Open Thread: T-Kep’s random Yankee facts

Andruw Jones rejects Yanks overtures
It's Derek vs. the Yanks in Spring Training

The RAB Open Thread gods blessed us this evening, sending down this gem of a post from the Times’ Tyler Kepner about 25 random facts about 25 random Yankees. Here’s my favorites, with worthless commentary added:

Enrique Wilson – Used to love the science fiction anime DragonBall Z. He had these little characters he’d put up on the shelf of his locker at home and on the road.

And people say A-Rod does weird stuff.

Matt Smith – Was physically unable to straighten his pitching elbow.

That’s pretty crazy.

Rondell White – Had a great sense of humor about himself, admitting that he was injured so often his nickname should be “Ron-D.L.”

That’s great. If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re not trying.

Chris Hammond – One of the first guys to give out his email address. One night in Oakland he was warming up in the bullpen and a colleague in the press box noted that Hammond was also on Instant Messenger at the same time. I’m sure it was a family member, but still pretty funny.

I love it.

So how’s that for some good ol’ open threadiness? The Islanders are the only local team in action tonight, and Mexico is taking on Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Series at 9pm on the MLB Network. The games have been exciting, very low scoring for the most part. Best of all, none of the players have any plate disciple, so everyone swings at the first pitch and the innings just fly by. Talk about whatever you like, just be nice.

Oh, and for you video game aficionados, the demo for The Show 09 came out today. Give that shizz a download.

email
Andruw Jones rejects Yanks overtures
It's Derek vs. the Yanks in Spring Training
  • Thomas

    I was personally a fan of Embree’s tattooed wedding ring. Weird.

  • Scott of 3 Kids Tickets

    Hey,
    This is the first time I’m trying to d/l the podcast from itunes. It’s not there yet. Is this normal?

    -Scott

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

      I’m not quite sure how quickly it shows up in iTunes. Never downloaded it from there. If last week’s was there, it will get there eventually. But I’ll look into it, see if I can ping them after I post it.

  • Arin

    I’m excited to hear more about the demo. Any thoughts? I’m stuck at work and then have class later.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    How about signing Sheets now, to a Jon Leiber type deal?

    We give him 1-2 mil this year while he rehabs, and then a 10 mil team option is he’s ready to go next year.

    • My Geass Makes You My Slave

      Then switching Joba into the pen? I’d like to see if he can handle a full season of it but I still wouldn’t want to risk Sheets and Burnett in the same rotation even on an incentive based deal. If anyone gets injured I’d like to see if the kids can handle it. If not we could pick up Sheets if no one gets him. As for now we should just wait and see.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Well, by the end of this year Joba will likely be in the pen anyway due to his innings limits, and around that same time Sheets would be ready pitch again.

        But no, I don’t want Joba in the bullpen and that has nothing to do with this.

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

        Then switching Joba into the pen?…

        That’s gotta be satire. GOTTA be.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          TSJC, after I posted this I saw you post that Sheets is looking at a 9 month recovery. Where did you see that? I thought I heard it was 4-6 months, but I could be wrong.

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

            It was in the ESPN article linked at the top of the post.

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

              http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....BHeadlines

              “The surgery would repair the torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow that kept Sheets from pitching for the Brewers in the NLDS and limited him to just two abbreviated starts over the final 2½ weeks of the regular season. The normal recovery time from the procedure, according to the source, is nine to 10 months.

              • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                Thanks bro.

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

                  Yeah. I mean, I know athletes are ruthless rehabilitators (especially when trying to showcase themselves for a new contract), but dude’s about to have surgery to reattach a ligament to his elbow that he intends to whip violently at hard angles with supreme effort more than 100 times in the span of a few hours every five days.

                  I’m not a doctor nor am I Ben Sheets, but expecting to be ready to go by August or September from an elbow ligament surgery in mid February seems pretty damn optimistic to me.

              • Ed

                I know the article says 9-10 months is normal, but, it’s not.

                Pettitte had his flexor tendon repaired in late August ’04. He was ready for normal workouts when spring training began 6 months later.

