2015 Fantasy Baseball Wine Guide

Posted March 23, 2015

Matt Sitomer


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The glorious month of March is upon us. Pitchers and catchers have long since reported, and Spring Training games have officially begun. Hope springs eternal, even in Chicago. With Opening Day merely weeks away, Fantasy Baseball guides have begun clogging up newsstand shelves. If you plan to make 2015 the year you dominate your league, the next few weeks will be paramount, and you just might need a little wine to get you through it all. We therefore present our step-by-step guide to preparing for a successful draft, complete with the wines that will inspire you to victory.

Step One: Offseason Player Movement

The Hot Stove was warm all winter long, even extending into February. San Diego’s new GM went hog wild, Billy Beane was up to his old tricks in Oakland, and Washington ponied up for yet another ace. While you pour over transaction lists and depth charts, dream of Grapefruit League sunshine and pour a glass of Le G de Guiraud. Tropical fruit flavors leap from the glass of this weighty White Bordeaux, conjuring up visions of back fields lined with Palm trees, filled with familiar faces in strange uniforms.

Step Two: Prepare for Cuban Invasion

It takes a discerning owner to know the difference between Yoan Moncada, Yasmany Tomas, Yoan Lopez, Rusney Castillo, and some of the other young Cuban stars that have been commanding huge signing bonuses and flooding 40-man rosters. After the massive impact of Jose Abreu in Chicago and Yasiel Puig in Los Angeles, all eyes have turned to Cuba, and nobody wants to get left out in the cold. While you may not have any Cuban cigars (if you do, we’re not asking), that doesn’t prevent you from curling up with a snifter of Port during your late night, post-prandial draft prep. Taylor Fladgate’s 10-year Tawny is a fine conclusion to any meal, and you just might detec the smell of tobacco in the air while contemplating how those statistics from Serie Nacional will translate at the big league level.

Step Three: Injury Status

There’s nothing more embarrassing on draft day than selecting a player, only to become the object of ridicule as you are informed of the debilitating injury that everyone else in the room knew about but you. Now your ace pitcher is out four months, and your title hopes are hanging on by a thread.

Avoid this scenario entirely by keeping up on injury status, ensuring body and soul remain aligned (both for you and your players!). While you peruse the wire for relevant news, select a wine that’s taut and focused, like the 2008 Capanne Ricci Brunello Di Montalcino; you need to keep your wits about you!

Step Four: Spring Position Battles

Spring Training stats are generally useless, but they do help determine crucial position battles. Who’s playing second base for the White Sox? Who will be the fifth starter in Cleveland? Will that hot prospect you’ve had your eye on finally get a shot, or be sent back to Tacoma for more seasoning?

Position battles are a surefire sign of Spring, much like the arrival of Rosé around the wine shop. Even if you’re not in Florida or Arizona, sip some Rosé while catching a Spring Training telecast and you’ll almost feel the warm sun on your back. A surprisingly full-bodied yet refreshing option is the Las Rocas Rosé, made from 100% Garnacha.

When the draft concludes, look over your roster with a pompous air of authority, knowing you’ve already won. Head home and toast your future victory with some bubbly -- you’ve earned it. Try out a different Champagne like the Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Quality Brut, sit back, and prepare for opening day.

Play ball!


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