Jan
13

Open Thread: Just in case you forgot how awesome 2009 was…

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Good times.

Here’s your open thread for the night. The Nets and Knicks (combined 18-56) are both in action, but that’s pretty much it. Anything goes, so have at it.

Categories : Open Thread
  • thurdonpaul

    maybe its my sucky computer, but that link doesnt seem to work :(

  • Ben S

    That was the YES montage with different music.

    • Zac

      Anyone else find it weird that the last song on the video is by a band called “Boston”

      /Queen – We are the Champions. would have been a fine pick

  • Bob B

    I miss Matsui already… :(

  • robert skollar

    Lots of moments with Matsui, Melky and JD.

    Hope Grandy, NJ, and GGBG have as many in them…

  • pat

    Melky’s lefty homers always look so cool.

    • pat

      Shit, I just remembered he won’t be back next year. I’ll miss that crazy Domincan.

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

        I’ll miss him too, but that’s just because my aim sucks.

        • pete

          well played, sir.

        • pat

          Hahaha, come on. Yeah, he swung at a boatload of pitches Sachin Tendulker would have trouble with, but his youthful enthusiasm and flair for the dramatic will certainly be missed. Yeah I know you could probably name a dozen CF’s you’d rather have on the team but I’ll always have a soft spot for Leche.

          • thurdonpaul

            i agree, i always liked Melky, im not disappointed we got Javy back, but i will miss Melky

          • Salty Buggah

            Sachin Tendulkar = One of my childhood heroes

    • Brooklyn Ed

      I’m still trying to figure out what was he shouting after he hit for the cycle.

      • Tom Zig

        mamahuevos

      • pat

        To me it looks like “mama los huevos”, which literally means “suck my balls”.

        • Brooklyn Ed

          ah alrights. thanks.

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

          In slang, yes. But literally its means “Mother the eggs”

          • Salty Buggah

            Well, “mama” is the 3rd person form of mamar, which means to suck (though its usually referring to the mother’s milk).

            • pat

              Indeed. To be even more exact it is the 2nd person command form.

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

                That’s all fine, but you used the word “literally” referring to the phrase. That’s what I was reacting to.

                • pat

                  true true, you’re correct you bastard.

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

                  ‘Progressive pronoun’ my ass!

        • Salty Buggah

          I think it literally means “suck THE balls.” If he meant to say “suck my balls,” he would have said “mama mis huevos.”

          /Nitpick’d (feels weird, I rarely nitpick)
          //Might be wrong. Forgot a lot of Spanish’d

          • Salty Buggah

            Nostra-Artist is right though. This is the slang, not the exactly literal meaning.

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

              Right, ‘Huevos’ means eggs.

              In this phrase, it’s referring to a man’s testicles. The same way that ‘Nuts’ or ‘Balls’ have other meanings in English.

              • Salty Buggah

                I know.

                No mames wey!

          • pat

            Here you are incorrect. In Spanish they don’t use possessive pronouns to show ownership over body parts. If you want to say “My head hurts” you don’t say “mi cabeza me duele”, you say “La cabeza me duele”

            • Salty Buggah

              That seems correct. See, I told you I forgot. I haven’t taken Spanish since 10th grade, though I did take 4 years of it.

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

    Do you think the Yankees will be a walk off machine like last year again? Or was that mostly luck?

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

      Any good hitting team in a hitter friendly ballpark will get their share of walkoffs. The Phillies have been famous for them in recent years, and the Mike Francesa’s of the world think it’s because they’re “gritty” and “gutty”. But it’s a simple matter of three things:

      1)Playing in a hitter-friendly ballpark
      2)Having a good lineup
      3)Getting the last AB

      That’s it. So yes, they’ll get their share of walkoffs this year.

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

        BTW-I’m well aware of the fact that YS3 played much more neutral as the season wore on, but it’s still a Lefty-friendly place to hit and the Yanks have plenty of Lefthanded sluggers.

      • thurdonpaul

        does the ballpark even matter, hitter or pitcher friendly, if you have # 2 & 3 ?

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

          Sure, it makes it that much more likely. If the Yanks played in Petco, I’m sure they would have had less walkoffs since they would have scored fewer runs.

          • thurdonpaul

            but at that point we are talking about extra innings..right ?
            so with a good lineup and the last at bat i think that matters more then the ballpark.
            both teams are playing with the same ballpark conditions

            either way…heres a toast to another successful year :)

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

              I meant “played in Petco” as their HOME ballpark. I thought that was clear in the context I was responding to.

