Christmas Eve Open Thread


Man, I miss the excitement of being a kid on Christmas. It’s fun giving gifts and all that, but it’s just not the same. I honestly don’t know what the best gift I ever got was, and frankly I don’t remember many of them. Such is life.

Use this thread to reminisce about your holiday experiences, talk about what the Yanks should do about leftfield, the Knicks game, whatever you want. Merry Christmas, everyone.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Alex S
    • Brian


    • Abe

      In other news, Tim Belcher is suing Chan Ho Park for Park’s drop kick in a 1999.

    • Salty Buggah

      “Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chan Ho Park is suing the man who caught his balls”


    • Accent Shallow

      Maybe the Rangers can sue Park for not delivering on services?

      (3.5 years, ERA+ of 84, one of the reasons they had to trade Mr. Rodriguez)

    • chriskeo

      I guess no one on that site read this:
      The first commenter’s message was “first”

  • Brian

    Not Reed Johnson….

    • 28 next year

      and why not? No one is asking him to start. He can hit lefties and play defense at all OF postitions and come at a cheap price.

    • V Squared

      Yeah, I agree. I hope they just wait till someone better falls on their laps. For now, Gardner in CF, C-Grand in LF and Swish in RF make for a nice outfield. I don’t think the Yanks should worry too much about Gardner batting ninth. He is far from an automatic out.

    • Sleepy Carl

      I would like to see what Hoffman can do, as he seems like a fine platoon mate for Gardner (if necessary).

  • SCT

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Ben, Mike, and Joe. Thank you for all you guys do for us Yankee fans. Couldn’t make it through a day at work without RAB.

  • dkidd

    best gift ever:

    christmas 1976
    stretch armstrong

    happy holidays to everyone

    • scooter

      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all

      At age 4, I got a pedal car -looked something like this (but not this old):

      I thought that was the greatest thing ever – at least for a few years.

  • Permínio Neto

    Merry Christmas Mike, Ben and Joe and fellow RAB readers. Thank you very much for the great work you guys do with this blog. Keep it up!

  • BronxBomber44

    RAB deserves it’s own holiday.

    • Mike R. – Retire 21

      February 15 is RAB day.

  • Mike R. – Retire 21

    Three words:

    Nintendo Entertainment System.

    That was a very merry Christmas.

    • JSquared

      Nintendo 64 with Starfox and Goldeneye 007.

      Me and my dad would play for hours and hours, best time in my life… 7 years old.

      • radnom

        Wow, I remember playing my first game of Starfox on the n64 on Christmas morning. That was great.

        • JSquared

          Couldn’t think of a better christmas moment, great games N64 had.

          I’m thinking about hooking mine up tomorrow and playing it before everyone starts coming over my house.

          • Mike R. – Retire 21

            I’m with you. GOldeneye and Starfox were classics, The Zelda game Ocarina of time is still a good game today.

            • JSquared

              Zelda was a good play too, Perfect Dark was a great game also.

              • radnom

                All of these plus Mario64 and Smash Bros.

      • JobaTheHeat62

        goldeneye = amazing video game

        and dont forget zelda- ocarina of time…boner!

      • Kiersten

        Goldeneye is one of the best games ever. I never had it, but my neighbors did and we used to play it for hours.

    • Mike Axisa

      Ooo no shit. I remember getting one back in the day. I also remember wanting a Sega Genesis so bad, but getting NES instead.

      • Salty Buggah

        I remember when my cousin just gave me his Sega because he was almost 18. I remember playing a Ninja Turtles game and some car racing game (I cant remember the name). Happy days.

      • Mike R. – Retire 21

        Remember the Neo Geo? Bonk was there big game.

    • Kiersten

      I don’t know which Christmas was better, N64 in 98(?) or Gamecube in 01. Both were pretty sweet. I miss being able to play with my Christmas presents after opening them.

      • Kiersten

        Oh and I got a Super NES one year too. Must have been 94 or 95. It’s still up in my room and I still play it occasionally ha.

