Sep
26

Saturday Night Open Thread

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Remember when the Yankees were 0-8 against the Red Sox? That seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it? It’s good to see them beat Boston in every way possible too – slug fests, pitching duels, extra innings, you name it. The magic number is down to a Murcerian one with a week left in the season, and life is good.

Here’s your open thread for the night. The Mets are down in Miami, and you’ve also got the Cards and Rockies on MLB Network. Plus there’s a ton of college football games spread around the various networks. Anything goes, just follow the guidelines and be nice to each other.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Accent Shallow

    What a fantastically pitched game.

    CC is great, Hughes is inhuman, and Mo is Mo.

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

      Girardi will have to change his number next year to #28.

      • Accent Shallow

        Oh, come on.

        How can he disrespect 2005-2008 Melky like that?

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

          Melky’s lucky he’s best buddies with someone who can actually hit.

          • Accent Shallow

            100% serious here:

            I’d rather have Melky as a starter than Gardner going into 2010.

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

              I like splitting it up. Minimizes each player’s downside and keeps Melky from getting complacent.

              • steve (different one)

                i think Melky gets traded this winter.

              • alittleblackegg

                Agreed. I definitely have no problem carrying two center-fielders with different skill sets.

                Not sure if either player would bring any real value back in a trade, either.

      • Bob Stone

        If I were Girardi and won WS #27, I’d keep that number forever.

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

    I hope I’m wrong about this, but I have a feeling Bloomberg will pull an Ed Koch and not want to have a parade if the Yanks win, citing budget concerns.

    • Tom Zig

      I’d be so pissed

    • Tom Zig

      And really how much could a ticker-tape parade cost?

      • Jersey

        And how much additional revenue would it pull in?

        • Tom Zig

          Exactly.

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

        A few mil, easy. Extra sanitation and police overtime.

    • YankeeJosh

      It depends exactly when the World Series ends. If it ends right before election day no way Bloomberg doesn’t have a parade. You don’t mess with voters, and that would bother a lot of fans.

      But let’s win the World Series first!

  • Ban Bud

    When was the last time the Yankees acquired a big-money front of the rotation pitcher and had him absolutely live up to every expectation in his first year like Sabathia has? Catfish Hunter?

    • JMK

      Roger Clemens.

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

        Clemens sucked the first year, and was never as dominant with the Yanks as he was in Toronto.

        • JMK

          I meant the last time. The dark ages. I was being facetious. I left too much open to interpretation, though. My mistake.

      • Marcus

        Clemens ’99

        ERA+ 103 (ERA 4.63)
        WHIP 1.465
        K/9 = 7.8

        Among other stats. He did eventually live up to the hype, but his first year was a pretty big downer. He did have a couple good starts in the playoffs that year, but also a huge stinker against the Red Sox.

        • JMK

          See above comment.

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

      David Cone, Orlando Hernandez (big name in Cuba) Jimmy Key was good for 2-3 years.

      But Mussina is the most recent. one of the best FA signings they ever made.

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

      Mussina was incredible in 2001.

      • JMK

        But he didn’t win 20 games!

        • Accent Shallow

          Or pitch a perfecto!

          (Fucking Everett. Horseshit dinosaur bloop)

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

            A perfect game in that ballpark against a good lineup is almost unfathomable.

      • Ivan

        Yeah Moose was terrific in 01.

    • Salty Buggah

      Mike Mussina

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

    LoHud has the exact same Magic Number pic as RAB, as they have for the past few days. Somebody is either leaking the pics to PA or he’s an avid reader of this blog.

    This is an obvious conspiracy.

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

      I know, it’s annoying. I had a tab open with that Murcer pic for four days.

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

        One of these goons around here must be hacking into your computer.

      • whozat

        Did you have 4 and 2 pics you were gonna use?

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

          Nope.

          • whozat

            Confidence: 11

      • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

        He’s been using just the numbers for the last few weeks, now all of a sudden he switched to a player pic? Booooo…

    • DreDog

      I kind of wanted Billy Martin because he looked like my father. They sort of acted the same way too. My dad wasn’t full throttle like Billy though.

    • Accent Shallow

      Unfortunately, there’s not too many choices when you get below #10 for this team.

  • Eddy Southwick

    why does girardi hate Eric Hinske?

    • Morgan Tsvangirai

      He doesn’t like his yakuza tats

    • whozat

      Should he have pinch hit Hinske when Wagner was already in the game?