              • thurdonpaul

                yeah, i understood you meant Petco as there home park..but i dont really see what the park has to do with it ? im looking at extra innings as each team basically has the same opportunities to score. so if you have a good lineup & also the last at bat i think your in good shape for a walkoff regardless of the ballparks dimensions.

  • DerMegalodonster

    This is a response to the “Don’t Disparage the Strikeout” post of the 12th which I did not read until too late to respond.

    This whole argument espoused by the Sabermetric community brings to mind a quote by that great philosopher of mathematics and scientific method, Alfred North Whitehead, “fools [the common baseball fan, called an old-paradigm caveman in some quarters] act on imagination without knowledge, pedants [the vast majority of the Sabermetric community, called unenlightened pseudo-scientists and half-rate sophists in other quarters] act on knowledge without imagination. ” I think it would be only right to supplement this with Einstein’s famed quote, “Imagination is MORE important than knowledge.” What both were getting at was the need for the speculative, for conceptual analysis v. statistical analysis. Sabermetrics often fail conceptually, which SHOULD make us question the inferences we draw from the statistical analysis.

    IMPLICIT in the “strikeouts don’t matter argument” is their relative value to non-strikeout outs (anyone who does not see or accept this I cannot debate). Therefore, if you cannot give an empirically based hard value to non-strikeout outs, such as, the average number of bases advanced by non-strikeout outs or the ratio of bases advanced to potential bases advanced by a non-strikeout out, you necessarily cannot make a categorical statement that strikeouts don’t matter (anymore than a non-strikeout out). All you have is a notion. Once we have this general value we can refine or particularize the value, e.g., multiply it by the increased likelihood of scoring in each situation, tabulate the actual runs scored due to the increased likelihood and so forth. But again, if you are placing a value on a strikeout which is relative to another type of out then you MUST have a hard value for that other type before you can PRESUME the value of a strikeout.

    Oh and just to nip it in the bud, the two articles cited in the post are mere specious arguments which prove little to nothing but engage in fallacies of diction/shifting sense, relevance and, worse, (logical) structure. Including but not limited to: Fallacy of Composition, Argument from False Cause, Fallacy of Hasty Generalization, Petitio Principii Argument, & Fallacy of the Undistributed Middle Term. How truly the father of Western rational thought spoke, “much learning does not teach understanding.”

    The whole debate could be simply settled if only Dewan (?) and his Army of 2,000 would simply tabulate all the bases advanced, runs scored and consequent runs scored.

    Have fun.

    Festina lente et cogita ante salis.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    For anyone interested in giving a charitable donation to assist the relief efforts in Haiti:

    You can text “HAITI” to 90999 and $10 will be given to the Red Cross, charged to your cellphone bill.

    Donations can also be made directly to the Red Cross, UN, United Way, OxFam, or the Clinton Global Initiative (amongst others) directly from their main websites. Be sure to use only a large and known charitable organization to avoid frauds and scams.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      You mean to tell me that I shouldn’t have written that blank check to the Nigerian-based charity?

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

      Already done. And my mother gave a ton to UNICEF.

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

      and here’s the link to donate via credit card whatever amount you can

      http://www.redcross.org/portal.....f0870aRCRD

      Click the “Donate Now” red button in the top right hand corner of the page.

    • Jake K.

      Don’t overlook Doctors Without Borders. They do great work.

  • DP

    That’s unfair to lump the Knicks in with the Nets on that combined record! I mean the Yankees, Orioles, and Nats were a combined 226-260.

  • http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/091102/GAL-09Nov02-2999/media/PHO-09Nov02-185373.jpg Drew

    I’m going to miss Melky for a while.

    • Evilest Empire

      I know exactly when I’ll stop missing Melky: the 4th game of the regular season, when Javier Vazquez makes his debut return.

      • DP

        I know when I’ll stop missing Melky: Opening Day when Brett Gardner hits 4 HR.

        • vin

          Yeah, but can he hit for the cycle?

          • WIlliam

            He’s like Texiera, an overachiever.

      • http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/091102/GAL-09Nov02-2999/media/PHO-09Nov02-185373.jpg Drew

        That’s all well and good. I understand what we got for him and I think it was a great move. Players are replaceable and often you can replace them with better players, that doesn’t nullify your memories, good and bad, of a certain player.

      • Salty Buggah

        Melky was Drew favorite player so it’ll probably take him longer. I’ll miss Melky but at the same time, I welcome the upgrade to the team.

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

    Baseball was about the only thing about 2009 that actually went right.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Perhaps on the world stage, but Ihad a pretty damn good year personally.

