Jan
22

Open Thread: Yet another tribute video

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I could watch these things all day. Hurry back, baseball season.

Here’s your open thread on this lovely Friday night. The Devils, Knicks, and Nets are all in action, but chat about whatever you want. Enjoy.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Spaceman.Spiff

    goosebumps

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

      Same here. Heck, I even shed a tear of joy watching that final out.

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    Is this comment not batshit insanity?

    BTW, I’m 27thheaven.

    http://www.myyesnetwork.com/14.....acceptable!!!

    • Tom Zig

      broken link

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)
        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          …But it doesn’t. Try this link, then click on the link under “The answer in left?”

          http://myyesnetwork.com/go/browse/blogs

          • Tom Zig

            see my comment below

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              The POINT is, you’re there, and it’s batshit insanity.

      • Tom Zig

        actually, just put the exclamation points in, and it’ll work

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

      Dude the YES Network boards are filled with batshit insane people. Not a surprise.

      It makes LoHud commenter trolls look smart.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        I know, but…wow.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Right now the Lohuders are pissing me off. Specifically SJ44. He acts like he knows everything while avoiding any hard evidence and acting like a dick to anybody who disagrees with him. The worst part is, he’s a very populaar poster.

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

          Haha the usual Joba and Phil to the bullpen, Matt Holliday should be in left, Jason bay should be DH, Halladay should be in rotation kind of guy?

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Every time I quoted UZR he kept telling me how “many baseball people don’t find it reliable” (w/o mentioning who they were, and how it was obvious that Cano and Pedroia were equal defensively, then ridiculed me when I pointed out he was unequivocally wrong. Pompous ass.

            Not only that, the bloggers there took it as my opinion, which it wasn’t. It’s the conclusion brought about by looking at evidence. To deny it is like denying that Pujols is a better hitter than Jeter, despite the edge in virtually every significant offensive category. Your eyes make make you think Jeter is better because he has the better swing (he doesn’t, but for the purpose of my point, pretend he does), but the stats don’t lie. Stats are just events, reduced to numbers.

            • AndrewYF

              “Every time I quoted UZR he kept telling me how “many baseball people don’t find it reliable””

              It’s likely true. UZR is for the fans and by the fans, but I’d be willing to bet that most teams have their own defensive metrics that faaaar outstrip what UZR is capable of.

              He probably isn’t unequivocally wrong. UZR, just like ZR and range factor before it, is not a very good defensive statistic. That’s all there is to it. Once we get all the FX’s (HitFX, FieldFX, etc), then we can truly have a reliable way of looking at defense. Till then, we can only grasp at straws with UZR.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                Fine, then (a convince me of that or (b give me sources.

                BTW, I used the three year sample size that is requested to get the most accurate UZR readings.

                The guy was a douche.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Plus, he used NO defensive metric.

                  It’s not like Cano or Pedroia are ven close defensively. Cano’s not bad, but Pedroia is WAY better. If the UZR’s were close then there’s some room for interpretation, but they weren’t.

                • AndrewYF

                  The guy can be a douche, but it doesn’t make him wrong.

                  Teams, for reasons that should be obvious, don’t make their defensive metrics public. However, there are reports of team specific defensive metrics being used, the Red Sox being one of those teams. And I don’t know why you’d doubt teams using their own video and analysis over some ubiquitous company whose defensive metrics have frequently proven to be gravely flawed.

                  Can we please not take UZR as gospel? There aren’t any better metrics out there at the moment, but it doesn’t mean the best one we have is all that great.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  I didn’t take it as gospel, I used a tree year sample size. Also, he discounted ALL defensive metrics, and gave me no reasons it was wrong. Not to mention, the gap is large enough that even if you subtract FIVE POINTS from Pedroia, he’s still better than Cano. I’d say that’s conclusive.

  • Vinny the Bull

    You know, I still can’t stand Chip Caray.

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    What channel is that Haiti relief telethon?

    • Chris

      All of them

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Wasn’t it supposed to go on at 7?

        • Chris

          No idea, but the last I saw of it was that it was going to be on all the major networks, plus the cable new channels, plus about a dozen other networks.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            I flipped from channel like up to the 70′s, and there was nothing.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              It’s on now.

  • Fud

    The more tributes the better

  • dygg

    So, MLBTR says the Yankees have been talking to Damon (though not seriously). Anyway, how do you put together a line-up with Damon and Nick Johnson? Who bats second? What’s the line-up after A-Rod?

    • dygg

      Jeter, Damon, Tex, A-Rod, Posada, Granderson, Johnson, Swisher, Cano (???)

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

        I’d keep Johnson in the 2 hole. .400 OBP in front of Teix and A-Rod = A ton of runs.

