Open Thread: Unbiased, you say?

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In theory, reporters are supposed to be our objective lens. They’re supposed to cast aside fan biases and tell us what happened. Yet as we enter awards season it becomes clear that reporters cannot hide their biases. No one can, really. We are human, after all, and part of our humanity is that we all see the world differently. Still, for a group that touts objectivity, I’d like to see them at least feign it when voting on awards.

This is not an indictment of all reporters. Some of them have an excellent sense of the game and can put their own teams aside when voting on awards. As has become clear over the past few years, though, some just can’t help but vote for the hometown team — or, in a case last year, against the rival player. It usually doesn’t have a huge effect on the outcome, but it does speak to a biased viewpoint.

In 2007, Alex Rodriguez won the MVP in a near unanimous decision. His 54 home runs and 156 RBI led the league by wide margins, and since those are the numbers writers tend to focus on the most, it’s no surprise that he got all but two first place MVP votes. The problem wasn’t that two writers voted for Magglio Ordonez over Rodriguez — Magglio had a great season, leading the league with a .363 batting average. No, the problem was that both writers were from Detroit, and that their reasons reek of bias.

Said Jim Hawkins of the Oakland Press in Pontiac, Michigan: “I saw Magglio play every day. What I saw was a player having an MVP year. I have no quarrel with anyone who voted for A-Rod. He also had an MVP year. But with the injuries the Tigers had and the effort and performance I saw from Magglio, there’s no question he had an MVP year.”

Said Tom Gage of the Detroit News: “I went with what I saw. So many times, you have to vote off the stat sheet. I fully expected A Rod to win. He had a great year. But I saw an MVP year. There were stats to back up the impression that I came away with from the regular season.”

So they voted for Magglio because that’s who they saw during the season. That’s about as biased as it gets. They could have cited Magglio’s superior batting average, on base percentage, and doubles, but instead focused on their bias — which they are not supposed to have, being “objective” reporters.

Last year, Mike ranted about Tom Haudricourt’s ballot. Haudricourt covers the Brewers, and that bias seemed to have shown on his MVP ballot. He voted Albert Pujols, clearly the NL MVP last year, seventh. Seventh place. It wouldn’t have been so bad if Haudricourt hadn’t placed three Brewers on his ballot, and also three first basemen ahead of Pujols. It looks like Haudricourt voted on his NL Central bias.

This year brings us back to Detoit, where Steve Kornacki used his Cy Young vote on Justin Verlander. Verlander had a good season for sure, but he wasn’t at the level of Zack Greinke and Felix Hernandez. Yet Kornacki voted for Verlander anyway, with the following justification:

Verlander received my first-place vote because nobody was tougher on the mound with the season on the line for his team.

Verlander threw at least 120 pitches in six of his last eight outings and won his last three starts, forcing a one-game playoff against the Minnesota Twins with his final victory.

He was an inspirational ‘horse,’ using Tigers manager Jim Leyland’s term for him, on a fading team.

This pretty clearly falls victim to the base rate fallacy. It also looks like a case of confirmation bias. The decision looks even worse because Verlander pitches in the same division as Greinke, so even if Kornacki wanted to discount Greinke’s accomplishments because of a weak division, he couldn’t honestly vote for Verlander instead.

All that said, these are subjective awards, and we should expect the voters’ biases to play a role. My problem is with the facade of objectiveness. Reporters are not some select class who can set aside their biases and deliver down the middle news. They’re just as subject to cognitive biases as you and me. That might not be as clear during the regular season, but as we enter awards season, their biases come out front and center. I just wish they’d admit to them more, rather than continuing to feign objectivity.

If you don’t feel like talking about how reporters vote for awards, you’re in luck. This is your open thread for the evening. Have at it.

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

    Said Jim Hawkins of the Oakland Press in Pontiac, Michigan: “I saw Magglio play every day. What I saw was a player having an MVP year. I have no quarrel with anyone who voted for A-Rod. He also had an MVP year. But with the injuries the Tigers had and the effort and performance I saw from Magglio, there’s no question he had an MVP year.”

    Said Tom Gage of the Detroit News: “I went with what I saw. So many times, you have to vote off the stat sheet. I fully expected A Rod to win. He had a great year. But I saw an MVP year. There were stats to back up the impression that I came away with from the regular season.”

    This reminds me of the people who say that Tex is the best defensive first baseman in baseball based on the fact that they watch him every day and thus deduce that nobody else they’re not watching every day could possibly have had a better season.

    • RichYF

      Two words: Gold Glove

      BAM!

      • Edwantsacracker

        It doesn’t bother me that much when the writers become subjective. It kinda proves that they too love the game, and they can’t help but become fans of the guys they watch everyday.

        I like to read the stories from people who genuinely draw enjoyment out of the game. I think thats part of the reason blogs like RAB do so well.

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

          It doesn’t bother me that much when the writers become subjective. It kinda proves that they too love the game, and they can’t help but become fans of the guys they watch everyday.

          I love the game, and I have become fans of the guys I watch every day.

          That being said, if you hand me a Cy Young ballot, I’m voting Greinke-Felix 1-2 every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Being objective and logically consistent in my evaluations does not prevent or lessen me from loving the game or being a fan of the guys on my team.

          • Edwantsacracker

            You don’t ever catch yourself thinking for justifications for your players to win these awards?

            Jeter should get MVP because he was the best leadoff hitter in the game a good defensive shortstop this year.

            A-Rod deserves MVP votes because he was able to hit another 100 RBIs in this season despite missing so much time. One player transformed the Yankee lineup proving how valuable he was to the team.

