Open Thread: For those Yankee fans in Philly

Yanks add Hinske, Bruney for WS
Laird draws some walks in Surprise losses

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.

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Yanks add Hinske, Bruney for WS
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  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    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.

  • Ivan

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

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

      The what?

      • Ivan

        It’s called the NBA. You Know, basketball, unlike that sport hockey, it actually exist.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          I’d take hockey over basketball every day of the week.

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

            Oh, you mean that shit they show on the Outdoor Life Network?

            Real sports are on real TV channels. Hockey’s barely even on basic cable. They show that shit at the end of SportsCenter, just like the WNBA and ArenaLeague Football.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              I’m sorry, but basketball bores the hell out of me. Hockey may not be as popular but iI still like watching it way more than basketball.

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

                I’ll have to take your word for it… Number Two…

            • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

              Hey now, if it weren’t for Versus, I’d be stuck watching Indy car racing on my computer as I’d listen to the radio guys instead of the crap ESPN put out as a production.

            • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Yeah, I also always take my cues as a sports fan based on how many boo-yas my favorite teams or sports get from Stuart Scott on Sportscenter.

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

                SWEET SASSY MOLASSY, YOU ARE GONNA PAY A LOT FOR THAT MUFFLER!!!

                • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Ha, well-played. Blast from the past.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

        Basketball is a fun sport.

        • Jack

          FOR ME TO POOP ON!

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Nautical Boats of America?

      • pete

        that’s a redundant redundancy

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

        I still miss their uniforms. Them shits were beautiful.

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

          Amen.

          http://www.nba.com/media/thund.....102907.jpg

          If only the Memphis Grizzlies didn’t have the arena lease from hell. I’d gladly lift them out of that wasteland and move them to the Emerald City.

          • Ivan

            Top 5 places I would personally play in if I was a sport player

            1. New York
            2. Miami
            3. Seattle
            4. Chicago
            5. Atlanta(Yes the fans suck over their but the asses are massive)

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

              5. Atlanta(Yes the fans suck over their but the asses are massive)

              Priorities: Ivan has ‘em in order.

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

                Washington DC >>>>>>>>>>>>> Atlanta

                Better good women, fewer ugly women. Trust me, bro, I’ve been in both places. Women-wise, you want to play for the Redskins/Wizards/Nationals and not the Falcons/Hawks/Braves.

                Oh, and a huge portion of the male population in DC is gay (it’s like the east coast San Francisco), so the ratio is in your favor.

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

                  Priorities: Tommie has them straighter than Ivan.

                • TheLastClown

                  Not sure if straighter…

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

                  Not sure if straighter…

                  Can you complete that sentence fragment so I can understand what you’re saying?

            • Reggie C.

              What about Detroit?

              If you ever got in a fight … at least you know the fans would have your back.

              • JMK aka The Overshare

                Plus, you can buy a mansion there for under $40. Win.

              • Ivan

                Meh. It was on my short list. Detroit is still struggling over there which is quite a shame and disgrace.

              • Ivan

                I learned something new today by Tommie lol.

          • dkidd

            i was in memphis this summer and stopped into a starbucks across from fed ex arena. i pointed across the street and asked the teenager behind the counter “is that where the grizzlies play?”

            he responded “that’s where they get beat”

            awesome

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

              +1

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

        It totally just took me the last 20 minutes to remember that they moved to Oklahoma City.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      That’s like some sort of streetball tournament, right?

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    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!

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I love SVU.

  • Ivan

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

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

      Meh, he’s like a shitty Bruce Bowen. He starts, but only to have an actual defender on the floor briefly. He’s not part of the crunchtime team. It’s ceremonial.

      Might boost his trade value a bit, too. Who knows.

      • Ivan

        LOL at the “Shitty Bruce Bowen”

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

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

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Chapman, Damon, Matsui, Andy, a bullpen guy or two.

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

        Yeah, that’s what I was thinking for the Yanks. As for other guys, I think Figgins stays put, along with Abreu, and the Mets overpay for John Lackey.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          Figgins and Lackey don’t fit with the Yankees. Figgins because they won’t pay a guy whose best skills will decline immeasurably in the middle of his contract, probably can’t play LF, and is unlikely to put up good OBP or SLG numbers. Lackey is too expensive and will command too many years. His contract would kill flexibility. I think they’d rather have Damon over Abreu, as well.

          I’d agree with you that Abreu and Figgins stay with the Angels. As far as Lackey goes, that’s tricky. I could definitely see the Mets going for him (he would do a lot to stabilize an erratic rotation) but there are other teams that could vie for his services. The Sox may (but I doubt they’d take on that salary with Bucholz, Beckett and Lester already providing a good rotation), the Dodgers could use a clear-cut #2, and for shits and giggles, why not the Braves?

