Everyone has a buddy who can't seem to walk away from a terrible girlfriend.
You know the type. She spends all his money, puts him down in front of his friends, drinks like a fish, flirts with other guys. Basically, she's the anti-thesis of the girl you take home to Mom.
But your buddy always comes back for more, glutton for punishment that he is. Sure, she may have the psychological makeup of Milton Bradley, but she lets him drive her car and—to quote the great philosopher John Mayer—she's sexual napalm.
In the end, the positives outweigh the negatives.
This accurately sums up my relationship with fantasy baseball.
I cannot win the big one. I am the Patrick Ewing of my friends' league, only without the baseline jumper or lifetime membership to Atlanta's Gold Club. Despite having competitive teams year after year, my team always spontaneously combusts in the end.
That doesn't stop me for coming back for more, though.
Worst-all-time-fantasy-moment-that-also-held-disturbing-real-life-parallels: 2005 playoff semifinals, I'm holding a slim lead in my head-to-head matchup heading into Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN.
My opponent had Dave Roberts in his lineup, the same Dave Roberts whose stolen base the previous October jump-started the Boston Red Sox's historic comeback against my beloved New York Yankees in the ALCS.
Roberts comes up in the ninth inning and all I need is for him not to steal a base. That's it. I'm this close to the finals. And what does that monster do? Single to right. Stolen base.
Dave Roberts has screwed me twice. And he forced me to listen to Joe Morgan say stupid things for three hours on top of it. I hate Dave Roberts.
My friend, on the other hand, no longer carries a grudge against the diabolical outfielder. Such is the agony and ecstasy of fantasy baseball.
A new season is upon us, and with it comes another chance to tangibly prove to your friends and colleagues that you're better than them. This is really the sum of fantasy sports and the principle reason for its massive appeal, isn't it?
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