Feb
25

Open Thread: Girardi names the rotation

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cc-in-st_2We’ve had a pretty good idea of what the Yanks’ 2008 rotation would look for weeks now, but Joe Girardi made it official today. CC Sabathia gets the ball on Opening Day, and will be followed by Chien-Ming Wang, AJ Burnett, Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain. I’m glad to see Wang – the senior member of the rotation in terms of consecutive seasons with the team – get the nod for the two hole.

HowEVA, the more interesting story is that the plan calls for Joba to make roughly 30 starts. It’s just a plan, and I think they’re using term loosely at that. You know they’re not going to push him too hard past his innings limit. I think that more than anything, this means they won’t skip him so much on off-days early in the year just to make sure he gets those innings in. When he hits his cap, worry about it then. The playoffs are far from a given in that division.

Anywho, the Yanks actually played a game today, beating the Jays 6-1. Brett Gardner hit a homer on the second pitch of the first plate appearance of the preseason, so helloooooooo World Series! A-Rod hit a two-run jack and drew a pair of walks, Derek Jeter singled, Robbie Cano singled and was hit by a pitch, and Nick Swisher walked twice, once with the bases loaded after an 0-2 count. Austin Jackson and Jesus Montero each picked up a hit after entering the game in the later innings. Brett Tomko started a threw two strong innings, and the prospect quartet of Chris Garcia, Mike Dunn, Steven Jackson and David Robertson combined to throw four shutout innings, the only baserunner coming on a D-Rob walk. They’ll play the Rays tomorrow at 1pm, and the game will be on YES.

Here’s your open thread for the night. The Rangers, Islanders, Knicks and Nets are all in action tonight, and MLB Network will be carrying the Red Sox-Twins game at 8pm. Have fun.

Note: Dave Kaplan, Director of the Yogi Berra Museum on the campus on Montclair State, asked us to mention that some of the Baseball Prospectus guys will be making an appearance to talk about the upcoming season on Sunday, March 1st at 2pm. For more info, call 973-655-6891.

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Categories : Open Thread
  • John

    Quick someone test Gardner for PEDs…

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      That was a pretty quick competition for the CF job, huh?

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

        Game… Blouses.

        • BklynJT

          Do you guys want some grapes….. bltches!

          In yo face charlie murphy!

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    What the fuck: http://tinyurl.com/cnamyo

    Really, no Curtis Granderson? Willy Taveras in the top ten? Jacoby Ellsbury number six? God damn you, SCEA.

    • John

      BS

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      It’s ridiculous how Taveras (a replacement level player) is on the list and Curtis Granderson is not, who’s a top 5 centerfielder in the league.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Hey, who’s to say Taveras won’t be better than Granderson in 2009?

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

        Science, logic, and reason.

        • Steve H

          But who else?

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

            Jesus, Muhammad, and Moses.

            • Steve H

              Are you trying to win this argument, it seems kind of half assed? Is bringing science, logic, reason, Jesus, Muhammad, and Moses to the table all you got?

              • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                We can insult you, if that’s what you’re looking for.

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              And if all else fails, ask Xzibit.

              • Doug

                Yes. X GON’ GIVE IT TO YOU

            • Drew

              What does Montero know about CF? okay.. bad joke..

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

    Giants signed Jacobs long term(4 years) I am so happy, he is the heart and soul of our team. We just need a good back up since he can only play about 12 games a year(Dward is preferable)

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      No way they re-sign Derrick Ward – he is looking for starter’s money and the Giants won’t invest in the running back spot so heavily. Ahmad Bradshaw and Danny Ware can move up the depth chart and admirably fill the shoes left by Ward.

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

        They are really pushing Bradshaw as punt returner, and I’m not sure I’m confident in Danny Ware. If Dward is struggling to get signed we should definitely jump in. He is a valuable receiver(which we don’t have many of)

        • Kilgore Trout

          Ware is good. Ward will get good money elsewhere.

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

            Mangini and the Browns have reportedly been sniffing up that tree.

            • Steve H

              Mangini and the Browns have reportedly been sniffing tampering up that tree.