                Mike Hampton had the same surgery in April ’07, then pitched in winter ball in November 7 months later (and promptly tore his hamstring, which I expect someone to blame on the elbow surgery).

                Glavine just had the same surgery in late August and is expected to be ready for spring training, again 6 months after surgery.

                Scott Proctor had the same surgery this past October and has just started throwing off a mound recently. He won’t be ready for the start of spring training, but it sounds like he’s on pace to match the others with an approximately 6 month time frame.

  • pat

    I swear to god lm gonna pistol whip the next person who says Leiber

    • Lasoo

      Hey Farva, whats that pitcher’s name who got the deal everyone keeps bringing up when talking about Sheets?

      • Arin

        Can I get a damn Lieber of cola?

        • pure gold

          that was pure gold…

        • pat

          Hahaha those were 2 brilliant responses very well done.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Anyone remember the old “Ironsides” actor Raymond Burr? Did you know he had a sister named Lee?

        • pat

          She’s aaron’s great niece right?

          • steve (different one)

            Lee Small?

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

              I was thinking Lee Boone.

        • Thomas
        • Sweet Dick Willie

          Anyone remember the old “Ironsides” actor Raymond Burr?

          Wasn’t he more famous as Perry Mason?

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Did I ever mention my US Senator is Joe Leiber-man?

    • toad

      Ach, mein lieber Augustine.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Those fan reactions from earlier today further prove something I discovered during Torre’s much ballyhooed exit in 2007. Some people are more fans of Joe Torre than they are fans of the Yankees.

    The Yankees stand for certain things, one of them being expecting excellence year in and year out from the team, a team which will spend whatever is necessary to achieve excellence. They embrace high expectations, the goal is to win it all, every year. Anything less is failure. A team that understands winning means being hated by your rivals, and accepts that as part of the deal.

    Torre on the other hand, constantly downplayed expectations, criticized fans for being “spoiled” by the late 90’s run, was often more concerned with being popular with his players and the public than he was in winning games, said “nobody’s going to tell me we didn’t have a successful season” after the 2005 1st round exit. Time and again, when you heard Torre speak and the front office types speak, they clearly weren’t on the same page.

  • Jake H

    I need the season to start.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Bashing Torre doesn’t do it for you?

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Adam Dunn and Orlando Hudson project to be worth 5.09 WAR, 2.48 more than Manny alone*. The Dodgers really need to get those two on the phone, if for nothing else aside from getting some leverage here.

    http://actyankee.blogspot.com/.....-more.html

    • Steve H

      How is Orlando Hudson worth more than Manny, I can’t see how the defense can override the offensive difference.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Manny’s awful defense, I guess. That’s the only reason I can see.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          O-Hud also gets a +2.5 bump ’cause of his position and Manny gets a -7.5 penalty.

          • Mike Pop

            Will Dunn and Hudson carry the Dodgers like Manny can though? We all know what Manny does in the playoffs. I might take Manny over them.

            • Sweet Dick Willie

              I might would most definitely take Manny over them.

              Fixed.

    • A.D.

      What is Dunn + O-Hud vs Manny + Dewitt?

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Manny + Dewitt = 5.29.

        • A.D.

          Thus sabermetrics says Manny

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            Yeah, but is the extra two tenths of a win worth $20-25 million? That also needs to be taken into account.

            • A.D.

              Yeah thats the question. Better yet Wolf + Dunn + O-Dog + maybe another a reliever

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                Yeah, I don’t know how to apply this same system to pitchers so I didn’t add Wolff in there. I think he’d probably push them over the Manny+Dewitt edge.

                • A.D.

                  yeah, i mean for Wolf’s sake I hope he’s worth .25 runs.

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

                  Well, if they really don’t have the money they claim not to have, they probably should eschew Manny and go the Dunn + Hudson + Wolf route. They have a lot of holes to fill.

                  Again, why the Angels don’t sign Manny is literally insane to me. They have the money, they have the need, they aren’t a true contender if they don’t add a middle of the order bat, but they are if they do.

