Emerging from your parents’ basement, blocking the sun with your hand, “Mother, did you see wash my underwear?  Mother?”  You shake her shoulder and her head falls off and the skull rolls into the kitchen.  You casually pick up the head, “Mother, did you do my laundry I asked for back in March?”  You move your mother’s jaw bones, “Yes, sonny boy.  How did you do in your fantasy league?”  “Thank you for asking, mother.  I achieved great success.  Let’s tell father.”  You turn to a sack of potatoes wearing an “I’m with stupid” t-shirt and glued-on corn cob pipe.  “Father, we have won our fantasy league.  It was great fun.  Now it’s back to spending time with the family.”  And that’s how you incorporated yourself back into family life.  Well, we can’t all be winners like that gent, but it is time to lick thy wounds if you lost and razz thy neighbors if you won.  So, hopefully, let’s razz on, Razzers.  Unless your league counts game 163, then it’s still on like Steve Wiebe playing Donkey Kong!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Clayton Kershaw – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA ends at 2.73.  His K/9 ends at 8.7 with his 3.19 xIP.  It someone drafts him in the top 20 next year I will let my mirth bellow loudly.  A jolly mirthful bellow!  (The cougar-seeking missile in me is now thinking of Maria Bello.  I will try to continue while aroused.)

Brian Dozier – 1-for-1, 3 RBIs and his 21st homer, hitting .215.  I told you he’d have a big 2nd half!  *slowly walks out of a room of glaring people, slowly backs into a room of Brian Dozier fantasy owners brandishing weapons*  Hey, fellas.

Max Muncy – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 34th homer, hitting .261.  I’d like to see the Dodgers go to the World Series, because I live in LA, but I also wouldn’t mind seeing them eliminated immediately if it meant Roberts is fired.  Muncy was the heart and soul of the team all year, and the way Roberts dicked him around in the 2nd half was egregious, said like Jackie Chiles.

David Freese – 2-for-4, 2 runs as he hit 3rd for the Dodgers.  You know, Freese, the guy who put Cody Bellinger on ice.

Dereck Rodriguez – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA ends at 2.81.  That’s one way to take the heat off yourself for next year, though I pity him at Thanksgiving with the Pudges.  “I got into the Hall of Fame.”  “I had a miserable final start.”  “I put stanozolol in the turkey.” “Maaaaaa!”

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA ends at 2.52.  I will go over this more when I recap all the positions, but Verlander had a better season than you think.  I am not underestimating your intelligence, I’m just telling you, Verlander surpassed your expectations.

Jameson Taillon – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.20.  The key to his success this year?  Having a ball.

Starling Marte – 2-for-5 and his 20th homer.  The Pirates reached the 20-homer benchmark twice, barely, but what’s fair is fair, I lost that bet.  How about my bet Shin-Soo wouldn’t get past 22 homers though?  Which I said when he was at 18 homers — three months ago!  Kinda nailed that one.

Miles Mikolas – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA ends at 2.83.  Mikolas led my one team to victory, so a tip of the hat to my new favorite, Greek-sounding player.  Moustakas and Castellanos are off to cry in their Greek diner disco fries.

Blake Snell – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 1.89.  Perhaps my greatest preseason moment was calling Snell a sleeper for you to draft in all leagues.  Perhaps my worst preseason moment is when I didn’t listen to my own advice and actually draft him.  You win one, you lose some, as they say in the Albright house.  Actually, it’s more of a yurt.

Mallex Smith – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 39th and 40th steal, hitting .296.  Gotta love those striving for personal achievements in the final week.  Shame Kris Bryant couldn’t hit 20 homers this final week.

Manuel Margot – 3-for-5 and a slam (8) and legs (11).  Priming me for a 2019 sleeper!

Carlos Rodon – 1 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 4.18.  Gah, that was supposed to be your April 3rd of next year start after everyone incorrectly drafted you!

Joe Mauer – 1-for-4, hitting .282, as he might’ve played his final game.  I happened to see Rotoworld has already ranked Mauer in their top 20 overall for next year.  Be interesting to see if they switch it.

Christian Yelich – 0-for-2, 2 runs and his 35th and 36th homer on Saturday.  You had a baby in early-August, a splitting image of his mother, thankfully.  The baby was walking at three weeks old like Kim-jong Un and was setting your fantasy lineup at four weeks old.  Then, at five weeks old, the baby cured cancer and is the frontrunner for Time’s Person of the Year.  Maybe the best year in the history of mankind for such a babyfaced little tyke, until your runt was exceeded by Yelich.

David Wright – 0-for-1 as he took his final lap around Metco.  Not a dry eye in the building, and it wasn’t simply because Jose Reyes was screaming, “I’m gonna make you cry!”  Went back to look at Wright’s stats, and his last great season was 2010.  His last decent season was 2013.  This is an unpopular thought, but Reyes had a longer period of solid fantasy value (10 years vs. seven).  Of course, Wright did seem like a class act who just had bad marks in attendance.

Noah Syndergaard – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.03.  Seems doubtful, but maybe from the All-Star Game until yesterday it was like a brief interlude when he just wasn’t himself and people were talking over his sweet, chin music.  Call him Secretgaarden.

Adrian Beltre – 1-for-2.  Hasn’t announced anything, but the Rangers team and fans cheered him on like this is his last game.  Other fans should take clues from their lead.  Shoot, the O’s should’ve gave Chris Davis a standing ovation in April if it would’ve got him off the field.

Stephen Piscotty – 1-for-1, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer.  Where will he be drafted next year?  Piscotty doesn’t know!  Piscotty doesn’t know!

Khris Davis – 0-for-2 as he led the majors in homers (48), but whatever, he hit .247, which means he hit .247 for four straight years.  In other words, Khris Davis hits for .247 24/7.

