One of my longtime rules of fantasy baseball (and this one is shared by many) is to avoid older hitters. David Ortiz? Never drafted him (often and including this season to my detriment), Albert Pujols? Nope. Robinson Cano? Again, my bad this season, but still I’m not drafting him. Ben Zobrist? Just can’t do it. I know three out of the four guys I just mentioned are having great seasons thus far, but let’s see how they look in August, shall we? We shall, since August is coming whether we want it to or not; how’s that for ominous?
Thing is I just don’t want to take the chance of injury or decline. As I get older, and though I’m no athlete, it just takes longer to recover. Recover from injuries, running or long walks even, the few weights I do lift, and mainly, hangovers. I keep telling myself I’m one more bad hangover (which at this point is five or six beers and home by 11:00 PM and still takes two days to feel right again) from giving it up.
But good beer is so, so good. Just not at the ballpark for $10 a 12 ounce. As such when I go see my Cubs play the Cardinals in a couple weeks I’m bringing in a bottle of water, refilling it as often as I like in the many fountains, and eating hot dogs and nachos until my heart’s content. You know who also makes my heart’s content? Brandon Phillips. (Well, no, he doesn’t but I didn’t have a good transition there and that one did the trick. Or it didn’t. You decide!) But he’s an old guy and you don’t own them; you just said this. I know, but to be clear, I won’t draft these guys; nor will I trade for them. What I will do is pick them up off of waivers/free agent wire and plug them into my lineup.Please, blog, may I have some more?