Aug
20

Open Thread: This and that

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After a seven-game tour of the west coast, the Yankees are chillin’ out and enjoying their off day before heading to Boston for a three-game set. Some of the Yanks are going to see Creed (Creed???), while I’m sure others are hanging out with the fam. We the fans are stuck with a Yankeeless night though.

Here’s a few loose links to help you cope…

  • The Yanks paid 77% overslot to sign the first eight players they drafted. The Tigers lead the way by spending 214% overslot, while Texas came in at a paltry 43%. Yikes.
  • The Mets, however, are an entirely different brand of FAIL. Not only did they overdraft several players, but they also didn’t meet the asking prices of some of their better draft picks. That team is top heavy with elite talent talent, but it’s going to collapse on top of itself because the foundation is weak.
  • Dave Cameron of FanGraphs has an interesting take on how to fix the draft, he says it should be abolished all together. Each team would be allowed to spend a certain amount on amateur talent based on their record, with the money coming from the revenue sharing pool. I think it’s a much better system than straight up hard slotting.
  • If you haven’t already, make sure you follow RAB on Twitter. You should also follow Ben, Joe and myself while you’re at it.
  • I laughed. At this too.

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Update: Late add to the linkroll: Tyler Hissey took a look back at the shortstop controversy for Team USA in the WBC. Heh, how different things are now.

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Anyways, here’s an open thread for the night. The Mets are playing the Braves, while the Phils and D-Backs are on MLB Network. You’ve also got the Eagles and Colts on FOX in preseason action. Anything goes, just be nice.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Jose

    The problems continue to pile up for the Mets. They soon could be fielding a team that has Dan Murphy and Jeff Francoeur hitting 3rd and 4th on a daily basis if they’re not careful.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....-mets.html

    • Zack

      Sheff not getting along with a team’s front office? shocking

  • Salty Buggah

    The 5th headline on the ESPN MLB page:

    “2 Yankees minor leaguers suspended for drugs”

    They were in the DSL but this was more important than:

    White Sox’s Peavy won’t guess when he’ll return
    MRI: Astros LHP Hampton has torn rotator cuff
    Dodgers sign Padilla to minor league contract
    Nats sell some seats for $1 on Strasburg night

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

      I’m pretty sure those headlines are listed chronologically, with the most recent up top.

      • Salty Buggah

        Probably but I still hate ESPN, just wanna repeat that.

    • Accent Shallow

      I’ve never even heard of these guys.

      (Then again, how many DSL guys have I heard of?)

    • JSquared

      Those players aren’t anything special.

  • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    You want me to follow you? FOLLOW BACK!!!!1111!!!

    • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

      I need me some followers!

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

      Are we following each other? I can’t remember.

      http://twitter.com/tsjc68

      • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        We are. Your tweets are a joy.

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

          Flattery will get you everywhere.

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    The Nats are terrible. My wife even laughed when I was reading it.

    My problem with changing the draft is that teams like the Marlins just pocket their revenue sharing money. When they came up with this idea it was to level the playing field. I understand that but most of the teams aren’t spending their money on the draft or making their teams better. Why don’t you force that Bud instead of hurting teams that want to spend their money to make their team better.

    • Januz

      I am willing to bet the Nats become a .500 team before the Mets do. They have Zimmerman, good young pitching and a good chance to draft Harper. By the way, I wonder how Santana is liking his stay at Citi Field? I bet he WISHES he was still in Minnesota. 3-1 Braves. GO Atlanta.

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

        I am willing to bet the Nats become a .500 team before the Mets do.

        Let’s not go overboard, there.

        Yes, the Nats are rising and the Mets are sinking, but Washington still has a ways to go to add enough pieces to be a contender.

        They’re probably going to finish towards the bottom of the NL for at least one more year. Dunn likely gets dealt by the deadline next year.

      • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

        Problem is that Zimmerman just had Tommy John Surgery so he is going to be out for a time. I do like what they did with this draft thou.

