Jan
31

Open Thread: Higashioka gets the call

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Well, kinda. Robert Pimpsner of Baseball Digest tweets that the Yankees have invited 19-year-old catching prospect Kyle Higashioka to Major League Spring Training. I’m sure the Yanks’ 7th round pick in the 2008 Draft is excited for the opportunity, but this isn’t a sign that the organization has big expectations or anything like that. I’m sure they do, but this move is more along the lines of “we have more than a dozen mounds in the Tampa complex, and we need people to catch.” No shame in that.

Higashioka hit .253-.333-.332 in 247 plate appearances for the Short Season Staten Island Yanks last season, but he’s got some killer bat skills (only 31 strikeouts). He’ll get an invite with the intent of giving him a chance to show off his skills soon enough. For now, he should just soak it all up.

Here’s your open thread for the evening. The Devils, Rangers, and Knicks are all in action, plus the Pro Bowl is on ESPN. Nothing like watching the 6th or 7th best QB in the league get some playing time. Enjoy the thread.

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

    http://twitpic.com/10rwqq

    Cool t-shirt or world’s coolest t-shirt?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Coolest.

      To Joe/Ben/anyone who might know, when do those things go on sale? I need one.

    • Salty Buggah

      Looks like someone didn’t read RAB today (I keed, I keed)

      I would love to have one. I bet people in NY would get it but most people in Colorado would just get confused. There aren’t too many smart baseball people where I live.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I have a feeling not many people anywhere would get it.

        • Tom Zig

          Yeah I would tend to agree with this.

        • Salty Buggah

          Yea, that’s probably true. I guess I should’ve said that more people in NY would get it than in Colorado because there are more baseball fans there.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Word; regardless of where, it’d be totally awesome when someone did recognize it.

            • T-Dubs

              I don’t get it

              • Tom Zig

                its the formula for OBP, I believe

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Ha.

    http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/.....iami-27737

    How wasted was he? As for Miami fans getting their panties in a bunch.. Get over it.

    • scooter

      Post-steak, pre-tubing

      That’s all sorts of awesome.

  • Ben

    You forgot the Nets – winning 48-46 against Philly

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

      Like that’s gonna last

      • Rocky Road Redemption (Formerly RAB Poster)

        KEEP THE FAITH!!!!

  • Rocky Road Redemption (Formerly RAB Poster)

    I’m researching philosophy. Right now I’ve been given a similar mindfuck as to when claybuccholzloveslaptops and Evil Empire introduced quantum physics to me.

    Did you know that it’s possible we’re just brains ain a vat of some sort of liquid in a mad scientist’s lab?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      At work two weeks ago, I had a conversation about theoretical physics with an 11 year old who can’t do basic addition.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (Formerly RAB Poster)

        Philosophy makes my brain hurt.

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

          But the cool thing is that when you take it as a course, your final paper can be utter and complete bullshit and you still get an A.

          • Chris

            Doesn’t it need to be complete and utter bullshit to get an A?

        • Rocky Road Redemption (Formerly RAB Poster)

          Even if it’s in a vat.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          I’m reading about Special Education.

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        You work with 11-year olds? What sort of punishment is that for?

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Well, technically, yes. I’m a) interning at a middle school as part of my master’s program and b) working as a tutor at a Huntington Learning Center (mostly doing SAT prep), so, yeah, 11 year olds are, unfortunately, a big part of my day.

          • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

            I would need to be paid unbelievable sums of money to work with children. I barely have the patience to deal with relatively even-keeled, responsible adults. You have my sympathies (unless you chose to do a Master’s in Education).

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              Yes, I chose to do a Master’s in Education.

            • flashing007

              Speaking as a fellow teacher who did the whole interning thing last year…I’ll take the kids issues over the adult ones any day.

              Good choice for special education by the way, this job market is brutal enough, but that is an in-demand area.

              • Rob D.

                This is the truest thing I’ve ever read. I have no problems dealing with my kids, but I hate having to deal with parents, other teachers, and administrators.

