The final score at Wrigley Field on Thursday was Cubs 9, Barry Bonds 6, every other Giant 2. Barry hit a pair of long home runs into an unfriendly breeze, in an overwhelmingly unfriendly environment. He finished 3-for-3 and drove in six runs. Like him or not, you have to be a little awed by Barry Bonds sometimes. We've discussed him at length here previously, so there's little else that needs to be said.
Except maybe this: he was dropped in 1458 Yahoo! leagues on Wednesday and 756 leagues on Thursday.
There's just no feeling quite like the one you have after dropping a player on Wednesday, then watching him have a multi-homer game on Thursday. It's the sort of thing that ends fantasy careers. People can't easily pick up and move on after a disastrous move like that. Plus it just sits there on the "Recent Transactions" list for everyone to see:
|7/18||Yorvit Torrealba (COL - C)||Add||Free Agents||Snell the Glove|
|7/18||Barry Bonds (SF - OF)||Drop||Snell the Glove||Waivers|
I'm fairly certain that's the exact move that a few of you made, too, since Yorvit was added in 2082 leagues on Wednesday.
Still, no one's really judging you, Bonds droppers. We all understand how frustrating Barry can be. He was stuck in an 0-for-21 slump before Thursday, he hadn't started in three days, the off-days aren't always easy to foresee, and, well … it's late-July. You need stats. It's not easy to carry a hitter who's not playing, yet not on the DL.
But when you drafted Barry Bonds, you had to know there would be weeks like this. He needs to be universally owned – he's the 64th ranked player in Yahoo! leagues, after all. Just carry an OF-eligible caddy for the off days. It's extremely difficult to get fair value for Bonds via trade. If you couldn't deal him at the end of April when he was batting .356/.536/.814, you won't find many respectable offers now.
He's not a player who needs to be dealt, though. Barry is just a bit more high-maintenance than your typical fantasy outfielder. If you happen to be an owner in one of the 2214 leagues where he just became available, good luck with the waiver claim. And please don't taunt the Bonds droppers. They're hurting enough.
Wait, no. There's at least one more …
Remember that when you add any player, you're really adding the difference between him and the guy he's replacing in your starting lineup. Plus there's the issue of who you've traded away. There's a balancing act with fantasy trades, and it's particularly tricky when you're acquiring players like Jones who are severely below league-average in certain categories.
- Barry Bonds