Blizzard aftermath open thread

The economics of Hideki Matsui
Winter ball update

So, I might have spoken a little too soon last night. The snow came a little later than expected, though once it showed up, it was brutal. Got about ten inches of the white stuff around these parts. I shall rename the storm … Mauer’s Homerun Swing.

Use this puppy as your open thread tonight. Britt Farr and the Vikings take on the Panthers in the late game, plus the Knicks are in action as well. Anything goes, so have at it.

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The economics of Hideki Matsui
Winter ball update
  • Teix is the Man

    “Got about ten inches of the white stuff around these parts”….

    -I could so make that a dirty joke!

  • Salty Buggah

    Two things I’ve never seen before in a football game happened tonight in the Broncos-Raiders. First, there was like a 8 min delay because someone was pointing lasers into Broncos offense. Second, Raiders player’s (Tommy Kelly I think) pants almost completely came off while he was making a tackle.

  • radnom

    Most disappointing “blizzard” ever.

    All hyped up and all I got here was a light dusting.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Really? Where are you?

      • radnom

        Poughkeepsie area.

        So disappointing.

  • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

    Hey guys, just wondering if anyone has heard an update on the flights around NY/NJ? I hear that things are cancelled and shut down, but all the “official information” says everything is on schedule.
    Anyone know what the status is, specifically in Newark?

    • chriskeo

      Not sure about everything, but I got a friend flying back from Indiana tonight (arriving in Newark), his 5:20 got delayed, supposed to depart at 8:36 now, so I assume its a Newark problem and the arrivals are getting delayed.

  • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

    Also, RIP Murphy Brown.

    • Steve H
    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Damn, I had such a crush on her a few years back.

      So far they’re saying cardiac arrest and that she was discovered by her Mom. I’ll guess that anyone who lives with or is that close to their Mom isn’t a major cokehead, so I’ll speculate she was anorexic and died Terri Shiavo-style. Very sad.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        You’ve never seen the show Intervention, have you?

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

          No, I’m not much for pop culture. But reading up some more about her she clearly had a drug problem. Still sad.

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

    I was at my girlfriend’s in South Jersey…24 inches. Three hours of shoveling this morning on top of multiple attempts yesterday.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Please tell me you had a snowblower or something.

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

        Nope.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

          Hot cocoa afterward?

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

            Of course.

  • Salty Buggah

    This game is so entertaining. Broncos up 6 with 3:30 with in the game. Raiders were rolling but then Frye, who was playing extremely well, got hurt and Russell had to come in. Ever since, they’ve gone cold. He just fumbled but lucky for him, his OL recovered.

    DAMNIT! A pass interference call on 2nd and 25. Penalty goes for 32 yards. Bad play by the Broncos player.

    • Salty Buggah

      And now Russell is hurt. JP Losman, who was signed this week, is next.

  • Salty Buggah

    Fuck! Raiders barely get a 1st down on 4th and 10. Ball on Broncos 30. 2 mins left. Broncos need to win this game

    • Teix is the Man

      It’s JP Losman…Denver won’t lose

      • Salty Buggah

        nah, Russell is back and he’s on fire

    • Salty Buggah

      Uh-Oh. 1st and Goal Raiders with one minute left.

      • Salty Buggah

        Fuck Broncos penaly. 1st down Raiders on Broncos 5. 30 secs left

        • Salty Buggah

          now 45 secs actually

  • Dela G

    i’m still fuckin pissed about my jets losing today

    they had that game in the bag

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Someone I know, who shall remain nameless, thought it was a good idea to shovel the driveway BEFORE the snow stopped last night…

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Smart fellow right there. Less work for tomorrow. Doesn’t everybody do that?

  • We Need Chapman!

    Why are the Yanks not moving on this guy???
    I really like what this guy offers…Chapman that is…
    I see him as our future closer or set-up for Joba… 2011 maybe…

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

      Set up for Joba? I didn’t know starters needed set-up men.

