We are now 4 days back from First Pitch: Arizona. I can’t speak for Geoff, but for me, the conference was a rousing success. If you had told me all the positive things that happened in Phoenix were going to happen before going, I would have gladly paid twice. An overview:
- Maybe not the father of fantasy baseball, but at least a pretty influential uncle, Ron Shandler is the real deal when talking about one of the game’s great minds. He presented a new approach to fantasy baseball at the conference, one which is similar to my game in a number of ways. We met (along with Geoff!) for a hour after he presented his game, and he came away with a very favorable impression of what I’ve been working on. He even mentioned it as legit to the entire conference. If that isn’t a strong endorsement, I don’t know what is.
- Joel Henard at Baseball Prospectus Radio offered to interview me for his show. Repeat: I was offered an interview. About a fantasy baseball game. From the guy who has interviewed real, actual GMs and baseball players.
- Everyone, without exception, who got a taste of my full pitch was asking me things varied from “sounds awesome” to “when can I sign up?”
- Joe Sheehan recognized me coming up an elevator and asked if I’d be around later at the Rising Stars baseball game or for poker later on. Swoon.
The amazing thing about having people, real live people validate what you’re spending hours a day working on – what you’ve left a safe, comfortable job, to work on – is that it makes you forget everything else. It just makes you want to f’n code the hell out of it. So, I’ll say it again: let’s go.