            But yeah, I know that catcher should get the award…

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

              Nope.

    • Chris

      For some people (not all) the assertion that Tex is a very good defensive 1B is also based on the comments of numerous scout-type people that regard him as a very good defensive 1B. It also doesn’t hurt that UZR rated him as the best defensive 1B in baseball in 2008.

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

        I agree with everything you said. I don’t quibble with the notion that you can say that Tex is a good defensive 1B based solely on watching him extensively.

        I quibble with the notion that you can compare his greatness to the greatness of other first basemen based solely on watching him, and not other people, extensively.

        That’s ludicrous.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          I was originally like that, to the point of stubborness, and I confess that it was a fallacy. However, like being a former B-jobber, I have converted due to overwhelming statistical evidence and logic pointing me in the wrong.

          So: While I don’t think UZR is perfect, and it’s flawed for measuring 1b, I do think that if there’s a significant gap either way in UZR that that is sufficient to tell whther someone is good or bad, and that UZR is very good for OF’ers and for middle infielders.

          So while I still think Tex is a SUPERB defender, who did not have a bad defensive season, and who w/the 1b flaws that UZR has probably had a better defensive season than UZR allotted to him, I do acknowledge that he is not as good as I first thought, which was a very high standard. Not that Tex doesn’t have the ability to reach that standard, he just didn’t reach it this year.

          In short, I was wrong, UZR was right. There, I said it.

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

            It’s nice of you to admit that now, and I hope that in the future you’ll be able to admit it when the conversation/argument is actually happening instead of weeks or months later.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              I realized I was wrong much later, and when the subject was brought up (and I remembered even having that discussion) I admitted I was wrong.

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

                Oh I hear you, I’m picking up what you’re putting down. I still hope that in the future you’ll be able to admit it when the conversation/argument is actually happening instead of weeks or months later.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  When I realize I’m wrong, and I remember it, and it’s important enough to bring up, I’ll admit it.

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

                  That’s great. I hope that in the future you’ll be able to admit it when the conversation/argument is actually happening instead of weeks or months later.

                  I can play this game all night.

                  My point really is that hopefully we can realize (and admit) when we’re wrong when someone actually points it out to us instead of much later, after the conversation has ended. I said this recently in another thread and it applies here: The idea is what is important, not the person stating the idea. We shouldn’t be so slow to evaluate the things we say, there’s way too much pride-of-authorship around here that gets in the way of the progress of the discourse.

                  This isn’t directed solely at one person, it’s a general comment.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  The truth, in this case, is that the arguements didn’t convince me until much later when I heard them over and over and thought back on them. So now, when UZR is mentioned again, I admitted I was wrong about it.

                  Why’d it take so long? It’s just how long it took for the arguements to convince me, and for me to remember to bring it up.

                  Pride of authorship can be a problem, though.

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

                  Look, obviously I’m not saying one side has to be convinced of the opposite position and admit as much in every single conversation/argument. If it took some time for you to come around on this one, that’s fine, it happens. Like I said, it was more a general comment about the way arguments sometimes go around here. Ideally, we can see the faults in our arguments when those faults are explained to us.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  “Ideally, we can see the faults in our arguments when those faults are explained to us.”

                  Of course. But sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.

                  Honestly, I consider it kind of unimportant.

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

                  Me: “If it took some time for you to come around on this one, that’s fine, it happens… Ideally, we can see the faults in our arguments when those faults are explained to us.”

                  You: “Of course. But sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.”

                  So what you’re saying is… You agree with what I said. Glad we got that straightened out.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  So what you’re saying is… You agree with what I said. Glad we got that straightened out.

                  Yep.

    • toad

      Well put.

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

      Thank you.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      For the record I personally never said Tex was the ‘best in the game’ simply because I ‘watched him every day’. However I still stand by the notion that a steady diet of viewing a player’s on-field performance CAN aid one’s judgment, just not to the point of complete bias.

  • Rey22

    Well, I must say Greinke winning the Cy Young despite his 16 wins restored my faith a bit on the voters. That said, there are some things I can’t get over, that make me severely facepalm.

    Early prediction time, Edinson Volquez for ROY 2010!

    • JGS

      i may be missing something entirely, but Volquez is far from a rookie

      • Mike Pop

        He got a ROY vote before when he was not a rookie.

        So it’s a running joke.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          My ROY: Dusty Baker.

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

            Dusty Baker will win the 2010 SPADOY.

            Starting Pitching Arm Destroyer of the Year

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

              and Joe Torre will win his 13th consecutive RADOY.

              A consecutive streak that will certainly live on and on for eons. He’s the Lou Gehrig of bullpen burnouts.

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

                I’m selling short on Jonathan Broxton futures.

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

                  Jonathan Broxton has no future. Not with ol’ Bigelow Tea boy managing him.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Angel Berroa. He won the award back when they played that 1st game in Hoboken, but since that was before the first WS it’s disputed, so in theory he could win it again. I think. I’m not too clear on the rules for players in the lleague as young as him.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              He might have won it a few years after that but nobody’s going to notice anyway.

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

    Justin Verlander during the 8 game stretch to end the regular season when “nobody was tougher on the mound with the season on the line for his team”:

    5.2, 3.66 ERA

    Felix Hernandez during that same 8 game stretch run, when his Mariners also had their “season on the line”

    7-0, 1.79 ERA

    • JGS

      Pete, it’s a fool that looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart

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

        Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
        So I come to you my love, my heart above my head.
        Though I know the danger there.
        If there’s a chance for me, then I don’t care.

