I recently got a chance to sit down with founder member jbatt from the El Paso Cheladas.
1.) How did you end up getting into HBD? Also, are you into any other fantasy sports?
stumbled in here after a a few seasons of Hoops Dynasty. Fantasy Football is my love however, and this fall will be the 12th season of my local league for which i am the founder and commish.
2.) You've tasted the post-season 75% of the time in your 20 seasons. What do you think has prevented you from advancing deep into the playoffs and when will the Cheladas return to the post-season?
one word. depth. my teams always seem to be lacking in depth and we struggle to keep players rested. the Cheladas
are still on the edge of the wild-card race despite re-tooling and rebuilding. one or two quality free-agents in the off-season, along with the development of some younsters, and we'll be back in the hunt for good next season!
3.) What's the most important part of a team to you? The power bats? Starting rotation? Strong bullpen? Speed & defense?
pitching. only blessed with a few decent starters but a great bullpen is critical to the success of the Cheladas.
4.) Colorado resident? Bronco fan? If so, what do you think about the cutler trade?
just live 10 minutes from Mile High, and yes, Bronco fan indeed. the cutler trade was dynamite and coach kid will look like a genious in a few short seasons. we needed the extra picks and we had a wonderful draft. believe we even still have an extra pick in '10 from the cutler deal too. orton can manage the game for coach kid just fine. cliche, but it will work in the short-term.
5.) What do you do in your spare time when you're not running your HBD teams?
raising a 2yr old son, 9 yr old daughter and a 10yr old daughter while managing a fine wine shop in denver. wifey takes the rest of my time.....
6.) Who's your favorite football player and why?
went to high school, in the mid 80's, near the Pontiac Silverdome...witnessed many, many games watching #20 run with class up and down the turf. Barry Sanders will never be duplicated and such a class-act.
7.) If you could sit at a poker table with 3 other people who would they be?
Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson, Barack Obama and my dad....
wierd answer, huh....but great question!
8.) If you can add/change one thing about HBD, what would it be and why?
would someday love to see the element of creating a franchise, or brand, that would benefit from it's own success. a perenial favorite, like the BoSox or Yanks, benefits from increased attendance, greater merchandise sales, greater concession proceeds and such. the increased revenue benefits those clubs, obviously. perhaps HBD will incorporate the business aspects of the GM duties someday.