|March 21, 2011 (Tout Wars 2011)|
|Written by Lawr Michaels|
|Monday, 21 March 2011 00:00|
I have to say that as much fun as the whole cycle of spring craziness and travel, of flying to Vegas and doing the FSTA, and Phoenix and doing LABR, the culmination--Tout Wars in New York City--is my favorite. Not that all the other travelling and prep and carousing with my league mates is not wonderful and fun, not to mention stiff competition. In fact the competition within the three leagues is pretty much the same.
But Tout--for better or worse--has had the spotlight for a while. Plus I have won it twice. And there are very few things on earth that beat a few days in New York, including going to Rudy's Music Stop where I tried out a Hofner Bass this time, something now on my wish list. Not to mention my yearly pilgrimage with Andy Regal to Virgil's BBQ where their wings are among my favorite foodstuffs on the planet. And, what has become the Tout Eve soiree at the wonderful Irish Pub, Foley's, on W. 33rd Street.
Of course the auctions are the real thing happening, as they are the source, and this year our friends at MLB.com--coordinated by Mike Siano and Cory Schwartz--gave us a great venue, right in the middle of the Chelsea District in the Chelsea Market (which rivals Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto for fine little eating locales).
I draft in the American League, as most of you probably know, and Saturday morning the AL Touts gathered and initiated this year's competition. The night before the draft I did put up a list of players I wanted, not that I try to covet specific players or even focus on names, for I think getting locked into any strategy or set of players in a draft or auction--which are fluid activities--is a mistake.
Still, there are names I like, or think will be undervalued, and this year was no different. If you want to see the piece, go to Wish List and you can at least see my thinking, and I also comment below where my roster is listed:
One other player I coveted was Gordon Beckham, who I projected at $17, and went for $18 to Pale Hose aficionado Dean Peterson. By the time Beckham came up, I already had Figgins. (I was trying not to wait too long to spend my money).
Note that Dean also copped Mark Buehrle ($3), whom I like, but who just does not strike out enough batters.
I do have to note that this year was as even as I can remember the draft progressing. No owner dumped all his money the first five rounds, and the entire affair was more than disciplined.
And, as noted on the Tout Wars blog, I did take some high risk, high reward players. But, you win with the risks, and finish a strong sixth without. I am not interested in finishing sixth in anything.
|Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2011 03:27|