How We Started: The Original Draft, 2008

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Without any fancy buildup, this is how our league started. Take a gander and laugh at some of the more hilarious picks made and how stupid and naive we all were. Ahhhhh Memories:

ROUND 1
1 Jose Reyes, NYM SS   River City Mashers
2 Alex Rodriguez, NYY 3B Orlando Stunnaz
3 Miguel Cabrera, Det 3B Scarlet Knights
4 Hanley Ramirez, Fla SS WVU Bombers
5 David Wright, NYM 3B THE PIMPS
6 Johan Santana, NYM SP Rebuilding Stage
7 Chase Utley, Phi 2B Whitestone Bulldogs
8 Jimmy Rollins, Phi SS Toms River Tar Heels
9 Matt Holliday, Oak LF   Southside QUITTERS
10 Carl Crawford, TB LF Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 2
11 Albert Pujols, StL 1B Somerville Sluggers
12 Ryan Braun, Mil 3B   Southside QUITTERS
13 Jake Peavy, SD SP Toms River Tar Heels
14 Grady Sizemore, Cle CF Whitestone Bulldogs
15 Ryan Howard, Phi 1B Rebuilding Stage
16 Alfonso Soriano, ChC LF THE PIMPS
17 Ichiro Suzuki, Sea CF WVU Bombers
18 Prince Fielder, Mil 1B Scarlet Knights
19 CC Sabathia, NYY SP Orlando Stunnaz
20 Carlos Beltran, NYM CF   River City Mashers

ROUND 3
21 B.J. Upton, TB 2B   River City Mashers
22 J.J. Putz, NYM RP Orlando Stunnaz
23 Brandon Webb, Ari SP Scarlet Knights
24 Brandon Phillips, Cin 2B WVU Bombers
25 Aramis Ramirez, ChC 3B THE PIMPS
26 Derek Jeter, NYY SS Rebuilding Stage
27 David Ortiz, Bos DH Whitestone Bulldogs
28 Justin Morneau, Min 1B Toms River Tar Heels
29 Carlos Lee, Hou LF   Southside QUITTERS
30 Erik Bedard, Sea SP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 4
31 Jonathan Papelbon, Bos RP Somerville Sluggers
32 Dan Haren, Ari SP   Southside QUITTERS
33 Roy Halladay, Tor SP Toms River Tar Heels
34 Josh Beckett, Bos SP Whitestone Bulldogs
35 Victor Martinez, Cle C Rebuilding Stage
36 Justin Verlander, Det SP THE PIMPS
37 Vladimir Guerrero, LAA RF WVU Bombers
38 Robinson Cano, NYY 2B Scarlet Knights
39 Magglio Ordonez, Det RF Orlando Stunnaz
40 Mark Teixeira, NYY 1B   River City Mashers

ROUND 5
41 Roy Oswalt, Hou SP   River City Mashers
42 Eric Byrnes, Ari LF Orlando Stunnaz
43 Travis Hafner, Cle DH Scarlet Knights
44 Lance Berkman, Hou 1B WVU Bombers
45 Troy Tulowitzki, Col SS THE PIMPS
46 Cole Hamels, Phi SP Rebuilding Stage
47 Garrett Atkins, Col 3B Whitestone Bulldogs
48 Manny Ramirez, LAD LF Toms River Tar Heels
49 Carlos Pena, TB 1B   Southside QUITTERS
50 Nick Markakis, Bal RF Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 6
51 Brian Roberts, Bal 2B Somerville Sluggers
52 Carlos Guillen, Det SS   Southside QUITTERS
53 Russell Martin, LAD C Toms River Tar Heels
54 Curtis Granderson, Det CF Whitestone Bulldogs
55 Torii Hunter, LAA CF Rebuilding Stage
56 Bobby Abreu, NYY RF THE PIMPS
57 Chipper Jones, Atl 3B WVU Bombers
58 Jorge Posada, NYY C Scarlet Knights
59 Hunter Pence, Hou CF Orlando Stunnaz
60 Adam Dunn, Ari LF   River City Mashers

