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You asked about it.  You pondered if this day would ever come.  You forgot you asked or pondered and went about your business as usual.  Now, it’s here — The Razzball Podcast.  To make our at-times-indecipherable, at-times-hard-to-stomach voices go down a bit smoother, we have a special contest for anyone who wants to enter.  A $50 Amazon gift certificate to the person who does the best rendition of our Razzball theme song.  What I suggest you do is go to an online voice recorder and make a recording of yourself singing the song.  Lyrics and timing will be taken into consideration.  I suggest you write down what you think are the words before going off and trying to sing it yourself.  But you’re a big boy (or girl — no offense meant!), you can figure out how to do it.  Then post your link in the comments of this post.  Here’s one that I made.  (I know all the words, but I didn’t want to give anything away so I cut mine short.  Yes, my voice really is that bad.  You should not cut yours short as I did, unless you think that’s your best effort.  Though, I think you can do better.)

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  1. ajk says:
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    is this available on iTunes? if so what is the name of it there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ajk, I’m trying to get it in iTunes now…

    • adam says:
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      i made you a little song. maybe it will sit nicely in the podcast somewhere after discussions about what a stud Baltimore’s LJ Hoes will be.

      http://vocaroo.com/i/s0cE6QdLqnHk

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @adam, Wow, that’s awesome!

  2. royce! says:
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    Hmm, I couldn’t make out the last line of the song- was it “heeey hahr ehhh”? Gotta make sure I have the lyrics right before I go and drop the bass hard like skrillex. Or whatever people like.

    • @royce!, Ha, that was a creative liberty taken by the band (Symphony of Nine). They also seem to have changed my lyric, “You may pee yourself like your name was Moises” to “You may pay yourself like your making noises”

      • royce! says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, I meant grey’s a cappela version- it sort of trails off at the end. But, while the song is great, the band made a huge mistake by changing the Moises lyric. That line is hilarious.

        • ah…yeah, was just joking on them changing the lyric…it sounds more like what I said, right?

          • royce! says:
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            @Rudy Gamble, Yes, on my second listen, it does sound more like what you said. That is the lyric, right? Please say yes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, just the first verse from me to give a taste…

  3. royce! says:
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    Oh my god, the actual theme song is absolute gold! I now understood why you were talking it up so much. Holy shizz, that’s hard to beat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Yeah, the band did a great job…

      • @Grey, What, my lyrics are chopped liver?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Rudy Gamble, And you with the lyrics… Brilliant!

  4. Van Hammersly says:
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    Long-awaited awesomeness! Can’t wait to listen to this later today. If possible, please let us know if/when the podcast gets an RSS feed so we can subscribe more easily and catch the show every week. Thanks guys!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Van Hammersly, Yeah, working on the RSS… It’s all new to me so bear with me…

  5. timSTi says:
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    YES

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @timSTi, Oh, yeah.

  6. ichirosan says:
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    The intro is full of WIN… but for some reason, I couldn’t stop thinking of BASEketball when I listened to it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ichirosan, Hmmm, not sure… Never saw it…

  7. MattTruss223 says:
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    I’m giddy, can’t wait to listen. Did I read an above comment correctly that this might be a weekly dealy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Barring any injuries… Yeah…

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Grey, Well, that’s incredible!

      • Bill_Buckner says:
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        @Grey, perhaps you should have your vocal chords insured. Don’t singers do that? I know JLo insured her butt, but (stutterer) that’s neither here nor there…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Bill_Buckner, Great call!

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Bill_Buckner, Isn’t her ass kind of here and there?

          • Bill_Buckner says:
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            @Wilsonian, haha. Touche

  8. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Wow. Never thought I’d spend 44:50 listening to a podcast, so congratulations. Good stuff!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins, Thanks!

  9. Son of a Beachy says:
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    Ha, that was great. Can’t wait to hear these every week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Son of a Beachy, Thanks!

  10. Public Enemy #1 says:
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    I’ve been offered Josh Hamilton for Matt Moore. I can’t pass this up, right? 10 teams, 5×5 but we use QS instead of W and Sv+H instead of Sv.

    My SPs are:
    Cliff Lee
    Gallardo
    Moore
    Latos
    Garza
    Morrow

    ***We are allowed to keep three players in 2013 in the round we got them in the 2012 draft. Moore was my 9th round pick. Hamilton was a 4th rounder.

    My offense is strong but has some injury issues (Posey, Wright, Howard, IDavis):
    Posey
    Hosmer
    Kendrick
    Wright
    Andrus
    Kipnis
    Howard/I.Davis
    Braun
    JUpton
    Adam Jones
    Fowler
    Mayberry Jr
    Alonso

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Public Enemy #1, I’d take Hamilton…

  11. Rennan says:
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    Grey,
    How many cold ones did you have in preparation for the “Razzball Podcaaast” ? Razzball Podcast in Symphony of Nine’s voice of course

    PS excellent work guys @ Grey, Rudy and Nick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rennan, Ha… None, surprisingly. Thanks!

  12. Public Enemy #1 says:
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    Three and a half minutes into the podcast and you haven’t even mentioned anything baseball related. It already rocks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Public Enemy #1, Ha, thanks!