                  It works on more levels than a man getting hit in the groin with a football.

                • steve (different one)

                  the Jetsons meet the Flintstones? talk about another shameless cartoon crossover.

                  • Lamando

                    Testing…

    • whozat

      But it is more than Manny + Blake DeWitt?

      Not that DeWitt is awesome or anything, but with the position adjustment, I could see a league-average 2B + Manny being worth 5 WAR. Hence, if DeWitt is average…

    • Thomas

      The problem with that thought process is that you ignore the value the Dodgers get from DeWitt at 2B. Ramirez + DeWitt = 6.3 + 1.7 = 8 value wins last year. Hudson + Dunn = 1.9 + 1.8 = 3.7 value wins last year.

      This year for projected wOBA from CHONE, Manny projects at .408, DeWitt .308, Hudson .337, and Dunn .373.

      So it is pretty close counting DeWitt, who Hudson would replace.

      All values from FanGraphs.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Yeah, I used Marcels projected runs and CHONE defense. CHONE projects Dewitt at +5 at second, so that helps him a lot, alone with the positive position adjustment.

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

      If you put a star or parenthesis or any other character next to a URL, it won’t link.

  • Mike Pop

    Can Andruw Jones still play a good centerfield?

    • steve (different one)

      well, his ass takes up 2/3 of the outfield, so i’d think he just has to sit there and hold his glove up.

      serious answer, i don’t know.

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

        Great googily moogily, he’s never had a season with a CF UZR/150 lower than 12 runs above average… that’s amazing. Especially since he’s been as fat as two normal centerfielders for at least three years now.

        Top THAT, Raúl Mondesi!

        • A.D.

          Makes me wonder what those 98-01 UZR/150s would be.

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

            During his prime? Undoubtedly higher. Young Jones was a beast in CF.

            He’s like Darryl Strawberry or Don Mattingly: up until the age of 27-28, not only was he a surefire Hall of Famer, people were breathlessly saying he could end up being one of the best ever. And then the wheels came off.

            (Obviously for three very different reasons, of course…

            • Mike Pop

              Oreos, chocolate milk, and Taco Bell.

    • whozat

      Nope.

    • Thomas

      Does it matter? He declined the Yankees non-roster invite, I believe, and the Yanks hopefully won’t offer a guaranteed deal.

      • Mike Pop

        Well of course he will decline it right now. But as time goes on, maybe he gets no guaranteed offers. I don’t know, I really like the idea of gettting Jones. It could be risky but could be worth a shot. I would deal Veras and pick him up.

        • Thomas

          I wouldn’t be opposed either to adding him, but I just assumed if he declined a NRI now, he do so later. But you could be right, if he does not get any guaranteed offers maybe he reconsiders.

          • A.D.

            we also don’t know why he declined… could be about bonuses if he does make the team etc.

            • Thomas

              Another good point.

            • Mike Pop

              I’d give the dude 2 mill if he made the team.

              • A.D.

                then:

                200 PA
                300 PA
                400 PA
                500 PA
                600 PA
                Wins GG
                Various roster bonuses

                Chances are Andruw Jones wants to be some 8+ million if he puts up a good year

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

                  I’d do that deal. Andruw is very much like Pettitte in a lot of ways: we have kids that can possibly do the job, but if this veteran performs well for a short-term contract, we’d gladly give him 8-12M for good work. If not, hit the pine and we’ll bring the kids back up.

                • Thomas

                  Cosign.

                • A.D.

                  Do I get commission as the “agent” that put it together

                • steve (different one)

                  i agree, but i want to SEE him in ST before i guarantee a cent.

                  i wouldn’t give him a major league deal, but i’d be down with a minor league deal that has all sorts of incentives IF he’s added to the roster.

                • Mike Pop

                  Agreed.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      What do you say we sign Andruw Jones to a Jon Leiber type deal?

  • steve (different one)

    you’d think Boras would give the yankees a Good Customer discount and throw Jones’ NRI in for free…

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    “Who Wins The NL West?

