Dec
23

Open Thread: Festivus, or something like that

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I hated Seinfeld, but I understand there are people that live and die by it, so Happy Festivus.

Anyway, More Hardball ran a series of posts on the hitting and pitching stat leaders of the decade, and there a plenty of current/former Yankees involved, so let’s recap:

Runs:
1. Alex Rodriguez- 1190
2. Johnny Damon- 1115
3. Derek Jeter- 1088

Hits:
1. Ichiro Suzuki- 2030
2. Derek Jeter- 1940
3. Miguel Tejada- 1860

Doubles:
1. Todd Helton- 431
2. Bobby Abreu- 408
3. Albert Pujols- 387

Homeruns:
1. Alex Rodriguez- 465
2. Jim Thome- 368
3. Albert Pujols- 366

RBI:
1. Alex Rodriguez- 1243
2. Albert Pujols- 1112
3. Manny Ramirez- 1106

Wins:
1. Andy Pettitte- 149
2. Randy Johnson- 143
3. Jamie Moyer- 140

Games:
1. Dave Weathers- 713
2. LaTroy Hawkins- 654
3. Mariano Rivera- 651

Innings:
1. Livan Hernandez- 2201.1
2. Javier Vazquez- 2163
3. Mark Buehrle- 2061

Strikeouts:
1. Randy Johnson- 2182
2. Javier Vazquez- 2001
3. Johan Santana- 1733

Complete Games:
1. Roy Halladay- 47
2. Livan Hernandez- 36
3. Randy Johnson- 32

Shutouts:
1. Roy Halladay- 14
2. Randy Johnson- 12
3T. Tim Hudson- 11
3T. CC Sabathia- 11

Saves:
1. Mariano Rivera- 397
2. Trevor Hoffman- 363
3T. Jason Isringhausen- 284
3T. Billy Wagner- 284

WHIP:
(min. 1000 innings)
1. Pedro Martinez- 1.036
2. Johan Santana- 1.113
3. Randy Johnson- 1.114

It’s pretty sick that the Yanks’ had the decade’s three greatest run scorers on the team last year, and damn is that A-Rod guy good. Dude hit 97 more homers than any other player over the last ten years. Ninety. Seven. That’s crazy. Even if Pujols played in 2000, A-Rod would still lead by like, 60. Also, it’s pretty impressive how far out ahead of the pack Unit and Javy are in strikeouts. Make sure you click through, there are some other cool stats that didn’t make the cut because there are no Yanks involved.

After you do that, use this bad boy as your open thread. The Rangers, Islanders, and Nets are all in action, but talk about whatever you want. Oh, and Happy Tex Day. Mark Teixeira agreed to a deal with the Yanks a year ago today. Now that’s a holiday worth celebrating.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Salty Buggah

    Haha, this A-Rod and Jeter video from 1998 is hilarious.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

    Look how they were such great friends back then. Too bad they hate each other now (/sarcasm)

    Jeter FedEx’d his ring to A-Rod? Now that’s funny

    This video is funny too:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

    It’s kinda corny at times but good overall. Lmao at the brick phone being a gift back then.

    • Zack

      Ha, Arod sent Jeter a leather jacket and ‘computer phone’ for his birthday and christmas- Jeter sent an autographed on his own rookie card.

  • vin

    Not sure how anyone could NOT like Seinfeld.

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

      It insists upon itself.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Have you hung your baseball glove over the fireplace yet? Melmas is 4 days away!!!

        • Ansky

          A Festivus for the rest of Us! Now its time for the feats of strength.

      • vin

        To each his own, I guess. Are you not a fan of the entire sit-com genre, or just that particular show? Because if you simply hate the genre, then I can kind of get that.

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

          Oh I definitely enjoy sitcoms, I just can’t stand that show. They tried to base the humor on everyday life, yet the characters and their lives are completely unbelievable.

          • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

            That’s why I watch Jersey Shore. That is a true Situation comedy.

            • Salty Buggah

              Did you know you can buy JWoww’s clothing?

              http://www.jwoww.com/clothing.php

              Nice little Christmas present…

              (It’s the same thing but in different colors)

              • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

                I have the yellow number. Special bonus: it’s made of uranium and olive oil.

