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For the Love Of Baseball

On The Highway Kind

Last night, I felt one of the deepest depressions I've felt since my high school girlfriend broke up with me in 10th grade. My baseball season was over. The Rangers had an amazing season that finished in a cold September that left us out of the playoffs for the first time in 4 years. But you know what? This is the reason baseball is great.

I was a late bloomer in my admiration for baseball. I didn't really grasp the game until about 5 years ago when the Rangers started their upswing towards becoming a championship team.(Note: they still haven't won that championship) But honestly, that wasn't why I became obsessed. I'm a young uncle. I'm 28 years old with 8 nieces and nephews. And my second oldest nephew is a damn fine ball player. I started watching his games whenever I was in back in town in east Texas and watching those games made me recognize the brilliance that the MLB offers.

Unlike basketball or football, the clock isn’t an enemy. Games can go on forever. So at the bottom of the Ninth with one strike left, the game can completely change. (For an illustration of this, check out my Rangers in the World Series a couple years back) This is the reason baseball is so emotional. You might be down by 10 with less than a minute left in football, and the feeling is slowly sinking in telling you it’s over. That feeling doesn’t take place in baseball until the last pitch has been thrown. And you’ve probably heard about dad’s igniting at their son’s little league game and laughed and said it was ridiculous(it is), but they are igniting for a reason. Their son’s confidence just got blown away by that umpire’s missed call. And generally speaking, that doesn’t go away in the Majors. You will still see pitchers get rattled or batters having terrible stretches of weeks at a time where they can’t find the ball with their bat because baseball is foremost a mental game. Check out “The Art of Fielding”? if you need this point illustrated even more. It’s an entire book about a bad throw by a short stop.

I get it. We are now in the heart of football season and I, like many, have spent a lot of hours on the couch watching college football and the NFL this season. But now that it’s the MLB playoffs, I am switching over. Join me. Sit down, grab a beer or some scotch, and watch. See why it was your granddad's sport. It may not be as in your face as the NFL or UFC, but once you get invested, it's sure to make you feel more emotional than anything else.

Maintaining a diverse portfolio

On Sharplayer

As the UK football season draws to a close, a lot of advantage players worry that the next few months will be quiet ones in the sports world. Thats because 80% of sports advantage players make 90% of their wagers on soccer markets. Infact there is almost always a major sporting event running, creating value opportunities for the more diverse player.

This summer we'll see the Brazil World Cup, which should keep the football bettors busy throughout June, but we have to wait until September before the major European leagues get started again. Since becoming a full time gambler, I've found I have diversified the sports I wager on far beyond football. For example, I spent most of this morning creating a book for the Golf Players Championship which will take place this weekend. Then theres the snooker which has just finished, and several great tennis tournaments over the summer months. Add to this baseball, american football, ice hockey, and theres more than enough value to keep us ticking whilst our domestic teams take a rest.

This is another example of why it's important to continue to cast our nets wider than we find comfortable. Discovering opportunities in new sports is difficult, time consuming, and risky. However once you have established where the value presents itself and what the rule differences are between books, it's just another angle to add to your armoury.

I'm still negative for the month at the moment, but came very close to poking my head back into the green earlier today. Unfortunately this was followed by another bad variance swing, but at least we're only in 3 figure numbers again now (just). Hopefully we'll be out of this soon and back on track.

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