Open Thread: Updating the 2009 Pledge Drive

Yanks to announce Stadium memorabilia sale tomorrow
Brackman dominates, but Charleston loses in extras

Safe At HomeBack in early April we announced our plans for The 2009 RAB Pledge Drive, which we’re using to raise money for Joe Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation. The basic idea is that readers pledge a certain amount of money for every run the Yanks score this year, then at the end of the season we would collect all the pledges and donate every cent to Safe At Home. We ran a similar pledge drive last year, raising $1,050 for The Jorge Posada Foundation.

To date, we’ve had twenty kind readers agree to pledge, good for $1.19 per run scored. Even though they’ve only had Alex Rodriguez for just three games this season, the Yanks have scored 172 runs, tied for the fifth most in all of baseball. That means we’ve already raised $204.68 for Safe At Home through just 31 games. We’re currently on pace to raise just about $1,070 over the course of the season.

If you haven’t pledged yet but want to do so, just shoot me an email at mike (at) riveraveblues (dot) com, and make sure you put Pledge Drive or something to that affect in the subject line. Most people are pledging five cents per run, but you’re more than welcome to pledge more or less. Every penny helps. Regardless of your feelings towards Joe Torre, I think we can all agree that domestic violence is something no child should have to endure. This is a chance for you to do something and help some poor unfortunate kid out there. Thanks to everyone who’s already pledged, and thanks in advance to anyone who plans to pledge in the future.

On a much lighter note, feel free to use this as your open thread since we have no Yankees baseball. The Mets-Braves game is on ESPN, and you’ve also got a pair of potential elimination games in the NBA playoffs on TNT. I’ll be kickin’ it with House and 24. Whatever your flavor, feel free to chat about whatever you like here. Just be nice.

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Yanks to announce Stadium memorabilia sale tomorrow
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  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

    For our NYC-based readers: The Mets game will be on SNY and not ESPN.

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

      I got Mets/Braves on ESPN in the Bronx

      • Mike Pop

        I’m gettin it here in Poughkeepsie, also.

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

          Yeah. weird. It’s on both SNY and ESPN in Brooklyn (and, I assume, elsewhere).

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            Same here in Queens. You have Time Warner?

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

              Yeah, Time Warner.

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                Gary Cohen on SNY or Steve Phillips on ESPN. Talk about a Hobson’s choice.

                Love Ron Darling, so I’m going with SNY.

                • Mike Pop

                  ESPN for the picture quality.

                • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                  Yeah, SNY looks like its shot with a Camcorder.

                • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                  Like Orel Hershiser on ESPN, too. Not as much as Darling, but he’s good.

                  BTW-Little known fact: Orel has a younger brother named Anal Hershiser.

                • Mike Pop

                  IETC whether be true or not.

          • Bob Stone

            It’s on both SNY and ESPN via Comcast in New Haven, CT as well.

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

    So I have to take a Spanish translation exam sometime before the end of the summer, so I decided it’d be good practice to translate an old spanish novel lying around the house.

    The very first chapter of this novel, the protagonist keeps trying to kill his mother because he’s afraid he’s becoming her.

    It is beyond messed up.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Awesome book about a man actually turning into a woman: Orlando by Virginia Woolf. Witty, funny, engaging book.

      Awesome book about the mother/son relationship: Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence.

      /former (!) English major.

      • Mike Pop

        Oh ya Matt, Congrats man!

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Thanks, buddy. I couldn’t have done it without you.

          • Mike Pop

            Pop = Robert Horry.

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

      Hold on… Is he, like, Kafka-becoming his mother, or Harry Chapin-becoming his mother?

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

        I’m not sure, I’ve never read Kafka or Chapin.

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

          http://instantcrickets.com/ (<—– at me)

          (Kafka’s Metamorphosis – Man actually becomes bug. Chapin’s song, Cat’s in the Cradle – Father laments that his son is the same kind of person as the father.)

          • andrew

            Metamorphosis… very bizarre.

  • Mike Pop

    Well, at least we get to watch teh Johan.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Mike francesa

      We shoulda traded Hughes fuh him when we had duh chance. Then we coulda put Jobber in dah bullpen where he bahlongs.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Chris Russo

    Say something funny, Mikey.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Mike francesa

      Your SIRIUS show sucks and nobody listens to it.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Chris Russo

        BWA-HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        Oh, your hot stuff Mikey! Hot stuff!