    • Chris

      On the flip side, Verlander was worth 8.2 WAR this season while Felix was worth 6.9 WAR.

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

        I long for the day when pitcher WAR is indexed to tRA instead of FIP.

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

          StatCorner does their own version of WAR based on tRA.

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

            F-Her: +6.8
            Greinke: +9.8

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

            Thankee-sai.

        • Chris

          Neither one is perfect. FIP ignores batted ball type and tRA assigns all of the credit for batted ball type to the pitcher. The correct answer lies somewhere in the middle.

          As for Felix specifically, I would dock him slightly because he pitched in front of the best defense in the AL.

          • andrew

            See: Washburn, Jarrod.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    To be fair, shouldn’t we question how 2 voters could vote CC second?

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

      Agreed. This was a two-horse race. Neither CC nor Verlander should have been one of those two horses.

  • Mike Pop

    Bought the new Rakim album….. pretty disappointed.

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

      Rakim, what’s he, like, 45? I could hit him…

      • Mike Pop

        You like it?

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

          I haven’t heard it. I love Rakim and would put him in my top 10 MC’s of all time… but I’m not buying a 2009 Rakim album. That’s flat out not gonna happen.

          It’s the same reason why I won’t be buying The Blueprint III.

          All great artists hit a wall where they run out of things to say. All of them.

          • Mike Pop

            Well, I bought it because he’s freaking Rakim man! The dude is just, so good.

            Obviously it doesn’t compare to the old stuff, didn’t expect it to but just expected it to be a bit better.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            You should check out Ill Mitch. He’s a Russian rapper. So good.

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

              My love for you is ticking clock BERZERKER!!!
              Would you like to suck my cock BERZERKER!!!

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Let that be a lesson to all you kids out there. When you’re at the top of the game, push forward, sell out, and make “wealthy” money.

      Sincerely,

      Sir 50 Cent.

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

        Oh, and vote Republican, because George Bush is awesome.

        Sincerely,
        Sir 50 Cent

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

    So Ball Four might be the single best book I’ve ever read and that says something because I’ve read a lot.

    • Tom Zig

      i don’t know if you heard but i did over a thousand

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

        IT’S SUCH A DEEP BURN!!!

      • Mike Pop

        I was sculpting my guns at the office cause I don’t have time to make it to the gym.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          Can you make it in 26 minutes?

    • JGS

      good hands

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

        Beaver shooting

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          Shit fuck. I mean fuck shit.

    • vin

      Ball Four is tremendous. Glad you got around to reading it.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Norm Miller (a teammate, pretending to be an interviewer, after Joe Morgan (yes, THAT Joe Morgan) strikes out): Joe, Joe Morgan, can we get a word with you?
        Joe Morgan: Sure Norm.
        Norm Miller: Joe, could you tell our listeners what that pitch you struck out on was?
        Joe Morgan: Sure Norm. That was a motherfucking curve ball.
        Norm Miller: Joe, could you tell our listeners the difference between a regular curve ball and a motherfucking curve ball?
        Joe Morgan: Well Norm, a regular curve ball you can pick up the spin, so you can wait on it and take it the other way for a hit. But a motherfucking curve ball comes in looking like a fast ball, but then it drops off the table and it’s motherfucking strike three and you’re out.
        Norm Miller: Thank you Joe Morgan.

  • Mike Pop

    Nets get their first W tonight.

    Book it.

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

      And I am so going to get my dream job.

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

    Screw waiting.

    2010 awards:

    NL ROY- Todd Frazier
    AL ROY- Brett Wallace
    NL Cy Young- Josh Johnson (BOOOOOM!!!)
    AL Cy Young- F-Her
    NL MVP- Prince Fielder
    AL MVP- Nails Krzyzewski

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

      I’m on board.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      No Yanks?

      The REAL 2010 awards:

      Al ROY-Whatever relief pitcher pops out of the minors next and pitches for the Yanks
      AL Cy Young-Mariano Rivera (YOUR MINDS ARE BLOWN!!!!)
      AL MVP-Mark Texeira
      MOY-Joe “Fuck Torre, who compares Steinbrenner to a wifebeater” Girardi

      NL Awards-Nobody gives a shit since they’re not Yanks.

      You all alugh now, but people thought Galileo was insane!!!!

      /The Artist’d

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

        “No Yanks?”

        Allow me to repeat myself. Emphasis is mine.

        NL ROY- Todd Frazier
        AL ROY- Brett Wallace
        NL Cy Young- Josh Johnson (BOOOOOM!!!)
        AL Cy Young- F-Her
        NL MVP- Prince Fielder
        AL MVP- NAILS KRZYZEWSKI

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          I seriously had no clue who Nails Kryzewski was. What level of the farm is he on?

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Shit, I just read the post below me. Damn, I look incredibly, unbelievably stupid.

            Wow.

            • Tom Zig

              it happens

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

              From the linked thread, the shredding of Tom Haudricort’s ballot from last year (which also happened to be a MNF Bills-Browns game:

              Mike A. says:
              November 17th, 2008 at 11:30 pm

              That can’t be right … that was Romeo Crennel’s first challange of the season? It’s Week 11, what is he waiting for?

              tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones says:
              November 17th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

              A black president?
              http://www.instantrimshot.com

      • Tom Zig

        nails = a-rod

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

        OK, the Galileo line is mine (and well played) but you’re conflating me with a few other posters here, mostly TSJC.

        I don’t give a shit about awards, ever. Not for the Yanks or anyone else.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Well you’re just no fun.

