Spring Training Game Thread: Joba looks to get back on track

Assessing the Yankee brand
Shades of 2003

Joba in Spring TrainingAll eyes are going to be on Joba tonight, especially after his poor performance in his two previous starts. He’s faced eleven batters this spring, walking four and allowing four hits while retiring just three, none via the strikeout. Is it a big start for Joba? No, not really. It’s March 10th for cryin’ out loud. Compared to where the rest of the rotation is right now, this should be his preseason debut. It would be nice to see some vintage Joba though.

As you can see, the Yanks are trotting out the A team:

Gardner, CF
Damon, LF
Nady, RF
Matsui, DH
Ransom, 3B
Molina, C
Miranda, 1B
Berroa, SS
Pena, 2B

Scheduled Pitchers: Joba Chamberlain, Kei Igawa, Chris Garcia, Phil Coke, Mike Dunn, Anthony Claggett

YES is carrying the game, first pitch is set for 7:15. Hooray for the first night game thread of the year.

Photo Credit: Steve Nesius, Reuters Pictures

Assessing the Yankee brand
Shades of 2003
  • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6
    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Brilliant.

  • andrew

    I haven’t heard Igawa’s name in a while… I enjoyed it too.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan Rooting For Team D.R

    watchin dominican republic against the netherland and dis kid ubaldo jimenez is just nasty wow hes struck out 6 i 2innigs wow

    • UWS

      Dude, seriously. Proper English is good, try it sometime.

      • yankeefan91 Arod fan Rooting For Team D.R

        im dominican im sorry if i dont write english like u

        • UWS

          It doesn’t need to be Hemingway-quality…just a period here and there would be nice.

          • radnom

            I’m sure you always punctuate when you write in your second language….

            • Drew

              lol Second language or not, hes clearly fluent in text message lingo.

            • UWS

              Actually, English is my second language. So, yes.

              • radnom

                haha touche.

                Of course, I totally wasn’t being sarcastic in the slightest…

            • rafael

              You don’t?

          • barry

            stop being a dick

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

          im dominican im sorry if i dont write english like u

          You’re not the only Dominican on here, I’m sure. The rest of them use punctuation and capital letters.

          Actually, using punctuation in English should be an absolute breeze for you, since there’s like 80% less punctuation in English. No diacritical marks, no inverted question marks or exclamation points.

          • yankeefan91 Arod fan Rooting For Team D.R

            well like i said im not the same ass the other people here so if u dont like it oo well.

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

              Nice. Way to be social.

              What if some guy at your job walked around with no pants on and constantly wagged his dirty, unwashed nuts in your face? And you said “Dude, that’s very antisocial, show some decency to the rest of us and put some damn pants on!”

              And he said back to you “well like i said im not the same ass the other people here so if u dont like it oo well.”

              • barry

                The dude just told you he doesn’t speak good English. Don’t be an ignorant prick and just let him go, you can understand what he is trying to say without him saying it in perfect English.

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

                  When yankeefan91 walks into a room:

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_wwm1GLmSo&feature=related

                  Also, we all know he can type better english then that. Simply he could type out you instead of putting “u”.

                  It just gets annoying after a while. Like tommie said, If I put my balls in and around your mouth and said I didn’t know any better because I come from a country that does that, does that make it okay?

                • jim p

                  Do you think the writer wasn’t writing the Kings English as a deliberate attempt to degrade you? That’s a little far-fetched, isn’t it?

                  I understood what he intended, and so did you and everyone else. You think if you were trying to join a discussion in some foreign land everyone would think you were attacking them because you weren’t precise in their tongue?

                  There’s that word we have in English: perspective.

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

                  And, jim p, we have the perspective of having put up with this needlessly ingorant crap from yankeefan91 for MONTHS now. That’s perspective.

                  The first two or three times it was annoying but forgiveable. The 1,324th time, it’s just annoying.

    • mko

      No news there…he was great for Colorado last year.

      • A.D.

        and he’ll be great on my fantasy team this year

  • andrew

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=3965213

    Interesting take on the steroid era by Bill Simmons

  • mko

    Who is the play-by-play guy on YES right now? I know his voice, but I’m missing a name. Thanks.

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

      Bob Lorenz.

      • mko

        Thanks! Maybe we can hear him in the regular season instead of Kay sometimes? Let’s hope so ;-)
        I think Kay is doing a good commentating job, but his opinions that he voices outside of commentating are just ridiculous.