      • Evilest Empire

        Me too!

        /high five for personal success

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Ummm… Just gonna throw this one out there… But when someone says something like Rebecca just did, the proper response is probably not ‘well it was awesome for me!’ Seriously, kinda inconsiderate guys.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Meh, I was looking at it more like she meant the world as a whole, not realy herself personally. Clearly, by her comment below, she meant it on a personal level. But I didn’t really take it that way.

            And so, I offer my condolences Rebecca. Sounds like you had a rough year.

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

              No worries. I didn’t expain why I had a bad year so it’d be inconsiderate of me to automatically assume you know =)

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                Thanks, I wasn’t tryng to be inconsiderate.

              • Bob Stone

                I wish you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2010 Rebecca. I’m sure it will be better for you than 2009.

          • Evilest Empire

            Its a random internet baseball forum, people talk and say shit. No offense was meant obviously.

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              I didn’t mean that anyone meant any offense or anything, I just thought it was a bit inconsiderate. Minor point and no biggie, especially since everyone was very considerate and explained where they were coming from. Everyone’s happy, we’re all good.

    • billbybob

      Yeah, we didn’t elect a black guy President or anything.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        This will end badly.

        /not-double-entendre’d

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/.....-500sq.jpg

          /Not that I agree or anything’d

          • pete

            God I love Giant Steps. It’s weird b/c melodically it’s incredibly easy to play – pretty much all half notes, but when it comes to soloing over those changes at the speed he plays at, it becomes damn near impossible. The key changes jump out of nowhere in the middle of measures.

            /random’d

        • pete

          i disagree. electing a black man to the oval office is, however belated, a tremendous step towards racial equality, and, perhaps (at this point) more importantly, a tremendous step in demonstrating the inherent intellectual and mental equality between races. That’s clearly all that billbybob was referring to, and I doubt that anybody would argue with it.

          /resisting urge to explain that the same patience required in allowing for the development of Joba and Phil into effective major league starters is required in allowing for the development of economic reform’d

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            This will end badly.

            /Just saying’d

            • pete

              tehe, i know it would. my /’d did not successfully resist the urge it said that it was attempting to resist.

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

            Dude, please do the politics elsewhere. It’s a Baseball site.

            • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

              Yeah, we’re on pub rules here. No politics, no religion. Pretty much anything else goes.

              • pat

                And I’m drunk/

          • Rose

            This is what’s wrong with elections these days…it should have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the color of his skin. I don’t care if it’s a big step towards equality or what-have-you. It shouldn’t be. You shouldn’t elect a guy because MTV or Rolling Stone Magazine told you to. You should vote based on your beliefs according to their policies. You don’t like the guy because of the color of his skin? Just simply don’t vote…your vote is tainted anyway. If you don’t like his policies? Now we’re talking.

            IMO, the 2 party system has to go…bring back the Wigs! lol

            • pete

              no argument there. it’s stupid that it was a necessary step, but it was a necessary step. and furthermore, if you think the man was only elected because he was black, you’re an idiot. whether you agree with his policies or not, there was undeniably a whole lot more to the guy than being black. ok that’s enough politics. sorry

            • TheLastClown

              Whigs.

              • Rose

                Yes, but I also meant “bring back the wigs…” literally…like let’s start having our politicians wearing them again…

              • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                No way. If anything, California and Texas should have their status as states repealed. And definitely Utah. That place is weird.

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        Technically, he was elected in 2008. He took office in 2009.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        To be accurate, we did that in 2008.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          All the steroids JMK’s been taking to improve his wanking made him quicker on the draw than me.

          • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

            Yeah, mixed results so far. On the one hand, I have the wanking speed and precision of a seasoned whore. On the other hand, my ass looks like a pepperoni pizza (chubby girls love it, FML), my balls are the size of peas, and I scream “POWERBARS” at small children at the grocery store.

            Work in progress.

            • Salty Buggah

              I posted this the other day for you but I don’t you saw it.

              http://i49.tinypic.com/r0dwrc.jpg

              Enjoy

              • Salty Buggah

                Jeez, that’s 3 posts in this thread with mistakes. FAIL

              • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Can we get a “not safe for viewing whether at work or not” tag on that link? Yikes.

                (To everyone else… Kidding… It’s clean, I guess. It’s just terrifying.)

                • Salty Buggah

                  My bad. I will from now on

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Actually… Is it safe? It’s… inconclusive.. whether or not two of those women are wearing bottoms, no?

                  (dry-heaves)

                • Salty Buggah

                  Lmao, you’ve got a point there

              • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                Mom?

