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Fantasy-ist: What Would David DeJesus Do?

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I collected baseball cards growing up. Baseball cards taught me math (ER*9/IP=ERA!!). Baseball cards taught me the art of negotiation ("I'll give you a Griffey Upper Deck rookie for that McGwire '84 Olympic card"). And, perhaps most importantly, baseball cards taught me last names. From Assenmacher to Zeile, I know 'em all. While I typically forget someone's first name 30 seconds after meeting them, their last names always seem to stick with me ("Wait, your last name's DeJesus? Any relation to David? No? How about Ivan??").

Then, of course, I discovered girls & that was the end of that.

As I got a bit older, I realized that girls didn't really need to suck up all of my time. But baseball cards seemed a bit . . . silly. Thus, like any self-respecting sports fan, I've spent the last decade or so playing fantasy sports. Baseball, football, basketball . . . whatever's in season. When LAist requested someone cover the wonderful world of fantasy sports, I leapt (well, not really leapt, but shrugged disarmingly) at the chance.

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So anyway, for those obsessive (and not so obsessive) fantasy sports fans out there, LAist will spend the rest of the summer helping you sort your Kevin Millars from your Kevin Millwoods. For those of you who think "Christina" when you hear the last name Aguilera, you'll want to move along to the next restaurant or indie rock band review, as I guarantee this column will bore you to tears.

Ah, but for the Rick Aguilera fans (fan?) out there, come join me after the jump for our first look at the 2007 fantasy baseball season.