Dec
10

Open Thread: Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today

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In terms of Winter Meetings activity, I’m spoiled. This was my second year attending the event, and both years the Yankees made big moves. This doesn’t happen every year, nor does it happen for every team. I just got lucky, I suppose. The activity definitely made the trip to Indianapolis and the half-mile walks in the bitter cold and wind a bit more enjoyable.

By the time you read this, I’ll be back in the greatest city on earth. If you ever need a reason to further appreciate New York, spend a few days in Indianapolis. It’s not a bad place, but damn, it is not New York.

After a week of spending most of my time parked in the press room, I got to know a few people. I also have many people to thank. So here goes.

First, the readers. Holy crap, guys. Tuesday was our best day ever, over 70,000 page views — better than the day after the World Series. There are tons of Yankees sites out there, and we’re damn glad to have you as readers. If you guys ever need anything from us, our email addresses are in the sidebar. And we have that nifty tip box, too, which goes to all three of us.

As for the people in Indy, I’d really like to thank the Yanks beat writers who sat near me. This wasn’t by design, actually. I came in on the first day and found an ideal spot: kinda towards the front, straight on with the podium. It’s what Mike and I did last year, and it worked. As it turns out, three Yanks beat writers were a row behind me, and about 10 minutes after I got here another one sat down next to me.

The week was much more entertaining thanks to Marc Carig, Bryan Hoch, Chad Jennings, and Pete Caldera. They’re good, funny guys who made the stuffy press room a much better environment. Plus, now every time I hear someone say, “Oh really?” I’ll laugh a little. So thanks, guys, for not excluding me from the conversation when I butted in.

Also, because the Yanks crew wouldn’t let me into the meetings with Cash or the Pettitte and Granderson conference calls, I had to rely on them for quotes. I feel bad poaching them — trust me, if I could have been there recording them myself, I would have. So, in appreciation, here’s some link love.

You can read Bryan Hoch at Bombers Beat and follow him on Twitter: @BryanHoch.

You can read Marc Carig (even though he drinks sissy lattes from Starbucks) at The Star Ledger Yankees blog and follow him on Twitter: @Ledger_Yankees.

You can read Pete Caldera at Pinstripe Posts (though he hasn’t updated since October — come on, Pete!) and follow him on Twitter: @pcaldera.

You can read Chad Jennings at The LoHud Yankees Blog and follow him on Twitter: @LoHudYankees.

Then there are the online guys. Here’s a thanks to Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports, Maury Brown of The Biz of Baseball, and Keith Law of ESPN (who also has a great personal blog).

A huge thanks to Jon Lane, who edited my features at YES. He’s blogging over there, too, so check out his blog.

Finally, I can’t forget Bob Klapisch, who answered one of my emails four years ago and pretty much set me on this path. You can Read his Record columns or follow him on Twitter, @BobKlap. Thanks for the compliment, Bob.

The Winter Meetings might be over, but the Yanks aren’t done. Neither are we. Even when things slow down in January, we’ve got plenty of stuff planned. Again, if you have any suggestions, email us. And now, your open thread.

Categories : Open Thread
  • ultimate913

    Awesome. My own open thread?

    *takes out a knife*

    NO ONE IS TAKING THIS FROM ME! May Mo help you if you try to take it.

  • radnom

    What did the Yankees do last winter meetings? Make Sabbathia an offer? I can’t remember anything crazy going down while the meetings were going on.

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

      They basically put the Sabathia deal in place. Remember? Cashman flew out to SF, then got the agreement. Then, by the end of the meetings it was all but a certainty that they’d sign Burnett.

      • Evil Empire

        Hah, I still remember how anxious and excited I was when Cashman suddenly left the Winter Meetings in the middle of the night. When I woke up, CC was close to a done-deal. I hoped that move would lead the team exactly to where it has.

        Dec. 23, 2008 was a pretty awesome day too.

        • Salty Buggah

          Dec.23 = Tex-mas

          • Evil Empire

            Hell fucking yes.

            The Birth of the Curse of Mark Teixeira.

            • Salty Buggah

              +25

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            That day was so fucking awesome. I remember being really disappointed that the Sox would get Tex. That bummed me out so much.

            And then, not. :-)

            • Evil Empire

              Yup. I remember coming home early from work that day since nothing was going on, and I flipped on the TV, which happened to be on the MLB Network.

              “YANKEES SIGN MARK TEIXEIRA”

              Man did I get smashed that night. A few days off from work, Christmas Eve the next day, and a shiny new Mark Teixeira as a $180M stocking stuffer for all Yankee fans to share, while dreams of gumdrops and World Series championships filled my head.

              And it was almost just as fun to enjoy the suicide watch that was Red Sox Nation that next week. All they got was a measly Jason Veritek extension, a broken Rocco Baldelli, and a John Smoltz that was way past his warranty.

              • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

                Pretty sweet that your TV was on the MLB Network on Dec 23rd when the network didn’t even exist yet. You gotta show me how to do that.

                • steve (different one)

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mlb_Network

                  The network soft-launched on December 16, 2008 with a rolling automated loop of archival programming and promotions for the network for cable systems that carried the network’s transmissions leading up to the January 1 launch.

                  i’m sure there was a ticker on the bottom.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                I know, the best part was that it took until July for the Sox to make any sort of counter-move (V-Mart), and even then they weren’t as good as the Yanks.

      • radnom


        They basically put the Sabathia deal in place. Remember? Cashman flew out to SF, then got the agreement. Then, by the end of the meetings it was all but a certainty that they’d sign Burnett.

        Ahhhh, yes thats right. I forgot about him leaving the winter meetings. That certainly was exciting.

    • Salty Buggah

      It’s because what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

  • Salty Buggah

    Are you guys planning to go again next year?

  • Salty Buggah

    Is Max Scherzer potentially Rich Harden in terms of stuff, ability, and health?

    • http://www.progressamericana.com/ Pablo Zevallos

      Rich Harden’s stuff >> that of Max Scherzer, but Scherzer should be healthier.

      • Salty Buggah

        Hmmm, ok thanks

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

        OH REALLY??

        (that was for Joe)

        Scherzer should be healthier? That’s not what his (former)GM thinks.

        • steve (different one)

          dude, healthier than RICH HARDEN…

          Babe Ruth is currently healthier than Rich Harden

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

            At least he’s still starting. Scherzer wound up in the bullpen last year, and the AZ GM thinks he won’t be able to hold up as a starter at all. His justification for trading him away was that he feels he got 2 starters back and sent out 2 relievers.

            • Chris

              I understand having questions about a guys durability, but the key is to maximize the returns. If everyone outside of Arizona thought they got too little for him, then there may have been an even better deal out there. It’s possible that Arizona will get more than it gave up AND it was a bad deal because they could have gotten more.

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

    Awesome work by Joe, and awesome work by all the guys he thanked in this post. I’ll definitely be sure to check these guys before checking anyone else for my Yankees fix. See… It can pay to be nice and give some love (or even just professional and personal courtesy) to the lowly blogging scum. Good for all those guys noted in the post above for being cool.

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

    Words that have an interesting connotation when directed at you:

    1) “We’re worried it may be a pulmonary embolism.”

    2) “The guy that was waiting for the CT scan after you got stabbed 10 times with an ice pick.”

    3) “You speak Spanish?” (said with a desperate grin, by a doctor, who, despite working at an ER in the Bronx, cannot understand that his patient was hit by a car and is hungry and has a headache and wants something to eat.

    4) “Is it Lupus?”

    By the way, just for the record, Jamal who comments here some of the time and Brent who reads and never does, are quite possibly two of the three most amazing human beings on the planet. Just so RAB is publically aware of how amazing its readers are.

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

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

      Just so RAB is publically aware of how amazing its readers are.

      I already knew how awesome I was, but thanks for the reminder.

      • RichYF

        Just imagine if Dyson didn’t blow out his knee last year.

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

          They at least get to the NC w/Dyson.