                Damn right I’ll be tan!

          • vin

            Then you’d probably hate Curb your Enthusiasm.

            I’m the opposite – I usually hate sitcoms, but love Seinfeld. I can’t stomach shows like 2 1/2 Men, Everybody Loves Raymond, How I Met Your Mother, etc.

            I think the writing and the acting (Jerry aside) are what sets Seinfeld apart from most shows. But I have known people who can’t make the believability leap. It’s probably your engineering mind working against you.

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

              I’ve actually never watched Curb Your Enthusiasm.

              • aj

                U’d definitely hate it. It’s just like Seinfeld, just not funny.

                • Steve B.

                  Curb Your Enthusiasm is HILARIOUS…how can you NOT get it ??

          • DP

            Completely agree on both points. It’s like the writing of Bill Simmons.

          • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

            Seinfeld is in the same category as Arrested Development for me: batshit insane, yet I find myself relating to the characters and their situations more than I do when watching most dramas/etc.

            But then Riddering likes her television on the zany side. Oh yes, that’s how Riddering sees it.

          • Steve B.

            They didn’t base it on ANYTHING !!..you completely missed the point !!

      • pat

        It’s written in a language of subtlety. No wonder u don’t like it.

      • Steve B.

        The greatest show in TV history…and YOU hate it.

      • Steve B.

        “It insists upon itself.”

        WHAT ??!!

  • Salty Buggah

    Happy Tex day? It’s supposed to be Merry Tex-mas…

  • vin

    Ichiro is amazing. He had 90 more hits than Jeter, and he was still in Japan in 2000.

  • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

    Your teenage sister rats you out to your very strict parents for having a 12-pack in your room. Do you

    A) Take responsibility, be mature and accept your punishment?
    B) Deny that the 12-pack is yours and claim it was planted?
    C) Take extreme revenge on your sister by rummaging through her room, finding her “hook-up list”, photocopy it, posting it on Facebook and tagging all of the lucky fellows on the list?


    Trust me, it’s worth the read.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Is #10 Brett Gardner?

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        If so, it’s one more reason to send his family nasty Christmas cards.

        Coincidentally, my name appears on the list. I received two turtle doves, three French hens, two ladies leaping, a V-card, a partridge, a pear tree and countless STDs.

        Was excellent, though burning, festive holiday!

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Those boys need to try to win her v-card. The card you get to keep forever.

          • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

            Brian better get a fucking haircut.

            • vin

              This made me laugh.

    • Salty Buggah

      I’m speechless

      • Salty Buggah

        I wonder why would anyone write all of that down? While it does get kinda hard to remember after 8 or so, you never write that shit down. And if you must write it down, at least destroy it after a while. That’s just dumb.

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          I used to have a list like that. It looked like the topography of Afghanistan.

    • Whozat

      Mmm…schadenfreude.

    • vin

      Is #4 Brandon Laird? I can’t quite make it out.

    • Steve B.

      Move out of your parent’s house…you’re in your 40’s.

  • vin

    Did you know:

    The Yankees have had 3 pitchers throw perfect games… all of the opposing pitchers in each game went on to pitch for the Yankees. Sal Maglie, LaTroy Hawkins, and Javy Vazquez.

    That just dawned on me.

  • aj

    You HATED Seinfeld? Why?

  • aj

    So they wanted Kei Igawa? Maybe in the National League he could be…bad, not unusable?

  • Brett

    How could you possibly hate seinfeld? Its un-american. Do you hate America Mike? Is that what your saying?

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

      If by hate America you mean hate Seinfeld, then yes, I hate America.

      /Marge Simpson’d

      (a character from a show that’s actually funny)

      • Brett

        Oh come now. When was the last time the Simpsons were funny? The movie was good. But what the last five or more seasons have been terrible?

        • vin

          I stopped watching The Simpsons quite a few years ago… probably because I didn’t want to watch it go down the tubes (as most shows do).

          I have no idea if its worth watching or not… I’m afraid at what I might see.

          Same thing goes for South Park.

          Family Guy can be funny at times, but the joke telling isn’t nearly as sophisticated as Simpsons or SP.

