Feb
03

Open Thread: Posada says he’ll be ready for Opening Day

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Chien-Ming Wang & Jorge PosadaPitchers and catchers are just eleven short days away, but two of the Yanks’ most important pieces are already down in Tampa getting their workout on. Anthony McCarron has the word:

Anyway, I am down here for a little pre-spring training visit and saw several Yankees hard at work, including Jorge Posada and Chien-Ming Wang. Posada has been showing up most days since early December to get his surgically-repaired shoulder ready for the season and says he can feel great progress and there’s no pain. He made 140 throws during a workout Monday and says he’ll increase the intensity Wednesday. He throws every other day and while he won’t be ready to catch in spring training until at least March 6, he said, he will be ready for opening day.

After a light workout in the batting cage, Posada went through a series of strenuous exercises in the weight room and did some agility drills.

[snip]

As for Wang, he threw his first pre-spring training bullpen, going for seven minutes and 27 pitches. Decked out in a dark blue shorts and a gray Yankees’ T-shirt pulled over a long-sleeve T-shirt, he threw only fastballs under a blue sky. Pitching coach Dave Eiland was among those who watched, along with pitching guru Billy Connors.

Wang, whose 2008 season was wrecked by foot injuries, said afterward, “Everything feels fine. It’s just normal.” Wang had gotten a clean bill of health in October from Yankee doctors, even throwing a few bullpens then. When he went home to Taiwan during the winter, he did a lot of fitness work on his feet, he said.

Well, of course Posada thinks he’ll be ready for Opening Day, anyone could have told you that. The real issue is whether or not the doctors say he’s ready. It’s very encouraging that he’s so far along in his rehab and hasn’t suffered any setbacks, but until he gets back out there in game action we just won’t know. Same goes for Wang.

Anyway here’s your open thread for the night. Rangers great Adam Graves is having his #9 jersey retired tonight at the Garden. The ceremony started at 6:30, but you can still flip over and catch the bulk of it. Hot shot prospect Artem Anisimov will also be making his NHL debut for the Blueshirts tonight, think of it as the hockey equivalent of Phil Hughes‘ first start. The Nets are hosting the Bucks, and the Knicks won’t give up 61 points to one player tonight because they’re off. The Caribbean Series (Mexico vs Venezuela) is on MLB Network at 9pm. Hooray for live baseball. Anything topic’s fair game here, just be cool.

Photo Credit: Bill Kostroun, Associated Press

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Me + Adam Graves in NHL ’95 = pwn.

    • Mike Pop

      Me+WaLuigi in Mario Tennis=beat anyone ever, even the best Mario Tennis player ever but that would be contradictory because I can’t beat myself……unless

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Funny story. I was at a friend’s house a long time ago playing Mario Tennis. I was dominating. I mean totally kicking ass. I lost at the last possible second and joking fell to the floor. On the way down, I hit the N64 and somehow, it erased every bit of Mario Tennis data in the memory card. Woops.

        • Mike Pop

          I was just playing it. So sick.

      • A.D.

        WaLuigi blows…so I’m skeptical

        …yeah I went there

        • Mike Pop

          Listen to me. Don’t you ever badmouth WaLuigi like that again. He is without a doubt the best player in the game. Boo is 2nd best.

          • A.D.

            Boo is a baller

            • Mike Pop

              You get WaLuigi in front of the net. Game over.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Stevie Van Zandt is wearing an Oriental rug, Jeff Beukeboom’s in the house, the cast of the Sopranos gave Graves a Devils-inspired jersey, and Mark Messier’s crying. Nice night at the Garden.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Yeah, MSG always does a great job with these things, and the guys that they’ve honored have all been very worthy. Not just as players, but as people.

  • http://ibleedblueandwhite.blogspot.com Jamie

    Anyone know when single game individual tickets go on sale????

    • The Evil Empire

      and the exhibition game vs the cubs?

  • Mike Pop

    So what your saying is…Artem is an overrated bust of a prospect who will never amount to anything useful?

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

    Can you guys read this:
    “i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!”

    • Mike Pop

      Yea, those are very easy to read for me.

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

        Word.

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

        Yeah, I’ve seen that before. I’ve also read that it’s same brain function that allows you to read things upside down.