          • RichYF

            Were you in Storrs for the 2004 title?

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      …are quite possibly two of the three most amazing human beings on the planet.

      It’s okay Rebecca, you have permission to mention me. I don’t mind.

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

      Rebecca, I saw something on the Twitter feed at TYU and didn’t get the update. Please fill in those of us who missed it. You OK?

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

        They were worried I might have a pulmonary embolism; I don’t, but they still don’t know why I was so short of breath.

        If you are facebook friends with me, you can see the note I posted that gives the whole play-by-play. Or, if you email me I’d be glad to send it to you that way as well.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Wow, good luck. Best wishes to you.

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

          I have cobwebs on my Facebook account, but I will check it out. Glad to hear your feeling better.

  • Hey ZZ

    I just read the source fangraphs thing from before and am still laughing.

    I thought you guys might have some fun with this from Lohud:

    Gary
    December 10th, 2009 at 7:16 pm
    DeRosa has a low OBP, but it is still probably double that Russo’s OBP will be.

    And he also hits 20+ HRs and can play good defense at 9 positions.

    My response was:

    DeRosa plays 9 positions? Is he like an Angel in the Outfield or something?

    • Evil Empire

      He plays good defense at 1 position?

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

      It’s really a shame so many morons latch onto DeRosa… He’s really not a bad player (for a utility-type of guy or a regular on a bad team), but if you want to defend him you kind of have to throw your hat in with all the mouth-breathers who say stuff like he “can play good defense at 9 positions.”

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        Short Fielder…the fourth outfield position in the beer leagues :P

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

          Ha, touche.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      The other day I was on LoHud, and I got into a discussion about RAB. It was fascinating, it really was.

      It’s interesting how we here on RAB consider those on LoHud to be uneducated, spoiled, and ludicrous fans, because LoHud has the polar opposite view. They consider RAB to be a site of nerds who don’t get laid enough with people that have no lifes. It was a very interesting discussion.

      • RichYF

        Lives even.

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

        Ha, let’s see, link it up.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Took me a while, but I found it.

          RAB conversation starts at 4:59 by Wait till we do it all over Again (me).

          http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....-official/

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

            Heh… I was hoping for some more acerbic criticism, for some really insulting barbs thrown our way. This is more like schoolyard taunting… Like, when JMK and the rest of the slow kids have recess.

            Tell Bret the Hitman that while he’s dreaming of naked chicks, we’re banging our naked wives and girlfriends.

            /sinking to his level’d

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

              PS: Just kidding, obviously, please don’t. The last thing I need is some joker over at LoHud taking shots at me.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                No worries, I knew you were joking.

                Sneaks off to LoHud and starts posting insulting comments as THCM.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              Don’t you love how bret spells chick wrong, and then gets other posters to spell chick wrong as well?

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

                RRR – Just one thing… Be careful about speaking up for the RAB commentariat as if we’re some monolithic entity. Clearly (see below) there are some people here who think the people over at LoHud are morons… But that’s not necessarily a sentiment shared by everyone, and there are plenty of people here (you included, of course) who comment at both sites (and pretty much everyone is a fan of CJ). Regardless of what people here may think of LoHud or vice versa, I don’t see any need to create some sort of RAB vs. LoHud narrative/fight.

                Ok, sorry, back to dick jokes.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  No, I understand. If you notice though, I wasn’t trying to make it a competition. I did post, clearly, that I liked RAB for analysis and LoHud for news. And I mean that. As I say below, I was trying very hard to be civil.

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

              I love the anti-intellectualism in that thread.

              Also, guys who say that other guys don’t get laid, probably don’t get laid themselves.

              • Hey ZZ

                The “eye test” is the golden rule over there. You would think half the posters on there are major league scouts.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                I was trying VERY hard to be civil…if you called out the LoHud idiots like you do on RAB, unlike here you’d be outnumbered and would gain the reputation of an arrogant asshole. Here such people are thought of as “knowledgable posters”. As they should be.

                • cmasone

                  I used to be a heavy commenter over there, before I found this site (and probably before RAB really got off the ground). I still liked a couple posters (CB, SJ44) over there, but trisha and randyl and some of the other really aggressively anti-intellectual people over there just completely drove me away. You can’t even have a conversation with them because they’re not interested in anyone else’s point of view and are unswayed by data, evidence or analysis.

                  it’s all what their eyes see and how much they like a guy’s attitude and the surface numbers. That randyl guy would talk about Glen Perkins as a shining example of young pitching and get aggressive when I pointed out that every team in baseball would rather have Joba or Hughes. Why? Because that season Glen Perkins was 12-4 at age 25 while Joba and Phil were struggling at age 21/22.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  CB should start his own blog. He’s one of the smarter posters I’ve seen on either blog.

                • rbizzler

                  randyl is a horror show with all of his irrational nonsense about Cash/Wang and his fixation with the Yankees training staff.

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

                Wow, learn something new everyday.

                I always thought that guys who scream childish, inane things at other guys was a major turn-on for most women. That, a bottle of Chivas and a handful of Vicodin always worked for me.

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

            “I find OBP boring.”

            Everything in that little rant is asinine. Please, RRR, don’t encourage these people. We try to understand baseball, not say why our preferences (low Ks, high BA) are good.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              You’re right, I’ll stop recommending RAB to these people. We are better off w/o them, in the end.

              • Hey ZZ

                Laura – Bring back Matsui in 2010!
                December 10th, 2009 at 7:40 pm
                “on that note, would bet my life if John Lackey was latino, the Mets would’ve signed him or made him an offer by now”

                No doubt. It’s amazing that they are allowed to get away with such blatant discrimination.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Actually, that’s not discriminating, that’s accusing the Mets of discriminating.

                • Hey ZZ

                  Yeah that is what she was saying. Saying the Mets should not be able to get away with discriminating.

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

                Oh, if only your LoHud-to-RAB predecessors had heeded that warning long ago…

                ::Sigh::

                (Kidding)

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

            The craziest part to me: not liking the threaded comments. I find it incredibly easier to follow. I guess it’s because the nature of each commenting section is different. We try to have conversations here, while there are many more one-and-done comments over there.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              Freud would have had a field day with that whole thread. It was really an enlightening social experiment.

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

              I think they also carry conversations over from thread to thread… It’s not like they comment on a thread because they’re participating in that particular conversation, they’re just posting comments on the newest thread about whatever it is they happen to be talking about. I’m with you – threaded comments are an obvious and huge advantage, in my mind. If someone makes a comment about a topic at 5 pm over there and then someone wants to respond at 7 pm, there’s no way to follow that conversation. It’s just gobbledygook. Gobbledygook I tell you. LoHud is a strange, strange place.

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

                Gobbledygook to you and me, but when you explain it that way I can see the appeal. It’s just different. Hey, one man’s Gobbledygook is another man’s hootin’ and hollerin’.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                I say we start a war with the people who put the butter side down!

                • whozat

                  _love_ that book.

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

                /Obvious’d

                Source: Me.

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

            “Trade Hughes or Joba for a cost controlled starter.”

            Oh, the irony.

      • Hey ZZ

        Most people that post on LoHud really are morons. Myself and one other person the other night were the only two people who thought Mike Cameron was a better baseball player than Melky Cabrera. One of the everyday regulars is projecting Melky at .285 with 20 HR and 80 RBIs next year and most people agree that that is a good projection.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          GB7?

          And he’s one of the smarter posters.

          • Hey ZZ

            yeah

            • vin

              He’s always been a fan of the home-grown guys. I think Melky could hit those numbers – but not for a couple of years. He’s shown he can hit in the .270s (for what that’s worth), and if he can reach 20 hrs, 80 rbi isn’t that unrealistic.

              Hell, Brosius hit 19 and 98 hitting 8th and 9th in 1998.

              It’s definitely not the craziest thing GB7 has ever posted.