ROUND 7
61 Carlos Zambrano, ChC SP   River City Mashers
62 Derrek Lee, ChC 1B Orlando Stunnaz
63 Fausto Carmona, Cle SP Scarlet Knights
64 Alex Rios, Tor RF WVU Bombers
65 Joe Mauer, Min C THE PIMPS
66 Francisco Rodriguez, NYM RP Rebuilding Stage
67 Aaron Harang, Cin SP Whitestone Bulldogs
68 Takashi Saito, Bos RP Toms River Tar Heels
69 Ian Kinsler, Tex 2B   Southside QUITTERS
70 Chris Young, SD SP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 8
71 Daisuke Matsuzaka, Bos SP Somerville Sluggers
72 Javier Vazquez, Atl SP   Southside QUITTERS
73 Dan Uggla, Fla 2B Toms River Tar Heels
74 Billy Wagner, NYM RP Whitestone Bulldogs
75 Ryan Zimmerman, Was 3B Rebuilding Stage
76 Tim Lincecum, SF SP THE PIMPS
77 Joe Nathan, Min RP WVU Bombers
78 Vernon Wells, Tor CF Scarlet Knights
79 Joba Chamberlain, NYY RP Orlando Stunnaz
80 Chone Figgins, LAA 3B   River City Mashers

ROUND 9
81 Felix Hernandez, Sea SP   River City Mashers
82 Brad Penny, Bos SP Orlando Stunnaz
83 Miguel Tejada, Hou SS Scarlet Knights
84 Jermaine Dye, CWS RF WVU Bombers
85 Mariano Rivera, NYY RP THE PIMPS
86 Chris Young, Ari CF Rebuilding Stage
87 Brian McCann, Atl C Whitestone Bulldogs
88 Tim Hudson, Atl SP Toms River Tar Heels
89 Howie Kendrick, LAA 2B   Southside QUITTERS
90 Mike Lowell, Bos 3B Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 10
91 Rafael Furcal, LAD SS Somerville Sluggers
92 Chien-Ming Wang, NYY SP   Southside QUITTERS
93 Adrian Beltre, Sea 3B Toms River Tar Heels
94 Michael Young, Tex SS Whitestone Bulldogs
95 Hideki Matsui, NYY LF Rebuilding Stage
96 Delmon Young, Min RF THE PIMPS
97 Paul Konerko, CWS 1B WVU Bombers
98 Jose Valverde, Hou RP Scarlet Knights
99 Edgar Renteria, SF SS Orlando Stunnaz
100 Scott Kazmir, TB SP   River City Mashers

ROUND 11
101 Jeff Francoeur, Atl RF   River City Mashers
102 Orlando Cabrera, CWS SS Orlando Stunnaz
103 Jason Bay, Bos LF Scarlet Knights
104 James Shields, TB SP WVU Bombers
105 Yovani Gallardo, Mil SP THE PIMPS
106 Bobby Jenks, CWS RP Rebuilding Stage
107 Pedro Martinez, NYM SP Whitestone Bulldogs
108 Juan Pierre, LAD CF Toms River Tar Heels
109 Brad Hawpe, Col RF   Southside QUITTERS
110 A.J. Burnett, NYY SP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 12
111 Kenji Johjima, Sea C Somerville Sluggers
112 Francisco Cordero, Cin RP   Southside QUITTERS
113 Ken Griffey Jr., CWS RF Toms River Tar Heels
114 James Loney, LAD 1B Whitestone Bulldogs
115 Adrian Gonzalez, SD 1B Rebuilding Stage
116 Nick Swisher, NYY 1B THE PIMPS
117 Jim Thome, CWS DH WVU Bombers
118 Manuel Corpas, Col RP Scarlet Knights
119 Phil Hughes, NYY SP Orlando Stunnaz
120 Huston Street, Col RP   River City Mashers