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

            Yeah, the Yankees shouldn’t give a first thought to Figgins or Lackey, really.

            Lackey to the Dodgers makes sense, though. A rotation of Kershaw/Lackey/Billingsley would be pretty tough.

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

              I could see that.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

          To add on to that list I think Bay stays with Boston and Holliday goes to either the Mets or stays with the Cards.

      • Randy A.

        And perhaps a Mike Cameron as a backup OF/defensive replacement if they don’t keep Hairston? Cashman has always seemed to like Cameron but never wanted to give up the prospects or pay Kei Igawas contract to get him.

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

          If Mike Cameron’s brought in, he’s starting. The only way I see him being part of their plans is if one of Matsui or Damon isn’t retained and the one who is DH’s while Cammy mans left field and bats low in the order.

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

            That.

            Cameron’s not taking a bench job from us when he can start for someone else. And he can still start for someone else.

            Cammy replaces Damon in LF and in the starting lineup. Or, not at all.

            • Alex S

              damon and cameron are virtually the same player, no?

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

                In different ways, yeah, pretty much. They take different routes to arrive at the same overall level of production

                I could see the Yankees swapping one for the other after coming to the calculus that Cameron’s age-related decline for 2010 may be smaller than Damon’s.

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

                Cameron’s defense is better, and he strikes out a touch more.

        • Accent Shallow

          No on Mike Cameron. A couple years ago, sure, but I don’t want to wait for his legs to give out. Old CFs are a sucker’s bet.

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

        Chapman, Damon, Andy, and the Yanks will get heavily involved in the Halladay bidding, but drop out at the very end.

        I think Matsui’s gone, they want top open up the DH for the aging regulars. And if there’s a reliever out there who’s better than our current internal options, please point him out to me.

        http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....ree-a.html

        Jose Valverde? I think he’ll want to close.

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

          Rafael Soriano or Mike Gonzalez? I bet one of those two could be had for an 8th inning role.

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

            OK, but then I have 2 questions

            -Will they accept an 8th inning role?

            -Have they done it before?

            So many closers aren’t effective setting up, for whatever reason. I like both of those guys, but need more info.

    • Reggie C.

      Matt,

      If Chapman signs, does he get the #4 starter job in 2010 and allow the brass to keep one of Joba and Hughes in the ‘pen? Isn’t that a possibility of signing Chapman?

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

        Absolutely not. If Chapman is signed, I think he starts in Tampa and we go from there.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          On MLB Trade Rumors chat today, Dierkes (sp?) predicted Chapman goes to the Red Sox for $25 million.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            And that guy knows…what?

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              Nothing..just sayin

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

            The Red Sox? That low? The Yanks would at least drive the price up.

          • Accent Shallow

            MLBTR is priceless as an accumulator of news. As for analysis? I suppose I could take it or leave it, but I can’t remember reading anything cutting edge over there.

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

        This isn’t a serious question, is it?

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

          Is it true that if you don’t use it, you lose it?

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

    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.)

    http://www.nba.com/mavericks/d.....ncers.html

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      No way. Look how sharp their knees are!

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

        Here, JMK, I found the perfect cheerleading team for you.

        Eat your heart out, buddy.

        http://florida.marlins.mlb.com.....natees.jsp

        • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

          Even better.

          http://www.nba.com/heat/photos.....090929.jpg

          All Golden Oldies all day.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            Bernard from Star Trek (and Reading Rainbow?) in the center looks jacked!

          • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

            I love you guys.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          Too sweaty, too hairy. Pass.

  • Reggie C.

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

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

      He damn well better.

      I want Chandler, Jordan Hill, Toney Douglas, and the Big Cock to get all the burn this year. They’re the future. Not much point playing the other guys over them, they’re the past.

      • Reggie C.

        Jordan Hill is already a better player than Wilson Chandler imo. Chandler is kinda of a great athlete with no actual basketball skill. Every time he shoots the rock, i cringe.

        Nate Shake ‘n Bake better learn to pass the rock. How much longer do i have to suffer Duhon out there?

        • Ivan

          Chandler is alot better than you think. His handle and jump shot is has improve and is getting better. Plus, it’s not like he’s OMG jump out of the roof athlete, but a very good one nevertheless.

      • Nady Nation

        I need a Lebron status report from the always optimistic TSJC. What % you put on us landing him?

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

          Down from a 100% last year to a 65% now. The global financial crisis shrinking the salary cap, coupled with the impending lockout as the broke NBA owners declare jihad against player salaries has me very nervous. Our master plan to pair up Bron with a second star is getting dicey, turning his decision to come here from a “Holy shit, I’d be a total idiot to not come to the center of the universe to play with ________ and the rest of these guys” into a “Eh, this Knicks team might suck for a year or two before I can get the help I want, but I should probably sign and gut it out anyway because it’s the best thing for my career long-term”.