              • Hey ZZ

                My response was that a .285 20 HR 80 RBI line from Melky and his above average defense, he would be one of the best CF in baseball and have some serious value on the trade market to a team that needed a CF.

                To me that is entirely unrealistic to project Melky as one of the best CF in baseball.

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

      What do you think was running through Gary’s mind while writing that comment?

      People will be so impressed with my knowledge of teh baseball!!1!!111!!

      Or

      DH is a position, right?

  • PaaakmaaaN

    I found this on MLBTR

    Brian Cashman told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that Juan Miranda could potentially DH for the Yanks next year.

    I don’t think this is a bad idea.. but do you really, really, raelly think that Juan Miranda can DH for us?

    • Evil Empire

      Sure, if we sign Damon or Cameron and one of the other 8 players (but mostly Po and A-Rod) aren’t making use of it.

      But most likely, Cashman is just saying that to make sure he doesn’t provide leverage to the DH-types that he is courting.

    • radnom

      Sounds like “As of right now, Bubba Crosby is our CF” to me….

      • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

        lol.. beat me to it.

        • Mike bk

          dont forget swish as the starting 1b last year.

    • http://twitter.com/themanchine Bruno (The Manchine)

      I’d like to see them sign Olivo and DH Posada.

      • PaaakmaaaN

        olivo and dh posada? HA

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

        For serious?

        • http://twitter.com/themanchine Bruno (The Manchine)

          yes and his excellent D, 120 games/yr caught, career .423 slg

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

            I mean, I see your logic, but I just can’t ever see that happening.

            Plus, his career OBP is .278…that’s really, really bad. He’s a home-run or nothing kinda guy.

            Source: baseball-reference.com

            /kidding

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

        Miguel Olivo of the .278 career OBP?

        • PaaakmaaaN

          i think bruno’s on drugs…

          • http://twitter.com/themanchine Bruno (The Manchine)

            shhhhh

        • Evil Empire

          Every time a Yankee fan wishes for Miguel Olivo, an angel dies and falls from heaven.

    • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

      Remember a few years ago, Cash said “right now our opening day centerfielder is going to be Bubba Crosby.” Yeah, take it with a grain of salt.

      • Salty Buggah

        Well, he didn’t lie. At that point, he was going to be the CF.

        • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

          Yepp, but it’s the same situation. Right now, our starting DH is one of Miranda, Gardner/Melky, Frankie Cervs, or someone else from Scranton.

      • steve (different one)

        Nick Swisher is my 1Bman.

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

      That’s just bad reporting by our buddy Feinsand right there.

      Yes, Cashman said “Juan Miranda could potentially DH for the Yanks next year”. But just before that he said “Should a massive meteorite wipe out half a New York City and our entire 40 man roster, the yes . . ”

      Context my friends, context.

  • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

    Wow 70,000 views in one day. I think I might have accounted for like 10,000 of them, ha.

    I know you guys started the blog just to express your opinions and shit towards the Yanks but I hope you guys start generating a some serious income from the site eventually. You deserve it. It’s the only site I visit every day, multiple times a day.

    If I had any extra cash, whatsoever(damn education..), I’d donate.

    All your work is much appreciated.

  • Salty Buggah

    Best Dan Shaughnessy (Of Red Sox are resting for the playoffs while Yanks are going full out article fame) article ever:

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....ox_bridge/

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

      TBL linked to that article today and said the following, which is true and also applies to Yankees fans:

      “It’s a clever appeal to traditional Red Sox fans’ insecurity. ‘We have to beat the Yankees!’ Here’s the thing. The Yankees are irrelevant.
      The Wild Card makes the AL East race redundant. The Red Sox don’t enter the season trying to beat the Yankees. They try to win 95 games, regardless of the opponent, and win the Wild Card. In four of Epstein’s seven seasons, Boston has won exactly 95 games and won the Wild Card. They won the Wild Card with 98 wins in 2004 and won the division in 2007.”

      Every time a Yankees fan reacts to a Sox deal by saying something like ‘well that’s ok, it doesn’t change the balance of power,’ they should remember this. Every single little transaction doesn’t have to be viewed through the prism of some rivalry or imaginary balance of power.

    • radnom

      Shaughnessy is not thought of very highly here is Boston, probably because he does not constantly kiss the team’s ass as does everyone else (it is so much different than the NY media).

      I agree with parts of this article. Yes the Sox have money to spend, and yes it is ridiculous when they complain about the Yankees spending.

      That being said, sometimes the market doesn’t exactly match up with a teams needs, and you have to have a quiet offseason (even if your team has holes) to do the best thing for the organizations long term health. I don’t think, as does Shaughnessy, that this is due to ownership being stingy. I think if anything, Theo is having to convince Henry as to why they are not trading the farm for the right to extend Halladay.

      I still think that the best move for the Sox would be to forget Bay and sign Holliday. It just fits so well, he really isn’t that old. I still have a gut feeling that this might happen.

      • ROBTEN

        “sometimes the market doesn’t exactly match up with a teams needs, and you have to have a quiet offseason (even if your team has holes) to do the best thing for the organizations long term health”

        +1 for long term thinking over short term panic

      • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

        “I don’t think, as does Shaughnessy, that this is due to ownership being stingy.”

        Maybe not this season, but Teixeira certainly was, and everyone in New England knows it.

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

      Just like Juan Bustabad was always a couple of years away.

      The Sox had a prospect named Juan Bustabad?

      How do you draft a guy with “Bust” and “bad” in his name? That’s just begging to be mocked.

      • A.D.

        Cause he’s Cuban

      • whozat

        How do you sign a pitcher named “Balfour”?

  • J

    Welcome back Joe. You did a great job. Perhaps you are the Yankees good luck charm and should make this a habit?

    In regards to scrap heap pitchers, I think the Yankees or Mets have the best shot at Justin Duch. if they want him. Allow me to explain. Speaking as a therapist, if my client (I am an LCSW) was suffering from, or recovering from, a depression based on missing his child after a failed marriage, and the option of moving closer to that child exists, I would recommend it. It sounds simplistic, yet mood disorders do need to be closely monitored as they creep up quickly. I believe (based on reading what he has said on the situation) that he may actually flourish and use his being on a New York team to have a bonding tool with his son. During the intervention period on the planned change process, this would be an ideal goal. My guess is he moves closer to Jersey.

  • Sleepy Carl

    Let’s just say that the Yankees feel confident with Miranda at DH (I know it is highly, highly unlikely). That would leave the lineup with two hitters might struggle vs LHP. Does anyone agree that Conor Jackson seems like the perfect guy to make a minor move for (or sign if non-tendered) to split time with Granderson (lesser extent, move Melky to CF and Jackson to LF) and Miranda (larger extent)? This of course is under the assumption they don’t want to throw much cash around.

  • PaaakmaaaN

    I’m currently studying for a Spanish quiz 2morrow nd i wanna get sidetracked sooo

    name your 2010 Yankee opening day rosters here :D

    Starting rotation:
    1. CC
    2. AJ
    3. Pettitte
    4. Joba
    5. Chiengmingwang(i’m hopin hes better)

    Starting lineup:
    1. Captain
    2. Granderson
    3. Teixeira
    4. A-rod
    5. Matsui(hopefully)
    6. Posada
    7. Cano
    8. Swisher
    9. Melky

    I think that Cano and Swisher can go either 7 or 8 doesn’t really matter

    • radnom

      No way Wang is ready to be on anyone’s opening day roster.

      Just a shot in the dark:

      1. Jeter
      2. Granderson
      3. Tex
      4. Arod
      5. Matsui
      6. Posada
      7. Cano
      8. Swisher
      9. Melky

      Rotation:

      CC
      Sheets
      AJ
      Andy
      Joba
      (and waiting for the eventually opportunity – Hughes)

      I think the Yankees fill the DH with HazMat, leave Melky in the starting OF role and given whatever remaining money there is to Sheets/Chapman.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Question: Can they just go to a six man rotation? I don’t think the Yanks would be averse to giving the old Pettite and injury prone Sheets some extra rest.