  • http://fmylife.com JobaJr

    In a perfect world, King Felix wins Cy, but that’s just me.

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

      I’m curious: Explain how Greinke over Felix is “imperfect”.

      • http://fmylife.com JobaJr

        Because of level of competition in the AL Central vs. AL West.

        • Mike Pop

          No.

        • JGS

          didn’t do well against better competition?

          Greinke vs. the four playoff teams:
          2-1, 1.54, 0.80 WHIP

          Felix vs. the four playoff teams:
          3-2, 2.60, 1.27 WHIP

          and Greinke never got to pad his stats against the Royals

          • Hey ZZ

            Felix also pitches in a huge park with incredible defense behind him

            • JGS

              whereas Greinke pitches with a godawful defense behind him.

              Greinke >>>> Felix

              that’s not to say Felix isn’t a stud–I strongly believe he will win a Cy Young in his career, perhaps as early as next year. This year belonged to Greinke though

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

          AL Central opponents for Grienke, team OPS+:
          CHW – 91
          DET – 93
          CLE – 103
          MIN – 103

          AL West opponents for F-Her, team OPS+:
          OAK – 92
          TEX – 95
          LAA – 106

          False. The AL Central was a tougher division for Greinke to pitch in than the AL West is for Hernandez to pitch in.

          —————-

          More specifically, actual teams faced, with their team OPS:

          Greinke, from easiest to hardest:
          ARI 88
          PIT 88
          HOU 90
          SEA 90
          CHW 91
          CHW 91
          CHW 91
          CHW 91
          CHW 91
          OAK 92
          DET 93
          DET 93
          DET 93
          DET 93
          DET 93
          BAL 95
          BAL 95
          TEX 95
          TEX 95
          CLE 103
          CLE 103
          CLE 103
          CLE 103
          CLE 103
          MIN 103
          MIN 103
          TBR 104
          TBR 104
          TOR 104
          TOR 104
          BOS 105
          LAA 106
          LAA 106

          Mean opponent OPS+: 97.03

          Hernandez, from easiest to hardest:
          SFG 81
          ARI 88
          CHW 91
          CHW 91
          KCR 91
          OAK 92
          OAK 92
          DET 93
          DET 93
          DET 93
          BAL 95
          TEX 95
          TEX 95
          TEX 95
          TEX 95
          TEX 95
          TEX 95
          SDP 96
          CLE 103
          CLE 103
          MIN 103
          MIN 103
          MIN 103
          LAD 104
          TBR 104
          TBR 104
          TOR 104
          TOR 104
          BOS 105
          LAA 106
          LAA 106
          LAA 106
          LAA 106
          NYY 122

          Mean opponent OPS+: 98.58

          ———–

          Greinke faced the same opponent degree of difficulty and performed better.

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

            This is why you should be blogging somewhere, Eric.

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

              Just because you’re hung like a moose doesn’t mean you have to do porn.

              You planning on cutting a check for me?

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

                para la diversión, mi amigo

          • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex

            I LOVE seeing the Yanks on another stratosphere in OPS+.

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

    The whole not having a job or job prospects thing is really fucking depressing.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Heh.

        The sad thing is it’d pay better than any job I’ll end up getting, anyway

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

          Bonus: You could write off any plastic surgery you desire as a tax writeoff. Ironically, however, you need no plastic surgery… you’re perfect.

          (TAKE NOTE, FELLAS: Women love compliments. Write that shit down.)

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

            Unfortunately (for you), Ashmore probably wouldn’t be too thrilled with your comments…

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

              wait…are you dating mashmore (which is a great handle for a baseball guy)

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

      Ever consider a non-profit? One near and dear to your heart?

      I mention that because most of the jobs forecast suck for at least the next year and a half. Something to consider.

      • Jordan

        What makes you say that? $1,000 alone saved/created 50 jobs in Arkansas through the purchase of a single lawnmower. The possibilities how the next year and a half are endless.

  • Hey ZZ

    Remember when everyone though Damaso Marte was terrible in the regular season:

    In 12 of Damaso Marte’s 13.1 IP in the regular season:
    3.0 ERA, 1.0 WHIP

    In 1.1 of Damaso Marte’s 13.1 IP in the regular season his ERA was: 67.5 ERA, 6.75

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    http://thefastertimes.com/mlb/.....inbrenner/

    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre was in New York Friday night for his annual Safe at Home charity fundraiser. Although he told reporters he was “happy” that the New York Yankees won the World Series, he recently made a more insidious comment about his former team’s owner, comparing George Steinbrenner to Torre’s abusive father.

    In a recent interview with Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers, Torre and his wife Ali both explicitly compared Steinbrenner to Joe Torre Sr., the wife-beating ogre who threw Torre’s mother down the stairs when he found out she was pregnant with Joe Jr.

    “George was such a domineering figure in Joe’s life and his father was like that,” says Ali Torre.

    Joe Torre backed that comment up, saying about his experience as Yankee manager, “That was a big part of it with George too. I don’t know how many times I told George, ‘The only thing I wanted to do was make you feel proud of what I’ve done.’ “

    Just STFU Torre. There was no reason for this. Way to kick an old, sick man while he’s down, while at the same time comparing him to one of the biggest piece of shit douchebags ever to walk the planet Earth. Yeah, that’s fair.

    Have fun in L.A. Enjoy having your number retired. I know I won’t.

    • kunaldo

      damn dude, that is wrong…freakin torre…all he had to do was ride off in the sunset and shut his damn mouth

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

      This is nothing new. Did you read Torre’s book?

