April 10th, 2004


Time begins on Opening Day

Thank you, Thomas Boswell! :)

I don't really get into the baseball season the way I used to back when I was scoring for STATS, Inc. and pubbing the RBR and getting out to games at Midway and the Wade so I could see some down-home independent league action, but I still draft a fantasy team in the Yahoo! leagues every year. That's really what gets my season going - after that, I pay close attention to what's going on in the box scores so I know how my team is doing. Of course, I'm following the Twins, Phillies and Red Sox in the real world as well, but I have to admit that like most Rotisserie addicts, I'm more worried about how Roy Oswalt is pitching when it's his day than I am about whether the Tigers might win the AL Central (FARK banner: "Unlikely". But they're sure off to a hot start.)

Anyway, I had a great draft. I got Pedro with my first pick (I drafted third this year) and got a lot of the players I wanted. The outfield is built for speed: Torii Hunter, Rocco Baldelli, and Carl Crawford all wear the red & white caps this fantasy season, while Oswalt, Miller, Radke and Ben Sheets are the other 4/5 of the rotation for me. In the pen, Billy Wagner and his successor Octavio Dotel, along with unsung submariner Chris Bradford of the A's. *does the Happy Dance, making the apartment shake*

Well, time to shower, shave, and head over to MCAD for Part II of the post-mortem. It's a cold, crappy day outside but I DON'T CARE. I got Pedro! I got Billy! I got Mark Teixeira! In my world, the sun is shining, and it's 70 at game time in RFK as the lads take the field. Yes, it's the interior game with a vengeance, but I like it.

Draft results:
1. P. Martinez, SP
2. B. Wagner, RP
3. O. Dotel, RP
4. R. Oswalt, SP
5. J. Kendall, C
6. J. Vidro, 2b
7. J. Rollins, SS
8. W. Miller, SP
9. M. Teixeira, 1b
10. C. Koskie, 3b
11. T. Hunter, OF
12. M. Lieberthal, C
13. B. Sheets, SP
14. T. Nixon, OF
15. B. Radke, SP
16. C. Crawford, OF
17. R. Baldelli, OF
18. C. Guillen, 3b
19. D. Relaford, IF
20. M. LeCroy, DH/C
21. C. Bradford, RP

Euphoria doesn't last like it used to

"That was pretty impressive. You got through the buzz and on to the hangover in record time." Jame Retief, in Retief's War

Pulled up my fantasy team after getting home from Post-Mortem Part II and the ensuing dinner (a la FARK: "Your dawgs want Chinese.") to find that half my outfield (Nixon and Hunter) were on the DL along with Matt LeCroy (him, I knew about) and my supersub Desi Relaford. Owiee! At least all my pitchers are healthy and not off pulling their groins. *crosses fingers*
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Anime Fandom In Minnesota: A Partial History

One of the things that's mystified me (when I've had time to think about it) is why TCAAMS* never got a convention going here in the Twin Towns of Terror. They were organized enough to get 501(c)(3) status, which we're still working on. They had at least as many members as we did when we incorporated last year, raised the money to acquire a number of video projectors...and never got around to putting a convention together, which I think is what may have killed them as an organization.

Whatever the reason, we seem to have picked up most of their active members as members of the convention, if not the parent non-profit, and it occurred to me that I might save myself some skull sweat and paperwork time if ATC does a merger/takeover of TCAAMS. They have some assets, and we can certainly make them an offer of some sort. According to TJ, they didn't hold an annual meeting this year and technically have no officers, but we'll talk with last year's club leaders and see if we can work something out. There's a few grand in sales tax we could put to better use, there is.

*Twin Cities Anime And Manga Society.