May 15, 2009
The Bowie Baysox, Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are apparently mocking the fantasy community. In what can only be interpreted as a sign of aggression against us, the Baysox recently announced a complicated contest involving a missing "Golden Wieters bobble head doll" and clues hidden on the team's website. Full details here.
Basically, they've taken a small golden idol shaped like Matt Wieters(notes), placed it somewhere in Prince George's County and challenged fans to find it. As if many of us weren't already anxiously searching for the real Wieters, baseball's best hitting prospect. He's currently hidden somewhere at Triple-A Norfolk. He went 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs last night. The Baysox understand our desperation and they're tweaking us.
If you find the golden idol and return it to the team, you can exchange it for various Wieters collectibles and a chance to throw out an opening pitch. Or you can maybe replace it with a Gregg Zaun(notes) bobble head and a crazy manifesto in which you announce that the precious little fake Wieters will be held hostage until the O's promote the man himself, thereby resuscitating your fantasy season.
It won't be long, actually. Soon the O's won't have any obvious incentive to keep him in Norfolk. Back in April, Yahoo!'s Gordon Edes discussed the free-agency and arbitration implications of the Wieters delay. (Additional thoughts here and here). When he gets the call, he'll immediately become a must-start fantasy commodity and an excellent trade chip. But you knew that.
If you're looking for a Wieters time-waster, consider heading to Maryland to find something that looks like this ...
... except gold and bobbly.
OK, the blog editor is about to head to Wrigley, but not before offering a few links for your reading pleasure:
• Razzball takes a look at Fielding Independent Pitching, and ERAs that won't be safe for long.
• You were looking for a Juan Pierre Beast Mode t-shirt, right?
• Rotosynthesis raises a fair question about Scott Boras' total failure in the Manny PED situation.
• The Cafe discusses various Big Papi coverage options. Example: "I am seriously thinking of dropping him for anything. John McDonald(notes) would give me more production out of my Utility spot."
• Don't forget, it's Tommy Hanson Day. He has 28 Ks in his last three starts.
• Rich Hill(notes) -- yup, that Rich Hill -- should make his Orioles debut on Saturday according to the Baltimore Sun. He was Brad's best gal before Billy Butler(notes) arrived. If you're in the deepest imaginable league, maybe you'll want to add Hill today, stash him on the DL (he's still eligible), then watch the early returns.
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