Chances are, you're like me and you're getting ready to start your fantasy baseball season. The invite is sitting in my inbox. I just have to go sign up. My friends are waiting.
But I don't have a clever team name yet.
Don't let anyone tell you otherwise: This IS a crucial part of the fantasy baseball process. You can't just put a team on the (virtual) field with a stupid name. It reflects poorly on you as a manager, on your friends for choosing to include you and on the stars of your team. You think Mike Trout wants to play for a team calling itself Diamond Kings? (Yes, we assume he keeps track of such things).
We want to hear your best ones. Tell us in the comments here, on Twitter (@BigLeagueStew; use the #FantasyNameGame hashtag, if you wish) or on the Big League Stew Facebook page. We'll highlight some of the best ones in a follow-up post here on The Stew.
Before you start spouting off ideas, there are a few things I need to say about team-naming:
• Don't just settle for name puns. It's a go-to strategy — and a proven winner — but there's more to the game than replacing "auto" with "Votto" in common phrases.
• Make sure your references are timely. No BALCO talk. No "Call Me Maybin." I have Bryce Harper in my keeper league, but you can bet your fauxhawk that I won't be using a "Clown question, bro" reference in 2013.
• Keep it clean. At least for our sake. I had R.A. Dickey last year and had a few teams names that invoked his surname, but I won't share them here because I know better.
• You might wanna skim through the #BadFantasyMLBTeamNames going around on Twitter today, so you don't drop a faux-paus.
Good? Got it?
So best team names for 2013, let's hear 'em. Go!