Open Thread: We Play

A-Rod's rehab progressing well
Gardner takes home 2009 Dawson Award

Young JeterThat young whippersnapper is one Mr. Derek Sanderson Jeter, before he got all grow’d up and clutchy, and comes courtesy of his photo gallery at We Play. We Play is a website the Cap’n founded along with Peyton Manning and LeBron James to promote youth athletics. Jeter was on Good Morning America this morning to promote the organization, and it was your basic ABC puff piece until Robin Roberts broke out the A-Rod steroid questions. Parade, rain. Rain, parade.

If you want to learn more about We Play, give the site a visit via the link above. Whenever a superstar player uses his popularity for the betterment of kids, it’s a great thing. Well done Jetes. (h/t Deadspin)

Here’s your open thread for the night. The only local team in action tonight is the Knickerbockers, who are out in Denver. American Idol is also on, if that’s your cup of tea. Good thing I have lots of reading to catch up on. Anything goes here, just be nice.

Oh, and in case you need a little comic relief, Sidney Ponson has a spot in the Royals’ rotation all but wrapped up. (h/t jsbrendog)

A-Rod's rehab progressing well
Gardner takes home 2009 Dawson Award
  • John
    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      I think Derek took the pass on the fast break and dished it to the guy who made the shot.

  • Mike Pop

    5 MOTHAFU**ING DAYS!!!!!

  • pat
  • K.B.D.

    Via PeteAbe, Joba at 95-96 MPH consistently in his start today: http://tinyurl.com/ckfdzg.

    Thank God I don’t have to hear any more conspiracy theories about how he’s injured or any other wildly overblown conclusion drawn from five starts in March.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Joba will never throw 100 MPH as a starter, and therefore he shouldn’t start.

      He also reminds me of Goose Gossage, whatever that means.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Final Jeopardy was about The Natural. Awesome.

    • Thomas

      What was the question? Or if you want to be really precise “the answer?”

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        It was the “answer.” The “question” was about story inspirations and the shooting of Philly’s Eddie Waitkus.

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

    Damn, I can’t wait ’till I get back in that routine of watching games every night.

    Oh, if anyone has yet to watch Rescue Me or The Shield, please, do so, those shows are gold.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      When I was at Hofstra in ’05-’06, my roommate (also a huge Yankee fan), had a very distinct schedule.

      4-5: work
      5-6: ESPN
      6-7: Seinfeld
      7-10: Yankee games
      10 and after: bars

      • anonymous

        I love the routine of baseball season.

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

          seconded

        • Jake H

          I too love the routine of a baseball season. My wife doesn’t like it as much. She was happy that I told her that this preseason I wouldn’t make her watch any of the games.

    • Drew

      Gold Jerry, Gold.

  • Scott of 3 Kids Tickets

    It used to be really kewl when I lived on the left coast. Yankee games started 4:35, I was home by 4:50..game usually ended by 8. Then watched regular TV….

    BTW…BIG FAN of Rescue Me, even though Leary is a Sox fan..

    -Scott

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      The most I ever laughed at a baseball related situation was when he and Lenny Clarke were in the booth with NESN and ragged on Mel Gibson.

      • anonymous

        I hate how much I enjoy the NESN booth. Just the other day Remy was ripping Igawa apart while he did his ‘springs’ in the outfield.

        • anonymous

          correction: sprints.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          I actually don’t mind the NESN guys at all. I think they’re pretty level-headed for the most part.

          And, honestly, the YES guys aren’t that biased, compared to other announcing teams, most notably the White Sox team.

          • Mike Pop

            You caaaaaannnnn puttt it on the boooooaaaaarrrdddd, yyeeeeeeeessssssss!!!!!!!

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

              Personally, I enjoy the “that was a big win for us” type of statements more.

              • Mike Pop

                Well, I haven’t watched many of their broadcasts. Just the Home Run highlights and all that jazz. Hawk is funny to listen to though.

                http://www.heavethehawk.com/

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                I was watching a game of theirs on MLBTV and they went to commercial as the Sox had taken the lead the announcer goes “at the end of (whatever inning) it’s two-nothing, good guys.”

