The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
by Moonlight Graham
Once upon a time, before the evolution of the internet, Fantasy Baseball information was hard to come by. News regarding critical issues such as day-to-day injury situations, rookie callups and even trade rumors were rarely current. Often, it was necessary to directly call the MLB club in question but, even then, it was as likely as not that you’d reach someone that didn’t already frown on the entire concept of Fantasy Baseball. Which brings me to the kid in Milwaukee. I never got his name so, I couldn’t say if he’s still in baseball but, wherever he is, there’s a former, public relations intern of the Brewers that, probably, still curses ole’ Moonlight at the very mention of Dan Plesac.
Sometime in the early nineties, Plesac, the Brew Crew closer, was nursing a bad elbow while a member of Moonlight’s Master Batters. After a few absences from the daily box scores and no mention of an injury, I placed my first call to the unsuspecting intern. Surprisingly, he really didn’t seem all that interested in the fact that a tight Saves race might decide my league. He was equally unsympathetic when I explained that I couldn’t pick up a replacement unless Plesac was disabled by Milwaukee.
So, I asked, “Hey, what’s up with Plesac?” “Is he going on the DL?” “Not to my knowledge”, came the reply and thus started a daily correspondence over the course of the next six days. Exasperated, he finally admitted to me that Plesac was likely out for awhile but, as rosters were about to expand on September 1st, would not go on the DL. If he’d have only told me that in the first place, I’d have had another relief pitcher and he; an enjoyable week. Continue reading »