Chone Figgins was a waiver-wire pickup for my fantasy baseball team in 2004. It was my first attempt at fantasy sports, in a league run by my best friend. The rules were weird, which made it fun. There were some really crazy ones about starting positions, and Figgins’ skill set as a supersub allowed to play virtually any non-catcher non-pitcher position on a team. He got a ton of hits and a ton of walks and a ton of runs by virtue of getting on base a lot. He wasn’t the best baseball player, but he was an amazing fantasy baseball player for that league. He became my fantasy baseball binkie–I picked him up or drafted him for virtually every incarnation of my teams. We even won our league together in 2007!
So it’s sad to see Chone on the downslope of his baseball career. He lasted a long time in the majors for a guy who was never a superstar. There’s been some talk of putting a league back together, but it’ll be more than a little sad to miss a familiar face on the roster.