  13. Scott says:
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    @Grey, thoughts on this team? Thanks.

    12 teams H2H 5×5

    C – Soto
    1B – Konerko
    2B – Kinsler
    3B – Wright
    SS – Rollins
    OF – Braun
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Jones
    UTL – Tabata
    UTL – Rios

    SP – Bumgarner
    SP – Gio
    SP – Zimmermann
    SP – Anibal
    SP – Scherzer
    SP – Lilly
    SP – Cahill
    SP – Minor
    SP – McCarthy

    RP – Valverde
    RP – Motte
    RP – Johnson
    RP – Myers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott, Very strong team… Bit of injury risk on the hitting side, but not terrible…

  14. Tyler says:
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    Grey: great job on the Podcast. I can’t wait to see how these progress over the season (as you and Rudy increase your ManStrength).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tyler, Ha, thanks!

  15. ChillmanCometh says:
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    @Grey, @Rudy: Lots of boy strength in this podcast, but should develop into some real strong, real fantasy baseball sexy man strength in time.

    Rudy, you really don’t have a ‘guy’ (or as we say at our drafts, ‘fantasy gay’–really Chicago up that gay)? I’m huge for Huston Street, and, like Grey, got some real love for Howie Kendrick. Especially hitting ahead of Pujols and whatever else the Sciosciapath puts together.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ChillmanCometh, Thanks for the kind words!

    • @ChillmanCometh – I know…it’s one of my lamer qualities as a fantasy ‘expert’. I spent the offseason clearing my head and then just run all the stats come Feb/March. I try to avoid falling love with a player – I just know my values and will grab just about any player who comes at a discount. Inevitably, certain guys keep showing up on my teams and I make an after-the-fact ‘he’s my guy’ assessment. If you go through the Point Shares (http://razzball.com/2012-point-shares-12-team-mlb-espn-roster/), you’ll see plenty of candidates (look at where my rankings differ from ESPN/Yahoo. One of my only biases is I don’t like drafting an SP1/SP2 with a lot of injury risk – so I don’t care where Josh Johnson is on my rankings, not drafting him. And I want to get SPs at a discount, figuring if top SPs are going at ‘retail’, then there will be a lot of mid-range SPs going at bargain rates. For an example, check out our SPs in a 14-team Yahoo-sponsored league: Anibal, Latos, Romero, Hudson, Masterson, Lewis, Norris (we just packaged Norris in a trade for CC). It’s not sexy but should be good in W/K and do okay in ERA/WHIP.

  16. Wow I actually listened to all of that! You must have done something right. I really like Grey’s board this year…it just seems that after last year’s pitchingpalooza, its an even better time to go hitter heavy early in most formats. So far after a number of drafts it seems like a lot of usual suspects are ending up on my teams:

    Joey Votto
    Jay Bruce
    Krispie Young
    Howie Kendrick
    Jesus Montero
    Peter Bourjous

    For SP’s every team seems to have some variation of these guys: Greinke, Gallardo, Bumgardner, Gonzalez, A Sanchez, Chacin.

    RP’s, Getting a ton of Marmol, Soria, Jansen…

    Seems promising.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah, Thanks! Yeah, definitely promising.

  17. Cotton says:
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    Nice work! This could get me away from ESPN for good now. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cotton, Thanks!

  18. Benny says:
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    Need some help rounding out keepers (we keep 20 of 27 each year). 11 team roto: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 5 OF, 1 Util. 200 Games Started limit for pitchers. 5×5 plus OPS and Holds.

    I have a list of guys I know for certian I’m keeping so I won’t bore you with them. Need 5 out of the following:

    Montero, Maybin, Moustakas, League, Venters, Jansen, Street.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Benny, Not League or Street…

  19. Big Magoo

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    Humorous and informative – espn and others, take notes! I do have one potentially disappointing observation – I don’t think twelve-after-twenty is going to catch on. Sorry bro.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Magoo, Damn… Damn!

  20. schlitzy says:
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    We just pulled the draft order for my 14 team 3 keeper league with OPS. I got pick #2…NICE! My keepers are Miggy, Justin Upton and Greinke. Top 2 available in the draft are Pujols and Votto. I know it is not an ideal pairing, but I have to go with whichever one is left for me at #2, right? Next 2 best are Kemp and Tulo.

    • @schlitzy, WHy not take a 1b, Swiggy should get 3b ability after a few weeks.

    • Grey

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      @schlitzy, Take Tulo there…

  21. I uploaded my two versions of the theme song to the following myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/gregoriousloops

    One of them has egregiously incorrect backup vocals over the finale. Send me a tweet @gregsauce if you want the mp3 files.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gregsauce, Well, that’s kinda brilliant. Definitely in the lead, and not just because no one else has tried yet.

  22. Howard says:
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    @Grey @Rudy Awesome guys! Finally can put voices to the ‘stache and the ‘fro! Shout out to Nick for the Expos reference! The city of Montreal is trying to find a way to honour Gary Carter. Can’t think of a better way than bringing back the ‘Spos! Thanks guys!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howard, Thanks for the kind words!

  23. Ian says:
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    Enjoyed the podcast.

    Thoughts on my team? This was an RCL draft and the pitching just kept hanging around so my staff is pretty strong, offense could use a boost. If I trade Felix for a stud bat is my rotation still strong enough?

