AL East Roundup: 4/27/09 through 5/3/09

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Toronto Blue JaysBlue Jays Daze

Note: Everyone welcome Mat, our new Jays contributor. And be sure to check out his new blog, Blue Jays Daze (linked above).

If Baseball was the board game “Clue”, the first half of the past week Jays murderers would have been described like this: it was the Butler, in Kauffman Stadium, with a big bad stick and a hell of a pitching staff! The Jays lost their first series of the season while losing 3 of 4 against the Royals. Billy Butler, the newest Jays killer, took his average from .193 to .262 over the last 2 games of the series while going 6 of 8 with 2 homers, 2 doubles, 5 RBI and 6 runs scored. The KC pitching staff helped him out with stellar performances from Bannister, Greinke, and Davies, although the Jays offense did become the only team able to score runs against Greinke this season. The Jays were also able to make a partial comeback Thursday, making the final 8-6 after being down 8-2 after the 5th inning. Other positives for the Jays include Scott Richmond’s strong start during an 8-1 victory on Tuesday (the one game Butler sat out), as well as strong performances from the bullpen, aside from RHP Bryan Bullington who has since been demoted to AAA. He will be joined by starter LHP Brian Burres who thankfully takes his ugly 14.21 ERA with him and should not be back with the Jays as long as better options exist.

The second half of the week was critical to the Jays ending their mini-slump, and was much kinder to the Jays offense and pitching. While Doc Halladay didn’t have one of his best starts on Friday, he did last 8 innings that allowed the pen some time to rest and the offense took the lead with 8 runs scored. Saturday’s extra innings 5-4 win was even more encouraging. It included Robert Ray’s first career start, which was solid, and was followed with the usual shut down performance of the Jays elite bullpen who shut out the Orioles over the last 5.1 innings of the game. The only run the O’s scored was unearned due to an Aaron Hill miscue, but he more than made up for it with a game tying HR in the same inning followed by a game winning single in the 11th. The opposite things occurred to Travis Snider this week, who made 3 key defensive plays but struggled at the plate and now sports a .229 average. The bullpen was effective as usual and deserves the praise it get. Carlson and Downs shut down the end of the week and the O’s on Sunday, which allowed Richmond’s great 7 inning performance to result in his 4th win of the season. Overall, the series against the Orioles was a much needed return to winning for the Jays who took 3 of 3 from their division rivals.

Week’s Record: 4-3

Season Record: 18-9

Injuries: Nil

This Week: Mon – Wed CLEVELAND; Thur – Sun @Anaheim


Boston Red SoxSurviving Grady

The Red Sox started the week in the same fashion they ended the previous week: winning. Tim Wakefield battled Cliff Lee through 8 scoreless innings on Monday before Jason Bay crushed a three-run homer to win it. On Tuesday, Tito forgot the mantra of “respect the streak” and inserted Julio Lugo into the line-up for the first time. Lugo fumbled a double-play ball that eventually led to three runs, and Lopez dropped a ball covering first to let in the winning run. Streak over. The Red Sox bounced back with a tenth-inning win on Wednesday from an unlikely hero” Jonathan Van Every. Then the Sox headed to Tampa and things fell apart.

The Rays are like the kid in high school that used to get picked on, then had a huge growth spurt over a summer, and came back to school wreaking havoc on those that tormented him. Matt Garza shut the Sox down on Thursday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh. The result was a 13-0 laugher that saw the Red Sox finish the game with just an infield single and two walks, and a lot of questions about Josh Beckett. Beckett gave up seven earned in four-and-two-thirds. Evan Longoria’s grand slam on Friday night was enough to power the Rays past Justin Masterson and Boston’s anemic offense.

