Open Thread: A lazy Sunday


It’s a quiet Sunday around here. The Yanks don’t play until 8 p.m., but there is a full slate of afternoon games. The Braves and the Red Sox square off on TBS, and that game started at 1:30. The FIFA Confederatiosn Cup final featuring an improbable match-up pitting the U.S. against Brazil starts at 2 p.m. on ESPN.

We’ll be back at 4 p.m. with some Yankee news. Anything goes. Just play nice

Oh, and chew on this one: Brett Gardner has five hits against the Mets this weekend. The Mets have four hits against the Yankees.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Billy Mays RIP =(


  2. Bill says:

    I hope Tommy Hanson holds up in this game. It’s 95 degrees there and the flu must have traveled from the Yankees locker room to the Braves. I think the Braves can score a few more runs off Penny and give us a shot to get within 3 tonight.

  3. K.B.D. says:

    The TBS announcers are trying to argue that catchers really don’t need a high average or OBP because “Really, what are they going to do on the bases anyways?”. Score runs, maybe?

    • Jake K. says:

      Yeah, but scoring runs only matters if you want to win the game.

    • Bill says:

      Buck Martinez is an idiot as are most announcers. I remember Harold Reynolds saying something similar recently on the MLB Network. Reynolds even reiterated Dusty Baker’s “clogging up the bases” theory. Braves with 2 men on, 1 out but Jeff Francoeur is up.

      • K.B.D. says:

        I just don’t understand how these people can hold down jobs in the face of their staggering ineptitude.

  4. Mike Pop says:

    What is the range for a good ERA+?

    • K.B.D. says:

      Well, I guess anything higher than 100 would be “good” as it would be better than average, but I’d say starting around 115 you’re starting to get a substantially better performance.

      • Mike Pop says:

        Hmm, thank you. I was just thinking about it and was wondering what the range was to be considered a good era+.

        Joba is at 115, I wonder if that’s exceeding expectations……

        • K.B.D. says:

          The thing about ERA+ is it’s all relative: he could be sporting a 2.00 ERA and a 80 ERA+. It’s not likely, but it’s possible.

          • Steve H says:

            A 2.00 ERA and an ERA+ of 80 would mean that the pitcher is pitching extremely poorly. That’s what makes ERA+ so great. Bob Gibson’s 1.12 in in 1968 was an ERA+ of 258. Pedro’s 1.74 was a 291. So on ERA alone, Gibson crushes Pedro, but we know that Pedro’s 2000 season was much more impressive than Gibson’s 1968 season because of ERA+.

            • K.B.D. says:

              I think we can all argue that a 2.00 ERA is a good thing, not a bad thing. When you’re talking about the ERA+ of 258 and 291 and which is objective more impressive, I think you’re splitting hairs.

              My point is only is that ERA+ doesn’t tell you if they’re pitching poorly or well, it tells you how they’re pitching in relation to others.

            • keith says:

              That’s incorrect. An ERA+ of 80 with and ERA of 2 just means that the league average ERA would be 1.6.

    • Jake K. says:

      For reference, AJ Burnett: career 111 ERA+. Pettitte: 116. Pedro: 154!

      • Steve H says:

        Nolan Ryan 111. And his career ERA+ with the Rangers was 116, higher than any other team he was on. In his 40′s. But again, Clemens had to be juicing to do what he did late in his career? But then again, since Nolan is already in the HOF, there’s no way he was a juicer, right?

  5. Mike Pop says:

    Wow, got Frenchy on the helmet there.

  6. Francouer just got hit in the head with a pitch.

  7. Soriano~40~40 says:

    Looks like we’re gonna see Jose Veras pitch for Cleveland sooner than we thought. They already brought him up to the major league ballclub..

    I except the same old herky jerky w/ zero command, but watch him become the next dominant reliver haha not.

  8. Drew says:

    Are ya ready for some football!!!

  9. thurdonpaul says:

    i was at last nights game at citi, i had a met fan next to me, he was very sad at the end of the game :)

  10. Bill says:

    lol Big Papi playing defense.

  11. MAn, South Africa looks COLD this time of year.

  12. CharlieD says:

    Isnt it interesting how Gardner at .291 is on a tear and Melky at .292 is on a swoon…

  13. Drew says:

    I’d like to see a soccer match in YSIII

  14. Salty Buggah says:

    Can you believe Ramiro Pena didn’t get a web gem?!!!

    Here are the Web Gems: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4292529

    I don’t really think Matt Kemp’s was that good…

    Once again, a Yankee gets snubbed but Ellsbury gets one all the time for normal catches.

    • K.B.D. says:

      Eh, most of the WebGems are people in the outfield taking terrible routes to balls, forcing them to lay out to make a play, or a infielder with sub-par range making a diving stop that a Marco Scutaro plays standing up. I stopped caring about ESPN’s coverage of baseball awhile ago: they employ John Kruk.

