Open Thread: For those Yankee fans in Philly


Much to my surprise, it turns out there are actually some Yankee fans outside of the small municipality of New York. Yeah, I know. Who knew, right?

Well anyway, apparently some of these fans are colonizing down in Philadelphia, and are looking to get together to watch the World Series games. One emailer mentioned that he and about 15 others were meeting up at The Fieldhouse in Reading Terminal Market (linky), but this thread is a place for you guys in Philly to talk it out and figure out if/when/where you’ll meet it up.

Once you guys agree on a place to meet up, shoot me an email via the link in the far right sidebar, and I’ll toss up a post letting the masses know.

Otherwise, use this puppy as your open thread for the night. No baseball, no football, no hockey, no preseason basketball. Nada. I guess you could always catch up on some work or something. Anyway, anything goes, just be nice.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. I’m doing a live chat on my blog in a half hour. http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com.

    If you’re bored, and without anything on TV, I know you are, you should come and check it out.

  2. Ivan says:

    The NBA Season is HERE!!!!!! YAY!!!!!

  3. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Coming soon to an episode of Law & Order SVU: http://www2.starexponent.com/c.....ing/45964/ (SFW, but pretty weird.)

    Steaks and blowjobs? Red Rocket, red rocket!

  4. Ivan says:

    I love the fact the Knicks are going to start Jared Jaffries. Love it I really do. All the guy does is absolutely NOTHING!!!

  5. So, is it too early to talk about the Hot Stove League? I’d love to hear some FA predictions.

  6. In my opinion, the best team in the NBA this season is definitely Dallas. They’re stacked, top to bottom. Class of the league, hands down.

    (I’m talking about the cheerleaders/dance teams, of course, not the basketball teams.)


  7. Reggie C. says:

    Danilo Gallinari makes good. He’s gonna play in 65 games. Avg 14 a game. Shoot 50% from the field.

  8. Drew says:

    Not that anyone forgets, but just for fun.

    “Just tip my cap and call the Yankees my daddy.”
    -Pedro Martinez

    As much as I look forward to tomorrow, I can’t wait for Thursday!

  9. And the live chat for anyone interested is up and running here.

    And now I shall cease spamming you =)

  10. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    I believe Peter Gammons has ranked Carlos Ruiz over Jorge Posada.

    ESPN/Peter Gammons credibility has dropped from a 2 to a -1 with that comment. Now when they say something, I find it more likely to be wrong than right.

  11. Drew says:

    Kruk’s scouting report for hitters facing CC:

    “Get him early, get him out of the game.”


  12. mike jones says:


    A-Rod needs to make this his walk-up song. He has my permission

  13. Dela G says:

    the houston rockets are playing tonight

    lets hope they win 40 games this year without yao and tmac

  14. Mr Feeny says:

    so anyone in the philly area have any suggestions for a meet-up? Or are all you guys new-york/north jersians.

  15. TheLastClown says:

    Hey trio of Admins!

    Any way we could get a Los Angeles Yankee fan thread going, sometime before game 2?

    It doesn’t seem that there’s been a proliferation of Philadelphian Yanks fan on this one, but it’d be fun I think to congregate with any RABers that may be in L.A.

    Also, if any of you live in LA area & read this, respond!

  16. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    Remember guys, if you make moves that the Slate disagrees with, you’re an idiot, and baseball is no place for a fool like you!


    After all, Fox always talked about Girardi’s engineering degree! They fawned over it! They discussed it ENDLESSLY! (sarcasm intended)

    This is up there with Perlman’s “Hate the Yankees because I said so!”

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      Oh, and college degrees don’t prove anything. And the only reason people thought Moose was smart was because he did crossword.

      • Marcus says:

        Yeah, that economics degree from Stanford has nothing to do with why people think Mussina is smart.

      • The Artist says:

        The article is a gigantic face palm. Check out this part

        “The curious thing about these inane moves is that they don’t—at all—match up with Girardi’s reputation as a forward thinker steeped in statistical nuance. There’s nothing more old school than pinch running on a hunch or citing the chemistry between a pitcher and catcher as a reason to bench one of your best hitters. The Yankee manager’s overarching philosophy, then, seems to have less to do with statistics than with the notion that a manager needs to make slick maneuvers to win ballgames.

        Where to begin… .

        1-Personalizing this by claiming Girardi has some child-like need to inject himself in the game shows he knows nothing about either the play or the manager as a person. He’s attempting to turn this into a food fight.

        2-When Joe pinch ran for Alex, there were 2 outs in the 9th inning of a game in which we were down a run. Extra innings don’t exist unless you tie the game. He wanted to do whatever he could to make scoring that run more likely. He also obviously doesn’t understand just how ridiculously fast Guzman is. In a 100 meter footrace, Guzman probably beats Alex by 3-4 steps. In that spot, that could be the difference between scoring him or not.

        3-He criticized Girardi for not sending Guzman to steal WITH 2 OUTS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 9th! You want Guzman to make the last out OF THE GAME at 2nd base?