  • Mike Pop

    CC and Berkman for Greinke. I get CC and Berkman, pull the trigger?

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

      Oh hells yes. Sell high on Greinke, buy low on CC and Berkman.

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

      Oh $#@$@ yes.

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

      Mike and Becca said it well enough… But, yes. A million times, yes. I can’t believe someone is giving you CC and Berkman for Greinke, that’s f’ng awesome.

      • Mike Pop

        Ya, I pretty much thought it was a no-brainer. Worried bout Berkman’s health a bit. Have to keep him at utility because I have Pujols at 1st. Whatev, worth it. Just gotta move Dukes to the bench and Adam Jones to start.

        No worries.

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

          Health worries aside, Berkman is an absolute monster in fantasy baseball. Look at it this way (and this is why I can’t believe someone is making this trade with you)… Greinke has a great season, and you miss out on it… But you get CC Sabathia AND Lance Berkman for your trouble? Good grief. Barring unforeseen circumstances, this trade is dripping with WIN for you. I hesitate to call it a no-brainer, it’s worse than that (if that’s possible).

          • Mike Pop

            This is why I’ve come to like you, Mondesi.

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

              I didn’t even say that right… Point was that even if you miss out on Greinke’s amazing season, and even if CC and Berkman have average seasons for them or even a little worse… You still win that trade, and you win it big. Take away points from me for using a lot of words, above, and not sayng anything other than CC+Berkman (much much much) > Greinke.

              • Mike Pop

                Heh. Don’t worry, I understood.

  • steve

    me = bored at work.

    any yankee fans out there that live in the LA area? my other yankee fans and I are looking for some yankee bars.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Cant wait to hear the Clemens interview on Mike and Mike tomorrow morning. I would guess he has something newsworthy to say in the wake of the Manny revelations, but if his legal stuff is still pending then he may not be able to say much.

    Wonder why he’s doing the interview, anyway. Doubt he’s promoting anything, he’s not exactly marketable these days.

    • Yankeegirl49

      Book about him & roids out tomorrow, guess he wants to re-state his innocence.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Ahhh, so that’s it.

        In that case, I’ll hit the snooze button.

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

    You know what’s funny? Jeff Francouer would probably agree that Omir Santos (.300 BA; .310 OBP) is having a better offensive season than Marco Scutaro (.278 BA; .406 OBP).

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Benjie Molina is hitting .291/.289/.555 with 0 walks.

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

        Wait, how’s it possible that you hit more than you get on base?

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          He has 3 sac flies and no walks.

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

            Ah.

        • andrew

          Sac flies count as plate appearances that lower your OBP, but they don’t count as at bats and therefore don’t lower your average.

    • Steve H

      probably?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      Simultaneous Marco Scutaro posts!

      (see below)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

    My league counts OBP and BBs. I’m still starting Marco Scutaro because he’s leading the league in walks.

    Is that not the craziest of things?

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

    I’m in last place or near last place in many of my fantasy leagues.

    My idea of fantasy baseball is drafting a team on day one and then doing almost nothing.

    Eventually Lincecum and Nolasco will come around! They have to!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      Wait… Timmy’s a beast as usual.

      But yeah, Nolasco, not so much.

  • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

    Any know of any good mock draft sites for the amateur draft?

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Well, I’m glad that I didn’t go to the Daytona Cubs/Tampa Yankees game. Dellin Betances 1/3 4 hits, 3 runs and 1 walk. But the rains came, and now they are in a delay. Hopefully this one gets wiped off the books. The good news is that it finally rained after about 50 days.

    • Arman Tamzarian

      They pulled him after 1/3 of an inning with that line. That’s a pretty quick hook. It’s not good, but it’s not worthy of being pulled

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        No. It’s raining.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Anyone else impressed enough with Cervelli to start thinking about him as the full-time backup Catcher next year?

    He’s got good catching skills, a good arm, and is a surprisingly good runner for a catcher. You could pinch run him for Posada late in games, improve defensively and not have to burn two bench players.

    I’m so hot on this idea, I’m ready to tell Molina to take a hike.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Well Molina’s contract is up and I’m sure if Cervelli plays just like Molina did over the last two seasons, Molina’ll be gone and Frankie C will be the backup.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Molina doesn’t hit for shit anyway, so if Cervelli can hit around .225 its an upgrade, since he runs much better. Both are good defensively, that’s a wash.