It took Tim Wakefield to stop the losing streak just like he did in against Oakland a couple of weeks ago. It wasn’t a great outing but he kept them in the game and the bats were finally able to make something happen against Jeff Niemann and the Rays’ bullpen. The bats went back into hibernation on Sunday and the Rays end up taking three-out-of-four to climb out of the basement and knock the Sox back into second place. Onto the House That Roids Built. (ed note: RAB does not approve of this line)

Week’s record: 3-4

Season record: 15-10

Injuries: None

This week: Mon – Tue @New York; Wed – Thu CLEVELAND; Fri – Sun TAMPA BAY


Tampa Bay RaysRays of Light

This week started looking like it was going to be another disappointing stanza in what has been a pretty depressing song for the Rays so far in 2009, but thanks to a tremendous weekend series against the Red Sox, the Rays look like they might finally be turning the corner. The big story for Rays fans (and fantasy owners!) was, of course, Carl Crawford going insane against the BoSox on Sunday, swiping 6 bags as the Rays closed out a series with against the Beantowners. That was 3-out-of-4 for those of you keeping track, and though the Rays still find themselves 6 1/2 games back in the AL East, they’ve moved out of the cellar and are pointed in the right direction.

Most encouraging for the Rays has to be the way the starting pitching performed over the weekend. Matt Garza was brilliant against the Red Sox in the Rays’ 13-0 romp on Thursday, nearly throwing a perfect game. Andy Sonnanstine was his usual good-but-not-great self, and James Shields worked into the 8th inning in allowing just a pair of runs on Sunday. It’s the pitching that’s going to carry the Rays this season if they are going to win again, and if this past weekend is any indication, the Rays’ arms are primed and ready for a dogfight.

Week’s record: 4-3

Season record: 11-15

Injuries: Shawn Riggans (shoulder tendonitis, 15-day DL), Jason Isringhausen (moved to AAA for continued rehab, 15-day-DL)

This week: Mon – Tues BALTIMORE; Wed- Thur @New York; Fri-Sun @Boston


Baltimore OriolesDempsey’s Army

Owwww! Quit it!

0-6 this week makes for a painful recap. I’m not sure if it’s better or worse that the O’s were competitive in every game save for a loss to Roy Halladay. Three losses by a lone run, two by two runs. 22 men left in scoring position in the losses. Baltimore had their chances but failed to capitalize.

So, what are the bright spots? Adam Jones came back from a minor injury to continue his torrid hitting posting a .435/.458/.739 line this week. (one note to Adam Jones: you should quit blowing bubbles with your gum and looking so casual as you run down balls and make amazing plays look routine. It’s going to hurt your chances for a Gold Glove. Slow up every now and then and make an unnecessary basket catch like B.J. Upton.) Adam Jones and Nick Markakis are the two top runs corers in the American League. Melvin Mora came back from his hamstring injury, relegating Ty Wigginton to the bench. That’s really about it.

Meanwhile, down on the farm, LF Nolan Reimold continues to rake, posting a .390/.469/.756 line for the season. He hit 8 homers in April. He’s knocking on the door. Matt Wieters has raised his average to .270 but is only slugging .365 thus far. 21-year old Chris Tillman has posted a 2.37 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 19 innings at AAA Norfolk. There is hope.

Notes: RP Dennis Sarfate was placed on the 15-day DL and reliever Bob McCrory was recalled from Norfolk. McCrory can flat out bring it, hitting 95-96 on the gun when I saw him pitch in Gwinnett earlier this month…2B Brian Roberts was 0-14 during the Toronto series…Nick Markakis had his hitting streak broken at 17 games in Toronto. The streak tied the longest of his career….Top pick from the 2008 draft, LHP Brian Matusz, has a 3.67 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 27.0 IP in A+ Frederick.

Week’s Record: 0-6

Season Record: 9-16

Injuries: RHP Dennis Sarfate (15-day DL, numbness, right hand), Rich Hill (15-day DL, elbow, out until mid-May), UT Ryan Freel (15-day DL, concussion)

This Week: Mon-Tue @Tampa Bay; Wed-Thur MINNESOTA; Fri-Sun YANKEES

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  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

    there was definitely malicious intent with that last line from surviving grady

  • pat

    Onto the house that Roids built….

    Sawx fans are wicked clevah.

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    I like the way the Sux injuries are listed as “none”.

    It’s like Baldelli, Smoltz, Kotsay & Dice-K don’t even exist.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      I was wondering about that, too.

      • UWS

        Maybe they meant no injuries this week?

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          Life Lesson #1:

          Never give a Sux fan the benefit of the doubt.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      They probably just meant this week. But even if they didn’t, those signings were the greatest signings ever. They could potentially get so much for so little. They can’t be injured because they’re such good moves. Obviously. Don’t you know anything?