        • andrew

          I’m not too confident in Ware either, but the organization is very confident in him from what I’ve read. And at this point, I’m going to put my trust in Jerry Reese, he hasn’t made too many mistakes so far.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

    Melky changed his number to 53. Is it in tribute to a Lazy Latin American Player™.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3934167

  • Jimmy

    I’m sorry for the following stupid question: Which baseball book is the one that everyone talks about and has a bunch of prospect stuff?

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    So I have tickets for the game on 4/18. Who do I get to see pitch?

    • Kilgore Trout

      Wang.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Ooh. Maybe this time he won’t suck like he did against the Mets last May.

        BTW, love the username. Vonnegut died on my birthday ;_;

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Nah, he should be 100% and have an improved infield behind him on the right side.

          But with this rotation, you really can’t lose. I do love Joba pitching the home opener. Very symbolic.

          • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

            Back to the future, eh?

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              Bingo.

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

          I just finished reading Slaughter house-five.

          • Kilgore Trout

            Just about to start Cat’s Cradle.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

              Ooooh. That’s a good one. I just finished my second reading of Jailbird.

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                Does anyone else think Mother Night is crazy underrated?

              • Kilgore Trout

                Jailbird is damn funny.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Wang.

      Joba pitches the home opener.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Joba pitches the home opener in theory. The could skip him on the off day or weather can come into pay. I’m willing to bet he doesn’t start that game.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          We’ll see.

          BTW-Good job on the Brackman article on Yank Uni today. I seemed to remember you saying teams get another option on the TJ guys and was wondering about that as I read the article.

        • Kilgore Trout

          Mike, how is the show?

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            I haven’t freakin’ got it yet. I’m kind of pissed. They told me to expect it this week, so I’m hopeful it’ll come tomorrow.

            • Kilgore Trout

              $63.83: Final Offer.

              • Drew

                One Million Dollars!

                • Mike Pop

                  One hundred billion dollars!!!!

                  (Puts pinky near mouth)

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

      I was looking at that earlier today (I’m going on the 21st):

      Order is CC-Wang-AJ-Pettitte-Joba, right? Let’s start predicting, using Opening Day as our guidepost:

      Fri Apr 3 – exhibition v. Burnett
      Sat Apr 4 – exhibition v. Pettitte
      Sun Apr 5 –
      Mon Apr 6 – Opening Day @BAL: Sabathia
      Tue Apr 7 –
      Wed Apr 8 – @BAL: Wang
      Thu Apr 9 – @BAL: Burnett
      Fri Apr 10 – @KC: Pettitte
      Sat Apr 11 – @KC: Joba
      Sun Apr 12 – @KC: Sabathia
      Mon Apr 13 – @TB: Wang
      Tue Apr 14 – @TB: Burnett
      Wed Apr 15 – @TB: Pettitte
      Thu Apr 16 – Home Opener CLE: Joba
      Fri Apr 17 – CLE: Sabathia
      Sat Apr 18 – CLE: Wang
      Sun Apr 19 – CLE: Burnett
      Mon Apr 20 – OAK: Pettitte
      Tue Apr 21 – OAK: Joba
      Wed Apr 22 – OAK: Sabathia
      Thu Apr 23 –
      Fri Apr 24 – @BOS: Wang
      Sat Apr 25 – @BOS: Burnett
      Sun Apr 26 – @BOS: Pettitte
      Mon Apr 27 – @DET: Joba
      Tue Apr 28 – @DET: Sabathia
      Wed Apr 29 – @DET: Wang
      Thu Apr 30 – LAA: Burnett
      Fri May 1 – LAA: Pettitte
      Sat May 2 – LAA: Joba
      Sun May 3 – LAA: Sabathia
      Mon May 4 – BOS: Wang
      Tue May 5 BOS: Burnett
      Wed May 6 TB: Pettitte
      Thu May 7 TB: Joba

      … and then back on the road.

      I don’t see how we realistically use either of our off-days to skip Joba’s turn in the rotation, and I doubt we skip Wang, Burnett, or Pettitte in those situations either. Maybe we pray for rain in Detroit on April 27th.

