First off, let us validate my addiction (in jest):
- admitting that one cannot control one's addiction or compulsion; (commissioner of three leagues; participated in two others; the blog; a Facebook page; Twitter'ing)
- recognizing a greater power that can give strength; (Josh Hamilton and I are working on this one)
- examining past errors; (I will never trust you, Travis Hafner!)
- making amends for these errors; (I will never doubt Albert Pujols' elbow)
- learning to live a new life with a new code of behavior; (Never pay for saves?)
- helping others that suffer from the same addictions or compulsions; (I'm here for you)
But for real, I am many more things than just a fantasy baseball addict. I am a husband and father of three young boys that inspire me daily to share my love of the game of baseball with them. I've sung them all to sleep with "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" because that was the only song I could think of that I knew all the words to other than Christmas carols.I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY in a household of Yankees fans and continue to support them as my home team, regardless of the broken economics of the game of baseball these days.
My passion for "fantasy" baseball was born out of the most classic and simplest form of the game for me...the box score. As far back as I can remember, I'd spend weekend mornings trolling through the box scores of the Daily News and scribbling down the starting lineups for all different teams and then going out in front of the house for a game of Wiffle Ball against the neighborhood kids pretending to be Don Mattingly (my boyhood hero) or Andre Dawson of the Montreal Expos.
I remember getting involved in the earliest forms of fantasy baseball in the late '80s or early '90s with my oldest brother and his friends. We sat in a church basement with all kinds of books, newspapers, forms and a chalk board to hold a draft that seemed to take at least 12 hours and I've been hooked ever since.
Lastly, you'll never hear me refer to myself as an expert. I even go as far as putting that word in quotes like this ("expert") when I tend to use it because I am not getting paid to do this for a living. If someone wants to pay me a full-time salary to write about a sport and a game that I love so much, I will gladly call myself: Daniel Aubain, Fantasy Baseball Expert.
I hope you enjoy what I do enough to come back regularly, share what you do like with others and leave a comment or two so I can get to know you a little better.
Daniel J. Aubain @COSFBA
Owner, Founder, Editor, Lead Writer and Mastermind behind all things COSFBA