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        You failed to mention the Penny signing. The way he’s pitching, Theo probably wishes he was on the DL.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

          That’s where you’re wrong. He is teh awesome. Best pitching depth signing ever.

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

          P.S. Can we include David Ortiz on the injury list, or should it be on the bereavement list?

          http://www.instantrimshot.com

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            What, steroids withdrawal is now considered an injury?

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

              No, but being legally dead may be considered an injury.

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

      “It’s like Baldelli, Smoltz, Kotsay, Dice-K, and Lowrie don’t even exist.”

      You heard that torpedo hit the hull… and I was never here.

      • Colombo

        IETC

        gotta love Hunt for Red october quotes on RAB

    • Axl

      Well what about the Blue Jays? There’s said “Nil” too. BJ Ryan, Marcum, McGowan, etc…

  • UWS

    House That Roids Built might have to wait another day – it’s raining cats and dogs right now and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.

    Also, mazel tov to Blue Jays Daze, but did Drunk Jays’ Fans not want to do the feature regularly?

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

      They couldn’t meet the decent language criteria. Fucking hosers.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

        I’m shocked you guys still let me fucking comment.

        • J.W.

          Darned rain. Quick, everyone get up from your desk/cubicle/dorm room/mom’s basement and do an anti-rain dance? Are you all dancing? You aren’t, are you? Shame on you.

          • jsbrendog

            didnt work while i was at the stadium yesterday, doubt if it’d today

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

    Onto the House That Roids Built.

    I thought that was the name of David Ortiz’s second home in the DR?

    http://www.instantrimshot.com

    Sad fact of the day: According to Wiki, Big Sloppy’s 5 favorite films of all time are: Scarface, Analyze This, Anaconda, Rambo III, and The Pink Panther.

    • jsbrendog

      all obvious cinematic classics

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

        It was probably a tough call between The Pink Panther and Transformers, but he went with his gut.

        (Note: I am way too scared to find out whether Ortiz means the Peter Sellers version of The Pink Panther or the Steve Martin/Beyonce version of The Pink Panther. I think finding out the result of that inquiry would frighten me.)

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      Scarface (the newer one, that is) is probably the most overrated movie of the last half century.

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        Says you. I loved it.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Glad you clarified. Because the original Scarface (well, not the one starring Rod Steiger as Capone, but the one w/ Pacino) is one of the all-time greats.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

          I did not like the one w/Pacino at all. That’s just me, though.

          • pat

            Every rapper ever would like a word with you.

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

              They’re all dumb.

              Matt’s right, Scarface w/ Al Pacino is a bad movie. Horribly acted. With every viewing, it becomes less and less watchable.

              I’m not saying you shouldn’t own a copy of Scarface (hell, I own the boxset), it’s not a Transformers traveshamockery. But, putting it in your top 5? Ridiculous.

              It’s not even in Al Pacino’s top 5. I’d rather watch Alpa Chino from Tropic Thunder than watch Al Pacino as Tony Montana.

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

                It’s not even in Al Pacino’s top 5. I’d rather watch Alpa Chino from Tropic Thunder than watch Al Pacino as Tony Montana.

                Agreed.

                As for Scarface, I thought the acting was bad, the pacing was, well, frankly stupid, and there was very little character development.

              • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                Not in my top 5, but definitely in my top 25. Am I stupid too? Huh? Wanna fight about it?

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

                  Not in my top 5, but definitely in my top 25. Am I stupid too?

                  Probably. It’s part of your charm.

                  Now you’ve got me thinking, though. In no order, off the top of my head, at least 25 movies better than Scarface. Let’s go.