    February 4th, 2009 by EJ Fagan

    To take a break from Yankee news, I think that one of the more interesting questions in baseball heading into Spring Training is: which team is strongest in the NL West?

    Standing from last year:

    * Los Angeles Dodgers: 84 wins
    * Arizona Diamondbacks: 82 wins
    * Colorado Rockies: 74 wins
    * San Francisco Giants: 72 wins.
    * San Diego Padres: 63 wins.

    Important additions / losses during the winter:

    * Los Angeles Dodgers:
    * Lost Derek Lowe, Greg Maddux, Brad Penny, Takashi Saito, Jeff Kent, Andruw Jones, Nomar Garciaparra Angel Berroa, maybe Manny Ramirez.
    * Added: None

    The Dodgers are in tough shape. They have losses all around. Derek Lowe’s vacant spot will cause the Dodgers trouble all year, which will leave them praying that Clayton Kershaw can pitch a full workload. A full season of Manny Ramirez could help, but they’ll still be struggling to fill innings. And no, he’s not going to bat .396 again.”

    http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/?p=505

    Damn, bit by bit you don’t realize it, but the Dodgers have lost a TON of talent this off season.

    Also, don’t tell me they don’t have the money to sign Manny. That’s 42.75 mil they had coming off the books by my calculations, and they’ve yet to sign anyone.

    • A.D.

      One would think, they could go add Dunn/Manny, Wolf, and then maybe pick up an Ohman or Biemel to help sure up the pen.

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

      Damn, bit by bit you don’t realize it, but the Dodgers have lost a TON of talent this off season.

      They did bring back Casey Blake, though…

      http://www.instantcrickets.com

      • A.D.

        Casey Blake wins championships

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      That’s 42.75 mil they had coming off the books by my calculations

      Being too lazy to look it up, I’m still going to say that’s a little high because 1) they are still on the hook for Jones’ salary, and 2) they didn’t pay Manny anything last year. That’s right, the RS paid Manny to play for the Dodgers!

      So without those 2 salaries, I just don’t think the rest of them add up to $42 mil. But like I said, I’m too lazy to go to Cot’s, so I could be wrong.

  • A.D.

    What does “Physically unable to strengthen his pitching elbow” mean?

    • Thomas

      “Straighten his pitching elbow”, not strengthen.

      • A.D.

        Wow, i read the line several time and kept thinking it was strengthen…thanks!

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          We both need some sleep.

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

    Demo is out, 1.56 GB.

    Go crazy folks, go crazy.

  • i smell 27 (65hughes)

    were going to destroy the celtics tonight!

    • Mike Pop

      I hope Kobe drops 50 again.

    • Thomas

      Holy crap! 65hughes used punctuation! What is the world coming to?

      • i smell 27 (65hughes)

        the new and improve LETS GO LAKERS!

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

          Too bad it’s not “new and improved“…

          • i smell 27 (65hughes)

            ALRIGHT IMPROVED

            • Mike Pop

              I would say they got worse though, losing Bynum and all.

              • Steve H

                I would say they got worse though, losing Bynum Sam Bowie and all

                • i smell 27 (65hughes)

                  i wouldnt be talking his a better player than anyone on the knicks roster

                • Mike Pop

                  Heh. Took him over Air Jordan. Draft fail.

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

                  Ouch. That’s harsh. I’m not going to say that Bynum is going to end up on the Mount Rushmore of NBA centers, but he’s definitely going to be better/healthier than Sam Bowie.

                • Mike Pop

                  ^^^

                  The Blazers not the Lakers obviously.

                • Steve H

                  Good thing I’m not a Knicks fan, and therefore can continue to talk. I’m not ready to put him in Bowie land yet, but he’s heading down the wrong path. And why is this injury supposed to sideline him 8-12 weeks, when its a 4-6 week injury for everyone else?

                • Mike Pop

                  Nets?

