April 19, 2013 @ 15:07:08 PDT
We're almost at the point where it's time to start focusing heavily on the future in the 2013 fantasy baseball season -- what your team's core players will offer in the coming months, where your true statistical weakness rest, who could turn into a potential trading partner, how the positions break down for available players....
Start forecasting buy-lows, sell-highs, etc. Which DL guys are coming back soon and available? See if Carlos Ruiz, who might return from suspension in about 10 days, is unowned. Assess the status of those prospects you've tucked away. Worth holding?
Find stashable future stoppers and be ready to commit to tucking them away, if you're craving saves. Any other playing-time parlays you can sneak onto your roster? Examine the schedules for two-start pitchers and, if feasible, acquire future double-dips with positive matchups ahead of time so you can beat the rush.
Planning ahead, and not reacting to events when everyone else does, pushes you forward.
I felt somewhat hollow this week writing about sports with the Boston Marathon tragedy and subsequent perilous circumstances harming the city I used to call home. My concern was with my cousin, her husband and their unborn child, who live in Southie, along with my other New England family members and my numerous friends from my Boston University days that stuck around post-college, as so many students do.
My thoughts are with those affected. My admiration is with the first responders and other Good Samaritans, who showed bravery and benevolence when most run away.
My anger and confusion boil over what happened on one of the most jubilant days on the city's calendar -- an event that celebrates society's golden moments of triumph and camaraderie, whether you're one of the talented circle of runners or merely an onlooker honoring the dedication of anyone fighting Heartbreak Hill and crossing the finish line.
Despite the self-righteous tone it sometimes takes, the sports media world never demands to take the place of reality. It's there for those who need comfort, whether it be on any normal day or in times of need. For whatever little part we writers contribute to everyday life by detailing something near the basement of overall priorities, we hope, in whatever capacity possible, that we can help restore even a modicum of warmth as all who were impacted try to remain strong. Yankees and Red Sox fans rightfully cast aside trivial rivalry and have embraced over what really matters. The goodwill expressed by and toward Beantown sports teams affirms that desire to capture the better part of humanity.
We will once again celebrate milestones of completing that 26.2-mile test, and all others in life. The harmony of many will always overcome the malice of a few.
And I'll always love that dirty water.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.
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