                • Mike Pop

                  I like the Mets’ broadcasts when they go to the booth and Keith Hernandez is all gross looking with the sweat spots showing in his shirt.

                  I DESPISE HIM!!!

              • Thomas

                “Sit down relax and strap it down!”

              • Drew

                I love “homer” commentators and analysts. I watch the Miami Heat regularly and their announcers are as big of fans as I am. It makes for a more enjoyable experience IMO.

                • Mike Pop

                  I agree here, when Kay is yelling about an A-Rod home run, I get more excited about it.

                • Drew

                  The announcers have a larger affect on the experience more than most people realize. Think about how annoying Miller and Morgan are sometimes.

                • pat

                  Eh Morgan and Miller are only super annoying to the 5% or 10% of baseball fans who are aware that most of what they say is folksy outdated bullshit. To all your average fans I’m sure they’re considered knowledgeable and ish.

      • Thomas

        I prefer the commentating of the pizza throwing incident. Also, a great moment is when Remy played the air guitar and fell off his chair.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Oh man, I totally forgot about the pizza thing.

          • Bryan

            Yea i was just about the bring that one up too, classic television.

  • J.R.

    The steroid questions weren’t really out of line or a “raining on the parade”.

    Jeter had a bunch of kids around him and the reporter asked about his response to childrens steroid questions. Thats pretty legit in my book. And it let Jeter plug his other foundation.

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

      Jeter: So, we’re all really excited to be able to give back to the kids and teach them the value of good sportsmanship.
      Roberts: Yeah, yeah, enough with that bullshit… I heard you gave a bunch of skanks herpes; what’s up with that, Jeets?

      … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

  • Jack
    • andrew

      Not at all, that is pretty embarrassing…

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

      Yeah. If it were up to me, Ramirez wouldn’t ever pitch before the fifth inning and Ponson wouldn’t ever pitch at all. But either way, the Royals have two No. 1 starters and five No. 5 starters. And for all the talk about the Royals being this year’s Rays (or something close), I can’t figure how you win 85 games with three No. 5 starters in your rotation

      Sad but true.

      Royals Time Machine Mission #1: Take Tim Lincecum first overall in 2006 instead of Hochevar

  • Thomas

    I figure I’ll list my team in the RAB fantasy league, since I wasn’t here to do so yesterday. Again, 14 teams with stats of runs, HR, RBI, Ave, SB, OBP, Wins, K, ERA, WHIP, quality starts, and saves+holds.

    C – Soto (Round 5/Overall 69)
    1B – LaRoche (10/128)
    2B – Weeks (13/181)
    3B – Figgins (9/125)
    SS – Tulowitzki (7/72)
    OF – Manny (2/16), Bay (3/41), Dunn (8/100)
    Util – Burrell (12/156)
    Bench – Giambi (18/240), Ian Stewart (FA)
    DL – Glaus (22/296)

    SP – Johan (1/13)
    SP – Peavy (4/44
    RP – Putz (16/212)
    RP – Frank Francisco (14/184)
    P – Kazmir (7/97)
    P – Street (17/237)
    P – Ziegler (19/265)
    Bench – Ervin Santana (11/153), Buerhle (15/209), Guthrie (20/268), Litsch (21/293)

    My internet crapped out for the Guthrie, Ziegler, Litsch pick, so they were autodrafted.

    Thoughts?

    • Mike Pop

      Saves will be weak, no?

      • Thomas

        Saves+holds, so I should be good with Street, Putz, Ziegler, and Francisco.

        • Mike Pop

          Oh yea, good news on Rotoworld. Says Street might be taking the closer’s spot early on.

        • andrew

          Devine just went to go visit the infamous Dr. James Andrews, so Ziegler’s potential just went up a bit as well.

