Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Up Close with Los Angeles Fresh Owner MisterFresh

 Recently I got a chance to sit down with MisterFresh who was in my inaugural world Puckett and is a founding member here is Upper Deck.

1.) Who is misterfresh?
I am a 35 year old investment analyst in the Kansas City area and I handle my firm's investments in the media, retail, and restaurant industries. I've been married for 10 years and have two boys, ages 4 and 1. My first name is Doug and so I was always "Doug E. Fresh" growing up... at some point or another that evolved into MisterFresh.
2.) What are some of your interests and hobbies? 
Between work, family, and a relatively new house, I stay pretty busy. I am a true media guy and I love good television shows, movies, books, video games, and live events. I've gotten pretty into whiskey (bourbon and rye in particular) and wine in recent years.

3.) Did you play any sports growing up?
 I played baseball from the 1st grade into high school and played football for a couple of years.

4.) Do you have any sports-related items on your bucket list that you have not yet done?
I really want to attend the Kentucky Derby. I'd like to go to a World Cup. As a Baylor alumnus, I am a diehard Baylor sports fan. Should they ever make a national championship game in football or men's hoops, I will find a way to be there.

5.) What is your favorite WIS moment?
Back when I played sim baseball (pre-HBD), I won a Tournament of Champions with a team of players from the 1986 season. I was down 3-0 and came back to win. Other than that, drafting and signing (against all odds) Willie Zumaya has been pretty fun.

6.) What do you think is more important for an HBD team? A sure fire Ace? Strong pitching staff? Well rounded lineup? Speed, defense, coaching?
I rarely have a sure fire ace, so Zumaya has been an exception for me. I always have a team that ranks in the top 3 or so in plus plays, so I will go infield defense first and try to stash a few impact bats at C, LF, and RF. I tend to think 1B is the most under appreciated defensive position in this game.

7.) Which five people, past or present, sit at your dream roundtable discussion?
This is the toughest question. If the goal is for the discussion to be interesting, I'll go with Dan Arriely, Seth Klarman, David Einhorn, Ricky Sandler, and Bob Iger. If the goal is for the discussion to be entertaining, I'll go with Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, and Louis CK.

8.) What is your favorite in-person sports moment?
I'd have to say that the 2011 Alamo Bowl was my favorite in person moment. Unfortunately, I wasn't at the 2011 Baylor victory over Oklahoma (RG3 to Terrance Williams for the last second win). Baseball wise, I got to see Sammy Sosa ( I am a Cub fan) hit 3 homers against the Astros in 2001.

9.) If you could change one thing in HBD, what would it be?
If we're going to have the option to spend money on it (or to not spend money on it), scouting should be a lot more important than it is. I shouldn't be able to figure out how good a prospect is going to be based on his current progression.

10.) Do you have any favorite players from any of your HBD teams?
My all time favorite player is Renyel Franco from my team in Scottsdale (Glavine300). I really like Zumaya in this league.

1 comment:

  1. With 60 wins this season,we substantially improved over the previous owner's 51 wins in SL last season. We don't have a lot of old players,either and our minor league system is ranked
    fourth in the league so we're feeling good about our future. We don't believe we will be even playoff threats but will be,at least,respectable. Our downfall was a horrid 20-61 first half. The
    second half of the season,we posted a 40-41 record. Our horrible start is entirely the fault of a sluggish offense which improved after the All Star break. Our pitching was pretty soled all
    the way,dropping off just a bit as a little natural fatigue set in during the long season. The only consistent hitters all season were Willie Alcantara and the aging(will be 38)Steve Hammonds.
    Weakness(as always)is our pen;the bench looks to be stronger in the upcoming season. Here's our (tentative)take on the lineup and rotation for season 17:
    C Garry Gruzalanny with outstanding defense from Terry Johns
    1B Rico Moreno,newly acquired power hitter up from the minors,capable backups available if he can't cut it.
    2B Sammy Lee had limited playing time,looking for a better season
    SS Jerry Silva has the best glove of our numerous shortstops and not a limp bat,either
    3B Willie Alcantara,star of the team with 36 dingers and 91 ribbies,believed capable of even more
    LF Steve Hammonds (38 with a leaky glove but can still swing the bat). Will move to 1B if Moreno falters.
    CF Doug Burks(Defensive genius with potential for more offense)
    RF Ed Grahe Decent powe and defense,can do more,poor contact hitter.
    DH Giomar Navarre will get a shot since this spot is meaningless in the NL,numerous replacements are available.
    Starting pitchers
    1 Yuniesky Lunar looked good as a late season acquisition
    2 Bob Keefe had the best season long performance of all the starters after struggling initially.
    3 Jose Oliva is definitely major league and looks to get better.
    4 Joe Barry struggled at times but finished strong.
    5 Alex Nakano is a workhorse who lead the team in innings pitched but may do time in the pen once Ivan Piniero returns from the DL(not holding our breath on that but Piniero is the ace
    when healthy.
    All we need is help in the pen and we will come in with tons of money to buy FA talent.