        Everyone says his defensive skills are MLB ready, but the bat isn’t.

        • Mike Pop

          Yep, I’m on board with this if Cervelli shows he can handle the backup C job, which seems like he can.

          That’s 2 million the Yanks don’t have to pay for a backup.

          • andrew

            Cervelli also looks like Jose Reyes compared to Molina

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

      It’s been three games.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Yes, but it feels like forever. I fall in and out of love like a 13 year old schoolboy.

    • Arman Tamzarian

      Way too soon

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

      Dude, if you do this and Francisco Cervelli shits the bed, you’re down to Kevin Cash. In the unlikely scenario that Jose Molina is not even a serviceable backup, your next option is Cervelli. There is absolutely zero reason to kick Molina out the door in favor of Cervelli.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        I’m just goofing around. But I do like Cervelli’s skills. Most seen to think the bat still needs work, but he’s a keeper.

    • matt b

      I just hope the Yanks are kicking the tires over in Arizona on Miguel Montero–not saying he’s the end all be all, but he’s a far superior hitter than Molina or Cervelli (not as good defensively, I’ll concede) and might even be good enough to start full time in the event of an extended absence by Jorge and while waiting and hoping for the other Montero and Romine. I’m not saying you trade the world for him, just listen, and see what’s there. Given that the DBacks re-signed Snyder multiyear in the offseason, there’s got to at least be a chance to get something done.

      I don’t know if there’s a match otherwise, and call me crazy, but I tnink young catchers who can hit are such a precious commodity that I’d trade any prospect not named Hughes/Ajax/Jesus/Betances/Brackman. I guess that’s not such a bold statement.

      And BTW, Hughes for Salty? Just throwing it out there–any interest, who hangs up the phone?

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        We really need a defensive backup for Jorge for the next few years, until Montero/Romine are ready (or we sign Mauer). Cervelli is an excellent fit for that role. I love the idea that we can pinch run him anytime its late and Jorge’s on base, and only burn one bench player.

        • matt b

          See I think this is tricky–I hear alot of people say Jose Molina is the best backup catcher in the league. And I think that may technically be close to true, in the purest sense, i.e. he is probably an outstanding asset when he plays 1-2 times a week tops.

          But this club doesn’t need that so much, IMHO–it needs its backup to be more of a guy who is actually capable of being the starter catcher for a sustained strech. And Molina, while great defensively, just isn’t that–the black hole bat is too much overcome. Tough to find, no doubt, esp. in free agency. That’s why I think you look to trade for a guy like Montero

          Molina was 0.0 WAR in ’08 (and that accounts for his defensivle value) and 0.2 thus far this year, whereas Montero was 1.4 ’08 and 0.4 thus far.

          Now maybe Cervelli won’t be a black hole offensively–he almost certainly will be, though his IsoD is better than Jose’s, which is a positive sign–maybe he can actually get on base a bit.

          This club can go alot of ways next year (or even this year), but esp. next year, with Matsui off the books, I don’t think it’s crazy to make a play at a legit catcher and basically let Jorge DH primarily, maybe catch 20 times a year, spell Tex 20 times a year. I’m not convinced that’s the best option, but I think it’s one to consider.

          Make no mistake–it’ll be hard for this club to be a playoff team this season if Cervelli starts the rest of this year–they can do it if the rest of that offense stays absolutely healthy and Melky doesn’t regress–maybe you can survive one black hole with superior production from the other 8. But to go the Steve Goldman route, it’s awfully tough to win if 2-3 spots in your lineup give you replacement level production or lower.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            Good post, but I know the Yanks have always felt the kind of hitting they get out of Jorge is a huge edge, its something most other teams simply don’t have. So I see them simply playing him less and less as he ages, but leaving him as the starter.

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

    WTF? ESPN keeps showing that Chase Wright clip for no apparent reason.

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

      Apparently it’s the only noteworthy thing that occurred in the 20 years ESPN has been broadcasting baseball in two decades.

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

        Heh, redundancy FTW.

      • Arman Tamzarian

        Ummmm, Joba’s fist pump?

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

    ShysterBall rips apart the Selena Roberts book: http://tinyurl.com/o65j46

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

    ZOMG there’s empty seats behind home plate in CitiField!1!!