James Paxton – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.76.  For the 1st time in his career, he threw more than 136 IP, had his highest K/9 (11.7), and lowest walk rate at 2.4.  I hate that he’s already going to be 30 years old next year, but maybe, just maybe, he can finally be a top 10 starter in 2019.  My cyclops is monocled!

Corey Kluber – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.89.  No lie, I made a note in my iCal for early next September that says, “Pitchers don’t get shut down as much as you think.  Also, you’re handsome.”  This year felt like I was overestimating pitchers not throwing as deep into the season.  Also, been hearing lots of talk about ending fantasy baseball leagues on August 31st.  If that were the case, I would’ve won multiple leagues, including Tout, but I still think that’s lame.  Yes, September is challenging for who’s starting, but you’re telling me baseball players can play 162 games, but you can’t click your mouse a few times and set your lineup until October 1st?  C’mon, homey.

Francisco Lindor – 1-for-4, 2 runs, and a slam (38) and double legs (24, 25).  Coming tomorrow is Podcaster Ralph and I debating the top 25 for 2019.  I was surprised at how early Lindor went, but I couldn’t argue with it, especially since I was the one who took him and I prefer to dance with myself rather than argue.

Carlos Carrasco – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.38, and the save for Trevor Bauer – 4 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.21 – as he finished the game.  Or as other playoff teams would say, “Holy crap.”

Adalberto Mondesi – 0-for-3 and his 32nd steal, hitting .276.  I’ll bet you $5 dollars you’ll never get from me that Mondesi will have the biggest difference in ADP in 2019 from league to league, going anywhere from top 25 overall to top 100 overall.

Jon Gray – 2 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.12.  Every terrible pitcher from this year I’m going to call them Jsonny Grobbieray.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 36th and 37th homer.  I just rented this AirBnB and there’s an urn that has a sign, “Grandmother’s ashes, please don’t touch,” so to make sure no one touches it, I’m just going to move it out of the way and by this open window–NOOOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!

Charlie Blackmon – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 29th homer, and hit for the cycle.  Oddly enough, Blackmon getting a cycle was also the logline for the sequel to Sons of Anarchy.  One quick word about leagues using game 163.  I would pick up literally everyone who was playing.  I would even pick up middle relievers if I needed a chance for a vulture win or a random few Ks.

Trevor Story – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (36) and legs (27), hitting .290.  Terrific, insane, adjective season.  Please let his elbow be okay.  I’m not being a worrywart, that’s what Rich Hill is — or is that a worryblister?  Any hoo! — I just have visions of Corey Seager’s 2018 season when I think of Story in 2019.

David Dahl – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer, and 28th homer this week.  Someone start a 2019 league right now so I can draft Dahl ridiculously early.

Mookie Betts – 1-for-2, 1 run, hitting .346, as he finished with the MLB batting title, the first by a Red Sox player since Wade “I Like The Thigh Meat Of Chicks” Boggs.  He’s also the first guy to win the batting title while going 30/30.  Incredibly, no one reached 200 hits this year, Betts fell short at 180, due to injuries and walks.  Trout only had 147 hits this year!  This feels like a one-year aberration, but with strikeouts up, trends have to start somewhere, which is also what I say when someone asks me why I’m wearing jorts.

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 43rd homer, hitting .330.  Just Dong because everything else is just wrong.

Xander Bogaerts – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .288.  How is his nickname not XBog….s?  We have a whole offseason to make this happen.  Let’s do this!

Luke Voit – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .333.  He should walk around the clubhouse with a t-shirt from the Leonard-Duran fight, No Mas, with an added caret and A.

Giancarlo Stanton – Hit his 38th homer on Saturday.  Came up a wee bit short of 60 homers this year.  The thesaurus tells me I could’ve used Altuve instead of ‘wee bit short.’  Either way, the Yankees ended up setting a new home run record for a team, and had at least 20 homers from each lineup spot for the first time in history.  Somewhere, Babe Ruth and Fatty Arbuckle are removing a Coke bottle from somewhere it doesn’t belong in honor of the occasion.  The Ghost of Babe Ruth to The Ghost of Lou Gehrig, “Do that echoey thing you do with your voice into the Coke bottle.”  Gehrig grimaces and shakes his head, no thanks.

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clayton Bain
clayton Bain
3 years ago

Hey Man,
Don’t make fun of my mom.

Terrence Mann
Terrence Mann
3 years ago

Thanks for the advice, the laughs, and most importantly, the bi-curious Giancarlo manlove.

Osho fills his private jet with Rolex watches and Billy Ripken cards as we all ponder what far off land awaits.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
3 years ago

@Harley Earl:

Oh, wait, Story hit #37 today!!! He’s the greatest!!! How about that UCL!!!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
3 years ago

Grey,

One more thing about Trevor Story since we both seem to have a fascination with him.

You keep calling for the sky to fall on him in 2019 and I understand your skepticism. But, in the case of Seager last year, once he got hurt he never really was the same player. Story doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. He’s bombing away, playing just like he did before the injury.

I think he’s healthy. I told you this would be Story’s career year back in June when you dumped on him. I’m telling you again, he’s OK. I’m all in on him again next season!

Plus, honestly, it’s just more fun to be optimistic than a cranky old pessimist!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

I know you like him brother! I’m just giving you a hard time!

In other puns, It was a storybook season for Mr. Story! HaHa!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
3 years ago

Grey,

I gotta agree with you on the Max Muncy comment. As a Muncy owner, it is frustrating to see him not get to play everyday. He hit another bomb today. I think that makes 35 bombs now. The guy deserves at-bats no matter who is pitching yet they go trade for Brian Dozier and David Freese. It’s as if they’re telling Muncy … “Hey Max, you fucking suck and we don’t believe in you.”