  • Kilgore Trout

    Where do you all think the yankees will rank defensively this year?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Tex: top 2
      Cano: top 10
      Jeter: below average, slightly
      Rodriguez: below average, slightly

      Damon: top 2
      Gardner: top 5
      Nady: below average
      Swisher: above average

      Posada: below average, as usual
      Molina: fantastic

      • Kilgore Trout

        Team overall compared to the rest of the league.
        Outfield overall compared to the rest of the league.

        • Jack

          Team: average
          Outfield: above average

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

      In terms of Defensive Efficiency? I’d say no lower than 18th.

      • Kilgore Trout

        Yes. I think that sounds about right.

  • touchtoneterriost

    Jeter isn’t the kind of player like LeBron James and Manning.Jeter’s ego sure makes he’s many offensive and defensive problems seemed dissapear.

    I can see left field in Derek “Singles Hitter” Jeter.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Jeter had a down year in terms of power last year (mostly ’cause of the wrist injury), but for his career, he’s definitely been more than a singles hitter. He’s got a career SLG of .458, which is freaking great for a SS. Despite the negative attention we give his defense, he is one of the best offensive shortstops of the last 50 years.

      • Steve H

        Especially considering his main contemporaries, A-Rod, Nomar and Miggy were all juicers. Not that we know Jeter wasn’t, and not that A-Rod wouldn’t have been miles ahead of Jeter anyway, but it still makes Jeter’s seemingly clear #’s a little more impressive. For the same reasons that Trammell is unfairly withheld from the Hall, Jeter tends to get underrated statistically. We always here about how he’s clutch, a gamer, great team player, etc, but he’s also one of the greatest offensive SS’s of all time, which is generally the last thing that gets talked about with regards to Jeter.

    • pat

      wtf?

    • Jack

      I can see left field in Derek “Singles Hitter” Jeter.

      Wait. How do you get left field in . . .

      You know what, nevermind.

    • steve (different one)

      Jeter’s ego sure makes he’s many offensive and defensive problems seemed dissapear.

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

      A) I have no earthly clue what this comment is about at all.

      B) WHAT THE FUCK DOES “touchtoneterriost” MEAN? Seriously, please, please, please tell me why you have intentionally misspelled “terrorist” for the past year or so. I must know if this is for a specific purpose or if you’re just misspelling it as a massive fuck up. My curiosity on this matter is killing me.

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

          “B) WHAT THE FUCK DOES “touchtoneterriost” MEAN? Seriously, please, please, please tell me why you have intentionally misspelled “terrorist” for the past year or so.”

          I know what a Touch Tone TERRORIST is.

          I don’t know what a Touch Tone TERRIOST is.

          • Mike Pop

            Lol, my bad dude. Eyes are shutting a bit here.

  • GG

    I can’t help but wonder if Jeetz is recruiting LeBron to play center, and Manning to setup for Mariano.

    • steve (different one)

      Alright, I’ll KILL a snitch! I’m not saying I have, I’m not saying I haven’t. you know what I mean. [ shrugs ] Whatever. You’re getting on my f–king nerves.

      • Jack

        Peyton: Hey kids, do you want to come live with me in my mansion?

        Kids: YAY!

        Peyton: Naw, I’m just fuckin’ with you.

    • Steve H

      Manning would have to be in the rotation, he’d choke in the 8th.

      • Mike Pop

        Put him in the rotation, put Joba in the 8th. He is the heir.

      • GG

        Nah, I’m seein him as a reliever, kinda like a John Rocker.

  • Matt K
    • Steve H

      That’s awesome. Thanks for linking to that.

    • pat

      Yeah man, great article I commend you. I bet mike joe or ben have it scheduled as the overnight.

      • steve (different one)

        Jackson, a premier athlete, was so far off the radar that not one of the other 29 teams considered signing him. Baseball was not his primary sport— he had a scholarship to play point guard for Georgia Tech— so other teams did not even give him a look. However, Oppenheimer knew him as well as any prospect in the draft—the Yankees had been scouting Jackson since he was 11 years old.

        nutty

        • andrew

          I won’t be at all surprised when Oppenheimer is arrested for stalking small boys.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      EJ did a great job with that piece. Really enjoyed it.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Double Final Four! Woo!