            • thurdonpaul

              do you do stand up ? where can i buy tickets ? your awesome :)

              • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                Not sure if serious.

                • thurdonpaul

                  yes, im serious, i really like the way you right.

                • thurdonpaul

                  oops write

            • Brendan

              If you are referencing the “My New Haircut” YouTube video, I would like to share that I actually tended bar at the bar it is filmed in one night as sort of a guest bartender type thing AND met the guy in the video. He’s a pretty hilarious dude.

        • billbybob

          I of course realized the stupidity of my comment about a second after it posted. And I was not implying that his election to the Presidency was a bad thing, quite the opposite actually.

      • Rose

        The color of his skin has nothing to do with anything. But we did elect yet another President who thinks the best way to pull ourselves out of hundreds of billions of dollars worth of debt (depending on what you read and who you talk to) is to create EVEN MORE debt!

        /boversimplified? Perhaps…but it’s an open thread now so I can get away with it! Booyah! lol

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          “The color of his skin has nothing to do with anything.”

          I’m not going to engage in any of the political stuff above, but I don’t believe, exaggeration and partisan politics aside, that you could possibly really believe that sentence that I quoted. Electing a black president was historic. You have to, at the very least, acknowledge the historical significance of that moment and what it meant to millions upon millions of people, black or not, American or not.

          • Rose

            I mean sure. It certainly was a breakthrough in history…but I still don’t think a color of a person’s skin means anything…at all. It’s all how a person is raised.

            Electing a black president was certainly historic for what had happened. But the color of his skin certainly shouldn’t have ever been a determining factor in anybody’s mind in the first place. But we all know that is always will be unfortunately…in our lifetime anyway.

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Yeah, as will how much of a “real American” someone is, or what religion they happen to practice, or if they happen to be a man or a woman, or what state they’re from, or a million other things. Let’s not go overboard bemoaning the racial aspect, there are plenty of silly things that people consider, instead of solely focusing on policy and ability. To be fair, there was one ticket in the 2008 election that included someone whose popularity was based almost totally on non policy/ability reasons, and it wasn’t the Democratic ticket. Yeah, some people like Obama because he’s black, but don’t tell me there aren’t people on the other side who are more concerned with non policy/ability issues than there are on the Democratic side. Without getting into naming names and going deeper into this, we all know that’s not true, no matter where we fall on the political spectrum.

              • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                PS: I’m not going to respond to this conversation any more. Nothing personal, I just don’t want to stay involved. I think I’ve said my piece.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus disagree with your assessment. As do I.

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

      Heh. My aunt died and I dropped out of grad school. Not to mention hearing the words “we need to rule out a pulmonary embolis” (note to self: ERs LOVE to overreact)

      So aside from the Yanks (and everything connected to them) and my nephew, 2009 sucked.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Dude, I hear you, I had a pretty subpar year, too. Look at it this way… 2010 will, in all likelihood, be much better. The bad stuff sucks, but it’s part of life and it builds character. Horrendously cliched, but true.

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

          Being a Mets fan builds character

          /Dave Howard’d

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          it builds character.

          /Calvin’s Dad’d

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

            +1000
            Calvin and Hobbes is completely awesome.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Well, it wasn’t pulmoary ebolis, right? That’s good.

        Sorry about your Aunt. I’m sure you’ll do fine out of grad school. You’re a good writer, you’ll do well.

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

          Trust me, if it was you’d know–that shit tends to be bad.

          Thanks. I appreciate that. It’s been so hard for my cousins, wish I could do more for them.

      • JGS

        yeesh, sounds like a rough year

        while “we need to rule out a pulmonary embolus” is something you hopefully never have to hear again, it’s hardly overreacting to first rule out potentially really bad stuff

        /aspiring ER doc’d

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

          This is certainly true, and I don’t fault them for it.

      • thurdonpaul

        i lost my Sister at the beginning of 2008, it sucks big time. take it a day at a time, it really doesnt get better, but somehow we learn to continue :(

    • billbybob

      At least the stock market recovered.

      /Angry 2008 trader’d

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    Okay, this really cracked me up…

    http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/.....potter.jpg

    • pat

      Hahaha nice, if you’re a HP fan (such as myself) this should crack you up too.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSCwAdc4HPY

    • pete

      fave quote: “i honestly don’t know how slytherin is even still a thing”

      FUCK i want to go to hogwarts soooooo bad

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Well that’s the first time I’ve ever heard/seen someone say/write that.