  • LC

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    Angels lefty Saunders talks about how he’ll never vote for A-Rod in all-star game because he’s tainted.

    Sorry, but why the heck would you go to the media talking about that stuff? I just don’t understand why he wouldn’t keep his thoughts within his clubhouse.

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

      Apparently it’s never occurred to Saunders that he might have made the ASG last year thanks to some wins he picked up because a few of his teammates were juicing. I mean, that’s not possible, no chance at all, right?

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        The Angels are too gritty to take steroids, Mike.

      • Arman Tamzarian

        Speaking of Saunders, I read a book called “Odd Man Out” by this kid who gets drafted in the Angels organization, it’s about his one season in the Angels organization, he talks a bit about Saunders, he kind of comes off as a dick. It’s an amusing read, nothing ground breaking though

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

        Heh, or maybe it’s never occurred to Saunders that he should keep his mouth shut and not disrupt anything as to keep whatever deal with the devil he currently has that has allowed him to pitch better than his career 4.35 FIP and 4.68 and 4.18 K/9 rates in the 2008 and 2009 seasons, respectively, says he should be pitching.

        • Mike Pop

          Heh, talking bout All Star games really?

          I would expect a man with balls to say that he’s no HOFer in his book.

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

      If Saunders doesn’t vote for A-Rod he can’t honestly vote for anyone else, either.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Speaking of a code of silence Orel. Why doesn’t Hershiser speak up about steroids in the clubhouses? He was the friggin pitching coach in Texas! Does he not know anything? Fucking hypocrite.

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

    WTF is Orel Hershiser talking about? Is he really saying that Roger Clemens has never, before now, come out and denied that he used steroids? What planet has Orel been living on?

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

    So, if you haven’t gone to see Star Trek as of yet, I highly suggest you do. It really is a damn good flick, and I don’t think I’ve ever watched a full episode of any version of the series.

    • Mike Pop

      Well, it can’t be as big of a dissapointment as Wolverine. But, ya, this is what I’m waiting for:

      http://tinyurl.com/r7j254

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

        These are my flicks that I’m steadfastly looking forward to:

        Funny People
        Away We Go
        Paper Heart

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

    For all the crap that Ca$hmoney gets for his free-agent acquisitions of pitchers, he does not nearly get the credit he deserves for the signing of Johnny Damon. The guy has been everything the Yankees could ask for (if you didn’t expect him to move from center field during the latter years of this deal then you’re an idiot, and you need to go away go to LoHud), and more.

    Also, as a little kicker, he’s been far and away better than the center-field replacements the Red Sox have trotted out their since the start of the 2006 campaign.

    • Ivan

      Johnny Damon has been terrific as a yankee since his signing. Post two of his best seasons in his career as a yankee and besides a cool dude as well. That’s been one of the more underrated signings in the last 3 years.

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

      Beat ya by 9 months.

      http://riveraveblues.com/2008/.....ent-130700

      (It came up earlier today in the Damon thread, that’s why I had the link handy.)

  • Ivan

    So Melky is off the “he sucks” list now?

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

      He’s on probation.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Tentatively.

  • yanke1313

    the yankees are looking at dominican prospects rafael de paula, gary sanchez, and wagner mateo or Gulliermo Pimentel.

    http://dominicanbaseballuniverse.blogspot.com/

    • Arman Tamzarian

      I’d be interested to know what the complaint the Yankees had with the Rangers was about?

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Jamal, are you alright with House banging your girl? haha

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

      Screw that Brit bastard.

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

    Compare and contrast Jeff Francouer with Melky Cabrera.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Franco is basically Melky w/more power.

      • Ivan

        Melky has much betta plate disipline and much betta fielder.

        • Mike Pop

          I don’t know bout that. Francouer is a solid fielder according to Fangraphs. Also has a monster arm.

          • Ivan

            Well Melky plays a premium position and plays it very well from the #’s say.

            • Mike Pop

              -8.0 is solid?

              • Ivan

                Didn’t No Maas had his #’s on Melky last week and it was pretty good.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    So my (boy) Bulldog wakes me up FOUR FUCKING TIMES yesterday. He comes up to me as I’m sound asleep and starts barking right in my ear! ROOF! R-R-R-R-ROOOF!! Right in my ear. I thought he had to go out, so I opened the patio door for him, but that wasn’t it.

