Open Thread: RAB on air with Mike Silva

Gardner officially announced as starting center fielder
Alan Horne returns to the mound

Mike Silva of New York Baseball asked us to be on his show tonight, so consider this post a gratuitous piece of self promotion. I’ll be calling in around 7:15 to discuss Spring Training, the Yankees, RAB, whatever comes up really. Make sure you head on over and give a listen, I’ll be on for 15 minutes or so.

Anyway, use this as your open thread for the night. The only local team in action today was the Nets, who already lost to the Timberwolves. If you hurry you can probably catch the end of the Oklahoma-UNC game on CBS. I had Pitt over Louisville in the Final, so my brackets are officially kaput. You can also head over to The College Baseball Blog and chat with Brian Foley about this weekend’s action. Talk about whatever you like here, just be cool.

Gardner officially announced as starting center fielder
Alan Horne returns to the mound
  • Drew

    Tiger is making his charge.

    • Drew

      unbelievable

    • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Bronx Baseball Daily

      Is college basketball over yet?

      • Drew

        Have you seen the majority of the games? Hard to watch.

  • Yankeegirl49

    Anyone see the new Metallica Guitar Hero commercial with the college coaches? Its pretty funny..

    You can see it on youtube if you havent
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0TPodgomLs

    • andrew

      I like it… I still think I like the Arod/Phelps/Tony Hawk/Kobe one a little better though

      • steve (different one)

        anything with Bobby Knight is hilarious.

    • Drew

      Who are you callin Pops!?

  • radnom

    You all have really awkward full names.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Mine’s a palindrome. That’s not awkward.

  • Simon B.

    You have a great last name, Mike.

    Anything with an X is pretty cool—preferably 3.

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

      Thanks. It would be nice if someone pronounced it right once in a while.

      Ax-ee-sa. Is it really that hard?

      • Drew

        haha damn he got it wrong!

      • Steve H

        You are the Mark Melancon of bloggers.

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

        Even my name isn’t that bad. 100% phonetic.

        Paul-ih-cow-ski

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

          Most people see the W followed by the L and just give up. It leads to telemarketers calling me Mrs. Palouski.

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

            Mrs.?

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

              Bah. Don’t kill me for a typo.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          Mine loses the pronunciation award. No one gets it right.

          It’s Kay-back.

  • Jake K.

    Mike, is there any reason to believe Ramiro Pena can be anything more than an all-glove/no-hit SS?

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

      He’s going to be 24 this summer, so he shouldn’t develop any more physically. If he improves his strike zone discipline and two strike approach, he could maybe be a .280-.340-.400 guy, but that’s about all you an expect offensively.

      Lucky for him, his defensive is good enough that a batting line like that is enough to land him an everyday job.

      Honestly, I think he’s just a guy that got a long look in camp because of the WBC and had a nice two weeks.

      • Jake K.

        Thanks!

    • steve (different one)

      well, if you believe Bill Madden, he’s going to knock Jeter off SS sometime next year.

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

    So I was watching some of the Mariners-Royals game on the MLB network and I have to say, just based on one game, I’m really excited to see what Jose Lope can do at second for my fantasy teams!

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

      *Jose Lopez. My computer hates me.

    • whozat

      No OBP but a good bit of SLG for a 2B?

      • andrew

        Decent RBI’s and HR and avg. He’s very valuable in a fantasy league considering he’s rarely being drafted as a top 10 2B but puts up numbers like he’s one

  • Drew

    Good work on the blog radio show Mike.

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

      Thanks.

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

        He caught me off guard with the Stan’s question, I’ve been running around all day and didn’t get a chance to read Joe’s post yet.

        • Drew

          Lol. You covered it up well. I was a little disapointed that you didn’t point out the grit that Grit Gritner exudes.

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

            Gritt Girtner is probably my favorite current nickname.

  • Captain

    Who is getting booted from the 40-man when Berroa needs a spot? I’m guessing Giese. He’s sort of useless now that we have Aceves.

    • A.D.

      Giese is pretty much gone from the 40 man

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

    Amazing. I went 0-for-4 with my Final Four predictions.

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

      I went 1-4 and the crazy thing is that all four teams made the elite eight

      • Thomas

        I was in 4th place in the RAB bracket entering the Elite Eight and UConn won (which I had). After the Elite Eight, I am in 21st place with 73 points and I have a maximum of 73 possible points. It was a bad weekend.

        • Mike Pop

          2nd place here, DIE Huskies!

          • Mike Pop

            Wtf, Matt has MSU beating UConn? Damn.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              I picked with my head, not my heart. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m doing what everyone does–you pick with your head, but root with your heart.

              Oh and KEMBA MOTHER FUCKING WALKER, BABY.

              • andrew

                Love the local boys… I was 2nd in the RAB bracket until about 3 days ago I fell apart.