        • pete

          please. frickin staircases that decide to go different places randomly without informing you? yes please. Crazy hidden passageways that go to all sorts of places? sweet. The general existence of magic and being a wizard? duh. honestly, what’s not to like?

          • pat

            I’m with you pete. Being a wizard would be fuckin AWESOME. You can kill people make things appear fuck with muggles and do tons of cool shit.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              I actually agree. I’m just a bit surprised you actually said it.

              • pete

                i’m 18. pretty much everyone within a couple years of me would say the same thing. I remember three or four baseball games last year where all we talked about on the bench was HP. Given, we kinda sucked at baseball, but it just goes to show – everyone my age, i mean EVERYONE, has read, and probably re-read every HP book.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        You know how I know you’re…

        Nah, too easy.

  • Rose

    I’m in my Financial Management class after working 8+ hours all day…and I’d love to be doing something more fun…like fall down a flight of stairs…or impale myself on a picket fence…

    Somebody help meeee!!!!

    • Evilest Empire

      I work at least 10 hours a day and I’m about to help host a webinar for the next couple hours, something I do 2 or 3 times a week … I can relate.

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

    Mondesi, did you see Mo’s latest post where he quoted you on Girardi?

    http://www.theyankeeu.com/2010.....atus-14106

    He pretty much built his post around your comment, and (as Mo also said) I couldn’t agree more and really can’t add anything to what you said. Nicely done.

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

      Ah! You commented already. I was looking at an old page view.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Ha, yeah, he gave me a heads-up in the thread here earlier, so I went over and read/commented. It was very cool of him to quote me like that.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          (Not that I don’t read you guys otherwise, I didn’t mean for it to sound like I only checked out the site because he quoted me. I just meant that was why I went over right at 7, since he had mentioned it to me a bit earlier.)

        • Evilest Empire

          I just read the post. You laid it down.

          TYU is a solid blog, I finally bookmarked you guys.

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Good, everyone should hop on the bangwagon. TYU is a must-read, as long as you can get past the posts by that Steve joker.

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

              Fine. You think you can do better, Mr Smarty Pants? E-mail me a guest post and we’ll see how you do with those ravenous lions we have in the comments section.

              • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Haha, not a chance. What you guys do is hard… If I thought I could do it as well as any of you, I’d try my hand.

                (If I ever thought of anything I thought I could do justice and would be interesting, I’ll email you, thanks.)

                • Steve H

                  I have an idea for you Mondesi.

                  Compare the cast of Sunny to their Yankee counterparts. I’ll even give you a head start, Charlie=Swish.

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Ha… Charlie is obviously Swish, that’s easy.

                  Ummmm… Mac is Posada. Popo thinks he’s really tough, he thinks he’s the muscle of the team, just like Mac. I’m thinking A-Rod for Dennis, since he’s vain and has nicer stuff than everyone else and is always popping his shirt off. Dee… is tough. Girardi maybe? Always coming up with the ideas but not getting any credit? And Frank has got to be Pena right? Older guy who’s just hanging around because he wants to have fun with the young guys? Cricket is Pedro. Always getting tea-bagged by The Gang. I have to run for a while, I’ll come back later and refine this if I have further thoughts. There’s gotta be a better answer for Dee.

                  I just saw Sweet Dee in a commercial for an awful-looking romantic comedy, btw.

                  I’ve gotta be honest… I still love the earlier seasons of Sunny, but this past season was sub-par, and the one before it wasn’t so great either. I still watch and think it’s funny, but it’s fallen pretty far, in my opinion.

                • Steve H

                  Agreed on this season. I thought the few good ones were great (milksteak), but the majority of them were just meh.

  • Steve H

    Building a team using the nerd-stats approach has never been so cool. And perhaps no franchise exemplifies this trend as well as the Boston Red Sox.

    /Espn’d

    • pete

      ESPN is where i go when a thread here dies, and there’s nothing new up on lohud, TYU, Fangraphs, THBT, BA, and BP, to look for baseball articles, only to be slapped in the face by the futility of my efforts.

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

      I saw that and I facepalmed.

    • vin

      My response below is tangential to yours, so I’m replying here:

      I had this thought the other day – MLB Network really should do a legitimate, weekly, stats-oriented show. A couple of weeks ago they did some half-assed attempts to educate the fans about sabermetrics and such, but it was such a weak show.

      Tom Verducci was their go-to “expert” and Harold Reynolds just sat there and disputed everything. Besides, they didn’t go much deeper than OPS – and they acted like they just invented it.

      Verducci did come up with a weird variation of RBI that I’ve never heard of, however. He used it to prove his point that Abreu had a great season… there’s nothing like reaching a conclusion first, and then finding stats to back it up!

