Sunday Night Open Thread

Damon makes it three walk-offs in a row
Wang dominant in AAA rehab start

I assume you’re still working off your three straight walk-off wins hangover, so feel free to mingle right here in tonight’s open thread. The late game on ESPN features the Mets and Giants, and a matchup of two of the better young righthanders in the game: Mike Pelfrey and personal fave Matt Cain. Aside from the Mets, you’ve also got Game 7 between the Magic and Celtics on TNT, plus a horde of new episodes of The Simpsons, Family Guy, etc.

DotF will be along later, but feel free to talk about whatever you want here. Just be nice.

email
Damon makes it three walk-offs in a row
Wang dominant in AAA rehab start
  • E-ROC

    Jon Miller, Joe Morgan, and Steve Phillips. Oof!

    I hope the Magic win.

    • Tom Zig

      “My point is you can’t compare things with statistics”
      -Joe Morgan

  • Steve H

    Jim Rice was just on NESN talking about how he likes the Blue Jays because they aren’t looking for walks. He said, you can’t win by getting walks, you’ll just end up clogging the bases. Can they take back HOF membership since he hasn’t been enshrined yet?

    • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

      I heard they dont show OBP on the scoreboard.

      /Jeff Francoured

      • Chris

        My favorite was the blog post that pointed out they do show OBP in Atlanta.

    • A.D.

      you’ll just end up clogging the bases.

      Rice must be thinking of that non existent rule where you can’t walk if the bases are loaded.

    • AlexNYC

      Now that’s a shot at Nick Swisher.

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

    Bah, I just checked the schedule and Roy Halladay will be missing both Boston series this month.

    • A.D.

      we can only hope for something to alter the rotation.

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

        No way they can. I went with the assumption that they would keep Halladay on four days of rest for the second series in TOR at the end of the month which comes after a day off.

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

    What’s more annoying: Relief pitchers being unable to throw strikes; or NBA players committing moronic fouls in the paint?

    • E-ROC

      That’s tough. Can we say both? Fouling in the paint is probably about defenders being lazy while relief pitchers may not have their best stuff in that particular outing. So I guess my choice is fouling in the paint.

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

      Depends who’s playing

    • A.D.

      Both are incredibly annoying, however the fouls is generally a mental mistake versus the balls which generally aren’t.

    • Ivan

      Both but to be fair, throwing k’s is just really inexcusable whats so ever. While sometimes fouling in the paint against a guy like Howard or Shaq isn’t the worst thing in the world.

    • http://Greg Greg P

      I’d have to go with Yi Jianlian. Definitely the most frustrating foul machine I’ve seen in a while. And he doesn’t even get his money’s worth.

  • A.D.

    Interesting balk for Pelfry

  • jonathan

    Wang went 7IP CG 4H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K for the Win at AAA. Bruney didnt fair as well 1IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K but not terrible. Not that Hughes is stinking it up but it would be nice to get Wang back throwing bowling balls

    • A.D.

      Interesting to know what Bruney’s velocity is at.

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

        PeteAbe says “he hit 94.”

        http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....s-work-in/

        • A.D.

          Yeah, found Chad Jennings blow by blow of the outing 92-94, and gave up a weak single and a strong double.

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

    Wow, have you guys taken a peep at the NL Central lately? Four teams with 20 or wins (MIL; CHI; STL; CIN), and the ‘Stros and Buccos round out the division with records of 17-19 and 16-21, respectively.

    • Ivan

      That is impressive.

  • LiveFromNY

    If we stay healthy I think we could take back those lost RS games.

    That wrong must be made right.

  • Ivan

    No matta who wins game 7 of this game, neither team is beating Cle anyway.

    Who ya guys got in the Western Con Finals?

    I got Lakers in 6.

  • A.D.

    Who gets optioned out for Bruney? Personally I’d like to see Edwar or Alby, but I fear it might be Aceves

    • Ivan

      Could be Aceves. I thought it should be Alby even though personally I think Alby is better than what people think he is.

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

      Tomko? Why is everyone putting Edwar on the chopping block over Tomko?

      • Ivan

        Edwar is K machine when he’s on. Pitchers who can k guys like that are quite valuable.

      • A.D.

        I figured they don’t want to lose Tomko yet, whereas Edwar can be optioned back.

    • Nigel Bangs

      Is Veres out of options? I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tomko go back down.

    • Steve H

      Alby has been pitching well lately, fwiw.

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

    I love watching the physical ineptness of Brian Scalabrine.

    • Ivan

      LOL.

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

        Seriously, tell me he doesn’t remind you of the man-tit having dude at the Y, or some shit like that.

        • Ivan

          The guy persoanlly likes Michael Rapaport in the Celebs All-Star game.

  • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

    If your the Knicks and you end up at 8 do you go:

    Lawson or Curry.

    • A.D.

      Lawson

      • Ivan

        Would u agree that Curry is just a better version of Eddie House?

        • A.D.