      Some nice matchups, though: Joba pitching in KC in front of his family; and pitching the home opener; CC against the Indians in the Stadium the day after the home opener; Boston getting Burnett twice (nice).

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Yeah, I don’t see us skipping Joba in April.

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

          I’d like to, but it’s just not very workable, according to the sked. We need some rainouts to juggle the off-days there. (Or possibly snow-outs; I’m looking at you, Kansas City.)

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        So I will likely see Sabathia, Wang or Burnett?

        I’m down with that.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          I’m going to go out on a limb and say you have a 60% chance of seeing one of those three.

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

            My favorite Dilbert strip:

            Dogbert: “After careful study, we’ve determined that half of your customers are above the median income. What surprised us, though, was that half of your customers are also below the median income.”
            Pointy Haired Boss: “What percentage were exactly the median income?”
            Dogbert: “That’s what we’re proposing to study in Phase Two.”

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

          Eh, when you think about it, it’s really a no-lose situation. I’d say the odds that you end up seeing Dan Giese or Al Aceves start in that opening homestand is extremely minimal.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          looking into my crystal ball . . . its getting clearer. . . . clearer . . . .

          Wang will break his LEFT foot during his first start this year and you will see Ian Kennedy pitch.

    • Rotation?

      i think you will see AJ…Joba I think will get skipped the first time through…

      4/6 CC
      4/8 Wang
      4/9 AJ
      4/10Andy
      4/11CC
      4/12Joba
      4/13Wang
      4/14AJ
      4/15Andy
      4/16CC
      4/17Joba
      4/18Wang
      4/19AJ
      4/20Andy
      4/21CC
      4/22Joba
      and then we have a day off to get it back in order…where wang would start on the 24th and get us back to the normal rotation…or they could skip joba for the first couple weeks.

      • Rotation?

        i was writing this before i saw the other broken down my bad

      • Drew

        Why on earth would Joba be skipped the first week?

        • andrew

          Yea… seems unlikely to me… even if you are trying to protect Joba, we don’t want to start overworking CC 5 days into the season

        • http://evilempire20.com Joe G.

          I doubt they’d skip him. With his personality he might go stir-crazy.

  • My Geass Makes You My Slave

    Great Wang’s second. He’s terrible underrated. So CC will have a 20 win season, Wang will have 20 wins or somewhere near that. If Burnett stays healthy will have at least 15 wins and same for Joba. Petitte is a mystery to me but he should get 15 wins too…hopefully.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      85 wins out of the starters? OK, pass the dutchie on the left hand side.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        What’s the record for most wins out of 5 starters?

        • Steve H

          ’71 Orioles got 81 out of 4 starters.

          ’98 Braves got 88, not sure if a record, but in recent memory (which it would have to be recent for 5 man rotation)that’s one of the tops.

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

          im guessing last years Rays but I could be wrong.

      • My Geass Makes You My Slave

        That;s not impossible…especially with our rotation =/

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

        OK, pass the dutchie on pon the left hand side.

        Fixed.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Tommie 1, Andy 0.

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

            Suck it, Trebek.

  • Spaceman.Spiff

    Woooo, Austin and Jesus!

  • GG

    Does anyone know of a way to watch games on the computer for free? I remember someone posting something once but I lost it. Really dont feel like paying for MLBtv again this year. Thanks!

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

      I’d love to tell you but I can’t talk about it here, Give me your email address and I’ll tell you.

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

          Terribly outdated sir.

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

            Thankfully.

    • Drew

      There are a few sites. A simple search of google may direct you to some.

  • LC

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....re-14.html

    seems like Manny is close to signing w/ Dodgers, but how many times have we heard that this offseason? I wonder if he’ll get his coveted three years

  • J.R.

    Sean Henn is competing for a bullpen spot with the Twins. Haha.

    For the sake of the Yankees, I hope he is in the Twins bullpen.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      My middle school math teacher’s son was drafted by the Twins this year. Shooter Hunt.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        That’s nice. Did I ever mention that I’m really Andy Phillips?

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

          Rebecca and her friend will now have sex with you.

          You’re a genius, Artist.

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            Call me Andy.