                • Steve H

                  Celtics. From New England. Yankees are the only non NE team I root for. From Day #1 I couldn’t stand the Sox and pitifulness (not a real word I don’t think) of their fans.

                • i smell 27 (65hughes)

                  you can also include the nets. i think they said that so he doesnt rush to get back

                • Mike Pop

                  Oh. Think they repeat?

                • Steve H

                  They have a chance, but I think they need to make a move or two to become favorites. I think they’d take anyone in the West (though the Spurs would be a great challenge) but I don’t know if they’ll get past Lebron again. The man is possessed, and it took 7 games last year with Pierce having an all time performance to squeak by. Lebron now has a better supporting cast, and as of now, the C’s bench is weaker. Though the Big 3 are playing better together this year than last with more time under their belt.

                • i smell 27 (65hughes)

                  NO WAY! the lakers will win it

                • Mike Pop

                  Ya. You got to like their chances, especially with Rondo playing better. You are right about Lebron though, dude is possessed. He wants that title.

                • Steve H

                  Yeah, just like the Lakers were gonna win it last year…..

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

                  OOOOOOOH, BURN!!!!!!!!

                • i smell 27 (65hughes)

                  well if i remember well this current celtics team has face the lakers once when fully healthy and the outcome was?

                • Steve H

                  You can have your regular season game. Hell, win tonight too. Talk to me when it counts.

                • i smell 27 (65hughes)

                  well will just have to wait then

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

                  well will just have to wait then

                  “Well, we’ll just have to wait, then.”

                  You were doing SOOOO good, dude. So good. Don’t start backsliding already.

                • i smell 27 (65hughes)

                  aah god this is a blog not a english class!

                • Steve H

                  Damn. I really thought us debating it would settle it once and for all! Seriously, I hope we are debating Celtics/Lakers in June, that means we got past Lebron and don’t have to face the Spurs.

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

                  We’re not asking for perfection, just a smidgen of effort.

                • i smell 27 (65hughes)

                  relax the triple ocho will make sure the lakers are in the finals in june

                • i smell 27 (65hughes)

                  relax triple ocho will make sure the lakers are in the finals in june

          • A.D.

            Its a beta version… apparently not all the bugs are worked out

            • Steve H

              Fucking Windows 98!!

              • Mike Pop

                Get Bill Gates in here.

              • A.D.

                Windows ME… now that was a good one

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

                  Heh. When I first started selling computers at Best Buy 8 years ago, we’d ask customers what computer they already had that they were upgrading from. When they told me or one of my guys they were using Windows ME, we’d say:

                  “Sir/Madam, I feel obligated to tell you, with no exaggeration or hyperbole whatsoever, that Windows Millenium is the worst piece of hardware or software ever created in the history of computing and you’re doing yourself an incredible disservice every second you continue to use it. I would barely call your device a “computer” if it’s running that awful bastard of an operating system.”

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

      A Yankee/Laker fan. You a Steelers fan too, or Cowboys?

      • i smell 27 (65hughes)

        nah the purple & gold will be fine. i hate the cowgirls the steelers and chargers all the way

        • i smell 27 (65hughes)

          DEREK FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRR!

  • A.D.

    You guys really should have done the “what would you do to fix team Y” series that was talked about.

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

    You and Joe suck; Paramore is a really great band.

    • Mike Pop

      Wack……Chiodos kicks their ass and then some when we are talking bout that type of music.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Kill yourself.

      • Mike Pop

        Me?

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          No, not you.

          • Mike Pop

            Phew.

            • Steve H

              Now you can step away from the ledge.

              • Mike Pop

                Just in time.

  • Mike Pop

    Bengals frachise Housh?

  • A.D.

    Looks like Braves still very much interested in Swish/Nady

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

    • Steve H

      More Swish than Nady from the sounds of it, unfortunately.

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

        And thus, my interest is nil.

        I’m playing hardball and demanding Schafer for Nady. They won’t bite now, but they will midseason when they’re still in contention but their big league outfielders are hitting a collective .230/.310/.340.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          I’d take one of their lefties (Rohrbough/Jeff Locke) for Swish. We can use a good lefty.