  • Evan

    I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. :)

  • Chuck

    I liked Nady but looking back on his numbers I dont know how much of an upgrade he would be. Lets see how Gardner pans out.
    I dont get the whole Damon will play shitty because he feels like he got jipped.. I mean he seems to have better character than that and if the yanks are willing to match other offers thats what the market dealt him not the yanks. If the price comes down enough Id like to see him back.

  • Salty Buggah

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

    I think my favorite Christmas was back in 98. I dont remember why exactly but it was just a great magical day and the first time that I truly remember celebrating (or maybe enjoying would be a better word) Christmas. If only I could relive that day…

  • Joey D in this piece!

    I would REALLY like to get Jason Bay for left field, he was looking like a MVP 1/2 way through 2009 before he was injured (i’ve read)… 70 million is not terrible, even 75 if must be…. I’d rather have him than a aging speedster with little power in carl crawford next year…. Go for what you can get now and worry about carl crawford next year…. GO FOR BAY… whose with me??? (The anti reed johnson thread)

    • Salty Buggah

      No way man. Bay stinks more than stale fish defensively. His offense is good but still.

      Also, to contradict what you said:

      2009 1st Half OPS: .908
      2009 2nd Half OPS: .939

    • Salty Buggah

      Also, if the Yanks were to sign Bay at that price, they might as well sign Holliday who actually plays good D

      • Joey D in this piece!

        Alright you got a good point , but is Holliday with 100 million PLUS????
        That was part of my original idea…. I don’t know if the Yanks are willing to bite on that type of Gwap??? I guess only time will tell but i’m not against Holliday, just trying to save 20 or so MILLION….

        • 28 next year

          yea, but the difference between Bay and Holliday is worth like 50 million. Bay would not be saving money plus why pay 75 million. He can’t get that much from teh Mets who need him adn no one else is even offering 50 million.

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          Your grammar is almost as indefensible as the content of your post. Almost.

  • Evan

    Not sure if anyone much cared but any thoughts on the AP Male and Female Athletes of the Year?

    • Whitey14

      I believe one was a race car driver….not exactly an athlete in my opinion. I’m not saying they doesn’t have some incredible skills and that what they do isn’t incredibly tough, but athletic….no, not so much.

      • Evan

        It’s not as much of a stretch as you think. While cornering at high speeds, a driver experiences high g-forces which means that you need to have some strength in order to keep the car from going out of control. That work only increases if the conditions aren’t ideal (the car handles poorly, the track conditions are extreme, etc.). Now do that for a couple of hours. The physical exertion is even greater on a road course where a driver deals with g-forces from braking. That takes a lot of endurance and given that they’re competing in a sport (that’s an argument for another day, heh), I would say that racing drivers are athletes.

      • ecksodia

        Well what do you call having to be physically fit to handle all the rigors of a race? Handling the turns, the constant threat of an accident… It’s no walk in the park having to sit inside that thing and steer.

        • Whitey14

          I call it being physically fit and I recognize it as a special skill. I just don’t think it makes them athletes the same way I don’t feel having a great golf swing makes you an athlete. Again, I don’t think what they do is any easy task, I just don’t think it makes them athletes….

  • Joey H

    Once we come to the realization that Santa Claus doesn’t exist, Christmas stops being Christmas.

    • Salty Buggah

      True dat. The magic is gone but then once you get older (when in college at least), you get to go to crazy Christmas parties.

    • JSquared

      Santa Claus isn’t real?

    • Jack

      . . .Santa Claus doesn’t exist . . .

      YOU LIE!

    • Tank the Frank

      Dude, anyone else swear they saw Santa when they were a kid?

      I thought for the longest time that I woke up randomly on Christmas Eve, went down to the living room and saw the last part of Santa’s legs and boots scurrying up the chimney. I was so excited. When I came to realize Santa wasn’t real, I convinced myself that it was all a dream.