        • radnom

          I assume you mean a modified, so CC, AJ and Joba still get regular starts?

          I would find that pretty unlikely. The 6th starter in every rotation gets plenty of innings every year, there is no harm in having one of the young guys on the outside looking in on April 1st — everyone will get their shot over the course of the season.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            sounds good. Just throwing the idea out there.

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

              It’s not a horrible idea. I thought they should have went with one last year to keep Joba/Hughes innings down. You just keep 1-5 on schedule as if there’s an off day, and on weeks when there’s no off day you use your #6. Simple, he’d get around 12-14 starts for the year and can work out of the bullpen otherwise.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Never going to be Wang. Seems like they won’t even resign him.

      Rotation:
      CC
      AJ
      Pettite
      Joba
      Hughes

      Lineup:
      Jeter SS
      Damon DH
      Tex 1b
      A-Rod 3b
      Posada C
      Cano 2b
      Granderson CF
      Swisher RF
      Cabrera LF

      • PaaakmaaaN

        why would granderson bat that late in the lineup?

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

          Well, if they resign Damon, he’ll stay in the two-hole.

          At that point, he’s in the 6 or 7 hole so it’s some combo of him and Cano or him and Swisher.

          • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

            Yeah and Joe would probably separate the lefties.

        • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

          Because it is by far the best lineup in The World?

          • PaaakmaaaN

            it is a very solid lineup

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              Dude, that lineup is fucking ridiculously ass-rape insanity.

              • PaaakmaaaN

                i wish we can get another quality starter

                • PaaakmaaaN

                  what does the (Comments wont nest below this level) mean?

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  It just means that instead of being placed inside your comment, this comment is being placed below it.

                • PaaakmaaaN

                  ohh gotcha

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            I would be happy with signing pretty much any combination of Damon, Matsui, and Cameron.

            • vin

              +28

    • Nathan

      Rotation:

      1. CC
      2. AJ
      3. Andy
      4. Justin Duch.
      5. Joba

      Lineup

      1. El capitan
      2. Damon
      3. Tex
      4. A-rod
      5. Granderson
      6. Posada
      7. Swisher
      8. Cano
      9. Melky

      • PaaakmaaaN

        4. Justin? hmmm interesting

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      Aw, why not.

      Rotation:
      CC
      AJ
      Pettitte
      Lowe
      Joba

      Lineup:
      Jeter – SS
      Granderson – CF
      Tex – 1B
      ARod – 3B
      Holliday – LF
      Posada – C
      Swisher – RF
      Cano – 2B
      Miranda – DH

      Just going for something a little different.

      • PaaakmaaaN

        ok mayb but lowe i highly doubt it too expensive

        • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

          Just a thought. ATL said they’d pay most of Lowe’s contract and they’re looking for an OFer in exchange. I doubt this will happen, but it’s possible.

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

    Not sure how I ended up coming across this, but check this out:

    http://www.google.com/trends?q.....fisting%22

    WTF? Haha.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      “not sure how i ended up coming across this”

      um…that’s not like saying ‘hey, there’s still a beer in here!’ or ‘hey look, there are TWO slices of pizza left!’

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

        Alright, I am sure how I came across it.

        I google image searched WTF? and that was like like the 5th result.

        Then, I went to google trends to see if I could replicate the picture I saw.

        And there you have it.

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          the funny part (to me) was not that you found it, but that you felt obligated to come back and explain HOW you found it, just so we’d know. plus, your nic is keanu reeves, so i’m sure there was some extra obligation there…

          :D

          i’ve googled worse stuff in my life just to see what would happen…only once do i wish i hadnt, and no, i’m not going to say what it was, cause i dont want anybody else’s eyes burned…

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

            Locks bedroom door, begins Matrix Trilogy marathon.

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

      Who would have ever thought ATM was that big in the hometown of Disneyland.

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

    I love that the Sox move to counter the Yanks is to get Boof Bonser. Love it!

    • PaaakmaaaN

      I know right!!

      has anyone seen that video of Boof throwing a pitch two years back or so and it went totally to the left side of the field into the stands?

      Post it up plz:D

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

    In my quest for Ben Sheets, I have a question for all of you baseball enthusiasts out there. Has there ever been a better season by a pitcher with a losing record than Sheets in 2004? He was lights frigging out, and went 12-14. Unreal. Some of the eye popping numbers, 237 innings, 264 k’s, 162 ERA+, 0.98 whip, 8.25 k/bb(not a typo). His BABIP was even .303, so no luck involved. I really wish Keith Law had a Cy Young vote then, as Sheets finished tied for 8th that year. What’s crazier is Randy Johnson was probably a little better, and was only 16-14. Of course he didn’t win the Cy either.

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

      Wow.

    • Evil Empire

      That looks like a challenge for Jayson Stark.

      He’s a pious asshole who can choke on his own self righteous indignation over steroids, but MAN is he good at looking up bizarre baseball shit like that.

    • Accent Shallow

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/shareit/TH8Ma

      That’s all seasons with an ERA+ >150, IP>160, and W/L%<.500

      • ROBTEN

        But, have you accounted for which era the player played in?

        /AG’d

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

          I miss him sometimes.

      • Steve H

        Thanks. Going to pore thru it now.

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

      One third place Cy vote. One. Third place.

  • Salty Buggah

    Swish is going to be on How I Met Your Mother. Cool

    • radnom

      Source?

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

        Source: The interweb

        /overdoing it

        • radnom

          I was sort of asking for it….but in all seriousness I would like to see a link.

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

            Haha, I hope you know I wasn’t taking a shot at you.

            http://www.thewrap.com/ind-col.....imym-11620

            • radnom

              haha I know, by ‘asking for it’ I meant I was totally setting it up for someone

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

                Alright lol, just wanted to be clear.

      • Salty Buggah
        • Salty Buggah

          “Swisher has been cast as himself on an upcoming episode of ‘HIMYM.’ The plot: When Swisher drops by MacLaren’s bar, the women all swoon — putting a major crimp in bachelor Barney’s game.”

          Just like real life

          • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

            Sooooo… the plot of every HIMYM episode basically?

    • Steve H

      For that night they are changing the title.

      How Swish Banged Your Mother.

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

        ::golf-clap::

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      I DON’T THINK ANYONE REALIZES HOW FREAKING EXCITED I AM FOR THIS.

      Okay, maybe you all realize cause I just all-capsed that. But really, so pumped. I’m obsessed with that show, and obviously, with Swisher.

      • Salty Buggah

        Haha, I like that show too. I’m not as excites as you but I’m excited too.

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

      He’s going to play an introverted, quiet, anti-social guy. Just to show off his range as an actor.

  • PaaakmaaaN

    OMGOMGOMG

    just came out… Yankees traded for Roy “Doc” Halladay…

    • Evil Empire

      Link?

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

      Nothing on Twitter, nothing on MLBTR.

      I’m calling bullshit.

    • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

      Posting fake news is a no-no.

    • Salty Buggah

      Lies

    • RichYF

      But he’s studying for a Spanish quiz.

    • PaaakmaaaN

      forget it sry guys… my friends a liar

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

        Like Drew said, just be careful posting stuff like that.

        • PaaakmaaaN

          sry

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

      Dude, completely uncool. Now you’re on my radar. Don’t do it again. That is non-non-non-non-non-non-heinous.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        …que? you just told him it wasn’t heinous…and i’m thinking, thats right up there with saying ‘first!’

        :)

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

          Count the nons. Even number. Means it’s heinous.

          * I did not edit my previous comment.

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

            (golf clap)

            • king of fruitless hypotheticals

              if you meant that, that was fanfuckentastic.

              if you didnt mean it, just say you did, and while it wont be fanfuckentastic, nobody will know and hey, if you cant be brave, fake it, cause who can tell?

              now quit commenting and get our pitcher/catcher countdowner and some kind of symbol for unreads back up!!!

              oh, and somewhere in there, call the landscaper, and let him know his only shot at the opening day roster is to out hit milkman in ST…

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

    el hermano de teh Jesús thanked me for my offer to help him with English and then inquired as to where I lived.