      I think there’s a market for the show… people who watch MLB Network are already serious baseball fans. Most casual fans don’t even know it exists, and they just go to ESPN for the scores and highlights.

  • Salty Buggah

    Yankees to Donate $500,000 to Rescue and Relief Efforts in Haiti.

    Greatest franchise ever.

    • Salty Buggah

      That’s for Haiti btw

    • vin

      I’ll never forget all the Virginia Tech-related stuff they did, as well. Especially considering they played the exhibition game 11 months after the tragedy.

      These charitable things, plus the events of HOPE week and the like really make the Yanks an easy team to root for. Which is nice.

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

        They’re a well run business. Good deeds are good business, and always has been.

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Section 105

    This was great, remember the other one? what’s the link to that?

  • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

    You guys think Gardy learns how to bunt this year? It would be pretty cool considering his skill set.

    • vin

      Hopefully he’s the only guy bunting this year.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Fucking Pitt.

  • billbybob

    How much of a douche is Lane Kiffin?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Why is he a douche, exactly? For taking a far better job offer in a place where he actually has ties and roots?

      For the record, he TOLD Tennessee when they were hiring him that if the SC job ever came open, he’d strongly consider leaving Knoxville to take it. They needed him and were willing to compromise to get him.

      • billbybob

        I don’t disagree with you. He was well within his rights to take the SC job. However, his behavior this past year while coach at Tennessee was extremely douchey.

        • billbybob

          Plus, look at his si.com cover page photo and tell me he’s not a douche.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          His behavior at Tennessee this year was extremely douchey, yes. It also made UT relevant again in the SEC, which they weren’t during the tail end of the Fulmer administration. His douchiness went hand in hand with the best recruiting class they’ve had since Peyton Manning.

    • Salty Buggah

      Not a big one, football decisions aside, he bagged Layla Kiffin

      • Steve H

        What a recruiting pitch that must be.

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

    Carroll and Cerrone say big news pending for the Mets and it’s not good. Dunno what it is, but the Mets fans on Twitter are already heading for the Verezzano…

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

      Johan needs TJ.

      • 28 next year

        really?

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

          Oh I don’t know, I’m just guessing. Maybe K-Rod hurt his arm in winter ball.

          • 28 next year

            oh, cause that would be major news. I would really laugh in the face of Mets fans.

            Your comment got me searching all over the internet to find the breaking news. Holy crap you scared the shit out of me.

            • Salty Buggah

              Don’t laugh. Karma is a bitch

              • 28 next year

                knocks on wood

          • Steve H

            Heh, it’ll probably be on wikipedia in 2 minutes.

          • JGS

            I’m going to guess…Reyes

      • JGS

        man, that non-trade keeps looking better and better

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

        Holy shit, that would be insane.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        :: head explodes ::

        Confirmed? Source? Linkage?

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

          Source is Carroll via Twitter and Cerrone via Metsblog

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

            Interesting comment in light of the beltran rumor http://www.metsblog.com/2010/0...../#comments

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

              NYMETS23 January 13, 2010 at 8:40 pm

              Could be Carlos Beltran’s knee??? My cousin works at the Hospital for Special Surgery and she said that he was in for a surgical procedure a couple of weeks ago but couldn’t go into specifics due to confidential reasons… I’ll cross my fingers that it isn’t him!

          • Steve H

            Aren’t we still waiting for Carroll’s huge news from the GM meetings?

            • Jack

              He’s leaving BP to coach the Seahawks.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      Mets fans would actually travel all the way to Brooklyn (my neck of the woods) to commit sucide? hmm…

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

      Oh shit, Beltran’s out for the year. Microfracture surgery.

      • For Lack of a More Creative Name… Alex

        Wow. I think I am gonna call The Suicide Hotline and tell them to contact every Mets fan in the area. That’s terrible.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        OH SHIT…then whose going to be the starting CFer for the Mets? Angel Pagan?

        • JGS

          Johnny Damon?

          • Brooklyn Ed

            knowing Omar, he might as well go to Damon as a panic move.

      • Salty Buggah

        From Sherman:

        Trying to get 2d confirmation, but hear that Beltran had microfracture knee surgery today without #Mets permission

        Holy crap this could be insane

      • JGS

        this seems to be far from “out for the season”

        • Mater of all Trades

          This from MLBtraderumors.

          Meanwhile, SI’s Jon Heyman hears that the operation calls for eight weeks of rehab and may cause the 32-year-old to miss the start of the year (via Twitter).

