Wrapping up December

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With Burrell, Bradley near deals, Cashman is justified

Now that the holidays are over, we would like to take a post to wrap up December, by far the most successful month in RAB’s 22-month history. With Mike and Joe in Vegas and the Yanks’ signings of A.J. Burnett, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, traffic boomed in December. We received nearly 460,000 unique visitors and over 700,000 page views, eclipsing our previous high by nearly 275,000 page views. We’ve had a lot of great conversations and a lot of baseball debate. As the Yanks look to finalize their roster and prepare for the 2009 season, we’ll be here for every step of the ride. So thanks for visiting, and keep on coming back for more.

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With Burrell, Bradley near deals, Cashman is justified
  • pat

    I dunno if you guys discussed this or not, but IMO pete abe is isntituting commenter registration to try and increase the quality of commenting to try and be on par with RAB. He might get a few more hits that you guys but everything else is far inferior substance-wise and comment-wise.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      The registration process alone should weed out a lot of the idiots, as they’d be incapable of filling out any form that doesn’t have picture translations on it like a McDonalds menu.

      What he should really do is have a literacy test, complete with spelling, punctuation, and grammar. There’s definitely a correlation between rational thought and the ability to write in complete sentences.

      • UWS

        jake peavey is so good why won’t cashmnan trade 4 him trade hgues and melky ipk sucks ca$h is teh stupid trade for peavey hell be awesome

        • Should be working

          …. o_o

          • UWS

            Simply illustrating TSJC’s thesis that rational thought and ability to speak in complete sentences go hand in hand.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              PeteAbe’s registration form should say “Please identify the following objects:”

              , ______
              . ______
              ; ______
              : ______
              ‘ ______

              • Mike Pop

                hot dog
                cheeseburger
                bacon cheeseburger
                89 cent Burrito
                chicken nuggets

        • Mike Pop

          Heh

    • A.D.

      I for one like the RAB commenter system the way it is. I might never had started commenting if I had to register and fill out forms.

      • Ryan S.

        Yeah, I like it this way as well. Pete is going to lose quite a few random commenters probably if he does that. The problem with LoHud is how unwieldy the damn thing is though, with just a bunch of comments one after the other. I was a little weirded out by RAB’s forums at first but its actually really cool, how you can easily go back and forth amongst the various discussions that pop up on a given thread.

        Unless Pete totally copies RAB’s format, he doesn’t have a chance of nurturing the type of discussions that this place does. I bet he’s just doing it so he can more easily block people he doesn’t like from pointing out that he’s wrong sometimes, and fat all the time.

        • A.D.

          460,000 unique visitors… impressive, you guys have any #’s on the total number of posters?

          • A.D.

            dammit wrong place, that’s twice in 2 weeks

  • Craig

    Can somebody help me out I’m drawin a blank, who is our back-up infielder this year?

    • Mike Pop

      Ransom

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Does a page view count as me pressing the reload button alot? In that case all those page views were me LOL

  • Should be working

    You guys put out a good product. So thank you. I stumbled onto LoHud first, and then found you guys a little bit after and havent looked back since. Your insights plus those of the community are top notch and make for a great discussion place. Long live RAB.

    • Mike Pop

      RAB will soon rule the blogworld!

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Indeed it shall.

        In much the same way that I rule the Fantasy Football world, that is. We’re very much alike, RAB and I. We are both the unparalleled supreme champions of our dominion. I lord over Mike, Joe, SAMIAMSPORTS, Rafi, and jsbrendog in the same way that RAB lords over WasWatching, LoHud, and RLYW…

        … because we’re both Champions. Because we won. Because we’re smarter, and sexier.

        [ Fantasy Football Championship Bragging Rights Name Drop #10 of 1000 ]

        • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

          Hey, you’re already 1% done with your fantasy football name drops.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I know, I’m pretty proud of myself. The key is, you’ve gotta take it one name drop at a time, stay focused, and give it 110% percent. Come game time, if you stick with the name drop like you did it in practice, and you execute the name drop properly, and avoid costly turnovers, that’s how you dictate your style of name drop to the opposition instead of having to play their style of name drop.

