by "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?
NIC WEISS: Without a doubt, the BDBL has been the greatest fantasy
experience of my career. Great knowledge. Great gameplay. And, most
importantly, a great community.
BD: How have you felt about the overall success of your franchise at
NW: As of this writing my team sits four games below .500. We were
beyond terrible last year, and I didn't expect to compete until 2010. I
was then graced with two aces that dramatically sped up the competitive
process. I think we can win the division this year, but the thought of
having to face one of two monster teams worries me.
BD: What is your favorite aspect of the BDBL?
NW: The BDBL gives me time out of the day that I can relax. I work a
combined full-time between two jobs. For the past week I've worked from
11PM - 8AM and have never missed a 9AM class. I've got a lot of things
going on, but the BDBL gives me an opportunity to zone out and live in
our own little fantasy world.
BD: Tell us the absolute low point of your franchise -- that you know
about -- whether it was a particular game lost, or a particular trade
ripped to shreds, or a particular fellow GM that ticked you off.
NW: Chapter One, Marcus Thames three pinch hit go-ahead home runs. I
thought the whole thing was a joke.
BD: Who is the one GM that you consider your largest rival or target?
NW: Every time I play Skizm I try to get him riled up. I always talk
about how great it feels that I've got Melky Cabrera to hit multi home
runs and how I have such a great farm team that I could blow him away
with any offer. However, his philosophy of strong GB rates
translating well to the BDBL is something I've been working to emulate.
BD: Name a GM that you absolutely love to talk trade with.
NW: I'm going to go with Steve Osborne of Nashville. I've sent Steve
three trade offers and so far we've only had to minimally rework one of
those deals. Talking trades with Bobby is always interesting, he values
players WAAAAY different than anyone else I've ever talked to. Peburn
and I have a lot of discussion but it never goes anywhere. I sent out a
lot of trade offers.
BD: How did you first hear of the BDBL?
NW: From Bobby in early high school. We were at a cross country meet
discussing our all-time greats teams and he brought it up. I sent in an
application and I remember saying that Kendry Morales was overrated and
would never amount to anything.
BD: Hey! He's doing ok with the Angels this year! What would it take
for you to exit the league?
NW: Grady Sizemore retiring.
BD: What is your favorite BDBL memory?
NW: My infamous first trade: Randy Winn, Jamie Burke, Mike Timlin for
Fred Lewis, Gerritt Cole, Bill Bray, and Edwar Ramirez. People EXPLODED
over this trade when all it involved was a platoon player vs LHP, 25
innings of average relief, and a backup catcher. Oh well.
BD: What is your best trade ever? And your worst?
NW: My favorite trade was during the offseason. It went relatively
unnoticed and I'm not sure how. Vicente Padilla and Jeremy Affeldt for
Jake Arrieta, Rick VandenHurk, and Jason Bergmann. I don't know what I
was thinking when I decided to...throw in....Mike Moustakas in my deal
with LA. I've tried at least 10 times to get him back from Slymar.
BD: Other than Glander, what GM would you absolutely hate to see
leave the BDBL?
NW: Bobby, without a doubt.
BD: Who is the craziest character in the BDBL?
NW: John Duel, for always being prepared to battle words with Glado.
BD: If your franchise had a Team Hall of Fame, which players would be
NW: We don't have a Hall of Fame.
BD: Tell us which MLB team that you feel like your BDBL franchise is
the most like.
NW: Gotta be the Devil Rays. I've still got young talent oozing from my
farm and I'm built around pitching and defense.
BD: Have you had enough time to get a good feel for how you like to
manage games? If so, what is working for you?
NW: I pitch out, bunt, steal, hit and run, guard the lines. Far too much
micromanaging. I had Jamie Burke successfully steal a base vs. Salem
earlier this season. Overall though, micromanaging the bullpen has not
helped us close out the games.
BD: You finding that it's more difficult to manage games or run a
Running a franchise is more difficult, but ultimately more enjoyable.
The draft was 10 days of incredible excitement for me. I didn't have
anything else to do but sit online and wait for the lots to end. I love
picking farm players. The skills I've acquired as a successful
prospector have translated well into finding successful penny stocks.
BD: How's the college experience going so far? It is everything that
you hoped for? What else do you need to accomplish?
I'm finally through jumping through hoops with GEN ED's and requirements
so I can focus on getting my degree in economics. I have my own room for
the first time in my life. I never have time to eat, and have even less
time to sleep. I do calculus and theory derivations until the cows come
home. I've got plans for grad school once I leave here and I'll be
checking out some schools while in California for BDBL Weekend. But
overall, college has been a lot of wasted loan money. I should have used
it to gamble.
BD: Thanks, Nic!