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

        I got them all except “Cmabrigde”. It’s probably because I’m not familiar with the school name.

        • barry

          not familiar with Cambridge? dude.

          • Mike Pop

            This guys a gangsta? His real name’s Clarence.

    • Jack

      I went to freetranslation.com and translated that from english to spanish back to english.

      “I taht of blveiee of cdnuolt I waht of uesdnatnrd of aulaclty of cluod I was rdanieg. The pweor of phaonmneal of the mnid of hmuan, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch in Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it mtaetr in the oerdr of waht the ltteres in a wrod is, the tihng of iproamtnt of olny is taht that the ltteer of frsit and lsat is in the pclae of rghit. The rset can be a taotl Sras and you can scrape of sitll whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs give you is not bcuseae the mnid of huamn lteter of ervey of you scrape for istlef, but by the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig what? yaeh and I slpeling of tghuhot of awlyas was ipmorantt”!

      Awesome.

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

      How about this (which was posted as a reply to the original one):
      “Taht eapxlme is slistmipic, I tinhk. Mroe clpeomx stnecenes and hptiolsas icintade taht mosmorhus are slmiilray ioaptrmt and socoraylodhs ercxbteaae ptciaderes usenclrnaisey.”

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

        That example is simplistic, I think. More complex sentences and … indicate that … are similarly important and …

        I gave up after that. Long day.

        • Thomas

          I got what you have and “ercxbteaae” is “exacerbates,” but I have no idea on the rest of the words.

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

            That’s what I figured it was, I just wasn’t in the mood to try to spell it.

    • Steve H

      That just looks like the grammar used by several posters.

      • A.D.

        I enjoyed this post

  • Brooklyn Ed

    brand new pics of MLB 09: The Show. When I first saw it, I seriously thought it was 2k9.

    http://www.pastapadre.com/6067.....eenshots-1

    • Mike Pop

      That really is Chipper, lol.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        LOL I know. Could you tell who’s that Texas power Ranger is on the first pic? lol.

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

          Looks like Hamilton.

          • Mike Pop

            Who’s the Cincy Red batting?

            • Brooklyn Ed

              Brandon Phillips.

              • Mike Pop

                Ooo, couldn’t tell at first.

          • Brooklyn Ed

            that’s what I thought but the skin is more like a Hispanic.

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

              WOAH, EASY THERE WITH THE RACIST EPITHETS, BUDDY!!!!!

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

      Of course they show A-Rod striking out.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        He’s probably too busy thinking about Jeter.

        I hear he’s like obsessed with him or something

      • Mike Pop

        That was in the playoffs too.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        did you saw the stadium reflection off Chipper’s helmet?

        • Mike Pop

          Ya, wow man that’s detail.

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

      MLB

      Don’t ask me how I got it. ;)

      • Brooklyn Ed

        Power Ranger? LOL :D

      • A.D.

        closet Pedroia swimfan style stalker

      • Thomas

        I wonder if The Show is good enough to capture Pedroia’s grit?

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

        Show off

      • Mike Pop

        Mike did some things no man should do to get a hold on that picture.

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

          Hey, it was only once and I needed the money.

          • Mike Pop

            Yaaaaaa……sure. That’s what he said last time.

      • steve (different one)

        looks like a Christmas elf

        • Mike Pop

          Don’t forget the drunk part.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    NoMaas asks about the silence Jeter has in defending A-Rod, and then poses this question as a poll

    “Derek Jeter has greater defensive range as a:

    A-Shortstop

    B-Team Captain”

    To be honest, I cant decide.

  • A.D.

    So what you’re telling me thus far we know from Yankee health updates:

    Wang: 20 game winner
    Posada: MVP cantidate

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Bob Costas is leaving HBO for the MLB Network.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/story/11335258/rss

    I’m mixed on this one. I can’t stand Costas when he’s getting all sanctimonious about fixing the game, and what’s wrong with Baseball. But when he’s doing his interviews, he generally does a first rate job.

    I guess I’ll be watching with the remote handy.

    • A.D.

      Will he still do the Olympics???

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

        I would think so, he’s not leaving NBC, just HBO.

    • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.
      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Yes, I am. Just saw it on MLBTR about a half hour ago, but Mike obviously scooped them.