                • flashing007

                  Totally agree man. What really gets me is fellow teachers who give you issues and totally disrupt your instruction and the kids learning. I get that everyone has their own responsibilities to meet, but it is insane how often kids are pulled out of class. I don’t agree with it (for obvious personal biases), but I understand why the teaching profession is critiqued and criticized so often.

          • Joyce

            Tutoring 11 year olds? Huntington says it only has fully licensed teachers working with students. Hmmmm

            You’re not “licensed” therefore you don’t know how to teach 5th OR 6th grade math. ha

      • WIlliam

        That must be one stupid 11 year old.

    • whozat

      “Did you know that it’s possible we’re just brains ain a vat of some sort of liquid in a mad scientist’s lab?”

      Didn’t you see the Matrix?

      • Rocky Road Redemption (Formerly RAB Poster)

        That was a similar concept, but not exactly the same. That was a computer simulation.

        • whozat

          Yah, I know. How do you think the mad scientist would feed the vat-brains appropriate stimuli?

          Phil 101 always has that paper with the brains-in-vats in it. The notion is pretty old, right? When I took it, it was right when the matrix came out. Great movie, but it was funny how many people I knew talked about what a mind blowing notion it was and I’d just read about a guy who thought up basically the same thing 50 years ago.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Descartes was the first, except instead of “brain in a vat” it was “an evil demon is controlling what I perceive as reality”. Same concept, though.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Holy Mo. Wilfork is ginormous.

    • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

      With the footwork of a ballerina.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I predict that Kyle Higashioka will be the greatest 3rd string catcher in Yankee history. He will be behind Jestin Romtero who will be backing up Da Jesus.

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

      But what about Melvin?!?!?!?!

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Since when is He a catcher?

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

          He’s Melvin. He does everything.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Fair enough.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Melvin will just…be….awesome.

      • pete

        FACT: Melvins pitches have enough velocity to travel around the world, negating the need of a catcher, since melvin merely throws the ball, waits 4.3 seconds, turns around, and catches it. Sometimes, to make other players feel better, he bobbles or drops the ball when it comes back to him.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (Formerly RAB Poster)

      All three of whom break the current HR record. In the same season.

      • pete

        i assume you’re referring to the career mark, since saying “jesus’s backup and backup’s backup” and “more than 73 home runs in a season” is a little redundant, IMO

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Well, duh. I didn’t think I needed to say that.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Ugh. Why are the backstreet boys singing the National Anthem?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Because it’s 1999.

    • Tom Zig

      They still perform together?

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Is it me or should Verlander not sign a 5 year deal? I have to figure that in 2 years he will command about 20 per.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      No idea but a young rapper once told me 1) Make money 2) Fuck bitches.

      I suppose he could accomplish both tasks signing the 5-year or waiting.

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        No idea but a young rapper once told me 1) Make Get money 2) Fuck bitches.

        • Tom Zig

          isn’t it really:

          1) Fuck bitches
          2) Get money

          ?

          • Mike Pop

            Junior mafia featuring lil kim.

            • Tom Zig
              • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

                Of course.

                • Mike Pop

                  ‘Naw I ain’t gay this aint no lesbo flow
                  Just a lil somethin, to let you motherfu**ers know’

                  Lil Kim went crazy on that.

                  Damn.

          • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

            I dunno, he was some 11-year old in Connecticut.

        • radnom

          I thought it as

          1.) Acquire currency.

          2.) Disregard women.

    • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

      With the workload he had last year he might as well take the money now. It’s not like it’s Longoria money, and as a pitcher a lot more can go wrong. He’ll hit FA at 32, so he should still be able to cash in then.

      • Tom Zig

        This.

        I was really hoping one of Verlander, Felix, and Johnson would hit free agency soon. But oh well.

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        I don’t totally disagree but…

        Being a FA when you’re
        29 is night and day from when you’re 32. Especially as a flame throwing beast starter. I guess he’d get like 6-8 million in Arb this year. 9-12 next. I think I’d rather go year to year. It is tough to refuse the security that comes with 5/75 though.

        • Hey ZZ

          You gotta take the guaranteed money when it is that much.

