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User Interview: thejuice6

Q&A with noted SimLeague Baseball user thejuice6

We recently contacted thejuice6, who has played in more than 800 SimLeague Baseball seasons and created more than 350 successful theme leagues, to discuss creatng theme leagues, drafting teams and his life outside of WhatIfSports, including: some of his most cherished childhood sports memories, a baseball player who will always have a spot in his heart and why in the world Sophia Loren would be sitting at his dinner table.

WIS

Who is thejuice6?

thejuice6

I'm a 52-year-old ex Navy Chief Petty Officer who retired after 21 years of service, returned to my roots and started my own Disc Jockey business (i.e., wedding receptions, class reunions, etc.). With money getting tight, I just started a new job working for the Federal Government once again. Married 32 years - four kids (three of which are out of the house), two dogs and a cat.

WIS

How did you find out about WhatIfSports.com?

thejuice6

Honestly, I donít remember. I believe I saw an ad in a magazine a few years back and gave the site a look. Iíve been hooked ever since.

WIS

Which SimLeagues or Dynasty games have you played?

thejuice6

With the exception of one free complimentary season of Basketball (which I actually won the championship), Iíve been strictly a baseball guy. I havenít ventured into the Hardball Dynasty world yet but maybe someday.

WIS

Besides simulation sports websites, what are some of your other interests and hobbies?

thejuice6

If I'm not on WIS, Iím either at work or goofing around out in the yard. I'm going through a "landscaping" phase right now.

WIS

What is your favorite sports moment?

thejuice6

I skipped school one day back in 1972 to go see my favorite player, Roberto Clemente, and the Pirates play the Cardinals in a day game. My friend and I got to the park early to watch the players practice. Seeing Clemente out in the outfield playing catch with a teammate, we made it out to the Right Field bleachers to get closer. When he was just below us grabbing a loose ball, I yelled to him and waved. The man looked up right at me, smiled, and waved back. Thatís all it took for me. A few months later, he was taken in a plane crash. It devastated me. I'll always have that moment though.

WIS

What is your favorite WIS moment?

thejuice6

I'd like to say that it hasnít happened yet. After having 59 of 61 Tournament of Champion teams get bounced in the first round, I think the next time I have a team advance to the second round, I'll really savor the moment; lol. Seriously though, I'd have to say every time I've been able to create a tournament and then watch it fill in a matter of days - thatís very satisfying to me.

WIS

Which five people, past or present sit at your dream roundtable discussion?

thejuice6

You have to start off with Jesus Christ - who else could answer all of those questions that most of us would like to ask? Second, I'd have to add Jeff Foxworthy (for some clean, comic relief). Third, I'd love to have Ty Cobb there to talk about all of the players he played with (and watch him try to keep it clean in front of Jesus). Fourth, just to learn more about my past, I'd love to have one of my great, great grandfathers sitting there to tell me about the ancestors that they remembered and to see how far back they could go. Last but not least, I'm thinking I've got to have some eye candy - Sophia Loren (in her prime). I'd just have to make sure I could sneak a peak now and then without The Lord catching me.

WIS

Which are your favorite teams of all-time?

thejuice6

The 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates (for reasons stated above) as a single team. Overall franchise, I'm a St. Louis Cardinal guy first and foremost.

WIS

Did you play any baseball (or other sports) growing up?

thejuice6

I played Little League Baseball for a few years. Actually pitched a no-hitter - and lost 7 - 2. Of course, I walked seven batters and my team made approximately 13 errors behind me, but still.

WIS

Why do you think it is that sports are so big in our culture?

thejuice6

Competition is in our nature - it's what gets us from day to day. Without competition, it would be a very boring, stale world we would be living in.

WIS

Who are your favorite players of all time?

thejuice6

As mentioned before - Roberto Clemente. I'm also a BIG Stan "The Man" Musial fan. As far as recent players, I've got to go with "El Hombre" - Albert Pujols. Until someone proves it otherwise, I've got to believe he's the real deal and not chemically enhanced. I think it would be like sucking the life out of a lot of Cardinal fans if his name ever came up in a positive drug test scenario.

WIS

What is the top sports related thing you want to do in life that you have not yet done?

thejuice6

Attend the Major League All-Star Game. It's only eight miles from my house this summer but the odds of finding a ticket are pretty remote. I'm still holding out hope though.

WIS

If you could be commissioner of any league, which sport would it be and what would you do to change the game?

thejuice6

As much as I love baseball, I donít think America would want me in charge. I'm against the D.H., I'm against Inter-League play, etc. etc. I think I'd really like to take on the N.H.L. Commissioner's job for a couple of years. I'm not smart enough to tell you what I'd do right off the bat, but I honestly feel like there's so much more that the N.H.L. could do to make itself more appealing to the masses. A lot of folks say they don't understand the game. I didn't either until I attended a few of them - and I was hooked. Once you attend 3 or 4 live N.H.L. hockey games, you'll be hooked too.

WIS

In SimLeague baseball, what is your general strategy for building teams? Do you draw on the influence or philosophy of any actual managers?

thejuice6

Simply look at the stats and go with my gut. As evidenced by my meager, average W/L record, it shows, too.

WIS

How do you go about setting your lineups?

thejuice6

An OBP guy at the top, followed by my power guys. The peons bring up the rear.

WIS

How do you go about setting your pitching staffs?

thejuice6

I like a four to five man staff myself. I've never had any luck with a three-man staff and using those 500-600 IP guys from the last turn of the century.

WIS

Do you make transactions during the season to try and separate yourself from others?

thejuice6

Never. I only dance with the ones I bring.

WIS

Are there any players in specific that you like to put on your teams?

thejuice6

Pedro and Maddux, for sure. I've also had a lot of luck with Houston Astro pitchers. It usually doesn't even matter which one(s) - usually they all do well for me.

WIS

Do you spend much time in the forums?

thejuice6

I donít post very often but I try to read them every day - just to keep up with what's going on in the world of WIS. Some of the posters are very "entertaining," to say the least.

WIS

Who are the users you respect and/or enjoy the most?

thejuice6

There's so many, I hate to take a chance of leaving any out. The owners I enjoy conversing and competing against - I definitely have to mention a few of the great ones that have been with me from the beginning of this journey and have played in many, if not all, of the leagues and tournaments that I've created: CARDINALDAVE, TUCKER T'S, SPECSMAN, MONEYMEN, RIZITOS, SHADOWORKCAT, SNAKE44, KSTOBER, URBAND, RSWIFT30, CHISOCK, SGSMITH, GEORGEDEER, MARKEKING, CREED29, DARTHDURRON, MENSU1954, DEWELCH71, MMTDAD, NOCOMM999, SOPHIEGIANTS, YBJSPORTS and hundreds of others - you know who you are. Besides the afore-mentioned owners, I respect the opinions, the insight and the professionalism that JOHNGPF, BIGLENR and SCHWARZE bring to the table. I think the site really misses ADMIN and all he did with and for WIS, but I believe Tom (TZENTMEYER) is going to keep this site headed on course and will guide us into a great future.

WIS

If you were in one of our games, which sport would you play? At which position? And, what would you cost?

thejuice6

I'd be a Starting Pitcher in MLB. I'd never be a "Walter Johnson-type" - I like my time off too much to pitch that often. I guess I'd be another "Rube Waddell" - chasing fire engines down the road whenever they went by.

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