          That, and the reliever Kimbrel and its a deal.

          • Mike Pop

            No thanks. The Yanks have the pitching. Swish is more valuable to us than those guys and a reliever would be.

            Pass

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              Never have too much pitching.

              2007 is exhibit A.

              • Mike Pop

                So I guess the outfield isn’t important?

              • steve (different one)

                you also need OFers who can hit.

                2008 is exhibit A.

                • Steve H

                  Wouldn’t that be Exhibit B?

            • steve (different one)

              agreed. Swish for a stud OF prospect who is close to the majors is one thing, Swish for pitching prospects just doesn’t fit with the Yankees.

              we are trying to win the World Series this year. Swisher is expected to be a big part of that.

              i don’t see why the Braves just don’t sign Abreu. or Dunn.

              • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                But why would the Braves make that deal? If they’re trading for an OF, its clearly an area of need for them so you can’t expect them to give up any of their depth.

          • A.D.

            Nady for Schafer….if it comes midseason and no one is hitting for ATL, they’ll come back to it & look to get a prospect or reliever to balance the trade out, and then deal.

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

              Here’s the plan:

              A) Heyward, Schafer, and Gorkys all look good in the minors, thus convincing the Braves that they have a surplus and can afford to part with one
              B) Jones, Francoeur, Blanco, Diaz, and Anderson all suck balls, thus convincing the Braves that they need a big league upgrade immediately to have a realistic chance to compete now
              C) We trade Nady for Schafer
              D) Steal underpants

              • Mike Pop

                Lets say we had to include IPK, would you do it? I would love me an outfield of Schafer, A-Jax, and Swisher.

                • A.D.

                  Yes.

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

                  Depends on how both he and Schafer look this year… don’t want to, but if you twist my arm, perhaps.

          • Thomas

            Locke/Rohrbough < Kennedy and much further from the majors.
            Neither is worth 3 years of Swisher.

            • Mike Pop

              Ya. I’m not a big fan of that deal.

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              Comparing Righthanders to Lefthanders is just silly.

    • Mike Pop

      Cash is hoping they get desperate.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Possibly, or they’re using the prospect of a possible trade as a bargaining chip with Glavine. Anytime I see a potential move attached to a free agent’s price, I suspect its negotiating.

  • kenthadley

    since this is open, how about something from the older guys…..anybody know what ever happend to Ralph Terry? Starting pitcher for 4 WS teams, came back from his Donny Moore event against Mazeroski to be the star of the 62 Series, winning 2 including game 7…..never invited back to close the stadium last year…..

    • Mike Pop

      (paging Old Ranger)

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

      anybody know what ever happend to Ralph Terry?

      http://www.google.com

      • Steve H

        Ha! I knew that was coming!

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

      Dude went and played in the PGA tour after the majors. Thats nuts

  • YFSS

    Where do I download the demo?

  • pat

    Considering Xavier Nady doesnt ever talk or smile it’s gonna be weird seeing him at his press conference for whatever team he signs with next offseason.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      he did smiled during this first day in stripes.

    • Mike Pop

      But he is “ruggedly handsome”.

      • Steve H

        Almost sounds, umm, gritty!

        • Mike Pop

          Grit and Yankees? That will create some kind of black hole in the universe.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    for those whose downloading the demo, what percentage you at now? right now i’m at 24%, and its been 30 mins already.

    • YFSS

      Ill tell you how far along I am if you tell me where

      • Brooklyn Ed

        go to the PS store. havent you DL demos before?

        • YFSS

          nope

        • YFSS

          thankyou

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

      I’m at ~30% after about 10 minutes. Once this episode of The Office is over, I’ll be good to go.

    • Paulie

      Mine took a while to download but once it was finished what can not be described with words…I think the one and only Mariano Rivera created the game.

  • mike jones

    does anyone care about what pete abraham likes to eat for breakfast?

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

      MIKE JOOOOONES!!!!!!