    • Jake H says:

      Franky from the M’s shouldn’t have been there. The only reason that he had to dive for that ball was because he froze, went a half step back and then came in. He comes in he catches that easy.

  15. Drew says:

    The pitch is getting tore the fuck up already.

  16. Drew says:


  17. daneptizl says:

    Dempsey caught em sleeping.

  18. Jake K. says:

    Looked like Dempsey whiffed and it hit him on the knee. But who the hell cares!

  19. daneptizl says:


  20. DreDog says:

    I guess the Tommy Hanson vs. Hughes debate is over?
    Tommy >>>>>>>> Hughes?

  21. pat says:

    Altidore es muy macho.

  22. daneptizl says:

    What in the world was Bocanegra doing.. trying to more than just steal candy…

  23. Drew says:

    I don’t ind the attacking but we have to be careful. We can’t be getting caught with our junk in our hands.

  24. Jake K. says:

    C’mon Jozy!

  25. Drew says:

    Not liking these matchups with Spector..

  26. Jake K. says:

    Howard is saving our bacon.

  27. Drew says:


  28. pat says:


  29. daneptizl says:

    That’s that red, white, and blue shit.

  30. Salty Buggah says:

    Let’s win this US!!!

  31. daneptizl says:

    Beast Mode save.

  32. Jake K. says:

    This is the most dangerous I’ve seen the US look. We have more goals in us today.

  33. pat says:

    Terrible set play

  34. Jake K. says:

    I’m amazed we’re causing Brazil so many problems with such young, inexperienced forwards.

  35. Drew says:

    Come on guys it’s time to hunker down!!

  36. Jake K. says:

    So who would be the baseball commentator equivalent of JP Dellacamera? Superficial knowledge of the game, unlikely to say anything controversial or remotely insightful/interesting.

  37. K.B.D. says:

    I don’t like drama. Let’s come out in the 2nd half, score 5 and call it a day.

  38. Billy says:

    dan brewer is really tearin it up so far in tampa. he’s 5 for 6 so far in the double header

  39. pat says:

    Im fuckin dreading having to watch the yankee game in ESPN.

  40. Jake K. says:


  41. pat says:

    Fuckin A

  42. Jake K. says:

    Coulda done without that.

  43. Billy says:

    i always hated michael jackson but now i feel bad for him. he died real young and had a really awful life

  44. Jake K. says:

    The rough thing about a game like this is that we know Brazil can bring on Pato, Danny Alves, etc. We can bring on…Conor Casey.

  45. Jake K. says:

    Yeah, that was a goal.

  46. me says:

    goal….sure….. fuck you assistant

  47. me says:

    the goal is time question

  48. Drew says:

    Am I the only one that wants us to trade for Milledge?

  49. Drew says:

    this is getting dicey

  50. I think I’m sweating worse than some of the players right now

  51. me says:

    2- 2
    i said…..

  52. Drew says:


  53. Jake K. says:

    Son of a bitch!

    I wish we had someone other than Sacha to bring on. Altidore wasn’t doing anything, but we need someone else who can score goals now.

  54. I just got destroyed behind home plate. Foul balls off my jaw (again), chest, and arm. I’m not a big fan of 10 year olds right now.

  55. King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

    I don’t think we win PK’s..

    better get started…

  56. me says:

    fuck you USA
    Brazil 3 a 2

  57. Jake K. says:

    The US won the first half. Brazil has WON!!! the second half.

  58. Drew says:

    We have been completely flat footed this whole fucking half.

  59. Drew says:

    should have about 4 minutes of stoppage time

  60. pat says:

    well that was fun, back to being an afterthought. GO YANKS

  61. Yanke1313 says:

    Andrew Miller is starting to blossom.

  62. TheLastClown says:

    Mike Gonzalez…the shining example that Parkinson’s Disease can be a MLB asset.

  63. UWS says:

    The Braves are trying to give this game away, aren’t they?

  64. e mills says:

    Kelly Bleeping Johnson

  65. Drew says:

    Thank you atlanta.
    Wang, it’s your time to shine!

    • mick says:

      It looks like Penny is going to need some comfort food…Gammons should purchase a 25inch pizza for the “best” number 3 pitcher in the universe!

  66. Drew says:

    Wow, on MLB network, 2001 HR Derby.
    Troy Glaus, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Giambino, Alex, Luis Gonzalez.
    What do all of these players have in common? Aysh…

    • DreDog says:

      I was just following Jose Canseco’s career and the teams he was on and what year. It’s kind of scary to see how many player had much better years after having him on his team.

      Also, Barry Bonds had a sick career even before the game of shadows.

  67. K.B.D. says:

    PeteAbe says he heard JB Cox quit baseball to which I say, WTF?

  68. mick says:

    RAB has the hottest advertizers in the universe..EVONY,this Angelica girl etc..

  69. Billy says:

    i need something to do to kill 2 hours

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