!

                • Wake Up says:
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                  @Cram It: I don’t think Freeman is a 2nd rounder…I hate Ellsbury, was joking…I’ll prolly take Hanley 1st of those 5…

                  I don’t mind talking to anybody…unless I do, then I don’t…

    • birrrdy! says:
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      @David Reynolds: so by this draft logic, I should be trading Giancarlo for Bruce, Gomez, Desmond or Segura straight up in my NL only keeper league. I don’t buy it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @David Reynolds: Yeah, Giancarlo is too low… Braun is too high… Kipnis is a terrible pick…

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @David Reynolds: Personally, I would never Draft Tulo or Hanley first round. Or second round for that matter. I could also see Freeman suffering some steep regression in 2014.

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @David Reynolds: Tulo and Hanley aren’t first rounders. Kemp, Freeman, and Pujols probably aren’t second rounders. Kipnis is a bit high. There’s not much separating most of those second rounders from guys like Upton, Bautista, Gonzalez, Zimmerman, and Reyes. Could make an argument for a bunch of players in those spots.

  2. TheNewGuy says:
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    Who’s gonna be higher on January Grey’s loveometer, G Cole or your long lost son (S Gray)?

  3. Boomer19 says:
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    Thanks guys. Great job all year. Enjoyed the podcast once again. Have fun in the off season.

  4. birrrdy! says:
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    so by this draft logic, I should be trading Giancarlo for Bruce, Gomez, Desmond or Segura straight up in my NL only keeper league. I don’t buy it.

    • birrrdy! says:
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      @birrrdy!: sorry, replied to the wrong sub-thread at first.

  5. costaricanchata says:
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    hyman roth … hmm .
    interesting note : was actually born hymen rath
    but his right-hand man went to him , early on , and
    said “some of da boys are snickering at your name , and i tink
    dey might not be taking you seriously” .
    hence , the name change .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  6. Big Magoo says:
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    Private Dancer is the perfect mother-son dance song. The guests will be wondering what the hell’s going on in the Albright household.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is good, right? I thought so too… You’re my private dancer, dancing for money…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: I always thought it went “You’re my private dancer, dance nude for money…” Maybe you can make a remix…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm, well then that would be weird!

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Nothing wrong with making the guests squirm in their seats a little. Your mom probably wouldn’t even notice. Mine was to Skynyrd’s Simple Man and my mom kept asking me what song it was…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… You watch the voice? Guy on there did a solid rendition…

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: I don’t really watch the singing competitions too often. I basically limit my reality tv schedule to the cooking shows like Masterchef, Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, etc. and the occasional Duck Dynasty viewing. The DD type shows are pretty obviously following some sort of script, but they’re somewhat entertaining nonetheless…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You watch Top Chef last night?

                  • Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: Nope, I’m usually 2-3 days behind on that show. The wife wanted to watch Modern Family and Duck Dynasty last night. Got it on the DVR. Was it a good one? Any surprises?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I won’t say anything until you see it…

                  • Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: Cool. See what happens when you get married? You’re forced to make compromises and then nobody’s happy. Whoops, I mean… married life is awesome! Good call, Grey!

                    • Grey

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                      Haha… Actually, talked to a few people this past weekend and they said the biggest thing with marriage is compromise… I’m an only child, I don’t compromise so well…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Big Magoo: @Grey: Yeah, you compromise and agree to do it her way ;-)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s what I hear, yay!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Am I the only one seeing a “Who will you marry?” ad at the bottom of the page?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      They figure the people who listened to me to draft Goldschmidt might be open to other advice of mine…

  7. Blue says:
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    Absolutely brutal choices in the first three rounds. Question marks everywhere. Next year will be a year you really want to be drafting in the first two picks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, probably not but this draft is a bit bizarre…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  8. Wake Up says:
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    “I trust ESPN’s ratings over Grey’s”…what can you say to that? Have you taught them nothing???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can only lead a horse to water… Our player rater is better for no other reason than we factor in positions… Someone who hits 12 homers as a catcher is rated the same as someone who hits 12 homers as an outfielder at ESPN. That’s pretty inaccurate on their real value…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: You know…that saying makes a lot more sense to me now…I always thought they were saying “You can lead the whores to water…” why would I want to lead whores to water, right? If I’m hanging out with whores…it’s prolly cuz I’m dipping!