          Prob, personally I just have a feeling Curry could suck, where as I think Lawson will be a good point for D’Antoni

        • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

          Could be. House is probably a better defender.

          • Ivan

            Trust me dude, you could score on Eddie House. His D is awful.

            • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

              I never said he could defend, just better than curry.

    • Ivan

      Be honest, I don’t know.

      Neither guy are gonna be stars players at the next level.

      Lawson is a better pure point, but Curry is a better scorer and has more polish.

      I might go Lawson.

      But fuck that I want the #1 pick to get Blake Griffin.

      • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

        I disagree, i think lawson could be a star at the NBA level, especially in Dantoni’s system. He ran in a similar uptempo offense in college, and hes strong enough to get to the rim. Hes gotta improve his jump shooting, but he has the potential to be a star in the league.

        Currys going to be able to score, but who knows if he can take it to the basket or defend at the nba level.

        • Ivan

          The problem like u said can he shoot and he’s gonna go against much longer and athletic wing players who can give him problems. Not to say Lawson can’t be a good and I think he will but he’s gotta be put in a good system like u said D’Antoni.

    • http://Greg Greg P

      What about Jrue Holiday? I might take him over both of those guys.

    • E-ROC

      I’d go with Stephen Curry. He is probably an average athlete, but his IQ is off the charts. Despite being an average athlete, he can still get his shot off, create his shot and create for his teammates, and plays great off the ball. Curry is also a good passer but sometimes his decisions can go awry. Defensively, he is fundamentally sound, but athletic players will give him fits. Lawson is a better athlete than Curry and he might be able to finish better at the rim. Lawson also runs a team better than Curry, but that’s about it. Personally, I’d take Curry in a heartbeat.

      • Zack

        Is he any different then JJ Redick?

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

    I was at the Stadium for the first time yesterday. It. Was. Glorious. The Stadium was beautiful, the food was good, and the game was fanfuckingtastic. I cannot wait to go back again.

    • A.D.

      Plus, got some bonus baseball, not too shabby.

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

        Word. And, no lie, swear on Mo, when A-Rod was walking to the plate in the 11th, I turned to my girlfriend and said “I just want him to hit it right over that Canon sign in left.”

    • Ivan

      That’s terrfic man. I really hope I can make it to the new Yankee Stadium this season.

  • Ivan

    Yo Dwight Howard has lil to no post moves.

    • Steve H

      If he can’t dunk, he’s a horrible offensive player.

      • Ivan

        Yeah his game rite now is limited. Can u imagine if he had the post moves or offensive skills of a Pau Gasol.

        • Steve H

          He’d be Hakeem, who is ridiculously underrated. That man was a beast.

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

            I have an awesome red and yellow Hakeem jersey.

          • Ivan

            Really underrated. The guy had the best set of moves on the block or the post I,ve eva seen. David Robinson is still faked out by the moves rite now.

            • Steve H

              Yeah, due to the era he gets lumped in with Ewing and Robinson, but he destroyed both of them, and even the young Shaq.

              • Ivan

                To be fair, Ewing should of won that championship over Hakeem in 94. As a Knick fan, there were so many things I can talk about that Finals.

                • Steve H

                  Olajuwon outscored him in every game of the series and posted numbers of 26.9 ppg on 50.0% shooting compared to Ewing’s 18.9 ppg on 36.3% shooting. Hakeem was simply better in that series and in their careers. Not to take anything away from Ewing, but Hakeem is in the Abdul-Jabbar/Shaq conversation while Ewing is with Robinson in a category below.

                • Ivan

                  I know that, but still, the Knicks should of won that series. Yeah Hakeem was a beast and beat up on Ewing but I was talking about how the Knicks out played the Rockets that Finals.

    • GG

      yea, his game is extremely limited for a guy who could/should be a superstar of the highest level….if he wants to be at that level he’s going to have to work on that

  • Ivan

    Marcin Gortat might have the biggest nose in sports.

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

    I really hate fans who scream at referees at a NBA game. They should kick anyone out who does that, it’s so tool-ish.

    • Ivan

      I learned something today, in FIBA international basketball u can get a tech if u scream at a opponent who’s trying to shoot a 3 pointer when he’s near ur bench.

      • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

        happens in the NBA too. unless your talking about fans.

  • Pingback: Wang dominant in AAA rehab start | River Avenue Blues

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

    I have never heard someone say “leader” as many times as Joe Morgan has in the last ten minutes.

    • A.D.

      People really think the Reyes hurts the Mets somehow?

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

        I really wish they’d trade him to us.

        • Steve H

          IPK and Igawa. Cash better not turn it down.

          • AlexNYC

            If Reyes goes to the Bronx, I blame A-Rod.

      • Ivan

        I was shocked that the Daily News had a poll if the Mets should trade Jose Reyes.

      • UWS

        “People” also think Joba should be in the bullpen.

        To summarize, “people” are idiots.

        • Steve H

          IETC.

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

        Phillips is basically saying that Beltran does too now. Holy hell are these guys dumb.