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Yeah, I got it as a gift (and I find it fascinating)…but I seriously don’t remember him comparing Steinbrenner to his wife-beating ogre of a stepfather.

    • Alan

      My respect for Torre just went down the toilet.

    • Joe S.

      WOW! …. that just makes me sad

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    I haven’t really followed basketball much in the past few years but decided to get back into it. So I’ve been watching the Knicks. Wow, what a train wreck! So, a few questions:

    Did the Knicks make a mistake passing on Jennings? (Does Jordan Hill inspire confidence in anyone?)

    Chances LeBron calls The Garden his home in 2010.

    What kind of supporting cast can be expected if he signs?

    If given the opportunity, and knowing you would get away with murder, how would you kill James Dolan?

    P.S. Nets-related: What’s the status of Atlantic Yards now?

    • donttradecano

      1) maybe, too early to tell

      2) 50-50

      3) depends. right now saying they only sign him: Douglas-Chandler-Lebron- Gallinari-Hill. However they should pursue monta ellis and hope the warriors take a shit deal like they did for jackson. Say that means you trade chandler, then you have Douglas-Ellis-Lebron-Gallinari-Hill. Maybe package Lee and Jeffries for a pick and draft a SG or trade them for a SG.

      4) guillotine.

      • donttradecano

        then ellis plays PG

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          It sounds fun and all, but I’m not sure a backcourt of shoot-first 6’2 guys is particularly appealing. Gallo looks like just a shooter, not much of a guy who can get you rebounds and play solid defense at the 4. Hill…well, he’s not bad but he looks good-to-average.

          With Lebron, he nullifies a lot of the issues, but that still doesn’t look anywhere close to a championship-caliber team.

          • donttradecano

            Gallos defense has improved, but hed need to add some weight to play the 4. I think Hill will be above average-very good. Big guys just take time to develop.

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

      Did the Knicks make a mistake passing on Jennings?

      Yes. Just like last year with Gordon/Gallinari.

      (Does Jordan Hill inspire confidence in anyone?)

      Yes. I’d rather have Jennings, but Hill does inspire confidence in me. He’s good. Not as good as Jennings, but he’s still good.

      Chances LeBron calls The Garden his home in 2010.

      Hmmm…. 80%.

      What kind of supporting cast can be expected if he signs?

      Not sure. He may have to wait a year or two for the next wave of free agents (i.e., Chris Paul/Deron Williams/etc.)

      If given the opportunity, and knowing you would get away with murder, how would you kill James Dolan?

      I’d lock him in a room with a loaded gun and his own music on constant repeat.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        It really upsets me to think we could have a backcourt of Jennings and Gordon right now. what do you think is a realistic ceiling for Hill?

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

          what do you think is a realistic ceiling for Hill?

          Hmmm… somewhere between a rich man’s Anderson Varejao and a poor man’s David West. He’s good enough to be a quality big in a 3 man rotation of quality bigs, playing 20-30 good minutes a night.

          He reminds me of Channing Frye, if Frye A.) could rebound B.) played a lick of defense and C.) had a pair of testicles.

          • donttradecano

            I dont know Varejao is a good comp. Hill seems to have an ability to create his own shot in the post, atleast he did in college. I dont recall seeing the same skills from Varejao.

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

              I did say “rich man’s”.

      • Marcus

        What do you guys think of Allen Iverson joining the Knicks? I’m in the same boat as JMK (haven’t watched much NBA recently, but a Knicks fan), and on its face it seems like a bad idea.

        I’d love to read a retrospective of the past 10 years of the Knicks, because I can’t keep track of how many bad decisions they’ve made. I’m a glutton for punishment.

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

          Meh, why not? This team’s not going anywhere anyway. Give it a shot, see if he can still ball at all. If he sucks and starts complaining and getting into it with the kids, cut his ass.

          It’s just a one year deal anyway. Maybe he plays well, likes the city, and re-ups for another year to play with LeBron. Crazier things have happened.

        • donttradecano

          While hes a headcase, wont practice, etc., nobody is gonna play harder than him for the 30-40 minutes hes out there. Cant hurt at this point, plus Gallinari is the perfect player for him- a guy he can kick out to when his drive to the lane fails.

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

            True. I worry about Iverson hogging the ball and stunting the kids growth, but frankly, LeBron is gonna hog the ball too.

            I’d like to see what Chandler/Gallinari/Hill/Douglas/Lee can do playing with space on the floor as supporters of a legit scoring option.

            • donttradecano

              Id think their numbers all go up, but they still wont have anyone playing defense. Think of it as a pre-Lebron training. See what these guys can do without trying to force everything themselves, since if Lebron comes, they wont be the focus of the offense. Id also like to see what douglas can do side by side with a legit scoring option

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

                Yup. A.I. is most definitely worth a one year flier.

                He’s all about having fun. Maybe go to Sea World, take his pants off, you know, see what happens.

      • donttradecano

        Durant and Horford could be a availabe in 2011. and Paul in 2012.

  • http://thetundrablog.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    AT BP today, Kevin Goldstein said in his chat that he talked to a scout who said he liked Jesus defense more than Austin Romines’ defense.

    • Marcus

      I’d like to believe that, but that just strikes me as evidence that if you ask enough scouts, you can get any answer you want.

      • whozat

        Couldn’t agree more.

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

        +1

        It’s like economists. Talk to 10 of them and you’ll get 10 different answers, all of them expert, and all sound plausible. That’s why you often hear of “Economic SURVEY” in news reports, where they get a few hundred to weigh in and see where the consensus lies and who the outliers are.