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

              (nods head, winks knowingly)

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

        My spanish teacher(Senora Teggart) has a son that is a kicker for Uconn, he broke a lot of school and national records in his freshman season and is one of the best kickers in the country.

        • Drew

          I once knew the brother of a man who’s sister’s cousin was related to the President’s son.

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

            I’m Lonestar’s father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate.

            • Mike Pop

              I smoked with J.R. Smith’s brother?

              • Drew

                lol, my buddy rejected J.R. when they were younger in Orange nj

                • Mike Pop

                  Heh. My friend always makes a big deal how his cousin blocked Ben Gordon in high school.

                • kSturnz

                  I met Joba

      • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

        THE Jeff Weaver went to my high school.

      • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        Brewers Prospect Angel Salome played on the NY Gothams, as 2 of my friends do now.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        I…watch baseball players.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          No names to drop?

          Just tell everyone that you know Andy Phillips, pal.

          • Spaceman.Spiff

            I know the guy who impersonates Andy Phillips.

            Am I doing it right?

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

              Am I doing it right?

              That’s what SHE said!!!

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              Ugh. Hopeless.

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

                You tell ‘em, Andy.

    • pete

      if he gets anywhere in the twins organization, he’ll be throwing strikes. Lefty + Strikes + 95+mph FB = scary bullpen guy. I could see some kind of draconian hell in which we face him in a one game playoff for the wildcard and he shuts us down while a tired joba comes out of the bullpen and gets shelled. See now I will probably be happy almost no matter what happens, as long as its not that.

      • steve (different one)

        the heck?

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

          Yeah, seriously. Are we talking about the same Sean Henn?

          You lost me, Pete.

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

    Mike, if you haven’t watched transformers yet I am personally sending you my copy.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Oh, I saw it about two weeks ago. I give the special effects an 80, but the overall movie a 60, or above average. Megan Fox is the hottest chick on Earth.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Gee, thanks.

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

          Megan Fox is the hottest chick on Earth…. besides Rebecca, UWS, Marsha, and Yankeegirl149, of course…

          • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

            More like it.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            I’m sure Ben is pleased you’re talking about his mother like that.

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

              Who, Marsha?

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                Yeah.

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

                  Heh. I can almost guarantee I’ll use that information for the wrong reason at some point. My inner monologue is literally screaming in my head in Sean Connery’s voice.

      • Raul

        Amen Sir amen. Molly Simms is pretty nice in that movie as well

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Was she in it? I don’t remember seeing her…

      • whozat

        Ok…which one of you guys just Googled for pictures of Megan Fox? I just saw your query fly by here at work.

        Pervs.

  • Yankeegirl49

    I just bought 2 tix off Stubhub for the first Sat game, April 18th. Since it doesnt look like Im getting any package, I had to be sure I was there sooner rather than later.
    Grandstand above 1B..with the fees, $46.50 a ticket.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Hey, I’m going to that game too!

      Terrace, 312, Row 2, $70 per.

      • Yankeegirl49

        415 Row 11

      • Kilgore Trout

        I got a pair for the 19th. 81 bucks after fees, halfway up section 420c.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      FYI-I have a full season plan and always have tons of extras. I put my extras on StubHub and still wind up with 1-2 games a week.

      Pair in Section 210, $60 a piece. I’ve just never figured out how to get the tix and cash exchanged in a way that works for both parties and isn’t too much trouble (I work a lot). If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        EDIT-”I put my extras on StubHub and still wind up with 1-2 games a week that don’t sell.”

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

          I’ll buy some of those. Do you have my facebook page? Hit me up.

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            No, but how would that work?

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

              Well, I don’t know. If they don’t sell on Stubhub, what happens? I’ve never sold tickets before.

              Does StubHub let you know the day before that nobody bought your tickets and let you pull them back? Could you hit me up on an email or something on a Monday and say “Hey, Tommie, nobody’s biting on these Tuesday night tickets tomorrow against the Royals, do you want them?”

              Because I could probably buy those unsold tickets from you on short notice once or twice this year. How far in advance do your tickets usually get sold?

              • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                Yeah, StubHub would have a date that’s usually 3-4 days before the event where the listing would expire, since it takes a few days for FedEx to deliver them.

                But that was LAST year. This year (from what I understand) the tix are all being done electronically, you print them out yourself when you buy them from StubHub, no waiting a few days for shipping. With that being the case, I can just pull the listing a few days in advance and hook somebody up, if I can figure out how.

                Its good for me, I’ll know they sold and the closer it is to an event, I wind up taking a loss between the StubHub fees and last minute prices. So I’m happy to break even.($60 is cost)

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

                  Yeah, just hit me up, bro. 9 times out of 10, I’ll be happy to take extras off your hands if you can’t sell them elsewhere for a profit.

                  Friend me on FB, or hit up Mike/Ben/Joe, they’ve got my email.

                • Drew

                  Yea when I was in Miami I bought heat tickets and got them in about 45 minutes via email, I’m not sure if it was stub hub or ticket exchange.. dunno if that helps at all lol

                • Yankeegirl49

                  Ill buy anyones extras as well!

      • Kilgore Trout

        I’d buy some of those as well.

  • The Evil Empire

    Question:
    Now that we have Teix, which right side of the infield is better ours or the sux?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Depends if it’s Canó or Cannot that shows up.

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

      Depends on what Cano we get.

      Tex is better than Youk. Pedroia is better than Cano. But the difference is smaller than people think on Pedroia, and larger than people think on Youk. King Leonidas and the Magical Leprechaun both had career years last year; they probably regress a bit this year (particularly Youk.) Tex is a monster and will likely remain so. Cano is the wildcard.

      If we get 2008 Cano, it’s Boston. If we get 2007 Cano, it’s us by a landslide. If we get something in between, it’s probably us by a razor’s edge.

      • whozat

        An article on Hardball Times (or Baseball Analysts? Can’t remember) was talking about analyzing hitters by batted-ball location, and mentioned that Pedroia is possibly the most tailor-made Fenway hitter in history.

        He was looking at success rates on pulled balls, balls hit up the middle, and balls hit the other way…Pedroia has ENORMOUS success when he hits it toward the monster, and not nearly as much anywhere else. Looking at his career home/road splits, he’s FAR worse when he’s not in Fenway.

        • The Evil Empire

          That settle is then

          • The Evil Empire

            That settles is then

            • The Evil Empire

              OMMMG That settles it then*

        • anonymous

          All he does is hit pop up doubles off that miserable wall.

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

            Yeah, he’s like Cris Carter… all he does is catch touchdowns.

            (rolls eyes)

  • teix is the man

    why didn’t teix play today?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Teams don’t take all their players on road trips. I think MLB says you only have to take three regulars. The guys they took today were all WBC guys (except Swish), so they were probably just trying to get a look of them in games together, or something.

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

        Sounds like teix ISN’T the man after all…

        • teix is the man

          Oh…but I beg to differ =)

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I used to think Megan Fox was overrated, but then I found out that not only did she have a relationship with a Russian female stripper when she was eighteen, but she said the following to GQ Magazine:

    “Look, I’m not a lesbian. I just think that all humans are born with the ability to be attracted to both sexes. I mean, I could see myself in a relationship with a girl – Olivia Wilde is so sexy she makes me want to strangle a mountain ox with my bare hands. She’s mesmerizing. And lately I’ve been obsessed with Jenna Jameson, but… oh boy.”

    Yeah, that’s fucking hot.

    Oh, and Olivia Wilde is the bisexual doc from “House”; her character is “13″: http://tinyurl.com/d3bmpz

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Personally, I have a thing for Meagan Good and her pierced nipples.

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

            Brooklyn Decker is phenomenal. I’d have no problem giving Andy Roddick a forearm smash to the face to get with her.

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

      omg I was just talking to one of my friends about Olivia Wilde. Thirteen is really sexy. How the hell did she end up on house?

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

    Rebecca I might go to that Saturday game as well! I need to talk to my dad.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Send me an email if you end up getting tickets-should totally try to arrange a way to see each other if that’s the case!

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

        Definitely! That Saturday is the first day of my April Vacation so it works out perfectly.

    • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      I just realized that I’m also going to the 1st Saturday game.

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

        We really need to pick a date for a massive RAB game meetup.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          Might as well make it that game if we’re all going!

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

            lol I might need that sticker that says “Hi My name is… Manimal”

            • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

              Heh, and I’ll have the giant OPTIMIST PRIME sticker.

              Or you know, just be smiling really really broadly and delusionally

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              We seriously need some RAB T-shirts to wear.

              Any ‘Save the Big 3′ still available?

              • Mike Pop

                Na, we need a shirt that says NOT B-JOBBERS on the front. Then Riveraveblues.com on the back with some slogan like: Join the revolution or something crazy where people are like WTF is going on?

                • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                  No . . . even better would be a jersey with

                  #42 MELVIN CROUSSETT!!!!!

                • Mike Pop

                  With a picture of a burning bush on the front.

              • Drew

                How about… You’re my boy blues!

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Sounds cool!

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

            http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....hedule.pdf

            What day of the week works best for everyone? Saturday?

            What section do we sit in?

            Some suggestions:

            Saturday, May 23rd interleague game against the Phillies
            Saturday, June 6th game against the Rays
            Saturday, July 25th game against the A’s, to watch Matt Holliday in the Stadium

            (I figure we stay away from the Sox and Mets games, as well as the holiday games, to keep high demand from increasing prices and making tickets more scarce…)

            • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

              Saturdays work for me as long as it’s not an evening game OR I get a ride back to my place.

              • Yankeegirl49

                Im good for any day you guys pick.

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

                  I’m all for Saturday day games in the late spring/early summer. There are not many things finer.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                  Yeah, we’ll definitely do it before it gets unbearably hot out.

                • Drew

                  How can you call any heat unbearable on days like today!!?

              • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                Keep teasing us, karma’s a bitch. ;)

            • Yankeegirl49

              If you guys want me to bring my daughter, then it would have to be the June or July game. She doesnt get back from college till the end of May.

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

                The answer to your first question is yes. Yes, we want you to bring your daughter.

              • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                If were going to all have a day at the park, we should have a special RAB T-Shirt made up.

                My suggestion

                #42a Melvin Croussett

            • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

              Saturday works best for me.

  • Jimmy

    Do you think I should buy tickets on StubHub now or just wait till individual game tickets actually come out. I know how the people you buy from on StubHub don’t actually have the tickets yet, I usually do not bother with StubHub for this reason. However, I am worried that I will not be able to get tickets when they actually come out. Please, any help is appreciated.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I bought them on stubhub because there’s no way in hell I’m going to be able to get them when they go on sale. I like to sleep in the morning.

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

        Where are your seats?

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          Terrace 312 Row 2

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

            LOL the tickets I was looking at was 313 row 4 for 99$ each

            • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

              Haha nice!

          • Yankeegirl49

            Supposedly individual tix go onsale March 14th..thats what Trost said on the Francessa show today. Ill be in Ft Meyers, dont even know if the place Im staying hat internet connection in the rooms. Time to call in some favors from friends, since Im the one who ALWAYS gets the concert tix!

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

    Billy Traver in trouble for the sox, bases juiced no outs.

    • Drew

      Traber is quite bummish.

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

    Mildly wow, Jets are cutting Laveranues:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/.....id=3934737

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, caught that earlier. Apparently they’d like to bring him back at a smaller salary, not sure if Coles is up to it though.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Oh, and Nugent rejected their contract offer because he wants to test the free agent market. What a shitty pick that was.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          You know I had been thinking recently: New York City kind of has a nasty history when it comes to plane crashes, so I was trying to figure out why on earth they’d name their football team the Jets and then I realized it’s kind of because the Jets always crash and burn

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

          Worst pick by the Jets ever. Worse than Kyle Brady and Roger Vick and Blair Thomas and all the rest. Because it was taking something of value and throwing it in the trashcan.

          That was my first draft attending live, and I booed the hell out of that shit. And I don’t boo.

          • Mike Pop

            Ken O Brien?