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

          I assume he was talking about Ryan, not Jordan, but yeah.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I give JR Murphy’s debut a A-

    In 3 AB he had 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, had 2 rbi, and 1 run. The – is because he didn’t bat 1.000 like I wanted!

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

      Great job by Murph. I’m happy if the kids don’t pee in their pants when they walk to the plate for the first time as a pro.

      • Salty Buggah

        What if they pee in their pants but also go 3-3 with 3 HRs?

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        That’s a pretty low standard (not peeing your pants) for a Yankee fan! ;)

    • http://zomgpwn3d.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/aqua-teen-remember.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Nice outing for Alan Horne in the GCL today, too. He’s quickly entering Christian Garcia territory, hope he can bounce back and stay healthy.

      • zs190

        Yeah, nice outing, I don’t have any hopes for him at this point but glad to see him recovered from the injury and hope he does well.

        • http://zomgpwn3d.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/aqua-teen-remember.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Yeah agreed, it would just be gravy if he could actually get his career back on track and contribute anything.

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

            I’m just happy that Hungry Hungry Humberto is currently healthy and actually looks decent.

            The Fat Sanchezes Era draws closer every day…

      • Accent Shallow

        I’m going to nitpick — Horne has good stuff, but he’s not quite Garcia’s talent.

        At least, that’s the impression I’ve gotten. I am not a scout — which reminds me of my favorite internet acronym, for “I am not a lawyer.”

        • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

          “I am not a lawyer” – “I, ANAL?”

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

            Isn’t “I, Anal” the the porn remake of “I, Robot”?

            BOOOOOOOOOOOOM, MAKE IT EXPLOOOOOOOOOODE!!!!!!!!!

            • JMK

              No, it’s an Apple product.

              • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

                Oooh la LAAA! Kinky!

        • http://zomgpwn3d.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/aqua-teen-remember.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Yeah, sure, but I wasn’t referring to them on a talent-basis but on an injury basis.

  • karlkole

    The Mess spent a total of only $1,864,000 on the 2009 draft picks that they selected from rounds 1-10

    3 out of the 10 walked away after they realized that they were being low-balled.

    What would you have expected from an organization run by an idiot & a psychopath?

    Way to go, Omar & Bernazard!!!

    Great recipe for sustained FAILURE!

    • Januz

      The Mets had the worst draft this side of the Canadian Border. Even Matz was not highly regarded coming out of HS (Mitchell and DeLuca were rated higher coming out). Here is another way to look at it: Matz got $895,000 (And he was their HIGHEST PAID pick), while JR Murphy got $1.2m (And picked LATER in the 2nd round).
      Here is what John Manual at SI says about it. While the crosstown Yankees spend money like nobody’s business in the draft, the Mets toe the line. Sure, they paid top pick Steve Matz an above-slot bonus, as he got $895,000, almost $400,000 more than the recommended slot. That’s a Mets rarity, and with no first-rounder (lost for signing free agent Francisco Rodriguez), Matz basically got a first-round bonus. The Mets failed to sign their fifth- and sixth-rounders, and only had two players — Matz and 13th-round pick Zach Dotson, a Georgia prep lefty signed for $500,000 — who signed for as much as the Yankees gave their 44th-round pick. No large-revenue team uses its money less in the draft than the Mets. http://www.si.com

      Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....z0OluL9hRC

  • Salty Buggah

    Mike, you should also add this to the linkroll:

    http://www.wfan.com/Defense-Ma.....ntRating=1

    It’s an interview by Sweeny Murti with Mick Kelleher talking about the adjustments he made with Jete and Robbie and other defense stuff. It’s a great read/listen.

  • J.R.

    Kevin Long is going with them to Creed? Apparently he drew babby sitting duties.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      As long as they avoid the Gold Club (about a block away) there isn’t much trouble they can get into in Hartford.

      • J.R.

        Yeah and Joba and Sir Sidney arent there.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    I’m so disappointed the Charleston didn’t make one trip to Greensboro this year! What a crazy league where teams can play each other 1 series for the entire season (and of course they played in Charleston this summer). I was really hopin to watch some Low-A Yankee action here in NC, oh well!