    • Thomas

      We can only hope for 2 national champs, again.

  • BigBlueAL

    Had to mention this, I caught the last inning of the Angels-Cubs game tonight waiting for MLB Tonight on the MLB Network, and the announcers were 2 guys I cant stand, Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler of the Angels. They went on and on about how hopefully some team in the AL West will give the Angels some competition this season and how the Angels have the best record in Spring Training (24 wins now I believe).

    Made me believe it or not appreciate Michael Kay and company…..

    • Thomas

      Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler sound like fake names from so bad 1950s movie/TV show. Rex Hudler is a no nonsense private eye whose job it is to find the kidnapped Nobel Prize winning physicist Steve Physioc before Physioc’s brilliant invention is used for evil.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Rex Hudler is so pollyanna he makes John Sterling look like a paragon of objectivity.

  • John

    Broncos Owner, Pat Bowlen, says Cutler will be traded!!!!! :(
    Damn You McDaniels!!!!!

  • John

    Anyone worried about the “Conficker” Virus?

    • pat

      A perfect opportunity to drop my latest nugget of wisdom regarding computer viruses-

      I recently spent a few days bugging out trying to get rid of some viruses on the lady friends laptop I undoubtedly contracted by visiting some nefarious websites on her lappy she entrusted me with while on vacation. They were sneaky bitches disabling any pre-existing antivirus software on her comp. Any queries entered into google to find a way to get rid of these things were re-routed to fake websites urging me to buy fake products which were most indubitably more viruses. As I found out the way to get rid of these things and save your laptop or PC from becoming a useless virus ridden sack of crap, (insert lindsay lohan/paris hilton joke here)is actually pretty easy and free.

      All you have to do is get on a non-infected computer and download a good AV program (Avira Antivirus worked for me)to the desktop. You don’t want to install or unzip it yet. Basically you want to open the folder you just downloaded to the desktop and find the file called Antivirus.exe (it will be named after whatever AV you just downloaded)

      Next, and most importantly, you want to right click on that file and change the name of it to whatever you want. Change it by one letter or something completely different, it doesnt matter (make sure you end it with .exe or it won’t work. has to be. The key is to change it. All these new effing viruses are programmed to find all known antivirus files and render them inoperable. You now just took the upperhand on this beeyotch. When you import this file onto your infected computer the virus won’t be able to recognize it.

      Next step is transferring the name changed file to the evil computer. It is most easily done with a USB flash drive, (you can probably email the file to yourself to make it available online but I didn’t try)Start your computer in safe mode, (usually done by holding down or repeatedly tapping F8 before windows starts loading after the restart screen) pop in the flash drive,(or download from email) open the file you just put on it and run that bitch. If all goes well, the Antivirus program should install perfectly and be ready to scan. I recommend doing a full system scan, one of those 30 or 40 minute jobbies. On my infected computer it found 6 infected files immediately and about 30 in total, all varying sorts of malware, trojans, worms etc.

      Anyway that’s kinda long and boring but it most definitely saved me from having to get the laptop professionally scrubbed and cleaned. Hopefully this helps at least one fellow RAb’er from having their shit rocked by computer viruses.

      • A.D.

        I recently spent a few days bugging out trying to get rid of some viruses on the lady friends laptop I undoubtedly contracted by visiting some nefarious websites on her lappy she entrusted me with while on vacation.

        This i enjoyed.

        • andrew

          Seconded.

  • John

    The thing is I dont think he is all that good of a coach. The Broncos were getting better but now we’re screwed. Brian Griese…I think I puked.

    • John

      whoops, this was supposed to be a reply.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    While A-Rod is rehabbing, can we call him A-Hab?

