Inagural DFBL Draft A "Hoot" At Red Owl By The Insider Staff Writer TEMPE-- On March 18, the DFBL Sedona Red Division was officially born as 9 of the best fantasy baseballers met at the Red Owl Sports Pub in Tempe to pick their rosters for the 2007 campaign. At the beginning, the first order of business announced was the news that the league officially became a keeper league, with everyone allotted 3 keeper picks in any position. Those keeper picks will be announced in a future edition of the DFBL Times. Secondly, the league kicked off with a drawing for draft positioning, with Chris Sanders getting the first pick in the draft. 22 rounds, several mix-ups, including league Co-President Espo getting skipped twice in drafting, and a loud round of applause due to the long anticipated selection of Geoff Jenkins by Green Machine, the draft concluded with each team feeling confident of their chances. "I'm really feeling lucky about my team this year," Sun Devil Jay, owner of the Phoenix Pharoahs, said. "I feel I had a nice balance of pitching and offensive production to where I think I'm capable of being one of the upper echelon teams in the league." The remaining DFBL Owners Converge for a picture following the conclusion of the draft While Jay, and others, felt confident of his chances, he also was impressed with the selections many others made. "This was definitely one of the more well versed groups I've ever drafted with," Jay said. "Every single one of them did their homework, and came prepared to draft a winner. I look forward to going head to head with all of them." The draft certainly didn't lack in controversy, as league Vice President Espo was bypassed twice in draft order, and Phil caused a bit of a stir when he picked former Diamondback "favorite" Richie Sexson, which caused a round of boos from the 14 in attendance. Sexson played just 29 games for the Diamondbacks in 2004, before spurning the team to sign with his hometown Seattle Mariners, despite the fact that Arizona sent Chris Capuano, Lyle Overbay and others packing to bring Sexson in. "That Richie played in as many games as Phil has pictures of payphones," Ascenders of the Ashes owner KLL said. The end of the evening came when Chris Sanders, owner of the Scottsdale Feral Cats, wrapped up festivities by selecting the ancient, but productive Dave Roberts to round up his roster. The group will gather again throughout the season, including the DFBL Mid Summer Meetings, Trade Deadline and random gatherings at Diamondbacks games throughout the season. All in attendance were vastly impressed with the draft, as well as the location at the Red Owl. "For a bar, it was quiet but efficient," Jay said. "I had never been there before, however the kind folks at the Red Owl were very helpful in making this draft successful. As for the draft itself, I couldn't have asked for it to go better. Everyone was very helpful in drafting and people like my wife Amber and especially ASUHoopsNut, who went above and beyond the call of duty to help me out with paperwork and the like, all deserve a pat on the back for their efforts. In all, we all worked as a team, and everyone who showed up and helped me through this could not get enough praise or credit." For those who missed the live sector of the draft, the results in their entirety are listed below. Trade Winds Already Gusting Through the DFBL? By The Insider Staff Writer TEMPE -- The ink was barely dry on the completion of the Inagural Draft of the DFBL, when already the trade talks began. In the earliest of rumors, Green Machine, owner of his yet to be named franchise, is desperately looking to unload Geoff Jenkins and any one of his 14 starting pitchers. "I neglected to draft for my outfield, and I'm hoping some of my abundance of arms will be enticing to some," The Machine was overheard saying. "As for Jenkins, he's productive enough to be a solid middle of the lineup guy." When asked if any prospective trade partners were surfacing, Machine had a short, one word answer. "No," he said. "However the key to success in fantasy baseball is one Geoff Jenkins. Period. End of story." Despite the lukewarm reception, someone of Jenkins' popularity will surely be a hit for a team in the DFBL ready to get production from the OF position, and there never seems to be a shortage of arms. DFBL President Recooperating After Fatigue Sets In By The Insider Staff Writer PHOENIX -- One team president NOT in attendance in Tempe Sunday was Cardinals.Ken, owner of the Mesa Mormons, who regretably was forced to miss the draft after a valient battle with fatigue. After having circumstances go beyond his control, Ken spoke with Sun Devil Jay and asked if the league as a whole could help him draft his team, which all were more than willing to do. Upon word, Ken is more than anxious to hit the DFBL grind and will be roaring to conquer the league, one team at a time. "You can't keep a good man down," Ken said. "The DFBL better be prepared, because that championship will be headed to the Mormons!!" Who Is That 17th Man?! By The Insider Staff Writer TEMPE-- As the inagural DFBL Draft came to a conclusion, and several of the parties began to return to their homes, the billion dollar question at the Red Owl and the DFBL headquarters was "Who's 17??" That question, which rang through the mouth of all owners left in attendance was NOT used to question Peoria Bandit owner Phil's age, nor was it meant to find out the number of games the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to win this season. Instead, "17" was the number of the round an unknown player was selected by DevilFan02 in the 17th round of the draft. After attempts to find out who the player was, by deciphering the secret code three people wrote, efforts to discover the name of the player were futile. "I ordered Chicken Teriyaki when I was on my way home from the draft, and the handwriting sort of looked like the logo for chicken teriyaki," ASUHoopsNut said. "I think we'll have a real tough time discovering who this person was." Phone calls to the CIA were not returned.