A.J. Pierzynski: Our fantasy FB addiction

Updated: August 22, 2012, 11:28 AM ET
By A.J. Pierzynski

Buster Olney is on vacation this week, so guest columnists are writing the lead of his column. On Monday, A.J. Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers wrote about life at the trade deadline. On Tuesday, Ryan Flaherty of the Baltimore Orioles talked about adjusting to the major leagues. Today, A.J. Pierzynski of the Chicago White Sox checks in.

It is one of the most anticipated nights of the season for the 2012 Chicago White Sox. There will be yelling and screaming. There will be cursing. There will be mocking and booing. There will be blood, sweat and tears. It is the night of the annual White Sox fantasy football league draft.

Fantasy owners out there will understand what I'm talking about. People who don't get into fantasy football will ask: How can it mean that much? In the world of Major League Baseball, and especially the teams I have played on, it is serious business. The fantasy football league is how you can stay in touch with teammates and staff over the winter. Talk trash to guys all year long if you happen to win. It's basically bragging rights for an entire year.

The White Sox don't do an elaborate draft like you hear about on some teams. We keep it simple and just sit in a conference room and bang out the draft on computers with food and drinks. Don't let that fool you, though. My teammates and I take this as serious business. Sometimes too serious.