Joe Mauer and his sideburns have come to my fantasy team this year, and I'm already concerned. The number 2 pick from his draft class (Mark Prior) tanked my fantasy team a couple times, and I don't need the number 1 pick to do the same.
The talented catcher of the Minnesota Twins had kidney surgery in December and apparently he still has back pain that is limiting him. He's now going in for another procedure to find the problem and I'm a bit worried. When healthy, he wins batting titles and the Twins have fake-sideburns-give-a-way days. When unhealthy, he'll lead me to losing my mind over another terrible fantasy baseball year. I'm starting to get the feeling that the "curse of the goat" has actually bled over into my fantasy baseball team as well as the team I root for.
Three years ago I picked Eric Gagne first (keep in mind this is the equivalent of the seventh round) and two years ago I picked Ben Sheets. Both of them quickly were injured, ineffective, or both. Last year I went offense with Ichiro and that yielded better results, but not enough to get over the hump. I figured getting the best offensive catcher this year would be a steal. It may already be the downfall of my year.
Anway, here's to hoping Mauer ends up being healthy and ready to hit by opening day. If not, I might have to pick up Greg Zaun or someone terrible like that. I suppose I can't complain too much- anyone who has A-Rod is probably worse off in the injury department anyway.