    • marc resnick

      coney and bob lorenz… first phil now joba missing velocity

      • mko

        Thank you.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      David Cone and Bob Lorenz.

      • mko

        Thanks to you as well ;-)

  • cult of basebaal

    yikes, 91 and 89 to start.

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

      There’s 93. Happy now?

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        No. He’s gotta hit 99 on every pitch of the year, even his curveballs ans sliders.

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

        No! He must hit 96 in order to be a true #1!!!

  • dan w

    maybe its just me, but it doesn’t look like Joba is using his legs much… if at all

    • cult of basebaal

      yeah, cone was just commenting on that.

      the angle they used for the warm-ups pitches really emphasized how short and stiff his stride is.

      motion not looking good.

      • dan w

        that’s actually a little bit concerning to me. How could he not have the basics of his mechanics down at this point?

        I’m not ready to panic saying he’s “TEH BUST!!!!1!” but it is reason to worry. Hopefully he figures it out

        • Nady Nation

          Maybe he’s just not exerting all his effort b/c it’s…spring training. I can’t believe how much stock people are putting into these games.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        It’s March 10th. He’s just getting his form. If he’s doing this on March 31st, then I’ll be worried.

        Notice he’s throwing in the low 90s with little to no effort. When he starts using his legs, we’ll see the real Joba velocity.

        • dan w

          oh i agree completely, I would just like to see him put some more legs into it. But i’m not complaining with back-to-back Ks

    • anonymous

      Joba never pitched alot with his legs.

  • marc resnick

    93!

  • UWS

    Hava Molina!

  • marc resnick

    im concerned. flat out. i think his 96-99 days ar behind him

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

      Want to bet? It’s freaking March. Relax.

      • marc resnick

        yea but he’s young. really young. and young guys always come out with gas in the spring. plus joba in cllege wasnt 95-99, he was 89 -93. maybe hes picked up a bad mechanic because of his injury.. thats not out of the question, is it?

        • Drew

          yes it is

        • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

          And even if he only throws 92-95 that’s still above average before taking into account the nasty slider, the good curve and change. Moreover, He’ll be fine.

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

          Lighten up, Francis.

    • UWS

      Er, what? The kid has thrown all of 1+ innings in ST. A bit early to sound the alarms, isn’t it?

    • http://bigbluepinstripes.blogspot.com/ LB

      Joba will be fine

  • marc resnick

    mayeb the injury has forced him to change his mechnics a bit or mybe he’s workin on a 2 seamer because a few of his FB’s had a little tail to them.

    • radnom

      So, why wasn’t his velocity diminished when he pitched last year….you know, after he came back from the injury??

      • A.D.

        he himself said he was laying back on the FB some because he had talked to some of the vets about not needing to go max effort all the time

        • radnom

          I think you misread what I wrote. I was merely disproving the idea that his ineffectiveness this spring is somehow tied to his injury last summer……by citing the fact that he pitched last year after coming back from that injury to great success.

    • kunaldo

      you need to have a coke and a smile dude

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

    Yo, any of you guys have any rookie-eligible relief pitchers that I should draft in the Minor League portion of my fantasy draft? Jose Ceda was just taken off the board, but I need a guy who can reasonably assume a late-inning role during the season. [I really don’t think Mark Melancon is going to graduate past Damaso Marte and Brian Bruney, so he’s not really on my radar.]

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

      Mijares and Motte.

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

        Yeah, Motte was a guy I started looking at earlier today. You really think the Twins will continually rely on Jose Mijares if his 5.1 BB/9 rate translates to the big leagues?

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

          With Reyes gone, Mijares is going to be the main lefty there. Kevin Jepsen is another guy.

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

            Sergio Romo?

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

              Never been a fan. Eddie Morlan with the Brewers could be interesting, Bobby Parnell too. Maybe Ryan Perry if you’re feeling lucky.

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

                “Based on Romo’s ability to perform in big games, I wouldn’t.”

  • cult of basebaal

    94 to close, on the corner.

    nice.

  • Ace

    I like Bob Lorenz in there. I’d like to see him spell Michael kay a bit this season.

  • cult of basebaal

    wow … the scouting report tells me Masset “came over in the Griffey trade” and “has something to prove”

    that’s *some* scouting!

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Remember when scouting reports told you what a guy threw and how his velocity and accuracy was?

      • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

        The next time YES has a useful scouting report will be the first.

    • UWS

      There y’all go, 95 mph.

      • UWS

        Once again, reply FAIL.