      /waits for shit storm

    • http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090810&content_id=6355462&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy JobaWockeeZ

      I see him as our future closer or set-up for Joba… 2011 maybe…
      Wow the Chapman to the bullpen stuff happened WAY early. I mean we all expected it but damn that’s fast.

      • Teix is the Man

        We haven’t even signed him and it’s already starting!!!

        • A.D.

          Its scary. Yankees should groom all young talented pitchers as relievers and then if they fail at that, see if they can start.

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

        B-Chappers.

        • Teix is the Man

          Sounds like dryness of the ass cheeks

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

          IETC

    • Salty Buggah

      He wont get 20 mil to relieve

    • Steve H

      Multiple eye rolls….

      • Teix is the Man

        He’s just a troll….

    • steve (different one)

      if you see Chapman in the bullpen, we can save everyone a lot of time: he’s not worth the money as a reliever.

    • OldYanksFan

      Really? Aside from serious heat, does he have any attributes that make him a pitcher? I heard he has command problems, no secondary pitches, and has attitude issues.

      People just fall in love with heat without looking any further. Kyle Farnsworth is cheap. How about Daniel Cabrera.

      Hard throwers need to prove they can pitch before I get excited.

  • Salty Buggah

    Raiders TD. FUCK!!!!!!!

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif Omg!Zombies!

    Had to dig out my car on two occasion today. Once to clear it out and moved to another spot. Then it got stuck in that spot. :(

  • Salty Buggah

    If we lose, its going to all thanks to the Broncos inability to get in the endzone. They had 1st down and were inside the 5 3 times but only once they got a TD

  • Salty Buggah

    Fuckin Orton fumbled and lost the Broncos their last TO and 10 secs.

    I really dont like Orton. He never can stretch the field. he got sacked twice today without even getting touched by anyone. He just lays down when there is even a little pressure.

  • V

    Broncos got man handled in the last 5 minutes.
    I love watching the Donkeys choke in December.

    • Salty Buggah

      Meh, we still have the WC spot and have one game left against the Chiefs. (Then again, we had that last year too…we had games against the Chiefs, Bills, and Raiders and lost those before losing to SD)

    • Salty Buggah

      Imagine if Russell goes on fire from here on in his career. He was pretty good today.

      • Steve H

        Won’t happen. He’s never going to amount to shit.

        • Salty Buggah

          I know. But just imagine if it did…

          • V

            He does own a rifle. His arm is pretty good also.

  • Salty Buggah

    WOW! Broncos catch the ball at the Raiders 45 with 8 secs left but the Raiders player held on to the Broncos receiver and time runs out.

    Fuck this.

    • Salty Buggah

      That Orton fumble hurt. We could have called a TD and had a chance at a long FG. Our kicker has big leg too.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Question. Hit tracker tracks HR’s and where they landed, but is there a site that does all fly balls for each player

    • Teix is the Man

      Phil Coke

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

        (golf clap)

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Well played.

      • Steve H

        That reply took only a minute.

        Bravo.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      whoops, not sure what happened there.

      Anyway, I wanted a site that tracks fly balls to see if Granderson/Johnson would have fared any better playing in YS3 last year.

      • OldYanksFan

        Is there any lefty with some power that won’t fare better in YSIII?

  • Januz

    Try being a Steeler fan, unless Ben can bring us back, we are seeing another major choke job.

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

      Are you seriously complaining about being a Steelers fan? Give me a break.

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

    20-24 inches here in Ocean County.

  • Rose

    When the hell does Nick Johnson take his physical?

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

      This week. Don’t expect surprises, I’m sure Cash & Co. have seen a million medical reports by other doctors.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      They’re going to skip the physical with Nick. They’re afraid that when the Doctor puts the tongue depressor in his mouth, he might break his jaw.

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

      When he damn well pleases.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      http://www.hardballtimes.com/m.....joses-way/

      Good THT piece, especially for those who believed the whole Posada/Burnett thing was just some media created “narrative”.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Damn, how the fuck did this get here?

  • Salty Buggah

    I’m going to play the blame game tonight.

