And now, the roster for your Hope Station Giants:

C: Jason LaRue
1B: Todd Helton
2B: Jorge Cantu
SS: Khalil Greene
3B: Troy Glaus
OF: Barry Bonds
OF: Randy Winn
OF: Garret Anderson
OF: Nick Swisher
DH: Lyle Overbay (1B)
DH: Chone Figgins (3B)
BH: Ross Gload (1B)
BH: Nick Johnson (1B)
BH: Craig Monroe (OF)
BH: Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C)
BH: Willy Tavares (OF)
BH: Yorvit Torreabla (C)
BH: Kevin Frandsen (2B)
BH: Doug Mientkiewicz (1B)
BH: Kevin Thompson (2B)
BH: Carlos Pena (1B)
BH: B. J. Upton (SS)

SP: Noah Lowry
SP: Matt Cain
SP: Matt Morris
SP: Jake Westbrook
SP: Tim Hudson
SP: Tim Wakefield
RP: Derek Turnbow
RP: Francisco Rodriguez
BH: Aaron Harang (SP)
BH: Tomokazu Ohka (SP)

So, I did the fantasy auction today for the BayCities league. Tap and I own a team called the Hope Station Giants and the buy-in is $200 plus web expenses (usually around $20). The auction is prety cool, and I had a lot of fun with it last year because there was a lot of trash talk, and a lot of people who’re snagging players that others wanted. Last year was my first real experience with an actual live draft in person (I’d done several online live drafts). This year, the venue was moved from San Jose to San Francisco, and while I was expecting to spend 12 hours, we spent only 8 hours if you don’t include the lunch break. By the time I got to the end of the draft, I was pretty loopy from having a major headache and I was just wanting to get out of there and back home.

I’m pretty satisfied with our team. We didn’t pay more than 60 bucks for any player (the most expensive was $55 for Todd Helton and K-Rod). Last year, I paid $109 for A-Rod and $65 for Nomar, taking away more than a quarter of my salary cap before the draft begun.

The grand prize is $1200 this year 🙂 I hope we can contend for it.

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