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

          What does UWS stand for, Upper West Side? University of Wisconcin-Superior? United Womens Society?

          • Drew

            Yous? (my cousin vinny reference there)

          • A.D.

            Ursula Winchester Smith

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

            Ugly Weird Slut.

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

              “Go easy on her, guys, she has feelings too, you know.”

          • UWS

            Ugly Weird Slut, according to TSJC.

  • UWS

    Not enough grit there, Johnny.

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

    This kid was telling me last night how Joba could never be a number 1 because he only has 2 pitches. Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t Joba throw 4 pitches? Fastball, slider, curveball, changeup, and both the fastball and slider are plus pitches?

    • Drew

      nasty FB, nastier SL, 12-6 curve, doesn’t throw the change too often.

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

        Ya, I thought he was working on the change. That’s all. Figure he might use it more as a full-time starter.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Even if he just uses it against left handers, it’ll be alright.

      • Chip

        The change is usually the last pitch a power pitcher learns. Usually, their stuff is good enough to dominate lesser talents until they get to either AAA or the majors

    • Chip

      And his curve is above average. His slider has a good chance to turn into plus-plus if he can locate it consistently

    • A.D.

      Randy Johnson only has 2 pitches, I’m pretty sure he was a #1

  • marc resnick

    and i dont want to rehash old arguments but if you watch the hughes video on youtube from his start against the bmets, his emchanics were wayyyyy smooother, less over the rubber, more momentum towards the plate…. just sayin

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IekTIqjM3Mg&feature=related

  • marc resnick

    seriously joba has a little sink goin tonight doesnt he.. strike 2 to philips?

    • radnom

      How much bigger can they make this reply button?

  • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

    Lorenz is pleasant to listen to. Let Nancy Newman do the desk.

    • Ace

      I agree. Keep him in the booth.

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

        Let’s take this one level deeper: Let’s put Lorenz and Fred Hickman in the booth together and reunite the old 1990’s CNN-SI SportsDesk team.

        BAM! That just happened.

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

          Might not work out when Hickman has to get an emergency haircut and misses the plane for a West Coast trip.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    That slider makes me want to shit my pants.

  • marc resnick

    ok so yes.. out of the question. loooks solidi take it back.

  • cult of basebaal

    THAT was nasty.

    nice.

  • UWS

    There we go, 95-96 mph, then finishes him off with a sick curve.

    • Chip

      That curve is so key. It seems like his fastball, slider and curve all start out on the same plane while his fast ball moves slightly to the right, the slider shoots left and the curve just falls. If he can get a feel for the change, there’s no stopping him

  • Ace

    Looks like this Geico commercial is going to be the one that drives me to mass murder this year.

  • cult of basebaal

    way to go, leatherface!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Nice double Matsui! I knew it wasn’t a mistake adding you to my team LOL.

  • mko

    Matsui is still such a good hitter. I really hope he can stay healthy.

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

    Look at that, Matsui scored from second on a single. Ransom got lucky there.

    • cult of basebaal

      still a little gimpy slowing down … he should just run full speed and slide into every base …

      • JobaWockeeZ

        And risk getting injured before the season starts?
        Either that or I need to go buy that sarcasm meter I’ve been saving up for.

        • cult of basebaal

          it’s almost within reach!

          =)

          • JobaWockeeZ

            W00t! Just one more week and I’ll get that sarcasm meter!

        • kunaldo

          JobaWockeeZ…sweet handle dude

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Lol thanks. I <3 the JabbaWockeeZ <_<

            • kunaldo

              True same here…love their creativity & style…masks are an interesting touch too, taking out the facial expression part of dancing

  • UWS

    Handsome Ransom delivers…Alex who?

    • Chip

      Yeah I’m calling a position battle when A-Rod comes back. I mean when Ransom is hitting .400 and leading the team in HRs, you can’t really give A-Rod his starting spot back. I wonder if he can still handle short?

      Disclaimer: The above comment is a joke, don’t shoot

      • Drew

        Bang Bang

      • andrew

        Clearly a shot at Jeter.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Alex Rios right?

      • UWS

        Alex Cora.

        • radnom

          I hear he wins games.

  • cult of basebaal

    there’s a nice curve.

  • Drew

    MELKY would have caught that! 1 for Team Dominica ha

  • A.D.

    Thats was not a gritty play in center

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Oof, bad route to that one, Brett.

  • DP

    Gardner can’t play defense! Melky and IPK for Grady!

  • A.D.

