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Sunday, March 31, 2013

STAN FISCHLER: Fantasy baseball a reality for some

Confessions of a Fantasy dodger from Brooklyn.

They were yapping and rapping about their Fantasy League. A good shrink might even suggest that they were living in a dream world. Fantasy, dream; what’s the difference?

Off the top it sounded like something I should avoid—y’know, like poison ivy—because I also associate fantasy with silly and I really don’t have time for such nonsense. But slowly and surely I began to realize that these fellows treat fantasy as if it’s reality.

I mean that when it comes to fantasy they don’t kid around so I decided to check out one of these fellows to see if he was on the square or whether his head was somewhere in Mars or the planet Krypton, birthplace of You Know Who—and I don’t mean Batman either.

My Fantasy friend of choice happens to be the otherwise sober Michael Rappaport, a student at New York University who—at least at first glance—seems to be a reasonable enough fellow.

But I began questioning even that when Michael mentioned that he was heading west for some vague baseball thing that didn’t seem worthy of further pursuit on my end until curiosity got the better of me.

Turns out that Rappy’s Expeditionary Force took him to Phoenix for the SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) Analytics Conference, where baseball’s top minds spoke about the role that baseball mathematics—also known as sabermetrics—has in making personnel decisions.

Right then and there, I should have found a nearby sandbox and buried my head in it. But, no, I had to get more facts.

...Having digested all of the above, I conclude that the best thing about Fantasy Baseball is that it keeps Michael Rappaport off the streets!

Repoz Posted: March 31, 2013 at 07:33 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. NattyBoh Posted: March 31, 2013 at 08:54 AM (#4400070)
What will the Maven do when he discovers that fantasy hockey exists?
   2. I am going to be Frank Posted: March 31, 2013 at 09:22 AM (#4400076)
I'm surprised Fischler knows how to use a computer.
   3. john_halfz Posted: March 31, 2013 at 11:09 AM (#4400112)
His book on NYC subways, Uptown Downtown, is worth seeking out. Never realized until now that he's the same Stan Fischler.
   4. Greg K Posted: March 31, 2013 at 11:20 AM (#4400117)
I conclude that the best thing about Fantasy Baseball is that it keeps Michael Rappaport off the streets!

I do love him for Beautiful Girls, but replacing Arrested Development with The War at Home does somewhat colour my perception of Michael Rapaport and think that maybe it's a good idea getting him off the streets.
   5. Greg K Posted: March 31, 2013 at 11:26 AM (#4400122)
Speaking of which, did anyone used to watch Boston Public?

It's place in pop culture now appears to be "that show that had the Borg chick in it", but I recall seeing quite a few episodes and never saw her. Upon further research the principal's named was Steven Harper. Heh.
   6. The District Attorney Posted: March 31, 2013 at 11:52 AM (#4400135)
The posters are planning something.
   7. cardsfanboy Posted: March 31, 2013 at 12:15 PM (#4400139)
It's somewhat ironic that he looks up and sees people chatting, and thinks they are the outcasts because of the subject they are chatting away about isn't his cup of tea, meanwhile he's the one not engaging in the social circle.

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