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slant.gif (102 bytes) Know Thy Enemy, 10th Anniversary Edition

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June, 2009
by "Biggest Daddy"

Interview with John Bochicchio,
Las Vegas Flamingos

BIGGEST DADDY: Thank you for sitting down with us for another installment of "BDBL: A retrospective". Generally speaking, how do you feel about the BDBL?

JOHN BOCHICCHIO: I'm still loving this league! It's nice to know that with all the curveballs life throws at you, the BDBL still remains a constant..

BD: How have you felt about the overall success of your franchise at this point?

JB: Fair. We like to think that our team is always competitive, but thus far, only 1 playoff appearance.

BD: What is your favorite aspect of the BDBL?

JB: Extremely low turnover makes for some very dedicated owners.

BD: Tell us the absolute low point of your franchise, whether it was a particular game lost, or a particular trade ripped to shreds, or a particular fellow GM that ticked you off.

JB: In a failed bid to reach the playoffs in 2006, I over-extended our team budget for the next season by acquiring a few pricey pieces via trade. As a result, I was forced to move some of them, including Randy Johnson for whatever I could get in the off season.

BD: Over the course of your time in the BDBL, who is the one GM that you consider your largest rival or target?

JB: In the old days, when my team was located in the Griffin Division, I'd have to say that Paulson was our biggest rival. We had some incredibly wacky games. More recently, after our move to the Benes, we now view Skizm as the top dog in the division since his BDBL championship in 2004.

BD: Name a GM that you absolutely love to talk trade with.

JB: Jeff and I have always had very equitable negotiations.

BD: How did you first hear of the BDBL?

JB: I think I read about the BDBL forming on DMB's forum.

BD: What would it take for you to exit the league?

JB: Glander's resignation.

BD: What is your favorite BDBL memory?

JB: Ill always remember the BDBL road trip to Pittsburgh. You can just imagine - Shark driving the van (for about 7 hours) with Glander, Marazita, Doyle, DeStefano and myself as passengers.

BD: What is your best trade ever? And your worst?

JB: The best trade we ever made as a franchise would be netting the farm eligible Hideki Matsui from Bear Country in exchange for free-agent-to-be John Burkett (Matt was desperate for a starter). Our worst was with Cleveland, letting some farm guy go (Adrian Gonzalez) for a SUS (Matt LeCroy) as part of a failed run for the postseason.

BD: Other than Glander, what GM would you absolutely hate to see leave the BDBL?

JB: Id really hate to see any of our owners leave the league, but I do hold a special fondness for all of the remaining founding members (7).

BD: Who is the craziest character in the BDBL?

JB: Doyle at his trading desk.

BD: If your franchise had a Team Hall of Fame, which players would be members?

JB: Johnny Damon is a shoo-in. He was acquired via trade before the 2000 season and been a fixture in CF and at leadoff ever since. The infamous Toe Nash would also earn a nomination.

BD: Tell us which MLB team that you feel like your BDBL franchise is the most like.

JB: At this time, Id have to say that were most similar to the Atlanta Braves, i.e. a few good pieces on a .500 team with little to no bullpen.

BD: Excluding your 2001 division championship and the 2002 107-loss debacle, your team is always middle-of-road....very rarely one of the worst, very rarely one of the best. How do you explain this given that many teams have wild swings from horrible years to outstanding seasons?

JB: Our low turnover by not being one of the bigger trading teams in the league is certainly a factor.

BD: How has your overall team-building philosophy changed over the years?

JB: I think were now a bit more patient than most when it comes to developing our farm players.

BD: What has been the most significant change in the BDBL?

JB: I'm very interested to see how the new rules regarding the flexible salary cap based on win totals affects teams going forward.

BD: Name your favorite "off-the-field" moment from BDBL Weekend or the league forum.

JB: I really enjoyed the BDBL Chicago Weekend. Very fun town, Skizm was a great host. The smell of my flesh burning on the Wrigley Field bleacher seats and getting hosed down every couple of innings are fond memories. It was so hot that day, that it was my first and only game that I went to without drinking a beer. I must have spent at least $100 on bottled water that day!

BD: Is there any sort of rivalry or camaraderie in the Benes Division?

JB: Of course there is! Winning divisional games is very important in this league. We reserve special rotations and lineups for our Benes opponents.

BD: What would a BDBL weekend in Las Vegas be like?

JB: Are you kidding? What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Seriously though, that's one town you would be hard up not to gave a good time in. I'm sure we'd have a blast and I think most of us would survive.

BD: Thanks, Johnny B!

JB: Always a pleasure, Big Daddy!