    C Yadier Molina, StL C
    1B Prince Fielder, Det 1B
    2B Rickie Weeks, Mil 2B
    3B Alex Rodriguez, NYY 3B
    SS Asdrubal Cabrera, Cle SS
    MI Jemile Weeks, Oak 2B
    CI Gaby Sanchez, Mia 1B
    OF Carlos Gonzalez, Col LF
    OF Matt Holliday, StL LF
    OF Cameron Maybin, SD CF
    OF Delmon Young, Det LF
    OF Alfonso Soriano, ChC LF
    U Will Venable, SD RF

    P Felix Hernandez, Sea SP
    P C.J. Wilson, LAA SP
    P Adam Wainwright, StL SP
    P Cory Luebke, SD SP
    P Jason Motte, StL RP
    P Brandon McCarthy, Oak SP
    P Joe Nathan, Tex RP
    P Kenley Jansen, LAD RP
    P Scott Baker, Min SP
    B Mike Adams, Tex RP
    B Sergio Romo, SF RP
    B Jake Peavy, CWS SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ian, Thanks! Last year’s overall winner draft three starters and his top was Beachy, so you can trade F-Her, depends what you get. You have some injury risk in the hitting and a weak OF.

  24. Waldo Iscariot says:
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    First off, congrats on the podcast. It’s good to finally put a voice to the ‘stache. Less John Waters-y than I dreamed of, but not unmillifluous.

    Could you take a sec to assess this team I drafted over the weekend? 12-team H2H (we play saves and holds, hence the middle relievers).

    C: Ryan Doumit
    1B: Ike Davis
    2B: Ian Kinsler
    3B: Evan Longoria
    SS: Elvis Andrus
    OF: Hunter Pence
    OF: Drew Stubbs
    OF: Jason Heyward
    Util: Jesus Montero
    BN: Andre Ethier
    BN: Bryce Harper

    SP: Gio Gonzalez
    SP: James Shields
    RP: Carlos Marmol
    RP: Sergio Santos
    P: Frank Francisco
    P: Glen Perkins
    P: Jesse Crain
    BN: Brandon Beachy
    BN: Brad Peacock
    BN: Antonio Bastardo

    Would have been nice to snag an elite first baseman and front-line starter, but my league-mates were rabid for that shit. Some of the decent names floating around on the waiver wire include Colby Rasmus, Lorenzo Cain, Scott Baker, and Tim Stauffer, if you would advise any moves. Planning on dropping Doumit once Jesus gets C eligibility.

    Thanks as always, amigo.

    • Grey

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      @Waldo Iscariot, Thanks! You’re really low on SPs. You don’t need Holds on your bench. Lose Bastardo for Stauffer. As long as you can stream solidly with SPs, your team should be competitive, the hitting is good…

  25. Howard says:
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    @Grey Speaking of Napoli, in a 16 team deep keeper I have him as my catcher (had him before his mom’s nipples were famous!) It took a lot of patience to set him and forget him! Anywho, was thinking of moving him to UTIL and drafting a punter like Soto to take over at catcher. Do you think Napoli can give full value to the UTIL spot given the dearth of hitting left to draft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howard, Nice work! I think you’re better off with Napoli in your C spot and taking an every day hitter for UTIL.

      • Howard says:
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        @Grey, Haha I don’t there are any ‘everyday’ hitters left: Laroche, Stewart, Reimold, Smoak…

        • JoeC says:
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          @Howard, Smoak and Reimold would be way better than Soto.

  26. Waldo Iscariot says:
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    Forgot: I also have your boy (?) Anibal Sanchez on the roster.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Waldo Iscariot, It helps, but you still could use another SP.

  27. Ceasar says:
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    Pick 3 keepers in a 5×5 + OPS roto

    Tulo
    Pence
    Uggla
    Holliday
    Hosmer
    Morse

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tulo, Uggla, Hosmer… Could see a case made for someone else besides Uggla…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Ceasar, Tulo, Holliday, Uggla

  28. trick dad says:
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    nick’s voice is full of man-strength!

    awesome job guys!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Awesome!

      • Doug Ault says:
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        @Grey, I just traded Marcum for Annie “get your shoulder fixed” Sanchez, after listening to the podcast.This was of course prior to learning Annie has a shoulder boo boo again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Doug Ault, It’s no new shoulder issue right?

          • Doug Ault says:
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            @Grey, nothing new as in the last 24 hours

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howard, Rudy said it reminded him on the Chappelle show theme.

  29. James L Legade says:
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    Nice job on the podcast… tell career conscious announcer boy that he should be more concerned about not getting a PODCASTING job by doing BS non-cursing announcing gigs. Talk about not know which way the wind is blowing… sheesh.

    Don’t change the theme song. Epic.

    I will do my part to get 12 after 20 to catch on. So first off; what does it mean? 12th round or better value after the 20 round I am guessing?

    • Grey

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      @James L Legade, Thanks! No one’s changing the song, just doing a friendly contest of covers.

      • Doug Ault says:
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        @Grey, barbershop goth, might be an interesting style of presentation
        lemme see what I can do

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Doug Ault, I like that idea!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @James L Legade, No dude it means the year 2012 lol

      • James L Legade says:
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        @TheNewGuy, yeah that isn’t going to catch on.

  30. Trini says:
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    Nice! Looking forward to the weekly installments.

    • Grey

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      @Trini, Thanks!

  31. Steve says:
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    Thought it included a little too much fantasy baseball (emoticon).