    Finally I wake up enough to figure it out. He lost his ball. It was stuck under the floorboard heaters where he couldn’t get it. So I give him his stupid ball and now its 5:30 on a Sunday morning and I can’t get back to sleep.

    Anyone want a 7 year old Bulldog?

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

      Uh, where are you on this planet?

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        He just lost the stupid thing again, and it reminded me of yesterday.

      • Mike Pop

        He meant yesterday, I believe.

  • Ivan

    It just hit me, rite now in the NBA, it’s a legit arguement that LeBron, Kobe, Wade and even Paul are some best ballers playing at the same time in a long time. Those players are potential top 15-20 players eva.

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

    Aww, the Mets got a hit. Boo.

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

    Re: The subject of Mike’s post, above…

    Good for the 20 people who have already participated in the 2009 RAB Pledge Drive. To everyone else who reads/comments here: Make a pledge, don’t be a doucheface. Nobody’s asking anyone to give a lot of money. Every little bit counts, and EVERYONE can give a little bit.

    • Ivan

      Word make a pledge to save some lives.

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

      Pledged last year and this year again.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      HCM, there are ways to persuade people to donate to worthy causes. Calling them ‘Doucheface’ isn’t one of them. It might have made you feel better, but its counter-productive.

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

        Agree to disagree. Mike, understandably and with good reason, makes kind and sincere attempts to get people to participate. I don’t have to go that route, and I think that people who are here reading and commenting every day are douchefaces if they don’t participate.

        I don’t like when commenters resort to name-calling, and I try, I think pretty successfully, to stay away from name-calling around here. But this isn’t a discussion about whether Nady or Swisher should have started the season in right field. The guys who write this blog provide us all with a service we appreciate and they have taken it upon themselves to organize and administer a pledge drive for a very worthy cause, and EVERY regular reader and/or commenter should participate. 20 participants is not enough, we can do better. EVERYONE should give a few bucks.

        • Arman Tamzarian

          Since I happen to work for a non-profit organization for homeless youth and am often soliciting support and donations, I can tell you, that you don’t go to people and tell them they owe you something or their an asshole. Hell, even the homeless say thanks when you say I got no change. The way to go about it is to tell people why they should give, the importance of the organization, and why you support it. Not calling people “Douchface”

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

            Good grief. People around here call each other worse than “doucheface” when discussing the freaking Charleston Riverdogs, but apparently I went way over the line by calling people who can’t give a buck to charity a name. I take it back, with great apologies to anyone I may have offended, and I feel shame.

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

              PS: In all seriousness, I may not agree with you guys and I don’t think what I said was so bad, but I’ll take it under consideration and I won’t use language like that if I ever discuss the Pledge Drive again. Tonight, the cat’s out of the bag, and I can’t get him back in. Such is life.

              • Arman Tamzarian

                I agree with your intention 100%, and you should continue pushing it as hard, I’m just saying your point would be better received if you present it differently.

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

                  Yah. I got that, and I said I’d do what you guys said in the future. I happen to think this particular situation is a little different than your situation with fundraising at work, but in the interest of RAB friendship and respect for other commenters I said I hear you and I’ll cool it with the doucheface stuff. Now drop it and don’t be a doucheface.

                  (Most annoying RAB conversation ever? Most annoying RAB conversation ever. lol)

            • thurdonpaul

              doucheface comment worked on me, im gonna donate,thanks for reminding me

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

                HA, suck it Artist and Arman.

                (I’m wearing my Thurman t-shirt, we’re like ET and Elliott.)

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist
    • Ivan
      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Hahahahah!

        • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

          How is that book doing? If you believe ESPN it’s a great seller and still a relevant book. But I don’t. A simple google search tells me the book has been very disappointing. Something like 61st on the bestseller list.

          ESPN cherry-picked their info and instead mentioned it’s rank on Amazon.com…something like 170th. Which is good. But if you can’t name where a book is on the New York Times Bestseller list to further your point, some red flags go up.

          “The Yankee Years” is ahead of the A-Rod book….

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            I dont know, but the best way to look at a book is within its category. Its #1 among sports books.

            http://search.barnesandnoble.c.....2Pid=17801

            • whozat

              Yeah, but how many sports books came out last month?

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                [facepalm]

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

    Yes, ESPN, Lowe >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oliver Perez.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      But Perez has teh upsidez!

  • Mike Pop

    C-Webb getting all ghetto on TNT.

