Open Thread: 2009 Pledge Drive Update


Safe at Home LogoBack 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 24 kind readers agree to pledge, good for $1.72 per run scored. Even though they didn’t have Alex Rodriguez for the first month of the season, the Yanks have scored 495 runs, the most in baseball. That means we’ve already raised $851.40 for Safe At Home through 88 games. We’re currently on pace to raise over $1,500 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.

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On a much lighter note, feel free to use this as your open thread since we have no Yankees baseball. Feel free to chat about whatever you like here, just be nice.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. I donated. You should too. Either because you like me, or because you hate me and want to be better than me.

    Whatever floats your boat.

    • Mattingly's Love Child says:

      I haven’t yet, but I’ll donate as well. We survived the worst time of the year here (my wife doesn’t get any stipend or paycheck for May or June, we know this every year, but every year it is tight as hell when it’s time to pay the mortgage for those 2 months) and now it’s time to do good and participate.

  2. Anyone listening to the AA All Star Game?

    Is it sad that I’m so desperate for baseball that I’m listening to this? That I spent nine hours on blog posts today?

    Man, I need a life.

    It’s not even funny.

  3. Teix is the Man says:

    I can’t wait for Halliday to be moved, so this Joba/Hughes trade talk can cease (at least temporarily).

  4. The last time the Pledge Drive came up, people got all mad at me for being mean about people who don’t participate… So I’m not being mean this time… At least not out loud. But I’m thinking it.

    Donate, people. It’s a very small gesture whose positive effects far outweigh its effect on your wallet.

  5. The Artist says:

    While were on the topic of donating to the less fortunate:

    Derek Jeter’s mansion will easily be Tampa’s biggest home

    “TAMPA – Rising like an aircraft carrier under construction, the future home of New York Yankees baseball star Derek Jeter is taking shape on Davis Islands.

    Designed with a whopping 30,875 square feet of space, the seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom waterfront home dwarfs nearby mansions and could end up the largest home in Hillsborough County. It’s roughly the size of a BestBuy electronics store and twice the size of the previous No. 1 house, just across Hillsborough Bay on Bayshore Boulevard, owned by Lazydays RV SuperCenter founder Don Wallace.”


    Anyone have Jete’s email address? He seems to have a few sheckels to toss around.

  6. Dela G says:

    just sent an email to mike. I can’t stand for child abuse, and and i don’t think anyone else should either

  7. DCR says:

    No Yankee fan ever wants to give up a damn thing when it comes to trades. Not every trade is going to resemble the Abreu deal. You have to give to get. Would it suck to give up Hughes/Joba and Montero? Yeah. Not doubt about it. But the Yankees would also have a rotation of Sabathia, Halladay, and Burnett. That is a fantasy baseball rotation.

    • I’m sorry but giving up Hughes or Joba AND Montero in the same package for Halladay would not be a wise move, unless (maybe) Ricky Romero came over in the deal as well.

    • The Fallen Phoenix says:

      So was Maddux/Smoltz/Glavine. They won one championship.

      Zito/Mulder/Hudson was pretty damned good in its heyday, too. Never got out of the first round.

      Yes, you have a better chance of winning a championship with better rotations, of course, but nothing is a gimme. And I’m not convinced Halladay adds enough to the Yankees’ chances of winning this year and next to offset the loss of multiple big league players that can also contribute to a championship…both now, and in the future.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      And hardly any Yankee fan has patience to see if these guys can reach up their ceiling which in turn would be MUCH more valuable than having Halladay for years and years to come. Joba/Hughes could turn out to be busts but I’d rather keep them. We know what they can go if they are dominant. We’ve seen part of their untapped potential and those 2 could be very good pitchers in their prime. They might not be Halladay but they can still be very good pitchers and there’s TWO of them.

      Jesus on the other hand should remain an untouchable in regards to Halladay. Defensively Montero might not even stick at catcher but he’s only 19 and can improve. I don’t know why people are already giving up on him as being a catcher. Offensively he is a beast. He has similar numbers to Joe Mauer when Mauer was his age. I don’t want to give him up easily even if he’s only 19. He may end up as a bust but this guy can hit.

      • DCR says:

        They’re giving up on him as a catcher because most scouts are saying he isn’t going to stick and that his defense isn’t very good.

  8. There’s a tornado warning in Orlando, where my brother is. He’s worried, so I’m worried =/

  9. Accent Shallow says:

    I don’t want to see like a kiss ass, but I completely agree with this Twitter update:


    Is there any way to get rid of it? Eww.

  10. pollo says:

    Cashman in the booth in the AA allstar game feed.

  11. The Artist says:

    “Agents cry collusion

    A group of agents appear to be pressing the MLB Players Association to file a collusion grievance based on what happened this past offseason. With Donald Fehr stepping down as union head, Michael Weiner looks to be in the forefront on this. He said that the union’s investigation is ongoing and that it might know more by the end of the month.