            There’s only 8 months left between now and the 2009 season, and then you start all over. You’ve got to stay focused and committed. In a bacon and egg sandwich, the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed. BE THAT PIG. Visualize the success of the name drop and let the name drop come to you.

            • Mike Pop

              Ill just keep setting you up for it.

            • toad

              Are cheap turnovers OK?

        • Rafi

          Hey, I missed #9…this is hard to follow.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            It was in the live chat.

            You have to stay on top of these things, Rafi… just like how I stayed on top of you all season long in the RAB Fantasy Football League, which I won, handily. Because of my vastly superior intellect and and more desirable physical attractiveness.

            [ Fantasy Football Championship Bragging Rights Name Drop #11 of 1000 ]

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

              At this rate, you’re going to burn them all before the Giants beat the Eagles next weekend.

              • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

                I like how you didn’t say “if”

            • Rafi

              I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun this is…it almost makes me forget that I came within 3&1/2 points in the finals from rocking you.

          • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

            It was in the live chat. I missed 5-8 because of school. So if anybody could post a link to them I’d be would appreciate it.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              The fact that you guys actually want a running, hotlinked list of these name drops is a little surreal…

              … almost as surreal as how easy it was to utterly dominate all of you weaklings in the RAB Fantasy Football League this year. And make no mistake, it was easy. None of you stood much competition to my awesomeness.

              Particularly Joe. I pwned him like Ed Reed pwned Chad Pennington. It was kinda pathetic, which is the exact opposite of how non-pathetic being Champion feels. (You’ll have to trust me on that one, guys.)

              [ Fantasy Football Championship Bragging Rights Name Drop #12 of 1000 ]

              • Rafi

                You wanna hear surreal? Surreal is the fact that if you published a book with all 1000, you’d sell a bunch of copies(and yes, I would want an autographed copy)

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  I have ridiculous upside.

                • Ryan S.

                  Could you explain to me how you got the nickname “Ridiculous Upside”?

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Same as Howard Stern… I gave it to myself.

                • Ryan S.

                  No story behind it? Just totally arbitrary and random?

                • A.D.

                  Thats semi true, one of the posters had thrown out a trade which involved trading myself & tsjc in some fashion or another.

                  Mike A. came back with saying he wouldn’t do that deal TSJC has “upside” and then it was taken from there… something along those lines

                • Ryan S.

                  Thanks. Always nice to know the inside jokes like that.

              • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

                I’m bored and I didn’t want all of them I only wanted three of them.

    • I Remember Celarino Sanchez

      I actually like both sites!

      I like PeteAbe’s insight as a beat reporter. I like the RAB guys for their great analysis and prolific posting. Two different skill sets, if you will.

      The comments in RAB tend to me smarter and less hostile than at PeteAbe’s blog, but there are a handful of PeteAbe commenters who really know their stuff. Almost makes it worth wading through all the idiots there!

      • Should be working

        RAB is definetly smarter. I dont agree with PeteAbe half the time but I still check his posts. But all in all, this is def the place to be.

        • Should be working

          definitely* -.-

    • Ryan S.

      Same here. I visit LoHud every day and read Pete’s posts, but I completely ignore the comments section. Its a waste of time sharing my thoughts there – it feels like such a tight little crowd that gossips about non-Yankee stuff all the time.

      RAB is a much more well structured and disciplined site in terms of nurturing intellectual baseball conversation. I’m still surprised at how many smart readers there are. I’m always just as interested to see what the regulars around here have to say as what Ben, Joe, and Mike all think.

      • whozat

        I used to post there a lot, before I found this site, and before it got overrun by morons. What started to bother me were the random people who’d cycle through, all make the same uneducated comments, and then either not stick around to hear why they’re wrong OR not even bother to listen when four different people explain to them why their points make no sense. And there are a couple of regulars over there who are willfully, aggressively ignorant. It’s aggravating.