  • A.D.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....alent.html

    Well there goes the Valentin back-up catcher idea.

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

      That’s 459 words of my life I’ll never get back.

      • A.D.

        If you want something that isn’t well written, doesn’t tell you anything you don’t know, and really no one should have ever bothered to write. The there is the Providence Journal Sox position by position intro:

        http://www.projo.com/redsox/co.....a08c0.html

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

          This will be an all-out battle here between J-Lo and J-Lu, as Jed Lowrie and Julio Lugo fight for the starting position.

          Nice job by the writer of creating effeminate for the players of the team he covers. Made my life that much easier.

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            I guess that means that Lowrie has a better tush.

          • Thomas

            J-Lo and J-Lu sound like Thai hookers or something.

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              Either way, if its a Red Sox or a Thai hooker, you wind up getting a lady boy.

              • Ryan S.

                Easily the best post of the day.

              • barry

                I was thinking needles when you piss.

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

              Wait, I thought J-Lo was Jared Lorenzen, the Round Mound of Touchdown.

              • Thomas

                I prefer the Pillsbury Throwboy, myself.

                There is also KFQ, Kentucky Fried Quarterback (since he went to UK).

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Through 68 games in the Show, I have 86 batted in with A-Rod.

    • Steve H

      Don’t forget, RBI are overrated.

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

      In 07 I finished the year with 299 IP out of Peavy.

      • Steve H

        Did you have him start 50 games? He only goes 6 innings/start. I’d say that game overrated him on the stamina.

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

          36 or 37 starts. The rest of the rotation sucked, so whenever he pitched I gave the bullpen a much needed day off. I always skipped a starter on an off day to get him as many starts as possible. He finished like, 16-15 with 3.50ish ERA. I ran that dude into the ground.

          • Mike Pop

            Your a monster. Worse than Dusty.

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

              I kept waiting for him to get hurt, but he never did. We’re talking 130-140 pitches every fifth day like clockwork, win or lose.

      • A.D.

        so CC is good for 350

        • Mike Pop

          What..wings?

  • John

    NYP: “We’ve been down this road before. Alex is a teammate. I support him. Our whole team is behind him. We all support him,” Jeter told Jimmy Trania is an interview that will be posted in full tomorrow.

    Good Job Captain

    • A.D.

      excellent

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      If my last name was Trania, I would feel obligated to dress up as a woman.

    • MattG

      See now, was that so hard?

      • steve (different one)

        exactly. kudos to Jeter.

        no one was asking for the Gettysburg Address.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          When does Jeter ever say ANYTHING?

          People just notice it when he’s asked about Alex (like he’s hiding something) yet he never says anything worth quoting. That’s part of his mystique.

        • A.D.

          Gettysburg address only took 2 min

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

    Wow, in MLBFOM I tried to trade for Sizemore, I even went as far as to trade Hughes, Joba and Wang for him and Cleveland didn’t do the trade.

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

      Paul Maholm gave up 11 runs without recording an out on Opening Day for me. I haven’t played since.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Re-thinking that Pirates choice now, eh?

        I’m pumped for The Show ’09, even if I’ll only have to settle for the PS2 version…

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

        scarred for life much?

      • A.D.

        So glad you ran out and bought it?

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

          It was fun at first. It got old quick. I like playing the games too much.

          • Mike Pop

            Think they are going to make another one?

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      In order to get Sizemore, you have to hang Mark Shapiro out of a 40 story window by his ankles.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Manny winds up on. . . . . . . .

    • YFSS

      The Yankees

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      I wonder how the WBC plays into this. Could he play in the WBC and then hold out halfway through Spring training, waiting to see if someone gets hurt?

      Actually, hitters are typically ready weeks before pitchers are. So he could hold out until mid-march either way. You get into the season unsigned, and you start becoming Barry Bonds part 2. The great player who nobody wants.

    • http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v621/134/99/513321182/n513321182_2118948_7574.jpg Nady Nation

      the YES network, taking the position that was formerly being saved for Mr. T.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Like Torre, he reacted with a combination of “bewilderment and bemusement at being offered the YES job”

        But Manny is bewildered and bemused if you ask him what time it is.

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

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/5574.....s-p1-sr-i1

    Outtake from the office on sunday lol

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

      I love that show.