            • Sweet Dick Willie

              Ken O’Brien was actually a serviceable QB (he made the Pro Bowl if memory serves me). What made the pick bad was that Dan Marino was still on the board.

              Thankfully for the Jets, Todd Blackledge and Tony Easson had already been picked.

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

        I’ll answer that question for you. The answer is no.

        I got a dollar that says Laveranues signs with either the Jaguars or Dolphins.

        • Yankeegirl49

          I’m a Dolphin fan..and would love to see him on the Phins!

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

      Giants get on that shit

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

        http://www.thejetsblog.com/200.....r-reduced/

        It seems that Laveranues Coles’ release was contingent on him giving up the guaranteed money…

        As part of the Coles restructuring (and pending free agency), the remainder of guaranteed dollars that was due to Laveranues Coles will come off of the Jets salary cap as of Friday.
        It’s a key distinction to make, Coles wasn’t cut, but his deal was re-worked (when I’m not exactly sure) to allow him and the team an option for him to walk out the door, but in the process to forfeit whatever was due to him against the cap in 2009.

        Tannenbaum is too smart to let Coles walk out the door and count that much against the cap. This is a chance for both parties to find something that can work to their benefit.
        This allows the team to spend money elsewhere and/or find a complementary receiver for Cotchery come 12:01AM Thursday, one that many fans have been asking about for years, while Coles gets to find himself a new team (hopefully not named the Dolphins, but that’s where I imagine he’ll end up) and the longer-term contract he’s been talking about for a long time.

        If all else fails, he can come back into the fold as a free agent … something I just don’t see that happening at this point. By last count, this move puts the Jets over $25 million in space.

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

          oh so they are just trying to save some money by restructuring his contract

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

            No, they restructured his contract so they can take the cap hit in NFL fiscal year 2008 and not 2009.

            He’s gone. Basically, he’ll be officially cut (or released in some other fashion) by the end of the week. This “restructuring” seems to just be some machinations to lessen/eliminate the cap hit and free up more money for the Bart Scotts and Jim Leonhards who will be coming in.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    #800 for Jimmy C! Woo!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Good to know Sean Henn still sucks.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Also, I just watched Goodfellas in class so, to everyone, go home and get your fuckin’ shineboxes.

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

      Hey, you broke your cherry!!!

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

        :)

        The best part about this class (Depictions of Italian-Americans in Cinema) is that for Wednesday, I get to write a paper about either Goodfellas or The Godfather . Maybe I’ll do one on the latter and use our constant comparisons of the Corleones to the Yankees in it. Guaranteed A+.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    I think out of anyone in college basketball, Greg Paulus is the one I most want to punch in the face.

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

      Duke = The Yankees
      Greg Paulus = ARod

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        A few years ago, the aforementioned title belonged to Edgar Sosa for taking an awful shot that cost Louisville a tournament game and royally fucked my bracket.

      • Steve H

        Historically Laettner=A-Rod.

        Paulus isn’t good enough for the comparison, but Laettner was a great college player.

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          Historically Laettner=A-Rod.

          Except Laettner was actually good in the post season, and contributed to his team winning 2 championships.

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          Laettner was a great college player.

          Probably one of the 5 best of all time.

    • Drew

      I too share a hatred of paulus, i don’t even know why.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Yeah, I really don’t either. I very much dislike Duke as a whole but Paulus is the only one I truly hate on a personal level.

        • Mike Pop

          I can’t believe Providence beat Pitt. My sister was going nuts.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            Yeah, I’m shocked. Thabeet had better man up this weekend against Blair.

            • Mike Pop

              My Sis went to Providence when they made the Elite Eight or Sweet Sixteen, I forget. Like 97, 98? Ya, I was young but I got to see God-Sham-God and Austin Croshere play once or twice. Was a pretty fun experience from what I remember. Heh, God sham god.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    “5. The AL East will be the best division race ever

    No division has ever had three teams win 95 games, but that very real possibility exists in the AL East this season. The Rays (97 wins in 2008), Red Sox (95) and Yankees (89) each made significant upgrades to their rosters. ”

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....ons/1.html

    Wait a minute. With the weighted divisional schedule, what would the Yanks, BoSox and Rays have to do vs the rest of Baseball to win 95 games each?

