By William Kristoph
I’m a New York Mets fan. I’ve been a New York Mets fan my whole life. I admit that I didn’t pay much attention to them during the 90s when I didn’t have access to watching them on television. Over the last decade I’ve been able to pay more attention thanks to expanded coverage, Extra Innings and now, MLB.tv. That means I get to watch or listen to every Matt Harvey start this year.
Matt Harvey is the great hope for Mets fans. That doesn’t mean that he’s going to save the team or even bring Mets fans a championship. What he does, however, is make Mets baseball interesting every five games. He brings hope to a group of fans that seems pretty disenchanted. That’s all obvious, so please allow me to focus this on a more personal note.
Matt Harvey is the first “start” that my son might get to remember someday and that excites me. I remember my first Mets game at Shea, I remember watching Doc Gooden and Keith Hernandez and even Rafael Santana. I remember my first baseball “heroes” and how fun it was to check out their stats, watch them on WWOR or see the highlights from Warner Wolf. If Matt Harvey is as good as advertised so far, I might get to have fun conversations with my son about how great Harvey pitched.
I’d love to do that with David Wright, who is another favorite, but my son probably won remember him. He’ll maybe remember the tail end of Wright’s career, but trying to explain how great Wright was to watch is like someone trying to explain to me the great Tom Seaver. I never saw him in his prime and I’m too young to remember the tail end of his career. Forget about explaining Gooden or Hernandez. I’m willing to bet that my son will be more interested in why the television picture was so grainy and square while I try to show him highlights or the Let’s Go Mets video.
So yes, Matt Harvey’s baseball career is a “hope” right now. It might or might not pan out. It might be another Mets player or someone from another team or sport entirely. Either way, watching Harvey pitch so far in 2013 is a treat. His starts provide a moment that is all too rare: the moment you can recall being a kid. I can’t wait until my son gets to experience a bit of that for the first time.
By William Kristoph
Last night I completed my final fantasy baseball draft of the season. The draft was for the rotisserie league that I started this year. About half the league was able to make the draft and the other half had to resort to the auto-draft. This was my third draft of the year, the other two were for head-to-head leagues. One was a live, in-person, draft with people I had just met and it was a ton of fun. The other, was online with some friends and it’s my second year in that particular league.
So why do I like fantasy baseball so much now after years of being rather ambivalent about it?
For starters, it helps to be in an active, friendly league. I am hopeful that the FMIL (my rotisserie league) is active. Only time will tell. I know for sure that the head-to-head leagues are active. There is already tons of trading and waiver moves and we haven’t started the 2013 MLB Season yet! The message boards are active and, while everyone has the goal of winning, both leagues are fun spots to talk about baseball with other people that love baseball. Another reason? Both leagues are run well. Informative commissioners that invite ideas and suggestions help make a great league. I hope can do the same in the FMIL.
How did I make out in the draft? I’m never sure. Generally when I like my team a lot, they end up being terrible and when I hate my team I do better. Hopefully the team I hate most will be competitive as an expansion team in a “keeper” league with a lot of history. My other head to head team is a clean slate. I don’t hate, but I don’t love it.
My FMIL team? I love it. That means I’m probably headed for last place.
By William Kristoph
Wondering how I picked Elbridge Gerry for today’s post? I had to play him in an 8th grade Continental Congress project years ago. I’m sure most people know him from the term “Gerrymandering,” however, he was also considered a great speaker by his peers. I thought today’s quote was especially pertinent with how society and government behave today.
Gerry On The Creation Of The Nation:
“If we do not come to some agreement amongst ourselves, some foreign sword will probably do the work for us!” – Elbridge Gerry
Gerry was speaking about creating a new nation. At the Continental Congress, he was in favor of revising the Articles of Confederation, not disposing of them for a new government. We all know what happened eventually, we ended up with our nation’s constitution. However, if you read about Gerry at those important events, he was a voice of compromise throughout the talks. He fought for the states and he fought for the nation. He fought for a balance between every branch of government. He realized that if there was no middle ground, then someone else would be happy to find the middle ground for us.