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    You know, I’m usually all about the simple, understated beauty of old-school, throwback-style uniforms, and I generally hate the gaudiness/garishness/over-the-top style of the new, uber-futuristic Nike-style uniforms, but…

    The Sixers neo-classic kits are tres boring. Snoozefest. I actually prefer the black/blue/red sets from before.

    If they were going to go back to the past and restore the classic red/white/blue, they shoulda gone back to this:
    http://www.nba.com/media/sixer.....sixers.jpg

    Or this:
    http://i.cdn.turner.com/sivaul.....093664.jpg

    The font on the ones they use now looks oddly too modern for the color scheme. It’s anachronistic.

    • Steve H

      Speaking of NBA uniforms, who stole the Nets jerseys tonight and took the court? I know they are bad, but damn. Devin Harris ought to just take his ball and go home, Rondo usually lights him up, but this is brutal.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I’d tune in to the broadcast to see for myself, but I assume that the Nets local broadcast contract has already been cancelled.

        No network would actually TELEVISE a Nets game. That’s ridiculous.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      What about Animorphs? Best books ever!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    This college basketball season is going to be a hyper disappointment for me.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      The college football season was one of the most anti-climactic seasons in memory. The basketball season is shaping up the same way. Outside of Wall and Turner, no one really excites me. I do like watching Syracuse, Kentucky, Villanova, and Texas play, but still, it’s been a disappointing year thus far.

      Shitty year for college sports.

  • Charlie

    Celtics-Nets: 71-35 at halftime.

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

      I didn’t need to see that.

      • Steve H

        If Harris keeps this up, and the Nets get Wall, Harris’ trade value is going to be in the tank.

        • Charlie

          eh. even if he continues to be this bad that’s still not that horrible of a point guard. i don’t want them to trade harris until they get wall, though

        • billbybob

          John Wall is the freakin’ man. An additional bonus is that he has a really cool name.

  • Steve H

    Speaking of Johan, what would everyone put his chances at making the HOF?

    I’d guess about 40%, unless the BBWAA gets smarter by then. I just don’t know how long he’ll be around to compile, and if he’s a guy with right around 200-225 wins, I don’t know if that’ll be enough (though if he’s healthy and relatively productie for 6-8 more years it’d be enough in my eyes)

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I think he gets in.

  • Steve H

    I was looking at Johan’s stats, and was amazed that he had a 70 inning (84 including playoffs) jump from his previous high in his first full season as a starter. And the previous 2 years he had made a Joba-esque transition back and forth from pen to rotation (why wasn’t that a big deal?) I’m wondering if by doing that it helped him avoid any Verducci effect, and if in the long run, as frustrating as it was, the Joba plan may benefit him greatly. Hell, that’s how they used to bring young starters up, put them in the pen for a while and then unleash as a full time starter, like Joba this year.

    • JGS

      Lester went up over 60 from 07-08

      and Nolan Ryan spent five years going back and forth between the rotation and pen (check out his game logs from 1970). This is nothing new

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    Dodgers signed Nick Green.

    Adding him to the Berroa/Mientkiewicz/Russ Ortiz/Josh Towers smorgasbord of Yankee castoffs.

    They’re fetishists.

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

      Those are ‘Torre guys’.

      Because it’s not about their playing ability, it’s about how he personally feels about the player.

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

    RT @nyp_joelsherman Trying to get 2d confirmation, but hear that Beltran had microfracture knee surgery today without #Mets permission”

    The “without permission” is what gets me

    • JGS

      after last year, I wouldn’t trust their medical staff either

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

      Beltran doesn’t need their permission. The Mets cant force someone to have surgery against their will.

      You may recall Carl Pavano had TJS against the recommendation of the Yankees, and they still paid him every dime.

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

        “The Mets cant force someone to have surgery against their will, and can’t prevent a player from getting a procedure done that his own doctor recommends. “

    • Jake K.

      Maybe the Mets will be so upset with Beltran that they’ll trade him to the Yanks for Melky Gardner + IPK Nova.

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

    Watching that video makes me very happy.

  • pc

    it never gets old does it!

    • JGS

      makes you want to…break out into song?

      • thurdonpaul

        i wanna wake up…in a city…

        • pat

          Still the best song about NYC. Jay Z be damned.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          …and find I’m king of the hill

  • JohnnyC

    Belly full of guts?

    • JohnnyC

      The “Torre” guys, that is.

  • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

    How bad will the Mets be next year with Beltran out? They may have a reasonably decent lineup with Reyes, Wright and Bay, but shit, that’s a huge loss.