    • steve (different one)

      you guys are unbelievable.

  • crapulent

    I want CC to throw a perfecto in the playoffs. Hallucinate much?

    • Salty Buggah

      Perfecto in Game 4 in WS…SWEEP!!!!!!

  • Tank the Frank

    I just can’t see CC having a bad game in the playoffs at this rate. The one thing his postseason starts all have in common are walks. 25 postseason innings, 22 walks.

    That’s just so contrary to the CC Sabathia we’re seeing now; totally in command and under control. He could have been a little too amped up in his first few playoff starts, and probably didn’t have enough gas left in the tank anyway. Different story this season. I can’t wait to see him start Game 1.

    • DreDog

      I think his lack of postseason success is overblown. I think it’s time for CC and Al to lay these things notions to rest.

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

        He was running on fumes both seasons. That won’t be an issue with the Yankees.

        • DreDog

          Exactly.
          I am so psyched about this team.

      • thurdonpaul

        im betting a-rod has a HUGE post season, i predict he is MVP of the series, honestly ,i was never a big fan of his, but he seems different this year, i believe he is gonna be fantastic this post season !!

  • J

    In Damon’s postgame interview he pronounced his first baseman’s name as “Tex-Era” instead of “Tesh-Era”. Am I missing something or did he just pull a boner there?

    • whozat

      He does that sometimes. He grew up with a stutter, so I figure we can cut him some slack for doing as well as he does on TV.

    • Salty Buggah

      He’s said that a couple times before. Posada and A-rod (and maybe Robbie but I dont remember clearly) called him that too.

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

      No, he meant it exactly as he said it.

      We are all living in the Tex-era, a new era of Yankee greatness. Get used to it.

  • J

    Sure of course. Just wanted to make sure I wasn’t mispronouncing the second coming of donnie baseball.

  • Bob Stone

    Another great aspect of the win today is that the BoSox won’t be the first team to hold a celebration in the new Yankee Stadium.

    • Bob Stone

      Thank Mo they dug up Ortiz’ shirt from the foundation.

    • Salty Buggah

      Eh, if Texas loses tomorrow today and tomorrow and if Bahston wins tomorrow, they still can. So, Im hoping Texas wins today.

      • Bob Stone

        You’re right – I forgot Texas has played yet today. My bad.

        • Bob Stone

          *hasn’t

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

        Right, and Texas’ Sunday game starts @ 3:05, so even if Texas loses we can still wrap up the division AND prevent Boston from celebrating here with a win tomorrow afternoon.

        Just win, baby.

  • crapulent

    We smashed the can’t beat the Angels in Anaheim notion.
    We smashed the can’t beat the Red Sox (anywhere)
    Now it’s time to smash CC sucks in the playoff and Arod does nothing in October.

    Next year we’re take care of that Nationals thing.

    • thurdonpaul

      i dont know, that nationals thing may be tougher then those other things

      • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

        I’ll lose 3 games to the Nationals with a big smile on my face, as long as we’re doing it as the reigning World Series Champions.

  • Tank the Frank

    You know… we may very well be playing the Twinkies in the playoffs. Nothing about them scares me – especially w/o Morneau – but for the fact that they are really hot right now. I don’t want to go into the playoffs to face a redhot team that we swept the season series from. That just spells bad news.

    • whozat

      Their pitching does not scare me at all. At all.

      • Bob Stone

        Totally agree.

    • Tom Zig

      Carl Pavano is most likely their game 1 starter.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

    I never got to finish a complete Yankee game vs the Red Sox when they won. I’ve seen every game completely when they lsot 8 in a row and only saw a few innings each game they win due to real life stuff.

    So I hope tomorrow, when I can actually watch the game they win and be 9-9 against the Sox after 0-8.

    • Bob Stone

      That would be sweet, but not surprising. I was at confidence level 10 when the Yanks were down 8-0 that they would come close to a tie in the season series. It happens every year. Their records against each other over the six years are almost dead even.

  • ds

    Molina is basically a guaranteed out. How many scoring drives is he going to blow before the Yankees replace him with a better offense option. I know his defense is good, but it doesn’t justify the missed opportunities.

    • whozat

      Because guys who are better offensive catchers than Jose Molina start for other teams.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

      Posada needed the rest. Don’t worry, he won’t be starting in significant games.