          Also is the difference really going to be night and day between 29 and 32?

          Best case scenario I imagine he would get Johan money at 6/120, and I think I am being pretty generous there.

          At 32, Burnett and Lackey both got 80 million. Verlander I imagine would get more then that, probably 90 million if he keeps it up. Factor in the the 75 million already in the bank and there is a chance he could actually make more money in this scenario. And if something goes wrong along the way, no problem because he and a few more future Verlander generations are already set for life

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

      Take the guaranteed $ now. He’s a pitcher, he could lose it all tomorrow. How bad off would the Marlins be if they had signed Dontrelle Willis a few years back? Do you think Chien Ming Wang would have liked a big fat extension 2 years ago? He did, and the Yanks passed. You never know with pitchers.

      The Tigers are stupid if they sign him, his fastball was crap in 08, and nobody could figure out why. Now he has a great season and they’re committing for 5 years? Stupid.

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        It’s impossible to put ourselves in his shoes but.. If he’s comfortable with his arm and work ethic, he may want to go year to year. The dude has pitched 186, 201, 201 and 240 innings the past four years, respectively. If my Arb guesses are anywhere near accurate, he can make say;
        7 mil in 2010
        10 mil in 2011

        Hit free agency and get 6 years 120 mil?
        137 for 8 years=17aav
        or take the 5/75 and get 15 aav over the next 5.

        I dunno. It’s a tough call. This is his year 27 season, FA has got to be tempting.

  • Tom Zig

    Random thoughts:

    1) Corona is overrated
    2) Lil Wayne is also overrated

    /ducks for cover

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Do you mean the beer or the baseball player?

      • Tom Zig

        Beer.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Oh, yeah, Corona sucks.

          • A.D.

            Well its better than Bud Light Lime….but that’s not saying much.

            • Tom Zig

              Milwaukee’s Best Ice is better than Bud Light Lime

        • JSquared

          Agreed.

        • Jose

          All Mexican beers are overrated. One of the better ones is Pacifico and even that isn’t great.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      I prefer Sol or Modelo if I want a Mexican beer.

      As for Lil Wayne. You really have to be immersed in the hiphop world to respect what he does. The dude literally comes out with a new mixtape every other week.

      • Jose

        Yes to Modelo. No to Sol.

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

        I like Dos Equis Dark. Dos Equis? Not so much.

      • JGS

        I prefer Dos Equis

        /Jonathan Goldsmith’d

    • pete

      “lil wayne is overrated”

      If lil wayne’s mother thought he was ok and everyone else in the world thought he sucked, he’d be overrated. As it currently stands, “overrated” is a horrifying understatement

      • Tom Zig

        so wait you do or don’t like lil wayne.

        I have no problem with people who do. I just don’t like his music for some reason.

        • pete

          i hate it more than most things in the world, yes. Or rather, I hate it, and the auto-tune craze that it kicked in in the pop music industry that has somehow, against overwhelming odds, brought pop music to an all-time low. I won’t deny that it genuinely bothers me when people like his music, although i try not to be rude. While I can hardly blame him for capitalizing on a superficial trend in the industry, I think his music and music reminiscent of it is popularizing a brand of music that requires less musical talent than musicianship ever has before, which is making actual musicians all the less valuable of a commodity, which of course makes it impossible for them to make any money, which forces them out of the field.

          Pop music always has and always will be an industry that is inexplicably sexualized, but it has gotten to the point where it seems like artists are “chosen” by record companies because of their looks first and foremost, musical talent being considered more of an afterthought. Sometimes it almost seems like new rappers are intentionally given big cash signing bonuses so that they go crazy and spend it all right away on ridiculous luxuries that they’ll end up regretting when they run out of money in 2 years, but they immediately get film crews to make videos at these rappers’ mansions to depict the sexualized fantasies of fame and money and glory that these companies have themselves instilled in the american public. In other words, these rappers get signed to deals that make them rich because they are good looking, and then their records sell because they are rich, famous, and good looking, none of which has anything to do with actual musical talent.