    • Ivan

      Im not gonna lie, I find C-Webb quite cool on TNT.

      Also, another guy who is quite underrated in the NBA. That dude was awesome as a player.

      • Mike Pop

        I do too. Loved to watch those Kings’ teams. Bibby, Christie, Peja, C-Webb, and Divac. I was pulling for them to beat the “evil” Lakers every year. Haha

        • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

          That 2001 series was a heartbreaker! I hadn’t been into a basketball series that intensely since those Knicks/Pacers, Knicks/Heat series of the good old days.

          • Mike Pop

            Heh, it sucked no doubt. Bibby was awesome, still is in my opinion. He’s one of my favorite players. Horry hit the 3 and Samaki Walker’s 3(halfcourt shot) at halftime buzzer that shouldn’t of counted!!! Arg, brings back bad memories. Bobby Jackson – haah. He was funny.

        • Ivan

          What kills C-Webb he falls under the “Not clutch” category with the “Time out” and playoff losses.

          That King team should of beaten that Laker team as they outplayed them but to be fair, Robert Horry fucked them in game 4 and then the refs fucked them in game 6 and finally they fucked themselves in game 7.

          • Mike Pop

            Yep, the same title that Dirk will fall under after his career unless he does something big soon.

            • Ivan

              Yep, Dirk is a terrific player but I have my issues with him too sometimes.

          • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

            I’m completely serious when I say I stopped watching basketball considerably because of the refereeing in that series.

  • Corey Nord-Podberesky
    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      That dude’s going to jail, its just a question of how long.

    • Ivan

      I notice more and more especially in football, that even if your a wreck off the field, if your teammates love ya if you produce and ya cool. Yet TO is as clean as a whistle off the off the field and players hate his guts.

  • Charlie

    Anyone else find it ridiculous that the yanks DFA’d Jackson and Hacker instead and not fuckin Angel Berroa?

    • Mike Pop

      No. Hacker and Jackson did not have real futures on the Yankees anyways. Also, gotta make sure Alex is okay.

      • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

        Isn’t that what Pena is for? He got most of the playing time anyway when Alex was hurt. He was by far the best replacement. It’s not like Berroa got much playing time in the first place.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          I think they’re hanging on to Angel as a “just in case” until they absolutely do not need him.

          • andrew

            Agreed, but just to be devil’s advocate here… couldn’t they have DFA’ed Berroa, and then if Alex got hurt again in the next weeks they could sign Durham, Grudz, or even Berroa again and then DFA Hacker/Jackson at that point?

            • A.D.

              Or called up Duncan/Russo/Malec.

              • whozat

                How many games has Russo played since he came off the DL? I do kinda like him, though.

            • whozat

              Well…Durham and Grudz are second basemen, so…there’s that problem. And what if Berroa had signed somewhere else? So, your contingency plans make no sense.

              • andrew

                Berroa is not a 3rd basemen, and neither is Pena, but they managed to play 3rd. Remember, this is an emergency plan if ARod goes down again, which isn’t likely. So I wouldn’t say my contingency plan makes no sense. If ARod goes down, we currently have Berroa (not a 3rd basemen) backing up Pena (not a third basemen). Would it really be THAT much worse having Grudz (not a third basemen) or Durham (not a third basemen) to back up Pena instead of Berroa, which would allow us to save a young arm or two that may contribute at some point? Seems reasonable to me.

            • steve (different one)

              it’s the middle of may and those guys haven’t played since last season. no spring training.

              i’m guessing as a short term fix, they’d be next to worthless.

        • steve (different one)

          no, that’t not what Pena is for (right now). if Alex has a setback and can’t play the field, Pena is the starting 3Bman.

          which means you still need a backup infielder.

          i’m guessing they give Berroa until after the 3 games on turf. bet Alex doesn’t start all 3 at 3B.

          it was time for the Yankees to clear some space on the 40 man. it’ll help them going forward.

          as for right now, be patient for another few days.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Well if Humberto Sanchez, Ivan Nova, JB Cox or Alan Horne are any guide, they’ll have both of them back by next week.

      Kind of makes me depressed that nobody wants our pitchers.

      • A.D.

        Well we don’t have any of those guys on the 25 man roster, so why would another team?

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          They have to have been on our 40 man to need to be DFA’d in the first place, and would need to stay on their 40 man for a year if they want to keep them.