ROUND 13
121 Ryan Garko, Cle 1B   River City Mashers
122 Rickie Weeks, Mil 2B Orlando Stunnaz
123 John Lackey, LAA SP Scarlet Knights
124 Matt Cain, SF SP WVU Bombers
125 Dontrelle Willis, Det SP THE PIMPS
126 Ben Sheets, Mil SP Rebuilding Stage
127 Francisco Liriano, Min SP Whitestone Bulldogs
128 Kelly Johnson, Atl 2B Toms River Tar Heels
129 Corey Hart, Mil RF   Southside QUITTERS
130 Jason Isringhausen, StL RP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 14
131 Andruw Jones, LAD CF Somerville Sluggers
132 Gary Sheffield, Det DH   Southside QUITTERS
133 Derek Lowe, Atl SP Toms River Tar Heels
134 Kosuke Fukudome, ChC RF Whitestone Bulldogs
135 Matt Kemp, LAD RF Rebuilding Stage
136 Josh Hamilton, Tex CF THE PIMPS
137 Pat Burrell, TB LF WVU Bombers
138 Shane Victorino, Phi RF Scarlet Knights
139 Brett Myers, Phi SP Orlando Stunnaz
140 Jhonny Peralta, Cle SS   River City Mashers

ROUND 15
141 Jeremy Bonderman, Det SP   River City Mashers
142 Ivan Rodriguez, NYY C Orlando Stunnaz
143 John Maine, NYM SP Scarlet Knights
144 Aaron Hill, Tor 2B WVU Bombers
145 Placido Polanco, Det 2B THE PIMPS
146 Rick Ankiel, StL RF Rebuilding Stage
147 Rafael Soriano, Atl RP Whitestone Bulldogs
148 Todd Helton, Col 1B Toms River Tar Heels
149 Adam Wainwright, StL SP   Southside QUITTERS
150 Alex Gordon, KC 3B Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 16
151 Jeff Kent, LAD 2B Somerville Sluggers
152 Kevin Youkilis, Bos 1B   Southside QUITTERS
153 Chad Cordero, Was RP Toms River Tar Heels
154 Carlos Delgado, NYM 1B Whitestone Bulldogs
155 Jered Weaver, LAA SP Rebuilding Stage
156 Trevor Hoffman, Mil RP THE PIMPS
157 Kelvim Escobar, LAA SP WVU Bombers
158 Rich Hill, ChC SP Scarlet Knights
159 John Smoltz, Bos SP Orlando Stunnaz
160 Matt Capps, Pit RP   River City Mashers

ROUND 17
161 Jonathan Broxton, LAD RP   River City Mashers
162 Ian Snell, Pit SP Orlando Stunnaz
163 Troy Glaus, StL 3B Scarlet Knights
164 Bengie Molina, SF C WVU Bombers
165 Adam LaRoche, Pit 1B THE PIMPS
166 Luis Castillo, NYM 2B Rebuilding Stage
167 Jacoby Ellsbury, Bos LF Whitestone Bulldogs
168 Hideki Okajima, Bos RP Toms River Tar Heels
169 Joe Borowski, Cle RP   Southside QUITTERS
170 Andy Pettitte, NYY SP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 18
171 Johnny Damon, NYY CF Somerville Sluggers
172 Jason Varitek, Bos C   Southside QUITTERS
173 Justin Upton, Ari RF Toms River Tar Heels
174 Oliver Perez, NYM SP Whitestone Bulldogs
175 J.J. Hardy, Mil SS Rebuilding Stage
176 Jon Garland, LAA SP THE PIMPS
177 Jeff Francis, Col SP WVU Bombers
178 Chad Billingsley, LAD SP Scarlet Knights
179 Dustin McGowan, Tor SP Orlando Stunnaz
180 Raul Ibanez, Phi LF   River City Mashers

