With the Playoffs rolling along letís take a moment to acknowledge the winner of the 2005 Cubs Blog Army Fantasy Baseball Challenge. Drum roll pleaseÖÖ.

Trophy

ME!!

All right, call me self indulgent if you must but you must understand after several attempts over the years of trying without success of winning one of these things, it finally happened this year! This was an all AL fantasy league.

Final Results

Points…..Moves…….Draft…………..Team
16,717 …….60…………7………CubTracker
16,592…….26………….5…….. Zambrano 4 President
15,846……12………….2……….Bleed Cubbie Blue
15,544 …….39…………9………Clark St. Can Openers
15,365………22………..3………The Big Lowitzki
14,539……..13…………..1……..TheCubdom
13,347………none……..6……..Watered Down Old Style
12,683……….1……………8……..Goatbusters
12,384………3……………4…… Behind the Ivy

Excellent job by Z4P, otherwise known as PB (CubbiePalooza). In the final week he closed the gap to less than 50 points and I fully expected him to overtake me but in the end my guys prevailed, thanks in large part to pitchers Aaron Small, Joe Blanton and Ervin Santana. PBís performance is even more impressive as this was his very first team that he has managed. Good sport and excellent blogger, too.

The victory is kind of embarrassing in that it took me 60 transactions to pull it off in the end. I dropped a lot of guys after having them a week or two, in some cases a day or so. Hey, I thought, as long as there was no cap on the number of moves we could make, why not? Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue managed to capture 3rd place with but 12 moves. Very impressive.

At the beginning of the season I wondered what difference, if any, draft position would make. It doesnít appear to have had any difference.

There are those who must be mentioned because they affected the final tally directly or indirectly. Early in the campaign I actually tried to trade Nathan for Foulke. Had that deal been accepted, PB would have won handily. My fellow GMís of course who helped to make the season fun and my wife, who back in the 90ís gave me one of the best birthday presents any husband could ever want, my first team. Back then I was Hoosier Daddy and we had a live draft in our Kansas town. All of the owners came and I ordered a pizza delivered to the draft. I was pretty popular that night!

Two things made this mediocre if not dismal season bearable. First, blogging at CubTracker & View From The Bleachers and secondly, playing fantasy baseball with my fellow bloggers. It has been a pleasure.

Thanks for letting me gloat a little. Seriously, I would have written this post even if I had not won.

But I did! Hallelujah!!!!

Top Batters
Ortiz………..1733……Cubtracker
Teixeira…….1672…….Watered Down Old Style
A. Rod……..1655……..The Cubdom
Manny R…….1614………Clark St. Can Openers
Sheffield….1536…….The Cubdom

Top Pitchers
M. Rivera……..1386……Goatbusters
J. Santana…….1359…..Zambrano 4 President
J. Nathan……..1358…….Cubtracker
B. Colon………..1296…..Zambrano 4 President
R. Johnson……1242……Goatbusters

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Regular writer for View From The Bleachers in 2005-06; Turns 50 this summer; Met Ernie, Billy and others back in 70-72; AKA VFTB Chaplain; Pastor in Pennsylvania when not obsessing over the Cubs; Wishes no harm to any opposing player; Married 26 years to a wonderful woman. Favorite player is Ryan Theriot