Oscar Wao: Fantasy Baseball Philosopher

For the fifth time in my life, I am reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. This is also the second time I am reading it for an English class. If you haven’t read it, you should go read that book instead of this blog post. The book is incredible, but it also has some tangential references to baseball (the book is largely about the Dominican Republic and a Dominican family that moves to the United States, so that should be expected). In fact, I think we can all gain some very useful fantasy baseball knowledge from the quotes in the book.

On streaming pitchers:

“Nothing more exhilarating (he wrote) than keeping yourself

On drafting:

“He arrived early, left late, smiled endlessly, and didn’t say nothing.” p. 215

On trades:

“Discussions would rage for entire evenings, and while Abelard was often frustrated by the poor quality – nothing like his AL-only league – he would not have abandoned these evenings for anything.”

On fate:

“There are people, though, like my tío Miguel in the Bronx who still zafa everything. He’s old-school like that. If the Yanks commit and error in the late innings it’s zafa; if you add a pitcher and he goes on the DL immediately it’s zafa; if a guy you add goes 0-10 in his first two games it’s zafa; if he changes his team name it’s zafa.” – p.7

When you start a pitcher and he gets shelled:

“I guess I should have fucking known.” 0.171

On being in last place in September:

“Before all hope died I used to have this stupid dream that shit could be saved…”



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