ROUND 19
181 Brad Lidge, Phi RP   River City Mashers
182 Edwin Encarnacion, Cin 3B Orlando Stunnaz
183 Willy Taveras, Cin CF Scarlet Knights
184 Eric Gagne, Mil RP WVU Bombers
185 Khalil Greene, StL SS THE PIMPS
186 Rafael Betancourt, Cle RP Rebuilding Stage
187 Evan Longoria, TB 3B Whitestone Bulldogs
188 Orlando Hudson, Ari 2B Toms River Tar Heels
189 Mark Buehrle, CWS SP   Southside QUITTERS
190 Bronson Arroyo, Cin SP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 20
191 Jeremy Hermida, Fla RF Somerville Sluggers
192 Pat Neshek, Min RP   Southside QUITTERS
193 Joe Blanton, Phi SP Toms River Tar Heels
194 Aaron Heilman, Sea RP Whitestone Bulldogs
195 Aaron Rowand, SF CF Rebuilding Stage
196 Barry Zito, SF SP THE PIMPS
197 Roger Clemens, FA SP WVU Bombers
198 Dustin Pedroia, Bos 2B Scarlet Knights
199 Kevin Kouzmanoff, SD 3B Orlando Stunnaz
200 Frank Thomas, Oak DH   River City Mashers

ROUND 21
201 Yunel Escobar, Atl 2B   River City Mashers
202 Jose Guillen, KC RF Orlando Stunnaz
203 Joakim Soria, KC RP Scarlet Knights
204 Todd Jones, Det RP WVU Bombers
205 Jason Giambi, Oak DH THE PIMPS
206 Clay Buchholz, Bos SP Rebuilding Stage
207 Jeremy Accardo, Tor RP Whitestone Bulldogs
208 Richie Sexson, NYY 1B Toms River Tar Heels
209 Michael Bourn, Hou LF   Southside QUITTERS
210 Kenny Rogers, Det SP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 22
211 Aubrey Huff, Bal 1B Somerville Sluggers
212 Troy Percival, TB RP   Southside QUITTERS
213 Gil Meche, KC SP Toms River Tar Heels
214 Zack Greinke, KC SP Whitestone Bulldogs
215 Heath Bell, SD RP Rebuilding Stage
216 B.J. Ryan, Tor RP THE PIMPS
217 Casey Kotchman, Atl 1B WVU Bombers
218 Michael Cuddyer, Min RF Scarlet Knights
219 Ted Lilly, ChC SP Orlando Stunnaz
220 Mike Napoli, LAA C   River City Mashers

ROUND 23
221 Carlos Marmol, ChC RP   River City Mashers
222 Kazuo Matsui, Hou 2B Orlando Stunnaz
223 Scot Shields, LAA RP Scarlet Knights
224 Julio Lugo, Bos SS WVU Bombers
225 Ty Wigginton, Hou 2B THE PIMPS
226 Andrew Miller, Fla SP Rebuilding Stage
227 Lastings Milledge, Was RF Whitestone Bulldogs
228 Jonny Gomes, Cin RF Toms River Tar Heels
229 Micah Owings, Cin SP   Southside QUITTERS
230 Tom Gorzelanny, Pit SP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 24
231 Ramon Hernandez, Cin C Somerville Sluggers
232 Josh Fields, CWS 3B   Southside QUITTERS
233 Jon Lester, Bos SP Toms River Tar Heels
234 Stephen Drew, Ari SS Whitestone Bulldogs
235 Joey Votto, Cin 1B Rebuilding Stage
236 Corey Patterson, Was CF THE PIMPS
237 Akinori Iwamura, TB 3B WVU Bombers
238 Milton Bradley, ChC LF Scarlet Knights
239 Kevin Gregg, ChC RP Orlando Stunnaz
240 Johnny Cueto, Cin SP   River City Mashers