    Lets say each team goes 19-19 vs each other. That would mean all three teams would have to go at least 76-48 (.613) vs everyone else. That’s a lot, but not totally crazy.

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

      95? Thats it? I was thinking more….162-0.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Wow, look at the Knicks.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I played in a rec league from 6th to 12th grade and in 12th grade, I was on the Celtics. The Knicks were also in the league but the league fucked up ordering the jerseys and their jerseys said “New York Nicks.”

      • Mike Pop

        The coach’s son’s name was Nick, right?

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          No, but there was a kid named Nick on the team.

          • Mike Pop

            Ha, that is hilarious though. “New York Nicks”.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Anyone else think that “Reservoir Dogs” is overrated? I mean, it’s good, but it’s no “Pulp Fiction”, “The Usual Suspects”, “Goodfellas” or other films of that ilk. Oh, and Quentin Tarantino’s it’s-OK-that-his-acting-is-abhorrent-because-he-knows-it-thus-it-makes-it-cool schtict was nauseating in “Reservoir Dogs”.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I think it’s a good one.

      Speaking of The Usual Suspects , did anyone catch the sweet bit the Daily Show did last night involving the film?

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        I saw it, didn’t get a chance to enjoy it because I had to explain it to my wife!

        • Mike Pop

          Funny, that is what I had to do also.

    • Mike Pop

      You see “Taken” yet? I felt like a badass watching that movie, that’s how awesome it is.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        No, but I saw Mall Cop. I laughed … once or twice.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          The real “Mall Cop” is LaFours.

          • Mike Pop

            Ya, I saw it. I laughed because I was under the influence but it was really stupid, cheap comedy. What about that Mall Cop-type movie that Seth Rogen is coming out with? I remember seeing previews for it, it looked like it could be funny.

            But Taken, anyone who loves action. Go see that.

            • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

              Taken looks awesome and I definitely want to see it … but its too bad its rated PG-13.

              • Mike Pop

                Well that’s a good thing because my girlfriend could get in.

                • Mike Pop

                  (Joke)

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I enjoyed Resevoir Dogs. It’s not on par with those other flicks, but it’s still very good.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        My favorite part is the balloon.

        • Drew

          i like baloons

    • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

      Oh man, I love Resevoir Dogs, I think its an excellent film. I even enjoy Quentin Tarantino’s acting – his monologue in the beginning of RD is priceless. I think all the movies you’ve listed are amazing, but Pulp Fiction happens to be my favorite film of all time. The Shawshank Redemption is a VERY close #2.

      I’m so freakin’ stoked for Inglorious Basterds, it looks like it’ll be another classic by Tarantino.

  • Jake H

    my obox just crashed and they want me to spend 100 bucks to fix it. Stupid Microsoft!

    • Mike Pop

      Ya, my Obox crashes alot also.

    • Drew

      do you mean oboe? what the hell is an obox.. well I know of Oboxes, but microsoft doesn’t make them. WINK WINK, actually Bill gates probably made one of them too, Damnit!

  • Mike Pop

    http://baseball.realgm.com/src.....b_ramirez/

    Already got the mental edge.

    • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

      Wow, that really is hilarious. Poor little guys are paranoid.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Do all of you guys live on this site? Definitely not judging anyone, this is by far the best Yankee blog I’ve been to. It just seems like there is a group here that is always commenting, no matter the time of day or night….

    • Mike Pop

      Ya, it is kind of pathetic.

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        Nah, I think it’s kinda cool, in a baseball-nerdy type of way.

      • andrew

        I love being pathetic with you guys!!

    • Drew

      What else is there to do during class or while doing homework?

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        Oh god…if this blog existed while I was in school, I would have done even less work than I did already…..I would have had to have switched my major to Communications or Puppeteering (yes you could major in that at UConn), no offense to Coms or Puppet majors.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          You went to UConn? I’m a senior there now.

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            Graduated 04….oh god, that was way too long ago.

    • Expired Milk

      iPhone lets me always be online that and I dont really do sh*t on weekdays