    Great theme song.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Thanks! Is that a winky emoticon or a sad face emoticon?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, That’s a winky, (a winky face, that is), though 30 secs or a minute on the best thing you ate in the previous week would be pretty cool…

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, To me, anyway. May have limited popular appeal.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Steve, I had some of the best fries of my life recently… And I’m not really a fry guy… Though maybe that was working for them…

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey, Pretty fry for a white guy?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @Steve, That’s me…

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey, We call ‘em chips here of course. They’re never as good as the ones you make yourself.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    @Steve, Google Yelp + Fukuburger + crack sauce

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Mmmmmm. Fukuburger looks pretty awesome.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, Yeah, had to wait about an hour, but it was solid. The fries were incredible.

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, An hour wait for a burger? Gotta love LA (emoticon). Sounds like it was worth it, though. And there’s always drinking to pass the time.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, Yeah, LA’s stupid. Hey, does the link in the post work for iTunes? (There’s a new link that I just added. Check for me, please, and thank you.)

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, I’m at work on my PC which doesn’t have iTunes, but it looks like it’s trying to take me to the right place.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, Cool, thanks!

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, And now that I think about it, I won’t be able to access the US iTunes store anyway. But can flick you some screenshots of what I got, if you like

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, Nah, I think it’s okay. I clicked on it and it worked, just wanted one more person to double check it, but if there’s a problem I’m sure someone will say something in the comments.

  32. The Ghost of Doc Ellis says:
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    Sweet job on the Podcast! It was a great soundtrack to digging ditches today.
    It made me sad faced emoticon that I drafted Hosmer but in my defense I’m in a 14 team league and was able to draft Longoria, McCutchen, and Uggla. So, minor punt but mayhaps no harm done.

    • The Ghost of Doc Ellis says:
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      @The Ghost of Doc Ellis,
      Full admission:
      1. (7) Evan Longoria 3B
      2. (22) Andrew McCutchen OF
      3. (35) Dan Uggla 2B
      4. (50) Yovani Gallardo SP
      5. (63) Eric Hosmer 1B
      6. (78) Yu Darvish SP
      7. (91) Daniel Hudson SP
      8. (106) Drew Stubbs OF
      9. (119) Cory Luebke SP,RP
      10. (134) Ryan Madson RP
      11. (147) Cameron Maybin OF
      12. (162) Max Scherzer SP
      13. (175) Chris Perez RP
      14. (190) Chris Sale RP
      15. (203) Peter Bourjos OF
      16. (218) Ian Desmond SS
      17. (231) Aroldis Chapman RP
      18. (246) Jonathan Lucroy C
      19. (259) Alejandro De Aza OF
      20. (274) Brad Peacock SP
      21. (287) Chris Heisey OF
      22. (302) Lorenzo Cain OF
      23. (315) Luke Gregerson RP
      Light on power, heavy on steals, some questionable starters but I’m excited. I would like to hear, “It’ll be a’ight” though…

      • The Ghost of Doc Ellis says:
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        @The Ghost of Doc Ellis,
        Sorry, it’s a H2H 6×6 14 Team Yahoo League.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Ghost of Doc Ellis, Thanks! It’ll be aight… (You are pretty heavy on steals, which isn’t great, your starters I don’t mind…

      • The Ghost of Doc Ellis says:
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        @Grey,
        Ha! That was a big ol’ Meh of an a’ight but I’ll take it. I’ve already dropped Bourjos (Auto pick pee break mistake) for Duda and am looking to trade Stubbs and Sale for Gordon and Addison Reed. Somehow I already know you don’t like that one…Oh yeah, because I listened to your Podcast!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @The Ghost of Doc Ellis, Ha…

  33. Phils’ Worley Ks 8 in 4 perfect innings – you can still change your mind Grey

  34. emceeperiod says:
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    Lucky I’m an emcee. I’ll make you some tight shiz. Anyway, just FYI, vocaroo or whatever doesn’t work on Google Chrome. Apparently I’m the only G who uses that browser…

  35. emceeperiod says:
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    Also, when is the deadline for submissions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @emceeperiod, Eh, I won’t shut the contest for a month probably…

  36. emceeperiod says:
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    Also, I know I’m super demanding, but can you put that Yahoo v Grey ranking comparison chart on your 2012 baseball rankings list up top? It be being tough to find…I searched “Yahoo” and got nothing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @emceeperiod, Search funston…

  37. letsgobravos says:
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    Well done guys! Really enjoyed the podcast. Will this be a weekly deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, Thanks! Yeah, weekly…

  38. Lucas Duda VS Brandon Belt in a keeper league – thr future – is it a big difference

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Belt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Not a huge difference for this year…

      • @Grey, reason being the other haft of the trade is Latos for Zimm the pitcher

        so its Latos and Duda for Zimmerman and Belt – keeper league

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Mr Baseball, Latos is better for this year. There’s risk on the other side, but it could be much better for the other side in future years.

  39. pipa says:
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    Who would you target at pick #13 in a 14 team league?? SP tend to go high in my league because CG are a stat. Halladay, Verlander, Shields, and C lee might be off the board by the time it gets to me. So there will be value, just don’t know what kind. Votto, A Gonz, J Upt, Ells, Han Ram should all be there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pipa, Votto…

  40. pipa says:
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    and on the turn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pipa, Upton

  41. birrrdy! says:
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    @Grey/Rudy/Nick, great work pulling together the podcast!! Enjoyed listening to it very much. Also putting the voices to the faces…

    Rudy being the biggest vocal surprise (vs. his avatar), sounding a bit of a cross between someone who’s lived in both Jersey and Canada. ;) Grey, with some perfect timing (just like in your writing), and an Eddie Haskle-esque lilt to the voice. Nice! Also unexpected, as I was imagining a voice ranging anything from Tom Selleck to Randall Texx Cobb’s character from Raising Arizona to go with that stache! And you really just sound like one of my good friends named Rick. er…. Rick, is that you?? Rick?

