The Thinking Chair
Baseball has finally begun, and I should be singing the sweet praises of how the games now finally count, and regaling in the many stories that have already happened -- the new Yankee Stadium, surprise performances by guys like
Instead, I'm a bit cranky -- mainly because as a San Francisco Giants fan, my Opening Day didn't happen until Tuesday. The Braves and Phillies (as well as their fans and fantasy owners) got to kick things off a full two days earlier. Why baseball, of all sports, now officially kicks off its season with a night game is completely beyond me. Whatever -- I can live with that.
What I can't understand is why every other team didn't start the next day. That, my friends, is inexcusable.
Still, the games began with a bit of a bang. Lots of players who were draft day darlings looked promising right out of the gate. Perhaps no one disappointed owners more in 2008 than
I own the aforementioned Bonifacio, the new third baseman for the Marlins, and was pretty happy to get him with my last roster spot for my NL-only team. But even though I've kept tabs on him, I didn't expect him to jump out of the gate like that. On Opening Day, he went 4-for-5, including an inside-the-park HR and three stolen bases. That's making a splash, to be sure. (Of course, he was on my bench, but as they say -- Yeah, but still!) Don't get overly excited about his power; while Bonifacio could conceivably add a few more traditional home runs, his true fantasy value comes from those legs. The Marlins are committed to running this season, so they installed Bonifacio as the leadoff man. I don't think he's going to challenge for a batting title, but he should be a good source of bags and runs if he's still out there in your league.
It's also important to remember
Loyal readers will note that I make a big deal of playing with on-base percentage instead of batting average. And I'm going to do it again: see
Catcher isn't quite the fantasy wasteland that it's been in the past, but there are only a few true studs out there and one,
Here's a question out there for everyone with a DVR or TiVo type device: Now that you don't have to worry about remembering when a show is on, what shows do you actually try to watch on the night they are aired? Shows like
Progress? I don't know. But it lets me be a bit lazier, and I'll take whatever I can get in that department.
Until we meet again, good hunting.