I don’t know what Muncy’s contract is, but I hope he walks when it’s up and every time he faces the Dodgers afterward he sticks it up their ass. Roberts is a dick. Hope they fire him too.

Glad you said something about it.

American Troutfisher
American Troutfisher
3 years ago

Thanks to your and Rudy’s rankings my first four picks in my 12-team H2H were Betts, Machado, Bregman, and Yellich, plus I got Nola and Bauer a few rounds later, and I waltzed to the regular-season best record. Unfortunately everyone stopped hitting for a couple weeks in mid September and I lost in the championship round, but what are ya gonna do, right? Thanks for the great season, Razzballers!

dave b
dave b
3 years ago

grey thanks for the great site,big help in getting 3 league wins this year including back to back in my big money league. Enjoy the bobo!

herschel
herschel
3 years ago

@Grey: hope you have a great off season…thanks for all of the help!

stayinhot
stayinhot
3 years ago

Hi Grey,
I would just like to say that I only discovered Razzball this year but your writing style and willingness to engage quickly reignited my love for fantasy baseball, even from over here in England.

Thanks to you and the team I won my league by 17 points and held the lead from May 1st. I know in my heart I would not have won my league without SON and hittertron.

I’m going to celebrate by taking my shiny virtual trophy to get a Boba, unbelievably I’ve found somewhere near me that sells them. I’m quite excited.

Anyway, thanks again.

FourOneFive
FourOneFive
3 years ago

15 player keeper league….the 15th player is in question…I have a monster offense, and am light on pitching.

Offense is Grandal, Matt Olson, Schoop, Story, Arenado, Max Muncy, Rendon, Whit Merrfield, Jose Martinez, JD Martinez and Christian Yelich, leaving a Utility, OF, and Catcher (2 Catcher league) slot only open……..Pitching is Jacob deGrom, Thor and Patrick Corbin only, need 9 pitchers total.

With this scenario…who you keeping?

Miguel Sano or Derrick Rodriguez?

Fogimon
Fogimon
3 years ago

Battled back this season to take the lead away from a guy who held it for the first 26 weeks of the season. Was up by as much as 5.5 pts in my 5×5 roto 10 team keeper last Wednesday, only to fall today because of Walker Buehler’s gem. I had Marquez going.

Our league literally hinged on 1 run and 1 rbi. An absolutely brutal way to end it.

Lickety Splits
Lickety Splits
3 years ago

What a crazy exciting finish to an excellent year of fantasy baseball …thanks to my use of hittertron & streamonator as well as reading Razzball daily. I managed to come from quite a ways back in a few leagues to end up with two 2nd place finishes as well as two championships. Despite winning more cash from the other leagues my proudest moment came from winning my RCL. I tried a few last year & it was a definite learning curve. The competition was tough & I learned quite a bit seeing Razzball logic in real life practice. I was in THE toughest league this year. The competition was amazing …I finished 3rd overall (unofficially) & we had two of the top 8 places & 3 guys in the top 24 places.
My crowning moment was probably Sat when I started 9 SPs: Borucki @ TB; Eovaldi v NYY; Gibson vCHW; Lorenzen v PIT; Matz v MIA; Mikolas v CHC; Miley v DET; [email protected] NYM; A Sanchez @ PHI. Many not exactly recommended by the robot to the tune of 50 IP; 47Ks; 1.44 ERA; 1.06 WHIP & 3 Ws. I was going for the fences in W’s & K’s but came up short but the unexpected ERA & WHIP sealed the deal & won the championship …better lucky than good I guess. I will take it.
Anyone not using Rudy’s tools is playing at a extreme handicap & you are the master of fantasy baseball the humor & laughs are just icing on the cake. Also playing in RCLs makes you better in other leagues …just do it. Part of me hopes Razzball never gets too big so as to lose my edge out there.
I usually use henncoop as my but I think I will have to go with my RCL winning team name from now on. I could not figure out where I got it from but it was catchy. Turns out it was the name of the strip club in Ozark.
I actually looking forward to a bit of a fantasy baseball break. I am sure after 2 or 3 weeks I will be looking forward to next season. I wanted top thank you & all Razzball for your love of the game & your unbelievable dedication to your readers …you’re the BEST

Swat290
Swat290
3 years ago

Second year in a row I won my league thanks to you and the rest of Razzball, so thank you fine sir!

Citizen5
Citizen5
3 years ago

12 team, mixed league
Taillon would be available to me next year as a 6th Rd pick. Would you keep him there?
Also, could take Conforto there.
Who would you take?
Thanks for another great season of Razzball. Awesome stuff.

Turd Wendell
Turd Wendell
3 years ago

Yo brotha just wanted to thank you for the helpful advice this season. Won a championship in a 12 tm last night, thanks to guys like Voit, Mondesi, and Dahl all huge pick-ups due to your sage wisdom. Salut, my friend!

Cram It
Cram It
3 years ago

I’m 1/2 point ahead of Rudy at the moment. Yeah, insane.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Watch Corbin Burnes come in and give up a run.

Savoy Special
Savoy Special
3 years ago

14 Team H2H Auction Redraft League. 6×6: Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS and Ks, QS, ERA, WHIP, Saves+Holds, K/9

Won the championship. 6-5-1. But a win’s a win.

Many thanks to you for the Eddie Rosario and Blake Snell calls. RIP to Ian Desmond, Evan Gattis, Hector Rondon, Matt Barnes, Keon Kela who were friends I lost (dropped) along the way… Outside of Week 1, this team has not been out of 1st place. I don’t think I’ll ever repeat this success ever again. Because it takes a bit of luck to never drop out of first along with a dope ass team.

