Mar
11

Open Thread: Bryce Harper wants to be a Yankee

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The Boston Globe profiled Bryce Harper – uber-uberprospect for the 2011 Draft – yesterday, and it turns out the 16 year old from Vegas wants to be a Yankee (h/t Fire Brand):

He even guarantees he’s going to play in The Show. There is no other plan.

“I’ve always wanted to put on the pinstripes,” he says.

Of course the kid then goes on to say he loves Boston too, and that college would be a really cool experience as well. And I suppse he could be talking about Colorado Rockies pinstripes, but that seems unlikely. You can tell Harper’s a wunderkind, he’s got Boras-speak down despite only being a high school sophomore. This also gives me an excuse to post this:

My favorite quote of the piece was Harper saying: “I’d play anywhere, even Kansas City.” Hope that makes you feel good Royals fans, a 16 year old would be willing to play on your team if things didn’t work out with the other 29 clubs. Heh.

Anyway, here’s your open thread of the night. The Knicks and Nets are both in action tonight, but otherwise talk about whatever you like here. Just be nice.

Oh, last reminder to vote in this week’s Fan Confidence Poll.

Categories : Open Thread
  • John

    positions?

    • John

      never mind

  • andrew

    I missed RAB fantasy baseball because of my midterm :(

    • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

      I know man, I was so bummed I missed the sign up.

      • andrew

        Oh well… I guess there’s always next year, or football season

        • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

          Or the hope that they create an alt league for the legions of RABbers who missed out on the fun.

          • mtt

            I also missed it. If enough people are interested, I suppose we could set up an alternate league on our own. Would anyone else be interested?

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

              If you don’t mind me butting in… I think it’d probably be best if you write to the RAB guys and ask them if you can post an invite to a fantasy baseball league for any other readers who are interested but missed out on the RAB league. (It’d probably just be a much easier and cleaner way to go about it, as opposed to a random comment thread that will get unwieldy and that people might not see.)

              • mtt

                Fair Enough

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

                  If you guys want to start up an RAB Alternate League, be my guest. I won’t run it, but if someone wants to take charge I’ll help them (put up a post for sign up, etc).

                  I can send you the league settings so you can mirror our league if you want.

                • Steve

                  I’d love to get in on that

                • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

                  BUT ITTTSS NOT TEH SAME!1!1!1!

                • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

                  I’ve never been a commish of a league before but it couldn’t be too hard. I’ll shoot you an email, Mike A., if someone hasn’t already volunteered and I am deemed worthy.

                • A.D.

                  Simulate a consolidated title at the end of the season

                • andrew

                  Thanks Mike (A)… we can be the minor leagues, I’m in.

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

                  Someone already emailed me about setting it up.

                • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

                  Good times. Can I get a heads up in advance or something since I came up with the idea in the first place?

                • Cor Shep

                  Yea I was studying for physics so I missed the post. I’d so wanna join another league with you guys. Count me in.

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

                  Once the league is set up I’ll send the manager the email addresses of everyone who said they wanted in here. Hopefully you left your real addy in the email field.

                • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

                  Yup, just sent you an email a half-second ago. Muchos gracias senor.

                • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

                  I hope somehow you get left out. Then you have to have a 3rd league. You and DonnieBaseball heads up.

                • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

                  And I hope you draft Jacoby Ellsbury with your first pick.

                • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

                  Don’t you wish that kind of hell on me, Ryan S.!!! Don’t you put that evil on me!

                • Eirias

                  Me as well, please.

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

                  Okay, well I just the league manager the email addresses of everyone that said they wanted in here. You should be getting an invite/email about the league soon.

                • greg

                  I would love to partake, it will make it less fun for everyone else when I dominate, though. Count me in.

                • Pinto

                  If there are more spots left, I’m in

                • Spaceman.Spiff

                  Same, although it’s probably too late if someone declines or drops out, I’d like to partake.

          • Infamous Richards

            if people are serious about setting up a 2nd league, i’m def interested

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              If UWS, Rebecca, YankeeGirl49 and Marsha are interested in setting up a Strip-Fantasy-Baseball league, I’m interested in that…

              • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

                (jaw drops)

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Tommie = Quagmire

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

              Same here.