    Guess this Joba guy isn’t that bad after all

  • Frank

    Looked like Gardner might have hurt his wrist on that tumble.

  • The Evil Empire

    Young gun from the Dominican Republic struck out 10 batters in 4 innings. Wow, just WOW!

  • A.D.

    10Ks in 4 innings for Ubaldo, making that draft pick look even better

    • Brooklyn Ed

      wait, we signed someone from the Rockies back then? who?

      • A.D.

        i meant my fantasy team, my bad

        • Brooklyn Ed

          lol oh. hahas.

  • A.D.

    BG over gritting

  • Ace

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

    They can’t ignore tons of emails.

    DO IT!!!

  • Drew

    Melky would’ve gotten to second! :)

  • dan w

    Jay Bruce has an absolute cannon out there in RF

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

    Nice little piece of hitting by Gardner. Stayed back on the breaking ball and drive it right back up the middle. Golf clap.

    • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

      He’s not doing that “let me foul every pitch to the left” shit anymore?

  • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

    Now say, If we get Chone Figgens it wouldn’t hurt. My reasoning for getting him is to have that utility speedster. Of course there is the upside of him filling in for however long if need be but I don’t know. I like the plan for down the stretch when we need someone to come off the bench and swipe a bag for us.

    • Steve H

      At what cost though? I think the price would be way too high. The Angels are fighting for the playoffs too, not last place. They won’t just give him away, especially to an AL contender.

      • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

        Hm. Great question and reasoning. Melky and a few bat weights? Nah, I honestly don’t know so what do you think it would take if they(Halos) were semi-aggressive to fair?

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

          They do have Sean Rodriguez and Brandon Wood. I bet you could net him without giving up anything nuts.

          • Steve H

            But they don’t need to get rid of him. Wood and Rodriguez haven’t done a damn thing. The Angels are trying to win the WS. If it was the Royals, they’d trade him for prospects (and $$ relief) and take a shot with the young guys. The Angels have absolutely no incentive to trade Figgins unless they are blown away. Worse (or best) case scenario for the Angels, Wood becomes a star, and Figgins is their super utility guy. They have no good reason to trade him, and if they did, the Yankees would be towards the bottom of the list they’d want to trade him to.

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

              Okay, Steve.

  • A.D.

    I’m sorry but getting thrown out at 2nd isn’t “good, aggressive baserunning”

    • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

      Good aggressive approach however.

      • A.D.

        It was a lesson in make sure the outfielder is throwing home before you take 2nd. Or that his has a shittier arm than Bruce

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        But it’s an unnecessary risk. I’d rather Gardner just stay on second in that situation.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          I mean first, my bad.

        • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

          It is, you learn from failing more than you do from succeeding. Now, let allow him to learn since his spot in the starting lineup is pretty much set.

          • radnom

            Uh, maybe according to internet forum posters, but not in reality. It is still March 10th, nothing is “pretty much set”, before today Joba didn’t even record a strikeout and you are ready to hand someone a starting job for the season?

        • A.D.

          Given that they’re facing a righty, Bruce has a decent arm, the big bats were coming up, and there’s 0 out. He’s probably better off staying at first & looking to steal second.

          In reality I think it was just a spring training move, he’s trying to win a job & get a feel on what he can run on

  • The Evil Empire

    Over or Under on Melky starting 15 games this season.

    Under

    • A.D.

      Well they’ll get Melk random starts against left handers, Girardi loves that shit

    • anonymous

      Over.

      Trade value.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Bob: Gardner’s speed does not negate the silly risk of moving up to second on that type of play. It’s still a bad move.

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

    Hah, David Ortiz is playing first tonight.

    • A.D.

      Odd I thought I read today he couldn’t play first because of his shoulder throwing the ball…but I guess not

    • Steve H

      Sox must be thrilled.

    • Drew

      Pedro looks like he’s wearing Dodger blue in that uniform.

  • Drew

    I wish Coke would change his number!

  • The Evil Empire

    It’s been a long time, and I mean a long time since I’ve been looking forward to seeing someone in the line up come up to bat that wasn’t known for their power, and that’s what I’m starting to do with Brett. I this goes beyond ST

    • The Evil Empire

      I hope this*

  • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

    I love how now everyone loves Coke. In about May last year I asked around about Coke having reviewed his MiL stats and the response wasn’t pleasant. Mostly “oh hes too old and doesn’t have it.” Now everyone is on the Coke Band wagon.

    • radnom

      And I bet you totally listened to that band before they were mainstream, before they sucked, right man?