      • whozat

        You just listed a bunch of guys that are returning from injury and one who was in A ball last year that needed to crack an MLB roster to avoid getting returned. The Twins took Jason Jones. “Our pitchers” make up 2/5 of the Pirates rotation right now.

        Though JB Cox may legitimately never come back at all, it’s true. I dunno…it’s hard for me to get upset that no one wants to add our 25th best pitcher to their major league roster right now.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          I know, its just that each one of them was a prospect who either had trade value or was in our plans at some point.

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

    House is simply amazing.

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

      Amen

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Hooch is crazy.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Poor Johan.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I agree. If the Mets could provide run support for him then it would be a guarantee win. It’s like Johan works both ways.

      • Mike Pop

        I hear he swings both ways too.

        http://instantcrickets.com/

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Matt: LIKE A BISEXUAL!
          Pop: Yes, Matt. That was the joke.

          • Mike Pop

            Heh.

            Family Guy FTW!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

          No, both ways swing Matt Wieters~

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        The poor guy probably thought once he left Minny, his run support issues would be over .

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

      It still bugs me that the Twins accepted that shittastic package from the Mets.

      • Arman Tamzarian

        Does that go down as one of the more lopsided trades in history, didn’t they already release Humber?

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Yeah, and I think he cleared waivers so he’s back with the team.

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

          It wasn’t THAT lopsided. The Mets traded a potential everyday, Gold Glove centerfielder, a potential mid-rotation starter, a back-end filler, and a high upside arm for one year of Johan.

          I still believe in Gomez, but the three arms have all taken a step back. The beauty of hindsight.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            That’s not the point, though. The Yanks offered a far superior deal and they turned it down. According to Cashman, even at the last minute they were asking for either Hughes+ or Wang and IPK+. Either of those deals was more than they got from the Mets.

            Either Smith was caught with his pants down (assuming the Yanks would cave) or they never wanted to deal him in the AL. I’ve always believed the latter.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        They didn’t want to deal him in the AL. I refuse to believe that Bill Smith is that stupid.

        Their prior GM Terry Ryan stepped down in advance of the Johan deal, so I suspect he knew it was something he didn’t want to hang around for.

        • Mike Pop

          Johan had them at a standstill though. They really only had 3 options with both NY teams and Bos. He wanted to go to a winnining team and he wanted to get his money.
          Also, he didn’t want to go to the West Coast.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            2 teams if you ask me. I always thought Boston was a stalking horse. Simply there to drive up the price for us.

            Johan’s great, but he’s a lefty flyball pitcher. That doesnt work in Fenway.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Oh and I said this on Opening Night and I’ll say it again: the Braves’ blue unis look like Little League jerseys.

    • Mike Pop

      Please abide by the RAB guidelines.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

        I abided your mom by the RAB guidelines last night.

        /HEY-O!

        • Mike Pop
          • Mike Pop

            Click it many times in a short period. The sound is funny, like a choir/muslim type.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

              It is like being called to prayer. Amazing.

  • Steve H

    So when is BJ Upton going to turn it on? I’m about to trade Holliday and Blalock for him, I need the steals and he’s bound to break out soon, right?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He should. I was trying to buy him cheap but it ain’t work so far lol.

      • Mike Pop

        When is he finally going to bust out for that 30 HR power?

        • Steve H

          When he’s introduced to Angel Presinal

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Oh and one way for the Mets to not lose is to keep starters until the 8th. Then JJ Putz and K-Rod should do the rest…
    And see they put a closer in teh 8th! That’s how important it is! The Yankees could learn a thing or two from the Mets.

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

    It slays me that Omir Santos is a semi-regular for the Mets. That dude flat out sucks, and always has.

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

    FOX 5 News just showed two identical pictures of a dog in a NY Giants cap and said there was a secret message in one of them. They also said that terrorists can now use photographs against us by – I assume – transporting secret messages within them.

    Beware the JPEG!!1!11!1!

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    This is definitely the news I want to hear right now. I have a soar throat and I feel kind of crappy and now I hear there is a confirmed case of H1N1 at my school. Wonderful.

    • Steve H

      Oink oink.

      • Cor Shep

        It’s okay my school has like 20 confirmed cases and I’m fine :)

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

      My migraine is on Day Three.

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

    Bobby Cox is still one of the best managers in the game.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Brian Baisley with the promotion, and he continues to rake.

