The New Year brings a fresh start, a new beginning, the feeling that this could be my year. The fact that everyone else feels the same doesn’t seem to dampen our spirit.
A new year is also the time to reflect. The first time I heard about fantasy baseball or rotisserie baseball was in the mid-1980’s. The Dean of Student Affairs asked me to create a spreadsheet for him so that he could quickly calculate some baseball statistics. When asked why, he told me about his baseball league and how they were getting ready for their annual draft. I must admit it sounded childish and something for a kid to play, not an adult. Little did I know…
That was then. A few years later I got online via Prodigy. They offered a game called Baseball Manager and daily these ads for the game enticed me. Finally I clicked on the link and read about the game. There was a nice live forum wherein I asked some questions, got some intelligent answers and ended up joining a league mid-way through the season.
Wow, am I glad I did. I no longer think of fantasy sports as a child’s game. Obviously, millions of others don’t either. When I think about it now, I don’t know why I rejected it back then. It is fun. Maybe it’s the daily play that appeals to me most, or the competition, or maybe it’s just wanting to see a win in my column each morning…whatever it is, I’m hooked. I’ve been playing for twenty years now and during the season it’s still the first thing I think about in the morning – what are my scores?
The New Year brings promising hope of change to us. And part of me spends more than a bit of time thinking that this may be my year in fantasy baseball. And that’s a good way to start the year.