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        I actually did, yes. So suck it.

    • Steve H

      Cueing my inner Rick James: “Coke’s a hell of a drug!!!”

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

        What did the five fingers say to the face!

        • Drew

          SLAP B*TCH

    • A.D.

      Well he did have his best pro season last year, so there was a reason for people being down on him.

      Funny thing is he was suppose to be traded for Nady

      • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

        So he just got major league ready all of a sudden at 25? Weird.. But in any event I’m glad we still have him.

    • Frank

      Well I know I was real upset when I saw his name as part of the Nady/Marte trade last year… Kontos too.

      Then it was Karstens and McCutchen and I was like, thaaaat’s better.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Did I hear right and he used the term swagger? That just made my day.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Dusty Baker is not a good manager.

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      But he certainly knows how to chew on a toothpick. That has to count for something.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Then my grandpa had the same qualifications as Dusty Baker.

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

          Dusty Baker may actually BE your grandfather.

      • cult of basebaal

        THE LIZARD!!!

  • http://statspeak.net dan

    Just wanted to say this…

    I have a really good ad blocker installed on my computer. I completely forgot I had it until today, when I checked the settings. I decided to unblock ads from RAB. And yes, TSJC, I do it for the kids.

    • kunaldo

      trick luh da kids!

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

        DAMN! You beat me to it, you bastard.

  • A.D.

    Since when does Dusty Baker like young players? He loves the veterans. Thats why he went Patterson over Bruce to start last year

  • Drew

    Shades of Andy Pettitte with that pick!

    • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

      And of course they had a shitty camera angle. I guess the crew is still in “spring training” too.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Phillips looked safe.

      • Drew

        Still a great move

  • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

    I wonder how Cody handles all this. He does have some pop in the bat. So what would be considered a satisfactory performance say he fills in for 3 weeks?

    • The Evil Empire

      +.274 and an OBP of at least 345

      • Steve H

        I’d be ridiculously thrilled with that, considering that he’s .242/.322 in the minors.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          I think he’ll probably do like…. .250/.330/.400. If he does that and plays GOOD defense, I’ll be happy.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Jose Molina grounding into a double play is a shot at Derek Jeter. That’s his routine.

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

    Boom!

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Wow. That was a fucking BOMB.

  • Drew

    I love Miranda, I was looking forward to watching him up until we got Teix.

    • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

      Yeah, what a bummer huh?

      • Drew

        A bummer in a sense that I like seeing our farmhands produce, but obviously not bummed from getting Teix.

    • J.R.

      His splits against lefties are pretty bad though. Classic platoon guy or maybe power bench guy to hit lefties.

      • J.R.

        *hit righties

        Corrected

      • Drew

        He’s still young (in terms of Non-Cuban Pro ball)

      • Frank

        Classic platoon guy on another team. I hope he continues to up his trade value in ST.

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

        Maybe we can use him in the trade to get Mark Teahen.

        As recent history proves, the Royals never met a homer-hitting, no-defense-playing first baseman they didn’t like.

        • Steve H

          They’d be a great beer league softball team. You could have a 1B/DH/EH and throw the other guy in at short field. That’s about the only way to find room for all of them, but I’m guessing that won’t stop them from collecting.

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

            Let’s trade them Miranda the Eric Duncan for Teahen. They can run this lineup out there:

            C – Eric Duncan
            1B – Mike Jacobs
            2B – Billy Butler
            3B – Kila Ka’aihue
            SS – Ryan Shealy
            LF – Ross Gload
            CF – Eric Hosmer
            RF – Juan Miranda
            DH – Alex Gordon

  • J.R.

    Huge Bomb. JM shows he has some great power.

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

    Ransom showing off.

  • Frank

    Phil Coke say, “Ima strike you OUT!”

  • Frank

    They’re making another Fast and Furious movie? How fast and furious can you be?

    You can’t be slow and furious at the same time can you?

    • Drew

      It’s called “Really Fast and Even More Furious”

      • Frank

        Way more exciting than the original installment, “Somewhat Fast and Halfway Furious.”

        • Drew

          “Our cars our even more green”

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

      In a related story, Eddie Murphy is making Beverly Hills Cop 4, Shrek 4 AND Shrek 5, and a Fantasy Island movie. He’ll be Mr. Roark.

      • J.R.

        In other news Coolio arrested for possession of crack. Oh wait, when blatant stupidity is true it isn’t funny.