  • http://zomgpwn3d.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/aqua-teen-remember.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Sure a lot of you saw this already, but TBL has a clip of Jon Heyman on Mike Wise’s radio show in DC in which Wise says Heyman’s a lackey for Scott Boras.

    http://thebiglead.com/wp-conte.....heyman.mp3

    Whatever you might think of Heyman, I say good for him for keeping his cool while still making Wise look like a douchebag for making that comment.

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

    Creed? Fail.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      I’m surprised you’re not at that concert! ;)

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

        I think I’d rather jump in a pile of dog crap.

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          I’m not a fan either. But they gave a band that I was in some hope. Just like Creed wrote almost all of their songs in E, our band wrote almost everything in A. Outside of the local scene, everything in A didn’t really pan out that great…

        • Mr.Jigginz

          Would you jump into that pile of crap with your”Arms wide open?”—UCWIDT?

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

      They’re known as ‘Christian Rockers’ or at least were when Stapp was in the band.

      There is def a contingent of religious types on this team. Hughes and Aceves say prayers before they pitch, I’ve seen Posada make a cross in the dirt by home plate, and the manager is well known to be a religious guy. I have no problem with that, the late 90′s team had a similar contingent with Pettitte, Chad Curtis and Girardi as a player (among others).

      • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

        I remember after Creed broke up, Scott Stapp gave an interview saying that he had been a Christian but he “didn’t want to call attention to it” while he was still in the band.

        Then the sex tape of him banging all those groupies with Kid Rock and doing blow or whatever it was came out.

        That was pretty funny.

        It’s quite a canny business move to write ambiguously spiritual lyrics and assume Christ poses in your music videos, then make mad bank off of the church crowd because your music is youth minister-approved. But it was all a musically moribund crock of horseshit.

  • Salty Buggah

    Washburn got shelled again (6 ER in 6 IP with 4 HRs) today

    • Salty Buggah

      But the Tigers won again because Aardsma sucks.

    • Thomas A. Anderson

      Best trades are the one’s you don’t make. Phew.

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

        Eric Gagne says hi.

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

          But the Tigers just made themselves the favorites for the World Series!!

          Seth Everett (ESPN radio) said so!

  • Salty Buggah

    Fuckin Nancy Drew tied the game at 1 with a HR

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

      Don’t worry about them, I have a feeling we have another sweep in our bones.

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

        NO COMMERCIALS, NO MERCY!!!!

      • Salty Buggah

        That would be awesome but if we win twice we gain a game overall and if we lose 2, we only lose a game but a sweep basically buries them.

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

    I’m sorry, but naming your kid “Tyler Hissey” is just BEGGING for him to get his ass kicked in school. Begging.

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

      Commentator 1: And Mickelson here trying to save par. And there’s Mickelson’s wife. [camera zooms in on her] God is she hot.
      Commentator 2: Look at that rack. There’s a downhill lie for you.
      Commentator 1: Oh, they’re just out there, begging to be touched. Pleading. How many golf balls you think she can fit in her mouth?
      Commentator 2: I’d hit that one in the rough, if you know what I’m saying.
      Commentator 1: Who are you kidding, Greg? You’d pork her for a week and then get tired of her.
      Greg: Yeah, you’re right. That’s what I do. That’s my thing. But a hell of a week, though.
      Commentator 1: Hell of a week.

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

        Nice! That cracked me up.

      • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        You’re the best, TSJC.

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

          Thanks for the positive feedback. There was this one time that I couldn’t remember if I was the best or not, but then I instantly snapped out of it and remembered: If I wasn’t the best, would I have won the Inaugural RAB Fantasy Football League Championship? Of course I wouldn’t have.