          As for lil wayne, i probably begrudge him the most because he literally does not actually create music in any way shape or form anymore. He was, at one point, a moderately talented rapper who made a couple of highly successful com-rap albums that weren’t particularly bad. But now, his “recordings” are auto-tuned mashups of things he says while speaking into a microphone while high, set to samples that he doesn’t even pick out or splice himself. Again, I don’t blame him for capitalizing on the industry, but it sickens me that pop musicians have, for the most part, essentially become skanky socialites whose fame is created by their record companies to sell records that hold no musical merit on their own.

          JMO

          • Tom Zig

            Well said, sir, well said, indeed.

          • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

            I couldn’t disagree more. He’s taking advantage of the market and making as much money as possible in what is the iTunes Era. As you mentioned, he’s capitalizing on the market.

            Now, your opinion of him is based on songs you’ve heard that have been glamorized and repeated(over and over) by the Pop Industry.

            Just a guess, but you’ve probably never heard of his group, Sqad up. They have 7 cds out, with Wayne on nearly every song.

            I literally have over 900 of Wayne’s songs that I’ve amassed over the past 7 or so years. If I could put a number on the amount of songs that feature Auto-tune it would be well under 10 percent, probably closer to 5%.

            • pete

              well yeah, that diatribe was more related to the autotune craze that followed his use of it. I’ve never liked any of his music, though, auto-tuned or not. I don’t think he is a good lyricist at all, his voice annoys me, and I don’t find his samples even remotely interesting. Of course, I’m not a huge modern rap fan – as far as rap goes, I’m more along the lines of Illmatic-era Nas, Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets, Main Source, etc – but I still find all of Lil Wayne’s music to be borderline unlistenable or worse. That, however, is purely my opinion, and I cannot begrudge the man for making music i don’t like. I do, however, begrudge the public for falling into the “rich and famous = good” meme that record companies have been pushing for the past few years, pushing bad music all over the place.

              • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

                Word. I too grew up listening to Illmatic, then as I got a bit older I got into Tribe. It’s different music, no doubt.

                The only issue I have is that people listen to this mass production pop Wayne-is-on-every-song, Lil Wayne and assume that’s all he is. He’s far from that. His music ranges all over the spectrum.

                He makes some music that I listen to in the gym, or getting ready for a night out. He’s got music that gets the freaks dancin. He has music that more relaxed girls can vibe to in the bed. He’s got stuff that can help you relax. Stuff with some deep lyrics that make you think. Honestly, he’s got music for every occasion.
                That’s how I’ve grown to love his music.

                At the end of his last retail album he explained that the next album he comes out with is going to be different, and that not everyone would like it. So he came out with this most recent, rock-infused(with him on the guitar) album. To me, he’s just a dude making music and that can easily get lost in the iTunes world.

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

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, Robert Pimpsner is also a proud member of BMTA.

  • W.W.J.M.D.

    Worst All-Star game:
    A.Nfl
    B.Nba
    C.Mlb
    D.That game they play on ice

    • Rocky Road Redemption (Formerly RAB Poster)

      NFL.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        +1

        P.S. isn’t it time to take the (Formerly RAB Poster) off of your handle? I think we all know who you are by now. ;)

        • Jose

          Who?

        • Rocky Road Redemption (Formerly RAB Poster)

          I had this discussion with TSJC before. The name is, in short, a connection to the past when I was an anti-stat b-jobber. It stays as a reminder to remain humble.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Haha, I like it.

          • A.D.

            a connection to the past when I was an anti-stat b-jobber.

            Born again RAB-er

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              Amen.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      This year I’d go with NFL since the league is forcing SB-bound players to fly down early and stand on the sidelines.

    • Tom Zig

      At least the NBA, MLB, and NHL do other things like the slam dunk competition, the HR derby and the trick shot competition.

      The pro-bowl is just well a football game which has 0 meaning to it. Maybe they could set up some skills competitions? Like I don’t know, see if Peyton Manning can throw a football threw a tire swing at 50 yards out? or see if Janikowski can kick a field goal from 70 yards out?

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        Didn’t they do this like 2-3 years ago??? Maybe I’m confusing it with the college skills competition but I could swear I remember the pros doing it.