  • pat

    “I’ve always wanted to put on the pinstripes,” he says. “Because those f*ckers would probably give me 10 mil to sign” Bryce thought to himself as he chuckled.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      I’ve yet to see a prospect say “FUCK THEM! FUCK THOSE YANKEES AND THEIR BIG PILES OF MONEY!”

      • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

        Gerrit Cole on Manimal’s facebook I believe.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Damn.

        • rbizzler

          just cold blooded by Cole. I want to respect him for it, but I just can’t bring myself to do it…

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Maybe he is a big Long Island Ducks fan and he was dreaming about wearing Long Island Ducks pinstripes.

    http://nbcsportsmedia1.msnbc.c......widec.jpg

    • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop
      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Heh.

  • radnom

    Bryce says his dad taught him baseball in a unique way. “He used to write on the balls a number and I’d hit it and say the number,” he says. “So now I see rotations real well.”

    Wow.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Bryce’s dad injected testosterone harvested from the frozen balls of Ted Williams directly into his son’s eyeballs.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      A thing my friends and I used to do was use ping pong balls with a colored dot and wiffle bats and we’d have to call out the color of the dot before swinging.

    • anonymous

      Not really unique.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      I used to do that. My Dad would pitch the ball, I’d catch it with my bare hand, read the number and then hit it back to him.

      • Yankeegirl49

        I did that with the girls I coached in fastpitch softball. Id be willing to be a good percentage of players do that..not exactly unique.

    • dane bramage

      Will he hit the curve or change? that leg kick will have to go, the pros will eat that up.He has time on his side however.

  • baseballnation

    He also hts the pelota pretty far to, despite the obvious aluminum and all. And it looks like he has minor league body now.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I guarantee that his father moves him to another country so that he can be an international free agent.

    • Raul

      He should move to Italy. Nice place and if he becomes a citizen he can join the WBC team. So next time they might not get totally shellacked by Venezuela

  • anonymous

    Go get him for us Boras. Teach him things like 20mil signing bonus.

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

    Hey everyone. I’m still in thesis hell but i thought I should let you know I haven’t died or anything. For better or for worse. Saw the Devils game last night, got to sit right near marty brodeur for two periods…

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Thesis, shmesis. Waste your time wisely, say Yes! to RAB.

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

        I would, except the draft is due tomorrow and I still have four pages to write, and a bibliography, and I’ve gotta fake up some tables…

    • Eirias

      Topic? Honours or PhD?

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

        neither, MA

        • Eirias

          Good luck.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Eric Bedard does his Carl Pavano impersonation

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

    • John

      i wonder how one gets a sore ass…

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Ask Brian MacNamee.

        Hell hath no fury liked a scorned personal trainer.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    I got Adam Dunn on the Yankees in MLB ’09! Woo!

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Clemens gets it in the ass, in a hot tub.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

    • anonymous

      “That day, he laid out the drugs, dropped his trousers and I did as he asked”

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        What was really insulting was Clemens kicked him out right after he was finished with him.

        • steve (different one)

          couldn’t even give him a FULL Miller Lite.

  • Eirias

    The Show is as unbelievably good in 09 as it was in 08. Damn, I love the Road to the Show. I’m the ace of Trenton… a high honour indeed. The new park looks pretty amazing.

    And given that I missed out on the primary RAB fantasy baseball league, I’m also up for an alternate league.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I’m pitching in Trenton right now, too. I’m thinking of doing a hitting one, too, because I can skip the damn baserunning. I hated baserunning in ’08.

      • Mike R. – Retire 21

        Base running is the most boring part but on the bright side I stole 178 bases one season with an efficiency of over 80%.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          What were you, Tim Raines hopped up on cocaine?

  • Ace

    I am posting this for a consecutive night because I feel strongly about it. I do not mean to offend anyone.

    Ace

    Everyone email the YES Network at info@yesnetwork.com and request that Bob Lorenz do more games and Michael Kay do less.

    They can’t ignore tons of emails.