    Medical emergencies aside, life is good.

    • radnom

      I think he has a way in mind to pay you back for the english lessons………

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Mike and Ike’s!

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

      Jesus Dos.

  • Nathan

    MLBTR is saying the white sox are interested in Brett Gardner, what kind of return could the yanks get for him?

    • radnom

      Peavy?

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

      I just laughed out loud when I read that headline. Of course. It makes perfect sense. Ken Williams will not rest until he’s signed every really fast, light-hitting center fielder in the league.

      I hear he’s pissed the Mariners got to Cory Patterson before he could.

      • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

        Don’t knock Ken Williams, he just likes guys who play the game the right way. Nothing wrong with that.

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        His team will never compete but every year his outfielders’ defense will make a perfect game probable.

    • PaaakmaaaN

      i’m not sure what they’d get back from the white sox… pitching maybe?

    • YankeeGaGa

      Gardy for D.J. Carrasco?

    • billbybob

      John Danks?

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

      A case of Bratworst.

    • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

      Clevelan Santeliz plz. His name is awesome.

      Also, if he’s 180, I’m 130.

      http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.co....._id=464436

      • Mr.Jigginz

        Wait…do the White Sox have any fat Sanchez’s?

        • whozat

          A fat Santeliz is probably the next-best thing.

          • whozat

            Or maybe we could look for a guy named “Jetear” or “Canoe” to replace Texeira

  • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

    I’m really surprised the Rays are going to acquire Soriano. That’s a big ticket item for them.

    They better hope he has no elbow issues like he did in 08.

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

      They didn’t give up much for him either. KLaw said Chavez is a middle relief type guy who doesn’t miss bats.

      Atlanta was just itching to get rid of him.

      • Mike Pop

        Probably didn’t bank on him picking up arb.

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

          Absolutely.

      • radnom

        Well he excepted arb. as is going to make 8mil this season.

    • PaaakmaaaN

      i really wish that the yankees picked up soriano or a guy like mike gonzalez who can set up mo

      andd i would also lovelovelove to bring in Jose Valverde

      I know this is most likely not going to happen but i would love to see Jose celebrating like he does in Pinstripes

      • whozat

        You’d like the Yankees to pay 8MM or more AAV on multi-year deals to sign two middle relievers, AND give up their only draft picks before the third round to do so?

  • Alex S
  • Mike Pop

    White Sox interested in Brett Gardner?

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....rdner.html

    Think Cashman could go all ninja again and get some value for this guy?

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

      Pretty interesting that there seems to be interest out there in Gardner… First the Royals, now the ChiSox. I guess speed is just that intoxicating.

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

        My dad had an interesting Brett Gardner comparison:

        Brett Butler

        Seems likes a bit of a reach, but that could be the type of ceiling Gardy has.

        • vin

          I’ve heard that before… definitely sems like an insult to Butler.

          The big difference between those two was that Butler could handle a bat pretty well – which forced pitchers to work carefully to him, which resulted in him drawing a lot of walks. Butler had the hitting skills to get to first base 37.7% of the time… not sure if Gardner does (hope so).

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

            I agree that Gardner doesn’t have that part of his game down yet, but I think it’s fair to say it could develop. He’s 26 and only has 375 career MLB at-bats.

            Just food for thought I suppose.

      • Mike Pop

        I do not understand it one bit. Didn’t that just get rid of Jerry Owens? I mean, Gardner could be a valuable player in the big leagues, but chances are he won’t.

        Also, I wonder if this interest would be there if the Yankees didn’t trade for Granderson?

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

        Especially when the speed refuses to run in a big moment, and when it does it gets caught…..often.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Was about to ask this question. Could you get one of their relievers (Jenks, Thornton)? A guy of his defensive capabilities in CF would probably be league average in terms of overall value, and is a good bet to provide more value than relievers.

      Thoughts?

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

        They’ve soured on Jenks, right? or am I making that up?

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

          Pretty sure you’re right. I remember reading about people in the organization calling him out for being out of shape.

          I also think I heard he was a non-tender candidate.

      • Mike Pop

        I don’t think there is any way in hell the Yankees would be able to get Matt Thornton for a package centered around Gardner.

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

          Thornton is 32. I’d say that if you are a team that needs a CF, you should be willing to trade a reliever on the wrong side of 30 for a young CF who you have control of for a while.

          • Mike Pop

            I’m going to have to disagree. I would agree if we weren’t talking about Brett Gardner. If we were talking about Ellsbury, A-Jax, or some CFers who won’t be superstars but more sure bets to be productive major league players than BG, I could see it happening. Thornton is poised to be there closer for the upcoming season, and is under cheap control. 3 million dollar option for 2011.

            He has just been so dominate the past two seasons. I can’t see it happening.

            • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

              Gardner was a 2.1 win player in part time duty as a rookie this year. Thornton was a 2.5 win player in his best season at 32. I’d say they have similar value, but you get more years of control with Gardner. I’d say it is a longshot because they have soured on Jenks, but if they change their mind there, they should take the everyday player and ship out the reliever. I only advocate it for the Yankees because I think Thornton fills an opening while Gardner might be a bit superfluous.

  • Steve H

    Brandon Lyon: 3 years/$15 million.

    To quote BillyBob in Bad Santa “Are you fucking with me??”

    • Mike Pop

      Baseball needs a salary cap though.

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

        +1

        I don’t understand giving any reliever, outside of Rivera, three years.

        But Brandon Freaking Lyon? Who let Wade drunk dial Lyon’s agent??

        • vin

          Man, those Astros love wasting money.

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

        -1

        OH REALLY? Try getting that one past the MLBPA, bubula.

        • whozat

          (you missed the sarcasm)

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

            Oh, my bad.

            I take back calling Mike Pop ‘Bubula’.

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

    Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told Steve Kornacki of MLive.com that there’s a chance Phil Coke starts in Detroit.

    Let’s just hope one of those starts is against us.

    • vin

      I’m seriouosly gonna miss him point to the sky on no-doubt-about-it homers.

      I’m also going to miss his awkward post-game interviews.

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

        I’m going to miss him too, but that’s just because my aim sucks with D-batteries.

        • vin

          I’d save the D-batteries for Farnsworth. Coke deserves a 9-volt at most.

          • Mike Pop

            Miss all the pointing to the foul balls too.

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

        Anyone see when him and Billy Crystal played catch during a rain delay or something?

        I think I watched it on Yankees Magazine or something like that on YES. Coke seemed like a pretty chill guy.

      • Accent Shallow

        First half of this comment gets a colossal “+1″.

        I do wish Phil the best, when he’s not pitching against the Yankees.

  • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

    Wow. Detroit may start Coke. Imagine the HR total.. At least they have a big outfield.

    • PaaakmaaaN

      Phil Coke starting…did you say something?

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

      Last time we were saying that, it was about Jarrod Washburn.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      I can’t wait to see Coke make a start against the Twins.

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

    This is just funny… Via MLBTR:

    “7:36pm: A source tells Joel Sherman of the New York Post that the Mets offered Bay more than $60MM, but less than $65MM.”

    Dude, come on, Mets. At that point, just spit out the f*cking dollar figure. ‘We offered him, as a perk, a luxury box for more than 20 games, but fewer than 23 games. ::wink, wink::’ God the Mets are embarrassing.

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

      My bad, forgot to include the link:

      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....rsday.html

    • Mike Pop

      Well, Sherman could also just be bullshitting.

      • Mike Pop

        Still very funny though.

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

        Ugh… Yeah, I realized I jumped to the joke/conclusion there a bit too quickly.

        Thanks for ruining my fun, though.

        • Mike Pop

          You always used to rain on my parade.