      • ds

        Can Cervelli be worse?

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

          Well it’s a small sample size but I would put Cervelli equal to Molina.

    • Bob Stone

      Most think he will be replaced by Cervelli.

    • steve (different one)

      How many scoring drives is he going to blow before the Yankees replace him with a better offense option.

      you mean in the playoffs? none.

      Posada was scratched with a sore neck.

      who gives a crap?

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    I posted this on twitter earlier this evening. It’s pretty interesting.

    Player A: .326/.376/.493/.869, 122OPS+, 17HR/83RBI/322TB.
    Player B: .321/.351/.515/.866, 125OPS+, 23HR/79RBI/318TB.

    Can you guess who these players are?

    • Salty Buggah

      Player B is Cano, if those stats aren’t counting today’s game.

      • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

        Correct. I got them from Baseball-Reference during the game, so obviously they hadn’t updated with today’s stats yet.

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

      Player A is Pedroia last year.

      • Bob Stone

        Ah – you’re right. I was thinking this year’s stats.

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

          Yeah me too, but then I had a feeling it might have been the littlest MVP’s numbers.

      • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

        Correct. Amazing how similar the numbers are. Yet Cano probably won’t get a single MVP vote.

        Not that I’m saying he should win; that should definitely be Mauer. But Cano is having a damn fine season.

        • steve (different one)

          true, but Pedroia won mostly b/c there wasn’t a strong field of alternate candidates last year.

          he had a very good season, but his timing was perfect.

          • Mike Pop

            I still got Cliff Lee for that MVP!

    • Bob Stone

      Player A looks like Jeter but his average is higher than .326

  • Sean Serritella

    Hey, I posted at Peter Abraham’s site a lot but he’s leaving and I know it won’t be the same. Do you mind if I come here and post my thoughts on things you talk about? It seems you have a lot of people commenting and I like that.

    I read your guidelines for posting as well.

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

      You’re more than welcome. Just so you know, we have casual sex Friday every week.

      • Sean Serritella

        That’s great. Do we get to oil each other up?

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

          Of course.

          • Sean Serritella

            Great. I like it rough.

        • whozat

          ::golf clap::

      • Tank the Frank

        Bring a friend.

        • Sean Serritella

          It looks like I’ll have more than enough friends.

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

        Don’t remind me. This place was like a Roman bathhouse last night. I have no idea who that was on top of me.

        • Sean Serritella

          I love it. They call me rubber neck.

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

            Just one word of caution, if someone named TommieSmithJohnCarlos hits on you, wear a condom and use extra lube.

            • thurdonpaul

              lmao, mr artist you better duck, tsjc is gonna be throwing something at you

            • http://imgur.com/NMNVd.jpg Joba Powers (all I needs is a jheri curl mullet)

              They don’t call him “ridickulous backside” for nothing.

      • Sean Serritella

        I also want to say that I have a Yankee blog of my own but I’m not here to advertise it and you won’t find me advertising it. I need a place to talk Yankees and this looks like a great place. That’s all I ask for, a place to talk about the Yankees and have fun talking about them while following your rules.

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

          Half the regulars here have their own blogs or are writers. It’s a great place to get ideas for posts and hash out ideas you haven’t thought through yet.

    • Pasqua

      Sean, if I’m wrong I apologize, but does anybody else think this might be “alex gonzalez’s” new bit?

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

    Who you guys like in the NL?

    As much as I’d like to face (and beat) Torre’s Dodgers in the WS, I think the Cards are built for October. Two big pitchers, good closer and the best 1-2 punch in the NL.

    Dodgers starting pitching is weak, Phillies have no closer, forget the Rockies.

    • Tank the Frank

      Yeah I think it will come down to the Cards vs Phillies.

      • Sean Serritella

        I’m not too sure, the Dodgers have a great bull pen. Once they get to their pen, that could be it.

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      I think it’ll be the Cardinals and the Phillies in the NLCS. The Cardinals will win on a blown save by Brad Lidge.

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

        For the Phils to win, they’re going to have to do it Ozzie Guillen-05 style. 8 from the starter and hold your breath.

        Which is doable, they have some good starters.

    • Jersey

      Agreed. Cards have been my pick to lose to the Yankees in the WS for a while now. The top of that rotation is beastly.

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

        You sure the Yanks win that series? I think the Cards are a better playoff team than they are regular season team.