  • UWS

    Apparently Steve Phillips thinks that Beltran is part of the Mets’ problem. I think Yanks would gladly take both Beltran and Reyes “problems” off the Mets’ hands.

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

      He hates the Mets. If a player hitting .379-.473-.593 with Gold Glove defense in center field is part of the team’s problems, then another problem is planning the parade route.

      • Ivan

        Yea he has absolute hatrid of that franchise. I mean Beltran is a top 10 player in baseball period.

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

        He hates the Mets intelligence.

        Fixed.

      • mustang

        One of the bigger mistakes that the Yankees made. Does anyone remember how that went down? All i remember was Boras coming back to the Yankees and offering him for less money.

        • Mike Pop

          The Yankees wanted to figure out the Unit situation first I believe. They asked Carlos to wait, but by then, he signed with the Mets even though the Yanks could of had him for 96 million I think.

          • mustang

            Didn’t Steinbrenner say no or something? I think Cashman wanted him but George didn’t? I’m not sure.

            Who was playing center at the time?

            • mustang

              Or Cashman had to pick between the Big unit or Beltran he couldn’t have both something like that.

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

              I think Cash wanted him, but Steinbrenner told him to get RJ first, and by time that happened Beltran signed. I think that was Bernie’s last year as the full-time CF.

              • mustang

                That sounds about right. That’s two i could kill George over Sheffield over Guerrero doesn’t bring joy into my life.

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

                  Eh, that probably wasn’t a great choice but it’s not as bad as we sometimes make it out to be. After all, Sheff had two top 10 MVP finishes in his time w/the Yankees (2nd in ’04…to Vlad, ha).

                • mustang

                  Yes i guess, but you throw in Sheffield’s side luggage and Guerrero wins.

    • Mr.Jigginz

      That was a shot at Jeter…

  • RCK

    Steve Philips just suggested that the Mets need to reconstruct their team so that they have more “grit” (as opposed to a player like Beltran).

    Too bad he’s not the GM of the Mets. We could probably do Gardner for Beltran straight up.

    • AlexNYC

      + 1

    • Ivan

      U think the Sox would trade Pedroia fo Beltran? I can see Theo talking to Pedroia and saying

      “Hey we luv ya grit and gutty and toughness but…..ur going to New York”

      • andrew

        The Red Sox would trade a gritty guy for a latin player? Doubtful.

  • GG

    MUST ROOT AGAINST ALL BOSTON TEAMS

  • Ivan

    Who’s more dumber?

    Philips with saying Beltran is the problem or Francesa saying to Met fans it’s time to break up the core. Francesa is the same guy that said that Howard is better than Beltran folks.

    • mustang

      Anything that Philips says about NY baseball teams is dumb. When is this guy going to get over it?

    • Zack

      “breaking up the core” doesnt mean trading Reyes, Wright and Beltran. If you listened it was just about moving Delgado and Wright in order to get another ace caliber pitcher

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      Ryan Howard?

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

    I love Dwight Howard, it’s like he takes away a piece of a man’s pride with every block.

    • Ivan

      Even though Perkins has had him in check this series.

  • mustang

    Yankees on a 5 game winning streak and Boston losing 4 out 6 in the west coast.
    It’s Christmas in May.

  • mustang

    85-66 Magic things just keep getting better.

  • Ed

    Isn’t it amazing how two different games, in two different sports can go to commercial at the same time?

    • andrew

      It should never happen.

  • Mason

    I didnt take the time to read through the rest of the comments so i dont know if this has been talked about or not tonight but…. Whats happening to Cano??? yea he’s still batting .296 but that a good 70 points lower than where it was.. I know he’s streaky but i hope he doesnt fall too far under .300 before his end-of-the-year streak hits like it always does sometime after the All-Star break.. I guess this year i just started getting used to him going 2-4 every game and now that its not happening, i find myself already questioning his ability to hit like he’s capable of doing.

  • Yankeegirl49

    Hey guys…went to the Nick Swisher signing at Last Licks in Rye.
    His act is not an act…out of all the signings I have been to, this one was the best, he is one awesome dude! Everyone there had a blast, he talked to each and every person and took multiple pics with everyone…including me!!

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

      I wanted to go to that but my dad and I decided to put our money towards the Hank Aaron signing on June 13th. I’m so pumped to meet the Hammer (two days before my birthday!).

      • Yankeegirl49

        Very cool Matt! My next one is Pettitte in June.

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

          My “cool” Pettitte autograph story:

          My mom used to work in a store on my town’s main shopping street and Andy came into the store one day (about ten years ago?), buying something for his wife. My mom recognized him and told him how big of a fan of his I was and how we share the same birthday and he signed a business card for me. It reads: Matt: Best Wishes, Andy Pettitte.

    • Linnea

      That’s awesome! Thanks for letting us know. I love that dude. Wish he’d start hitting again, but damn, he’s still awesome.

  • Tom Zig

    3 of the web gems on ESPN were from today’s game.