    Nick, of course, oozes over the airways like a smooth jazz radio deejee a la Tim Meadows’ “Quiet Storm”. Sweet… :)

    Quick trade question, if I may… 5×5, 10 team, NL only auction ($300) w/8 keepers (13 hitters, 10 pitchers total w/1C, 5OFs, 3U).

    My keepers are: The Adverb ($31); Uggla ($24); Alonso ($5); Tabata ($7); Wright ($26); Hanley ($31); Gordon ($13); and Johan Santana ($3). Hart ($16), Mayberry ($7) and Hudson ($17) are on the bubble outside looking in.

    Should I trade away Alonso & Gordon in a 2-for-1 to get the other guy’s choice of Giancarlo ($24); The Dread Pirate ($28); or Bruce ($24)? The other guy will probably just barely agree to Bruce given the value disparities this year on his projections, if at all, but would all 3 players be a clear green light for the trade?

    If so, who from Hart, Mayberry and Hudson should come off the bubble into my top 8 keepers (in rank order)? THANKS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @birrrdy!, Hey, I’m Rick! Thanks for the kind words! I’d take any of those three OFs. Hudson…

  42. blaster says:
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    Nice podcast – I feel like there should be a segment within it called “The Moustache Ride” for some reason

    Thoughts on this team? 12 team H2H standard cats – On the hitting side of things I’m doing pretty well – on the pitching side of things I need some upside to pan out.

    What was frustrating was that I seemed to get sniped out of a whole pitching tier with a pitching run of Darvish, Bumgarner, CJ Wilson, Wainwright, and Hudson causing me to take Hosmer and then wait it out for Gio after that. Other than that things broke fairly well.

    C Matt Wieters
    1B Pablo Sandoval
    2B Dan Uggla
    SS Erick Aybar
    3B Evan Longoria
    OF Justin Upton
    OF Jay Bruce
    OF Howie Kendrick
    Util Eric Hosmer
    Util Colby Rasmus
    BN Sean Rodriguez
    BN Alex Rios

    SP Gio Gonzalez
    SP Jordan Zimmermann
    RP Brian Wilson
    RP Huston Street
    P Anibal Sanchez
    P Javy Guerra
    P Max Scherzer
    P Matt Thornton
    BN Trevor Cahill
    BN Mike Minor
    BN Mike Leake

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @blaster, Thanks! Sean-Rod seems a bit like wishful thinking, but that’s a small quibble. The team looks solid on the hitting side. The pitching could be a bit of a mess but I don’t mind that as much in H2H…

  43. Johnny Drama says:
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    It’s Christmas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Johnny Drama, Ha, enjoy!

  44. Mr2Bits says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Just did my 10 teak Keeper OBP/QS 5X5 league. Can you rate my draft? I went a little earlier on closers than I thought but that’s what happens when half of your top 50 are in the back of the draft with keepers. I was really surprised Wright fell to me in this league but all seemed to not like him after last year. Funny when someone took Adam Dunn in round 12. I have never drafted a team with 4 bench players but figured between Cozart/Aybar and Kendrick/Espinosa, one or two would not work out or could be traded.

    1. (6) Roy Halladay This player is a keeper. (Phi – SP)
    2. (15) Hunter Pence (Phi – OF)
    3. (26) David Wright (NYM – 3B)
    4. (35) Daniel Hudson (Ari – SP)
    5. (46) Anibal Sanchez (Mia – SP)
    6. (55) John Axford (Mil – RP)
    7. (66) Josh Hamilton This player is a keeper. (Tex – OF)
    8. (75) Max Scherzer (Det – SP)
    9. (86) Peter Bourjos (LAA – OF)
    10. (95) Brandon League (Sea – RP)
    11. (106) Jhoulys Chacin (Col – SP)
    12. (115) Erick Aybar (LAA – SS)
    13. (126) Jim Johnson (Bal – RP)
    14. (135) J.P. Arencibia (Tor – C)
    15. (146) Kevin Youkilis This player is a keeper. (Bos – 1B,3B)
    16. (155) James Shields This player is a keeper. (TB – SP)
    17. (166) Mike Minor (Atl – SP)
    18. (175) Vinnie Pestano (Cle – RP)
    19. (186) Zack Cozart (Cin – SS)
    20. (195) Danny Espinosa This player is a keeper. (Was – 2B)
    21. (206) Jose Bautista This player is a keeper. (Tor – 3B,OF)
    22. (215) Chris Young This player is a keeper. (Ari – OF)
    23. (226) Lance Berkman This player is a keeper. (StL – 1B,OF)
    24. (235) Howie Kendrick This player is a keeper. (LAA – 1B,2B,OF)

    Thanks for the feedback/constructive criticism.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr2Bits, Team looks solid… You went a bit too heavy/early on closers, agreed. Bourjos, Aybar, Wright, Youk, Hunter, Krispie, Cozart, Kendrick… You may not get over 24 homers from anyone there, definitely not from the majority of them. I.e., it’s a bit power light. I’ve seen better offenses in 10 team leagues, but it’s manageable. You’re gonna need to work for some power.