    TAKE 1 MINUTE AND DO IT FOR THE GOOD OF THE YANKS!!!

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

      Start a petition: http://www.petitionspot.com/

      • Ace

        Sadly, it’s already been done to no avail…

        http://www.petitiononline.com/.....ition.html

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

          Then, alas, it seems it’s not meant to be.

          • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

            I think these guys have actual contracts that dictate how many games they do. That said, I’d much much much prefer Singleton over either Kay or Lorenz.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      YOU HAVE OFFENDED ME, SIR, AND I DEMAND SATISFACTION!!!!

      *slap*

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Is that you, Derek?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Gloooooooove Slaaaaaaaap! Glove slap baybeeeeeee, glove slap ba-hay-be
          GLOVE SLAP! BABY, GLOVE SLAP!
          GLOVE SLAP! BABY, GLOVE SLAP! (glove, baby, that’s where it’s at…)

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Quick question.

    If the manager of the Netherlands is sobbing uncontrollably, curled up in the fetal position and sucking his thumb, do you think that’s a bad sign?

    They still have 8 outs, anything can happen.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Make that 7 outs.

      • Ace

        Does this game even matter?

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Yes. If they lose this game they will have to change the name of their country to ‘The Nether Regions’. Which is kinda embarrassing, even for people as shameless as the Dutch.

        • A.D.

          Not really, its just for seeding in the next round

  • Paulie

    Any chance this Harper guy gets down to the Yankees to pick in 2011?

    In other news Robinson Cano broke his collarbone, don’t worry it happened in my franchise for MLB 09 The Show. I was actually able to trade for Kelly Johnson of the Braves and all I had to give up was Sergio Mitre and some fake minor leaguer. I was not even a force trade, the Braves are stupid in this game I guess.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Yes, if the Yankees lose 120 games in 2011.

      • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

        Plan Bryce Harper:
        Step 1: Win World Series in 09
        Step 2: Win World Series in 2010
        Step 3: Steal Underpants
        Step 4: Lose 120 games in 2011.

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

          Step 5: Profit!

          • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

            Mike, Bryce is like a wonderkid as you say. Right now, how good is he, could he be playing like A or AA ball you think? Or because he is a catcher he would have to get a bit better.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Step 1: Win World Series in 2009
          Step 2: Win World Series in 2010
          Step 3: Win World Series in 2011
          Step 4: Steal Bud Selig’s underpants and blackmail him
          Step 5:
          Step 6: Bryce Harper on the Yankees!!!!

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            What happened to step 5?

            • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

              First rule about this plan is you don’t talk about step 5.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Plausible deniability.

    • Chris

      Yes. The Yankees could lose 100 games in 2010.

  • Jake H

    I highly doubt we get this guy unless he floats a 20 million dollar deal or gets hurt.

    • A.D.

      Basically he’d have to come out and say I’m only signing with the Yanks, else going to college. Or there would have to be a redic college class that year.

      Neither are likely to happen

      • Jake H

        Someone would still draft the kid on the chance that throwing money at him would change his mind.

        • Steve H

          Yeah, that and to keep him from the Yankees. They’d still get a comp pick the next year too.

      • Januz

        The odds of him saying he will only sign with the Yankees are very slim but it can happen (See Jeff Francoeur or Brett Marshall). The one thing that would increase the odds, is a continued deep recession where MOST teams do not have the resources to sign high priced amateur talent.

        • andrew

          So… are we rooting for the economy to get worse?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Neither Francouer nor Marshall were surefire top-5 talents when they hit the draft. Harper will be, barring injury.

  • daniel aka bryce harper

    thats such a funky little leg kick thing he does. Nevertheless, as a high school junior who plays ball, im wowed by how far along in his development. Hes already built like a minor leaguer for god sakes.

  • A.D.

    Mike links to the Bryce Harper article, but not to the “Making of Jacoby Ellsbury”

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b....._ellsbury/

    • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

      “Hercules took a shit and Jacoby came out.”

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

        “Isn’t that right Cleveland, don’t babies come out of the ass?”

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I wonder how many cables they used to hold that tire up:

      http://cache.boston.com/bonzai.....2_0888.jpg

      • A.D.