        There are still a couple people there who I’d like to see over here. SJ44, mostly.

  • A.D.

    460,000 unique visitors… impressive, you guys have any #’s on the total number of posters?

  • Mike Pop

    You guys really dominated that month of December.

    (Cue tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside)

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Too easy.

      • Mike Pop

        Heh ok

      • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

        I hope you finish one short of 1000 name drops.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I’m a little curious to see how far I can actually get…

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      http://tinyurl.com/2ur5gc

      Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  • A.D.

    Free agent OFs are starting to sign…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      …and in 17 minutes, RAB will have its take on that signing.

      • A.D.

        I now have the Jeopardy theme song in my head thinking about it

  • Mike Pop

    Wow, Burrell only gets 16 and Bradley gets 30.

    • A.D.

      Well 8 vs 10 mil a year and near 40 pt difference in OPS+ last year

      • Mike Pop

        Ya but Bradley’s injury risk, the fact that he played in Texas, and he is better suited as a DH seems like the two players should of signed with each other’s teams. Bradley would be better suited for the AL is my main poiint.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I anticipate a massive course correction in Milton Bradley’s numbers.

        • A.D.

          I though you were just referring to the pure money, but yeah Bradley in outfield for the Cubs all year is going to be interesting, especially if its center.

          • Mike Pop

            Funny that Burrell ends up with the Rays though. Its a perfect match but its just funny he ends up there since the W.S. was between his two teams. DIdnt Philly offer him 22 and he turned it down? He ends up with less but maybe he wanted to go to a better team, if the Rays are indeed better than the Phils.

  • Pastafarian

    Since January is here I have one question to ask and that is:

    Ok so I have no idea if any one has mentioned this before, but is there any possibility of the Yankees making a trade for Orlando Hudson?

    I only decided to bring this topic up b/c of its recent discussion on the Hot Stove of the new MLB Network. They said three teams are interested in his services: one the Mets, the second the Yankees, and the third was either the DBacks or the Giants (but I can’t remember). They said the Yankees would possibly make the move by either trading Cano (which I do not support) and play Hudson at second or trade other people within the team and move Hudson to Centerfield which could possibly mean they move Melky and/or Gardner.

    What do you guys think…. honestly I have no preference but his numbers are so so. Over 7 seasons he’s only hit 68 homers, has averaged .282 BA, and 372 RBI. I say no only b/c it seems like we would have to give up too much for an average player, but please tell what you think if you disagree.

    Thanks!!!

    • Mike Pop

      Well Hudson is a FA so we wouldnt have to trade for him, we would just have to show him the money. Stick with Cano, let Hudson go wherever he goes.

    • UWS

      No, there isn’t any possibility of the Yankees making a trade for Orlando Hudson. Not least because he’s a free agent.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      By his noodly appendage, I sincerely hope not. I want no part of paying Orlando Hudson any contract of any significance in either length or dollars, and Cano is flat out untouchable..

      • Pastafarian

        My bad thought they said the Yankees would need to trade for him.

        • Mike Pop

          I think he might end up as a Met. We have not heard bout any offers, so maybe Mets can swoop in and get him for cheap after they sign Randy Wolf or Perez for cheaper than Lowe.

    • A.D.

      No reason to give a gold glove 2b a bunch of money to go and play CF, that would be a terrible plan.

      Only reason to do this if the Yanks could get a king’s ransom from Cano, which won’t happen.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

    Great site guys. Also, is there going to be a fantasy baseball league this year?

    • Mike Pop

      Yea, but I hope this guy ridiculous upside does not win that too. I would be sick having to read more of those “name drops”. lol

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        You’re safe. I don’t think I have the patience for Fantasy Baseball. Football is more my pace; just 17 Sundays a year.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

    MLB Network will be covering the Teixeira signing for those of you who don’t know. It will probably also be on YES.

    • That guy

      It will probably be online as well. Thats how I watched CC/AJ at work :D

  • ‘The’ Steve

    Congrats, congrats, congrats, guys. Love the site and glad to see it doing well.