      • Mr2Bits says:
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        @Grey, Agree. No joke, Wright was the top ranked player from your top 300, after that it was pitchers and Arod. I was lucky to snag Pence in the 2nd round when my pick came around as I was 9th after keepers set in.

        I am glad to hear my power is the issue as I was concerned about pitching for awhile. I can correct the power as Lind/Hill/Rios etc were not even drafted.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Mr2Bits, I’d grab Lind immediately.

          • Mr2Bits says:
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            @Grey, who would you drop?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Mr2Bits, Hard to say the way you have your team… Who’s the last man on the bench? Probably him…

              • Mr2Bits says:
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                @Grey, Correct. He would be fighting for playing time at this point. I really took Bourjos accidentally and it threw my whole team off as I usually only carry 2 bench players max. With that said, I wasn’t expecting Wright to fall as far as he did either so I took a 3b player I didn’t really need and already had 1st locked up with Youk/Berkman.

                I think I should probably lose Cozart at this point or I will struggle in this H2h league to win K’s and QS. Only problem is this is really all whose left. Is a flyer worth losing for one of these duds?

                Josh Collmenter
                Kyle Lohse
                Matt Harrison
                Guillermo Moscoso
                Mike Leake
                Josh Tomlin
                Jeff Karstens

                • Mr2Bits says:
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                  @Mr2Bits, Disregards as I just read your rundown and losing Cozart doesn’t look like a good idea anymore. Ill sit tight and wait for duds/injuries to pan out and see where I’m at with the trade market. Look like most teams in my league are in the same position with their pitchers and being fairly shallow with starters. Is it just me or have all the good starting pitchers vanished? When you start seeing Danks and Lilly going in rounds 12, shiz has really hit the fan.

  45. Sean says:
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    I would love it if “epic fail” did not appear again in a podcast :-P

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean, Ha… Did someone say that?

      • Sean says:
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        @Grey, Yeah the host said it twice, asking for your “epic fails”… I’m on a pedantic quest to eradicate the term outside of 15 year old boys. It’s basically me against the Huffington Post, so I’m sure I’ll prevail.

        On a serious note I really enjoyed the podcast and plan to tune in every week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Sean, No more epic fails. Noted… Thanks for the kind words!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fisters for Furbush, We have a theme song. It was a contest for the best cover of it. Nice video…

  46. John Axford – 38 SAVES AND K-ROD 18 HOLDS – ?????????

    hey man if K-Rod does not get the job done in the 8th then Axford will not be what he can be – so why does K-Rod the setup man get only 18 holds – it wasn’t the C- you got in Math in 8th grade that had something to do with this Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Only 12 pitchers got more than 18 Holds last year, don’t see why K-Rod would be in the upper echelon of middle relievers…

      • @Grey, I seen 23 saves last year for him and 17 holds last year – that number adds up to 40 combo – he is new breed of 8th inning setup men – one that could close for another club and there should be no questions when in comes in the 8th inning that he can get the job done – since I do own the brewers 9th inning dude – I am going to take theri 8th inning dude and I hope he gets 25 holds for me

        • @Mr Baseball, LaTroy Hawkins had 20 holds for the Brewers last year

          • @Mr Baseball, I hate drafting Holds

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Mr Baseball, Yeah, Holds are tough to predict.

              • @Grey, I will draft Johnny Cueto – and we both can predict that he will get no holds

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @Mr Baseball, That works!

  47. schlitzy says:
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    Oh my goodness. the roundtable video on Hanley is a goldmine of unintentional comedy. AJ Mass is mumbling something to Karabell about how Hanley can’t steal alot of bases because bonifacio will be on base all the time ahead of him and Cockroft is looking like he wants lunch. My computer froze with the Croft in a creepy gaze at Bell while she tells us that Hanley had shoulder surgery last year. Thanks. Another thing that is very clear – Mass and Cockroft haven’t changed their ESPN mug shots in years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @schlitzy, Ha! I have to check that one out. I’ve heard so many great things!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, How cool would it be if someone came up behind Mass from nowhere and jammed the Mr Met mask on his head?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Ha! I love it…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Call Wieden and Kennedy! Tell them we have an ESPN commercial for them.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Steve, I’m on the horn…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Steve, Hey, when you get home to your Mac could you try the iTunes ear icon in the top left corner? See if it takes you to the right place, cause it’s working only sporadically for me… Merci!

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Works like a charm on an iPad, yo.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @Steve, Great, thanks!

  48. Madonna's Left Bicep says:
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    Nice pod, knew it would be fun when the rock raines and swiggy lines came out

    I have a keeper / strategy questions. For my last keeper, I am deciding between Leake and Tabata (OF is CF, LF, RF). I have Emilio that can also play LF, but is currently my SS/3B with Han Ram. I plan on trying to draft as many of the following: Cozart, Dee Gordon, Moustakes, Yonder. I also plan on trying to draft young SP, like the S Miller, H Alvarez, Peacock, Pomeranz’s of the world.

    Do I keep Tabata or Leake?

    Depending on who I keep, does this change my draft approach..i.e..keep Tabata, go heavy on SP, or keep Leake, go heavy on hitters…?

    I know you are 10 beers deep, but i hope that makes sense.

    Thanks.

    btw..whats the number for the phone sex hotline?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Madonna’s Left Bicep, Thanks! 1-800-Razzhunk… Doesn’t really make sense unless I’m missing who else you’re keeping… I’d prefer Tabata in a vacuum.