        • Jersey

          Well, the Cards probably worry me more than anyone else. But I do believe this team can beat anyone, anytime, in any seven-game series. And CC and AJ would look pretty beastly too if they got to pitch to pitchers.

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

            The Cards certainly have the starting pitching, but the bullpen makes then vulnerable. Ryan Franklin doesn’t miss any bats and scares no one, that’s a bad combo for the 9th inning.

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

              Yeah, and the Yanks will have the home field. But either the Cards or the Phillies would be a good series, but I’d pick the Yanks in 6 for both.

            • Jersey

              Totally agree. And that lineup outside of Pujols and Holliday is pretty unimpressive. Still, with starting pitching like that, you wouldn’t need to score too many runs.

  • JMK

    From ESPN Boston: “The Red Sox were held to just two hits in a loss to CC Sabathia and the Yankees on Saturday, but Daisuke Matsuzaka looked ready for October, working out of jam after jam and giving up just one run in seven innings.”

    Yeah, Dice-K looks ready for October. Right.

    • whozat

      If it had gone the other way, they would have said that CC was beginning his post-season collapse early, as the Sox had him on the ropes all day and just hit into poor luck.

      • Sean Serritella

        You know what? I hope the Yankees aren’t peaking too early. I get confused with the way teams play some times. I remember in 2000, I think it was 2000, when they limped to the playoffs and played terribly down the stretch but dominated in the playoffs.

        Then one year they played great at the end of the year and lost in the playoffs.

        • JGS

          no correlation between September record and October success

        • thurdonpaul

          being healthy and having guys rested goes a long way in deciding october success

    • Jersey

      ESPN Boston is the Fox News of sports journalism. Just no interest whatsoever in reality.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

      Not as batshit insane as another doomsday Ken Rosenthal article today.

      The description was like if CC falls in game 1, we can predict the fall of the Yankees or some BS like that. And the article was a nonstory saying how nothing is guaranteed in the playoffs and how the Yankee teams of 2005, 2006, and 2007 and not much different than 2009.

      http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....son-begins

      • Tank the Frank

        Great column. We have the best record in baseball for no reason at all, apparantly.

        • Jersey

          I like how 57% of voters are picking them to win the Series.

      • Tank the Frank

        So far, this is what I’ve seen from the MSM:

        Red Sox – 2nd place team, yet they have no holes or shortcomings whatsoever. Nevermind the fact that they have a losing record on the road, or are 16-2 vs BAL, 11-4 vs TOR, and only eight games over .500 against everyone else.

        Yankees – Best record in baseball. Nothing but articles about ways the Yankees can’t or won’t succeed in the playoffs.

        It seems to me the media’s job has been to over-exaggerate every loss, and then when we have the best record in baseball, write column after column about how the Yankees aren’t as good as they look.

        • whozat

          The media’s job is to get eyeballs.

          “Team with best record in baseball pretty likely to get to World Series” doesn’t get a lot of attention.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

            Now I don’t have the best memory but I don’t recall them doing this last year.

            • whozat

              The Rays weren’t the media darlings last season?

      • Joe D.

        The dude is out of his skull. The ’09 Yankees have already surpassed the win total of any of those three Yankee teams and we still have games to play. (2005-95; 2006-97; 2007-94; 2009-99+). That alone indicates this year’s version is a notch better than the ’05-’07 editions.

        More importantly though with regards to the postseason, the “now” Yanks have a pitching staff better built for the postseason than they have in a while. Great K rate, uber-dominant set-up guy, and an unquestioned Game 1-style ace.

        As much as I loved me some wormkillin’ Chien-Ming Wang, post-peak Unit, and solid Moose, none of the three provided what CC does.

        As Mariano-Bridge, Tom Gordon was very good but ’06/’07’s Farnsworth/Proctor stylings were a long, long ways off from Mr. Hughes.

        A few wins in the reg season…I can understand Blowsenthal potentially tossing aside. But Sabathia/Hughes? That’s just sloppy.

        /Choir Preacher’d

      • Brandon

        “But if the Yankees go deep into the postseason, it might be due more to inferior first-round competition than actual superiority.”
        So in other words, the Yankees are superior…

  • nathan

    Does RAB and PeteAbe hv any tieups

    the last few “magic number pics” hv been theexact same pictures..

    wierd

    • JMK

      Worst poem ever.