ROUND 25
241 Moises Alou, NYM LF   River City Mashers
242 Geovany Soto, ChC C Orlando Stunnaz
243 Jonathan Albaladejo, NYY RP Scarlet Knights
244 Greg Maddux, LAD SP WVU Bombers
245 Matt Garza, TB SP THE PIMPS
246 David Wells, FA SP Rebuilding Stage
247 Brandon Lyon, Det RP Whitestone Bulldogs
248 Gary Matthews Jr., LAA CF Toms River Tar Heels
249 Jerry Owens, CWS CF   Southside QUITTERS
250 Josh Willingham, Was LF Somerville Sluggers

How We Started: The Original Draft, 2008

WEEK 1 REVIEW

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– We begin another season of Backyard Fantasy Baseball, and with it comes one of the more interesting weeks I could remember in quite some time. Weather, homers, and bad bad bad pitching were the stars of the week, so without further ado, the review:

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Main St Mooninitez Beats Connor (I refuse to say that stupid name) – 8-4-2

MVP: Dexter Fowler – Fillin’ up that got damn scoresheet with 7 runs, a triple, homer, and a .625 OBP.

LVP: Connor – Nice name.

In a match-up of teams NOBODY cares about, Sean takes down Connor in probably the biggest walkover of the week. I mean, it wasn’t even close. The Mooninitez were pretty good, I guess, but really the indictment was on the Altuves here. Shout out to Maikel Franco for getting the first 2 RBI’s for Connor on fucking Wednesday, which could be some kind of record. That’s basically a microcosm of this battle, as Connor’s team was pretty bad. Although I guess you could say that The Altuves pitching was pretty decent, but this ain’t a The Backyard Fantasy Pitching league, so you’re gonna have to find some more offense there chief. Also, Jake deGrom is clearly hurt and you drafted too many closers/setup guys. MOVING ON…

Next week: The Mooninitez (that’s tough to spell) head over to face The Isotopes in a battle of insufferable human beings, while Connor tries to improve his offensive luck against the Trevor Storys I mean Barnegat Banana Slugs.

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Rojo’s Resurgence Beats Whitestone Bulldogs – 8-4-2

MVP: Matt Kemp – Hey guys, Matt Kemp has 3 homers and 10 RBI. He also looks like he’s 65 years old.

LVP: The Mets – Cliff has too many Mets on his team, and they didn’t have a good week. So he lost…

The aptly or ironically (depending on how you feel about Rojo’s team) Resurgence took a big step towards relevancy this year by dispatching the Whitestone Bulldogs in another match-up that really wasn’t all that close. Rojo decided to go absolutely HAM on the holds game, and pretty much achieved it with a whopping 9 holds! Good for you, buddy. Now that bad news: Schwarbs tore his ACL and one of the Asians he has on his team hurt his calf. Maybe resurgence is a strong word. Cliff’s guys again didn’t do all that well, highlighted by basically every met on his team (except for Syndergaard, who’s a machine) being completely below average. But HEY JAY BRUCE. Either way, Rojo gets a really nice victory here.

Next week: The Resurgence gets to really prove their worth against the DEFENDING CHAMPION RIVER CITY CUBAN MISSILES, while The Bulldogs get to achieve the biggest gap in roster moves in league history made by going up against Mike Odom and the DX.

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Barnegat Banana Slugs beats OG Trout Fishing Club – 8-4-2

MVP: Trevor Story – 7 Homers in 21 at bats in the first 6 games of your career gets you this PRESTIGIOUS honor.

LVP: Mike Trout – C’mon guy, you’re supposed to be the best player in the game. It’s early, but I predict MAJOR REGRESSION from Trout. Just stick to the Weather Channel pop-ins, Asshole.