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

        I never really watched it till last summer when I was bored and I watched ever single episode on netflix. I love it now.

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

          every*

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

          Hah, that’s exactly what I did, except I got into it earlier this winter.

          • A.D.

            I had a pledge watch all the seasons during library hours…let it slide since it was the office

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

          Sunday was one of the first times I watched it. That show is hysterical.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal
  • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Manimal btw I meant to acknowledge you on last night’s open thread but The Great Gatsby is truly a slow read!

    • Ryan S.

      Its the most boring, yet most amazingly well-written novel I have ever read.

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

        Exactly!

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      You’re finding it a slow read? Really? When I first read it, I found it quick because how brilliantly the language flowed. It just carried me right through everything. The same goes for “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote. The latter is so incredibly dense yet so easy to read because of how perfectly each word fits with the one before it.

      /Fitzgerald and Capote fanboy.

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

        Well, I just read Twelfth Night, so the transition will probably take a couple of chapters. True, the language is great, and Fitzgerald’s point is valid (I think), but the fact that he made this a portrayal of the evils of the upper class fills it with pompous language that makes it something I can’t just read in a short & quick time.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          “Twelfth Night” is a pretty good read, too.

          I see what you’re saying, though; I tried to get my mother to read it and she had the same problem you did. She thought the language was gorgeous but just couldn’t get into it.

    • Thomas

      In 10th grade English we had to read it, and the entire class decided, by the end of the first page, Nick (the narrator) was incredibly gay for Gatsby. Our teacher got real pissed and like threatened us with suspension and failure, if we didn’t stop insinuating he was gay.

      Here is the quote that made us decide that:

      “When I came back from the East last autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever; I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart. Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction—Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn. If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away. ”

      Anyways, I hated that book. It was just so boring. Also, the symbolism was just so apparent and stupid (e.g. the light at the end of the dock, the garage transformed into a stable).

      • Mike Pop

        I thought that book was EXTREME bro!!!!

        http://tinyurl.com/aw9kja

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        “threatened us with suspension and failure”

        Why? That’s a legitimate reading of the story. His being unsuccessful with women (Jordan and what basically amounted to stalking) also backs that up.

        And Pablo, while you’re reading, take everything Nick says with a GIANT grain of salt.

        • Mike Pop

          Catholic School?

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

          Thanks for the heads up; he seems like a giant unreliable narrator.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            Yep, he’s the quintessential unreliable narrator.

        • Thomas

          I am glad to know we weren’t misreading it. We were threatened (maybe not to the level of failure, but definitely major detention and probable suspension), because we didn’t exactly use gay as a positive trait to describe Nick. I think our teacher thought it was sexual harassment and said some of us were being homophobic.

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

            I hate it when people get too pc. It reminds me of when I once had this gay teacher who, when commenting on the failure of Prop 8, said, “Blacks and Hispanics voted against gays!” There were like two black kids and one Hispanic (me) in the room, and I got so pissed when he said that. I responded to him by saying: “Many of them are socially conservative.” He responded with: “No, they’re just bigots.” I was like wow…

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              If anything, your story seems to paint you as the one who was “too PC”, not your teacher.

              (When did I turn into Andrew Sullivan? I’m quite the little gay activist today, huh.)

              • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                I guess “gay-rights activist” would have been more accurate. Whatevs.

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

        I think that “gorgeous” is sarcasm and not homosexuality. Nick is trying to downplay his wealth while hating on Gatsby for having so much of it.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          I wrote a paper about how Gatsby is actually a condemnation thereof because of how incredibly shady everything that goes into his making is. My thought was Fitzgerald is both admiring and taking a shot at the self-made man in his construction of Gatsby.

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

            I’m only through the 1st chapter but per what my teacher told me Fitzgerald takes potshots at every rich person in that book! (To think this is before the Great Depression…)

          • Mike Pop

            To throw my 2 cents in here. I couldn’t stand Myrtle, she pissed me off. George loved her and I felt like he was so proud of her as a wife. She just did not give a crap about him and was down in the apartment getting dirty with Buchanon.

            Overall though, I found it to be an interesting read but I don’t read to many books/novels. In my opinion it was a great novel and it kept me interested to be honest.