But again, THANK YOU for all that you do. I legit check this site every day and I’ll be back as soon as you make your next sleepers posts for 2019. Take care, Grey!

C: Kurt Suzuki
1B: Wil Myers
2B: Cesar Hernandez
3B: Matt Chapman
SS: Francisco Lindor
OF: Mike Trout
OF: Mitch Haniger
OF: Aaron Hicks
UTL: Ramon Laureano

P: Max Scherzer
P: Craig Stammen
P: Jose Castillo
P: Greg Holland
P: Scott Oberg
SP: Blake Snell
SP: Mike Foltynewicz
Bench: Clayton Kershaw
Bench: Miles Mikolas
Bench: Matthew Boyd
Bench: Josh James
DL: Michael Wacha

Savoy Special
Savoy Special
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: yea, give the man a Cy Young! I was down in K/9 until he struck out 10 in 5 innings. He and Mikolas essentially won me the final week.

Savoy Special
Savoy Special
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: well, I owned German Marquez for 2 starts.. and then dropped him right before he owned the league the 2nd half of the season. Could have been even “easier”. Coulda, shoulda, woulda, but the mistakes of this season don’t matter anymore once you’re the last manager standing. 2nd championship for my money league. I’m at peace. And I’m gonna enjoy this feeling for a while. *fist pump

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
3 years ago

After reading the comments, can we just skip the rest of 2018 and go into 2019!

I am so ready for another MLB season!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:
That’s what I meant, after the Yankees win another World Series! Hehe

Count de Monetballl
Count de Monetballl
3 years ago

Grey you M.E.G.!

Thank you for everything, including being the catalyst to another digital trophy in my 5×5 Yahoo! 10-team league!!! How much does Grey and Co. help?

Before finding Razz – Average finish – 4.5
After finding Razz – Average finish over 6-years – 2.0 finish including 3 championships

For fun –
Biggest add of the year – Tie
Picked up Corbin just after the draft when I realized he went undrafted
Picked up Eddie Rosario off of waivers when he was sucking A$$, immediately after picking him up, he was the bomb.com

Worst drop of the year – not too bad
Picking my catcher scab and dropping Grandal early on

Best Draft Decisions
Bregman as the 41st pick
Acuna as the 120th pick
Treinen as the 14th pick

Worst Draft Decisions: Tie
Schoop 60th overall pic
Giles 61st overall pick (ughhh)
Not Drafting Trevor Bauer (drafted at 139)
Not Drafting Snell (drafted at 182)

Frankencatcher stats (10-team)
76 Runs 23 HR 84 RBI 2 SB .232

Thanks again for the work, RB is AMAZING!!!

CdM

jose
jose
3 years ago

Grey,

Thank you for another season of daily write ups filled with all the advice and humor! It’s one of the best parts of my day I have some pretty great days, if I do say so myself. Haha

Thank you for the response to every comment and question we make. Even if they don’t really follow any type of logical though or sentence structure. Some of us are worse than others…

I truly appreciate everything said above regardless of the fact that I was able to pull of a 1st place finish in my RCL! I’ve been following the sight since 2014 (I think), but this was my first year in any type of ROTO league and the 1st place finish was, by in large, thanks to You, Rudy, and his Robots.

Thanks again and already looking forward to the “offseason” content!

Filkarri
Filkarri
3 years ago

Hey Grey, thanks for the advice all year. My team got hit by the day to day injury bug in the playoffs but I ended up finishing 3rd after going in as the #1 seed.

Can you pick 3 of the following guys as keepers in an OBP league in the order you’d keep them? I put the round I’d have to pay to keep them and years of control next to each. I’m losing control of my Trout and Springer this year so it’s a bit of a rebuild.

Matt Chapman – 3 years, 23rd round
David Dahl – 3 years, 25th round
Lorenzo Cain – 3 years, 7th round
Mitch Haniger – 3 years, 20th round
Luis Severino – 1 year, 26th round
Jose Berrios – 3 years, 8th round
Edwin Encarnacion – 3 years, 4th round

My instincts say Haniger, Chapman, and Dahl. Severino is super cheap but I’m worried about him and if he’s a bust next year I’d lose control at the end of the season anyway. Thanks in advance!

dk
dk
3 years ago

As someone who lost his roto league last year on the last day of the season due to a perfect storm of situations, I now again sit in first place on the last day of the league…only up 3 points…with a chance to falter if Beuhler pitches 6 shutout innings…and if Story & Taylor outslug Aguilar….and if Chacin gets the win…and on and on. I wish I could drink at work.

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  dk
3 years ago

@dk: the perfect storm hit me today. Buehler the main reason.

Time to open up the scotch. There really doesn’t get a lower feeling than this…. how many months of planning and reading to lose based on a few outs in a game that shouldnt have even been played. SMH

Lubes
Lubes
3 years ago

Thanks for all the advice this year! You helped me climb 10 points a month for June, July and August, but alas, the hits did NOT keep coming and I stalled out in 5th place (but only 7 points out of 2nd!). In a rebuilding year, happy to have it. Looking forward to a decade-plus of !Acuna!

Scott
Scott
3 years ago

Grey, thanks for providing sound advice and taking the time to answer all of my questions in the comments section. Your work is excellent. You tell it like it is in only a way that you can. Have a great off-season.

Cyler
Cyler
3 years ago

I have Dahl in my league, its OPS, and an owner has a mega viagra for him but is trying to get him cheapsie. Would you move Dahl for Benentendi?