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

            Well, they’re three different kind of shows. Family Guy got by on the “wow, did they really say/do that” value, but that’s long gone. Now they just recycle jokes. “Oh damn, it’s been 30 seconds since something funny happened, quick, cut to a clip of Cleveland’s bathtub falling out of the second story.”

            Of the present versions of the three shows you listed, South Park is far and away the best.

            • vin

              Family Guy might be the most overrated show on television. I’m convinced people love it because of exactly what you said – they can count on something happening that they’re supposed to laugh at every 30 seconds.

              If they can’t come up with some funny dialogue, then they’ll just have a ridiculous scene go on WAYYY longer than expected.

              Its got its moments, but the concept of entertaining people with “shock value” jokes has a shelf life.

              • Steve B.

                Any sitcoms you like better ??

            • Steve B.

              Do you like any sitcoms that relevant ??

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

            I’ve recently gotten back to watching new Simpsons episodes.

            I definitely regret it. What’s worse was that I’d also watch old episodes during the week from early seasons and there’s no comparison. It’s not like I hate the new ones but it’s “meh”.

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

              *they’re “meh”

            • vin

              Watching new episodes of an old favorite is tough:

              Things are never as good as they were when you were younger. The new episodes may be as good or better than the originals, but it’s hard to view them objectively.

              But if the shows are actually worse, you may find that you’re convincing yourself that the shows are better than they really are. Almost like you can’t let go.

              I think its better to let go a year too soon, than a year too late. One of the many reasons I love LOST. They’ve established their series finale date. Which is critical for a show with such a complex story line.

              • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

                Nothing compares to The Wire, though Lost is pretty good.

                • vin

                  I still have to check out The Wire. I’m sure I’d like it. I loved Deadwood and Eastbound and Down. But LOST is the only show I watch on a weekly basis. Everything else just gets tossed onto my DVR and I get around to it if I have time.

                • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

                  Definitely check it out. It’s unbelievably good. It’s best to do marathons of it.

                • Steve B.

                  The Wire ??!!!…yeah, that will be in the TV graveyard within a year.

                • Steve B.

                  LOST ??!!…do people still watch that drivel ??

                • vin

                  Drivel? Yeah, try again.

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

                Good points, vin. I know that’s happened to me a couple of times (the first point) where I’d say that an episode doesn’t match up with those of previous years but then I’d watch the same episode years later and laugh plenty. Other times, I’d really force myself to like an episode just because it’s “The Simpsons” in a Mays with the Mets sort of way.

            • Steve B.

              Meh ??…is that English ??

      • Steve B.

        Mike..you have NO sense of humor

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

    You’re lucky TSJC is on vacation, Mike? He would be writing a 25,000 word rant against you and your hatred of Seinfeld.

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

      I’m Ron Burgundy?

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

        I was never good at punctuation.

      • Steve B.

        No, you’re not that funny…

  • Salty Buggah

    Fun Fact I learned today: The Eagles have only beaten ONE winning team.

    This gets my hopes up for the Broncos for this weekend.

  • Yankeefan91 Arod Fan

    Idn but i found dis McDonalds commercial very funny.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR43IEYyAuQ

  • Riddle

    Anyone think the Yanks will take a shot at Randy Winn in LF? He could be a decent pickup for a year.

    • vin

      He had been a pretty consisten player for a lot of years, but he fell off a cliff pretty badly last year. His little power disappeared, and he still struck out 93 times. Also, his OBP was only .318.

      If last year is any indication, there’s not much difference between him and Gardner.

    • Steve B.

      Maybe, he might take a discount to play on a contender.

  • Hank “The Yank” Steinbrenner

    Since Kennedy was traded and Towers signed with the Dodgers… anyone know what the AAA rotation will look like next year? I live near Scranton and love going to the games, but there doesn’t seem to be anyone exciting to watch start games besides McAllister this year.

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

      McAllister, Nova, Ryan Pope for sure. In the unlikely event that he stays healthy, Alan Horne.

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

        Well, if Alan Horne can’t stay healthy, we always have Christian Garcia to back him up.

      • Chris

        Hughes or Joba for at least part of the season.

