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And now, the team (we think this list is based on seniority; we think):

Alejandro A. Leal – Read my stuff |

n22618031_32417931_8780.jpgAlejandro A. Leal is the Online Producer for the Emory Report, Emory University’s faculty and staff publicaiton.

Leal’s first contact with the sport of baseball came while attending a Mets – Cardinals game in 1993 at Shea Stadium. His second contact came a few weeks later when he walked on the field in the Metrodome. He still has the rug burns to prove it (not to mention his loathing of the Twinkies).

He became a die-hard White Sox fan by virtue of a passed-on fitted cap; unfortunately for the team though, they hold a 3-6 record when he attends their games (4-1 in exhibition games, biaaatch).

That’s him in his Mom’s kitchen, imagining he’s Jeff Smith from The Frugal Gourmet.

Coley Ward – Read my stuff |

Coley WardColey Ward lives in Tucson, AZ, and covers nightlife for the Arizona Daily Star. He is a native of Wallingford, Penn., and a lifelong Phillies fan. Traditionally, Ward’s fantasy baseball teams finish towards the bottom of the standings. But this year his team finished the regular season in third place — that’s progress!

That’s him imagining he’s Johnny Chan.

Sarah Green – Read my stuff |

sarah.jpgSarah Green is an editor at HarvardBusiness.org, a website of the Harvard Business Review. She also writes a column for the sports section of the Boston Metro, which she shamelessly insists on publicizing here on UmpBump.

Sarah is a proud Masshole and a lifelong citizen of Red Sox Nation. She attended her first game at Fenway in 1982 as a wee babe. Now she’s just a babe.

Ed.’s note: Sarah is the only umpbump-er with her own Wikipedia entry. That is classy. After 4 years and numerous edits they deleted Sarah’s page!! Why, Wikipedia, why???

Nick Kapur – Read my stuff |

289a.JPGNick Kapur knows Japanese and loves baseball. This may be why he also loves Japanese baseball. Traditionally, his fantasy baseball teams finish at the top of the standings but get blown out in the playoffs. Stupid playoffs.

Nick’s biggest baseball-related exploits came in his college years, when he was a radio broadcaster for the Stanford Cardinal baseball team that went to four consecutive College World Series.

Nick grew up in LA, but now splits his time between Japan and Boston. Either way, he dislikes the Yankees.

Paul Moro – Read my stuff |

gegeelvisPaul is a Japanese immigrant who boarded a Northwest Airlines flight in 1986 and has never looked back. Except when he goes back to visit. He was a firsthand eye-witness of a videotape of Game 7 of the 1986 World Series the day after it happened and thus has the image of Jesse Orosco embracing Gary Carter ever so gently forever imprinted into his psyche. He has been a Mets fan ever since.

He is a Virgo and wears a freakishly small size 7 1/2 shoe.

Zvee Geffen – Read my stuff |

Zvee GeffenOur resident fantasy sports insider. In fact, he is so far inside, that he hardly ever comes out. Geffen, now a business school grad student, is a former production assistant for ESPN’s Cold Pizza. He had a fleeting brush with fame in 2004, when he starred in several CP segments. You may remember him from such segments as, “Intern Zvee goes to fantasy camp,” “Intern Zvee interviews Victoria’s Secret models,” or “Intern Zvee gets a make-over.”

Joe Tarring | Read my stuff |

20110730-120040.jpgJoe is the resident Brit writer on the UmpBump staff and also writes at www.fullcountpitch.com. His nationality makes him entirely defenseless against accusations that he knows nothing having never played the game. He will, however, endeavor to win over all you readers lucky enough to grow up immersed in the game. He also feels it is important to take this opportunity to apologize for being a Red Sox fan and attempt justify this decision by pointing out that the first baseball game he ever saw was Red Sox v Indians in Game 5 of the 1999 ALDS.

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