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

      Well now, that’s not something you hear often.

      • http://thetundrablog.blogspot.com/ Jake H

        Ya I was surprised too. He also said that scouts he talked to said that while Montero isn’t great behind the plate that he has made huge strides. Also that scouts could see him staying at catcher.

    • vin

      He probably just got them mixed up.

      (DISCLAIMER – I’ve never seen either play defense)

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

        Me, to my dad when I was 16: “Oh, you said ‘mow the lawn’? I thought you said ‘watch tv’. My bad.”

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

        “Whaddyu say son, ‘Austin Romine’? Is that one of them fancy British sportscars or sumthin? I drive a MONTERO my boy. Mitsubishi Montero made in dah good ol USA and it’s the best damn car I ever drove. Way better than those Austin pieces of shit. Put that in yer notebook, son”

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      On the plus, Montero’s D might be a lot better than what people think…or Romine’s horrible defensively.

      It could just be that the scout saw a few games of Montero where he looked better than he normally does, and saw a game (or a few) in which Romine was particularly poor behind the plate.

      I wouldn’t worry too much about what one scout said.

    • http://thesportshernia.typepad.com/blog/images/2008/05/04/melky_cabrera_cant_believe_it_phixr.png Drew

      Eh, I don’t believe unnamed scouts when there is something negative, I’m not going to start listening when they say something positive.

  • Mike Pop
    • JGS

      who thought that was a good idea?

    • pat

      Kids need to learn their terminology before they can be hardcore. That wasn’t even close to being a powerbomb.

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

    ATTN: TSJC:

    Since I’m sure you won’t look back up at the top of the thread:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-689615

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

      Heh. I actually had looked and replied before I saw THIS at the bottom of the thread. Thanks, though.

  • Guest

    Can someone explain the whole “Nails Krzyzewski” thing to me? I understand that it refers to A-Rod; but I would love to know the origin of the name.

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

      I came up with it. We were riffing on the whole “white guys are gritty gamers and latinos are lazy and don’t care” bigoted tropes and I decided one day (back before the season, don’t remember when) that “Alex Rodriguez” needed a whiter, grittier, guttier name in order for the fans to truly love him.

      Nails: Lenny Dykstra (a gritty, gutty, grindy, get your uniform dirty kinda guy that people love irrationally way more than they should
      Krzyzewski: One of the whitest names EVER

      Boom. A meme is born.

      • Guest

        Awesome, awesome stuff.

        We need one for Cano:

        Sparky McEckstein?

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

        Did we clarify the pronunciation? Is it like Coach K. or is it phonetic?

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

          Shu-sheff-ski

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

            See, even though that’s the right way to say it, I always imagined it as Kra-shez-key…seems grittier.

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

              You could go “Kri-zi-zew-ski” for the full effect…

          • Marcus

            (walks up to limo driver holding sign)

            Nameless Numberhead Guy: I’m Mr. Kriz-a-wew-ski.

            Limo Driver: You’re Coach Shew-sheff-ski?

            Nameless Numberhead Guy: Yes, I am. (nods head slowly)

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

      • Jose

        A forced meme.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Hmmm…aren’t you the only one who uses said meme?

        I declare this meme to be buccholz!

        • Jose

          Yes, he is. If you google “Nails Krzyzewski” on RAB, it’s 4 pages of almost only tsjc using the name.

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

            Hmmm…aren’t you the only one who uses said meme?

            http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-300706

            Bluto: TOGA! TOGA!
            Otter: Uh, They seem to like the idea, Hoov.

            ————-

            Seriously, though, I probably misspoke by calling Nails Krzyzewski a “meme”. It’s probably not so much a meme as it is an endeavor in calculated satirical intellectual rebranding on my part. I’m intentionally parodying our ethnic stereotypes and our baseball fuzzy-logic to make a particular point, both about ARod particularly and about baseball fans and pundits generally.

            To wit:

            tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside says:
            March 6th, 2009 at 10:15 am

            ARod, 2007: .314/.422/.645
            ARod, April and May, 208: .288/.365/.530
            ARod, June-September 2008: .307/.401/.587

            All last year we kept complaining about ARod not putting up his usual ARoddian dominance, while we excused away Jeter having a sub-Jeterian season by rationalizing that Jeter was hurt.

            Well, it sounds like ARod was hurt. But, he actually seemed to “grit” and “grind” his way through the hurt and actually produce BETTER in the second and third dimesters of the season.

            That settles it: ARod is officially a gritty, grinding, scrappy, hustling gamer of a player. All the more reason for him to accept the new nickname I made for him: Nails Krzyzewski.

            rbizzler says:
            March 6th, 2009 at 10:40 am

            Giving up on Flay-Rod so soon? Shame on you Tommie, no one likes a quitter.

            tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside says:
            March 6th, 2009 at 11:30 am

            “Flay-Rod” was just a goof on the hackneyed “I can find a word that rhymes with the letter A and hence, I’m a supergenius at creating clever nicknames for this player that I despise irrationally” cliché the media and some fans do. I never really wanted “Flay-Rod” to stick.

            I have high hopes for Nails Krzyzewski. I know it’s a hail mary, but I’m going to try like hell to rebrand ARod as a clutchy gritbearder (or at least poke fun at the concept of clutchy gritbearders.) Nothing screams out “Hey, something tells me I should like this guy” to John Kruk like the name “Nails Krzyzewski”.
            http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-296453

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              For the record, while I always thought of Cano as a bit lazy (this has been backed by Larry Bowa, it’s not just a racial stereotype) I always considered A-Rod on of the most hard-working players maybe ever to play the game.

