Feb
26

The RAB Radio Show – February 26, 2009 – Episode 16

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Baseball is back, baby! After live blogging Hughes’s innings, Mike and I recorded this week’s RAB Radio Show. You’ll notice that we’re not as focused as we are most weeks. Blame it on us watching the game at the same time as we try to record the show. Oh well. It was beyond great to see some game action.

We start off by going over Phil’s performance. There’s not much you can ascertain from his very first start of the spring, but all in all it went well. He let a few pitches fly which grazed a couple of jerseys, but all in all he did a solid job. His only four-ball walk of the day came in an at bat where he threw all six or seven pitches to the outside edge. His fastball sat 91-92. I wonder if this means he’ll ramp it up as we get deeper into the spring.

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  • pat

    The real victim of today’s radio show?
    Mathematics.

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

    “We start off by going over Phil’s performance. There’s not much you can ascertain from his very first start of the spring…”

    … except for the entirety of the rest of his baseball life, that is. It all adds up to one irrefutable truth:

    Massive bust.

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

          Yeah… I like my picture of a massive bust better. Thanks for the input, though.

          http://www.poster.net/hayek-sa.....205902.jpg

          • pat

            BUT MINES SFW!!!!!!

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

              You can’t drug yourself into incapacitation and flog the dolphin to a picture of Mount Rushmore.

              (Although if you could, you’d be even more perverse than I thought you were…)

  • Mike Pop

    Joe had quite an outburst there around 28:10.

    • pat

      Haha yea I was thinking that. I wonder how joe feels about jeff maier?

      • Mike Pop

        Joe HATES Steve Bartman.

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Haha totally. I snarfed a little beer on myself. I also love the brief silence and then Mike is like “oh.”

      Mike – Were you unsure, for a moment there, if Joe was calling YOU an idiot?

      • Drew

        Snarf.. Thundercats anyone? lol

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

      Yeah, well, the game’s there for you to watch, not interfere with. Keep your damn hands out of the field of play.

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

        Look, as an American, I have a God given right to do the following five things:
        1.) Drink beer
        2.) Boo things I don’t like without explaining myself
        3.) Interfere with a baseball game for my own personal whimsy, selfish benefit, and self-aggrandizement
        4.) Watch porn
        5.) Hate Arabs

        If you don’t like that, Joe, I suggest you go back to Russia.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          You forgot to add: “Drive a Hummer even though I have no family to fit in it.”

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

            Hummers are for French fairy-boys. I drive an International CXT, the largest street-legal vehicle in the nation.

            http://thefuntimesguide.com/im.....t_side.jpg

            • jsbrendog

              DAMN! every link ever posted is blocked at work…..i swear if they take my RAB….

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                I’m getting 403 forbidden.

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

                  If you’re not hauling immense amount of cargo, what is the point of that vehicle?

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

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

                  The International Extreme Truck or XT line comprises three very large pickup trucks, built on the same chassis. International expects business owners to account for most sales, however some have questioned the practicality of these vehicles for anything other than generating attention. Due to a faltering economy, International announced that they are discontinuing the XT line of trucks…
                  The CXT’s interior includes luxury options such as leather, DVD, and satellite radio… The CXT gets 8-10 miles per gallon, and has a 70 gallon tank.[3] The CXT is priced from $93,000 to $115,000…
                  Because of its high price and low production run (sales are in the range of 500 to 1000 per year) the XT line is typically only purchased by the wealthy. Notable owners include Ashton Kutcher and basketball star Jalen Rose, while Nick Lachey and Jay Leno are said to have taken test drives.

          • Steve H

            Or “Drive a hybrid as a status symbol and snark at others killing the environment even though said hybrid does more damage than said Hummer.”

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              My 1996 Honda Accord with 24K+ miles on it will do fine, thank you very much.

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

              …even though said hybrid does more damage than said Hummer.

              I know we’re kinda joking around here, but where do you get the idea that a hybrid car does more damage to the environment than a Hummer?

              I’m legitimately curious, not snarky.

              • jsbrendog

                ive heard that the environmental effect of creating said hybrid is equal to or worse than the emissions of a hummer.

                of course i have no factual analysis to back this up. but i hoid it.

              • Steve H

                http://www.google.com

                Had to do it.

                But seriously, it’s due to production and transportation required of nickel to create the batteries. For the end user, of course the Prius is much more environment friendly, but counting in the production, studies show hybrids are worse.

                I have no idea if it’s really true, one scientist says something, the other refutes it, who the hell knows which one is right.

                • jsbrendog

                  let me just say, in my defense that this time i did go to googl to check.ut that most sites not rab or cnn are blocked at my job…and i hate it. although b-r isnt, im just too lazy to look up stats…still trying to embrace my stat-geek-hood (dont tell my spreadsheets)

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

                  Gotcha.

                • jsbrendog

                  oh, yes, you rplied to him. YEAH TAKE THAT TJSC!

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

                  Although…

                  http://www.sierraclub.org/sier.....#headaches

                  Some wonderful urban legends have sprung up about the Prius and its battery, the most colorful being this claim about the hybrid being less ecofriendly than a Hummer. Some of the more thrilling chapters originated in one study done by a marketing company that was not peer-reviewed but, unfortunately, was widely quoted in the media…

                  In any case, the study indicting the Prius has been discredited by a number of reliable sources since its appearance early this year. As David Friedman, the research director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Vehicles program, put it: “This study has been completely contradicted by studies from MIT, Argonne National Laboratory, and Carnegie Mellon’s Lifecycle Assessment Group. The reality is hybrids can significantly cut global-warming pollution, reduce energy use, and save drivers thousands at the pump.” …

                  Getting back to the Prius’s nickel metal hydride battery, laments about its other environmental iniquities were largely based on reports of environmental devastation from nickel mining in Sudbury, Ontario, where 10 percent of the world’s nickel is mined. The problem is that these reports described Sudbury 30 years ago, not today. Yes, nickel mining is a nasty business, but in the 1970s, Sudburians started to clean up the mining mess and make huge strides in rehabilitating their environment. As Canadian Geographic declared recently in giving one Sudbury group an award for restoration, “Once derided for its barren landscape, Sudbury, Ontario, has experienced an environmental makeover since the 1970s. Today, the former industry-blighted moonscape has been transformed.”