          But I did win it all, because I am in fact the best. Better than you, Pablo, and Mike, Joe, Jamal, Rafi, jsbrendog, Manimal, pat, and SAMIAMISPORTS. Better at winning fantasy football league championships, better at quoting movies and TV shows, better at being charming and interesting and humorous, better at being properly groomed and bathed at all times, better at bringing a woman to climax with my far superior phallus that, unlike yours, is actually above average and larger than a Hillshire Farms brand Lil’ Smokie cocktail weenie. It must be awfully uncomfortable for you to have a woman stare at you sadly, knowing that the sexual experience you’re about to share won’t possibly be satisfying.

          I wouldn’t know… because in both the bedroom and in the fantasy football league, I’m a champion.

          [ Fantasy Football Championship Bragging Rights Name Drop #42 of 1000 ]

          • wilcymoore

            TSJC, you make reading this blog worthwhile.

          • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

            dogg you had better get cracking on the remaining 9958 name drops… it’s draft time for this year’s season already.

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

              Meh, I’ll just keep rolling them through the year.

              I can move my innings cap target. I’m like Brian Cashman.

          • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

            *Feeling owned.*

      • Jack
  • TurnTwo

    holy moly, that public speaker clip is gold, jerry. gold!

    • Zack

      grow food becaues its free, well you have to pay the farmers, and pay for the land.

      • Drew

        It was funny, as I was watching, a google ad popped up under the video that was for THC drug tests.

        • TurnTwo

          ha! yeah, saw that.

      • TurnTwo

        machines can make it for us.

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

    I’m watching Season 5 of Entourage ’cause I don’t have HBO and Phil Mickelson just showed up? And he swore?

  • E-ROC

    Sheffield doesn’t like another team. Shocking! What a complete douche.

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

    Good ol Gary Sheffield up to his old tricks.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....-mets.html

    I miss him so much.

    • Salty Buggah

      someone didnt read the first post ;)

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

        Come on, they were 1 minute apart. I was still typing when he hit “Add Comment”

  • ShuutoHeat

    “this and that” reminded me of Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice that has the awesome Christopher Walken in the music video.

  • Zack

    We always kill some of shows/hosts for showing bias and everything, but Mitch Williams was on WFAN this morning and gave the following answers:

    Looking at the Yankees, what flaw do they have?
    -There isn’t one.
    -In a short series I’d take Yankees over Angels because of their SP

    WS Prediction?
    -Yankees/Phillies
    -I said Phi/NYY in the begining of the year and I’m sticking with it.

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

      Well that was succinct.

      • Zack

        paraphrase, he went a little deeper but hearing it at 8:30am I’m not trying to remember everything

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

    “A scout who watched Billy Wagner throw has “no doubt” that Wagner could help a team win. The Rays and Marlins are thought to have interest in Wagner, but neither team would be likely to give up much of a prospect unless the Mets picked up salary.”

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....wford.html

    I know Yankee-Met trades never happen, but we could really use another lefty in the bullpen.

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

      I don’t know about a trade for Wagner. I feel like the Mets would want too much out of what was going their way.

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

        He’s making 10 mil, I think they’d just want someone to pay his contract for the last 6 weeks of the season. Throw in a low level minor leaguer just to make it look good. Chase Weems part 2.

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

      Yes, we could. His name is gonna be Damaso Marte, though.

      • wilcymoore

        Yeah! Give ‘em Damaso Marte! I’m down with that deal.

        Some people think D. Marte is a real relief pitcher, who can be a solid lefty specialist for the Yanks, even if it’s not till next year. Me, I’m thinking he’s more like (cough, cough) Felix Heredia.

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

          Did you just say can be ‘a solid lefty socialist for the Yanks’?

          LET’S KEEP THE POLITICS OUT OF THIS, OK?!?

          • wilcymoore

            LOL.

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

          Some people think D. Marte is a real relief pitcher, who can be a solid lefty specialist for the Yanks, even if it’s not till next year. Me, I’m thinking he’s more like (cough, cough) Felix Heredia.

          Oh, okay. So the 23 innings he’s thrown for the Yanks, a third of which came while he was hurt, counts for more in your evaluation than the 450 innings he threw before that, huh?

          Makes sense. Sounds like sound reasoning.