                  Godfather I
                  Godfather II
                  Goodfellas
                  The Usual Suspects
                  Coming to America
                  Trading Places
                  The Departed
                  All 6 of the Star Wars movies (that’s right, ALL SIX are better than Scarface)
                  Raging Bull
                  The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
                  Do The Right Thing
                  Malcolm X
                  Casablanca
                  City of God
                  The Manchurian Candidate (the original)
                  Unforgiven
                  Dr. Strangelove
                  Pulp Fiction
                  Reservoir Dogs
                  On the Waterfront
                  Lawrence of Arabia
                  The Searchers
                  Shawshank Redemption
                  Gone With the Wind
                  Raiders of the Lost Ark
                  Forrest Gump
                  Braveheart
                  Chinatown
                  2001: A Space Odyssey
                  Full Metal Jacket
                  Platoon
                  The Bridge on the River Kwai
                  Platoon
                  Taxi Driver
                  Silence of the Lambs
                  Field of Dreams
                  Shindler’s List
                  A Clockwork Orange
                  The Dark Knight
                  Fight Club
                  Seven
                  American Beauty
                  American History X
                  The Shining
                  Saving Private Ryan
                  Requiem for a Dream
                  Good Night and Good Luck
                  No Country for Old Men
                  Imitation of Life

                  …fuck, how many is that? I wasn’t counting. And there’s more, trust me.

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

                  Platoon on there twice, buddy.

                  Also, awesome that you’ve seen City of God.

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

                  Imitation of Life

                  Marry me. Right now. I thought I was the only one on this board who would know that movie.

                  Douglas Sirk is a fucking genius (or are you talking about the 1934 John Stahl version?).

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

                  Add Children of Men to that list as well.

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

                  Oh, yeah:

                  The Hunt for Red October http://riveraveblues.com/2009/05/al-east-roundup-42709-through-5309-11198/#comment-363472
                  Clear and Present Danger
                  Dogma
                  Michael Clayton
                  Frost/Nixon
                  Training Day
                  Little Miss Sunshine
                  The Queen
                  Ray
                  Aviator
                  Catch Me If You Can
                  A Beautiful Mind
                  Gladiator
                  Traffic
                  L.A. Confidential
                  Good Will Hunting
                  Quiz Show
                  The Remains of the Day
                  Annie Hall
                  Rain Man
                  Mississippi Burning
                  The Last Emperor
                  The Color Purple
                  Amadeus
                  The Untouchables…

                  I’m pretty sure I could get to two or three HUNDRED movies better than Scarface.

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  it’s in my top 25, but I count Star Wars once- the franchise occupies #1 on my list. I think there are a number of films on your list that I would take off, none more so than The Searchers and casablanca- those are two of the more overrated movies of all time in my book.

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

                  Matt:

                  A) We’d have to go to Vermont to do that (or wait for Patterson to change the law)
                  B) Yes, I’m speaking of the 1934 original
                  C) I didn’t personally like Children of Men all that much, but yeah, it’s also better than Scarface.

                • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

                  Lord of the Rings movies.

                  The Dark Knight.

                  Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

                • pat

                  American Psycho, friggen love it.
                  25th Hour.

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

                  Tommie:

                  A) I live in CT. It’s legal here.
                  B) See the 1959 Douglas Sirk version.
                  C) Well, yeah.

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

                  Moshe, your words about Casablanca will ignite the ire of Sweet Dick Willie.

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  I think you are listing plenty of good movies- I just enjoyed Scarface more than many of them. Off the top of my head, i would also add Memento to your list, A Few Good Men, and I loved The truman Show (so sue me).

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  Joe, it was a good movie, but not top 10 good, which is where it is usually listed.

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  Now that I think about it, its pretty depressing that I’ve seen pretty much every movie mentioned here.

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

                  Everyone get out and rent Rope (1949). Hitchcock’s first color (and most underrated) movie.

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

                  American Psycho, friggen love it.
                  25th Hour.

                  Yes and yes, two movies so much better than Scarface that I wonder if Scarface can legally be called a movie anymore. Dunno how they didn’t leap into my consciousness immediately.

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoIvd3zzu4Y

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  Yeah, 25th hour is a great movie. Couldnt get into AP, got bored.

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

                  Carlito’s Way
                  King of New York
                  The Deerhunter
                  Half Baked
                  Anchorman
                  Ben Hur
                  How the West Was Won
                  Once Upon A Time In America
                  Once Upon A Time In the West
                  Last of the Mohicans
                  Dr. Zhivago
                  A Man for All Seasons
                  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
                  The Sting
                  Wall Street
                  Jaws
                  Dog Day Afternoon
                  Ghandi
                  The Killing Fields
                  Man on Fire
                  Fargo
                  Life is Beautiful
                  Mystic River
                  There Will Be Blood
                  Putney Swope
                  Monster’s Ball…

                  Seriously, Moshe. One of the best 25 films of all time? REALLY?