                  In any case, Prius batteries, which contain 32 pounds of nickel each, require only a fraction of the world’s supply. More than 94 percent of the 1.55 million tons of nickel mined each year is used for stainless steel, alloys, and electroplating. So the batteries for the one million hybrids Toyota has sold so far have required only one percent of the world’s annual nickel-mining production. Since the estimates on nickel recycling indicate about 80 percent is being reused, a million Priuses’ share of newly mined nickel would really only be about two-tenths of one percent.

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

                  oh, yes, you replied to him. YEAH TAKE THAT TJSC!

                  Revengance is mine.

      • Chris

        He wasn’t in the field of play. He was catching a ball hit in the stands.

        It’s not like he pulled a Jeffrey Meier.

  • Teddy

    Hughes is very average. We r going to regret not trading him

    • pat

      What is average about him?

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

        He pitches with his right arm. That is pretty average, if you ask me.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          He should be like that guy on the SI team–ambidextrous, bitch.

        • Steve H

          90 to 93% of the adult population is right handed. By definition, Phil Hughes is completely average. As is God. Give me average please.

    • Steve H

      Yeah, should have traded him for Santana, Mauer and Liriano when we had the chance.

      • Mike Pop

        WTF Cashman. Should of dealt him for Miggy, gave him a huge contract. Re-signed A-Rod and signed Tex this year anyways. Imagine that freaking lineup man!!!1!!!111!!!!! Miggy could be a DH!!!

        • jsbrendog

          cashman sucks. i hate that guy. worst gm ever. i hope thye fire him and get jim bowden once the nationals fire him.

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

            Is Cam Bonifay still available?

            • jsbrendog

              dan duquette is just what this team needs. phil hughes for josh fogg

              • Steve H

                I would certainly take Duquette over Bowden. He deserves a lot of credit for the 04 Sox title, and he did a great job in Montreal before that. He’s just kind of a dick, but overall, he did a good job.

                • jsbrendog

                  forgive me i meant jim duquette. got my duqyette’s mixed up

              • Tom Zig

                But his name is the dragon slayer!

    • Drew

      The guy is 22, when healthy he commands his fastball great over the corners, and has a great curve. If that’s very average than sign me up.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Thanks for the distraction from my paper on irony in “Songs of Innocence” by William Blake.

    • Drew

      Atleast you know what your paper is on…

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        I’m almost done, too!

  • ChaseK

    I love Shelley “Slam” Duncan… nice to see him. That was a BOMB!

  • David

    Just because YES had his fastball at 91-92, doesn’t mean that’s where it was. Their gun is very slow. And Kenny said he was in the mid-90s.

    • Tom Zig

      I don’t think Hughes can throw in the mid 90s. I’ve read frequently (here at RAB and elsewhere) that his FB sits at 91-92 and it touches 93. If anything the radar gun at YES would have it in the 94-95 range when it was actually 91-92.

      • David

        The YES gun is notoriously slow. He sits in the low 90s but can touch in the mid 90s.

        • Reggie C.

          Really? I swear there are a TON of velocity readings from ’08 that have Hughes at 89-90. If he stays healthy then maybe your right. Hughes hasn’t shown that he could even keep his velocity in later innings.

          • David

            His velocity was constant in the minors and in that Texas game where he hurt himself. He hasn’t been fully healthy since that game.

  • Reggie C.

    Just read the Johan Santana soreness blurb on Rotoworld. Should Mets fans be worried? Yeah. Will he win 15 more games than Phil Hughes in ’08? Yeah.

    • Reggie C.

      MEANT to write:

      Will he win 15 more games than Phil Hughes in ’09? Yeah.

      • whozat

        Unless, you know, he’s on and off the DL. Or on it all season because he needs elbow surgery.

        • Reggie C.

          I’m more inclined to believe that its simply soreness from training as he’s never had surgery before nor spent much time if ANY on the DL. I’m drafting Johan as my first pitcher in my fantasy league.

          • whozat

            Um…his fastball velocity has been declining for a couple years and he started throwing his slider less over a year and a half ago to put less strain on his elbow. And he’s a 5’11″ pitcher who throws 93-94.

            And now he’s shut down due to elbow soreness and you think it’s because of training?

            • Reggie C.

              Except he’s got a sick changeup for an out-pitch. That hasn’t changed. The FB velo is down. True. But that’s a harbinger of age, not injury. Santana truly sits in the low 90s and that’s fine. Yankee fans would love to see this guy go down, and that’s ridiculous. Face it. The Mets landed a guy who’s still a Cy candidate.

              • Steve H

                I bet less than 10% of Yankee fans would want to see him get hurt. I think that’s an bad broad brushed accusation there.

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

            Um, Johan Santana has had elbow surgery before. Torn flexor something (muscle or tendon, I forget) with the Twins, 2002 I think.

            I know it was a long time ago, but AJ Burnett hasn’t been under the knife since 2003 and people act like his elbow is a time bomb.