        • Tom Zig

          I have no idea. But I’d watch that.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      Not even close, NFL.

      NBA is the type of game that ca actually be played in and allstar format. Granted, defense is often absent.

      MLB can be played too but let’s face it, when a starter goes 2 innings(maybe), it’s tough to take too seriously.

      Watching Wilfork “rush” the qb tells you everything you need to know about the Pro-Bowl. It’s a joke.

      • W.W.J.M.D.

        or Mario Williams. It’s as if somehas been telling the D-line to not hurt the Nfl’s babies(QBs)

      • A.D.

        Yeah the Pro Bowl isn’t rally the NFL football game & when you add lack of participation, just makes it even worse.

    • Mike Pop

      I wish hockey would get their game onnational tv.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (Formerly RAB Poster)

        You know what’s sad? The Penguins were on national TV earlier today. IDK, it might have been Fox. Nobody watched.

        • Mike Pop

          It’s always the Pwnguins on national tv though.

        • Joey

          NBC, and I did

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Congrats.

        • Big Juan

          It was a great game. Malkin had a sick goal in the shootout to win it for Pitt.

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

    Good for the kid. I do like his pitch recognition.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Thought this warranted a fresh post. Tom Zig brought this up and I found some visual evidence.

    The NFL had a skills competition as recent as 2007. I remember ESPN showed the various events, I remember a sprint competition, QB accuracy, WR hands competition along with may others.

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

    The video just shows my boy Mike Vick in the accuracy competition.

    This was and still should be the best part of Pro Bowl weekend.

    • A.D.

      They do have this for senior college players (or guys that have declared for the draft), which is interesting.

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

      I’d like to see a skills competition for the Baseball All Star Game. You can do it during Workout Day, which includes the HR Derby.

      -Best Catcher vs Best Baserunner
      -Best Control for Pitcher, with a small target at Home Plate they’d have to hit.
      -Best Outfield arm competition

      Stuff like that.

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        I think it’s tough to do for baseball. Especially with the pitchers. The HR Derby is probably as good as we’ll get.

        • pete

          OF arm could work, and would be pretty awesome. You could have a long toss competition or an accuracy competition or a charging-and-throwing-out competition. You could also do a wall climbing competition

          • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

            Yeah a few things could work. OF Arm. Maybe a race to see who can get to 2nd the fastest.

          • Tom Zig

            the charging part reminded me of the Pros vs Joes episode with John Rocker where the contestant had to charge the mound ad try and wrestle Rocker off of it. Can’t find any clips of it though.

      • Tom Zig

        Nastiest breaking pitch?

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        +a lot to this. It would give me a good reason to watch the ASG.

      • Tom Zig

        I like these ideas. But isn’t the catcher vs baserunner too much of an injury risk?

        • whozat

          I assumed he meant throwing the guy out, not a home-plate collision :-)

          • whozat

            Though, I’d sure as hell watch a colliding-at-home-plate contest, as long as no Yankees we participating. I could watch Kevin Youkilis barrel headlong into AJ Pierzynski all day.

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

          For who? I’m talking stealing 2nd base.

          • Tom Zig

            I know what you meant, perhaps i’m just thinking too worst case scenario like.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          /Pete Rose’d

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Whenever I see DeSean Jackson I think of this:

    http://www.dailymotion.com/vid.....e-fu_sport

  • A.D.

    If I was Eagles fan I wouldn’t be happy seeing McNabb scrambling around in this game

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      If I was an Iggles fan I would not want him doing whatever it is he just did.

  • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

    Fun fact of the night:

    Gregg Jefferies received ROY votes in 2 seasons, without someone Edinson Volquez’ing it.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      So are you gonna keep that blog up now or was that a one time thing?

      • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

        Who knows. I’d like to keep writing, but I don’t always have ideas. I was the type of kid in school that if you told me what to write about, I could do 10 pages, but if the teacher told me to write about whatever I wanted, I’d blank. I’m hoping to at least put up some shorter posts on a regular basis and see where it goes from there.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          That’s the key to starting out: little things frequently.

        • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

          I’ll blog up with you, Steve.

          • Mike Pop

            I would read a JMK blog.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            A JMK blog would be fantastic.

          • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

            I’m down with that.

            • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

              Is there a specific platform or angle you want to work? Baseball only? Yankees only? Satire? Serious? Social commentary?

              • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

                Honestly I don’t have anything in particular in mind, probably sports in general, as that would give me more things to write about. Primarily serious but with plenty of room for satire mixed in. What do you have in mind?

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  You two will be the new FJM, going across all sports, not just baseball. Hell, JMK won’t even need to make up an alternative personality.

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  I hadn’t given it great thought, but I don’t like to take myself too seriously. I know that much. I’d like to try out a humor-based angle, particularly on the Yankees, but I’m fairly flexible.

                  Beyond that, I don’t know much of anything about hockey or the NFL. Sports on a whole don’t interest me too much; baseball does, and to a lesser extent, NBA and college sports. I’d like to have the option to write brief bits on strange news stories, sports, pop culture (I know way too much about bad television/music). It’s probably best to keep religion, politics clear of things.

                  Thoughts?

                • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

                  Not having you write humor-based would be a waste. I’d certainly like to have it be pretty wide ranging and flexible, but we’d probably be pretty Yankee centric. Having you write on strange news, pop culture etc, would be hilarious. I pay attention to MLB, NFL, NBA in that order, with at least knowledge of goings on in other sports.

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

                  Write about whatever you want in whatever style you want. If you don’t, you’ll get frustrated trying to please the masses.

                • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

                  Sweet, we’re going to have masses to worry about?

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  Good advice, Mike. Steve-I’ll just start basic WordPress and we’ll see what sticks.

                  Shoot me an e-mail when you get a chance: jameskleimann@yahoo.com

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Okay, if they’re not going to allow blitzing in the Pro Bowl, what’s the point of even having the linemen? Just have the QB take the snap and give him 5-7 seconds to throw it. If he doesn’t throw it by then, its an incomplete and they move to the next down.

    • Tom Zig

      that’d be just down right silly to watch.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        No more silly than it is now, though.

        • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

          Yeah, and Bryant Mckinnie could go out in Miami and do all the partying he wants.

    • JM

      I think that the Pro Bowl should be between the Conference Championships and the Superbowl, but have none of the Super Bowl participants be in it. That way, more people will watch and there will be no effect on the Super Bowl.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        That’s what they’re doing now, isn’t it?

        • JM

          Wow. How come I said that they were and all of my friends said I was crazy? Whatever. They are dumb, even though theyre bigger football fans than me. Aaaand I pretty much missed the whole thing. Not that I missed much.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Philip Rivers has five kids?!

    • Tom Zig

      What?!? Is Phillip Rivers a Mormon or something?

      • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

        Wow. He started dated his wife in 7th grade.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          I’m pretty sure Rivers is one of those really devout no-sex-before-marriage Christians. Irony’s a bitch.

          • whozat

            No sex before marriage =/= doesn’t like sex :-)

            The man likes making love to his wife, doesn’t believe in contraception (possibly) and can afford to have as many kids as he wants. Go ahead, bro.

          • JM

            I’m one of those… and I’m 1 of 6…

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          That’s dedication, homes.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I’m watching something on YES, just a replay of the year, and they just did Jeter’s hit record and it reminded me of how pissed off I was at that moment because Michael Kay would just no shut the fuck up. He did as much as he could to ruin that moment.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      2009 Yankeeography

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Figured.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          It’s a great watch. Since it focuses more on the regular season it goes well with the MLB video, which focuses more on the playoffs.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            I missed most of it and came in at Andy’s near perfecto. Hopefully they replay it before the night’s up.

    • JM

      I think Michael Kay just says stuff that would be used in Yankees Classics on like the commercials and stuff.

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

      And the worst part of all was that every second of it was planned and rehearsed. You can tell he was cooking that up for weeks.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Oh definitely. What an ass.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Honestly, I didn’t mind too much. Too be honest I hardly noticed it.