  • Nels

    Wow. This may be one of the most biased articles I’ve ever read. It’s a comparison between the Yanks and the Sox by position written by Lou Merloni,

    http://tinyurl.com/ydzag33

    “Robinson Cano (.320, 23, 79) vs. Dustin Pedroia (.301, 13, 67)

    You would think that this is an easy decision. Even though I will go with Pedey here, you could make a case for Cano this year. I understand that Dustin is the reigning MVP and is having another “good” year, but have you been following what Cano is doing? He’s batting .320 and has 23 home runs. Those are numbers that you cannot ignore. As for Dustin, I’ve been watching him all year and even though he’s hitting .301, there has been “something” missing this year, and for the longest time I couldn’t figure it out. Then I went back and saw that last year he batted .368 late and close (a stat that represents plate appearances in the seventh inning or later with the team batting tied, ahead by one, or with the tying run on deck). Very impressive, and one of the reasons why he won the AL MVP. This year is a little different story. Pedey is hitting .224 late and close. I’m not getting on him, just stating a fact. If there is one hitter in this lineup who will show up in a big game, its Pedey. That’s why I give the edge to Dustin. Plus, I think that Cano is a dog, and not many second basemen turn a double play better than Dustin Pedroia.”

    So he’s basically saying that while Cano is better, he’s still going with Pedroia anyway?

    To me this is ridiculous:

    “Hideki Matsui (.278, 28, 88) vs. David Ortiz (.237, 26, 91)

    Normally, this wouldn’t even be up for debate, but some may say that this year Matsui has been better. I don’t agree. Big Papi has led all hitters in the AL in home runs since June with 26. I’m not saying that he’s the same hitter he was back in 2006 when he hit 56 homers, but he’s still better than Matsui. There’s this thing called “presence,” and Big Papi has it back. Pitchers fear him again. Did you see Angels closer Brian Fuentes pitch around Papi with two outs and a one-run lead in the ninth inning last week? It started a game-winning rally that included Fuentes fuming over a non-strike call to Nick Green. The reality is is that he should have blamed himself for throwing Papi a 2-0 slider only to follow that up with another one at 3-0. Fuentes wanted no part of David with the game on the line. That alone gives the edge to Ortiz.”

    Someone mentioned this the other night as well, but Ortiz’s OPS is more than 100 points lower than Matusi’s. And how many big hits has Matusi had late in games this year? I can think of his game two eighth inning game tying shots against the Jays, as walk as his walk off shot off the Os right off the top of my head, but obviously there are way more.

    One more thing before I close out this way too long post is just how clear it is that Lou Merloni has no idea what he’s talking about is this sentence:

    “Nick Swisher is having a great year. He is a legit home run threat, especially in cozy Yankee Stadium.”

    Anyone who knows anything knows that Swisher (besides that two HR game recently) cannot hit the ball out of the new YS.

    All right, I’m done.

    • steve (different one)

      yes, it’s ridiculous, but imagine if Paul O’Neill wrote the article. wouldn’t you excuse a little pro-Yankee bias?

      Lou Merloni wrote it, i’d take it with a grain of salt.

      • Nels

        I love O’neill to death, but I sometimes get embarrassed listening to what he has to say.

    • Jersey

      Lesson 1: avoid WEEI like the plague.

      Lesson 2: Fear makes people do, say, and write weird things.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

      WHAT. THE. FUCK.
      “Nick Swisher is having a great year. He is a legit home run threat, especially in cozy Yankee Stadium.”

      This definitely overtakes “sucka got no juice” is terms of batshit insane.

      But this is more than batshit insane. This is extremely retarded, biased and completely batshit insane.

      • JGS

        especially in Yankee Stadium

        clearly not reading up on those home/road splits

    • Sean Serritella

      I don’t understand this comment by Lou Merloni…
      “Plus, I think that Cano is a dog, and not many second basemen turn a double play better than Dustin Pedroia.”

      Have you seen how effortlessly Cano throws the double play? He’ll have his body going one way and then he casually flips the ball across his body for the DB. It’s pretty awesome to watch.

      • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex

        Yea he is so smooth in everything he does; his swing, fielding of ground balls, turning of double plays. And he has an awesomely strong arm especially for a second baseman.