        ESPN has a player rater?

        • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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          @Wake Up: “you can lead an invisible horse to water… But you cant make it stop galloping.. ” – Prez

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Wake Up: if I’m with a whore, I’m paying her, and therefore I only want her to get the water, which is usually free, if that bitch wants something else to drink she can buy her own. I know she has money, I just gave it to her.

              • Wake Up says:
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                @J-FOH: hahaha

            • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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              @Wake Up: you say Wake Up, i say giddy up!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Forget ESPN, it’s garbage… It could be whores to water, they have to drink before performing dry fellatio, maybe? Not sure…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: the BJ I got this year left me high and dry

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              True and true

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: going to listen to the podcast…been so busy today…doing nothing…exhausted!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nothing can be draining…

            • Wake Up says:
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              @J-FOH:
              It’s the best thing that you ever had,
              The best thing that you ever, ever had

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: like I said…ESPN has a player rater?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Exactly!

  9. OaktownSteve says:
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    There’s a guy that comes to A’s games with a perfectly waxed Rollie Fingers. He brings a sign with him and if the A’s are behind late, he busts it out. On one side of the sign is a picture of Rollie. The other side is cut out so the guy can stick his face through and be side by side with the Rollie picture. On top of Rollie it says “Rollie ‘Stache” and above the guy’s head it says “Rally ‘Stache”

    A’s fans are the best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome!

    • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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      @OaktownSteve: nice!! And awesome gravatar…. Im nervous as fuck today….

  10. J-FOH says:
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    Nice podcast, I had forgotten what Rudy sounds like. A few end of the season reflecting on the end of the season podcast points.

    1) where was the disappointment in Giancarlo? Is that Blasphemy in the Albright household?
    2) Why didn’t you point out how right you were on Adam Jones?
    3) I always imagined you getting married in a white suit and a black tuxedo T-shirt….cust kayin’
    4) If I knew the bachelor party was the same weekend as my trip to see Sky I would of gone the next weekend to visit him. Vegas is only 4 hour drive and I have been going through stalking withdrawal with the season over. I would of found you, all I would of needed to do was make Giancarlo appearance flyers and passed them out and waited for the first pizza bagel to walk through the door and looked out for uncomfortable eye contact. You know what I look like already, you have no poker face….I gambling on.
    5) Nick said my name again, YES!, a few more sounds bites and I can piece together my voicemail message for free
    6) great job being right at least 60% of the time

    • Grey

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      1) Yes 2) Eh, it’s obvious..And in my outfielder rankings starting tomorrow I will 3) Damn, that would’ve been cheaper! 4) I waited until I knew you were 1500 miles north to plan the bachelor party 5) Ha, yup 6) Thanks! 7) Yeah, that was awesome…It is pretty obvious…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: In regards to 4 it’s better to be thought of, either good or bad, than to not be thought of at all. I hope i don’t show up at Sky’s and there is a gone to Vegas note.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There will probably be a note that he’s gone to a farmer’s market, you know how they do in Oregon…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I figure they just grew their own.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, you’re right… Did I say farmer’s market, I meant dispensary. Wait, they grow that too…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Is there anything Oregonians can’t do……see the sun?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that just about covers it

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @J-FOH: Am I hearing Sky visit remorse?

          It’s ok *sniffle, sniffle*

          I’ll just go by myself *Eeyore voice*

          Hey, Oregon just scored 70 points…DON’T CARE!

          *Secret shower cry later*

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: you weren’t suppose to see this…I’m not going to Vegas, Grey will just end up ditching me for some dirty whores

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Or a dirty horse…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: what, your too fancy for a donkey show, it has to be a horse

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  An Adam Dunn show?

