2014 DFBC Finalist: Santana Music + Silver Bullets = Vegas Trip for Ehafner

May 7 12:19pm
Kevin Kim

Ehafner thought he’d be able to sneak some gym time in during the night of his DFBC Qualifier, but soon had his workout interrupted by a flurry of home runs that immediately put him in the running for a trip to Vegas. A couple of hours and a Carlos Santana home run later, he had booked his trip.

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How long have you been playing fantasy sports?

I got started from season-long when I was in junior high, which was like 15 years ago. I remember Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, and other old-timers were good. I found FanDuel while I was researching for a season-long basketball. Just saw a banner ad for it, clicked, saw it was for real money and I kinda felt like I could be good at this.

 

In your opinion, how does daily fantasy compare to season-long?

To be honest I haven’t really paid any attention to my season-long league. I don’t think there’s even a real comparison as far as the fun factor is concerned. One day in daily is everything while one day in season-long doesn’t mean a whole lot so it’s just more enjoyable on a day-to-day basis.

 

Also in my season-long league I’m not really playing for anything besides pride so my interest has waned.

 

How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?

There are some people I really respect who know the game inside and out. I’m not one of those guys. I’m more of a numbers guy so I try to compile as much data as I can. For the most part, I’m breaking down each player with their price and comparing them with how I expect them to do. I’m not a stacker, even though I know it’s a viable strategy, it just hasn’t worked out very well for me. I concentrate more on cash games.

 

Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win.

I felt like I had a good roster, but I probably feel like that about three-fourths of the time. Obviously seeing Jose Fernandez pitch a great game felt pretty good. I think he’s the best pitcher in baseball right now. I went to the gym and I follow this Twitter account called “@dongreport”—I swear it’s not pornographic—and what they’ll do is tweet as soon as someone hits a home run. I turn on the mobile notifications for that so I get a text every time someone hits a homerun so I don’t have to be super obsessive about checking scores.

So I’m doing bench press, Buster Posey hits a dong. Boom. Now I’m doing squats and, boom, Werth dong. So at that point I race home and I’m second in the standings. I only have a handful of at bats left so I’m not feeling that great. Actually, I felt a little bad for myself for getting so close, but not winning. It sounds douche-y, but it’s pretty brutal to get so close. So I’m just watching Carlos Santana and suddenly he just smashes it. You gotta love it when the cam pans immediately to the outfield wall because you know immediately that it’s either out or it’s going out. When I saw it clear the fence, I started celebrating, then ran over to the computer to calculate how many AB’s my opponents had. I start sweating them and eventually I held.

I was playing Carlos Santana music the whole time and it held. At the end of it all, I capped the night with a few Silver Bullets.

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What’re you looking forward to the most about Vegas?

My girlfriend has always wanted to stay at the Cosmopolitan because it’s such a nice hotel. I imagine the rooms are going to be sick. But obviously none of this is the main attraction—that’s gonna be competing for the $1 million.

 

And what would you do with the $1,000,000 if you did win?

I try not to envision it until it actually happens. But if I won $1million I think it’d definitely go to a house. I live in an apartment right now. Other than that, I’d definitely go on a nice vacation. Get out there and see the world a little bit. Maybe upgrade my car, which is a 2003 Honda Civic right now. I’ll upgrade it and put some rims on it.

 

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