      • thurdonpaul

        yeah , robbie is incredible with some of those throws, ill be watchin and think, eh, he cant get this guy out, or make that throw and then BAFUCKINWAM he makes a ridiclously hard throw look incredibly easy

    • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex

      Wow.. just.. wow. That is insane.

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

      “I will go with Pedey here”

      After the issues his brother has had, you think he’d find another nickname. Sheesh.

      • steve (different one)

        thought the same thing.

    • Mike Pop

      I’m not saying that he’s the same hitter he was back in 2006 when he hit 56 homers, but he’s still better than Matsui.

      Nice research, Lou. Papi hit 54.

    • Mike Pop

      The reality is is that he should have blamed himself for throwing Papi a 2-0 slider only to follow that up with another one at 3-0. Fuentes wanted no part of David with the game on the line.

      That alone gives the edge to Ortiz.

      Now that’s funny.

    • Zack

      Merloni is a fucking joke, as long as he stays at WEEI and Comcast New England he’ll never be called out and the shit he spreads. So he’ll talk up and suck up to Red Sox fans, and players, and they’ll call it journalism.

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

    I swear, the Mets find new ways to screw up every day.

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

      If you weren’t watching, Wright’s on 2B and Franceour gets a hit that the CF fields. Franceour tries to stretch it to a double, and is tagged out at 2B. But Wright was lolly gagging around the bases, and didn’t cross home plate by the time Franceour was tagged out for the final out of the inning. Run doesn’t count.

      This is stuff little leaguers do, you can’t make this shit up.

      • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

        Oops, didn’t see this before I posted. At least Wright touched third base.

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

          aaaand the Marlins just tied it up.

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

            3-run jack by Maybin. 7-3 Marlins.

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      What did they do this time?

    • TurnTwo

      the who?

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    What is a good website to learn how to play the guitard?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

      I’ve been wondering that for a couple years now. I want to know how to play for free…

    • Jersey
      • Jersey

        Be advised, this won’t teach you proper technique, but if you’re just starting out this is a good resource.

        • Johan Iz My Brohan

          By the way, avoid ‘the pit’ forum at all costs, I play guitar and was a forum regular for a while there. There are some strannnngee kids.

    • Sean Serritella

      A great place to look is on youtube. You can learn visually and a lot of people on there are very good teachers.

      • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

        Any recommended videos? I’m looking for videos for beginners. I’ve never played before.

        • Mike Pop
        • Sean Serritella

          If you go to youtube, type in, “how to play guitar” and you’ll have a lot of options. You’ll see options for beginners. What Mike Pop posted was good. Expert village is another good one. Plus, if you want to learn how to play a certain song, you can look just for that song.

          My favorite song is “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. If I type in, “how to play here comes the sun on guitar” in youtube, I get a lot of different options.

          • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

            Thanks so much for the help. I’ll definitely be checking those videos out.

            • Sean Serritella

              Also, the best thing you can do at first is practice guitar chords. When I first started, I practiced the G chord to C chord over and over again until I got it right.

              When you first play chords, it’s hard because your brain isn’t wired to play guitar. Try doing repetition because that’s how you get better.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

    Fucking White Sox.

  • GRGOYLDEF@

    Courtesy of The Huffington Post….and it ain’t even close.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....00248.html

    • Bob Stone

      Yankees definitely have the edge in this contest.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

        No contest.

        • Mike Pop

          Kevin Youk’s wife is a good looking girl, but they probably couldn’t find a pic of her alone.

          Youkils = instant softy

          • Johan Iz My Brohan

            Papelbon’s wife = MILF

            I still like the Teixeira couple the best!!!

            Where is Mary Carey?

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

            She’s a Hollywood wife. Kevin spends all night dancing in assless leather chaps at bars on the South End.

            • Tank the Frank

              Which one is Youk’s wife? Somebody married that guy?

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

                http://cache.boston.com/bonzai.....7_3865.jpg

                All the strap-ons that poor girl must go through. Just tragic.

                • thurdonpaul

                  she is pretty, she must put a heavy duty bag over his head

                • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

                  Ugh, he looks like he gets a lot of food stuck in that thing.

    • whozat

      What did they do to Laura’s sweater puppies!??!?!?!?

    • Pasqua

      They cherry-picked those shots. I’m goin’ Yankees, but I’d like to see full roster comparisons, damnit.

      By the way, that picture of Mrs. Posada does her NO justice.

