The 2010 All-Star Game is in Anaheim, but the 2010 Fantasy All-Star Game is wherever you want it to be.
Now that the All-Star break has finally arrived, fantasy owners everywhere might well be wondering how to fill their free time. Other than, of course, watching the Home Run Derby, All-Star Game and other All-Star events. For those of you looking for a way to fill your time during the break, here's your SportsCenter.com Fantasy Guide to the All-Star Break.
Other Fantastic Fantasy Activities
There are other fantasy sports out there. And while you could easily spend a few days prepping for upcoming fantasy football drafts or even look ahead to the fantasy NBA carnage following LeBron's move to Miami, there's an entire fantasy world out there that has nothing do do with professional sports. Instead, you could get your fantasy fix with professional wizardry. Decades before Rotisserie baseball was invented by a few New York friends in the mid-eighties, nerds everywhere have gotten their fantasy on with Dungeons & Dragons. Why bother re-evaluating your pitching rotation's first-half splits when you can save the princess with Carlos the Dwarf? Or you could take the fantasy role-playing to the next level: live-action. Your league could get together for an All-Star break dinner at Medieval Times. Because there's no better way to spend the break while drinking bottomless goblets of Pepsi while cheering on the Green Knight.
Read Words, Not Numbers
Fantasy owners could also catch up on some summer reading. For the die-hards, there's always this year's Baseball Prospectus if you feel the burning need to calculate Albert Pujol's VORP (value over replacement player) over the first 81 games of the season. If you're looking for some lighter reading, there's always Bill Veeck's autobiography, Veeck as in Wreck. Veeck's concept of fantasy baseball was confined strictly to on-field events, which more often than not featured baseball bat-toting Martians rather than winning baseball teams. But it might be refreshing to read one owner's account of being more invested in designing exploding scoreboards than calculating park-adjusted ERA when building a relief corps. For owners thinking of taking a few overseas sleeper picks in next year's fantasy draft, there's also Robert Whiting's You Gotta Have Wa. Whiting explores, through the prism of Japanese baseball, that success in foreign leagues might not automatically translate to success in the U.S., and vice versa.
Owners with statistics overload may want to forgo reading altogether and take a nice, relaxed break with a few DVDs. Those passionate enough about the Nippon Baseball League to check out You Gotta Have Wa might also want to watch "Mr. Baseball," if for no other reason than to see Tom Selleck wearing a "D" on a cap that's not from Detroit. We know, bizarre. Or there's Ken Burns' 1994 documentary, "Baseball". With over 20 hours of footage, you should have just enough time to watch the whole series along with this year's Home Run Derby and All-Star game.
Remember fantasy owners, no matter how you spend your All-Star Break, enjoy it. There's still 81 games left in the season, and none of them are real.