Lubes
Lubes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Any long term concerns about how much Benintendi was benched down the stretch (at least 2x/week)? Or was that just rest for the playoffs?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Cyler
3 years ago

@Cyler: I’d want Benny

P
P
3 years ago

Grey

Thanks for the best fantasy baseball advice and comedy. Your site is typically the first thing I read each weekday.
And thanks for helping me win RCL #17

Murph
Murph
3 years ago

Grey!!!
Thanks for all your awesome advice and for putting up with my stupid questions.
I drafted Snell even if you didnt and it was definitely the glue that held my team together once Darvish, C-Mart and Castillo imploded
A little rookie nookie got me the Tlidaddy and Sexy Dr. Pepper and I rode the team all the way to a back-to-back championship
Won my work league too.
Razzball is the secret sauce – and you are the all-beef patty my man
Thanks for everything – see you in the spring

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
3 years ago

I joined a keeper league 2 years ago and went full blown rebuild. Since then, I have come here for advice by reading and asking you questions. You are one of my few resources out there that have helped immensely and are a reason why I finished in 2nd this year and have so many $1 assets going fiorward. I just picked up M. Manning, Will Smith, K. Lee, J. Sanchez, Duplantier and L. Robert to go alongside Vlad, Tatis Jr. and Rodgers and accompanying Acuna, Rhys, Benintendi, Merrifield, Abreu, Altuve, deGrom, Kluber and more. Everyday you’re here, grinding it out and answering every question you get.

Thank you for putting up with my questions and offering insight.

As a side note, to those that didn’t buy the stream-o-nator and hitter-o-nator, get it next year. It is, for the most part, very accurate and helps make hard decisions easier.

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

I went from last year making around 50% bad starts (without) to around 10% when streaming (with). In a points league, it cancelled out last year with points added and taken away and hen this year propelling me into the money. Can’t recommend it enough.

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
3 years ago

Mornin’, Grey! Major props for effortlessly shoehorning the room from the end of 2010 into the last Buy/Sell. The only tweak I’d make is turning that Treat Urner poster into one with Giancarlo’s face on Raquel Welsh in a bikini ala Shawshank. It would’ve really tied the room together in a non-gay/kinda-gay/very Grey way.

Thanks for a fantastic year of write ups and advice. This is also the only fantasy site out there where you might get equally great advice from commenters. That’s totally a byproduct of the spirit of comradery you, Rudy, Ralph, Truss, Laura Holt, Son, Dokken and all the other experts/mensches here have established. So thanks to everybody who haunts Razz comment threads. Good luck in the playoffs, everyone…

Squat Cobblers
Squat Cobblers
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@GrassyKnollRedding:@Grey: I’m wondering …If Grey was Andy Dufrayne and Giancarlo’s poster was on the wall, would he have escaped??

Or, more likely, would Andy/Grey have turned the Stanton poster into a human DNA version of a Jackson Pollock???

Squat Cobblers
Squat Cobblers
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: ‘Borrowed’ from a line in Guardians of the Galaxy. Sad.

Anyway, since I finished 2nd to Ms. LauraHolt in the overall RCL standings…Do I get a T-shirt?

Regardless, thanks for all of your amazing advice! No better ‘pert out there than the Fantasy Master Lothario Please Don’t Abbreviate No Matter What For Absolutely No Reason Or There Will Be Hell To Pay!

Squat Cobblers
Squat Cobblers
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Thanks Grey! No worries if there is no second place ribbon (or if I’m not actually in second in the final standings).

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
Reply to  Squat Cobblers
3 years ago

@Squat Cobblers: Haha! Too close to call. But if anyone could have crawled through that filthy analogy and come out clean on the other side, it’s Grey!

Roger Anderson
Roger Anderson
3 years ago

Thanks to Grey, Ralph, Rudy, J-Son, and the rest I won my H2H, 6×6, ESPN league again. Daily devotions included SON and Hittertron. Grabbing Voit and Dahl for the last week of the finals made the difference. Can’t wait for next year (actually I can, because I am burned out right now)

Thanks and see you in March!

bigbear
bigbear
3 years ago

Dahl’s been one that’s been on the brink for a couple of years. 2019 is the year!!!

I’ll be one of the guys who’s in on Mondesi in the 3rd/4th round-ish…

For redraft leagues: Will Guerrero go higher on average than any other minor leaguer in the history of fantasy baseball? My Google-fu had some trouble with the research pulling ADP data for rookies… How much will I need to spend to satisfy my urges?

Thanks for the reads and tips!

Not Randy BoBandy
Not Randy BoBandy
3 years ago

Thanks for all of your help throughout the season. Yet again I was provided with much daily entertainment despite not posting much this season. I flamed out in the playoffs but that was largely due to injuries, it happens.

Looking forward to the playoffs!

And excellent Steve Wiebe reference!

Bill
Bill
3 years ago

Grey:

Thanks so much for all the content this season! I say this every year, but following your draft strategy and ranks more or less guarantees me a Top 3 finish in any and all leagues (provided I’m active throughout the season). The 2018 season was no different, even though I feel like it took me about 6 weeks to figure out how the hell Fantrax’s user interface and mobile app worked. Is it weird that trying to use Fantrax made me feel like both an 8 year-old and an 80 year-old using the internet for the first time??

Anyway, thanks again to Rudy and you for all that you do. I can’t imagine baseball without Razzball (11 years (?) strong!).

Johnnyhobbes
Johnnyhobbes
3 years ago

Hey Grey- Made the play off in both, my teams faded near the end but a great and entertaining ride. Makes football boring in comparison. Will have to join an RCL next year. Also a couple weeks back you had advised about what keepers for next year to take. Baez was our consensus pick for a bat. we went back and forth on arms between Taillon and Trinien in a points league. Taillon ended the year with 326 for an average of 10.2 per start. Blake Treinen finished with 460 points with an average of 6.8 points per appearance.