      The alternatives are too frightening…

      • JobaTheHeat62

        my dad did the whole reindeer noises on the roof thing, and i was a complete believer…then i slowly realized the truth..a real bummer. funny thing is that wasnt enough to dispel the myths of the easter bunny and tooth fairy

    • Kiersten

      His sleigh won’t fly because there’s no Christmas spirit!

  • V Squared

    AP Male Athlete of the Year: Jimmy Johnson
    AP Female Athlete of the Year: Serena Williams with honorable mention to the Boston Red Sox Team.

    • Joey D in this piece!


    • Evan



    • Sleepy Carl

      Anyone think it was weird a horse was second in the female poll?

      • pokey skokey

        No, Serena came in first.

  • Bob Dick

    Merry christmas to all

    - from bob dick

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Guess who was on YES last night!

    (Guess who sat frickin’ courtside at the Nets game in her Syracuse gear to watch Johnny Flynn kick ass?)

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      Busted link, dudette.

  • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

    Fond Christmas memories? Ahh, here’s a good one:

    When my mother and step-father combined households, there was one cat that didn’t quite adjust to the change. To illustrate his displeasure with the situation, he’d shit EVERYWHERE. Not just once in a while, either. He once crapped on a friend’s foot. (The kid ended up being a druggie dick head anyway.)

    So it’s our first Christmas together, 1995, I think. Playstation 1 had just come out that September. I wanted one. I really, really wanted one. Christmas morning I walk into the living room and think, “Boy, something smells awful in here.” My family follows and eventually we find hot shit ALL OVER ALL THE PRESENTS. The tree was right next to the fireplace, which was on that night. At some point the cat crapped all over it while the fire was hot, melting it to the presents. Opened our presents with gloves that year.

    About a month later, I leave the lid of the PS1 open. Cat shits in it. It was ruined. I love cats, but I was thrilled to see that cat die.


    • Pasqua

      If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: CATS HATE CHRISTMAS.

    • Whitey14

      There is no such thing as Playstation 1…just like there is no such thing as Godfather 1, Lethal Weapon 1, Rambo 1 (especially since the movie was named First Blood) and Scary Movie 1…..

      (sorry…pet peeve)

      • pokey skokey


        for grouping Scary Movie with those other movies in your list.

        • Whitey14

          got me there….

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        I hope you have a cat that shits all over your stuff tonight.

        • Whitey14

          I don’t currently have a cat as both of ours became ill and died within the past couple of years, but thanks for maing me laugh while remembering them for a change.

          One of them did use to poop all over the house if that makes you feel better ;-)

  • Accent Shallow

    Cowabunga Kwanzaa, all.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I put my language settings on Facebook to English (pirate), I will never change it. It’s awesome.

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      So you changed it to UK English. Any noticeable difference?

      • SS

        There’s actually an “English (Pirate)” setting. It truly is awesome.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    No, I changed it to English (pirate). There is a distinct difference. Try it.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Reply: FAIL

      • Once and Future Lurker

        Also, whooosh.

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      Hey, I figured it out! Weird. Just…weird.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Best christmass present i ever got was a 14 foot express skiff with a 25 yamaha. I caught so many fish out of that boat and then that bitch Katrina ripped it in half.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    So my mom’s got a detached retina. No Christmas Eve traveling for us.

    • pat

      Dude that happened to my mom two years ago. Shit sucks.

  • Chris G.

    Tonight my aunt gave my father a piece of sod from the old stadium, which is pretty awesome, and I have no idea how expensive. Anyway, it comes with a glass case that is made for displaying balls, and the sod comes in a separate box. My dad opened the sod thinking it’s a ball and he finds this pretty ugly looking piece of dirt, which looks a bit like a dried up horse turd, and he looks up at my aunt like she’s finally gone off the deep end. She’s got this big smile on her face and shouts, “it’s sod from the old stadium!” That crappy piece of dirt became beautiful in the blink of an eye.

  • Mike Axisa

    Yankeeography of the 2009 season premieres now (midnight).

  • miketotheg

    Merry christmas everybody!