    For now, Bud Selig has denied the conspiracy theories. Rob Manfred, the league’s executive vice president of labor relations, said the market did nothing wrong.”


    Lehman Brothers goes belly-up, the stock market falls 4,000 points, the Feds are running 1.5 trillion in deficits and the player salaries fall and their agents are stupefied.

    Can’t make this shit up.

  12. Brian says:

    I embarrass myself. I live in Portland, OR and I am not headed to the game right now. Feel free to never pay attention to me ever never again. You all deserve better.

    I’m out. (cries)

  13. The Artist says:

    Joel Sherman writes for SI now?

    What may be even scarier, is the headshot of him they use next to his articles.


    Now just think about that for pic a minute. If you’ve ever had headshots done, you’ll know they’ll take about 20 and pick the one they like the best. Can you IMAGINE the ones they threw away? What, was he vomiting and having involuntary convulsions for the first 19 shots?

  14. VO says:

    Do you guys think the Yankees will try and trade for Matt Holliday.

    • Ivan says:

      I Highly doubt it.

      Besides, Holliday is a fraud anyway.

      • VO says:

        I do doubt they will trade for him I guess I should have said will sign him as a free agent. Anyways, I hadn’t really looked at his stats all year as I just took RAB’s word on it, and although his power numbers are down from what he’s used to, he’s not really having the worst of seasons. Besides that I’m sure we all expected his numbers to decline away from Coors Field.

        • The strange thing is he’s slugging about ten points higher at home this year than on the road.

        • Anyways, I hadn’t really looked at his stats all year as I just took RAB’s word on it…

          Tangent: Is it really THAT hard to look up a guy’s stats? I keep hearing variations of this over and over again.


          Just type in the guy’s name. Shit, after you go to the site for the first time, it starts auto-completing it for you. Couldn’t be easier.

          • VO says:

            No, I’ve obviously looked up players stats before including his. I just haven’t looked up his personal stats lately.

          • Mattingly's Love Child says:

            Yours auto-completes for you? How many times did I have to type in Ryan Braun this afternoon for that guy from Alaska?! I didn’t keep the tab open because I was multi-tasking, actually doing some work at work. But it was annoying as hell to keep typing in Ryan Braun, and he’s got a nice short name!

  15. The Artist says:

    “Ten minor leaguers most likely to reach the big league All-Star Game

    4) Jesus Montero, C, Yankees
    If the massive Montero (listed at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds) can remain behind the plate early in his career, he should become a fixture as an All-Star. He has exceptional feel for getting the barrel of the bat to the ball and squaring it up, and his size and strength translate into excellent raw power. Offensively he’s the equal of Heyward, Stanton and Smoak. He is far less athletic than the two outfielders, though, and likely will have to move to first base or DH in the major leagues. He has arm strength to catch but is too big and bulky to be an effective receiver or blocker. As hard as he works defensively, most scouts project him to be no more than below-average. Can he hit like Mike Piazza and be so good offensively that it will mitigate his defense? While his minor league track record is strong, production like Piazza’s — the greatest-hitting catcher ever — seems too much to ask.”


    Watching him in the Futures game, I can see what scouts are talking about. He’s a very big, stiff guy. I doubt you could even bury him in LF. But that bat should play anywhere.

  16. Did you all here about Pedro?

    First day he’s on the roster, he goes to the DL…

  17. Holy Jesus Montero has two hits tonight…

  18. AaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaJaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx!

  19. I know I can’t stand Eric Young as a broadcaster and “analyst” but it must be so incredibly special for him to call a game that his son is playing in.


  20. pat says:

    Ouchies ajax, nasty pitch.

  21. pat says:

    Duncan just gritted the shit out of that AB.

  22. Riddering says:

    Shelley! On my tv again!

  23. Riddering says:

    I did not know there was a AAA team named “Bees”.


  24. Dela G says:

    wow ajax just KILLED that ball

  25. King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

    For the love of Allah people, deal Montero…CC doesn’t want to pitch do him, and neither does Joba. deal em both. (Jesus and Joba, not CC!)


  26. Joebrah says:

    I was hoping for an open thread.

    Did anybody catch (or probably already comment on) the MLB Network’s grade of a B for the Yankees?

    Third best record in baseball, leading the AL Wild Card race by two and half games.

    Do they have some holes, yes. Particularly on the pitching end, but come on, since May, they’ve looked pretty damn good overall, despite injuries.

    I dunno, my .02.

    • Kiersten says:

      I found it particularly disturbing that they said that if the Sox are winning after the 6th, the game is pretty much over, but the Yankees, who are undefeated when leading after 6, only got comments about how their bullpen needs work.
      Not to mention that the Yankees had 2 +’s and 2 +/-’s, while the Rays had 2 +’s, 1 +/- and 1 – and also received a B. Someone needs to work on their math…

      Overall, I think the Yankees deserve a B+ at the very least. The Sox can’t be THAT much better than the Yanks considering they’ve beaten them 8 times and are only 3 games up in the division.

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