          65%.

          • Reggie C.

            So, if there’s one guy for the Knicks to target in 2010 (other than Lebron) … who is it?

            • JMK aka The Overshare

              Wade, I’d think (although, I doubt he’d leave Miami), but after that, Bosh.

              • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

                The heat are my team. Next year Jermaine Oneal’s 23 million comes off the books. Not only does that free up some extra cashola for D-Wade but it allows us to go after a solid complement to Wade. Aside from the B-easy who I think will be a great player as his body fills out.

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

              1) Bron
              2) Wade
              3) Joe Johnson
              4) Bosh

              As for duos, I’d try to pair Bron with Johnson first and with Bosh second. Bosh’s odometer is getting up there, and once a big man like Bosh loses his explosiveness, he’s pretty average. Wade scares me as well, because he takes a ton of punishment, but he’s still an absolute assassin and capable of reinventing his game like Old MJ did.

              Oh, and stay away from Amare Stoudamire at all costs. He’s going to suck while making assloads of money. Bound to fail. Zach Randolph, pt. II

              • Ivan

                That would be a killer pairing with Bron and Johnson.

                Wade and Bosh wouldn’t be so bad either.

                Wade is gonna age well. Alot better than AI. Kobe isn’t as explosive as he once was but cuz his basketball skills are on point, he’s gonna age well allah Jordan and same for LeBron. Wade however, is not as big as those guys but if his jumpshot keeps improving he’ll be okay.

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

                  People keep sleeping on Joe Johnson. He’s a great #1 but would be a PHENOMENAL #2.

                  Pair JJ up with Bron or Wade, and that team is the balls, no matter who the other 3 guys are on the court.

                • Ivan

                  Hard to believe the Suns try resign Amare, Nash and even Marion and never try to resign Joe Johnson.

                • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

                  I forgot the terms, but the suns almost had Johnson instead of atlanta. can someone learn me?

              • Nady Nation

                Honestly, I don’t want any of those players aside from D-Wade. None of them make us any better than a 4 seed in the East. I think we gotta stay the course and wait for the likes of Melo, Deron Williams, Doc Howard, CP3, etc. to become available, whether by free agency or trade

                • Ivan

                  Carmelo is overrated IMHO. Very good player but not great.

                  You wouldn’t want Bron on your team? Or even Joe Johnson.

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

                  You’re severely underrating Joe Johnson, Nady.

                • Nady Nation

                  Oh dude, my bad. I am dying for Lebron. I meant under the circumstance that we do not get Lebron. Definitely should’ve clarified that. Joe Johnson is a real solid player, but not someone you build your team around.

                • Nady Nation

                  TSJC – I’m actually in total agreement with you. I’d love JJ if we signed Lebron, but if not,I’d rather save the money we’d give to JJ and hold out for a bigger piece.

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

                  Oh okay. Yes, I agree with that.

              • SM

                Bron with Rondo would be my 1

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

                  I could be wrong, but I don’t think Rondo is available this offseason.

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

                  He’s restricted. I.E., not available.

                  http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/.....ents-09-10

                • Ivan

                  Rondo isn’t that good.

                  Rondo=J.Kidd with a worst shot and not as good of pure passer.

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

                  No, you’re wrong, Ivan. Rondo is VERY good. But it’s moot, he’s not available.

                • SM

                  kidd is also very good (though regressed some with age) so not sure how that shows rondo is not good.

                  on rondo being restricted the celts could have a very hard time matching since they have 50M tied up after losing ray ray…

                • Ivan

                  Meh wasn’t never really a Rondo fan.

          • Ivan

            My opinion is that he’s gonna stay with Cavs, However if he were to leave, Id still view the Knicks as the front runner. I understand the financial part, however, if he’s patient the Knicks will be good in time once he arrives there.

            If not, the Knicks can sign Joe Johnson or Wade.

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    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!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

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

    And now I shall cease spamming you =)

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    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.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      He/ESPN originally had a positive credibility number? In what, the 1980s, maybe. It’s sports entertainment—ESPN seems to have no interest in providing insightful, rational analysis—news and substance are bad for business.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      He did. Unfuckinbelievable.

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

      Wow.

    • Tom Zig

      link? trying to find anything on ESPN.com is impossible..too many damn links

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

        I hate that site. Awful.

        • Tom Zig

          They really need someone to go in and clean it up, make it more accessible. I can’t find anything on that site and they don’t update the links they have on there. Half of the links go to months old columns.

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    Kruk’s scouting report for hitters facing CC:

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

    lol

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

      How is that a scouting report?

