"East bound and down, loaded up and truckin',
We're gonna do what they say can't be done.
We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I'm east bound, just watch ol' Bandit run."
— Socrates, 335 BC
Now that we've finished celebrating our first basketball championship, it's time to shift our attention to the diamond and get familiar with the names of some of tomorrow's stars.
Ryan Braun, Chris Young and Troy Tulowitzki were draft-day curiosities who blossomed into fantasy heavyweights as rookies a season ago.
Less than two weeks into the regular season, which unknowns will make names for themselves in 2008 remains to be seen, but a handful of freshmen have already done enough in their brief time on the big stage to enter the national fantasy consciousness.
Here are some players with whom fantasy owners would be wise to get acquainted.
The hard-throwing 22-year-old has generated more buzz than any young hurler since Seattle's Felix Hernandez in 2005. Two starts do not make a career, but the kid looks like the real deal.
Murphy hit .275 with 14 HRs, 75 RBIs, 71 runs and 13 steals with Double-A Portland in 2005, and a full season's worth of at-bats at hitter-friendly Rangers Ballpark in Arlington could see him produce similar numbers by season's end.
His average might not be pretty, but the Texas native could produce 15 homers and 60 RBIs, which any owner would be happy to take from a No. 2 catcher.
Francisco Liriano's impending return will force somebody out of Minnesota's starting rotation, but the highly-touted Blackburn could remove himself from the list of candidates if he continues to deal.
A's fans have learned to trust general manager Billy Beane, who always seems to have a trick up his sleeve — Eveland could be the latest.
Stu Rosenberg's fantasy sports column runs Fridays. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2300.