        I don’t particularly like or dislike Michael Kay. To me, he’s just there.

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          This. He’s not good but there’s a LOT worse. Even if you take out Buck, McCarver, Joe Morgan and the rest of ESPN there’s still a lot of bad ones.

          • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

            The Hawk is my favorite.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (Formerly RAB Poster)

              I’d never heard of the Hawk until Buehrle’s perfecto.

              I learned to hate him almost immediately. “YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!”

              It was like a jack hammer being driven into my skull.

            • bexarama

              has anyone heard the Mariners’ announcer? WORST EVER

              And if you heard the call of the Phillies’ announcers over Rollins’ game-winning double in that walk-off they had in the NLCS and Feliz’s WS Game 4 HR, I thought it was Hawk Harrelson “YES! YES! YES!”-level embarrassing.

              • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

                The White Sox announcers are horrible as well. Once Eric Hinske hit a HR fir the Yanks one time you did not hear a thing for 5 minutes.

              • bexarama

                though on A-Rod’s go-ahead double off Lidge, as the Phillies’ announcer rather despondently calls the play, you hear the other guy in the booth with him go “UGH,” which is just amazing.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Yeah, Kay isn’t as bad as they are, but few are.

            • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

              Plus, we don’t have to listen to them for 110+ games.

            • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

              On the top of my head there’s Chip Caray, Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, Joe Morgan, Steve Phillips and Jon Miller. And we’re not even into team specific ones which a few a much worse than Kay.

              • Tom Zig

                I find Hawk Harrelson hilarious

                • bexarama

                  He is charmingly bad to me. I mean, the guy says “Good guys comin’ up!” before every time the White Sox bat. It’s so dumb that I just can’t hate that. And like I said above, the Mariners’ announcer is like fifty times worse. Hawk Harrelson is pretty much universally regarded as an awful announcer, but I’ve never seen anyone complain about whoever does the Mariners’ games.

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

                  You know the crazy thing about Harrelson? The White Sox pulled him out of the booth in 1986 and made him the GM for a while.

                  Imagine if the Yanks pulled Kay out of the booth and made him the GM.

                • Tom Zig

                  hah oh dear lord, I can’t imagine the consequences of that.

        • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

          I can’t stand Kay. He comes off as a pompous, arrogant jerk when someone has a different opinion than him.
          Besides that, I don’t like the way he calls a game, whether it’s “a deep drive!” to the infield grass or if he inserts his voice into a situation that really needs no narration, he just annoys me.

  • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

    I traded for Kevin Durant, and today was the first day he was eligible for me.

    45 and 11. 16-21 from the field, 11-11 from the line, 2 3′s, 2 steals.

    Damn.

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    Devils slumping a bit now.

    Hockey’s a streaky game so I’m not TOO worried but they’re not playing great hockey right now.

  • Hughesus Christo

    mlbtr reporting the Dodgers gave JAMEY CARROLL 1.35 for ’10 and 2.5 for ’11

    GOOD LORD, THAT’S JOHNNY DAMON MONEY

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      1. Haha, well done.
      2. Seriously? That’s way too much for Jamey Carrol.

      • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

        This contract will be brought up in the divorce proceedings. Whoever signed off on that will lose their part of the team.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Most definitely.

  • Aj

    will Melvin Croussett make his state side debut this year? i cant wait to see him!!

    • chriskeo

      He has to decide if we are worthy first.

    • Tom Zig

      Melvin Croussett will make his stateside debut on December 21, 2012.

  • Tom Zig

    http://sports.espn.go.com/fant.....id=4860316

    Carl Crawford in the first round?
    Ellsbury in the 2nd?

    And this is coming from fantasy baseball experts?

    • Hughesus Christo

      Huge SB #s out of a guy that doesn’t suck = GOLD

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  • Steve B.

    “…Higashioka hit .253-.333-.332 in 247 plate appearances for the Short Season Staten Island Yanks last season, but he’s got some killer bat skills (only 31 strikeouts)…”

    Over a full season, about 600 PAs, he would strike out about 75 times…hardly “killer” bat skills…after all it was A-ball.