I’d like to enter a new option for consideration for pitcher keeper next year. Miles Mikolas- finished the year with 396 points for an average of 12.4 points.

No decisions need to be made until next years draft but thats where I am. Trenien had a spectacular year and his talent is undeniable but there is an element of being handcuffed to the success of your team- which is not to say the A’s wont do this again next year. Taillon had a good second half … for some reason I think Mikolas will just get stronger from here for next year. Like i said no decision needs to be final for a while. Perhaps spring training will make it painfully obvious, but right now where do you lean?

Cheers and looking forward to the off season posts .

synyster
synyster
3 years ago

Grey!! Thanks for all the guidance this season. I’m happy to let you know I’ve won my first championship in eight years of doing fantasy baseball. It was our first year going from Roto to H2H w/ QS and OBP. I only lost three weeks out of the 22 and the championship game ended in a tie 6-6 last night, but I bested him in regular season win matchups.

I think drafting Trout(1), Machado (20), JoRam (21), Merrifield (100), Sugar Cain (121), and Gregorius at 180 were some pretty good steals this draft.

Thx again! Looking forward to defending the crown next year.

synyster
synyster
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Yes definitely. Before even looking at your rankings I wouldn’t of even targeted either of them more than likely. Look forwrad to talking next season! Onto football!

Take it easy Grey! Thanks!

Geoff
3 years ago

Now that I have taken the Perts League title, I’m requesting to only be addressed as Vanguard for the entirety of the off-season and 2019 season.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Geoff
3 years ago

@Vanguard: Congrats by the way, Ralph. I’m sorry, I can’t call you Vanguard.

Geoff
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: Thanks Cram It. My dreams of running a sex cult rooted in the Human Potential movement depend on this Vanguard thing. Hook a brother up!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Geoff
3 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Haha. I need some backstory as to what this Vanguard is all about. I don’t just help promote any old sex cult all willy nilly.

Geoff
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: Finding NXIVM! Great pod Grey put me onto.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Geoff
3 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: I’m in!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Geoff
3 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

You have me on your side for the cult. Lol

Congrats Vanguard on your championship!!

Squat Cobblers
Squat Cobblers
Reply to  Geoff
3 years ago

@Vanguard: Congrats Ralph on the ‘Perts title. If I may be critical for a moment…I’ve been in two RCLs with you and you’ve abandoned your teams in both. I know you’re a busy man and I’m not saying you have to stream everyday til the end. But, maybe once a week or so, could you clean up your lineup a bit? You currently have some guy named Robert Stephenson (presumably the Scottish poet) in your lineup and he hasn’t pitched since August (or since the Potato Famine)…and had Strasburg IR’d since then as well.

Anyway, gonna miss your posts, but not your sportsmanship!

Geoff
Reply to  Squat Cobblers
3 years ago

@Squat Cobblers: ECFBL is the only one, I finished second in two other RCLs. I was honestly just trying to stay out of the way in ECFBL and ultimately it didn’t change my standing. I finished 8th.

Sorry if I disappointed you. Started a new job, started a new business, produced 5-6 pieces of content, while raising three kids. Changed my roster in every league but one. Did you want me to just make moves to make moves in ECFBL? I won’t be back next year, took on too many leagues.

Did I cost you a title?

Geoff
Reply to  Squat Cobblers
3 years ago

@Squat Cobblers: What’s the second league BTW?

Squat Cobblers
Squat Cobblers
Reply to  Geoff
3 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: The other RCL was two years ago but I have the memory of an elephant:) You didn’t cost me a title at all. No huge deal. I just get annoyed when owners don’t check in on their rosters …especially in a $$ leagues since zombie rosters can have an impact on final standings/payouts.
Like I said initially, I know you’re a busy man and certainly wouldn’t want you to make moves just to make moves but, perhaps occasionally check in to see if a DL guy like Strasburg is active or prune the lineup a bit perhaps once every two weeks? The point is, that while it didn’t cost me a title, it could have..or since 2nd/3rd were close, maybe it affected their final order.
You seem like a good dude. Sorry you going to drop out of the ECFBL.

Geoff
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Vanguard…

Geoff
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Sorry about that branding thing.

Geoff
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Only if they look like Gucci Mane’s

Geoff
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: I think the loser has to get a Lil Xan tattoo

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: excuse me….I was taught by the great Oaktown Steve! and I taught Ralph, who now joins me as a defeater of Grey, Master Rosterbater King of the North (standings)

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: BeetleFOH!

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Honestly I have been training Ralph like Mickey trained Rocky for the last three year. If he’s the Vanguard, then what am I ?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Ralph just texted me and I got the podcast. Seagrams?…Maybe I’m the 7 in 7 and 7

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
3 years ago

Three of my four adds on my last week did terribly. And yet, it was only that first add that mattered: David Dahl. Facing nothing but righties in Coors Field, those 6 homeruns combined with Mondesi (another late season buy, thank you!) to propel my team to another title.

Mustache wax and razzberries all around!

Bas
Bas
3 years ago

Sir Grey!

Many thanks for all the advice (although only 2nd place this year;-)).
But the most important thing was the smile you put on my face every morning while reading the daily notes (right before going to my teampage as a lunatic to pick up new guys).

Thanks,
Bas from Holland

Packers
Packers
3 years ago

I thought I had a couple of leagues won, but now have to sweat out 2 more games. Doesn’t seem fair if you don’t have players playing today.
My question to anybody, where can I see the lineups for the games?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Marlins/Pirates was cancelled.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: I’m with ya! And Quintana shuts it down with 5 K’s.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: And only a couple of hundred bucks at that. They’re making a killing.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: No clue. I’m not doing the math.