    • Mike Mussina

      Only if he’s chasing white whales.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Please don’t tell me he’s dating Rosie O’Donnell.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Well that Kristin Davis lady was white and about as ugly as a whale so…

        http://instantrimshot.com/

  • Steve H

    I’ll get it out of the way now.

    Cash is teh suxor!@!@#@#@# if he doesn’t make this trade, obviously already on the table.

    Cutler for IPK and Melky.

  • The Evil Empire

    So i got bleacher seats for the first game at the new stadium, too bad it’s an exhibition game. Who else from RAB is attending. I’ll be in section 203 with an Athletics hat (favorite hat).

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I’ll be in section 203 with an Athletics hat (favorite hat).

      ….

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

        Perhaps he should change his name from “The Evil Empire” to “The White Elephant”.

        Call Peyton Manning, I smell a snitch.

    • Mike Pop

      First game at the new stadium, and you’re wearing an A’s hat…Jesus.

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

        Even if you handpainted the hat blue and white and had Nick Swisher, Scott Brosius, and Rickey Henderson all sign it, it’s still despicable.

        I don’t endorse Yankee fans booing the Yankee players… but I will boo you, Evil Empire.

        I will boo you.

        • Steve H

          What if Reggie signed it?

          Or would Terrence Long do the trick? He did make that great catch in Fenway.

    • The Evil Empire

      It was hat given to me by a relative that passed. But thanks for the input.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        That’s fair enough and I obviously understand the sentiment of that, but it just seems a bit odd to wear an A’s hat to a Yankee game when they’re not playing the A’s.

        That said, I do want to get an A’s hat. When I was younger, I had a goal to collect a hat from every team in the league.

        • The Evil Empire

          Same here, all I’m missing is Colorado, and Houston

  • Bryan

    Hows my fantasy team looking to you guys?

    C- Joe Mauer
    1B- Miguel Cabrera
    2B- Cano
    3B- Chone Figgins
    SS- Troy Tulowitzki
    OF- Grady Sizemore
    OF- Vladimir Guerrero
    OF- Matt Kemp
    UT- Adrián González
    BN- Jorge Cantú
    BN- Carlos Quentin
    BN- Ryan Ludwick
    BN- Chris Young
    BN- Billy Butler

    SP- Johan Santana
    SP- Chad Billingsley
    SP- Edinson Vólquez
    SP- Adam Wainwright
    SP- Ricky Nolasco
    SP- Chris Young
    SP- Scott Baker
    SP- Randy Johnson
    SP- Mark Buehrle
    SP- Armando Galarraga
    RP- Joakim Soria
    RP- Jonathan Broxton
    RP- Heath Bell

    I’m thinking that I need to drop some of my SP and get Jason Motte, or another closer that can rack up the saves or holds, maybe scott shields.

    Should I drop Billy Butler or Jorge Cantú?

    • Steve H

      I’d drop Cantu, I think Butler has more upside overall.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        I have Marmol as a closer in one league and now that he won’t be closing, I’m thinking of picking up Motte as well, but I don’t know who I’d drop–probably Denard Span since I don’t think he can duplicate what he did in ’08 and I’ve got Werth and Cust as OFs off the bench–what does everyone think?

        • Steve H

          I’d drop Span when you consider what he did in a huge sample size in the minors (not much). Also depends on where you’re strong, and what categories there are. How many AB’s do you think Cust will get without DH available?

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            Yeah, I think I’m gonna cut Span. I’ll lose some steals, but Cust could be more valuable because he has the OBP/SLG, which I counted in my league.

    • Mike Pop

      What is this, a 6 team league, you’re stacked.

      • Bryan

        Pretty close, its only 8 teams.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          I bet you could sucker someone into giving you a good RP and a little more if you dangled Quentin or Ludwick in front of them, ’cause of their previous success.

  • Mike Pop

    McPherson cut, I think he’s the guy.

  • RustyJohn

    That picture of Jeter rocks, if only for Papa Jeter striking the pose with the cigarette in his right hand. Ahhh, the 70s.