    I blame McDaniels. It’s really annoying when he gets too cute and calls way too many gimmick plays. I hate it how Orton never throws it deep, not even like 15 yards (though it is probably because Orton is not that good but still, the Broncos have good WR and TE’s). McKid calls way too many bubble screens or short slants. The slants are good when they go to Marshall but those screens almost never (Im seriously not exaggerating here) work. To be fair, in the 2nd half, the Raiders shut down the Broncos running game. However, in the first half when it worked, he was calling too many of above mentioned plays, especially in the redzone.

    /Rant over

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

      It could be worse; you could have Kevin Gilbride calling your team’s plays.

      • Salty Buggah

        Heh, I guess. I bet if we had Eli though, the Broncos could have 2 more wins (maybe 1). Orton really cant make plays late. He is better suited for the short and safe game to limit his INTs but that doesnt help late.

        I bet if we still had Cutler (even though he has sucked this year but I’m thinking 08 Cutler), the Broncos would be better. There would be more picks but there would be more scoring too. None of this bubble-screens crap.

        • Mike Pop

          Jay Cutlers record as a Denver Bronco:

          0-22 Points allowed —- 12-1
          23-29 Points allowed — 2-6
          30-34 Points Allowed — 2-6
          35-39 Points Allowed— 1-2
          40+ Points Allowed— 0-5

          • Salty Buggah

            Yea, our defense sucked ass. In 08, he brought us back many times only to see the defense to cough it up again. Also, when a game got out of hand early, it snowballed into Cutler getting pissed and playing really bad.

            • Mike Pop

              Cutler is very immature, it seems to me.

              I think he can be a good quarterback in this league, but he needs a lot of weapons like he did with the Broncos.

              • Salty Buggah

                Exactly. I’ve been saying that all year. With the Broncos weapons, he’d be better. Now that I think about it, Orton may be a better QB (maybe…maybe not. I’m on the fence). But for the Broncos, Cutler would be better than Orton. He will utilize the Broncos weapons more. Also, last year, when the Broncos had no running game whatsoever because of injury, he had to play even harder and that led to more picks because everyone knew he would pass.

                With the current weapons and under the tutelage of McKid, I thought he could improve a lot and succeed.

        • Steve H

          2008 Cutler=2nd in the league in picks. He’ll never win as a starter in this league.

          • Salty Buggah

            2008 Cutler would have more wins with Broncos 09 defense. Look, I’m not saying he’s the best. I want him over Orton.

            • Steve H

              Straight up maybe, but once you include the picks, it was a good trade.

              • Salty Buggah

                I dont know just yet. We have to see what Ayers and Alphonso Smith do. Ayers has been decent/solid at times but hasn’t done much all year. Smith has struggled and was benched a while back. They do have time to develop of course and we cant judge them yet so we have to wait.

                I think those 2 were it in terms of picks (because the Broncos traded the extra 1st round pick from next year to draft Smith in the 2nd round…some said it was a reach)and so far, I’m not sure that trade is as good as you think.

    • Salty Buggah

      I also have to blame the defense. 241 yds allowed on the ground.

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

    Wow Steelers.

    • Januz

      Big Ben just gave another example of why he is a future Hall Of Famer. 500 yards passing Steeler record.

  • Steve H

    In my fantasy league a QB gets a 10 pt. bonus at 300 years/25 at 400/50 at 500.

    I’m playing Rothlisberger……consolation game here I come.

    • Steve H

      *yards

      /bloody marys kicking in

    • A.D.

      How many points total he put up in your league.

      • Steve H

        151

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

      I had Jerome Harrison on the bench today. 280 rush yds, 3 TD, 48.80 pts. Good thing I didn’t make the playoffs, or I’d be really pissed.

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

    –Ken Rosenthal adds to the discussion, making the prediction that Lowell will never play another game for the Red Sox. Rosenthal calls the situation “Julio Lugo all over again.”–

    Yepp, it’s the same situation except, completely different.

    • Januz

      I could simply see Boston releasing Lowell.