    Aahh to be 26 and in High A.

  • 27 this year

    You know what’s funny.

    Halladay had a 5-1 record with a 2.40 ERA against us last year. God I hate their manager for setting him up to vs us all six series against the Blue Jays. 5-1!!!!!!!

  • Greg G.

    Hey, how about Brackman tonight: 8 7 2 2 1 9!

    • Cor Shep

      he went into best mode – god I hope he pans out!

    • V

      NICE!

      With that stupid big league deal they gave him, he better learn quickly!

  • A.D.

    Brackman dealing.

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

    ESPN just totally ripped on Joba and CC…ayayay.

    I’m going back to hockey.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      What did they say?

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

        That CC hasn’t pitched well and Joba has a blood blister and the Yankees’ pitching hasn’t come together at all (they were referring to the starters)

        They coulda said something nice about Damon or Melky, but they didn’t.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Meh, I can’t argue that their pitching hasn’t come together, but it is in the process of doing so.

          • V

            And the Sox starting pitching has been WORSE, rofl.

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              They have Brad Penny and John Smoltz. Their depth is incredible.

  • Drew

    Phillips thinks the Mets are lacking players like Pedroia and Youkilis because they grind it out. Then they questioned whether or not the Mets have enough grit to win.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yup. They have the talent to win but do they have the grit?!

      • A.D.

        Grit >>>>> Talent

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Yep according to Phillips grit is everyhting.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        If “grit” means “starting pitching” then no, they don’t have the grit to win.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Last year, Bobby Abreu and Jason Giambi were at the top of the league in terms of pitches per plate appearance, which is actually grinding “it” out. Were they grit-tastic, too?

      • Drew

        Hellls no. They ground it out in all the wrong ways. They didn’t care as much as Pedroia and Youkilis.

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

    So, what have I learned tonight? Nothing much, just that “The Edge” and “grit” is what’s most important, apparently.

    • A.D.

      I love how during the 6 game winning streak there was no issue with the Mets leadership, but lose a game, bam

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

    Hey, Hershiser, Jason Bay gave back more runs on bad defense (-8.2 UZR) than Manny Ramirez (-3.0 UZR) did this season. Shut your dumb fucking mouth.

    But Jason bay is white and quiet, so nobody cares.

    • Drew

      Yeah, Manny made the other Dodgers “concentration levels” go down.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Dear Jamal,

      I feel your pain (/Bill Clinton). I really do. But you have to realize that ESPN is allergic to research and actual analysis. If you accept this, your life will be like…8 times easier.

      Sincerely,

      Matt.

    • A.D.

      Manny Ramirez = 2 WS rings & team has almost always made the playoffs (I believe only missed it twice).

      Bay = 1 playoff appearance after being picked up midseason.

      Soo who helps a team win?

  • Drew

    Did you guys hear Phillips earlier saying that Santana’s essence and the feeling he portrays are why the Mets don’t score when he pitches. Orel’s reaction was funny, he was like “can you explain that?”

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

      Sadly, that’s not the first time an ESPN “analyst” has said something of the sort. Harold Reynolds once said something like that as well (it’s somewhere on FJM, look it up if you’d like, I can’t remember the exact quotes).

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        The one about scoring runs for good pitchers, right?

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

          Yeah, that one.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD
            • Drew

              Haha, that’s exactly what Phillips said tonight. Santana’s atmosphere promotes little offense for his team.

              • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                Wouldn’t the opposite be true? Wouldn’t the way he pitches make guys think: “Alright. Johan’s on the mound. They’re fucked. Let’s go get him some runs and win this shit.” And, wouldn’t they be less pressured to get runs that way? Doesn’t the MSM always harp on people “pressing” to it and score runs? Whatever, I’m done trying to figure those asshats out.

                • Drew

                  Truly is batshit insane. Not worth trying to figure it out. One thing we now know, Santana needs to set the mood better next time so his atmosphere promotes scoring.

            • Joey

              2 thoughts:

              1. I feel dumberer for having read a transcript from a Reynolds/Kruk/Phillips idiot-off where they’re all winners and losers at the same time

              2. I miss FJM a lot. A lot.

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

    Heh, the ESPN ticker says “Mets fail to provide run support and defense; fall to the Braves.” Can the game at least finish first?

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

    I suffered pain.

    I needed law.

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