      • Madonna's Left Bicep says:
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        Offense Keepers:

        C – McCann
        1st – Lind
        2nd – Cano
        SS – Hanley
        3b – Emilo
        LF –
        CF – Kemp
        RF – Bruce
        DH – Kendrys

        SP Keepers
        C Lee
        Zimmerman
        Beachy
        Baker
        Teheran
        Hanson
        Luebke

        Last Keeper Spot
        Tabata -LF
        Murphy 1st, 2nd, 3rd
        Maybin – CF
        Belt – 1st, LF
        Goldschmidt 1st

        E Jax
        Ogando
        Leake
        Niemann

        So Tabata or Leake, given keepers and draft strategy

        Thanks

        The # did not work, maybe all circuits are busy…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Madonna’s Left Bicep, Goldschmidt… I don’t know how you’re going to go heavy on anything considering how many players are being kept.. But get a LF and then the best available players.

  49. aj says:
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    i can keep 0,1,2,or 3 in a 14 team keeper 5×5 roto…I have longoria and josh hamilton who i want to keep. im not sure if i should keep either Tex or Weaver or draft in the 3rd round…what would you do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @aj, Keep 3… Tex…

  50. Howard says:
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    @Grey which side do you like better: Anibal/Surkamp or Trumbo/Peacock. It’s tough, I have the Trumbo side but need pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howard, Anibal

  51. L-Boogie says:
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    We just finished our RCL draft. Nice work fellas.

    Brain fart alert:
    I took A-Gon-Reyes when I could have had Tulo-Fielder. Don’t ask. Question is… how much did I f that up? Be gentle.

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Fielder and A-Gon are a push and Tulo’s better than Reyes, so it’s not great.

  52. Giggles McGehee says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Deep league. 4×4 (Runs, RBI, SLG%, OBP for offense; QS, Saves/Holds, ERA, WHIP for pitching).
    What’s the right auction split for offense to defense with those stats?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go 180/80…

  53. Cole says:
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    I really enjoyed the podcast. I hope that you guys do more during the season. Having no idea where any of the characters on this site are originally from having never heard your accents: here are my guesses.
    Grey: East coast. Easy. Jersey or Maryland. Has to be one of those
    Rudy: Difficult to tell. My guess is the Ohio River valley to Oklahoma… shot in the dark there.
    Nick- Long o’s. Much like the way I speak being a MIL area resident (although far less sexy). My guess is MN, MI, or IL.

    Again, really enjoyed the podcast!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cole, We’re doing them weekly… Rudy and I are both from Jersey, Nick’s from Canada…

      • Cole says:
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        @Grey, Oh word, said Nick was Canadian at the start. Didn’t put it together. I’m an idiot, folks. Footnote: I think Scott Van Pelt sounds like a Canadian fur trader from 1812 (or 12 after 18).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Cole, Great call on Van Pelt… Ha!

  54. royce! says:
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    I really want to make a version of the song, but after last night when the baby was crying and I was drafting for Steve and my wife posted on facebook, “Hush, baby Faith…No crying during Daddy’s fantasy baseball draft”, I’m thinking I need to reconsider my priorities…but just to be safe, can someone send me the lyrics?

    Razzball! Razzball! Razzball! Razzball!

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!, Sorry Mrs B!

      • royce! says:
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        @Steve, The post got an “LOL” out of my mom, an event which will keep me off of Facebook for at least another year or so.

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!, You have some pretty good reasons for staying off Facebook but that might be the most compelling of all.

          • royce! says:
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            @Steve, Yeah, this could turn into some family drama. “Don’t you LOL me, mother! This is important!” [slams virtual door to virtual room].

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Ha! Hey, you have a Mac? Could you check the subscribe red icon button in the top left under the Twitter icon?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Worked on my iPhone. I had no idea what that icon meant until now. Thought maybe this was where the Kiwanas meet or something. I’ll check on my laptop in a few mins.

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Works on the macbook. What do you have to do to get the ear icon to catch fire?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @royce!, Thanks for checking it for me! I have an ear with fire on it but I thought it looked redundant with the other fire on the Twitter…

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey, Was joking, but your ear is on fire because someone is talking about you! Who is it?!!

            Crap I’m tired.

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey, Trying to confirm that a hot ear means someone is talking about you, and these were the four suggestions from when I tried to google “what does it mean”:

            “when you dream about your ex boyfriend”
            “to be an american”
            “when your poop is green”

            I don’t know much about computers, but I really hope that these suggestions are not based on my online habits.

  55. Wilsonian says:
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    Just like to say congrats for popping my podcast cherry…

    Well done!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Thanks!

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, No prob! And does Nick moonlight as Rick Dees and the Weekly Top 40?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilsonian, Ha… He used to have a radio show… Not sure he wants me to say what he does now…

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey, Oh, no worries. Just thought he had a pretty solid radio voice – or phone sex operator voice, whichever you prefer. Well done again on the podcast. It was actually listenable (is that a word?), which I’ve never really found those to be.

  56. Wilsonian says:
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    *Closer Alert*

    According to MASN, Showalter says Jim Johnson is not his closer yet. Gregg and Lindstrom are still in the mix. Guh…

    • royce! says:
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      @Wilsonian, That makes perfect sense. A difference of like 2 in xFIP should never determine a closer battle!