The Banana Slugs are just ITCHING to prove to everyone (and the world) wrong about this whole Runner Up Curse ™ thing, and took a monster step forward by just stomping the holy hell out of paper champion contender Greg Heroy and his fishing club of sadness. Donaldson, Story, Bautista, and the gang went absolutely nuts this week, leading Mr. Smith to (wrongly) think aloud about a certain HR record that he wasn’t even close to. Either way, he had a tremendous offensive week. This one was never really close, but if I have to say anything nice about Heroy’s guys, Anthony Rizzo was pretty gosh darn good. Regret fills the Cuban Missile Boardroom. His team is still very talented, but will need a little more from guys like Trout and Mooooookie if he wants to fulfill those gigantic expectations attached to that horrendously stupid team name.

Next week: The Banana Slugs get another walkover against Connor’s Altuves, while The Troutfishingclubs will look for better luck against the People’s Champs. He will probably not find better luck, now that I saw who he’s playing.

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Dee-Generation (Get it?) beats The People’s Champs – 7-6-1

MVP: ESPN’s Move Tracker – 72 Moves already, and the shell game begins. Also, Jean Segura was good.

LVP: Collin McHugh – My least favorite pitcher of all time now that Buerhle is dead really came to pitch…. For like 1/3 of an inning.

Pretty much all of us (including his boyfriend, Sean) criticized Odom’s insane roster construction and draft pick trading strategy over this off-season, and despite the fact that we’re going to be right in the end, The DX found a way to eek out a victory over a fairly strong People’s Champ squad. Highlight the trade of the early season as a major reason in this W, as Corey Dickerson comes into the lineup for everyone’s favorite Tim Beckham clone, Tim Anderson. He really had no place on Rojo’s roster tho. In a narrow loss, we can confirm what everyone already knew: Ryan has some pitching guys. Maybe Wainwright is done, maybe, but sure as shit King Felix isn’t. The People’s Champs woulda won against a lot of teams this week (didn’t fact check that), but ran into a team who moved enough around squeak past the 2 time champ. Side note: Ryan, we need to be better. Our impending babies can’t know us as losers.

Next week: The DEEX head over to play the Bulldogs in a match-up I referenced before, so I won’t expound on, while the People’s Champs look to cause more pain in Heroy’s life than his Liver and STD problems (Ask him not me).

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THE ROLAIDS GAME OF THE WEEK – Cuban Missiles TIE the Isotopes – 6-6-2

MVP: Robinson Cano – This dude was just giving pitchers the business like all week with 4 homers. That’s only 1 less than our boy TREV Story!

LVP: Mikey T’s Streaming Choices – Lyles, Morton, Danks, and Pelf. He stopped watching baseball 3 years ago I think.

The everlasting blood feud between two of the original owners got another shitty tie, in what probably was the most stress filled and vomit inducing Sunday that I can remember. The tie brings their all-time match-up to 14-10-4 in favor of the Missiles (Look it up, T), but wasn’t without some really rough luck on both sides.  There were multiple chances for both teams to lock up a W on the day, which really came down to the last few at bats from those 4pm games, as the baseball gods did NOT feel like watching another trash Yankee-Tiger Sunday night game. If that game had actually of been played, this scoreline would’ve more than likely looked dramatically different, but it didn’t and we don’t need to discuss that anymore, so let’s move on. The Missiles and Tope’s both had great offensive weeks, coupled with some really terrible pitching. I mean, seriously, Zack. Not a way to endear yourself to the River City faithful during the CHAMPIONSHIP BANNER raising week and everything. But hey, good week, as both teams don’t lose, I guess.

