Not to sound like the retard from Something About Mary, but I love Baseball. Not only do I enjoy watching it all year, but I also love to bet on Baseball. I get ridiculed about betting on baseball, as most people usually stop betting once College Basketball and the NBA seasons end. I don’t. Baseball is the easiest sport to win money on and coincidentally I’ve surrounded myself with a bunch of degenerates who also love betting the sport. With baseball there are a lot more trials and tribulations, bottom line is that if you have nuts you’ll do well.
A few great memories (good and bad) come to mind. Back in 2005 the saying Dontrell/Mulder was coined by Building up that Base. That year Dontrelle was a 22 game winner and Mark Mulder was a 16 game winner (the Cardnials were 24-9 when he pitched). They always seemed to pitch on the same day and Base loved dropping the D-Train and Mulder into a Dollar A/R, hence Dontrelle-Mulder Day. It was Base’s favorite day of the week.
Will Jason Bay get an RBI? Of course he will. Last year at Fenway before a game my degenerate buddies and I were convinced that J.Bay would get one RBI in the game. We threw hundreds of dollars on this prop bet and in like the 2nd or 3rd inning Bay (who would end up having 119 RIBs on the year) hit a HR prompting my friend the Hammer who put a nickel on it to claim. “I am God”. Betting baseball brings out the best in us.
The Matsui Dance. I have a habit of taking the Run-Line, whenever I bet on the Yankees – this is when your team needs to win by 1.5 runs, but it brings the odds way down for the favorite. A few years back I had the Yankees run-lined in a tied game in the 9th. Which is not a very great position to be in. One run=game over, but you won’t cover. Of course my man Hideki Matsui blasted a 2-run home run covering the 1.5. Inspiring the Matsui Dance, use your imagination of what this is.
With the ups come the downs and one that is tattooed in my brain in circa 2005 when Randy Johnson came to New York. It was early in the year and we didn’t have a feel for RJ yet. We just assumed he was sick and was going to be 35-0 on the Yankees, we went absolutely haywire when he pitched against the Kansas City Royals. The Yankees were about a -300 favorite. It could have been a -10,000 money line and we would have jumped up. We got buried as the Yanks lost to KC 3-1. Lesson from this is you need to be a bit patient early in the year to see how pitchers develop.
Some other tips we’ve figured out through experience. Don’t take the Rockies and the run line ever, just trust me on this. Betting on the Mets is not smart, they always look great on paper, but I swear their bullpen coach is Pete Rose, their pen will cost you at least 4-6 games a year. Unlike football if it seems to be good to be true, go with your gut. Baseball isn’t a hard sport to figure out and I think one of the only professional sports that is not fixed, be patient wait to figure out what team is going to lose 120 games and find your own Dontrelle-Mulder combo and you’ll be have a great Summer.