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

              Pssh…I haven’t read the whole book yet.

              I agree. I tried so hard to get myself into novels that I lost interest in reading for a couple of years. I discovered that they weren’t for me. Instead, I like to read history books and things of the sort instead.

              • Mike Pop

                My bad, bro.

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

                  Lol np.

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                Funny, I was the reverse. For the first two years of high school, I was dead-set on becoming a History major in college and basically hated literature. Now, I’m an English major and while I still love history, I’ve taken only two history courses in my entire college career.

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

                  Heh. I tried to force-feed my self Huckleberry Fin in 3rd grade…and I didn’t look at it again until this year (9th).

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                  Wow. Tom Sawyer in third grade? Yes. Huck Finn? Not so much. Huck Finn shouldn’t be taught before high school. Even though it’s got a link to Sawyer and people think it’s a “kid’s” story, it’s far from it. There are a ton of complex issues in there.

                • Mike Pop

                  Your only in 9th grade but you are writing about politics on your blog? Impreesive man.

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

                  @ Matt: At the time I got up to the part where the king and the duke put up their show in Arkansas. After that, I just got freaking lost.

                  @ Mike: Thanks. I quit writing baseball because (as you may be able to tell from the blog) I had strong(er) opinions on politics than baseball, and I love following politics.

  • steve

    i thought billy connors left the organization and joined the A’s ? or am I thinking of another yankee pitching official ?

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      First, lets see if I can read your mind on another topic.

      Pick a number from 1-10.

      • steve (different one)

        6

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Nah, I was thinking of 7.

          Can’t help you.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    And tell Ted that A Capella is…and how do I put this gently…ear rape.

  • Thomas

    On the subject of books, what is everyone’s favorite? I personally enjoyed “A Clockwork Orange.” It has a combination of a great plot and excellent prose.

    Also, has anyone ever read “Atlas Shrugged” or another Ayn Rand book?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      “Gatsby” and “In Cold Blood” are my two favorites, followed closely by “Slaughter-House Five.”

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        And if we’re gonna go non-American…”The Good Soldier” by Ford Madox Ford and “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” by Allan Sillitoe.

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

        I just realized the reference of your blog title, “Connecticut Yankee,” btw.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Ha, word. That was more or less accidental but I do like Twain a lot so it’s all good.

    • Mike Pop

      I have not read many in my lifetime but some of my favorites are “Lord of the Flies”, “Animal Farm”, and “The Great Gatsby”.

      I thought “Death of a Salesman” was good but I did not enjoy reading it at all.

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

        I started laughing when I saw “Animal Farm” listed. For some reason the first thing I thought of was a novel based on the combination of the films Animal House and Funny Farm.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Some frat houses are more equal than others.

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

      “Animal Farm,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” and “Black Boy” are all excellent books. “The Oddyssey” was a great read as well.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Funny you mention that, I just was watching “Catcher in the Rear” last night, starring Jessica Drake and Gina Ryder.

        http://www.adultdvdempire.com/.....038;view=4

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

          Lol

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            Don’t ask me to post “Animal Farm” that one’s illegal.

        • Mike Pop

          The funny thing is that “The Steve” probably really was watching that last night.

    • Ryan S.

      Off the top of my head, some of my favorites are…

      Heart of Darkness
      The Grapes of Wrath
      Libra
      Ball Four

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    “The Dodgers could sign outfielder Adam Dunn, second baseman Orlando Hudson and left-hander Randy Wolf for the amount of money they are offering left fielder Manny Ramirez — maybe less.”

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....038;ATT=49

    and now McCourt sounds like he’s ready to move on.

    “A day after Manny Ramirez rejected the Dodgers’ latest contract offer, club chairman Frank McCourt said the team still wants the outfielder back, but added that “at some point, we have to move on.”

    “Two things are clear to me,” McCourt said. “We very much want the player back and we’re trying hard. We came up with what we thought was a creative proposal to give him a lot of money, and well deserved in a challenging economy, and give him flexibility if he feels it’s important to test free agency next year. I don’t see long-term contracts happening in this market we’re in.