        I loved the last part on that page:

        “Can endorsement deals be far behind for someone with his ability and natural good looks?”

        Almost as good as:

        Johnny Pesky said he thinks he could be the next Ted Williams.

        About the only comparison there is they are left handed outfielders that played for the Sox. So maybe he’s just the next Troy O’Leary

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Maybe he’s the next Joey Gathright.

          (OH NOOOES, TEH CROSS RACIAL COMPARISONS!!!!!!!!!!!)

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            His best case scenario is probably Kenny Lofton. But there are a bazillion guys you can say that about before another Kenny Lofton comes along.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              RLYW ran something a week or so ago and it said that Gardner’s ceiling is basically Lofton.

              • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                Yeah, I saw that. Lofton is the best case scenario if you have a speedy CF with no pop.

                BTW-Anyone else notice Brett’s new batting stance? Looks like he’s been studying Johnny Damon, his stance, swing and follow through look identical to Johnny’s. Doesn’t mean he’ll get his results, but its an interesting development.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  I’d love Kenny Lofton, but I’d be happy with Dave Roberts.

                • steve (different one)

                  BTW-Anyone else notice Brett’s new batting stance? Looks like he’s been studying Johnny Damon, his stance, swing and follow through look identical to Johnny’s

                  i have absolutely noticed this. seriously.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Man, Nate Robinson has just totally turned into an amazing player. He’s taken a quantum leap forward this year. I know everybody’s stats seem to take an uptick in D’Antoni’s system, but I think that’s predominantly from simply having more shooters on the floor spacing out the defense, giving effective slashers like Nate more room to operate and attack a defense.

    Nate, Chandler and Gallinari all look like solid building blocks. Harrington, Hughes and Duhon look like solid contributory players to help us stay competitive during the pre-Lebron seasons, too.

    God, it feels so good to finally have a real coach and a real GM again.

    • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

      I’m pretty sure being forced to root for an Isiah Thomas run team has become one of the levels of hell.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        One of the saddest things is that his administration was so bad, it made people forget how bad Scott Layden was. Layden was easily one of the 10 worst GM’s in NBA history, but nobody remembers him because the guy right after him was just as bad but he also mixed in horrible coaching and sexual harrassment as a lovely cherry on top.

        It would be like George Bush’s presidency followed by a Joe the Plumber administration.

        • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

          Don’t forget about how he overdosed on some kinda prescription pills and told the media it was his daughter. You stay classy, Isiah.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            In a similar vein, Isiah was one of the best guards in basketball history, and nobody talks about that anymore either.

            Isiah and Magic and Bird were the co-kings of basketball in the pre-Jordan era, and all that’s gone now. 20 years ago he kissed Magic in brotherly love and then he killed the Knicks, he killed the CBA, he killed Scott Layden’s existence, and he killed his OWN existence. That’s AMAZING.

            • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

              In other words, he pulled a Barry Bonds.

              • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

                or an OJ … I think I like “Pulling an OJ Simpson” more than “Pulling a Barry Bonds”.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Yeah, but Bonds was never cute and adorable.

                Isiah was “The Baby Faced Assassin”. You can’t be that without being “Baby Faced”.

                Bonds is a pariah, but he started from the unruly plateau. Young Isiah was LOVED.

                That’s a bigger fall, IMO. There’s only one man in Zeke’s stratosphere: O.J. Simpson.

    • andrew

      Wait, Tommie, you’re saying you don’t miss this?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lvYf08X6tc

      I don’t believe it. Not for one second.

      It just feels so good to have a real time again. Even if they are very frustrating this year, you atleast know its going in the right direction.

