For those of you who aren't aware, the CBSSports.com office is in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Many people seem to assume that we work out of New York, but that is not the case. Anyway, one of the many benefits of living down here is that we have spring training right in our own backyard. Literally, in fact because Ft. Lauderdale Stadium, where the Orioles play, is less than a mile from our office. So occassionally we head over during lunch, catch a few innings, drink a couple of ummm...sodas, and if we're not too worn out we'll head back to work. On Wednesday, our Senior VP took our whole group to the Marlins /Orioles game for the afternoon. It also happened to be 'Seniors Run the Bases Day'. The game got out of hand early. I know Jeremy Guthrie had a decent year last year and he is actually owned in 41% of our leagues, but he had the type of "stuff" that had some of the seniors in attendance thinking that maybe their dream of playing in the majors was not over yet. He got rocked for who knows how many runs, but it was during the shelling that I had decided I was going to run the bases with the seniors.
It was a nice day and I figured this was the kind of race that I could actually win given that I'd be 30+ years younger than my competitors. The game ended and I headed down toward the dugout where they were letting the seniors on the field. At first I thought I'd have a problem when the guy directing traffic in the stands said that he'd be checking IDs. But I realized after he said it about 10 times that he was trying to make a joke, and actually succeeding as many of the seniors were laughing, although I didn't get it. Nobody checked IDs, I got on the field and the race began. I passed at least 3 people as I darted up the line to first, passed a couple holding hands as I headed to second, got held up a little bit behind a lady in a walker as I coasted into third, and finished strong by passing 4 or 5 people as I approached home plate. I dominated the race and hadn't even broken a sweat. I felt like Usain Bolt, even if it was just for that one moment. And it was. As I went back to meet my co-workers I was informed that it was not indeed a race, and I pretty much looked like an idiot out there. Of course, these were the same people that were egging me on to slide into home a few minutes earlier.
Regardless, that was the last game of the spring to be played at Ft. Lauderdale Stadium thus marking the impending end of spring training. That brings me to my point which is that Fantasy Baseball begins for real on Sunday night! Unless you are in a Baseball Commissioner league and your commissioner has setup some funky start date, YOU MUST HAVE YOUR LINEUPS SET BY 8PM SUNDAY. Good luck!