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

            I don’t know how to tell you this… But that wasn’t rain

            • Mike Pop

              *spits up Miller High Life

    • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

      Jerry Seinfeld’s luxury suite will be unavailable because of mold and leaky pipes for more than 20 games, but less than 81 games.

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

      Yeah, all of a sudden Mets free agent rumors have become Jepoardy questions.

      Contestant-“I’ll take ‘Bigger Than a Breadbox’ for $200 Alex”
      Alex-“Less than 65mil but more tha..”
      Contestant-“WHAT IS JASON BAY!!!!”

      • steve (different one)

        Who is a defensively challenged power hitting OFer who has never been in my kitchen??

  • PaaakmaaaN

    I think that the Yankees are set for 2010 except for the DH spot.

    I think that even LF can be covered by Melky and we don’t have to go out and get someone, it would also be nice if the Yankees can add another starter that isn’t surrounded by ??? such as Joba and Hughes.

    I think the bullpen at the moment is pretty solid, we got of course Mo, Damaso Marte who was exceptionally good in the playoffs, David Robertson who i hope Girardi uses more this season, i hope we get to get a good look at what Michael Dunn can do, and also i hope that either Joba or Hughes stays in the bullpen.

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

      Oh really?

    • vin

      If Melky is in LF, then that means either Halladay or Lackey are in pinstripes. I believe the consensus is thatthe Yanks have about 20± mill to spend on a LF, DH, starting pitcher(s).

      Matsui for 7, Lackey/Halladay for 16 keeps the Yanks in their budget’s ballpark.

      • PaaakmaaaN

        I think that the Yankees should go out, get Matsui who can most simliary post up the same numbers as Damon can or better, for cheaper. I think that Lackey is a good deal, but i don’t want the yankees giving up Rontero+Hughes/Joba+prospects for Halladay. I mean Halladay is a great pitcher and would make our rotation amazing, but he’s 34, were giving up almost 10 years worth of prospects, and then after the seasons over we have to resign halladay for more $$$.

      • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

        I’m not sure about that. We’re up to about 185 and still have to name 13 more men to the 25 man. Which means 13 more contracts including some Arb raises.

    • Mike Pop

      You had me until Joba or Hughes to the bullpen.

      • PaaakmaaaN

        thats the last sentence… lol

        and why wouldn’t u want either Joba or Hughes in the bullpen?

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Ha, he’s new here.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            I suppose I should pst why Joba and Hughes in the pen permanently would be a God-awful idea:

            Starters are FAR more valuable than relievers. I’m talking 170 inning, 4.10 ERA starters are more valuable than relievers, every time, without fail, EXCEPT in the cases of Mariano Rivera and perhaps Trevor Hoffman, and the odds of Joba or Hughes being one of them are SO low that it’s far more likely they become good starters.

            • Will in NJ

              I really do not understand the mindset of B-Jobber fans. You do not see any other team in baseball do this to their young pitching prospects, yet these fans insist on it. Are the Orioles making Matusz/Tillman 8th inning guys? The A’s and Anderson? Padres and Latos? The list goes on and on. How about Texas and Feliz? They are commited to seeing him start UNTIL he proves he cannot. Just like what the yanks are doing wtih Joba/Phil.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                I can relate. I am a convert. RAB totally convinced me.

                It’s just illogical to think of Joba and Hghes as relievers.

                • Mike Pop

                  But then when you try to explain this to the ‘average’ baseball fan at a bar or something….. They don’t quite comprehend it and tell you to go f yourself. Something of that extent.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Exactly.

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

                  Which is of course the only logical way to respond to someone that doesn’t share your opinion.

                  I have no problem telling B-Jobbers/Hughers that I think they’re dead wrong, but if they have put at least some thought into their argument, I’m fine with agreeing to disagree.

                • Mike Pop

                  I could see Matt ACTY using WAR, FIP, and tRA at a bar. Just having a RAB like conversation.

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

                  I would enjoy listening to that conversation.

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

                  I actually did use WAR today at work as an example of how awful my math skills are. I said I can’t multiply fractions in my head but I can figure out how many runs over replacement a baseball player is.

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

                  Spoken like a true RABbi.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Whenever I listen to two people debate about the Granderson trade, the debate looks like this:

                  Sportsguy(hence known as SG) 1: Granderson is a great trade! He is so much better than Melky and Gardner. He had a great season three years ago and a really good one 2 years ago.
                  SG2: That’s the problem. He’s declining. What makes you think he’ll bounce back. And he can’t hit lefties.
                  SG1: (Evil glare) Well, I think he’ll get better.

                  My question is…when is SG1 going to bring up BABIP? I’ve NEVER, ever heard anybody say, “Well, his BABIP was only 275. That’s well below league average and should definitely go up to bring his average and OBP to more acceptable rates.”

                  Seriously, just ONE person on SNY or MLB netwrok or ESPN, quote an advanced statistic! It won’t bite.

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

                  That’s because, sadly, the common person doesn’t want to hear about BABIP, UZR, WAR, because it’s not a calculation they can do in their heads easily–which I find interesting because the common fan/pundit readily accepts QB rating despite its difficulty of computation.

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

                  I think the people on the air for those networks have some vendetta against that kind of analysis. My dad has coached baseball for 25 years and is about as knowledgeable of the game as anyone I’ve ever met. Yet, he hates talking advanced stats with him. He’ll listen to my point, but when push comes to shove, he leans on BA, low K’s and etc.

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

                  I think it’s because people who think of baseball in a more traditional sense misinterpret the arguments made by those who think of it in a more advanced sense.

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

                  Right. It’s just not generally how they were programmed to think about the game of baseball.

                • Crazy Eyes Killa

                  Best discussion I’ve seen on RAB, maybe ever.

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

                  Yeah, which would be fine if they were willing to learn, but many aren’t. That’s what pisses me off.

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

                  Or even if they were willing to listen. And that goes for everything, not just this issue. The mindset of, “I’m right, you’re wrong, end of story”, is one of the most ignorant/dangerous things going.

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

                  I heard Joe Beningo say he “never wants to learn” a thing about Sabermetrics.

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

                  The sad part is these guys are getting away with that stance because there are enough of them left.

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

                  I find it incredibly sad that people who talk and write sports for a living don’t keep up with the advancements in their field.

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

                  Right? Could people that work in the medical field just dismiss new practices because they didn’t want to take the time to understand them?

                  It’s one thing when a fan doesn’t keep up with the latest stuff. But if it’s your job, you have a responsibility to do so.

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

                  Exactly.

                  It’s like that scene in Scrubs when Kelso fires Dr. Townsend (Dick Van Dyke) for not keeping up with the latest medical stuff.

                  /Season One’d

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

            Lol. Joba/Hughes to the pen is the #1 thing to say if you want an angry mob of RABbi’s coming after you.

            • Mike Pop

              Heh. It’s been going on 3 years now, just silly.

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

                You know what? It’s not silly–it’s frustrating as fuck.

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

                  +1

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Nah, it’s just a game. I think it’silly.

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

                  No, it’s still frustrating because there’s an incredible ignorance and lack of logic from that side of the debate.

        • Will in NJ

          It’s like drafting a LT first overall and then having him play LG. Positional value. An average/above average starter (which both Joba and Phil have shown flashes of becoming. Give them time to develop)>>>>>>> A dominant reliever.

          • Hey ZZ

            Yeah. It is really not a difficult concept to understand. Guys like Randy Wolf get paid 10 million a year while great relievers struggle to get more than 4 million a year.

            Hell Barry Zito makes more than the best closer in the history of baseball.

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

          Because both of them are way too talented to be put into the bullpen until they have proved beyond reasonable doubt that they will not succeed as starters.

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

    • Speaking of money drops, remember when Aroldis Chapman was going to get Dice-K money? Not so much. Now it seems like he’ll struggle to get $20 million, though the Cuban defector will have a workout for teams next week in Houston. The Yankees will attend, but one person I spoke to said the team is very leery; they don’t see Chapman as helping anytime soon and don’t want to get stuck with the bill if he doesn’t pan out.

