the relevant consequence of all this geekdom is that it turns participants into eager morning paper readers, or, should i say, morning website readers, since newspapers never carry the sufficient detail on the stats anymore, nor present it in as convenient or compelling a format for fantasy team tracking purposes. (for example, i can tell you exactly how the minnesota twins fared over the seattle mariners last night, since twinkies closer joe nathan is on my squad, and i'm proud to say not only did his team win for the first time in 11 games, but that he procured the statistical win for himself, and, hence, my fantasy team, by being the pitcher of record in the top of the ninth before tonsoni batted in plouffe to end it, and o need to worry about either of those two--tonsoni is a 36th rounder currently hitting .190, and plouffe, though a 1st round shortstop, doesn't hit worth any attention at .229, a point perhaps better understood by darnell mcdonald et al., but let's not digress any further than to point out that fantasy sports have caused me to know a lot of extremely trivial information).
in any case, i find that pulling up the stock ticker this morning feels exactly like pulling up the sports stats for a variety of reasons, not least being that my fantasy baseball squads are getting pummeled this year, just like my portfolio. (my last year's championship lineup, including mainstays like youkilis, posey, werth, etc., is riddled with injuries, and it's not easy to remain competitive without 'em). but you have to check every morning just in case, because if you're going to make the best out of a bad situation, you have to remain aware of the circumstances and opportunities, just in case a lineup/portfolio adjustment becomes advised.
this morning the dow is down, i mean up, i mean down, i mean up, (it would be, as i'm given to understand, just like watching the sox these days, if i were watching the sox these days, but i'm not unless tim wakefield is pitching), and you could get a sore neck trying to watch the swings. but, believe me, it's worth watching the swings because if you've been following a certain prospect, or stock that you'd like to buy, this is very much like waiting for things to go on sale so you can enjoy a good deal. the stock market right now is absolutely on sale, just like all the rookies who get to play a few games in the fall after the rosters expand, and, yeah, that's how i bagged posey a couple years ago and earned the championship last year, so it absolutely does work.
no guarantees the prices won't still go lower and you'll feel like someone who just bought something at the apple store, (as in, someone whose latest purchase is both obsolete and more expensive than its better replacement a week later), or who took a flyer on jason heyward from all the buzz last season, but if you're going to retire on anything more substantial than a bankrupt social security pension, or figure out how to return your fantasy team to its former glory, you're going to have to figure out when to get in, and how to stay in. (the fact the sox won't put youk out on the DL is killing me, since he's taking an active roster spot on my team while he's riding the bench on tito's, and it's a lot like knowing that UBS' stock will indeed rebound, but not when).
yeah, it's bottom feeding. but have you ever seen how fat the fish tend to be at that end of the food chain?