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

                  Foreign Film Plug Time:

                  Turks Fruit Dir. Paul Verhoeven (1973, Netherlands)

                • UWS

                  Any top-anything movie list that doesn’t have Pan’s Labyrinth on it is instantly invalidated. Same goes for Princess Bride.

                • Tony

                  Layer Cake?

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

                  Agreed. Princess Bride >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Scarface.

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP5-qJSzDUg

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  Yes, really. Just because you keep listing movies, almost all of which I have seen, doesn’t mean they were all better than Scarface. I liked Scarface better than many of them. I mean, Man on Fire? Really?

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  Layer Cake= very underrated.

                • Sweet Dick Willie

                  it was a good movie, but not top 10 good

                  Yeah, that’s because it was THE BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME!

                  And anyone who doesn’t think so isn’t a romantic.

                  More great lines came out of that movie than probably any other.

                  Way back in college they ran a double feature with Casablanca followed by Play It Again, Sam. Awesome.

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

                  Man On Fire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Scarface.

                  But, even if you disagree, I’d love to hear which movies are in your top 25 sometime. Because I can see you quibbling with some of those movies listed above, but I can’t imagine that only 24 of those movies are better than Scarface (or less).

                  Saying Scarface is one of the top 25 movies of all time is like saying Jim Rice is a Hall of Famer.

                  Actually, it’s worse; Jim Rice has a better Hall candidacy than Scarface has a top-25 candidacy.

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  In no particular order

                  Godfather I and II
                  Memento
                  Star Wars (the franchise)
                  Primal Fear (not really such a great movie, but one of the best acting jobs ever from Norton)
                  Braveheart
                  Gladiator
                  American History X
                  Fight Club
                  A Few Good Men
                  Usual Suspects
                  Shawshank Redemption
                  A Beautiful Mind
                  The truman Show
                  Die Hard I (Best action movie ever)
                  Quiz Show
                  Scarface
                  Goodfellas
                  Good Will Hunting
                  Amadeus
                  Seven
                  The Dark Knight
                  Forrest Gump
                  Silence of the Lambs
                  Resevoir Dogs
                  Pulp Fiction

                  I’m not sure how many there are, but those were off the top of my head, Im sure I missed a bunch.

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  Left off Rain man, LA Confidential, and Jerry Maguire.

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

                  Am I the only one that liked Heat?

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  Like Heat a lot. More like top 100 material, though.

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  Oh, and left of LOTR and the first Matrix movie is at the back end somewhere there.

                • Thomas

                  Moshe have you ever watched a movie pre-1980 that isn’t the Godfather. Many of them are quite good and much better than the films on your list. Seriously watch One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Paths of Glory, Dr. Stranglove, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Serpico, etc and tell me how movies like A Few Good Men, Quiz Show, Reservior Dogs, Pulp Fiction, The Dark Night, Seven, etc. Also, I like all those films a lot, but they just don’t compare.

                  Also, by my count Al Pacino has been in 39 films and 14 are better than Scarface.

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

                  Am I the only one that liked Heat?

                  Yes.

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  Saw all of those except Paths of Glory. Loved Cukoo’s nest, and it should be on my list. Liked Serpico, didnt love it. Dont love Westerns, which is why I didnt love gb and ugly. That reminds me, Dirty harry is a great movie. Lots of tension. I will say that, quite naturally, I have seen a lot more current stuff than post-1980 stuff.

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

                  Moshe have you ever watched a movie pre-1980 that isn’t the Godfather. Many of them are quite good and much better than the films on your list. Seriously watch One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Paths of Glory, Dr. Stranglove, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Serpico, etc and tell me how movies like A Few Good Men, Quiz Show, Reservior Dogs, Pulp Fiction, The Dark Night, Seven, etc. Also, I like all those films a lot, but they just don’t compare.
                  Also, by my count Al Pacino has been in 39 films and 14 are better than Scarface.