Next week: The Missiles take on Rojo’s Resurgence in a matchup where I don’t have a lot to say, and The Topes get to experience the hilariously unfunny presence of Sean McLaughlin’s Mooninitez. But basically:

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WEEK 1 REVIEW

Annual Records

Guys,

Figure I’d post this one, because you guys just LOVE YOUR RECORDS. Enjoy:

 

All-Time Records

Runs: 70 R Mac (Week 16, 2009)
Doubles: 31 Lobman (17, ’12)
Triples: 7 Lobman (5, ’11), Brian (5, ’13), Sean/Odom (19, ’13), Greg (15, ’14)
Home Runs: 26 Lobman (18, ’15)
RBI’s: 81 R Mac (16, ’09)*
Stolen Bases: 20 Mitch (4, ’09)
OBP: .456 Lenny (6, ’11)

Strikeouts: 110 Ryan (10, ’14)
Quality Starts: 12 Lobman (2, ’16)
Complete Games: 4 Ryan (8, ’08), Lenny (11, ’11) Lobman (19, ’10)****
Wins: 11 MikeyT (13, ’11)
Saves: 11 MikeyT (14, ’09), Rojo (1, ’10)*** , Cliff (9, 15)*
Holds: 8 Greg (14, ’11, 18, ’15)
ERA: 1.29 Odom/Sean (20, ’11)

*Cliff had an illegal roster for one day in Week 9

*2nd most is 70 RBIs
***Rojo had 11 Saves on an 8 day week. No pitchers played Day 1.
****Includes 1 5IP Rain-Out CG

Now, we didn’t track seasonal records until 2011, but expect something soon in reference to seasonal records.

Regards,

Lobman

Annual Records

Now a Note from the Commish

From the Main Page:
April 7, 2016

The Backyard
Attn: Team Managers
League Headquarters
New York, NY 10001

RE: Commissioner’s Opening State of the League Address

My fellow Backyardicans:

The road through the winter has been quite a journey and, here, we finally have arrived. In a way, it is much like Christmas morning, if only Christmas were six months in length. It is undeniably and unquestionably my favorite week of the season…Eight years ago we would have simply called it “Week 1”. By now, the inaugural week of the season has evolved into, “Week One: Backyard Begins”, staring everyone’s favorite cast of characters with multiple villians and no shortage of plot twists, scandal, surprise, and rivalry.

As we start Season Nine of the award-winning psychological thriller that we lovingly call The Backyard, every team and every manager is offered a fresh start; An opportunity to shake off the dust and disappointment from last season and build a true playoff contender over the course of twenty heart pounding, and excruciatingly frustrating at times, weekly matchups. A fair chance to hoist the Championship Cup twenty three weeks from now.

In a league with eight prior seasons in the books, never has there been a better season than that which we had last year and, unlike many offseasons in the recent past, all ten owners are back and thirsty for more. With further improvement to the roster construction and the new web content and mobile features available to us, we can expect a bright future for this league, which we all consider to be so much more advanced, comprehensive, and competitive than any other league on the planet. With the new Backyard website, owners will soon have access to historical stats, transactions of years passed, and unlimited articles from various managers across the league. Maybe even the full catalog of T’d UP! episodes…Who knows?! Every owner has a true media outlet, not only the Commissioner.

As for actual baseball matters, there is no longer a need for all of the preseason prediction arguments. The season is now officially underway and we can settle the score on the field. Mind you, back in the day, we used to declare a single “Matchup of the Week” every week. However, right out of the gate, every manager should consider their game the Matchup of the Week and approach it as such. Given that I am facing off against the defending 2015 champions, I feel as though I have a duty to show right off the bat that the Missiles are not as unstoppable as they might want you to think. A very intriguing coincidence: all six of the 2015 playoff teams are facing off this week, meaning three teams from the bracket will start with a bandage on their “playoff-calibur team” ego. Which ones will it be? The four teams who ended up behind the slammed door of playoff contention will see two teams start 2016 off on the right foot.

Best of luck to everyone as we head into the weekend with a full slate of games. The baseball season ahead of us will never be any longer than it is today. And the predictions we have all exclaimed so enthusiastically will never be more bold.

With dearest regards,

T

Mikey T
Third Term League Commissioner
2009 Backyard Champion

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Now a Note from the Commish