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

      Hey, the off season isn’t over yet. They can still make significant upgrades, if they’re willing to spend the cash.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Does this open up a spot for Damon? I doubt it, as he obviously can’t play CF and I don’t think they’d shift Bay to RF.

        • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

          Dude, no way. Even Omar’s not that stupid.

          **Puts hand to ear**

          I’ve just been told that Omar is in fact that stupid. Damon to the Mets. Book it. No way it doesn’t happen now.

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        Outside of trades, there’s not much out there on the FA market that could be real difference makers.

        Sheets, Piniero, LaRoach, Bengie Molina makes them a contender even with Beltran possibly out for the year, right? It’s way too much to spend, in my opinion, but they could all be taken on two-year deals (maybe not LaRoach), I’d expect.

  • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

    Haven’t looked up to see if it’s there, but Beltran’s not the only one having season-ending knee surgery.

    Blake Griffin, #1 pick of the 2009 draft, is having surgery on his screwed up left knee.

    • thurdonpaul

      JMK i commented before about wanting to know if you did stand up. i apologize that i wasnt very clear, but, yes i truly enjoy your writing style. i enjoy reading what you write :)

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        Oh, thanks. I did a few little gigs in college, but was remarkably unsuccessful. In fairness, Vermont is a PC, humorless state. I don’t do anything now, which is more a combination of laziness, lack of a functioning automobile, and long work hours. Also, a lack of tangible work skills may also be a factor in my long work week. I’m way overpaid for the crap work I produce, though I spend almost double the amount of time than my colleagues.

        I’m much funnier on the internet than I am IRL, if that’s any solace. Again, thanks for the nice comment.

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

      Wait is this season ending? I’m only seeing 3-4 weeks.

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

        3-4 weeks into the season I mean.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Unrelated: at my internship seminar training thing last week, someone referred to the basement of the library as the “Garden level.”

      • pat

        Where are u interning dude?

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        Get out of my apartment, dude. Not cool.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          You know you want me there.

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        You’re out of college. Screw internships. I walked into offices and just talked to people. It’s a numbers game. After a week, I found a few jobs. Internships are a waste of your time unless you’re reasonably certain that it will look fantastic on a resume or it will lead to a good full-time salary position.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Well, this internship is part of getting my Masters in education. It’s also free, which is fantastic.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    The Deep End looks like an awful combination of Scrubs, The Office, and Grey’s Anatomy in a law office. All the ads for it are pissing me off. I hope it gets canned.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      Link?

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      Current favorite TV shows: DEA, Manhunters, That’s So Raven.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      To me it just looks like Grey’s in a law office. I don’t see the influence of Scrubs or The Office.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Well, the Scrubs thing comes from being the whole ‘first year’ thing, a la early season Scrubs (seasons 1-3 were aweeeesome, but I digress) and The Office, you know, just from being in an office.

        • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

          That’s deep, Matt.

          No, but I agree on the show. As someone who works in a law office, I’m constantly bitter over all the sexy fun angst times I should be having according to television but am not.

          • pat

            That’s deep, Matt.

            TNWSS

        • Steve H

          Have you still been watching the new Scrubs? It’s pretty much a new show, and not nearly as good as the best Scrubs, but still relatively entertaining.

  • Reggie C.

    I’m absolutely floored about the Beltran microfracture news. Right now estimates (rotoworld) has Beltran missing at least the first month of the 2010 regular season. Mets simply can’t catch a break.

  • pat

    Pam Beasley is so fucking hot.

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

      She’s a solid 7. Karen was always the hottest chick ever on that show.

      • Steve H

        Agreed. Of course now you can get your Karen fix on Parks and Rec., which has been surprisingly good this year.

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

          She looks fantastic with short hair too.

          • Steve H

            Did you know she’s Quincy Jones’ daughter?

        • pat

          Parks and Rec is hilarious, Community is very funny too. Brita and Alison Brie…… awesome.

      • pat

        True. Karen is dope. I also have a uuuuuuge crush on the new secretary, Ellie Kemper.

        • Steve H

          /Andy Bernard’d

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

          Ah yes, the blowjob girl. http://tinyurl.com/2fub93

          Yeah, she’s real cute.

          • pat

            hahaha exactly, I’m gonna make my tongue like SANDPAPER.

  • pat

    Ricky Gervais is gonna be on Conan.

    I bet he’s hilarious.

  • aj

    I’ll never forget 2009, I’m only 23, but it was really one of the most memorable seasons I can remember. I’ll just ignore the drunkenness and disorderly conduct at the parade.

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