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

          Actually, J.R., that’s true. Eddie Murphy really is making all those movies. I’m not lying.

    • Steve H

      When Ted put the baseball behind Warren’s ear in There’s Something about Mary, wasn’t he Slow and Furious?

  • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

    SIGN PEDRO AND JOBA BACK TO TEHHH BULLPEN! He’s looked pretty good.

    • McCaff

      Hughes, IPK, and Aceves would be more affective than Pedro. And he’s a douche bag.

      • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

        McCaff? Meet sarcasm..

        • McCaff

          word. Nice to meet you.

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

        He’s not a douchebag.

        • Frank

          I think he’s a douchebag.

          I think the fact that people can have a debate about his douchyness proves he’s a douchebag.

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

        I’m pretty sure Posada would strangle Pedro as soon as he walked into the clubhouse.

        • McCaff

          right after he pissed on his hands…

          • Steve H

            At least Pedro’s throat wouldn’t get blisters.

            • andrew

              IETC

    • mko

      Now I’m the one who needs a sarcasm meter…

      Pedro seems to be pretty good out of the ‘pen himself, LOL.

      • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

        LOL. He does. He wants that closer gig lol. Just for his own legacy, it would be good for him to go out with decent numbers.

      • A.D.

        Pedro in the 8th, that would be something

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

          It actually makes a ton of sense. Pedro fits the two basic requirements for a good 8th inning pitcher.

          1.) He’s a good pitcher
          2.) HE’S NOT A STARTER

          (did you catch how that works, Mike and the Mad Max?)

          • Steve H

            I’ll even add #3. He throws strikes.

            • Drew

              #4) He eats Mangos.

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

      Seriously, though, for whomever signs Pedro, what’s his pitch count limit gonna be?

      50?

      • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

        Beats me. Maybe if he wants some longevity throughout a season the bullpen is better off for him. But for a guy who hasn’t come out of the pen in a ML game in 10 years I wonder how he’ll be able to handle it at the age of 37. Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

        • mko

          Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

          According to the MythBusters, you can! :-)

  • cult of basebaal

    time for pushups, slappy!

  • A.D.

    Dirk Van Klooster, awesome name

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Over/Under

    25.5 HRs for Jay Bruce in 2009

    • A.D.

      Over, he’d project for over 30 based on a full season & last years numbers. Plus he plays in HR friendly park

    • Frank

      Under. And Kevin Youkilis will have three times as many gutsy at bats.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    What the hell just happened…?

  • Frank

    More great camera work by YES

  • RobC

    Johnny D…what was that???????

  • Drew

    wtf no sunglasses for the K man!?

  • Frank

    I know we all hate Kei Igawa… but think about it. He’s got to be one of the luckiest guys on the planet. He has the easiest job in the world. No worries at all…I mean at this point he knows he has no chance of making the big club.

    • mko

      You could say it’s “easy money” for him right now. But I’m sure he’d rather be good in the majors. Just for what people think of him, especially in Japan.
      I guess…

      • JobaWockeeZ

        So say Igawa continues being good in the minors, any chance someone is going to want him?

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

          No, not really.

        • Tom Zig

          Any chance Igawa becomes a bullpen option? I remember a couple years ago he came out of the bullpen when Karstens’ leg was hit by a line drive by Julio Lugo and had to leave the game. Oddly enough, Igawa was very effective that game. If my memory serves me right we won that game….

          • mko

            It was against the Red Sox even. I’m wondering myself why they’re not trying it…maybe he can get by with his fastball and his good change…

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

              Because….he is a lost cause.

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

          I’ll give the Yankees a couple hundred dollars if they give me Igawa and throw in 6 mill. Igawa can do some chores around the house or something. Teach me how to become a pitcher.

  • Hawkins44

    anyone know if the game is online via video for free as I’m a cheap bastard…..

  • UWS

    Arrrgh, that fucking Fillet o’ Fish commercial is going to be the end of me!

    • Steve H

      I decided the 2nd time I saw it that I would embrace it, love it, and even sing along. If I let it get to me, I would have jumped in front of a moving car by now. You have to admit, it’s catchy!

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

        You have to admit, it’s catchy!

        Just like gonorrhea.

      • UWS

        If I admit it, will they stop running it in seemingly every commercial break?

        • Steve H

          That all depends. How many filet of fishes have you bought in the last week?

          • Jack

            Wouldn’t it be fillets of fish?

            • Steve H

              It certainly would be. But I’m 25% Puerto Rican, and even though English is my primary language, my heritage is to blame for my bad English. And by Bad English, I’m not referring to the 80’s band.