                  • J-FOH

                    J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: HA!….I’d watch that too

  11. J-FOH says:
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    7) love Rudy’s pointing out we had the guy impersonating a girl this year. For next year we can be 4 girl readers and one trasvestite

  12. Gregorius Chant says:
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    Hey can anybody direct me to how to create an avatar on this website, I feel like a rookie player without a photograph…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      gravatar.com, follow steps there

      • Gregorius Chant says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Gregorius Chant says:
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          @Gregorius Chant: By the way Grey, my gravitar is in thanks to you since, with your spectacular advise, I was able to Count De-Monet!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  13. Q says:
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    So I know I’m about 2 weeks late with this, but I wanted to say thanks to Grey (and everyone who took the time to answer a Q of mine) for all the help this year. I finished 2nd in my H2H league, which sadly is my highest finish since 2002. That’s right, 2002. I think I had a pager then.

    Anyway, thanks to y’all for all the great advice and comments all year long. Lots of you guys kept me entertained and laughing all year long and this is a great community….bound as it is by sarcasm, crass humor, and bitterness, but most of all, a love of baseball and a humorous, fresh look at it. Best site around.

    Thanks, Grey. Happy nuptuals with the Coug.

    • Grey

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      No problem, thanks for the kind words!

  14. gareth says:
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    Dodgers, red sox, cardinals.

    Blech.

    Come on A’s!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Dodgers haven’t won a World Series since 88, Hoe the f**k is that Blech? You live in the Dodgers market and the cougs is into it. Stop playing up to the readers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha..What? I’m rooting for the Dodgers just to have a World Series in my backyard…

          • J-FOH

            J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: C’mon, I know you’re a Yankees fan and it’s Donny Baseball

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not after he shaved his mustache, he’s dead to me…I want the Dodgers in spite of Donnie Baseball…

              • J-FOH

                J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: That face does look awkward, like it suppose to have a stache. I feel the same about my father.

  15. gareth says:
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    I’m crossing my fingers for you tonight oaktown. In grey/gray we trust!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, c’mon, A’s!

  16. gareth says:
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    By the way, who is the frequent guy commenter who they think is a girl that they mentioned in the podcast?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brooke

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: G3 in the hiz

  17. Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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    Prayer trapazoid for Oakland, please. I have my grey underwear on……. My head.

      • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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        @J-FOH: and brown…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My underwear is brown

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: mine’s red polka dots…what too much?

        • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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          @Wake Up: if they arent on your head, you cant call them out.. rules of the game!

        • J-FOH

          J-FOH says:
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          @Wake Up: as long as it’s not a satin thong, that would be too much

          • Wake Up says:
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            @J-FOH: I buy that way in preparation…lots of habaneros this year!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Those are hearts, c’mon…

      • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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        @Grey: you too? Were like skid bros man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, you wear brown underwear to avoid unsightly skids…

          • J-FOH

            J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: and you wear chocolate ones to be fashionable

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cougs prefers that…

              • J-FOH

                J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: is that velvet?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Is that felt?

                  • J-FOH

                    J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: do you want it to be ;)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hehe

          • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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            Yeahhh, yeah thats what i meant!

  18. slew says:
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    Machado having reconstructive knee surgery will be out 4-6 months. Could this help explain his anemic second half and why his legs seemed so tired?

    • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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      @slew: his legs have been tired cuz hes been running through greys mind all year….

      • slew says:
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        @Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking:
        Had you ever stopped to think that Brett Butler may be filled with syrup instead of blood? His gyrations when running indicate something unusual. Trying to figure.

        • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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          @slew: i could see it… We gotta check him at breakfast to see if he cuts his wrist over his pancakes..

    • Grey

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      Doesn’t explain it, he hurt himself the last week of the year…terrible news…

  19. Kid A says:
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    I imagine Oaktown Steve stumbling around the stadium tonight doing his best Roy Steele slur:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQmYLdsNToM

    I liked Swiggy better as a wet drunk instead of a soul-crushing sphere of sobriety…

    • Grey

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      Ha… Who says he’s sober?

    • J-FOH

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      @Kid A: sounds a little like Steven Hawking

  20. SteveNZ says:
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    Miggy is a meanie.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Raining on parades and shizz

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Did Gray mean to come inside there? Or was it a mistake? Looked like the catcher was set up inside.

        Anyhow, Miggy knew what do do with it. What great hands.

