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5 Questions with castrojr

castrojr, of course, has captured more Capra Championship tropies(3) than anyone else. And while it may be easy to downplay his success as the luck of the Brett Tracy draw, the fact is that castrojr has a long history of success on WIS. In SIM baseball his teams have made the playoffs at roughly 50%. In SIM Hockey his teams have postseason work almost 75% of the time. And, of course, his Woodchippers are playofff contenders at 100%, having never finished a season at less than .623.

1) What is the story of your username and how did you get hooked up with Whatifsports?
I found the site through an ad on, and signed up for a sim hockey team, who got 97 points on the backs of Joe Thornton, Al Secord, and Bill Fairbairn (who is the father of a close friend of mine). I then played one baseball season after, and then a few months later I joined a baseball progressive league (the Lifetime of Fantasy Baseball) and was hooked.I honestly don't remember when I started using my handle. i know I used it for some online fantasy games in high school, but I don't know why. I'm just too lazy to think of another one I guess.

2) Offer a paragraph bio of yourself, possibly including things like work, family life, geography, other hobbies, quirky traits, bad habits, etc.
I'm a Chartered Accountant living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Newly married. No kids. My hobbies include attending rock concerts, helping out with youth group activities at our church, Playstation 2, yard work, and playing a wide variety sports. You could say that I'm somewhat of a competition junky. My only bad habit is WIS. ;-)

3) A sports-themed bio paragraph. Favorite team? Players? Did you play as a kid? Now? What and when? Best sports moment? Most heartbreaking moment? etc.
My entire childhood consisted of playing sports, from the time I was 5 until, well, last summer. I played competitive baseball (21 years), hockey (14 years), soccer (7 years), volleyball (6 years), badminton (6 years), basketball (2 years). Last summer was likely my last playing competitive baseball, but there may be coaching on the horizon this summer. I still play a wide variety of sports, but only for fun now.The story of my life seems to be runner-up finishes, so my sporting highlight would have to be attending the World Junior Hockey Championship final in Grand Forks, and seeing Sidney Crosby and the boys knock Alex Ovetchkin out of the game, and steamroll the Russians 7-0.My favorite team will always be the Winnipeg Jets.

4) What about your franchise is most exciting going into Season 8? What is your team's biggest challenge? Anything else about your squad?
Biggest challenge: Father Time. My core only has a year or two before everyone hits their decline phase, and we'll have to enter a full blown rebuild phase. The time is now. Most exciting: Brett Tracy.

5)What piece of strategy or advice can you offer about HBD?


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Jose Almonte
Years Active: -2 to 11
Years with North Stars: 0-11
Claim to fame: 1,496 consecutive games played (Capra record)
Awards: All-Star (1, 4), Silver Slugger (4)

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Wesley Wilson
Years active: 27-41
Years with North Stars: 36-41
Claim to fame: 98 RBI on a dismal 96-loss team in 37

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Jeffrey Brow
Years active: 3-13
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