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        How is Kruk employed to analyze baseball?

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

          Well apparently if you’ve played the game, you’re the smartest…

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            I hope Manny becomes an analyst at ESPN once he retires. BBTN would be even more of a comedy show.

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

              That would be awesome.

            • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

              Manny would probably be a vast improvement compared to Kruk. But it would be hilarious turning to him for analysis.

            • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

              I want a Manny cooking show first.

              • JMK aka The Overshare

                The dreadlocks are against health code. Although Manny with a hair net would be highly comedic.

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

                He’s going to have to stop putting his BBQ grills on E-Bay first.

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

          Touche.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      I say Kruk picks the Phillies in 6. Winfield says the Yankees in 6, Valentine says the Yanks in 5, Gammons says the Yanks in 7 and Ravitch will have his toupee fall off.

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

        Smartest Baseball man in that group is. . . . . . ?

        I’ll give you a hint. He speaks Japanese.

        • Jack

          I know you’re referring to Bobby V, but I just got a mental image of Kruk trying to learn Japanese with Rosetta Stone. High comedy.

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

            Hahahahah!

            Thanks for that visual, very funny.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)
      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        (safe)

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

      Kruk’s scouting report for hitters facing CC:
      “Get him early, get him out of the game.”

      Kruk’s scouting report for how to eat a footlong sub from Subway:
      “Start taking bites from one end, keep eating until the sub is gone. Don’t forget to use your mouth.”

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Interesting that you used a sub analogy and not a more obscene/inappropriate one.

        Jokes ccould definitely have been made using this premise.

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

          Kruk likes to eat. The wedge/sub reference is more than valid.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Oh, it was funny, and very valid, but there was definitely a different sort of joke that could have been made based off of this premise.

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

              Go for it.

              Amuse us, you clown. Make us laugh.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                Nnot in the mood. The jokes I’m thinking of are too perverted.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Unless you think spelling easy words wrong is funny.

                • JMK aka The Overshare

                  I’m even more intrigued now.

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

                  Okay, now you HAVE TO tell us the joke. Do it.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  [Shuts mouth and folds arms]

                  I’m amazed nobody else can figure this out. It’s SO obvious. And obscene.

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

                  Just say it.

                  Stop with the performance anxiety. We’re handing the stage and the spotlight to you. Be funny. We’re in the palm of your hand.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Listen, at this point there’s far too much buildup. It’s destined to disappoint.

                  We’d all be happier not knowing.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  I’m noly protecting the good people of RAB from what would surely be a tremendous disappointment.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Where do you find this shit?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  So you just googled yellow?

                  BTW, givoogle is all sorts of awesome.

                  http://givoogle.com/

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

                  So you just googled yellow?

                  Yup. Just that simple.

  • mike jones

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CHKhophIik

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

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

      Forever by Drake! Though they’re talking about someone completely different but eff it he deserves it.

    • pete

      i still say it should be this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrML6s1wNHk

  • Dela G

    the houston rockets are playing tonight

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

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

      The 2009-10 Houston Rockets will be like Bobby Abreu.

      Good and effective but boring as hell.

  • Mr Feeny

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

    • Sam

      The Fieldhouse at Reading Terminal market. Get as many people as you got!

  • TheLastClown

    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!

    • Joe D.

      I’m in Upland, which is LA-ish, I suppose.

      Lotsa Angels fans around me. Good times, these past couple of weeks.

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    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!

    http://www.slate.com/id/2233721

    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)

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

      • Marcus

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

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Comeon, read what I said! College degrees don’t prove anything, remember?

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            College degrees prove (to an extent) that one is educated, not necessarily smart. That said, chances are good that Mussina is a pretty bright guy.

            The entire system of education in this country is flawed—your crusade against college (for whatever reason) seems silly. The issues begin at the roots, not some of the dead branches.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              So we should conclude that the guy with the Stanford college degree is NOT smart?

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

              I have a college degree. I am smart. Therefore, college degree = smart.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                Again though: We conclude you’re NOT smart since you have a college degree?

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

                  I was being sarcastic.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Ah, all right.

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

                  But, I am smart and I do have a college degree. So…yeah.

                  ;)

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

        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)

          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.

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

            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

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

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

      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.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        This is the second stupidest article (to Perlman’s) I’ve ever read.

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

          Matt Taibbi says hello.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Elaborate?

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

              http://www.mensjournal.com/brian-cashman

              I hope you have one of those eye-flush machines they have in chemical labs handy, because you’re going to want to set your retinas on fire after reading 2,000 words of batshit insane dreck from Taibbi. Never before has someone known so little about so much.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                That was amazing.

                I don’t know what I’m more impressed at, the absolute nonsensivcal shit spouted by Taibbi, or that the first commenter responded with “Great article”.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                That was amazing.