      • andrew

        real team*

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Heh, it’s fun reading Bill Simmons complain about the putridity of the Clippers. Z-Bo is the star of the show of his description of how the Clip-Set was destined to blow the lead against the Cavs the other night.

          http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....ortCat=nba

          So, Gordon is inbounding the ball from the left hashmark near midcourt. Thornton, Novak and Randolph are stacked at the top of the key. Baron is under the basket. Thornton cuts through to the left corner. One Mississippi. Obviously, he’s not getting the ball. Baron starts moving up toward the top of the key, only the Cavs know he’s getting the ball — (two Mississippi) — so they block his way. Everything is congested. The fans start panicking. Three Mississippi. Baron accelerates past the 3-point line, only LeBron sees him and jumps in the way so he can’t get the ball. This is an awesome play. Four Mississippi. Gordon finally passes to Randolph, who takes two dribbles and …

          (Oh no.)

          Picks up his dribble and …

          (Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!)

          Launches a 28-foot 3-pointer with a hand in his face. His third air-balled 3 of the night. Actually, it was more than an air ball — it almost killed the ball boy.

          Cavs ball, 1.8 seconds left.

          The fans are in disbelief. Randolph’s teammates are in disbelief. Dunleavy is making a face that my friend Sal later describes as “A face I have never seen a human being make before.” What ensued in the next 20 seconds could best be described like this: Imagine being trapped in one of those big hospital elevators with eight other people. One of them pulls his pants down and just starts going to the bathroom — not No. 1 but No. 2. At that specific moment, the doors open for the next floor. How fast would everyone else in the elevator flee for the door? Lightning-fast, right? Like, Usain Bolt-level fast, right? That was the entire stadium after Z-Bo’s air ball. He basically took a dump on the 3-point line.

          • andrew

            I read that article a few hours ago and the first thing I did was run over to YouTube to find my favorite Randolph clip. When you see stuff like that happening, and no reaction from the coach, that’s a sign that you are on a sinking ship.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              It didn’t seem possible, but the Clippers have actually found a worse GM/Coach than Isiah Thomas.

              The Clippers ARE the Isiah Knicks.

              • Steve H

                Dunleavy isn’t worse than Isiah for 2 reasons. Despite Z-Bo’s contract, the Clippers have one of the smallest payrolls in the league to suck year in and year out. The Knicks were spending like the Yankees (how come no one ever complained?) and still were brutal. And let’s not forget, there has been no truck parties in Clipperland……yet.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  In the Summer of LeBron, the Clips have Z-Bo on the books for 17M, Baron Davis on the books for 13M, and Chris Kaman on the books for 11M.

                  That’s awful. The Clips may not have been capped out for the past 5 years like the Knicks have, but they’re capped out now, and at the WORST possible time.

                • Steve H

                  But they’re the Clippers. In the Summer of Lebron they’ll be shopping like it’s the Summer of George. Though it is funny, they finally spent money, and it was at the worst possible time. Plus, if Isiah wasn’t the one who shredded the salaries from the Knicks, if he were still around, they wouldn’t be prepared for the summer of Lebron.

  • Joey

    If you want to kill 6 mins laughing your ass off:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....playnext=1

    • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

      That was awesome.

    • andrew

      I loved the Jamaican scene at the end, too good.

  • A.D.

    Lilly & Guthrie pitching… no wonder the US is loosing

    • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

      I wish the Yankees had Guthrie.

      • Steve H

        I wish they had Sizemore.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I wish they had Jose Reyes, batting leadoff and playing shortstop.

          • Steve H

            Shot

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          I wish they had Sizemore.

          I second that emotion.

  • xxxx

    If you pause at 6:38, hes tied with Dante Bichette

  • pete

    uhhh….awesome?

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    If my dog was as ugly as you, I’d shave its butt and tell him to walk backwards.

  • MattG

    In case you are interested TommieSmithJohnCarlos, I picked up the thread of the conversation in the Rivera post from this afternoon.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      We’re both probably belaboring trivialities at this point, but I saw that and responded below you.

      http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-300625

      • MattG

        Yeah, alright, I’ll let it go…

        after this :)

        If longmen have benefit, then not needing the longman would be an even greater benefit. And to do so, you need 6 guys to give you 50 appearances and 70 innings, instead of 7 guys giving you 60/60. If Mark Melancon can pitch 95 innings in 44 games at 22 (or whatever), he can pitch 50/70 for his career.

        See, now its not tangential anymore.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Fair enough, that’s one of the first on-topic arguments you’ve made.