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

        Who?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
          • http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v621/134/99/513321182/n513321182_2118948_7574.jpg Nady Nation

            My bad, I’m a Maryland grad.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.....asketball)

            See 2nd paragraph

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

                D’oh.

                “Due to his shared name with rapper Mike Jones, the Maryland student section was known to chant ‘Who?’ after every basket Jones made.”

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

                You also could have gone with Mike Jones, the personal trainer caught up in the gay sex scandal with evangelist Ted Haggard…

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.....l_trainer)

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

    I just took Cole Hamels deep on an 0-1 fastball with Evan Longoria in the demo of The Show.

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

      … On Legend difficulty, BTW.

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

        Ooo a new difficulty level? Noice.

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

          Eh, I could barely hit on All-Star anyway.

          • Brooklyn Ed

            lol, its okay. me too. :lol:

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

            Pansy. I heard that the developers and testers couldn’t win a game on Legend mode.

            • btour99

              Been playing MLB The Show 08 a few times a week since it came out last year.

              Downloaded The Show 09 from the store tonight, and I hope its just an early build, but the game was very choppy. Each pitch suffered broken framerates which made it impossible to time your swing.

              Fielding was smooth, and the new shadows across the field are a nice addition over last years version.

              Hopefully they have this straightened out for the real game hits stores later this month. Might have to wait for reviews, instead of getting this game on day one as I originally planned. Like I said, hopefully the choppiness was a demo-only glitch.

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

          Hah, the Phills had runners on the corners with one out and I got Ryan Howard to ground into a 3-6-1 double-play.

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

            Ruben Rivera just lined into your garden variety 6-5 DP in the Caribbean Series. These games are so low scoring, it’s not even funny. We’re talking 1-0, 2-1 final scores.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              The Mexico/DR game yesterday was 11-9 w/three homers by Adrian Gonzalez.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        I am sooo jealous right now. I’m still downloading it.

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

          Dude, the lighting is fucking epic.

  • A.D.

    Guess that interest/offer that he had from the Yanks didn’t happen

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

    • Steve H

      Thank Mo.

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

        I stand by my original statement: I’d rather sign Odalis Perez than Oliver Perez.

        • Mike Pop

          Well that’s you. MLB teams wouldn’t rather do that.

        • Steve H

          I have to agree with you there, thank Mo they didn’t sign either of them.

          I’d rather have one of their brothers Melido or Pascual, but not Carlos, he was extra crazy.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Damn!

      I was hoping we could sign Odalis Perez to a Jon Leiber type deal.

      • Steve H

        Shenanigans

  • Steve H

    Airball! Airball!

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=1383090075 Brad

    I’m still a 2k9 guy…no PS3, and I think the hitting/pitching/fielding system on the 2k games are dope, even with the bugs.

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

    You know what, based on what I’ve seen this game, I’d be all about giving Bill Pulsipher a MiL deal with a ST invite. Decent stuff, not great, but okay. He could probably get by as a LOOGY in the bigs.

    • Steve H

      I haven’t been paying attention, but what with Pulsipher do you think is better than when they tried making him a LOOGY in the past?

      And, oh my Mo, let’s pray that IPK/Hughes/Joba don’t turn into Pulsipher/Wilson/Izzy.

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

        I don’t remember how he was throwing when he tried the LOOGY thing in the past, but he’s throwing okay here. Pitching with a lot of confidence, and if you don’t have great stuff you need confidence to throw it over the plate.

        • Steve H

          Sign him up. I’m sure he’s been humbled by his travels, and probably didn’t have any confidence the last time around. He went from so promising to Kei Igawa pretty quickly, that had to crush the ego.

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

            Yeah, the announcers mentioned that he went through a bad bout with depression and anxiety when he in the middle of flaming out, and he’s gotten help for it and stuff. They said he talks about it openly, which shows that he’s not ashamed and willing to confront it.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      April 8, 2002: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.

      May 23, 2002: Released by the New York Yankees.

      Six games with Columbus, 4 innings, 10 hits, 6 runs, 6 earned runs, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts, 13.50 ERA, 2.50 WHIP.