  • Hughesus Cristo

    I am in love with Aaron Rodgers. The greatest fantasy football pick I have ever made.

    • Salty Buggah

      Yea, he’s been quietly great all year. 4th highest QB rating I think

      • Januz

        I never cared for QB rankings. Does ANYONE rank Rodgers over Peyton? Or worse, Matt Schaub being the 6th best QB in the NFL? What you look for in a QB is coming through in the final two minutes, or overtime of a game. In the case of Roethlisberger, today was the 21st time in his career he did it. That is why he is a franchise QB, and will be a Hall Of Famer.

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

          I want the QB who throws for the most yards and touchdowns.

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

            I want the QB that plays the game the right way and does the little things to help his team win.

            Wait, what?

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

              So you want Mark DeRosa?

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

                Or every Twins player, ever.

                • steve (different one)

                  you know what was funny? when the twins made 2 major baserunning blunders in the ALDS this year.

                • steve (different one)

                  the Angels also struggled with the “little things” in the ALCS, like throwing to the right base and lobbing the ball to first base on a bunt. FUNDAMENTALS!

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

                  Yeah, they really fisted themselves.

                  /Caray’d

        • A.D.

          Perception vs Reality. Though some of the things that boost QB rating (i.e. yards per attempt) aren’t necessarily a sign that your a better QB

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Try again-

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/m.....joses-way/

    Good THT piece, especially for those who believed the whole Posada/Burnett thing was just some media created “narrative”.

    • Salty Buggah

      While interesting, that article said how that may not be conclusive evidence like the RABbis have said.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        No, but it clearly shows that there were differences between the various Catchers. Posada loves calling fastballs, his numbers on 2-1 and 3-1 counts are particularly stark, while Molina clearly likes to mix it up more. If I’m a hitter, being predictable with pitch selection (which Posada is) gives me a huge advantage.

        The notion that a Catcher could influence/impact a pitchers performance was dismissed as media-generated noise, and was wrong.

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

          You’re giving too much credit to the catcher. The catcher can the exact right pitch every time, yet still get burned because the pitcher doesn’t execute. All they do is make a suggestion, it’s up to the pitcher to accept it and execute.

          • Hey ZZ

            I am not sure about this so I figured I would ask while on the topic. Aren’t many of the pitches called from the bench?

            • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

              No, not on the Yanks. Managers are too paranoid the signs will be stolen.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

            Of course that’s true, but were talking about pitch selection. Not only does the Catcher influence that (as shown in the article) but Jorge goes a step further and resists being shaken off, insisting pitchers throw the pitch he wants and not necessarily the one they believe in. That’s the part that’s indefensible to me. The Burnett-Ortiz HR AB was the most glaring example, but it’s something that happens with Jorge all the time. That’s usually why he makes the zillion trips to the mound that he does, if you watch before he walks to the mound he’s usually being shaken off with men on base.

            In any case, it wasn’t just some idiotic thing a columnist dreamed up on a slow day. There’s something to it.

          • toad

            It seems that way, but I’m impressed by the difference between Molina and Posada on K’s.

            With Molina catching batters struck out 23% of the time, with Posada it’s 17%.That’s over a lot of PA’s for both so there is no sample size issue. I don’t know what accounts for that difference, but it’s not random variation.

    • ROBTEN

      The problem is the writer selects one variable over others, while excluding 1/3 of the evidence.

      While the article indicates that Cervelli and Posada generally had similar game-calling approaches, it ultimately does not factor this into the discussion.

      So, while focusing on the differences between Posada and Molina, it would be more accurate to suggest that for 25 of CCs 35 starts (Posada and Cervelli vs. Molina) the game calling was actually quite similar. This makes it more difficult to suggest that game-calling provides us with a clear point of distinction between the catchers or accounts for results, especially as CCs results were better with Cervelli than either Posada or Molina.

      I think that the unaccounted-for variables, most of which are marked at the end, make the article an interesting point for discussion but means that it really doesn’t do anything in the end to make the point definitively either way that Posada is a less effective “game-caller” than Molina.