          I just doubt your numbers. I don’t think a 6 man bullpen with 50 appearances and 70 innings each is really all that workable. JMHO.

          That’s 300 total appearances and 420 total innings, which is 1.85 relief appearances per game and 2.59 relief innings per game (for a 162 game sked). Averaging less than two relievers per game and less than 3 innings per game means you’re expecting your starter to pitch into the 7th inning and your closer to pitch the 8th and 9th quite a bit.

          You’re trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube. Not saying your idea isn’t right-minded, just that it may be unworkable.

          • MattG

            It’s the same argument, I just wasn’t trying to explain it like I am now…

            But that is 50/70 from 6 roster spots, not six players. Nothing says you can’t have 7 players give you 50/70 while rotating them through 6 roster spots.

            One of the elements overlooked from what I proposed: the Yankees have 5 virtually interchangeable right-handed relievers. They will keep 4 of them on the roster–but they could keep 3, and if one of them is a little winded, they can just swap him out for a 10 day replacement without skipping a beat.

            All of this would be great if they had a really good position player that was worth a roster spot. When the best position player is Juan Miranda, you might as well go with the longman. That’s your point all along, and you are absolutely correct.

  • Steve H

    For all of the Family Guy fans out there, funny little article.

    http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid74984.asp

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      “Fox treated viewers to everything from an eleven-way gay orgy to baby Stewie eating a bowl of cereal with horse sperm instead of milk,” said PTC president Tim Winter in a statement printed in The Hollywood Reporter . “If that isn’t enough, the show’s leading character is also shown fanaticizing (sic) about his wife and moaning while a horse licks his bare behind. Clearly, the explicit content was not isolated to one instance in one segment of the show; it permeated the entire program.”

      L. O. L.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Heh, the PTC doesn’t know how to use spellcheck.

        Jesus = epic fail.

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

          I’m pretty religious, but when MacFarlane said that the Christian Right hates on everyone, he’s right.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Haha, wow. I didn’t pick up on that at first. Good find.

      • Steve H

        Is it that hard?

        http://tinyurl.com/aujaxd

    • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

      Lol, Seth McFarlane is gangsta.

  • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

    How’s this team look:

    C-Russell Martin
    1b-Albert Pujols
    2b-Robinson Cano
    SS-Stephen Drew
    3b-Evan Longoria
    OF-Manny Ramirez
    OF-Carl Crawford
    OF-Justin Upton
    SS-JJ Hardy
    Bench-Chris Young, Adam Jones, Felipe Lopez

    Zack Greinke
    Brandon Morrow
    Clayton Kershaw
    Kerry Wood
    Jonathan Broxton
    Joe Nathan
    Bench pitchers-Chris Carpenter and Ubaldo Jimenez

    10 team league, stats are 5 and 5. IP, W, K, SV, ERA, WHIP, and for the hitting R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG.

    Pitching is weak but always is for my teams, wish we had OBP in the league. I figure Manny, Pujols, and Longoria…Wowsa.

    • MattG

      I am bullish on every player on this list…except Cano…nicely done. What do you mean by ‘bench pitchers,’ though? That’d be only 3 starters.

      • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

        Well there is 3 SP spots, 2 RP, and 1 P. So they aren’t in the lineup right now. There are 5 bench spots. 2 there and 3 for the everyday players.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Cano was hitting the ball beautifully in the WBC. Driving the ball well to the opposite field. The few ABs I saw looked like the Cano of 2006.

    • Steve H

      That’s the team Cash would have put together is he weren’t teh suxor!!!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Bonus: I like the fact that the SS on the team is just like Jeter: good bat, but zero range on defense.

    • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

      Oh, the second SS where Hardy is. That is the UTIL spot.

    • andrew

      Great offense, but you’re really going high risk/high reward with that pitching staff. If Kershaw and Morrow struggle in their first seasons in the MLB as starters and Carpenter isn’t the Carpenter we saw a few years ago, your pitching staff is in pretty big trouble. Hopefully you’re offense could make up for it though, or Morrow and Kershaw end up being as good as advertised, and then you’ve get a pretty sick team.