                I don’t know what I’m more impressed at, the absolute nonsensivcal shit spouted by Taibbi, or that the first commenter responded with “Great article”.

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

        “You should look at stats, but not use them” I do not get what that means at all, haha.

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

          That’s because it doesn’t mean anything.

          It’s authentic frontier gibberish.

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

            Gabby Johnson: I wash born here, an I wash raished here, and dad gum it, I am gonna die here, an no sidewindin’ bushwackin’, hornswagglin’ cracker croaker is gonna rouin me bishen cutter.

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    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?

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      I’m not big on book learnins and such.

      I encourage you to instead go with this:

      http://www.amazon.com/New-York.....038;sr=8-3

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

        Is that Sal Fasano?

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew
    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Ten bucks you need to spend? Get these, and call me.

      http://www.amazon.com/Trojan-M.....038;sr=8-3

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK20P1i78Nw

        Fast forward to 35 seconds.

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

          Heh.

          I’m not a pasty pre-teen with a Jewfro, though. Nice try.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Where the rubber meets the road? Amiriteorwut?

        • Dela G

          hahaha IETC

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Oh Tommie, there are literally thousands of other men that I should be with instead, but I am 72 percent sure that I love you.

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

          Well, hello… you pointed to your BOOBIES!!!!

  • JMK aka The Overshare

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

  • Andy C

    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!!!

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      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

      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.

    • PHILLYBRONXBMER

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

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

    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.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....ree-a.html

    Closers
    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)

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

      I like some of the closers (Valverde/Gonzalez) but will they accept roles as setup men? Will they be any good at it? Grabow could be useful, but is a bit redundant.

      Also, most of the guys who are any good on that list are Type-A’s. It’s one thing to sign a Type A for your closer, but seems more pricey when you’re talking about a setup man.

    • Alex S

      i really can’t see the yankees going to the FA market for a reliever, in house options >>>>>>> overpayng shitty relievers

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

        Exactly, and the guys who are good may not be as good if you ask them to change roles from Closer to Setup man. You add in the draft picks and you just want to skip it altogether.

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

      I’ve always liked Chad Cordero.

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

        That.

        Dude’s only 27, has a career 2.78 ERA, and has solid peripherals (although the walks spiked this year).

        Young + hard throwing + not a Type A = hells yes, let’s do this.

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

          +1

          And, I did it in MLB ’09 and had a lot of success with him so…

          • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

            What aboot J.J. Putz?

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

              Depends on the medicals, but I’d be willing to give him a deal at the right price, see if he can right the ship.

              • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

                As long as he got rid of that shit on his face.

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

                http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4411044

                He had bone spurs last year, nothing serious.

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

                  I wonder if the Mets pick up that option, try to salvage something from the trade, or pull the plug and reinvest that 9M on someone else (like Lackey/Figgins/Holliday/etc).

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

                  9 mil? No way they pick that up. In today’s market, coming off surgery he’ll be lucky to get half that.

                • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

                  +1

                  No way in hell.

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

                  Well, they are the Mets.

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

                  Madoff can take that 9 mil and turn it into . . . . . a prison sentence.

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

              You really want a guy named ‘Putz’ on our team?

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

                I still want this guy on our team.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Yes well I had a video game from back in 03′. I managed to work some trades to get Griffey, Bonds, Pedro, Jeter, A-Rod, Soriano, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Roy Oswalt, Curt Schilling (I pitched a perfect game with him), Mariano Rivera, and John Smoltz all on the Yankees. Yet my best pitcher was Chan Ho Park. He became my only multiple Cy Young winner.

            It was so easy for me to make this team, why can’t Cashman?

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

              Sincerely,
              The Ghost of Alex Gonzalez

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                You laugh, but I’m serious.

                The game made it seem so simple. All I had to do was trade three backup infielders with names I couldn’t pronounce and voila! Schilling’s a Yankee.

                I also traded Jorge and a backup for Piazza.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              Oops, I said Pedro twice.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              Oops, I said Pedro twice.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                Oops, I said Pedro twice twice.

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

              I once pitched a perfect game with Pavano (in the World Series) in MVP ’05.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                When Schilling pitched my perfect game, Roberto Alomar made the only decent play, otherwise it was all easy outs. A sweet backhanded snag of a line drive with his back to the infield.

                • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

                  Fuck ‘The Show’

                  I was pitching 8.2 innings of perfect ball. Manager Louie took me out.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Ouch.

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

                  That’s happened to me once, then another time I had a perfecto through 8.2, gave up a hit, and got taken out.

                • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

                  So lame.

        • Accent Shallow

          Chad Cordero? Ehhhhhh.