          (rolls eyes)

          • wilcymoore

            Yeah, I know his White Sox/Pittsburgh stats. But his White Sox days were a long time ago (or seem that way), and his Pirate numbers ain’t real in the AL.

            I saw what I saw last year, and hurt or not I don’t trust ‘im. (Hence the Felix Heredia reference.)

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

              Felix Heredia career ERA+: 97
              Damaso Marte career ERA+: 132

              • Mattingly’s Love Child

                Though I agree with your general premise that Marte is better than what he’s shown the Yankees thus far, I worry that not pitching for much of a year and now being in the Big Boy League will have a negative effect on his performance.

                He definitely will not be the garbage that he was earlier this year or a few outings last year (I know a few bad ones skewed the total). But I think it is realistic to be concerned whether he will be able to recreate his National League abilities at this point.

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

                  Fine. Saying that he’s far enough removed from his dominance that he may only be decent instead of excellent is a critique that seems rational.

                  Saying that he’s Felix Heredia Pt. Deux is hyperbole.

                • Mattingly’s Love Child

                  Certainly.

                • wilcymoore

                  Late reply … of course it’s hyperbole. Marte couldn’t possibly be as bad as Heredia. He was the worst! (more hyperbole)

                  I just don’t have faith Marte will turn out well for the Yanks. Just a hunch. (See: Comment, M’s Love Child, above.)

  • vinny-b

    (i posted too late in the other thread)

    it is funny, someone had initiated a thread on a different site asking which cities would be ideal for MLB expansion teams, and i listed:

    1) Hartford CT

    2) Portland Ore

    I don’t know much specifically regarding Hartford. However, CT (like NY) is baseball country. It seems like they would have much fan interest.

    as far as Scranton goes. It is a very lovely setting. Maybe NYY should simply make the best of it.

    by the way, some one had mentioned Dutchess Stadium (home of the Tampa rookie affiliate). This would be a picture perfect location for a AAA team. Nestled in the Hudson Highlands and right on I-84. And only 4 miles from my house : )

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

      Hartford is in the middle of NY and Boston; I don’t think they’d have much of a fan base to be honest.

      • Zack

        exactly. lets leave NY/BOS and start being fans of a 60-70 win team? not happening.

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

        Did the Roman Empire give a crap that Cairo was closer to the Parthian region than it is to the Seven Hills of Rome?

        No. They just took that shit, because they take whatever the f$%#k they feel like taking.

        Red Sox “Nation” doesn’t want us in Connecticut? I don’t give a crap. They can stay their bitch-asses in the back seat. Grown folks are talking here.

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          Red Sox “Nation” has no hold in Ct. Often people use the CT River as the dividing line, but there were plenty of us Yankee fans who grew up in the sticks East of the River.

          When the Yankees had their AA team in Norwich that team was regularly in the league lead in attendance. Now that it is the Giants….not so much.

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            *league leaders not lead

          • wilcymoore

            I never really understood why the Yankees moved their AA affiliate out of Norwich. Seemed like a good fit to me. (Not that there’s anything wrong with Trenton, N.J., but I kind of liked the idea of the Yanks honing in on the Red Sox in Connecticut.)

            • Mattingly’s Love Child

              It didn’t make sense to me. I remember sitting behind home plate in Norwich for Doc Gooden’s rehab start there. My Mo that curveball was unholy. Wasn’t fair to the poor AAers.

        • Tom Zig

          I think we should put our AAA affiliate on Yawkey Way. Imperial March blaring from our moving trucks and all.

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

            I’m good with that.

            We should build a state of the art stadium in Pawtucket. Spare no expense. Barcalounger recliners at every seat. Wi-Fi. Free horse rides and waterslides and shit. Clowns. Prostitutes.

            A huge drive-in movietheater screen showing Yankeeographies 24/7.

            • vinny-b

              LMAO

              ya’ll a trip

            • Tom Zig

              and Yankee Classics

            • Mattingly’s Love Child

              They could build a high school size park in Pawtucket that would shame McCoy. That place is a DUMP. Of course, we’re talking about Pawtucket, which is in Rhode Island, which is a state that has earned the nickname “Rogue Island”. So basically it all sucks.