      I am not saying that Posada is necessarily better at calling a game than Molina (or that Cervelli is better than both), just that the evidence here is fairly limited in proving the point either way.

      Also–the article has Molina catching CC more than Cervelli, but baseball-reference has 287/277 PA in favor of Cervelli over Molina. Is there another way of checking this?

  • Bob Michaels

    Who is Salty Buggah?

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

      The Shadow knows!

    • Salty Buggah

      No idea…

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

        What a douchebag that guy is, huh?

        • Salty Buggah

          Nah, I hear he’s awesome

          /Barney from HIMYM’d

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

            Ted Mosby, architect.

            • Salty Buggah

              Haha, that was a hilarious episode.

  • Jake H

    I miss spring training.

    Anyone knows if someone at Nomass is going to take up Lanes spot of draft updates?

  • Hey ZZ

    I am studying for my final tomorrow and I come across this in one of my books. I could not help but laugh….

    “The problem would not seem too serious if B were a jobber…”

    Yeah I know, probably had to be there

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

    Is Family Guy even trying anymore?

    • Marcus

      I’m a Family Guy fan, but the problem that show has is the reliance on (1) shock value and (2) semi-obscure references to past pop culture. Eventually, you become numb to (1), and you run out of funny things to reference in (2). It’s not exactly a deep show. Then you add in the fact that Seth McFarlane has two nearly identical (in structure) shows, and you start running out of funny things to say really quick.

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

        I just watched it on FOX and they had DVD boxes doing a musical number. Seriously? Come the fuck on.

  • JM

    “Got about ten inches of the white stuff around these parts”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-wf2pP7T0Y

  • pat

    I steal my wireless from a neighbor who has an unsecured connection. It usually wavers between No Signal and Very Low with 1 Mbps. I just moved that sucker 4 feet to the left and it jumped to a Very Strong connection @ 54 Mbps. It’s like Christmas came early.W00t

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

      Pat, as usual, knows just where to stick it.

      • pat

        You’ve been talking to my girlfriend I see.

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

      I don’t understand why people don’t create a secure connection. You never even have to type the shit. It’s there automatically.

      People are stupid and lazy… I digress.

      • pat

        They didn’t even rename their network, it’s still called linksys, heh.

        • vin

          You can go nearly anywhere in America and find an unsecured Linksys network. My father-in-law (who steals his neighbor’s signal) has been bitching lately because his neighbor needs to reset his Linksys network.

      • radnom

        I don’t understand why people don’t create a secure connection. You never even have to type the shit. It’s there automatically.

        People are stupid and lazy… I digress.

        Or nice….

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

          Oh give me a break. I could careless what people do with their internet. Just don’t complain to me when pat prints nasty photos on the network printer and little billy sees them.

  • Daveinmd

    Complaining about ten inches? I got 22.

    • pat

      I dunno where you are but in NYC and surrounding areas 10 inches might as well be 22, there’s nowhere to friggin put it.

  • pat

    Ah shit, Compton Chris was released a few days ago.

    Pity.

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

      Ha too bad. He really hasn’t had much of an opportunity but I guess the Yanks don’t have much hope.

      Compton Chris, keep it real.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkPb4s0-QcI

      • V

        I think it’s more because he couldn’t get his fat ass in shape.

        It’s one thing if you try your hardest, and can’t hack it, and another if you just didn’t try all that hard.

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

    Listening to some old DMB I found in an old CD carrying case. I used to think I only liked this shit because I was blazed as hell. After hearing it now, I know it’s just some good shit. I’ll probably go see him again next time he’s in town.

    • http://pix.motivatedphotos.com/2009/5/13/633777941667220230-baseballplayers.jpg Keanu Reeves

      DMB is amazing.

  • http://pix.motivatedphotos.com/2009/5/13/633777941667220230-baseballplayers.jpg Keanu Reeves

    No snow in Vermont. I feel bad for everyone who has to shovel…heh.

  • V

    Wow. Just rented MLB 2k9… and they made Mariano’s cutter suck!!! WTF?!