Every baseball season, thanks to MLB.TV, I get roped into following a small-market team for fantasy purposes. Sometimes this can be a blessing but other times it's a drag, like the time I drafted an abundance of Royals, thus subjecting myself to 90-plus losses and countless anecdotes about pitcher
This season, I am trapped in the land of breweries, cheeseheads,
How did I get into this predicament? It started when I kept superstar
For two months, I've been immersed in 40 years of Brewers history. I've felt the highs: owner
And I've felt the lows: 26 losing seasons, just three playoff berths, lots of Selig bashing, a deadly crane collapse during Miller Park's construction in '99 and the usual backseat to Wisconsin's more-beloved franchise, the Green Bay Packers. This season already looks doomed with the Brewers starting 23-34 and 10 games out of first place. The slogan for BrewCrewBall.com, a fan web site devoted to the team, says it all: "Where we're talking Milwaukee Brewers, no matter how bad it gets."
Still, my commitment to the team is paying off in fantasy terms. Braun has been solid in all categories (.314, 8 HR, 34 RBI, 11 SB) and Gallardo is pitching like an ace (6-2, 2.64 ERA, 77 K in 75 IP). Hart surprisingly leads the National League in homers (14) while Weeks has stayed healthy and produced (.251, 10 HR, 33 RBI in 56 games). Only Wolf has been sub-standard (4-5, 4.66 ERA, 1.582 WHIP in 73.1 innings) though he's still adjusting to a new ballpark.
Maybe it's the cheese talking but I'm willing to stack my entire team with Brewers, thus abandoning my usual rule of never putting all my fantasy eggs in one basket. I already made the mistake of not picking up 2B/3B
I am probably setting myself up for failure with this Brew Crew strategy. However, I've learned if you are going to watch a mediocre team all season, you can't go wrong with beer and sausage races.