              • vinny-b

                thank you for the geography.

                to this day, i didn’t know what state Pawtucket was in

                • Mattingly’s Love Child

                  Sarcasm?

                • vinny-b

                  actually no : )

                  had assumed Pawtucket was somewhere in Mass

                  (moved from FL 1 year ago)

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

                  You know, vinny-b, they have this thing called “The Internet”. There’s all sorts of useful things you can look up on there. It can tell you what state any US city is in in a matter of seconds.

                  http://www.google.com

                • Mattingly’s Love Child

                  Well Vinny-B I’m surprised by that. But I’ll give you a pass. Just promise me one thing, you’ll never go to Pawtucket. Trust me, it’s not worth your time. My company has an office there, I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE.

    • TurnTwo

      i didnt get a chance to post in the earlier thread, but IMHO, Northern Jersey is perfect for a new minor league franchise… and if not Hoboken, why not Paterson/Wayne/East Rutherford? i know they originally had a plan for a minor league park as a part of that awful Xanadu development and scrapped it because they didnt have the funds.

      but screw the rest of this independent nonsense.

  • Drew

    Someone get this guy on Fox some Visine.

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

    “Tyler” as a first name doesn’t help, but I’m not sure even the manliest name could make “Hissey” sound macho.

    -Rocco Hissey

    -Nick Hissey

    -Carmine Hissey

    Nope. I’m just not feelin it. Though ‘Nick’ is close.

    • Drew

      Butch Hissey? ha

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

        If my name was Butch Hissey, I’d marry an easily suggestible woman and convince her to change her name to “Bitch Hussy”.

        We’d be the new power couple of New York City.

        • TheLastClown

          Bur Mr. Hissey, typically the procedure for a monogram is to embroider initials only!

          What’s that? You say each letter is as…no…more important than the last?

          It is the name, you’d love to touch, but you mustn’t touch…!

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

            Come on, tell me that a woman named “Bitch Hussy” wouldn’t be the most awesome shit ever.

            Chad Johnson changed his name to Chad Ochocinco.

            I don’t know why someone like Courtney Love or Kelis or Lil’ Kim never changed her name to Bitch Hussy. It works on so many levels.

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

        I think Butch Hissey is performing the best of Barbara Streisand over at at Rawhide in Chesea tonight.

    • wilcymoore

      Branch Hissey.

  • Aj

    Toronto frustrates me when they play Boston.

  • Salty Buggah

    Sox lead thanks to th umps. Cecil didnt catch the pitch from the catcher, went to go pick it up and apparently called time or the ump called for the ball so he throws/rolls it away to the dugout. However, time wasn’t called apparently and Cecil was charged a 2-base error and then Bay scored on a Lowell base-hit.

    But its a moot point now, as Drew HR’s for the 2nd time.

  • wilcymoore

    Ha, ha, the Tyler Hissey article quotes Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports. Ken Rosenthal?! Ken Rosenthal knows nothing about baseball. How that guy makes a living as a “baseball reporter” is beyond understanding …

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

      What I don’t get about Rosenthal is that he’s on TV every week yet he still sounds so incredibly awkward every time he speaks.

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

        That’s because he’s standing on a box and is afraid he’ll fall any minute.

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

          He makes Mike Lupica look like Manute Bol.

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

            Ken Rosenthal makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X.

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

              Ken Rosenthal makes The Artist look like Mike Axisa.

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

                This movie is gonna make House Party look like House Party 2!

    • JohnnyC

      Ken Rosenthal is married to Selena Roberts. No, really.

  • Mike HC

    Does anybody know the inning limits on guys like Kershaw, Josh Johnson, Yavani Gallardo. What are their teams doing with those guys this year?

    • Drew

      kershaw threw 170 innings last year so he’s good to go.

      • Drew

        both johnson and gallardo have thrown nearly 200 innings in previous years, just not last year. So I don’t think they fall into the 40 inning increase category. They should be good to go as well.