                  Agreed with everything you said.

                  I hate to sound like DBHOF, but if you think Scarface is that good, you haven’t really watched and appreciated enough movies yet.

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  Oh, and talking about Al, Scent of a Woman is top 25.

                • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

                  Who gives a fuck. Moshe likes Scarface alot, it’s his opinion. I respect it.

                  But, where the hell is Payback with Mel Gibson? Damn, thought that would get mentioned.

                • Jack
                • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

                  Are we going to have a RAB movie night? Sleepover with milk and cookies beer and nachos?

                • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

                  Hookers and blow also?

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  C’mon TSJC, I didnt really expect movie elitism out of you. While I havent seen all of the classic pre-1980 movies, I have seen many of them. That’s just my opinion on them and on Scarface. Just because I dont agree with you doesnt mean my opinion is less educated. Yes, Scarface is over the top and too long. It’s also filled with tension and kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the film.

                • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

                  Jack, that movie was da bomb, yo!

                  Land Before Time?

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  Loved Brave Little Toaster. thought it was just me.

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

                  Godfather I and II, Memento, Star Wars (the franchise), Primal Fear (not really such a great movie, but one of the best acting jobs ever from Norton), Braveheart, Gladiator, American History X, Fight Club, A Few Good Men, Usual Suspects, Shawshank Redemption, A Beautiful Mind, The truman Show, Die Hard I (Best action movie ever), Quiz Show, Scarface, Goodfellas
                  Good Will Hunting, Amadeus, Seven, The Dark Knight, Forrest Gump, Silence of the Lambs, Resevoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction.

                  Left off Rain man, LA Confidential, and Jerry Maguire.

                  Oh, and left of LOTR and the first Matrix movie is at the back end somewhere there.

                  Loved Cukoo’s nest, and it should be on my list.

                  That reminds me, Dirty harry is a great movie. Lots of tension

                  Oh, and talking about Al, Scent of a Woman is top 25.

                  You just named 33 movies (if we allow you to use your BIG loophole of counting an entire franchise as one movie. If not, you’re at 41). Meaning, you need to trim down at least 8 that you named, and you haven’t even named some of the other classics like Casablanca or Citizen Kane or Gone With The Wind or On the Waterfront, or about 3-5 Stanley Kubrick films.

                  Now, I can understand if you think Casablanca, Citizen Kane, or Gone With the Wind aren’t top 10 movies; they’re universally acknowledged as masterpieces of cinema, but maybe they’re not your cup of tea, whatever.

                  But to say that they’re all not only NOT top 10 but NOT top 25 and NOT BETTER THAN SCARFACE…now you’re pushing the limits of credulity.

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

                  Pop, seriously? Payback? One of the few movies I’ve walked out of.

                • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

                  Was badass, man.

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

                  C’mon TSJC, I didnt really expect movie elitism out of you.

                  Why the hell not, aren’t I a well-established elitist asshole?

                  Seriously, though, I just think in order to really put Scarface in your top 25, you have to have a low threshold of expectation. You say that Scarface “kept you on the edge of your seat.”. Well, there’s probably 25 movies that do that just as much as Scarface, but they weren’t acted by cardboard cutouts and don’t have hackneyed dialogue.

                  And yes, I know this is a pointless discussion, because how can you argue an opinion? Just giving you a hard time.

                  We all know there’s only one list that matters: The #1 greatest movie of all time.

                  The Highlander.

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  Why exactly is this pushing the limits of credulity? I go to the movies to be entertained. I found Casablanca to be good, but I was not wildly entertained. The movies you mention, Kane in particular, are not so much known for their entertainment value as they are for certain aspects of them that were groundbreaking (ie cinematography). Personally, I dont love action movies, they dont entertain me. That does not mean that someone who does love them and has a list littered with them is wrong. That is just snobbish and elitism.

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

                  !!!

                  The series is on Hulu. The pilot was unbearable (except for the Christopher Lambert cameo), but after that it’s just as badass as I remember it.

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  Lol at Highlander. I think a list of bad movies would probably break this blog.

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

                  AFFLECK, YOU DA BOMB IN PHANTOMS, YO!

