Now that baseball season has completed a couple of weeks I figured I would do another fantasy sport opinion blog. In a past blog I commented on my experience in the land of fantasy basketball. If I may add, I am in the finals in my head to head league this week thanks to some key acquisitions off the waiver wire. This blog takes a look at fantasy baseball. Behind football, baseball is the second most popular fantasy sport played. It gives numbers crunchers games from morning till night, seven days a week. For hardcore fans the summer months of baseball are heaven, but what about casual fans? Is the day-to-day pressure and commitment too much? I asked my friend to help me out with this and his response is below:
Is Fantasy Baseball fun, boring, or a form of torture?
I just got through my first week in my first ever endeavor into Fantasy Baseball and I think it might be fun. It also may resemble watching paint dry one walk or strikeout at a time. Then again, I might me committed to 7 months of torture. I will give reason for each rationale and later in the season I will make a firm decision.
I really like that I can have fantasy players that can do well while the team they play for and I hate loses miserably. This is different in football where I literally can never pick Aaron Rogers because of my sheer hate for him as a die heart Vikings fan. In baseball I can pick an arch rival’s player and actually root for him and we only play them 20 times a season at most and he could go 4 for 4 with 3 solo homeruns and my team could still win. I also like the idea of making a somewhat boring sport more exciting with meticulous stat review. It also keeps me up on the only sport my Dad actually cares about. As I have given up on most forms of gambling, fantasy baseball gives me a great way to sweat my $50 for 7 months. Longest bet ever!
Is there any chance they could add a shot clock? These games are long, even though this season I feel that the games may be finishing quicker than in recent years, they are hard to sit through. I love going to live baseball games for the atmosphere, but watching on TV has become almost unbearable. Fantasy allows you to follow through numbers all the games on a day, but they lose their importance when they just appear on the computer screen. I must say I am not as excited about the behind the scenes of fantasy baseball. There is such build up for fantasy football, but with baseball, the everyday grind saps my interest in making trades, doing wire pickups, or saying rude things on the message board. The jury is out on this.
My league has some weird tweaks. The strikeouts are worth negative 3 points and literally sway the outcome of every match up in my league. I love big hitting and with that come big strikeout totals, which has tortured me early in the season. I also feel I would have to quit my job and neglect my family to keep up on all the happenings in the baseball world. Some people even play fantasy baseball with the minor leagues, WHAT!? My competitiveness will force me to stick with it and also could cause me to have a mental breakdown if I can’t figure out the tricks of this beast of a creation.
I will revisit this argument later in the season, but I am committed no matter what.
Are you currently playing fantasy baseball? What is it about fantasy baseball you love or hate?
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