Yardbarker- “If these are so-called experts doing this draft, maybe guys should start looking for another occupation,” Wainwright argued. “I came back after Achilles surgery in five months. You show me an old guy that’s able to do that. I still feel young. I’m feeling young. All you guys that passed on me, I’m gonna make you regret that decision.”
“Check the stats, SiriusXM. Clean it up over there,” he joked. “What are you doing? It’s going to make it all the more fun going into spring training. I appreciate the extra motivation.”
I don't know enough about baseball to be able to tell you where Adam Wainwright should currently rank among pitchers headed into the season. Therefore, I certainly don't know enough about fantasy baseball to be able to assign him an appropriate draft position. I do know that if I were Adam Wainwright I wouldn't be worried about what fantasy baseball experts thought. Seriously, if you play fantasy baseball casually then you are a loser that I have no interest in ever accidentally speaking to in passing. Never mind doing it professionally. Remembering to set a football lineup 16 days a year is taxing enough, and these guys are devoting 162 days a year to playing -and countless more to "scouting"- fantasy baseball? You know how they say wolves don't concern themselves with the opinions of sheep? Well, professional athletes shouldn't concern themselves with the opinions of old, predominantly white statistical wizards that have to readjust the reading glasses on their nose so that they don't select a starting pitcher with a below average WHIP.
Furthermore, If I were a professional athlete, of any kind, I would pray to get drafted late. Especially if the only reason I was getting drafted late was because of a previous injury. You know the quickest way to become a target for online criticism? Underperform statistically. That's you get "fans" to call you an asshole, or more likely, openly root for you to get cancer. The people that get offended by the production of their fantasy players are the most outspoken group of people on the internet. I can only imagine that population gets higher when we are talking about fantasy baseball players that have far too much time and far too little social contact. If I had my choice as a professional athlete I would choose to be a late round sleeper every single time. Keep expectations low, and in turn keep the general mood in your mentions high. Doesn't seem like the worst thing that could happen to an aging pitcher with a ton of innings on his arm. I suppose getting drafted early means you are doing a hell of a job succeeding at your craft, but getting drafted late means you'll have less people telling you to die in a fire. There are certainly worse consolation prizes I can think of.