.406 Club Dynasty Fantasy Keeper League
Well, finally it has happened. My draft is collapsing around my ears. Like Rex Grossman facing a long third down and an all out Philly Eagles type-send nine guys-blitz, I have 'Draftaplexia'. This is a term I have made up to describe sudden and completely paralysing stagefright whilst trying to make your next pick in a fantasy draft.
In a sudden, painful deluge of the other owners picks I lost ten of the names I had scribbled down on a post it as my 'choice selections'. Jered Weaver, Joel Zumaya, Dan Uggla..Bam, Pow, Kapow, the punches landed hard and fast.
With the walls caving in around me I made a panic pick forced by severe Draftaplexia.
Here is the moment in stereo.
With the 73rd pick of the .406 Club Dynasty Fantasy Keeper League, the Dublin Sharks, of Dublin, Ireland, managed by DaddyMac22, selects Hank Blalock (3B-TEX)
'Hank Blalock?' he isn't that bad! Why do you call this a panic pick?' I hear you say. Well, instead of trusting my little sheet of pre selected picks I jumped and took the biggest name out of my top five. Instead of sticking to my R.Kelly like strategy and grabbing up as much young talent as I could get my hands on I went for the 'name' factor.
My own little personal rehab session consisted of having a look at Hammerin' Hank's player bios on the web. At least he's young (only 27) and there's always the X Factor, which in this case is the fact that he won a tonne of cash for me when he hit the game winning home run off of Los Angeles Dodgers closer Éric Gagne in the 2003 All Star Game. Did I say that out loud?
Another important feature is that Blalock's 'approach the plate song' is "Animals" by Nickelback. I feel this mixes nicely with Vernon Well's R&B selections, the PA system person will be busy mixing genres in my fantasy stadium when those players come to bat.
Here is how the Dublin Sharks look right now
9. DaddyMac22 - Manny Ramirez (OF-BOS)
24. DaddyMac22 - Vernon Wells (OF-TOR)
41. DaddyMac22 - C. C. Sabathia (SP-CLE)
56. DaddyMac22 - Jon Papelbon (SP/RP-BOS)
73. DaddyMac22 - Hank Blalock (3B-TEX)
God only knows what level of player I will be getting with that 120th pick.
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