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

          Josh Johnson is also already 25 years old, FWIW.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Wow the Braves top pick, Mike Minor is ripping Charleston.

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

      When your last name is Minor, I would think that would be an added obstacle to getting to the Majors.

    • wilcymoore

      That was a minor appearance by Minor. He faced 6 batters, allowed no baserunners, and they took him out.

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

        Would all of his injuries be minor?

        Like, when he blows out his shoulder and needs reconstructive surgery on his labrum, would it be a minor procedure?

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

          I often wonder how the Iron Horse felt when they told him he had Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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

            Or Tommy John, when they told him he needed Tommy John Surgery.

            He must have said to himself “What are the chances of that?”

  • wilcymoore

    Hey, I see J. R. Murphy made his first appearance today, for the GCL Yankees. 1 for 3, 1 walk, 2 RBI.

    • wilcymoore

      Ooops … Johan already posted that. My bad.

    • vinny-b

      i wonder if they plan on keeping him at Catcher. Had read that he is athletic enuf, to play various infield positions.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        I wouldn’t mind trying him out at 2nd, maybe short, as well as catcher. Sort of like Hector Rabago, he is still young and athletic enough to play multiple positions.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Tyler Hissey

          I wouldn’t trying him out as pitcher or a catcher! And I don’t care if he’s short!

      • Drew

        If you can catch AND hit, I don’t see them moving him around.

  • JMK

    Anyone else see the video of the public speaking fail?

    “We need the food because…it’s food and stuff. We could make things–we could make things cars, the maaaaachine. We can make it forest! Food is soo good for the, um, for the people, because it’s free…All you have to do is pay the farmers and pay for the land. So we should just sell it at the farmer’s market.”

    This is why I’m glad to be out of undergrad. How the hell can one really believe that the only expenses are the farmers and the land? Irrigation, property taxes, equipment, fertilizer, pesticides, maintenance, utilities, distribution systems, workers, harvest, and I’m sure there are more.

    If she were prettier I’d tell her to move to South Carolina.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Tampa Yanks pound Furbush for the third time this season.

    And for the third time this season, it’s still not a funny joke.

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

      Brian: Insert Rod A into Rod Support B.
      Peter: That’s what she–
      Brian: If you say “that’s what she said” one more time, I’m gonna pop you.

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

      Frankly, doctor, I’m getting a little tired of the sexual innuendo.
      …In your endo.

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

    ATTN: STRYKER

    The fucking good old days:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  • Zack

    Wagner is in for the Mets. Throwing 95

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Tyler Hissey

      Auditioning for other teams.

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

      He looked good. What would it take to put him in pinstripes?
      Marte is not coming back and the Yanks could use another lefty.

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

          Pretty wicked of you …

          I was about to scream: GIMME WAGNER!

          seriously though… GiMME WAGNER!

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

            Sure, I’m on board.

            All depends on price. As in, our price in prospects should be: 0

            • Mattingly’s Love Child

              It’s ashame this didn’t go down sooner. The Yankees could have given the Mets 5 gs for Wagner and they could have used that to sign 2 of their draft picks below slot.

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

              This.

  • zs190

    Why do the Jays suck so much? Not even really putting up a fight.

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

    Damn, how could we have forgot JJ PUTZ when we were doing names before?

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

      True story: The reason the Yankees didn’t put names on their jerseys is because we had a player named Doug Farkaktehschmendrik.

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

        TSJC, I added a few names above. Check them out.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
            • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

              When your last name is COCK, you just can’t get promoted past rookie ball. Kids are watching.

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

                His middle initial is R.

                I hope his middle name is Rodney.

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

                  Or Richard.

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

                  HOLY SHIT, it just got better.

                  John R. Cock played for the “Bend Bucks”. I shit you not.

                  http://www.baseball-reference......i?id=12028

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

                  So what you’re trying to tell me is Cock bent his Rodney for Bucks.