    “The other thing is, the agent [Scott Boras] is challenging to work with and we’ve tried hard. We’ve made three efforts and we still have not received a specific number from the agent, and I don’t know what to tell you. At some point, you have to move on and start to get ready to win a championship.”

    http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb......;fext=.jsp

    Looks to me like Boras is trying to get them to bargain against themselves, but they just won’t bite.

    • Mike Pop

      Manny ends up in San Fran.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        If he does, it will be for less than he was making in Boston. Sabean seems to be waiting to see if his price drops.

        • Mike Pop

          Na,

          23 for the first year
          a 25 option with a 5 mill buyout

          • A.D.

            no was SF spends that much

            • A.D.

              *way

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      ahhh . . . so now it shows up.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    “The Dodgers could sign outfielder Adam Dunn, second baseman Orlando Hudson and left-hander Randy Wolf for the amount of money they are offering left fielder Manny Ramirez — maybe less.”

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....038;ATT=49

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      . . . . and now McCourt sounds like he’s ready to move on.

      “A day after Manny Ramirez rejected the Dodgers’ latest contract offer, club chairman Frank McCourt said the team still wants the outfielder back, but added that “at some point, we have to move on.”

      “Two things are clear to me,” McCourt said. “We very much want the player back and we’re trying hard. We came up with what we thought was a creative proposal to give him a lot of money, and well deserved in a challenging economy, and give him flexibility if he feels it’s important to test free agency next year. I don’t see long-term contracts happening in this market we’re in.

      “The other thing is, the agent [Scott Boras] is challenging to work with and we’ve tried hard. We’ve made three efforts and we still have not received a specific number from the agent, and I don’t know what to tell you. At some point, you have to move on and start to get ready to win a championship.”

      http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb......;fext=.jsp

      Looks to me like Boras is trying to get them to bargain against themselves, but they just won’t bite.

      • A.D.

        They should just go after Dunn, O-Dog & Wolf

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          That’s my take. I think they’re a better overall team that way. Manny makes more sense business wise, but filling 3 roster holes makes more baseball sense.

          • A.D.

            Especially if they can get multi-year Dunn at this year’s prices

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

          Seriously. They’d be so much better off.

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

            Clear division winners at that point, right?

            • Mike Pop

              You gotta look out for the D-Backs I would think.

              • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                D-Backs are the NL West’s Toronto Blue Jays. All pitch-no hit.

                • A.D.

                  Only they have far worse competition

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

    lol thanks Pablo. It was slow but I think that book captivated the era in which it was in more than any other book I’ve read. Anyways, We started reading Slaughterhouse five like last week, it is such a good book. The way he explains things is hilarious some times.

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

      I agree with you on your first point. I’ve never read a Kurt Vonnegut book in my life, and something tells me that I should start pretty soon.

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

        I mean I barely know anything about the Twenties before reading that book, now I feel like an expert. Anyways, the way Vonnegut tells a story in a serious and funny way is awesome. He uses a lot of repetition that could get annoying sometimes but otherwise its an excellent book.

        • Ryan S.

          I’ve always associated Vonnegut with Hunter S. Thompson for some reason. You should give Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas a read, its the funniest book I have ever read.

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

            From what I just read on wikipedia they are very similar, I will look into that book. I guess that book involves drug induced trips and Slaughterhouse five involves flashbacks caused by PTSD from WW2(or a deranged form of it). You could argue they are similar in that way.

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

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....rse_a.html

    NO WAY! They are adding H-O-R-S-E to the NBA allstar festivities, how amazing would it be to see Lebron vs Kobe.

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

      Or Isiah Thomas and Anucha Browne Sanders.

    • Thomas

      I always loved that commercial, though I couldn’t have told you what it was for before watching it again.

      However, the crappy thing about H-O-R-S-E would be that a true shooter, like Reddick or Micheal Redd, would probably beat better players, like Kobe and LeBron.

      • A.D.

        Well they can put crazy dunks in that Reddick could never complete

  • tmoney

    Where can I find a good explanation of these new stats like ERA+, wOBP, and UZR?

    thanks

  • Jack

    Mike – What happens when the Pitchers and Catchers countdown reaches zero? Will you go straight to this season’s watch, or is there going to be an opening day countdown in between?

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

      We’ll have a countdown to Opening Day. If we put the new watch up it would just be dead space until the season starts in April.

  • tmoney

    thanks for the responses!