    I agree 100%, but dropping 10-15 mil on someone with his upside is still worth a shot. If he was going to get huge money (50-60 mil), I’d agree. But his price has come down to a level near what he would cost as an IFA or draft pick. I’d think of him as the replacement for the lost 08 Gerrit Cole pick.

    (I hate this argument, but I’m going to use it anyway)

    The Yanks are the team that dropped 40+ mil on Kei Igawa. NOW they have no money to spend?

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Odds that Melky starts the season in LF? I’d say 51%. I think that Cash will pick up one more bat for DH (possibly someone who can play LF like Damon) and then focus the rest of his resources on pitching. The 2009 Yankees did fine with Melky in the lineup, and should be better defensively this way. Thoughts?

    (The 49% is if he decides to bring in cheap veteran options in both LF and DH. Unless the LF is Cameron, who probably won’t be cheap, I think I would prefer to just go with Melky(

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

      We really could use someone who crushes lefties and can play some defense in the outfield. Granderson’s trouble with Lefties are well known, and we’ll be very susceptible to a LOOGY in the late innings unless we have someone on the bench.

      Hate to say it, but someone like Shelly Duncan.

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        Mike Cameron would really be a perfect fit at this point.

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

          There you go. At his age, not playing everyday could be beneficial and I love the power off the bench. But will he accept a bench role?

          • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

            Well, he would play most days, would he not? You arent going to start Melky in left over him.

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

              True, but then you might as well deal off Gardner or Melky since one of them will barely play. I’d trade Melky, myself. Gardner’s better defensively and more useful off the bench.

              But that causes a 2011 problem. Say Cammy stays for 1 year, now you need a LF or CF. I know everyone will say Crawford, but he’s not available yet and things can happen where he won’t be. Then what? What’s Plan B?

              • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                You make a trade, you bring back Cameron, etc. options can present themselves. If they bring in a LF’er like Cameron and a cheap DH (Delgado, Thome?), I would trade Melky. If one of Gardner or Melky is starting in LF, I would start Melky and trade Brett.

        • Accent Shallow

          Ehhh . . . now that Granderson is on the team, no need for a CF. I think I’d rather have Damon’s bat, if it comes to it.

      • steve (different one)

        a healthy Xavier Nady would be perfect.

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

      I wouldn’t have any problem with Melky as the LF. I think others on RAB have said it, but how many teams would be looking to push a guy like Melky out of the starting lineup? Probably just the Yankees and the Sox. So yeah, I think they would be just fine with him in left.

      That being said, I have a strange feeling that there’s going to be another really huge move from Cashman this offseason that does not include anyone named Holliday, Hallady or Lackey. I have no guess, it just seems like something could be coming.

  • Steve H

    For all of you Caddyshack fans out there, the Bio channel has been running Caddyshack: The Inside Story recently, a 2 hour behind the scenes profile of the movie. I watched about 20 minutes last night and it was pretty good (I’ve now recorded the whole thing on DVR but haven’t watched).

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

    Lowell deal is done

    Red Sox Agree To Send Lowell To Rangers
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [December 10 at 8:11pm CST]

    8:11pm: The Boston Globe reports that the Rangers and Red Sox have agreed in principle to a deal. The two teams have resolved a money issue and the Red Sox will pay some of Lowell’s salary, as expected. Now, the players must get medical clearance.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....-deal.html

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Think they may be making room for Gonzalez?

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

        Cabrera. The perfect replacement for Manny, and I have trouble believing Dombrowski’s $$ troubles were solved by taking 10 mil off his books for 2010.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Forgive me, I’m hitting a brain block…First name of this Cabrera?

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

            Miggy

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              Ah, thank you.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        Adrian is unavailable at the moment, Hoyer wants to hold on to him longer.

        http://www.nesn.com/2009/12/pa.....zalez.html

        I love how the reporter in this is basically on his hands and knees begging Hoyer to trade AGonz to the Sox.

        • Zack

          What do you expect it’s Tom Caren, he hosts the red sox pregame show.

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

      Now which way does Theo go?

      -Beltre to play 3B?

      -Try to make a big blockbuster trade for a 1B?

      -Wait for Lars Anderson, play Martinez @ 1B in 2010 and go get a Catcher?

      -Other?

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

        I’m betting they sign Beltre.

        • Teix is the Man

          Or, Youk at third, Martinez at first, and Max Ramirez at catcher.

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

          Lateral move. Not even as good as a healthy Lowell, and (likely) a former steroid guy, so he won’t age well. His 04 season is such an outlier I have trouble believing he did it clean.

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

            I’m not saying I think Beltre would be a great move. I’m just saying that’s what I see happening.

            • Mike Pop

              If they end up picking up Beltre, i think it’s a great move.

              Dumping Lowell to add Ramirez, then pick up Beltre. Solid.

              Beltre is a solid 3-4 win player with his defense. That’s better than a healthy Lowell at this point in their careers.

              • Mike Pop

                I never realized Beltre was such a poor OBP player though.

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

                Yeah, that’s definitely the major selling point with Beltre. Then hope the Monstah helps his offense.

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

              Yeah, it’s been rumored a lot. But I think Theo has something up his sleeve.

              Remember last trade deadline? AFTER the deadline had passed, we heard that Theo was trying to get A-Gon, King Felix, Halladay, etc. He loves to be bold, and he knows the minute one of his moves becomes public, the Yanks drive up the price. So he HAS to keep things quiet, and maybe even offer a distraction or two. I don’t count him out, ever.

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

                I just don’t see A-Gon or Cabrera moving. And I think they’re reluctant to move Buchholz and Kelly, which would make it hard to get a real big deal done.

                But I do agree not to count him out.

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

                  Did anyone hear they were in on Victor Martinez until the deal was just about done? Not that I remember.

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

                  I seem to remember hearing them connected to Martinez pretty early on.

                  But I could certainly be wrong on that.

              • Hey ZZ

                Correction:

                Theo loves to pretend to be bold by floating rumors out there that he is after every big name star after he once again fails to acquire them.

          • Steve H

            Defense will be a major improvement. And all Red Sox seem to hit a ton better in Fenway (fishy?), so his offense would improve. I think Beltre is a major improvement over Lowell, who truly looked like a 1st baseman playing 3rd (Olney’d). On the road last year Lowell ops’d .713.

            • whozat

              And all Red Sox baseball players seem to hit a ton better in Fenway (fishy?), so his offense would improve.

              Fixed that :-)

              That’s why it was such a joke when Gammons and the Boston Media started making fun of YSIII for being an offensive paradise. The Red Sox have been playing in a HUGE hitter’s park since…well, forever.

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

              It’s not fishy, Fenway is one of Baseball’s great bandboxes and always has been.

              • Steve H

                I do remember some rumors in the past about signs being relayed to batters thru cameras, but I doubt there’s any truth to it.

            • scooter

              This Fangraphs article shows how Safeco hurt Beltre’s numbers:
              http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....rom-safeco

              The trick with Lowell – he was pretty impaired by the hip injury. He could have a real bounce-back year at the plate if the hip is healed (and you figure he won’t wear down as the DH)

              There’s an analysis of the trade and the possible Beltre signing here:
              http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....well-trade

              Of course the real trade is Lowell + $8 mil for Max Ramirez + Beltre (and whatever contract Boras extorts from the RS).

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

    Hm, semi-bombshell on The Office. As much as I’ve loved this show, it needs to come to an end soon.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Why? I’ve found this season to be very entertaining. Michael at the stockholders meeting was one of the shows most entertaining moments.

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

        I thought the first few episodes of this season were real good, but the lats few (aside from that one) have been lackluster. It’s as if there’s no more conflict left and every bit of drama is very contrived.

  • Hey ZZ

    Lets say for fun Yanks sign Delgado.

    How many HR do him, Grandy, Tex, Arod combine for?