      • Bob Stone

        I’d like to see the entire roster too. Still think the Yanks have the edge, even on the whole group.

    • Sean Serritella

      I’d have to say Minka Kelly. She can look really good. I only see a side view of Teixeira’s wife but she looks kind of cute too.

  • Jersey

    Love this pic (safe).

    http://imgur.com/MuExP.jpg

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Unfortunately, I missed what seemed to be an outstanding game. I traveled 2 hours north to Amherst, Massachusetts today and got home just in time to watch Phil Hughes.

    • Bob Stone

      you could have listened on the radio to John Sterling if you could stand it for part of the trip and then Red Sox announcers for the remainder of the journey.

      • Pasqua

        Three-and-a-half hours of, “You just can’t predict baseball” and variations thereof.

        • Bob Stone

          Yeah – I know. I travel from Connecticut to the Boston area at least once a week and spend countless hours listening to WFAN and WEEI (and its affiliates).

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

          well, that’s just Baseball.

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

          Baseball isn’t like the other sports, you know. You can’t out-physical the other team like you can in Basketball or Hockey.

          • Pasqua

            A couple of weeks ago he went on the “baseball isn’t like the other sports” riff and actually said that baseball is different because in the other sports, “the best teams INVARIABLY WIN!”

            It was so mind-blowingly ignorant, so disturbingly incorrect, that I turned the radio off for 5 minutes to cool off.

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

              That was true about Football . . maybe 20 years ago. But there are no truly great Football teams anymore, not like the 70’s Steelers, 80’s 49ers or 90’s Cowboys. Since the salary cap and all the rule changes, you can’t build a great, dominant team anymore. Which is what the league wants.

              Even the Pats weren’t a great team by past standards, they were just extremely well coached. It’s one of the reasons I lost interest in Football. I hate parity. I want excellence in sports, not equality.

              • thurdonpaul

                ietcvm

  • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H. :: Sec105

    Didn’t want to use Billy Martin for 1?

  • Pasqua

    So, I’m guessing this passed me by somehow, but was there an online “lottery” for playoff tickets this year? I don’t remember seeing anything. Did the public onsale already (or, ever) take place?

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

    Teams That Clinch Early Lose Early, Too

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....04578.html

    This doesn’t surprise me, with the short ALDS series a hot team goes in and takes the first game or two from a team that’s shaking off the rust, and before you know it the series is over.

    • Sean Serritella

      Wow, that stinks.

  • Z

    Anyone know where I can find video of the Gardner rundown? It’s not on MLB or ESPN.

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

    Gotta love Joe Torre–three lefties for three outs…

  • Sean Serritella

    My favorite football team is the Dallas Cowboys. Are you sure I’m still allowed here? lol.

    • JMK

      We’re Yankee fans regardless of football allegiances. That said, I feel bad for you and I’m not even much of a football fan.

  • Tony

    RAB – I love Mercer but I wish you could find a picture with Billy Martin also. Billy Martin was great.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete
      • Tony

        I like that – thats classic. Brings back many memories when I was a kid..

    • whozat

      You can go find all the pictures of billy martin you want.

      • Tony

        your right I could – but obviously I hoping that I can see it on favorite site – wow what was I thinking?

  • Jack

    I love Adrian Clayborn.

  • Dela G

    great win

    great fucking win

    • scooter

      Yup…. great fucking win.

      CC has been unreal lately – and Girardi is making sure he’s not racking up big pitch counts

      Speaking of, Tony LaRussa just had Wainwright go 130 pitches tonight (through 8 innings). Cards’ magic number is one.

      I know the Rockies are leading the Wild Card chase, but why the heck would you do that to your #2 starter (behind Carpenter)?

      Cards just went in front 6-3 – so the Braves probably inch closer

  • Tom Zig

    Some ESPN radio show host asked buster olney earlier today if the yanks might clinch too early…is it even possible to clinch too early with at most 6 games left in the season?

    • scooter

      Do they insist that ESPN radio hosts have lobotomies after being hired?

      Here’s a little piece Olney wrote 11 years ago:
      http://www.nytimes.com/1998/09.....tarts.html

      Clinching on September 10th – now THAT’s early

    • JGS

      probably just prompted by last year, when the Angels clinched around Labor Day

  • Tom Zig

    Does anyone else think that the guy from the “I got ripped in 4 weeks” ad looks like Phil Hughes?