                • Thomas

                  I guess the real question is what is the worst movie ever?

                  My choices would be:

                  Manos: The Hands of Fate
                  Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000

                  Also, no one has mentioned a single Hitchcock film on their great lists, which is pretty amazing since he is widely considered the finest director ever.

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

                  A “Jay and Silent Bob” movie? Who would pay to see that?

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

                  Thomas: I mentioned Rope. But don’t hesitate to add Psycho to the list as well.

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  The worst movie ever, in my book, was Alexander with Colin Farrell. Awful acting, worse plot, really long. A drama without drama- what a novel concept.

                • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

                  Agreed Moshe, it was horrible. I’m a big Alexander the Great fan and was excited for the movie. It hurt watching that. The old one was much, much better than that. But once again, not saying much.

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

                Where’s “The Deer Hunter”, “Jacob’s Ladder”, “The Thing”, Anything with Kurt Russell, the original Bad Boys (with Sean Penn), Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Ghostbusters, The Lost Boys, etc???

          • Mike Pop

            While it wasn’t as good as advertised, was still fucking awesome.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

              Meh.

            • Ivan

              Speaking of movies, I saw X-men origins: Wolverine.

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

                I’m sorry.

                • pat

                  I saw it too, good thing I went the night the yanks came from behind against the Angels. Awesome decision.

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

                  Ouch…

              • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

                Heard it was pretty bad =(

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

                  I saw it before it came out (w/o the special effects). The story was so predictable.

                • pat

                  And they could have made Gambit so badass, instead he’s kinda fruity.

                • Brooklyn Ed

                  it was a bit rushed.

                • pat

                  Word, plus they could have made Gambit awesome but he was kinda fruity.

  • THU

    Seems like no one else has any major injuries but us in the division. A-Rod, Nady, Wang, Bruney, Marte and Ransom. That’s 6 of 25 guys from the opening day roster.

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

      Nitpick #1: Listing Ransom as one of our injuries from our opening day roster is accurate but disingenuous. The plan was for Ransom to be the UTI and see the field once in a blue moon, buried in the far nether regions behind the ironmen of ARod, Jeter, and Cano. So, I’d put the number at 5 as opposed to 6.

      Nitpick #2: The rest of the AL East is also injured. They’re just pretending like they’re not to try and comfort themselves.

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

        “Nitpick #2: The rest of the AL East is also injured. They’re just pretending like they’re not to try and comfort themselves.”

        While that might apply to three of the four teams, there is one team in the division that has such an immense amount of depth, the team actually gets better everytime somebody hits the DL.

      • Stryker

        The plan was for Ransom to be the UTI

        the plan didn’t go quite as, well, planned…but if by UTI you mean an uncomfortable pestilence (not necessarily of one’s urinary tract) then you’re spot on!

  • manimal

    Where did Drunk Jays fan go? Did they back out?

  • Klemy

    Only here could this thread change direction so much in such a short amount of time. lol

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

      I blame ARod.

  • Rob in CT

    The House that Roids Built. You stay classy there, Surviving Grady, you stay classy. Way to piss on an invitation to guest post.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/05/al-east-roundup-42709-through-5309-11198/#comment-363514

    You should of sat the next few plays out, ya know. Stopped talking for a while.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      You might not want to tell someone to stop talking when you a) say “should of” instead of “should have”. and b) when you confuse your verb tenses in your next “sentence” which is actually a fragment. You lose again.

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        Obviously, I made a mistake. But, there yu go again tough guy. Correcting my grammatical mistakes. You got me there, man.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

          I’ve got 6 days left of being an English major; let me enjoy it.

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

        Matt, when all this is over, I think you and me should get an apartment together.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

          Then I’ll never have to miss your musk.

  • claybeez

    Glad to have you on here, Mat! Way to represent your colors and BCN Pro.

    As for flicks: How about Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Traffic, Taxi Driver, The Thin Red Line, Black Robe, The Wrestler, Doubt, Black Hawk Down, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Syriana, The Good Shepherd (not everyone’s cup of tea, but a personal fave), Dangerous Liaisons, Being John Malkovich, The Ice Storm and many works of Zhang Yimou, like Raise the Red Lantern…to toss some out there.

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