        • Chris

          They’ll stop when lent ends…

    • Drew

      Just think “Hi, I’m Giuseppe Franco,” and you’ll get through it.

      • Frank

        “You’ll be thinking Sham WOW! everytime you try it.”

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

    This WBC game is closing in on “fucking epic.” Not quiet there yet though.

    • Frank

      What’s it on? MLB TV?

      • mko

        MLB.TV
        MLB Network
        ESPN2 (or ESPN?)
        ESPN Deportes
        ESPN America (for the Europeans)

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

          Netherlands ain’t no joke.

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

            When they win tonight, I want them to say, “Game… Blouses.”

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

              …and then serve the Dominicans Hutspot.

          • Chris

            Do you think any of them have ever actually lived in Holland? Or are they all from the Carribean?

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

              Eh, probably some of the white guys. But yeah, I’d guess that the majority of the Dutch Team is from Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, etc.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Okay, now it’s fucking epic.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    The UConn women are winning 70-29 with 7 minutes left in the game.

    • Steve H

      Bet they can’t wait to get to the WNBA and play in front of 22 fans a night.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Haha, I actually live across the hall from four of them. I’l ask them their career aspirations.

        • Steve H

          Please do.

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

            Like, right now.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Jesus sighting!

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

      Was it on a potato chip?

    • Whozat

      I got to watch him take bp yesterday. It was cool to go do. Saw reggie make nice with an old lady and tino throw some bp too.

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

        Saw reggie make nice with an old lady…

        Madonna?

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

          I am dissapointed in you, expected you to say….Marsha.

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

            I don’t want to get banned, dude.

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

              Heh.

  • Drew

    Look at Robbie holdin up on the high fastball!!

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

      He’s the most patient hitter on the team.

    • Drew

      just missed it..

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

    I <3 Cano.

  • stewman23

    Hey guys, need a little fantasy trade advice.

    I’m in a 13-team roto league that’s set-up for building a dynasty. Each of the 13 teams bids on actual contracts to set up a true 40 man roster. My buddy just proposed sending me Josh Hamilton($14m) & Netfali Feliz($1.8m) for King Felix($10m), with a possible throw in from my side of Brian Fuentes($4m) to offset the salary situation. Should I pull this off?
    I’ve got Burnett, Haren, Joba, Slowey, & Kershaw as my (5) starters if I trade away Felix. Meanwhile my outfield is looking like Granderson, DeJesus, & a rotation of others who will battle for RF.

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

      Considering your SP’s and your OFers, I’d do it.

      • stewman23

        Thanks, that’s about what I’m thinking..just needed some positive reinforcement to get the knot outta my stomach.

    • andrew

      Considering your team needs, it seems like a good deal, but Fuentes isn’t exactly a “throw-in”… he’s a pretty good bet to rack up some saves this year.

      • stewman23

        Yeah, I hear what you’re saying for sure. For me, it comes down to being real close to meeting the luxury tax point with my payroll and figuring that I can roll with Broxton, Valverde, Sherrill, Zumaya, & whatever diamonds in the rough I come across throughout the season. Thanks for the heads up

        • andrew

          Yea, no problem. I’ve never played with a salary cap before so I’m sure trades are a bit different. It seems as if you’ve got a decent trio of closers even without Fuentes, so losing him shouldn’t be too detrimental to your team.

          • stewman23

            Yeah, it’s an interesting concept that me and my buddy put together. It’s our first year trying it out and we’re just smoothing out some bumps and whatnot; no salary cap, but we do have luxury tax that will be distributed to the lower payroll teams as well as be put towards buying Yahoo extras. We figured it’d be cool to try and mimic real-life baseball as closely as possible in a fantasy forum.

  • Bryan

    Is it me or did it look like jonny gomes was talking to himself in CF?

  • A.D.

    I don’t see the Dutch scoring at this rate

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

    I like how there is no “lag” while typing now with this new setup. Great job fellas!

  • McCaff

    whats AJax speed like?

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

      They say he is as fast as a speeding bullet.

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

      Point guard speed.

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

      He’s faster than Deiphobus, Paris and Odysseus, but not quite as fast as Achillies.

      I’d say Hector is a good comp for him.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        I think I love you.

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

            Ha!

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

              I can’t remember who posted that the other day, but hat-tip to somebody.

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

                It was I!!!

  • Drew

    Shelly D BABY!