          Dude had a labrum tear, was non-tendered, and spent 2009 rehabbing in the Mariners’ org. Sure, he might be worth a shot on a minor league deal, but I don’t think I’d want to give him a 40 man spot.

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

            Oo, I didn’t know the injury was a labrum tear.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      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.

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

        Betancourt was a disaster as Closer for Cleveland, I don’t think he likes pressure.

    • Tom Zig

      Ron villone is still around? what??

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

        Please, half that list I said the same thing. I think David Weathers and Rudy Seanez faced each other in the 1996 playoffs.

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

          Doug Brocail played on the 1992 Padres with Bruce Hurst and Larry Andersen.

          The same Larry Andersen that the Sox traded Jeff Bagwell for.

          A 23 year old Gary Sheffield won the NL batting title for those Padres.

    • Accent Shallow

      I don’t see any of those guys as being attractive or worth the money they’d command. I’d work the trade market, and stick with what they have.

      I’d like them to try to pry Rafael Perez off the Indians since he was so awful last year and I love his stuff, but I wonder if he’d be able to right himself easily.

      (If not Perez, someone along those lines — a buy low opportunity)

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    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.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      my bad. reply fail.

  • Anthony

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

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew
    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      I believe 5:00.

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

      Gates open at 5.

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

      As everyone said, it’s 5:00. The Yanks released a statement telling everyone to get there early, there will be major security checks going on. The two First Ladies (Prez/VP) will be attending the game, so it’s Airline security for the game. No water bottles, no bags, nothing.

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

        The Yanks released a statement telling everyone to get there early, there will be major security checks going on.

        Expect full cavities. Lube up in advance.

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

          I’m taking the tall, handsome security guard with the bulging pecs.

          You can have the old guard next to him with the mustache.

        • ColoYank

          TSJC – forgive me for going here, but all roads lead to Rome, eh?

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

            When in Rome…

  • Tom Zig

    Is Challenger making a ceremonial flight tomorrow?

    • Tom Zig

      not the spaceship btw…the eagle

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

        We should totally have the Space Shuttle do a flyover. That would be pimp.

        Better yet, have Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and a piano all parachute out from the Space Shuttle overhead performing “Empire State Of Mind” on the way down, streamed wirelessly through the YS3 WiFi system, as the descend onto a stage in CF suspended over water full of sharks with laser beams attached to their heads.

        • Alex S

          didn’t the chanllenger blow up?

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

            Otter: Germans?
            Boon: Forget it, he’s rolling…

        • Greg G.

          Dude, you are my hero.

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

            Well, genius is a pretty strong term, but if you insist on using it, I can handle it…

  • Anthony

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

  • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

    My NBA Finals prediction:

    San Antonio Spurs over the Cleveland Cavs in 6.

    • Alex S

      Question- would Bron be more inclined to stay in Clevland if he won a championship or if he didn’t?

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

        I doubt any scenario changes anything.

        Win, lose, or draw for Cleveland this year, if the Knicks can create an enticing situation, Bron’s leaving Ohio.

        • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

          Bron going to the Nets!

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

            Yeah… no.

            • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

              You really think it’s only the Knicks or Cavs?

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

                Frankly, I don’t even think it’s the Cavs. I don’t see him staying in a small media market at all.

                Knicks, Clippers, Heat, Bulls. He’ll be on one of those four teams next year. Nets are a distant 5th option (they have the media market he wants, but they’re second class citizens, and unlike the Clippers, don’t have all that bright of a future (or an arena yet).

                • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

                  I definitely see the Bulls in the fold.

                  I mentioned that on here a while back and got burned by you and Nady.

                  Clippers? First time I’ve seen that. Could happen though, not doubting anybody.

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

                  I listed them in order of likelihood. The Bulls are a distant 4 behind the Knicks (moderate gap) Clips (medium gap) and Heat (big gap).

                  NYK and LAC are the two most likely landing spots for Bron, by far. 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 threatening.

                • Ivan

                  I say Knicks 1st and Chicago 2nd.

                  A pairing with Bron and Rose would cause nightmares for premeter defenders or all defenders actually. Plus, Chicago he would be the guy or the actual hier to Jordan and all that other stuff.

                  Clippers? Idk, that be like Pujols going to the Mets.

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

      Hey, speaking of basketball, remember when I beat you in that bracket tournament?

      • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

        IETC

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      Gotta go with my team.

      Heat over Dallas(again, just for fun) in 6.

      • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

        Man. Dirk is my favorite player. While being a Nets fan, I was fucking sick when the Mavs blew that lead.

        Mavs look pretty good this year though. Adding Marion to that group. They just have to hope Josh Howard gets back on track, that guy can ball man.

        • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

          But they definitely blew their shot. They had a 3 year span where they should of won it.