        4-The Burnett-Molina pairing wasn’t based on chemistry, but on stats that showed Molina and Burnett worked better together. The data backed up the stuff about “Rhythm”.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

          I think the writer of the article makes a few decent points, he just uses faulty logic to back them up. And the first couple of paragraphs made the article lose all credibility.

          • The Artist says:

            It’s not just faulty logic, it’s based on almost nothing in terms of facts. Its as if he watched the games after not watching them all year, and then didn’t bother to do any research as to Joe’s side of the story.

            The problem with the old school types is they just go by their eyes and don’t bother to investigate further. Seems like Tim did the same thing here.

    • Marcus says:

      Yeah seriously, Marchman sounds like some of the bridge-jumpers in the game threads.

    • The Artist says:

      Anyone who argues “we need more stupid people in the game who don’t consider stats” or argues “You should look at stats, but not use them” has totally jumped the shark as a Baseball writer. He must be hanging out with Heyman over at SI.

      Marchman’s a bright guy, but this is all too typical of his work. He loves to be the outlier.

  17. Riddering says:

    Alright, folks, I need to spend ten more dollars for free shipping at Amazon (though I’ll probably end up spending more).

    Anyone got a recommendation or five on books about pitching/pitchers?

  18. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Open thread? Marvelous! I’m 23 and still sleep with my baby blanket. Discuss.

  19. Andy C says:

    I live in Manayunk (Philly) and am looking for other Yanks fans to watch the games with. Let’s take over a bar on Main Street!!!

    • Drew says:

      Thinks of plan to get Andy C in Yankee attire in a bar full of Philly fans…

      Yeah! Let’s meet there. I’ll bring ten of my buddies! I’ll head over there around 7:30.
      See you there man.

    • Sam says:

      If you want, but I think we already have a lot of people going to Center City. Just come out to the Fieldhouse. If you’ve never been there, it’s a SICK sports bar.


      we are trying to get a bunch at the Fieldhouse in CC – bring all your fellow yanks fans in bunches -

  20. The Artist says:

    OK, piggybacking on Matt’s Hot stove theme, there seemed to be a consensus that the Yanks will target a reliever or two this off season. There’s a bazillion of them available, but none that jump pout to me as fits.

    Here’s the list, tell me who you think they’ll target.


    Mike Gonzalez (32) – Type A
    Kevin Gregg (32) – Type A
    Fernando Rodney (33) – Type B
    Rafael Soriano (30) – Type A
    Jose Valverde (32) – Type A
    Billy Wagner (38) – $8MM club option with a $1MM buyout (Red Sox agreed not to exercise) – Type A

    Right-handed relievers
    Luis Ayala (32)
    Danys Baez (32)
    Joaquin Benoit (32)
    Rafael Betancourt (35) – $5.4MM club option – Type A
    Chad Bradford (35)
    Doug Brocail (43) – $2.85MM club option with a $250K buyout – Type B
    Kiko Calero (35) – Type B
    Buddy Carlyle (32)
    Chad Cordero (28)
    Elmer Dessens (38)
    R.A. Dickey (35)
    Brendan Donnelly (38)
    Octavio Dotel (36) – Type A
    Kelvim Escobar (33)
    Eric Gagne (34)
    Geoff Geary (33)
    Tom Gordon (42)
    Jason Grilli (33)
    LaTroy Hawkins (37) – Type A
    Matt Herges (40)
    Bob Howry (36) – Type B
    Jason Isringhausen (37)
    Jorge Julio (31)
    Masahide Kobayashi (36)
    Shane Loux (30)
    Brandon Lyon (30) – Type B
    Gary Majewski (30)
    Guillermo Mota (36) – Type B
    Joe Nelson (35)
    Chan Ho Park (37) – Type B
    Tony Pena Jr. (29)
    Troy Percival (40)
    Scott Proctor (33)
    J.J. Putz (33) – $9.15MM club option with a $1MM buyout
    Juan Rincon (31)
    Takashi Saito (40)
    Duaner Sanchez (30)
    Rudy Seanez (41)
    Justin Speier (36)
    Russ Springer (41) – Type B
    Julian Tavarez (37)
    Luis Vizcaino (35)
    David Weathers (40) – $3.7MM club option with a $400K buyout – Type B
    Jamey Wright (35)
    Yasuhiko Yabuta (37) – $4MM club option with a $500K buyout
    Tyler Yates (32)

    Left-handed relievers
    Joe Beimel (32) – Type B
    Alan Embree (40) – $3MM club option with a $250K buyout
    Scott Eyre (38) – Type B
    Casey Fossum (32)
    John Grabow (31) – Type A
    Eddie Guardado (39)
    Mark Hendrickson (36)
    Ron Mahay (39)
    Will Ohman (31) – $2.2MM club option with a $200K buyout – Type B
    Darren Oliver (39) – Type A
    Horacio Ramirez (30)
    Glendon Rusch (35)
    Scott Schoeneweis (36)
    Brian Shouse (41) – $1.9MM club option with a $200K buyout – Type B
    Ken Takahashi (41)
    Ron Villone (40)
    Jamie Walker (38)

  21. Drew says:

    Soriano, Betancourt, Jorge Julio, maybe Dotel.