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

                For the record, while I always thought of Cano as a bit lazy (this has been backed by Larry Bowa, it’s not just a racial stereotype)…

                I’m sorry, but no, Larry Bowa calling Cano lazy is not sufficient proof to declare Robinson Cano actually factually lazy.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Of course it’s not factual proof. Not at all.

                  It’s also not an opinion based exclusively on race. I thought so, Larry Bowa knew him personally and thought so. So while that doesn’t PROVE anything, it does mean that even those who know him well thought so as well. And frankly, I see no reason for him to lie and I believe him since it’s just backing up something I’ve noticed myself.

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

          It gets smatterings.

          Look, not every single one is B-Jobbertastic. They have their places, though.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            That’s chone figgins, man.

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

              Heh.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                OMG TSJC LAUGHED HALFHEARTEDLY AT A JOKE I MADE OMG OMG OMG

                I FEEL ACCEPTED THANK YOU THANK YOU OMG OMG

                Bursts into tears of joy

                • Mike Pop

                  Trying too hard bro.

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

                  Anyone have a change of underpants for this guy?

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  BUT THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TOO ME!!!!
                  DON’T RUIN MY MOMENT!!!!

                • Mike Pop

                  Hah.

                  You might be a little serious too.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Pshaw.

                  If I were serious it would be itaalicized too.

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

          If a President for less than a year can get it, why not?

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

          I like how “Alfred” is abbreviated.

          Is it really that hard to put those last two letters on there? How do I know from that that his name isn’t Alfredo Nobel, or Alfresco Nobel, or Alfrernee Hardaway Nobel?

          • Salty Buggah

            Haha, never noticed that.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    I love open threads. Anyway, I’d like to know what new music you guys have been checking out lately.

    I’m a bit strange, so I’ve been bumping a lot of Party in the U.S.A. lately. In fact, this morning a middle-schooler called me some derogative terms after hearing it booming out of my headphones. Owl City, too. And Justin Bieber. That kid be poppin’ cherries and sending the nondescript black hat market into a boom. Tell ‘em one time, Justin. One time.

    My final recommendation: Ill Mitch (I mentioned it earlier in the thread)

    Lyrics from Fast & Danger:

    Your momma’s whack
    Your granny’s whack
    Keep a handy wipe in my fanny pack…

    When I board I never aloner
    On full moon I ride with boner

    So…your recs?

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      This isn’t really “new” music but I heard Scenes from an Italian Restaurant on the radio a couple of days ago and it got stcuk in my head, so I’ve been listening to a lot of Billy Joel.

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

        Anthony Bourdain says that being a BIlly Joel fan is grounds for termination at his restaurants.

        (On a related note, apparently Billy Joel found out about this and now sneaks around and gets into Bourdain’s kitchens and takes pictures of himself there to send to Bourdain, taunting him.)

        • Jordan

          And that is why I love Anthony Bourdain

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      I’ve listened to The Dethalbum 2 about a dozen times in the past week. Haven’t heard a metal album like that in a long time.

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

        Damaging your medulla, your cerebrum and cerebellum
        You got a crew you better tell em

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

      And Justin Bieber. That kid be poppin’ cherries and sending the nondescript black hat market into a boom. Tell ‘em one time, Justin. One time.

      Dan Marino: Hey Ace, got anymore of that gum?
      Ace Ventura: That’s none of your damn business and I’ll thank you to stay out of my personal affairs.
      Dan Marino: You’re a weird guy, Ace. Weird guy.

      • kunaldo

        Your number still 911? Alllllllllllrighty then

        • Mike Pop

          Einhorn is Finkel? Finkel is Einhorn?

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

            QUITTER!

  • Awesomeness

    in relation to what this thread talked about originally check this nl moy picks on espn and look for who jon miller picked
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4663182

  • Salty Buggah

    From Keith Law’s Twitter:

    #parityfail #salarycap RT @vegaswatch There are eight NFL teams that are at least 77% to win this weekend. That may be some sort of record.

    And people say Baseball’s bad

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

      SSS

      • Salty Buggah

        I know. I was only half-serious. The half comes from people saying that since a salary cap worked in the NFL, it will in MLB.

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

          I know. I was only half-serious.

          Was Keith only half serious? That’s the question.

  • donttradecano

    TSJC and other knicks fans:

    could hurt taking a flier on Dionte Christmas or Russel Robinson to see what they got? Or what about Rasahd Mccants?

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

      ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ… huh, what? Were you saying something right now? I dozed off, my bad.

      • donttradecano

        so is that a no?

        • Mike Pop

          An emphatic one at that ;)

          No reason to do that for you guys.

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

    New York Yankees team ownership revealed Tuesday that the phrase “Yankees suck,” one of the most popular chants in sports, was trademarked by the 27-time World Series champions prior to the 1996 season, a business strategy that has earned the team close to $100 billion over the past 13 years.

    In addition, by creating and obtaining the trademarks to the phrases “A-Roid,” “A-Fraud,” and “Jeter sucks, A-Rod swallows,” as well as acquiring partial intellectual property rights to the concept that “All the Yankees are overpaid ######## who make it virtually impossible for smaller-market teams to compete,” the team has accumulated a fiscal safety net that is estimated to last until 2210.

    http://www.theonion.com/conten.....ed_yankees

    Oh, this is brilliant. Somebody send this to Fack Youk.