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @royce!, Haha. As a lifelong Cubs fan, I don’t see how Gregg could ever have a closer’s job again. And Lindstrom has been dealing with arm and back problems this spring and is still just throwing off of flat ground. So I have no clue. I don’t get paid to be a “real” manager, though…

  57. Jarred says:
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    Hey Grey, sorry for the lack of info. It’s a standard 5×5 10 team h2h league.

    C Arencibia
    1B Fielder
    2B Kinsler
    3B Aram
    SS Rollins
    MI Kendrick
    CI Lind
    OF Kemp
    OF Cargo
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Jennings
    OF Rasmus
    Util Ike
    P Cain
    P Gallardo
    P Wilson
    P Bum
    P Zim
    P Morrow
    P Luebke
    P Motte
    P Street
    Bn Bourjos
    Bn Dunn
    Bn Cahill

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jarred, I’m assuming that CJ Wilson and not Brian and in that case the pitching is very strong as is the hitting, but the hitting is lacking a bit of speed, which isn’t a terrible thing in H2H. Overall solid team.

  58. B.o.B. says:
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    Good to finally put a voice to the ‘stache! Great work by yourself and Rudy. Very entertaining stuff! Can’t wait for next week!

    I created a Google doc that compares your entire rankings to Yahoo’s. Interesting stuff. One thing that stuck out to me is, despite your preference to punt catchers, you still rank 2 of the top C McCann and Wieters 2-3 rounds higher than Y! Just found that interesting. Also the difference in ranking of the top tier of closers shows your love for SAGNOF. There’s a few other things that stick out but I’ll just let you and everybody else view for your pleasure…

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ai37nzllzf_vdE1GbC0zQ1BHTTFwVXAwQkJFTHJfd0E#gid=0

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B., Thanks for the kind words and the spreadsheet, others will probably appreciate it. Maybe you drop it in the comments tomorrow earlier in the day for people…

  59. B.o.B. says:
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    Will do

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B., Cool…

  60. Jah says:
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    thought i could fall asleep again to another boring podcast but this was very entertaining. nice work. looking forward to the next one!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jah, Thanks!

  61. Marty Funkhouser says:
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    @Grey and Rudy: Phenomenal stuff. The song, the content, everything. And after a year or two of reading articles/comments where you guys knock your voices, I was surprised. For some reason I was expecting to hear a couple Pee-wee Hermans discussing fantasy baseball, but ya’ll sounded good. I think Nick takes the cake though. Felt like I was listening to a Canadian John Sterling. Without the yelling.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marty Funkhouser, Ha… Thanks!

  62. Joe says:
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    this is outstanding gents! keep up the good work – looking forward to next week’s podcast!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe, Thanks!

  63. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    omfg.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @IowaCubs, Oh, yeah.

  64. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    MAN STRENGTH!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @IowaCubs, Ha!

      • IowaCubs

        IowaCubs says:
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        @Grey, This needs to be a glossary term.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @IowaCubs, It is pretty good, huh?

  65. Greatest podcast ever!!! You make Beherns podcast look like a pile of dogshit. One suggestion if u could do email or call in Q&A that would be tits.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chicago Mike, Thanks! I’m sure as we get into the season we’ll stretch out more things to do. Already have some guests lined up… And I’m not talking schmos from other fantasy sites.

  66. Bob says:
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    Great podcast. Make sure you set up an rss feed so I can get this on my Android phone. THANK YOU

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob, Thanks! It’s set up now, no? Can you not use iTunes with an Android?

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey, Nope, Apple won’t let Android play with iTunes. I can get podcasts, but I need a feed address, like this:

        http://wtfpod.libsyn.com/rss

        Thanks! F Matthew Berry

          • SmokeTNT says:
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            @Grey, Didn’t work for me on Podtrapper.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @SmokeTNT, What’s Podtrapper? Is that an Android app?

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, SmokeTNT, Don’t know if this helps, but I just browsed to this post on an Android and successfully downloaded the podcast as an MP3 via the ‘Razzball Podcast’ link below the intro paragraph.

              • SmokeTNT says:
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                @Grey, I have Podtrapper on my EVO, I just put in RSS feeds and then I can download podcasts directly to my phone. I use it and Stitcher, which streams podcasts instead of downloading, I think a podcast has to be submitted for Stitcher though.

                  • SmokeTNT says:
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                    @Grey, That did the trick, downloading now.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @SmokeTNT, Cool…

  67. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Great stuff Grey & Rudy. Ya’ll sound good. Isn’t it weird to hear you own voice on the air? I record a lot of dummy voice over when I produce spots and my speaking voice is cringe inducing.

    Theme song is sick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, Thanks! Yeah, it’s totally weird/uncomfortable to hear. Though not as bad as seeing yourself on screen.

  68. JoeC says:
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    I would agree with the general sentiment: epic intro song, nice to have the dulcet tones of Nick moderating you barnyard animals, and the usual level of fantasy goodness we have come to expect from ones Mr. Grey and Mr. Gamble.

    However, you did “shatter my world” a bit in revealing that the little man behind the Rudy Gamble curtain is, indeed, as white as sheep’s wool. Could this be considered the Internet equivalent of wearing blackface? That didn’t work out too well on The Challenge (Ex’s).

    Note to John Q. Public: if you have to ask yourself “Is this racist?”, then yes, it probably is.

    • I think it’s okay as long as I don’t slather any shoe polish or nutella on my face. And I don’t modify my voice or vocabulary.

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