      • MattG

        I like that Grienke, Morrow and Kershaw are all guys with really good upside–and I am also really bullish on Jiminez. But this is fantasy, so, I guess the park is something of a concern, right?

        • andrew

          Well Greinke has high upside, but you also pretty much know where his floor is. With Kershaw and Morrow you really don’t know what you’re getting. Jimenez has got potential, you just hope his home/road splits aren’t too bad.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    I have a new chant for A-Rod at the stadium

    HIP-HIP

    SURGERY!

    Think it’ll catch on?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt
    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      NAILS-KRZYZ, EW-SKI!!!!
      (clap clap clap-clap-clap)
      NAILS-KRZYZ, EW-SKI!!!!
      (clap clap clap-clap-clap)

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        I think I missed that whole thing. Fill me in.

        (That’s what she said?)

        • Steve H

          Definitely a that’s what she said.

        • A.D.

          A-Rod isn’t a gritty name, Nails Krzyzewski is, if A-Rods name was Nails, everyone would love him, he’d be a team player, grit & grider

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            Ah, got it. Makes sense. I figued it was A-Rod’s gritty alter-ego or something.

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            Yes, I was reading an article about this on FanGraphs yesterday.

            Its a matter of the consonant to vowel ratio (CVR) in the player’s name. If you have a CVR ratio of 1-1, you are likely to be viewed as replacement level. However, if your CVR is 2-1 or better, than everything you do is a result of hustle and determination.

            They went on to say that if you have a consonant that ACTS as a vowel, as the Y in ‘Krzyzewski’ does, then your CVR goes up by a factor of 10. Apparently, there aren’t many Polish baseball players anymore.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              His middle name is “Tugg”.

              I just blew your mind.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Basically, ARod’s problem is an image one: he’s a bomb-ass-good player, but everyone hates on him because he’s not gritty/gutty/gamery/scrappy/hustly… (white) enough.

          So, I’m rebranding him with a name any old-school racist “the game was better back in my day” Corky Simpson could love:

          Nails Krzyzewski.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            (white) enough.

            I agree with that premise, but what about Figgins? Isn’t he considered a gritty/scrappy dude?

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              His CVR is 2-5.

              Please.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              I agree with that premise, but what about Figgins? Isn’t he considered a gritty/scrappy dude?

              Nope. He’s just a talented natural athlete. Playing multiple positions is no big deal to him, he was born with supreme athletic ability.

              • Steve H

                Lucky bastard. If only Eckstein were blessed with Figgins’ natural ability we wouldn’t have to worry about Bonds being the HR king, the little David that could would be cruising towards 850. But alas, he has to get by on his complete lack of any god given skill and scrap his way into the hearts and minds of writers who don’t know shit about baseball.

            • A.D.

              What about Troy O’Leary….white name. I believe he was considered “clutch”

              • Steve H

                He had one big playoff game, so he may have been considered clutch. He was never considered scrappy however. Oh, and in the playoffs he went .217/.277/.417

                Can’t wait for A-Rod to have one big playoff hit/game to get considered for post season greatness.

                • A.D.

                  He probably only hit HRs after the 5th inning, or in tied games

          • RCK

            I love it!

      • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

        Imagine a crowd of 53,000 all shouting:

        NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY-UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHLS

        NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY-UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHLS

        NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY-UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHLS

        • A.D.

          It would be awesome

  • pat

    Ugh these people make me sick, what a bunch of Kool-aid drinking douchebags
    http://www.overthemonster.com/.....n#comments

  • andrew

    I’m surprised Jeter’s 2-4 line while hitting 3rd for the US tonight didn’t draw any chatter in these parts… good to see people have acknowledged his entrenched spot in the 2 hole.

  • Whitey14

    Great, Bryce Harper wants to be a womanizing drunk who plays baseball at a Hall of Fame level on the side! Clearly he missed some of the point that Billy Crystal made in 61*, for as great a ballplayer as Mantle was, he may have possibly been even better sans excessive booze. Friggin’ 16 year olds!

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  • MichaellaS

    tks for the effort you put in here I appreciate it!