Howdy all, it’s been a long time. In fact that is the reason for this post. About the middle of spring training last year I realized that I had not posted a comment for most of the off-season. This isn’t that uncommon for me, over the years there have been occasions where I had gone even longer with nothing to say. But it started me thinking of the vaguely defined VEB invented Lurker of the Year award. How much longer did I need to stay quiet to be in the running? Was it a year from the last post, the baseball season, a calendar year? How do you prove you’ve been lurking the whole time? Just posting a bunch of VEB memes is a nice start but doesn’t prove anything.
The thought then hit me how funny it would be if someone intentionally stopped posting to try to win the award. A long play joke that would take a full year to pan out sounds a little weird but as anyone who remembers me “a little weird” pretty much sums up my sense of humor. I met all the criteria in that I am a long time member (I have a UID and all), posted more than a handful of times and must be fairly well know here (I have my own exemption in the VEB Glossary!!!). I already had a couple of month’s head start on not posting, but a full year was going to be tough. It reminded me of an old episode of The Twilight Zone. (To the youngsters, that show has nothing to do with teenage vampires, sorry.) One gentleman bets another he can’t stay silent for a year. Spoiler Alert-The man stays silent by cutting out his own tongue but the other man is a fraud and can’t pay him. I had no way of using his solution because the post button was staring back at me every day. At times it even felt like certain Mods were calling me out in the main posts. (Tell me RB, can El Vivi Birdos be a meme if most of the long time VEB community knows it but you and I are the only ones who ever use it?)
The whole idea seemed theoretically possible but there was still the catch 22 problem of how to prove you were lurking the entire time and not just taking a sabbatical. I just couldn’t come up with a solution and thought about scrapping the attempt. Then SBN took care of the problem for me by implementing Pick 6 at the start of last season. It was perfect because I wouldn’t be posting but had to pick my 6 everyday thus proving I was around all season long. But even this created another major problem. You see the title to the post was a phrase I have used often over the years. I wouldn’t say that I had distain for fantasy sports but more ambivalence, never saw the point and didn’t think it was worth the time. So I had never before participated in any fantasy sport of any kind. On top of my lack of experience the competition would be coming from, in my opinion, the most knowledgeable baseball blog community on SBN. The thought of coming in last day after day, especially with my screen name, was not an appealing one at all.
Nonetheless this was a solution to my conundrum so I decided to give it a go. At first I just started picking players fairly randomly and to my surprise, wasn’t doing half bad. But like most I do have a competitive side (I was trying to win the LOY award after all) so that started me on the path of doing a little research each day for my picks. Not a lot, maybe five minutes or so a day looking at match-ups and checking a few player pages on Baseball Reference. I’m guessing this is something most fantasy players do, but this was completely new to me. After awhile I oddly enough found myself managing more and more like TLR as the season went on, checking splits and riding hot streaks. It sure seemed to work as I started climbing the leader board. What I never saw coming is that by the end of the season I had won the whole damn thing here at VEB. As surprising as this development was I was downright shocked that I had brought home to VEB the Bronze Medal with a third place finish overall on SBN Pick 6. (BTW, aren’t these leagues supposed to give prizes, come on SBN you guys didn’t have some Jameson or even a few Gillette razors lying around.) If you want to know my secret I appeased the GOB by always making at least one of my six players a Cardinal and never ever picking a player from an opposing team that day. Those were my rules and I stuck to them every day, just like a fink picking Mike Trout. At this point I look at my title line and end this paragraph.
Well here I was with this victory wanting to post my thanks to the other participants, convey how much fun it was to compete this year with them. Now the problem was my LOY candidacy, at this point nine months completed. I couldn’t abandon this with just a few months left, even for the adulation of VEB. So as much as I wanted to gloat I held my digital tongue and stayed in the shadows. This was by far the hardest part of this endeavor. But with opening day upon us I decided now would be the time to return to the light.
So there it is El Vivi Birders, I officially submit my entry for this unofficial award. I know I posted The Rally Kitten just before game 7 of the WS, posted in early December during the Mitchell & Ness jersey debacle and in a ‘80s song lyrics thread that was quite fun. Just in case there was a stray post sometime in early 2012 I’ve held off until now to make absolutely sure it has been over a year by any calculation. I think it’s a good effort but as always this is up to the VEB community to decide. (Before I forget I do want to congratulate Viva El Runners for what they accomplished and VEB as a whole for the amazing fundraising. I’m sure when lboros started this little old blog he never envisioned its name being splashed across the Bush Stadium scoreboard and thousands of dollars being raised for charity. A real tip of the cap to all of you.) I also want to preemptively state that I am not Y2S (This guy has turned into the modern day Anti-Spartacus) because if I were then I replied to myself in the VEB Glossary which I think would make me CodyG, man this site can get confusing. This is my only account and it has always been, even way back when I had an 82 at the end of my handle.
When I first found this site over five years ago, like many newcomers, I was intimidated by the sheer amount of baseball knowledge being thrown down here. The term sabermetric was completely alien to me. What could I possibly add? Then there was a reply from somebody to Hardcore Legend one day saying if it weren’t for him there wouldn’t be any humor at all on this site. With that hyperbolic statement I knew there was one thing I could try to contribute here. Larry put up with my stupidity even though other Mods didn’t seem too fond of it (Hi Chuck!!). The site has grown and changed over the years, but it still has the great sense of community that drew me in from the start. I want to thank all the current and former Mods for keeping this true and for providing all the wonderful free content to keep us expatriated Cardinal fans informed/entertained. I now plan on returning to the comment section, sporadically spewing stupidity when something strikes my fancy. Who knows, maybe I’ll even stumble into having a good idea one of these days.