        • Grey

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          Looked like a meatball to me, which I’m sure it didn’t mean to be…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Yeah. So used to seeing him drive them flat the other way, but he really turned on that one.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup… Verlander’s locked in and this isn’t looking good for the A’s…

  21. Kid A says:
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    With the number of criminals in attendance, you’d think at least ONE of them would be willing to take out Verlander and do a nickel in San Quentin. Like Napoleon prancing down the Champs-Elysse.

    I’m not saying it SHOULD happen. Just that it COULD…

    • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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      @Kid A: i really wouldnt mind that at all…

      • Kid A says:
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        @Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking:

        ..prancing on invisible horses of course…

        And when did you decide to go all Hulk Smash on our football league? Jeezy Creezy.

        And poor Jackson and his 1-4 start. They give THAT guy a column on Razz? The Constanza Corner. Take those instincts and do the opposite.

        • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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          @Kid A: haha the Hulk smash is in full force! Jack is looking like Jiggly Puff at this point… But ill be looking forward to his Bryce Brown/Jackie Battle updates soon..

        • J-FOH

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          @Kid A: Your constant and consistent condemnation makes me strive to be better every week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re hatching plans way too late here…

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: My carload of Mara Salvatruchas got stopped at the border last week. Can’t say I didn’t try. At this point all I have are my happy thoughts.

        • Grey

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          You gotta disguise them like scarecrows…

          • Kid A says:
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            @Grey: They are always lanky enough, its just the goddamn face-tats are a dead giveaway. Back to the laboratory!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hear ya… You’d get a lot of, Esse, I ain’t dressing like a scarecrow!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…Nice…

    • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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      @SteveNZ: talk about a boob grab…

  22. Kid A says:
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    Say a prayer for all the gym equipment within reach of Beane right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

    • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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      @Kid A: it aint over til its over… But damn its not lookin good. A’s wont go without a fight tho. Get the rally caps on…

      • Kid A says:
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        @Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking: Bye Bye Balfour. Was a fun ride. One of my favorite parts of baseball is the inevitable melancholy that the end of season changes bring. I’m off to get drunk. Goodnight gentlemen.

        • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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          @Kid A: stay safe homie!

  23. Pat says:
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    Grey–

    Just want to thank you for a great season. I hadn’t played fantasy baseball in ~7 years and I commissioned a league of 10 college and high school buddies. Great league and I ended up winning this first season, which really takes the ole monkey off my back for the rest of my Commissionin’ days.

    Goldschmidt, McCutchen, Jay-Z, Fielder, Harper, D. Jennings, Kinsler and a 4 of the top 5 closers in the show (all drafted) led the way for my squad. I used a dynamic stream approach wherein I would either try to win ERA, WHIP and SV or W, K and SV every week. It worked tremendously and I’d highly recommend it when league settings have low minimum innings, no maximum innings and laissez faire waiver wires. Especially when you dedicate most of your draft resources to hitting.

    You’ll notice that most of those guys are your picks (other than Kinsler, who fell to me), so thank you for your great advice, but more importantly, thanks for your tremendous writing throughout the year.

    Go ‘Stros!

    Pat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, glad you won!

  24. SteveNZ says:
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    Will Verlander be able to go three times in the ALCS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think they need it…

  25. OaktownSteve says:
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    Get ‘em next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, sorry it played out that way

      • J-FOH

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        @Grey: I hate to say it but at least for once we got the 4 best teams in baseball in the league championship series. I know the A’s are trying to change the game but they need that GUY, the stabilizing force of the line up. Spend the pesos and get the bat to bring a little order to that chaos. They need the Miggy, Voto, Cano type player to bring it all together. Hats off to Sunny Gray. i still like Cole better next year only because he is in the NL.

        • Grey

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          Gray’s in a nice park and his division isn’t that great… Tis is true, the best teams are there, but it’s hard to root for favorites, though I will with the Dodgers…

    • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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      @J-FOH:

      *takes drawers off head and sobs*

  26. costaricanchata says:
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    sad end to a nice season .
    felix culpa .
    green and gold .

    • Grey

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      Yup

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