      • Steve B.

        Alan Horne ??!!…Now THAT’S funny !!!

        • scooter

          Jason Hirsh? I’ve never even heard of him. You think you’re gonna catch me on some silly name. You picked the wrong guy. That’s the buddy sitting next to you…

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q-psVKy9v4

          (Never gets old)

  • aj

    The new episodes of the Simpsons are brutally bad. And South Park is heading in that direction. But in baseball, the Nationals are making a lot of pickups. They might have a mediocre team next year.

  • Crazy Eyes Killa

    You hated Seinfeld Axisa?

    ::Head Explodes::

    • Steve B.

      Hating Seinfeld ??!!….he’s in the obscure minority of Americans.

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

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/m.....s-tell-us/

    (Mike, Joe and Ben) I don’t know if you guys take requests, but this is a very good piece from THT that really strikes at the core of those of us who believe in stats, but also understand they have limitations. He illustrates how AJ Burnett’s good starts and bad starts are almost indistinguishable when looked at statistically with Pitch FX. Must read for anyone who thinks they have this game figured out.

    • whozat

      I thought that article struck at the core of people who DON’T understand that stats have limitations. Stats tell you what happened, and some have predictive value over a significant sample. We strive to find more of the latter, and find ones that have ever-better predictive value.

      All that article really told me was that the data provided didn’t illuminate why each of those starts went bad or good. It wasn’t an indictment of stats in general, but merely a demonstration that THAT data didn’t explain the phenomenon in question. So? We clearly need to find other data, or gather more data to provide us with the correct way to use the data we have (perhaps which pitches were thrown in which counts?)

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

        I thought that article struck at the core of people who DON’T understand that stats have limitations.

        Didn’t I just say that?

      • fdaf

        There is literally no more granular data than Pitch f.x

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

    The Boston Chapter, BBWAA also announced Tuesday that Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman has been selected as Major League Baseball Executive of the Year.

    http://fullcount.weei.com/spor.....er-awards/

    DON’T GO! IT’S A TRAP, CAN’T YA SEE?

    • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno
      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        I was thinking Braveheart, but that works too.

  • sabes

    It’s sad that 14 shutouts led the DECADE.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      It’s the era we’re living in, yo. No way to compare it.

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

    In 2009…

    1. Javy Vazquez threw 66.9% of his first pitches to batters for strikes. That was the 3rd best mark among all ML starters (2nd was Roy Halladay, 1st was Carl Pavano — yes, Glass Carl).

    2. Batters put less wood on the ball against Javy Vazquez than against any other starter in MLB who pitched at least 150 innings. Hitters made contact when swinging only 73.3% of the time.

    http://nomaas.org/?p=791

    Are we really sure that Vasquez is out #4 starter? If last year is for real, he’s our #2.

    • VO

      That’s what I was thinking before I heard about the trade I honestly knew very little about him, I thought he was a number 4. After looking up some stats and doing a little research, I would go as far to say he’s definitely a number 3, possibly even a number 2 when he’s on.

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

        The stuff about first pitch strikes with him is really interesting. When he was with the Yanks, everyone always said that his stuff was much better than his results were. So the Strikeouts don’t surprise me. But learning how to make that quality first pitch strike, in a way and a spot where the hitter can’t do much with it, that could make all the difference in the world.

        David Wells was a strike-throwing machine. He didn’t have the greatest stuff in the world, but he always seemed to be ahead in the count, and that makes all the difference in the world. Takes the aggressiveness away from hitters and they do less damage as a result.

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          All kinds of THIS.

    • Zack

      I think going into the season he’s #4, once offdays, rain delays, etc happens there is no real order. Come October see who’s healthy and who’s been the best recently, then you make up the order.

      • Chris

        Why do you think he’s the #4 going into the season? Last year he had the best ERA of any of the projected 2010 starters for the Yankees. Some of that is because he was in the NL, but he was still over a run better than AJ or Andy.

        • Zack

          Because I dont expect him to replicate his numbers from this previous season, I’m not putting huge expectations on him this season. Just want him to come and just pitch, take up 200IP and just be Javy; not looking for him to come in and try to be the best pitcher on the team, if he does great then he’ll get game 2 in the playoffs, starting off theres no reason to do that though IMO.