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      105

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Sorry, I forgot to count Delgado.

        130.

    • Steve H

      150

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

        I thought mine was lofty.

        • Steve H

          I’m 100% on the Delgado bandwagon at this point.

          A-Rod:45
          Granderson:35
          Tex:40
          Delgado:30

          • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Milton Bradley Fat Park Factor

            I’m bad a math. 18? Sounds low.

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

      Tex – 33
      A-Rod – 41
      Grandy – 29
      Delgado – 25

      That makes my guess 128.

      • Mike Pop

        I think Granderson is going to hit 37 home runs!

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

          I’d gladly be wrong in favor of 37 from Grandy.

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

      Delgado: 33
      Rodriguez: 38
      Tex: 37
      Grandy: 33

      • Steve H

        A-Rod only playing 125 games next year? I think A-Rod is winning MVP mext year. A full season removed from surgery, no monkey(s) on his back with steroids, titles and postseason heroics (had they won and he sucked, he’d still be a choker). An unburdened A-Rod, with MVPussy Kate Hudson= 45+ HR’s.

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

          Hm, true.

        • Crazy Eyes Killa

          I agree, I feel a major career year coming. Prob. not as big as 2007, but big, maybe close.

    • VO

      Delgado: 32
      Grandy: 34
      Tex: 41
      Arod: 38

  • Teix is the Man

    Let’s go ‘Cuse!

    • Charles Nicolais

      Nice to see the NYC-Cuse connection every now and again. Especially since they play better in the Garden than the Knicks.

  • Mike Pop

    Wow – Browns spankin’ that ass.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Spank it, Browns. Spank it.

      /Too easy’d

  • Charles Nicolais

    Any syracuse fans here at RAB? Good game they got goin right now with Florida.

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

      Paging Rebecca.

    • Accent Shallow

      ‘eff the ‘cuse. Who would want to go to college in the middle of upstate NY?

      /attended another Big East school

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

        +1

        /went to college in the middle of upstate CT.

        • Charles Nicolais

          Syracuse boy, born and raised…no longer live there but will be a life long cuse/carmelo fan.

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

            Quick anecdote about the year of Carmelo:

            I was in 8th grade and it was my first year of filling out a bracket. Having watched plenty of basketball that year, I came to the conclusion that ‘Cuse was my sleeper team and I picked them to win it all, along with correctly picking the rest of the Final Four.

            This was the beginning, and the the end, of my success in picking the NCAA Tournament.

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

              I got the FF/NC right this year.

              And beat Mike Pop in the RAB bracket pool.

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

                And, yes, I picked against my own school in the Final Four. It was just business…nothing personal.

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

                  Gotta keep the personal interests out of it. Even though Duke has screwed me the past few years…

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

                Wow, MSU and Villanova? I’m impressed.

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

                  Yeah, I’m pretty sure I picked ‘Nova in there. I hate their guts but they’re a good squad.

            • Charles Nicolais

              The night we won it all was probably the happiest i have ever seen the city of syracuse as a whole. Amazing what a championship means to a small city with nothing else. In NYC we are spoiled with 2 sports franchises in every sport. But when you only have one team it means that much more!

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

                We had a similar state of euphoria in Vermont when they beat ‘Cuse in the first round.

                Haha.

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

                  Even if I didn’t graduate from there, I’d still be really attached to UConn basketball because of our lack of any pro team.

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

                  Bring back teh Whalers!

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

                  It would get me in to hockey, that’s for sure.

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

                  John Tavares is getting me into hockey. He can flat out play.

              • Charles Nicolais

                low blow…

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

                  I know. My bad.

                  It was really, really exciting though. And I’ve got nothing against Syracuse, they’re a great program.

                • Charles Nicolais

                  hey man thats the great thing about the field of 64 (96 soon?) Every school gets its day of glory at some point.

                • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Milton Bradley Fat Park Factor

                  Tell that to my college. We can’t even place in hackeysack (and we’re in Vermont!).

    • Charles Nicolais

      CUSE lookin GOOD!!!

      Wes Johnson is a man-child.

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

    Apparently, the fans of the NBA feel that Tracy McGrady (that of the microfracture knee surgery and 0 games played this year) is deserving of a starting spot on the Western All-Star squad.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/.....id=4731829

    Kinda sad.

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

      Oh look at that. Another case of fan voting being beyond stupid.

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

        It would be one thing if you could say, “Well, he’s had a tough break, and the fans clearly just want to recognize him for years of great play.”

        But that’s not the case, I’d be willing to bet most people that voted for McGrady haven’t watched a game this year and just filled out the same five names that start every year.

        • PaaakmaaaN

          i really think this is dumb… T-Mac hasn’t even played a game this season, yet he has enough votes right now to be a starter in the all-star game? stupid.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Bursts out laughing.

    • Zack

      Atleast Stern isnt dumb enough to have AS Game determine home court advantage.

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

        Yeah, the ship has sailed on that idea. I mean, it hasn’t made too much of a difference yet. But can you imagine if the NL had won this year and Philly had home field advantage after winning 103 regular season games?

        It’s a ridiculous idea.

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

          winning 103 93 regular season games?

          Fixed.

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

            Haha thanks.

            What I meant to say was could you imagine if Philly had home field after the Yanks won 103 regular season games.

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

    Bob Lorenz: How about this deal, Joba Chmaberlain, Jesus Montero Melky Cabrera and a couple minor leaguers for Roy Halladay? Do they do it?
    Jack Curry: I think the Yankees will jump on that! I don’t think the Jays would like it though…

    Flip flop that Jack. At this point I could see the Jays accepting but I can not see the Yankees being ecstatic on that package. Otherwise Halladay would be a Yankee by now.

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

      You ain’t got not future, Jack.

      /Eckhart’d

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

      Bob Lorenz: How about this deal, Joba Chmaberlain, Jesus Montero, Melky Cabrera and a couple minor leaguers for Roy Halladay? Do they do it?
      Jack Curry: I think the Yankees will jump on that! I don’t think the Jays would like it though…

      Fixed.

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

        Haha that. +28

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

        Good call.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      I’m beginning to love how Melky is thrown into every trade, no matter who is suggesting it.

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

    Ugh the obsession with Halladay is killing me. Curry, Hughes, Joba, Montero and more is not worth a likely declining and expensive Halladay. Cashman said he’ll do it for the right deal and Halladay is not the right deal. Josh Johnson and Felix? Yes. Halladay? No.

    It’s not simply making your team better for one eyar that makes a deal worth it.

    • Steve H

      It’s not simply making your team better for one eyar that makes a deal worth it.

      Truer words have never been spoken.

    • Accent Shallow

      Curry? Hell yeah I’ll trade a beat writer to Toronto for a #1 starter. Now, Hughes/Joba/Montero is an entirely different story.

      Sheesh, they can even keep that creep Griffin.

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

        As in Jack Curry. The dude who’s raving about Halladay.

  • aj

    Why would Boston eat 9M of Lowell’s 12M salary to give him away to Texas? Is this Catcher prospect that good?

    • Steve H

      They see Lowell as a DH at this point, and they already have one of those. Francona also said no way would they flip Youk/Lowell, so that was off the table. Lowell was a statue at 3rd this year. I’m sure the more money they were willing to pay, the better the prospect. I think Ramirez is solid, good hitter, not much defensively. From the Sox perspective it’s a very good trade though, they can easily replace Lowell with a 1b or 3b, plus pick up a good young catcher.

    • Mike bk

      they did it to free up the spot so they could sign beltre to be the 3b

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

    Here’s a good, your trade proposal sucks (courtesy the ESPN message boards, which are just awful):

    “Is Tampa looking for additional help? …Trade B.J. and Burrell to Toronto for Halladay.”

  • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Milton Bradley Fat Park Factor

    This is like the VMA awards with all the shoutouts. Oh yeah, you forgot some guy named God. But seriously Joe, sounds like you had a good time.