                • Mike Pop

                  That’s cause you SUCK!!!!!

                • andrew

                  :(

      • Drew

        2 for 4 here but my championship game is ruined.

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

    Damn. I just saw lightning and I am terrified of thunderstorms.

  • M.D.

    hey mike,
    what do you think about the westfield kid chris jenkins and newark academy’s andrew del colle?

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

      Jenkins is aight. He’s got a wrist wrap from what I saw in the video NoMaas linked too, so he’ll never have even decent command.

      Don’t know anything about Del Colle.

  • whozat

    I’m watching “Planet Earth” right now, and there’s a scene of “penguins hastening” to get to their mating grounds during the like…18 minutes of “summer” they have in the arctic.

    I must say, the sight of penguins hauling ass across the ice to get a huge, monochromatic, quacking bang-fest is pretty hi-larious.

    • steve (different one)

      that’s basically the same scene during last call at any wedding with a lot of single bridesmaids, right down to the tuxedos.

  • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

    Del Colle will be playing with Boston College next year if he doesn’t get picked early enough.

  • A.D.

    So with Gardner the CF, was there any word on RF?

    • andrew

      Nady… it was announced a few days ago. Well, Girardi didn’t say it was official for opening day, but he said Nady had the lead.

  • A.D.

    That Tabata wife abducting a child story gets even more bizarre:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4021552

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      That’s a few days old. But when I first saw it, I must admit it made me wonder if the Yanks gave up too soon on him.

      Was his wife’s craziness the reason he seemed so distracted last year? Does that explain his poor season in AA? We won’t know for sure if it was a mistake to trade him for a few more years, but a kid with his upside is tough to give up on.

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

        The story last year was how he was about to quit, but his wife talked him into sticking around.

      • Drew

        If Nady and Marte play the way they played last year as Yankees then this could’ve been a bad deal.

        • Steve H

          Thank Mo the original deal, involving Coke, didn’t go thru.

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            How about in the Randy Johnson deal when the D-Backs passed on Cano and took Dionner Navarro instead?

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              Or (Joel Sherman’s book) when Seattle asked for Mariano Rivera for Felix Fermin, and the Yanks needed a few days to think it over?

              • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                Or when the Mets offered to trade the aging (then player) Joe Torre to the Yanks for a young kid named Ron Guidry? A deal that according to Jody MacDonald (whose Dad was the Mets GM) was almost done, then killed at the last minute.

                • Yankeegirl49

                  Thankfully….cause then I would have a different screen name!

  • Corey (Nord-Podberesky)

    I just watched Field of Dreams for the thousandth time today and like always, I cried. It is hands down the greatest movie ever created.

  • Drew

    Just saw the Shamwow guy on the SlapChop commercial.

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

      “You’re going to love my nuts.”

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      If you own a Shamwow, Slapchop, Snuggie or Slanket, then you must have been dropped on your head as a small child.

      • Steve H

        Dropped on my head?

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Yes.

          That, or had one of those babysitters who shakes the babies too much.

          • Steve H

            How can they drop me onto my own head?

            • pat

              I don’t know if you’ll see this but that’s one of the best effing movies I have ever seen.

    • andrew

      I don’t know if you guys heard, but the Slapchop/Shamwow guy was just arrested for punching a prostitute in the face several times after she allegedly bit his tongue and would not let go….

      http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/people/1500466,shamwow-guy-vince-shlomi-arrested-032809.article

      • Steve H

        Oh my Mo, that’s great. I figured that would have been on the Onion or something. Of course it’ll probably help sales.

      • Joey

        Thats freakin awesome. I seriously cannot get this smile off my face, just imagining him punching a prostitute and screaming “ShamWow bitch! ShamWOW!”

      • Drew

        That’s why I mentioned him. I found “SLAP”chop funny.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Has anyone heard a rumor on MLB on XM of the Yankees trading for Halladay what package would the Yankees send to the jays.

    • Steve H

      That’s not called a rumor, that’s called speculation.

    • Yankeegirl49

      Scranton-Wiles Barre.

      • Yankeegirl49

        Wilkes..sorry

        • yankeefan91 Arod fan

          lol

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Sorry that’s how my friend told me i just wnated to noe if someone else heard about it.

  • Joey

    Hey Mike, any way you can post the audio here, I don’t really want to download it from his site, on my dads pretty old laptop with literally no room to download anything right now (my laptop took a shit and is being fixed…)

  • andrew

    I was wondering if anyone could help a little help with a paper I’m writing about the ethics of steroids and sports… the question is about the morals of steroids and why they shouldn’t be allowed to be used morally.

    I’ve got fair competition, and harming yourself as two main moral issues… any others?

    • Steve H

      Impact on the kids who look up to you, and the harm that it will cause them if they decide to use juice just like their heroes.

    • Drew

      Harming your future offspring?

      • andrew

        Thanks guys