Adventures in (Baseball) Fantasy Land (Group Sales Gab)
Kathryn Bobel, Co-Director of Group Sales
Everyone loves an underdog story, and this Spring kiddos, I’ve got a doozey for you. It’s bigger than the 1991 Duke Blue Devils, bigger than the 1969 Mets, bigger than the 1980 Miracle on Ice. Alright, maybe it’s not bigger than the 1980 US Olympic hockey team upsetting the Soviets, but hey, who can blame a girl for her use of hyperbole?
This underdog story involves yours truly and her first introduction into the world of fantasy sports. I have always had a sort of vendetta with the concept because I really do believe that it takes away from the aura that has surrounded athletics for decades. It is still about the Yankees and the Red Sox and the Browns and the Steelers, but now it is also about paying money to have access to rumors that people take a little too seriously (ESPN insider, anyone?) I can talk about it until I’m blue in the face and have the greatest arguments with the best citations, but until I attempt it, I have no credibility on the subject.
So, I’m taking the plunge, creating a team, and going up against competition that I have no business being in the same league with. Our office league is made up of guys that are following spring training like I’m following Michael Kors’ spring clothing line. Now, that’s not to say I won’t be able to hold my own–I know a thing or two about starting rotations and OBP–but when these gentlemen are watching ESPN in the morning before work, I’m rocking out to Jason Aldean and Joe Nichols on CMT. My office mates may know who will come back from surgery stronger than before or whose bat will have a little less pop in it than last season, but I bet they can’t belt out Big Green Tractor quite like I can.
Despite my trepidations, I’m going to lace ’em up and head out into the field come April. I may not be (even nearly) as confident in this fantasy world as I am in reality, but I certainly am not going to sit idly by. That being said, help a sister out! Please feel free to email any tips, advice, guidance or direction to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be greatly appreciated.
Have you noticed I have yet to mention perhaps the most important piece of this fantasy puzzle I’m slowly putting together? My team name! Do I honor my team? Do I go raunchy? Do I go funny? After thinking long and hard (and by that I mean brainstorming for about a half an hour while on the treadmill), I’ve decided on VizquelGivesItThome. I honor my team (Go Tribe!), I go raunchy, and I go funny–the trifecta–all in under 20 characters.
And remember, it always feels good to root for the underdog.
Bobel is entering her second season with the Crawdads and first as
Co-Director of Group Sales. She served as Sales Assistant with the
‘Dads throughout the 2009 campaign, after stints with the Indianapolis
Indians (AAA) and US Track and Field.