          Fucked it up.

        • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

          My favorite part of that series:

          “We’re going to make Wade shoot jumpers. He’s not that good when he can’t penetrate.”(Can’t remember the exact quote)
          -Devin Harris

          Wade went on to say something along the lines of
          “He said I couldn’t hit my J’s? I got something for him.”

          Between that and the Mavs setting up their parade plans prematurely, to say they woke a sleeping giant would be an understatement.

          • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

            Wade was unbelievable. Really was.

            But yeah, they have NO shot of making the Finals this year.

            • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

              O’neal is supposed to be in great shape. If he can grab 11 boards a game and put up 15 points, the team really does have a shot. Chalmers is a year older, he’s going to be good. Beastly is also going to be improved.

              They’re definitely flying under the radar, and I’m not unhappy about that.

              • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

                Still don’t see it.

                Just like the Redskins were going to go 10-6! Right?

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

                  Nice bounceback for your boy Romo on Sunday. Cutting up the Falcons is a solid win you can hang your hat on.

                • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

                  ..goes to the corner and cries

                  haha.. confidence is my game. You’re in it to win it baby.

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

                  Redskins fans should beat the rush and just start cheering for Colt McCoy right now.

                • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

                  My Dad started hoping we’d lose every game a couple weeks ago so Zorn and Co. stand no shot. He wants all new staff next year.

                  Not me, I’m going down with the ship. Rooting for us to win till the bitter end. Top 5 pick be damned.

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

                  I’m not predicting a top-5 pick for ya. More like somewhere between 8-15.

                  You’re definitely trading up to the 4-7 range to get McCoy, though. Book it. Write it in stone.

                • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

                  Nice bounceback for your boy Romo on Sunday. Cutting up the Falcons is a solid win you can hang your hat on.

                  Yeah man. Was awesome. Roy Williams is crushing me more every week. Hopin’ he improves.

                  Seriously man, the critics can say all they want but the main reasons the Cowboys have lost this year is by shooting themselves in their own feet.

                  Should really be 6-0 but it’s not plausible.

                  To dream, to dream.

                • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

                  You’re definitely trading up to the 4-7 range to get McCoy, though. Book it. Write it in stone.

                  You really think McCoy will go that high?

                  Not doubting ya but damn.

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

                  Here’s your QB board at the moment:

                  1.) Colt McCoy
                  2.) Sam Bradford (Jr)
                  3.) Tony Pike
                  4.) Jevan Snead (Jr)
                  5.) Tim Tebow
                  6.) Zac Robinson
                  7.) Dan LeFevour
                  8.) Tim Hiller
                  9.) Darryl Clark
                  10.) Jarrett Brown

                  Bradford’s injury knocked him out of the catbird seat, and Snead has looked pedestrian this year. The field came back to McCoy. The #1 QB spot is his to take, and there will be a QB that goes top 7, guarantee it (what with all the shitty teams that need QB’s).

                  To be honest, the guy who could leap into the fray now that Bradford has a huge question mark is Jimmy Clausen if he comes out. He could leap right into the top 10, Mark Sanchez style.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Yeah, especially having such a good season for Notre Dame.

                  Go Fighting Irish!

                • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

                  Bradford go in late 1st round?

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

                  Sounds right.

            • Ivan

              Wade was unbelievable that series, him nd refs help the Heat won that championship.

              • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

                /hh’d

  • Sam

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

    • PHILLYBRONXBMR

      how many definites or estimated for fieldhouse? are we talking 5 people? or 20-30?

    • dave0707

      I’m in. I live down at the Italian market. I am in the belly of the beast. Hell yes, I would love to join some friendly Yankee fans.

  • julie

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

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

      You guys have a Blarney Stone pub down there as well? There’s a bunch of them in Manhattan. Wonder if its a chain or something. If it is, it’s the dumpiest chain I’ve seen since Tad’s Steaks.

    • PHILLYBRONXBMR

      bring them to the fieldhouse!!! trying to mobilize a huge yankee fan army to take over a section there

      • dave0707

        Phillybronxbmr, any word on the how big the Yankee Fan Army will be at the Fieldhouse?

        • PHILLYBRONXBMR

          really not sure – people are talking of going but dont know definite numbers…i can tell u me, another guy on another forum, and 2 others meeting me there will be there – so there is at least 4 lol… im sure there will be more – bring as many as u can

          • dave0707

            Great. I’ll bring as many as I can. See you there.

            • PHILLYBRONXBMR

              excellent! get there at 7pm!

  • julie

    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…

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

      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!

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

    “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.” ”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....lenews_wsj

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

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

      Pisces Feb 19 – Mar 20

      Someday you must learn not to run away from your problems. But not today, when your problems are all giant boars.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Does this affect any Yanks or Phils?