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

    Okay, “Rod Delmonico” sounds like a pornstar, not a manager.

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

    Ooooh, Chris Garcia.

  • McCaff

    Jesus is huge

  • Nady Nation

    Joseeee, Jose Jose Joseeee, Joseeee, Joseeeeee

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

    LET’S GO NEDERLANDER!!!!
    (clap clap clap-clap-clap)
    LET’S GO NEDERLANDER!!!!
    (clap clap clap-clap-clap)

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Hey guys, I just posted my first piece on Yankee Universe and I’m all proud of myself. Check it out, hope you like it.

    http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/?p=1424

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

      I like that the only comment on your post is by… you.

      (I keed, I keed. Nice job, well written.)

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        Hey, now there is one by me as well.

    • Drew

      No offense bro, and I’m sure many people actually are interested in it but you lost me after 1930’s.

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

    I’m suprised Cano didn’t blow the game there.

  • McCaff

    Hmmm Mike, what do you think of that list? They should have just put up your link.

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

      What list?

      • McCaff

        they put up a top prospect list on YES for the Yanks.

  • marc resnick

    I’m pretty sure once that asinine rule having guys start on 1st and 2nd in the 11th will ruin netherland’s shot… they gotta do ti before then.

    • A.D.

      It might help them, they can’t get baserunners

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

      Are you serious? That’s really a fucking “rule”?

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Yeah, they used it in the Olympics, too.

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

        International competition rules. They do the same shit in the Olympics and World Junior Championships.

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

          I’d imagine the MLB demanded the rule for the WBC, they don’t want their players exposed to extra inning games and escalating pitch/innings counts.

          There’s a reason spring training games (and occasionally All-Star games) end in ties…

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Worst. Rule. Ever.

  • A.D.

    Netherland DR, true epic

  • marc resnick

    do i root for robbie? lol

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

    Damn, I’m torn. I want Robbie to jack a homer every AB, but I want Holland to beat the DR… DAMN THIS CONFLICT!!!!

    • Nady Nation

      This is hard…I am in a pickle!

  • marc resnick

    good thing robbie will have that short porch at home… lol

  • A.D.

    Marte into the game

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

    Damaso to the mound …

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Nice range, Austin. Love it.

  • A.D.

    Van Klooster for the win?

    • A.D.

      Never mind

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

    Halman FTW?

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

      Blast. What a game.

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

    I love the fact that the best player on the Netherlands squad is a black dude from “Haarlem”.

  • Manimal

    Marte’s lookin good.

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

    You lying douches, there are no men to start the 11th on base. ;)

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

      Apparently, it’s the 13th, not the 11th.

      • UWS

        Get out of my head.

    • UWS

      I think they are off by 2 innings: the on base thing comes in starting in the 13, IIRC.

  • Steve H

    Phew. We can put the does Joba have Steve Blass disease questions away for another few days.

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

      Tomorrow, on Mike’d Up: DOES JOBA HAVE STEVE BLASS DISEASE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! In order to prevent him from getting Steve Blass Disease, shouldn’t the team move him to the bullpen?

  • marc resnick

    man i miss kitty in the booth

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    I’m watching the WBC. Man Reyes is fun to watch. I wish we had him leading off for the Yankees.

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

      Is that a shot at Jeter? Or Damon? Or Knoblauch? Or Tony Womack? Or Bobby Abreu when he led off that one game?

      Clearly, it’s all of the above.

    • UWS

      That’s a shot at Jeter.

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

    What a dumb asshole.

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

    Brutal. It can’t end like this …

  • A.D.

    Ouch on 0-2

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
    • btour99

      Is that Gollum?

      • btour99

        Wow!!

        Redemption Precious!!

    • Drew

      Please correct me if I’m wrong, did he just say he gt a hit off the best reliever in baseball?

  • A.D.

    Marmol to shut the door

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

    Wow, Netherlands is doing their thing.

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

    Wow, Netherlands are doing their thing.

  • Drew

    Will Kings get the fly ball??

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    That play by Reyes was clearly a shot at Jeter.

  • marc resnick

    awesome.

  • A.D.

    Kingsale, redemption!

  • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

    Fucking epic game.

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

    Wowsa.

  • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

    Walk off HR I’m calling it. SHIT never mind. Walk. Wow.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I heart WBC. Amazing.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Absolutely amazing. Congrats to the Netherlands.

  • Manimal

    Holy Shit

  • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

    Epic choke.

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

    Comments are closed here. Use this thread to continue game/WBC/open thread madness.