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

      “If you multiply that $2 by 13 years of chants, hundreds of sellout games in opposing teams’ stadiums, and the hundreds of millions of people who hate the Yankees, you can see that this was a brilliant financial tactic,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said during a televised press conference at the team’s spring training facility. “Where do you think we get the money to keep Mariano Rivera here? Or sign a bust like Carl Pavano without making the slightest dent in our bank account?”

      “You know what? Why don’t you all join me in a ‘Yankees suck’ chant right now. Come on, you know you want to,” Steinbrenner added. “Yankees suck! Yankees suck! Yankees suck! That’s another $9 million right there.”

      Article of the year.

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

        General Manager Brian Cashman told reporters that baseball fans who muttered “Yankees suck” to themselves while on the grounds of major-league ballparks during the second half of the 2007 season alone essentially funded the team’s new $1.2 billion stadium.

        “Owning the ‘Yankees suck’ property is the best thing that ever happened to this organization,” Cashman said. “CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira were both signed with ‘Yankees suck’ money. And people who said ‘Yankees suck’ over the course of our 2000 World Series run helped foot the bill for executive bonuses and the organization’s annual Christmas party. To be honest, I actually can’t remember the last time we had to dip into our funds from merchandising, broadcast rights, or ticket sales.”

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

          “We are banking on the fact that this will make everyone detest the Yankees even more, which would be a real windfall for us,” said co-owner Hank Steinbrenner, smirking broadly. “In the end, we just want to say one thing to those who have openly expressed their hatred for this organization over the years: Thank you.”

          • Mike Pop

            Heh. You crack me up with all these replies to yourself.

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

              I played by myself a lot as a kid.

              • Tom Zig

                if you were JMK, you would have substituted the word “by” with the word “with”

    • JGS
    • Salty Buggah

      Yea, I read that before and was going to post it here but forgot.

      “”You know what? Why don’t you all join me in a ‘Yankees suck’ chant right now. Come on, you know you want to,” Steinbrenner added. “Yankees suck! Yankees suck! Yankees suck! That’s another $9 million right there.””

  • Salty Buggah

    “A Texas man says a low-flying bird and a dropped cell phone caused him to crash his million-dollar car into a salt marsh. The French-built Bugatti Veyron sinks into the brine after the accident. “Salt water isn’t good for anything,” says a police officer when asked if the car is salvageable.”

    Ouch.

    “In another sign of the times, the New Oxford American Dictionary names “unfriend” as the word that best sums up 2009. The term means to drop someone as a friend on a social networking site.”

    Odd.

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

      Another one of the new words minted by the Oxford dictionary is “Tramp Stamp” referring to the tattoos some women like to get on their lower backs and pelvic region.

      • Joey

        for some strange reason I’m just waiting to hear JMK’s tramp stamp story now… lol

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

          You know he has one.

          • Mike Pop

            Your mother has a dirty little one.

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

              You win this round.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          While going through a golf grip catalogue with one of the members at my course, I came across this gem of a grip..

          http://www.ggolf.com/commerce_....._18737.jpg

          …and I thought,”Wow! Overshare would really LOVE those grips. Literally”.

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

        That’s kinda messed up, if you think about it.

        Getting a back tat makes a woman “trampy”?

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

          Yeah, you know how hyper-judgmental some women are with other women. I don’t think those tats look good (or most others) but I don’t think it’s trashy or means anything.

          Now a tongue ring . . . on the other hand . . . . is like hanging a megawatt billboard in Times Square.

          • Mike Pop

            You ever see the SNL skit with it? Amy Poehler is the mother and gets the remover, hah. Funny to me.

        • TheLastClown

          The colloquial is “tramp stamp.”

          I’ve heard females with them use it.

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

          ITT TSJC shows his age

    • pete

      there is a video of that crash on youtube…the idiots taking it thought the car was a lambo. douchebags.

  • Salty Buggah

    “But I’m also a follower, since Brian Bannister’s on our team, of sabermetric stuff and going into details of stats about what you can control.”

    “David DeJesus had our best zone rating,” Bannister said, referring to the Royals’ left fielder. “So a lot of times, Zack would pitch for a fly ball at our park instead of a ground ball, just because the zone rating was better in our outfield and it was a big park.”

    “That’s pretty much how I pitch, to try to keep my FIP as low as possible,” Greinke said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11.....38;emc=rss

    This makes me appreciate Greinke even more.

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

      “That’s pretty much how I pitch, to try to keep my FIP as low as possible,” Greinke said.

      My knees just weakened a bit. I’m very close to swooning.

    • http://sports-odds.com/images/stories/yankees-arod-teixeira.jpg JobaWockeeZ

      I now have a man crush on Zack Greinke. Not only for dominating pitching categories in fantasy but for having brains.

      IPK, melky and Gardner should get this done for this man to come to NY.
      Make is happen Cashmoney.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I read that Lane Meyer at NoMaas is joining Pinstripes Plus’ reporting staff. I wonder if he’s leaving NoMaas for good? I actually enjoyed his draft coverage. Nomaas will be nothing more than the comic strips without him.

    • Reggie C.

      That’s a shame. PinstripesPlus is a subscription site so all those draft interviews / talk / scouting that Meyer provides is going up behind that wall. I use to subscribe to PinstripesPlus, but that was before I found RAB. I then decided to drop the subscription for the irreplaceable BaseballAmerica.

      Yep… i got too much free time on my hands.

  • Pasqua

    When even Mariano Rivera can’t pull a 100% Hall of Fame vote in a few years, remember that ridiculousness like this is the reason why.

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