    I don’t see any of these guys on big contracts though. AS for the lefties, nothing tempts me and we already have two that we will count on entering the season.

  22. Anthony says:

    Please help: any1 know what time the stadium opens tommorow, need to know what time to take the train.

  23. Tom Zig says:

    Is Challenger making a ceremonial flight tomorrow?

  24. Anthony says:

    Thanks for the info, had to spend so much money for the tix, need to make sure I get there when the stadium opend

  25. Mike Pop says:

    My NBA Finals prediction:

    San Antonio Spurs over the Cleveland Cavs in 6.

  26. Sam says:

    So raise your hand if you’re coming to the Fieldhouse to watch the Yanks game!

  27. julie says:

    Some people are meeting at the Blarney stone in university city…We need as many people as possible!

  28. julie says:

    I dunno if it’s a chain but yeah I noticed the one in Manhattan as well. It’s not so great here either. I’m really not sure why they chose that particular establishment. Penn has a lot better bars than that…

    • The Artist says:

      If you’re going there just to get drunk and watch the game, I’m sure the place will look great after a few beers . .

      and if the Yanks win, who cares what it looks like!

  29. The Artist says:

    “Sports astrologer Andrea Mallis studied charts and saw positive signs for Yankees manager Joe Girardi and several New York players. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who has had an excellent postseason after previous struggles, may win the Most Valuable Player award, she says.

    “Mars is in Leo,” says Ms. Mallis, “A-Rod is a Leo. It’s a supercharged time for him.” ”


    It’s in the stars. Mars is in Leo.

  30. cc-cy-young says:

    why are phillies fans so ignorant when it comes to the game, instead of having normal converations about the series that is about to begin they are talking about how great their chants are for the phillie home games last time i checked there were no cheerleaders in baseball

  31. cc-cy-young says:


  32. cc-cy-young says:

    as a fan of the game i believe this is going to be a phenominal series however as a yankee fan i know we are going to walk away with number 27

  33. Salty Buggah says:

    Ugh, I was supposed to go out with this girl in my class but she has the swine flu. Her and 3 others all from that class. Sucks man.

  34. Arman Tamzarian says:

    When I lived in Boston I used to follow the Celtics pretty closely, so I was wondering what happened to Eric Williams today, and while reading his wikipedia page I came across this line: In 2005, Williams decided to launch his own line of clothing honoring the Negro Basketball League, despite no such league ever having existed” I don’t know why, but I find this really funny

  35. Ivan says:

    Iight Which young player of the Knicks you look most forward to?

  36. gxpanos says:

    Anyone else watching Game 5 of the Subway Series on YES? I forgot how great a game Leiter pitched. Of course, Bobby V sent him out for over 140 pitches, so he blew it. But man, a well-pitched game.

  37. pat says:

    Holy sHit Andre Aggasi used Meth in his playing days…. damn!

  38. adeel says:

    Wow, too many posts for me to read and I got too much crap to do right now. For what it’s worth, I will try to head over to Reading terminal area. Thing is, I live in Cherry Hill, so if anyone is getting together someplace this side of the delaware river, that would be better for me. (this is all for game 2 onwards, unfortunately I will listen to game 1 from jfk airport)

    Thanks for RAB for thinking of us. Sometimes I feel like I am the only yankee fan down here. This friday is Phillies day at my workplace! Can you imagine that?

  39. mgz says:

    an actual call today into 950/97.5 around lunchtime:
    caller: my worst nightmare has come true
    950: you’re a met fan?
    caller: [laughs] no, i’m a yankee fan who’s lived in Philly for the past 10 years and I root for both teams. What do I do?

  40. The Jay-Z/Alicia Keys performance is rescheduled for game 2, due to the rain…mother nature is a biatch!

  41. Tom Zig says:

    What’s all the talk about DHing Ibanez so they could start Ben Francisco and “upgrade” the defense?

    Ben Francisco has a -12.9 UZR/150 in LF
    Raul Ibanez has a 8.1 UZR/150 in LF

    By all means start Francisco over Ibanez in LF.

    h/t Jason @ IIATMS

  42. adeel says:

    just in case anyone comes here; I am trying to setup a game 6 caravan from south jersey/philly to nyc for game 6 (and hopefully not game 7)

    you can e-mail me at Adeelmd@yahoo.com

  43. [...] I’m 23 and still sleep with my baby blanket . Discuss. Reply. Andy C says: October 27th, 2009 at 8:15 pm. I live in Manayunk (Philly) and am looking for other Yanks fans to watch the games with. Let’s take over a bar on Main Street! ….. Miami only works if Wade jumps ship for Chicago, and Chicago only works if Wade stays in South Beach , Donnie Walsh does something stupid to waste the cap space (not bloody likely) and Blake Griffin’s knee injury suddenly becomes career …Continued [...]

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