    • Evilest Empire

      1. Jeter
      2. Damon
      3. Teixeira
      4. Rodriguez
      5. Cano
      6. Johnson
      7. Swisher
      8. Posada
      9. Granderson

      That’s how I’d do it. 5-9 are totally interchangeable depending on who ends up mashing the most. My money is on Cano, who should start peaking right about now.

  • J.R.

    So Jesus Guzman was DFA by the Giants, who would have the first shot at claiming him if a trade isnt made?

    • Tom Zig

      nationals, i believe

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

      NL teams, starting with the team with the worst record and end with the one with the best record. Then the AL gets their crack. The Yanks’ have the very last chance to claim any player put on waivers this winter.

      • Tom Zig

        That’s the price of greatness

  • danny

    finally saw Avatar last night, SICK.

    • VO

      What is it about anyway? I have heard tons of people saying such great things about it but I’m not sure why they like it so much.

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

        There’s a far away planet named Pandora which humans have been collecting a valuable mineral which is really really really expensive. Humans want to mine it but the main source of it is directly over a settlement of the native blue giant people called the Navi.

        So humans made an avatar program where humans can use a machine which lets them control actual bodies of the blue people.

        The humans have to get the blue people out of the settlement or they bomb the fuck out of it.

        It’s a pretty good movie. I thought it was stupid initially but gladly I was wrong. It’s worth seeing IMO.

        • danny

          amazing in Imax 3-D, i felt like i was actually in the movie

          • southernyankeefan

            Avatar, while a good movie is essentially a futuristic Pocahantis.

            • Jim
            • AndrewYF

              I thought it was just an updated version of Ferngully.

              • Jim

                Ferngully + Pocahontas + Dances With Wolves, all on an incredible amount of steroids.

                • danny

                  haha yea the story line is basically nothing that we haven’t heard before, but what movie isn’t anymore?

  • ultimate913

    What would the Nationals want in return for Willingham now that he is apparently on the block? I’m guessing too much.

    • VO

      Melky and Kennedy baseball cards should do.

      • VO

        I forgot to add the
        /every old trade proposal from before they were traded’d

        • Steve H

          We still have Melky Mesa!

    • Tom Zig

      too much to make it worth it.

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)
  • T-Dubs

    That video served as a serious reminder of how nuts A-Rod went this postseason. Christ.

    Also, how unenthusiastic can Joe Buck be for all of those WS highlights? Jack Buck would sound more alive.

  • Tampa Yankee

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

    This should end well. Dusty Baker and a guy who will be coming back from TJ. I say his arm falls off before June 2011.

  • Paul Canales

    That first clip is purely majestic. Anytime you see Jeter hit a home run like that, you know you did something wrong

    • Zack

      80mph right down the middle, ouch

    • Evilest Empire

      As my friend put it at the time that it happened, Jeter domestically abused that baseball.

  • Jim

    How do they not have the Damon double steal though? they have A-rod driving him in, but I think having his at bat + the steal would have been pretty necessary.

  • AndrewYF

    I think I like Swisher’s ‘win-reaction’ the best. Just pure joy on his face.

    • Evilest Empire

      A-Rod’s win-reaction is definitely my favorite. The way his arms are straight up in the air with his head bobbing up and down as he runs to the forming mob, its hilarious and cathartic.

      Just the fact that it was Rodriguez’s first WS win, and he’s one of the longest tenured players in the league that was on the team, with his career and all the the shit that went down before that with him … awesome moment.

      • Jack

        Girardi’s reaction always cracks me up.

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

    I am pleased to announce that I have now met in person yet another RAB regular–and you all can guess who =P

    • Drew

      Did JMK pose as a talent agent to you too?

    • Jack

      I hope it’s Bo.

      • Steve H

        Depends what time of the day, could have been Lanny. Or Sal. Or Grant. Not sure when the transformations take place.

    • AndrewYF

      The Ax?

      • Jack

        Jim the Jew?

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

      One of you has answered correctly. Sort of.

      • Drew

        Don’t sign anything. It’s a scam!

  • Jack

    $65 million? Hahahahahaha

  • Peter

    Dear Internet

    • Jack

      I just got the urge to drink some cream soda.

      • Head Scratcher

        Me too. I’m saving it for Conan’s Fox debut in September, though.

  • Jramey

    I want to see melky and canos reaction

  • Drew–Donate if you can

    Not now chief, I’m in the fuckin (cone)zone.

  • Brian

    Is it possible to watch the tribute videos without getting goosebumps, and without having an ear-to-ear smile? God damn the winter, I need baseball back.

  • Derwood Morris

    One thing I noticed about these videos is, there’s never any highlights during losses. Even though there are some good highlights from losses-Damon’s HR in game 3 vs. anaheim, the come back in game 5 against anaheim, it’s great that they’re never included. I think I’ve seen Gardner’s catch in game 5 against Philly, but that’s it from losses.

  • http://www.thebobbyclassifieds.com Derwood Morris

    Posada’s HR in game 3 is what I meant.