Ugh, no K’s for Q yet. haha

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

The best return is onhigh stakes leagues which pay out at 90% of league entry fees. Its a good reason to play them.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
3 years ago

Thanks for all he great write ups and wonderful humor.

Nice work finishing off NFBC as long as you don’t get fucked today.

Managed to win my money RCL and 2 other leagues so not a bad yeaR.

Javy Baez 2019 Fantasy Schmohawk- Hitter
Luis Severino 2019 Fantasy Schmohawk – Pitcher

Harrison Bader 2019 Fantasy Sleeper- Hitter
Tyler Glasnow 2019 Fantasy Sleeper- Pitcher

OldNavy
OldNavy
3 years ago

I was in 12 leagues this year, won 6 of them and 2 third places. Thanks for all the advice I am retiring from fantasy because I will be 72 in January.

NORM GINSBERG
NORM GINSBERG
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: i’M 72 AND JUST WON 3 (OF 4). cAN’T WAIT UNTIL 2019.

norm ginsberg
norm ginsberg
Reply to  OldNavy
3 years ago

@OldNavy: I’m 72 in dec and I’m ready in 2018. Go for it (4 leagues ; 3 first).

Van Hammersly
Van Hammersly
3 years ago

Grey:

Thanks so much for all the content this season! I say this every year, but following your draft strategy and ranks more or less guarantees me a Top 3 finish in any and all leagues (provided I’m active throughout the season). The 2018 season was no different, even though I feel like it took me about 6 weeks to figure out how the hell Fantrax’s user interface and mobile app worked. Is it weird that trying to use Fantrax made me feel like both an 8 year-old and an 80 year-old using the internet for the first time??

Anyway, thanks again to Rudy and you for all that you do. I can’t imagine baseball without Razzball (11 years (?) strong!).

meizy
meizy
3 years ago

With a little help from you and a little luck I made it to the championship in all three of my big money leagues. Won 2 of them. Thanks!!!

StewZilla
StewZilla
3 years ago

Thanks for all the advice and humor again this year. Was in 2 leagues (my usual Auction Keeper H2H and my first ever ROTO) and won both of them more handily than Brett Kavanaugh at one of Tobin’s sweet keggers.

I’ll end with one last question for you. Will Luke Voit get a shot at the 1B job next year based on his miraculous tenure with the Yankees so far…and if so, what to expect?

Chris M.
Chris M.
3 years ago

Won both of my 12 team leagues! Thanks for all the invaluable advice you provided throughout the season, couldn’t have done it without you.

Joel
Joel
3 years ago

Hi, Grey. I was in three leagues this year and won all three thanks to Razzball’s and your excellent fantasy articles, advice, and recommendations. You are truly a Fantasy Master Lothario (I won’t abbreviate it)!.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
3 years ago

Great year Grey, enjoyed all the write ups and advice. Big shoutout to Rudy and his tools as well. Finished 2nd in my roto sadly, but won my weekly h2h for the 2nd time in the four years I’ve been in it. Great Success!

Side note on Muncy; I wish I had all those stats he accumulated when I benched him after being alerted he wasn’t starting. Hopefully next year he’ll get more respect

Jayhay
Jayhay
3 years ago

Thanks Grey. Razz was my runaway go to for all thing fantasy BB, as always. Had my most successful year:
2 Yahoo categories
11×11: .624 winning percentage
6×6: .614 winning percentage
Won both leagues
Biggest achievement beside most lucrative year: Diamond Manager Status (99th percentile) on Yahoo rankings
Fantasy MVP: Christian Yelich

You’re the man Grey, thanks for everything. Would not achieve that level without the website’s content.

Billy Buckheit
Billy Buckheit
3 years ago

Thanks 4 THE BEST FBBall column in the game! I come here 1st stop every morning! I LOVE IT! You know your stuff and you are witty. The way you do the recaps is very enjoyable! Thanks man!

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
3 years ago

Really looking forward to tomorrow’s podcast. Thanks for another great season. Quick keeper question … is Mondesi a top 60 keeper in OBP?

norm ginsberg
norm ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: ESPN just published their early 2019 prediction. I hope I can get Mondesi at 135 (!).

norm ginsberg
norm ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: And save your late picks — Dahl is 296.

norm ginsberg
norm ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Be thankful — that’s your competition (Yahoo is worse).

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
3 years ago

.247 24/7 is amazing! and yes, Kershaw is still going to be drafted by early round 2 and it will be HILARIOUS.

Officially secured the championship in my other keeper league! (The one where I was 10 points back at the beginning of August). Thanks again for everything Grey + razz!

Way-too-early keeper selections. In the league I just won, 12 team roto weekly lineups, who are your 7 keepers from the below?

$34 Betts
$16 JDM
$26 Acuna
$15 K Bryant (3B/OF)
$21 Rhysus (OF only)
$29 Blackmon
$25 Gerrit Cole
$4 Tim Anderson
$4 Matt Chapman
$11 Clevinger
$6 Marquez / $3 Ryu (not keepers but deserve honorable mention for their 2018s!)

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
3 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: They were way-too-early when you were asking them in April. This is less egregious. I’m keeping Cole and the first 6 bats besides Blackmon.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: haha can you tell I don’t follow any other sport? Thanks for the advice! How’d your leagues go?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: @Grey: thanks! Agreed on Kershaw. I didn’t even mention him above, but I traded Morton for him towards the end of the year (worked out well with the saltman’s injury) and have him for $36 next year. I’m obviously not keeping Kershaw at that price, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he garners trade interest.