                  I suppose after his playing career he worked off-Broadway with “Puppetry of the Penis”

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

                  I’m picturing a baseball jersey that says “BEND” on the front and “COCK” on the back.

                  Hilarious.

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

                  Yeah, having a jersey that says

                  BEND
                  BUCKS
                  COCK

                  …is almost like advertising yourself as a male prostitute.

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

              How could we forget this immortal

              http://www.baseball-reference......ru01.shtml

  • Yankee Von Homerdinger

    Sheffield up and he wants his money.

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

    How awesome would it be if K-Rod blew this save and a “Wagner should be the closer!!!” controversy was born?

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

      I’m an idiot, they’re already losing.

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

      People have to care for there to be a controversy. Mets are roadkill.

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

        Exactly.

        I just asked a Mets fan I know whether he wants Wagner or Walk-Rod to be the closer. He told me to stop screwing around and administer the Propofol already.

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

          Now they have to move to Plan B, watching the Yanks and hoping they lose. One thing Mets fans will always have, rooting against the Yanks.

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

            That, and claiming that Jose Reyes is better than Derek Jeter… AWWWWWWWWWW, TOO SOOOOOOOOOON??????

            • PinstripesForeverDouglas

              It boggles the mind that any idiot ever thought that overhyped, & 3rd best shortstop in his own division, was better than the Captain. Literally, Reyes has ONE better season than Jeter and that was last year when Jeter was hurt most of the year with a bad wrist.

              It just infuriates me to realize how biased our media is against the Yankees and dishonered Jeter by jumping to such obscene conclusions. I’ll never deny Reyes has more raw skill than Jeter but he never actually proved his worthiness over Jeter on the field- except stealing bases.

              While, I feel a little bad for crtiquing the kid, when it was the Yankee hating media that was behind the controversey in the first place. Still, I do believe Reyes will better than Jeter… when he is
              relaxing in the pool with 3 supermodels in the luxery of retirement in June of 2015 or 2013. :)

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

            Ha! It’s funny ’cause it’s true!

  • Yankee Von Homerdinger

    Chad Gaudin had for 100 grand.
    The trade is now complete.

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

      Link?

  • Yankee Von Homerdinger

    Your boys at MLB Trade rumors.

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

      Thanks. Link?

      (It just requires a quick cut and paste. Shouldn’t be that hard.)

      • Jack
      • Tony

        I get mlbtraderumors by typing “ml” into my address bar. You could try it?

        (ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh snap)

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

          I could.

          Or, if I’m sharing information from another site on a blog that specifically requests that people who share information from other sites like to the information I’m sharing, I could respect their wishes and just cut and paste the damn link I’m sharing.

          There’s that, too.

          • Yankee Von Homerdinger

            I chose not too. Oh well. Gaudin still had for 100 grand.
            Not a bad deal for the Yanks at all. Now of they can get Wagner somehow.

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

              I chose not too. Oh well.

              Thanks for being anti-social. You’re off to a smashing start.

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

              I would prefer not to.

              /Melville’d

              • Pasqua

                Nice. As an English teacher, I salute you.

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

                  I have read that damn story so many times. My senior year was the first year I didn’t read it from my junior year in high school to my junior year in college.

                  Also, I’m an aspiring English teacher. Hoozah.

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

    Anyone ever check out TiricoSuave?

    http://www.tiricosuave.com/

    His Francesa shit is hilarious.

  • AJ

    Kevin Millar is hitting .091 against Boston this year. Coincidence?

    • PinstripesForeverDouglas

      Nope, he’s already signed an exclusive deal to be their Mascot after he retires and he doesn’t want to offend the sensibilites of the Red Nation. Sersiousy, what is more pathetic? Wally the Green Monster or Millar in some bad cowboy getup screaming all game long “Cowboy Up” in a drunken daze.

      Millar Mascot = Dancin’ Homer

  • Tom Zig

    This is probably one of the funniest open threads I’ve seen.

  • Tom Zig

    Chris Duncan was released. TSJC’s dream of fielding a team of Sanchezs, Cabreras, and Duncans lives on