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

        By “giant boor” are you referring to Jimmy Rollins?

      • Jack

        Pisces Feb 19 – Mar 20

        After years of keeping the secret to yourself, you will finally break your silence this week on that one thing nobody really cares about.

        http://www.theonion.com/conten.....ct-27-2009

  • cc-cy-young

    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

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

      last time i checked there were no cheerleaders in baseball

      You haven’t been to Mexico. Or Miami.

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

      Any fan base that uses towels or fireworks to tell people that something exciting is happening is to stupid to even discuss.

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

        Throw thunder sticks and cowbells (non-HSFB division) up there, too.

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

          Pssst! Matt, don’t tell anyone, but I just go to Yankee games to watch the Subway Car race. I get so excited when the Number 4 train wins.

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

        Or TOO stupid to discuss. Either way.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      There’s no crying in baseball!

      I know it’s obvious, but it’s such a classic.

  • cc-cy-young

    touche

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

      Reply

  • cc-cy-young

    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

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

      Welcome aboard. Please use the reply button. Keeps the convos organized. Thanks in advance.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      I hope it is okay that I am admittedly NOT a fan of “the game” (taken to mean all baseball I guess) but only of “the game” as it pertains to the Yankees. I am also definitely not a baseball purist.

      It’s just that people seem so proud to be “fans of th game” and “purists” and I’m, uh, not.

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

        See, I love the Yankees and baseball. I’ll watch even if the Yankees aren’t on, like last post-season and the CS’s/WS’s that they weren’t in from ’05-’07.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Well, sometimes I do. But my rooting interest is based on “This team beat the Yankees so I’ll root for that other team.” Or, “How about them Astros? Boone used to be a Yankee.” Or “I dislike the Cards because Pujols is on them and he’s the only position player in the league better than A-Rod”.

          Also, I’m a big fan of the DH and hope one day Umpires are replaced with a computerized umpiring system.

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

            I’m a Yankee fan, but I’ll watch any game in October. I love playoff Baseball.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              I did watch game 7 of the 08′ ALCS-but again, because I wanted the Rays to beat the arch-rival Red Sox.

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

        The purist thing is just silly National League fans trying to justify the fact that they never beat the AL in the All Star Game and most World Series lately. They lose, and hate to admit that they root for an inferior league, so they comfort themselves by saying they play the game ‘the right way’. Lame.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Isn’t Rebecca a purist?

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

            What Artist means by “purist” is someone who hates the DH, loves double switching and sac bunting, and thinks the NL is strategically superior to the AL.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              I’m not even a purist in Rebecca’s sense. I’m all for innovation.

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

              Bingo.

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

          Well, to be fair, this decade’s WS are a little closer at 5-4 in favor of the AL:

          YanksA1
          DBacksN1
          AngelsA2
          MarlinsN2
          Red SoxA3
          White SoxA4
          CardinalsN3
          Red SoxA5
          PhilsN4

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

            and I think the All Star games are 10-0.

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

              Haha, yeah. I love that.

              • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

                One was a tie!

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

                  I was out of the country during that ASG, so I had my parents tape it for me. I was so pissed when I watched it.

  • Salty Buggah

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

      Bullshit. She just ditched yo ass !

      • Salty Buggah

        Nah, she hasn’t came to class 2 times in a row now and she’s like one of the smartest students in there.

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

        A girl used this line on a buddy of mine in College

        “I’d like to go out with you, but I have to go to the Dentist”

        Best . . . . ditch . . . .EVER!!

  • Arman Tamzarian

    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

    • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

      You aren’t the only one.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      I fins it offensive that nobody honors the Armenian-American curling Association.

    • Esteban

      I met him on vacation in Aruba.

  • Ivan

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

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

      Ivan. He make basket.

      • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

        I liked that movie. Can’t lie.

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

          It was just too perfect not to use it. Also, happy birthday (per your Twitter).

          • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

            Thanks buddy.

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

              No prob, Pop.

              How’s school going?

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

      LeBron.

  • http://leegrantphotography.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/madmax.jpg gxpanos

    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.

  • pat

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

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

      Crazy, right?

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        ..and to think, the evidence was right in front of us: http://blog.rednecklaughs.com/.....agassi.jpg

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

          TCWA.

        • pat

          Jean Shorts FTW!

      • pat

        Hell yea, if he can be an international tennis star while using meth I can certainly go about my normal life using it, no?

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

          Well, maybe a normal person could. But, a sexual deviant like you should not be trusted with meth.

          • pat

            Eh, all true statements.

  • adeel

    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?

  • mgz

    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?

    • Jack

      He should cut himself in half, King Solomon style.

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

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

  • Tom Zig

    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

  • adeel

    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

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