For example, I bet a $15 Bryant and $36 Kershaw would get me $13 Story or maybe $12 Lindor from a non-razzball reading leaguemmate

Dave D
Dave D
3 years ago

Well, Grey, sounds like your soda went flat before you reached the bottom of the glass. Sorry to hear that! 2019 is your year!!!???

A quick recap of my two NFBC teams:
My DC was overall atrocious. I made a few good pics (T.White, T.Williams) but more bad picks (Margot, B.Zimmer, Senzel). So my pitching got me 59 points and an injured/ineffective offense got me an embrassing 7 points total!! Did I mention I had six of my eleven OF’s on the DL at the same time? No excuse. 13th of 15th, worst finish ever in 20 years of online fantasy baseball.

My NFBC 15 team satellite team went very well. My pitching was first overall, offense third. 114 points got the job done by 8. Best picks were Rendon, Acuña, Bauer, Morton, T. Anderson, M. Kemp, Folty, Suzuki. FA’s were big too. I bid an outrageous $515 of my $1000 FA budget on Sotomayor which was a steal!!! Other key FA’s were Gyorko, Renfroe, Fiers, B. Parker.

Anyway, thanks for the fantastic presence you have here on Razzball. Fantastic perspective on FBB and unsurpassed humor. Kudos to you! Many thanks for all you do on Razzball.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Congrats if you hang on in NFBC through game 163. Decent payout I hope. It’s always nice to make back your entry fees with a little extra. I came out about $1600 ahead this year (pre-tax) this year. That’s roughly $3.89 per hour for the time I spent which is roughly the minimum wage I earned in my first job. Talk about success!!!

danny almonte
danny almonte
3 years ago

for next year, keep 2:
o.arcia, Mullins, JBJ, b.crawford

thanks

MattH
MattH
3 years ago

Thanks for all the great write-ups this year, Grey!

Cram It
Cram It
3 years ago

So somehow Rudy jumped me yesterday in NFBC and I finished 3rd. Our rankings in the final overall standings however:
Guy in first -142
Rudy – 161
Me – 71

So to answer my own question: Yes, you can finish 3rd in your league and be ranked higher overall than the 1st place team. Nutty.

How’d you end up?

Peacecoast
Peacecoast
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: I was second until what seemed like after the games ended last night and then my BA dropped me a point so now I am tied for third. Annoying as shit, there are some games today though I am hoping to get that BA point back cuz the guy above me has 3 guys going.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Peacecoast
3 years ago

@Peacecoast: Seriously, I was in 1st or 2nd for like the whole 2nd half of the season until the last day!?

Wait, today’s games count?

Peacecoast
Peacecoast
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: game 163 yes I believe they do. These are not the wild-card games. Check your roster page.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Peacecoast
3 years ago

@Peacecoast: I mean, I can edit my roster. This feels dirty.

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: you just took back the lead by 0.0013 in ERA (3.7536 vs 3.7549) and Quintana’s last K. this is insane.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
3 years ago

@Rudy Gamble: I can’t even look. Haha. But good season to you too. Your offense really did come around, like you said it would. And I agree, 163 is bullsh*t!

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: i told my offense would come around. Yelich certainly helped. that Sale injury hurt me more than i thought. 8th in ERA, 2nd in WHIP. that is fuckin’ annoying

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
3 years ago

@Rudy Gamble: You wouldn’t think 5 missed starts would have that much of an impact. But clearly, it does.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Yes it does. That’s awesome. Go get ’em!

I have 4 big bats and Quintana going. Maybe something crazy happens and Corbin Burnes gets a save. I’m not giving up hope yet!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: how did this 163 attempt work out for you?

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: good season Cram It. sorry for snaking you right at the end. we both had some ERA bad luck. i’m 2nd in WHIP/7th in ERA, you are 4th in WHIP/8th in ERA. that evens out and I win (then again, looks like Hot Corner had bad luck with Wins)

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
3 years ago

@Rudy Gamble: i jinxed it. you are back in lead with quintana start. Game 163 is bullshit!!!!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
3 years ago

@Rudy Gamble: game 163 should NOT count!

Hot Corner
Hot Corner
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
3 years ago

@Rudy Gamble: It was a fun season. Can’t even tell you how many times I had pitchers get taken out with the lead and have the bullpen blow up. Ahead by a mile in ERA and WHIP and near the top of K’s and middling in Wins. That said, a staff of Snell, Nola, Folty, Stras, Diaz and Hader was solid all year.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Hot Corner
3 years ago

@Hot Corner: Congrats man. I really thought I was going to pull away with a month to go.

Hot Corner
Hot Corner
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: Thanks man. I thought you might pull away as well. I was counting the max points that you could pick until the last day and then looked to see Rudy pass you. That was nuts.

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Hot Corner
3 years ago

nice victory Hot Corner! well deserved.

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Hot Corner
3 years ago

yeah, i did notice you had bad Win luck. i did fine there – partially b/c I was going with 8-9 starters after Osuna and Strickland went out. I just had bad ERA luck (vs WHIP) and the aforementioned closer issues (partially my fault for taking a weak RP2 in Soria and an awful RP3 in Alex Claudio).

MrBigDraws
MrBigDraws
3 years ago

Thank you so much Grey for all of your advice throughout the season. Locked up my first championship in our roto league and couldn’t have done it without razzball.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
3 years ago

Last add of the season, right before kick-off, errrr, first pitch, was Ryan Yarborough.

RY put up a 20 spot in my fantrax roto dynasty with H2H playoffs. I won by 5 points 1645 – 1640.

THREE PEAT!

Thanks for all the great daily writeups and skilled player analysis, and great banter and comic relief.

Again apologies for my idiotic post early in the year.

Looking forward to the off season here with you at razzball.

MP