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

      I’m of the belief that he’ll be the Yanks’ second best starter next year, in terms of overall production. He’ll have some awful games, a ton of “pitch deep into the game and keep the Yanks in it” games, and some holy crap games.

      Remember, it’s his contract year, and he’s never been on the open market. Extra motivation, plus the desire to show everyone that was not the real Javy in 2004.

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

    Is it just me, or does every day this week feel like it’s Friday?

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

      Tuesday surely didn’t feel like Friday to me. I would agree on the rest of the days feeling like that. ;)

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      Hmmm…no.

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

        Could be the fact I haven’t had a day off in a month.

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          Taking some time off for the holidays, Steve?

    • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

      No, ’cause I’ve worked each day this week and I normally don’t work on Fridays.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        Yeah. I usually have weekends off. Instead, I was stuck in the squalid, unrefined, backwater nether regions known popularly as “The South.” That shit hole removes any Friday designations I normally would have attained.

        Silver lining: I did get to go on a panty raid of my sister’s former sorority sister roommates.

        • Esteban

          You never cease to amaze JMK.

  • Justin Bieber

    Was Dave Weathers playing for Joe Torre during all these years? Damn, those are a lot of appearances.

  • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

    So excited for the 29th. Glee DVD comes out!

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

      You know how I know you’re gay? You’re excited for the Glee DVD to come out.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        Just you wait ’til the new Justin Bieber single drops. Oh yeah, shawty!

      • aj

        What the hell is Glee?

      • Steve B.

        Gay ??…”not that there’s anything wrong with that !!”

        Quote from Seinfeld: Funniest TV show of all-time

    • Meat Loaf

      I watch Glee because there are very few woman on that show I wouldn’t bang. Honest.

    • Steve B.

      Better get it….it will be a collectors item. One-season shows usually are.

  • Steve B.

    “…I hated Seinfeld…”

    What the hell is wrong with you ???….you are part of 0.0000001 % that hated the greatest show in TV history.

    How lonely you must be….

  • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

    Am I the only Modern Family fan?

    • Esteban

      That show is hilarious. Damnit, I was gonna watch it at 9 because I hadn’t seen that one and I completely forgot. Thanks for reminding me now!!!!!!111!!

      • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

        Haha, sorry dude. It was quite funny.

        • Esteban

          I honestly didn’t think I was gonna like it, but I watched one of the early ones and now I try not to miss it. It’s there with The Office and Parks & Rec now.

          • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

            Yeah, my mother of all people recommended it, I watched an episode a few weeks ago and actually loved it. Ed O’Neill, ftw!

            • Esteban

              And Sofia Vergara is quite nice to look at.

              • Esteban
                • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

                  Sharp knees. DO NOT WANT.

              • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

                + a lot

      • Steve B.

        That show is so NOT funny….they don’t have a laugh track, they just have sounds of crickets.

    • Justin Bieber

      You, sir, are not alone. I also love Better Off Ted.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

        Yeah, I caught BOT for the first time two weeks ago—real good stuff.

        • Steve B.

          Another show that will be in the TV morgue within a year

      • Steve B.

        Better Off Ted is the WORST show EVER !!!…no wonder they’re cancelling it:

        http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-s.....r-off-ted/

    • Esteban

      Do people like Community? It’s supposedly good, but I tried watching it a few times and I just didn’t like it. I couldn’t buy the whole premise of the show.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        Amy Poehler looks like she has Palsy. I smirked a few times but meh, it was just alright.

        • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

          Amy Poehler’s in P/R, not Community.

          • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

            Oh…well then, I have no opinion on Community.

        • Steve B.

          Amy Poehler is HOT, becaue she’s SOOOOOOO funny !!

      • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        I love Community. I think it’s better than Modern Family (which I like but find to be a bit overrated), Parks and Rec (which I think is getting much better this season) and the Office (which I still like, but it’s not as good as it used to be). I found that it took a few episodes for me to get into Community, but now I think it’s hysterical.

        • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

          I hate saying this about The Office, but I think it’s starting to look like it’s run its course. All the “drama” of the show is being manufactured in a really labored way. It seems like nothing’s coming easy to the show and a lot of it is really forced. Last season, it seemed like everything was building up, yet nothing ever came to a real head. Like Family Guy, though to a lesser extent because it’s still funny, The Office seems to be skating by on its name. However, I have much more faith in The Office recovering than I do in Family Guy recovering.

          • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Agreed… I still like it, but this season has been subpar by Office standards. I’m not ready to say it should go away, since the people who make it are funny and creative and I have faith it can get better, but the show’s definitely at a bit of a crossroads.

            As far as Family Guy… I can’t really comment. If I turn on Family Guy I find it entertaining, but I’ve just never been a Family Guy person.

          • Steve B.

            OMG, what show do you think is better than The Office ??!!

  • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

    Today’s Sign that I’m Way too into Baseball:

    Tonight I used the whole Joba/bullpen debate to teach a kid what confirmation bias is.

  • larryf

    I saw some highlights of Javy’s curve (very slow) making hitters look silly last year. He also seemed to throw well to spots with his fastball. The 2 keys to success… I also like his mechanics. Looks like there won’t be too much for Eiland to work on. I didn’t see the straight change on any film. Hope Javy won’t need it…

  • crapula

    So is JD really done with the Yanks? I keep hoping Cash is just playing hardball with him.

  • Esteban

    Throughout the week I’ve had the most infuriating back and forth with one of my friends. He’s a huge Yankees fan but he refuses to look at anything beyond BA, RBIs, HRs, Wins and ERA. I even tried sending him links to various primers on Sabermetrics, but he refused to consider them. He HATED the Nick Johnson move and now hates Nick Johnson because I tried convincing him that Nick Johnson will probably be as valuable as Matsui was. To top it off, he’s a committed B-Jobber.

    This is one of his replies to something I sent him on Facebook:
    I’m not impressed with any of the last posts, if u say that hrs are the best thing a player can do why wouldn’t you take matsui over johnson then? Johnson had 8 hr as opposed to Matsui’s 28. If “OBP is the one statistic that most correlates with run scoring” how come matsui has scored more runs than Johnson 4 out of the past 6 seasons. So if OBP is… See More so important and OBP makes him a more valuable hitter than matsui by that ridiculous fucking argument are you suggesting that he’s a more valuable hitter than Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, or Mark Teixeira, all of whom he had higher OBPs then? You’ve lost your mind, you’ve lost your mind, you’ve lost your mind!!!!!! How is BA luck???? So Jeters BA his whole career has just been lucK????? Are you fucking kidding me?? Clutch hitting, BA, Runs, and RBI are all very important, I dont care what you say. Go reread sabermetrics because clutch hitting, BA, runs, and RBI are all HUGE reasons the Yankees won a world series this year.

    Johnson is garbage and I can root against him and still be a good yankee fan. I want what’s best for this organization and what’s best for us is for DeRosa to be signed, Johnson to be benched, and Granderson in the 2 spot, God bless.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

      How is BA luck???? So Jeters BA his whole career has just been lucK????? Are you fucking kidding me??

      This is where you stop talking to him. He’s never going to get the concept that there is some deal of luck involved in batting average.

      Perhaps try to explain to him that batting average is not completely useless, it isn’t, but it is incredibly incomplete. Remember, the point of batting isn’t to get a hit, it’s to avoid making an out.

      • Esteban

        Oh, believe me, I’ve tried. It’s incredibly frustrating. He continuously misconstrues most of my arguments. I don’t understand the antipathy so many people have to more advanced statistics. This kid is a smart kid, gets good grades at a good college, but is completely incapable of grasping something as simple as why OBP is more important statistic than BA

        • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

          Willful ignorance is not worth fighting.

          • Esteban

            Maybe I’ll give up, but when he writes a status like:
            Max is mortified by the Nick Johnson signing, 5.5 million for a guy who hits 8 hr and 62 rbi???? Why not Matsui then if he only cost 6.5 million and hit 28 hrs and oh yeah he was the World Series MVP????? Disgusting Cashman, we better get Derosa or you just ruined my Christmas

            I feel I have a responsibility to challenge such nonsence.

            • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

              The fact that he’s unhappy with Johnson and he so badly wants DeRosa makes me dislike him. You know what you should do? Remind him that Mark DeRosa’s career BA is only two points higher than Nick Johnson’s.

              • Esteban

                Good one. I think I will.

                • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

                  I bet he replies with at least the following adjectives:

                  –Scrappy
                  –Hard-Nosed
                  –Gritty

                  And that DeRosa:
                  –Hustles
                  –Plays the game the right way

                • Esteban

                  I’ll let you know.

    • Salty Buggah

      Seems too dumb to be true but sadly, some Yanks fans are that stupid.

      I hate ignorant people

  • Justin Bieber

    Guys, what do you think is the best and most underrated show on TV today?

    • e mills

      Breaking Bad is hands down. it did win emmys? and all those tv awards, however, it has gone mainly unnoticed

    • aj

      Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN on Sundays at 1pm ET, check it out.

  • Jake H

    I do wonder if the Yanks will up their draft budget to make up for all the kids they shipped off this year. I was looking at their top 30 prospects coming into this year and I see 13 names either traded, sucked it up or graduated.

  • Meat Loaf

    Last night had the option to watch Seinfeld or watch a show about two transgendered people (one man to woman, one woman to man) having a baby.

    I had to watch a guy give birth, and it was still better than Seinfeld.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

      Don’t sugarcoat it, Meat Loaf. Tell us how you really feel.

  • Wilcymoore27

    Are you kidding me … David Weathers and LaTroy Hawkins were numbers 1 and 2 in games pitched in the decade ?!? Huh??

  • Tank the Frank

    Seinfeld isn’t your thing? That’s fine. Prefer other shows to Seinfeld? Hey, that’s your business.

    You HATE Seinfeld? You CAN’T STAND Seinfeld? There’s a special place in Hell for you. You know who else hated Seinfeld? Fascists.

    • Steve B.

      HATING Seinfeld ??….he also hates apple pie, the Fourth of July and the New York Yankees.

  • Tom Zig

    As you all probably know already, Fernando Rodney was signed by the Angels. Is it possible that by adding someone to the bullpen, they actually made their bullpen…worse?

    • Tank the Frank

      Subtraction by addition? An interesting theory……

  • YFan

    Anyone know what Blog/Site Lane Meyer from NoMaas is on now?

    • pat

      yankees.scout.com

      Hasn’t written anything yet he’s going to start contributing around draft time.

      • YFan

        Thanks, much appreciated.

      • YFan

        Darn it’s a PaySite, do you know if it’s any good?

        • pat

          It’s pretty good. You have to take alot of what he says with a grain of salt though. He is at his best when he’s doing interviews with coaches and Nardi/Nark Newman etc. Now would be a good time to join as he’s doing his Top 50 prospect profiles. Each player gets an in depth scouting report/ projection with all sorts of info. They’re like of of Mike’s prospect profiles but on steroids. He does get a little bullish when talking about guys’ secondary stuff though. It seems like all our guys have good but inconsistent curves and changes. If you can look past that stuff you can find some good info. Once you’re there long enough you can read between the lines. It’s not a bad investment if you’re a prospect junkie.

          • YFan

            I’ll give it a shot, seeing PaySites like that makes me appreciate more what RAB has. I think I will donate some for the holidays. Thanks again pat for all the info.

            • pat

              No problem dude, happy holidays.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Pinstripes Plus

      • YFan

        Thanks Sunny.

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    Why don’t MLB/MLBPA/Majestic let you customize t-shirts with retired players’ names and numbers?

    • pat

      Because they would have to be paid royalties?

      • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

        I didn’t think player’s got royalties from merchandise sales. Jeter would bring in a fortune.

        • pat

          Yeah u could have a point, good question then.

          • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

            These FansEdge ads keep taunting me with pictures of Mike Mussina t-shirts that you can’t actually buy anywhere.

  • Greg C

    The Yankees would have the top 3 in Wins if the decade ended last year.

  • YankeeScribe

    While Pujols makes a very strong case for himself, A-Rod is arguably the player of the 00’s based on these stats.