Learn to Stay Calm and Listen to Music (and Write About Fantasy Baseball)

I was halfway through breaking down my recent mock draft when, for some reason, the window I was working in decided to stop working, freeze and erase all of my work.  This isn’t the first time this has ever happened to me, but I literally took the entire day today to dedicate to writing rankings, future articles and this particular mock draft so I can have next week to dedicate to my upcoming draft guide.  To say I was frustrated would be an understatement, but I logged onto Pandora.com, pulled up my “Copeland” station and decided to just write.  So crank up some music, perhaps the songs I suggest below, and join me for some fantasy baseball analysis in relation to the songs in my head…

Playing “Chin Up” by Copeland

In the past I would turn to an ice cold beer or bourbon on the rocks to ease my frustration.  There are certainly better ways to calm down.  As the line in “Chin Up” by Copeland reminds me:
Back to when we started, losing who we were
Maybe we should only tip the bottle back to keep us filled up.
Back to when we started, losing who we were
Everybody knows that you’d break your neck to keep your chin up
Family, friends and baseball; three things that make up the better part of my everyday life.  The baseball part includes writing fantasy analysis and competing in fantasy leagues.  It also encompasses everyone who has ever read this site, emailed me or just said, “keep up the good work”.  I am reminded that, though emotions can play a role in how we manage our fantasy teams, we always need to take a step back and look at the big picture.  We are going to make bad trades, write bad articles, be a second too late to add this season’s Ben Zobrist or be wrong on a buy low/sell high suggestion.  But no matter what, we will always do what we can to fight back and make up ground.  Major Leaguers aren’t much different, if you can make the stretch of a comparison with me.  Take Matt Holliday for instance.  He started 2009 with a tweaked batting stance that he thought would help him be a better hitter.  That new stance didn’t work and simply complied with a new, unfamiliar, uncomfortable league and home setting.  Through more work in the cages, off a tee, and on the field, Holliday found his old stroke just before heading to St. Louis.  He carried his new, but old, approach to the last couple of months of the season and unleashed the talent that made him the star he was in Colorado.  Keep that in mind when this year’s Matt Holliday starts the season in a slump.  
Playing “The Best Deceptions” from Dashboard Confessional – Yeah, I am in wussy mode tonight.
Don’t you see, don’t you see, that the charade is over?
And all the “Best Deceptions” and “Clever Cover Story” awards go to you.
This song still dates back to Dashboard’s better, pre-sell out days.  Now, I don’t have a problem with bands “selling out”, people do what they have to do, but I just happen to prefer the older Dashboard stuff (by a mile). 
Anyway, what is interesting about this song in particular is that it almost foreshadows what was just ahead for lead singer Chris Carrabba and band.  They were, unintentionally perhaps, deceiving their very own audience by breaking away from small, intimate venues conducive to sing-alongs and personal lyrics and heading to bigger and “better” things.  Sort of reminds me, again a stretch, of Jason Bay.  Don’t kill me just yet Mets fans.
Is there a better place for Jason Bay than Boston?  Almost a dead pull power hitter, Bay could have abused the Green Monster for years to come.  Instead he was looking for more than what Boston had to offer, monetarily speaking.  In the end Bay received only about $6 M more on the base four year deal he got from the Mets.  Still, Bay will say the right things like “Being on a team that has a chance to win” is important and that he is out to prove he can play good defense.  Both may indeed happen (though it will be quite a task to knock of the Phillies), but the big picture is that the Big Apple could not have been his best fit.  There is now a ton of ground for Bay to cover in left.  Oh and by the way, Carlos Beltran’s knee problems are serious.  Serious enough to cause some to question if he will ever play center field effectively again.  Will having to cover more ground lead to injury or fatigue issues for Bay?  That is not my area of expertise, but I can’t see it helping.  Regardless of his new home park, regression seems very much in order for the 32 year old. 
There seems to be some deception over Bay’s actual value and perceived draft day value.  His ADP has come up a little since his signing.  Which makes me wonder why similar, if not better, 2010 options like Carlos Lee and a healthy Carlos Quentin are going three to five round later?  Bay to the Big Apple made for more than one cleaver cover story, but as for his fantasy value…Don’t be deceived. 
Playing “Coming Down the Hill” by The Snake the Cross the Crown
OK, I feel better now.  I think I managed to tie the way I was feeling into Matt Holliday’s 2009 season somehow.  I got to rant about Jason Bay a little.  I got to listen to some awesome music.
Consider this type of article a rarity, somewhat of a therapy session.  Though in the time it took me to write this I could have rewritten the mock draft article.  Even so, it would not have been my best effort.  I want to avoid that as much as possible.  Sometimes it can be hard to do (like on the weekends) as it takes time to look at player evaluations from as many angles as possible and then put that into words. 
In the end, however, it’s the work that is the real therapy