      • Steve H

        Hey, he’s a strike thrower. No walks!

  • Steve H

    Speaking of the Perez brothers, check out the excellent sponsorship on either Melido or Pascual’s BR page.

  • Paulie

    MLB 09 The Show is the most detailed thin I have ever seen! Has anyone noticed in real life that Carl Crawford has a tattoo of a snake or something on his neck…well guess what, that tattoo is in the game. Insane.

    • btour99

      Yep, it was in last years too.

      Want to see something cool?

      Next time your on the mound, put the controller down for about 30 seconds, and watch.

  • i smell 27 (65hughes)

    kg is such a pussy i cant believe what im seeing

    • Steve H

      And what do you think of Sasha Vujacic? He’s the biggest bitch in the NBA.

      • i smell 27 (65hughes)

        yeah he is but kg is one if not the most diriest players in the league and then he is peacemaker with kobe but gets butthurt with odom

        • Mike Pop

          KG is amazing.

        • Steve H

          He gets “butthurt?”

          I think the girl in the Colorado hotel got “butthurt” as well.

          Kobe!

          • i smell 27 (65hughes)

            ah kg is a B-I-T-C-H!

            • Steve H

              yeah. sure.

        • Thomas

          Definitely one of the wussy things in NBA history http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfuJS0SBSac

  • Jack

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkis_Perez

    They have a cousin, too. I’ll be damned.

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

    Holy shit is this game awesome. New delivery for Hamels.

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

      Hah, the umpires have names!

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

        Holy crap, the catcher give you signs.

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

          Okay, that game is awesome. The progressive lighting is unreal.

      • Jack

        Guys, Mike is talking to himself again.

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

          WHO YOU CALLING A PSYCHO?!?!?

        • Thomas

          Saddest part is he is doing it on a comment board.

  • Steve H

    Since Kobe is shooting 35%, and his teammates are shooting 55%, shouldn’t he pass the ball a little more? No, scratch that, I’m rooting for the C’s.

    • i smell 27 (65hughes)

      KG IS OUT!

      • i smell 27 (65hughes)

        KOBE!

  • Steve H

    pierce

  • Reggie C.

    Rotoworld is reporting that Matt Bush has been designated for assignment which means that a team that now claims him won’t have to keep him on the ML roster. He missed last year due to Tommy John.

    Okay. Bush is a long-shot at making the bigs. But athleticism was never a weak point for this former #1 pick. Neither was velocity and up until he got hurt the word around baseball was that he had maintained a feel for pitching. I know the relief corps is already deep and young, but taking a flyer on Bush wouldn’t hurt ….. it’d at least make for increased interest in our farm.

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

      I thought if you claim the player he remains on your 40 man? I could be wrong…

      • Reggie C.

        i’m just paraphrasing Rotoworld’s blurb on him. I hope i didn’t botch that…yeesh

        http://www.rotoworld.com/conte.....038;id=290

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

          He does stay on the 40 man, I just checked. It’s no biggie. I wouldn’t claim him, there’s no way to justify DFA’ing someone the Yanks 40 man to make room for him.

      • A.D.

        I thought that was it too, though they could put him on the 60 day DL presumably with the rehab he won’t be ready for a few months.

        For the yanks i don’t see it, they don’t need a decent 5th starter

    • Steve H

      This is the perfect……..you got it, Jon Lieber situation!!

      That’s just for you Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

  • Steve H

    Nice new reply buttons.

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

      Ain’t it fancy? It’s really hard to miss it now.

      • Thomas

        Yet some how people will still manage to not use them.

        • Jack

          They seem a bit off. Is there any way to fix that?

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

            Screenshot please. E-mail’s in the left-hand sidebar.

            And let me know what browser you’re using too.

  • Steve H

    Yes Thomas you are right, people will miss them.

    D’oh!

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

  • i smell 27 (65hughes)

    WHAT a fucking game!

  • i smell 27 (65hughes)

    lakers win!