Open Thread: A letter from Safe At Home

For MLB, 2009 brought money, money, money
A preliminary look at Heritage Field Park

That up there came from the thank you letter I received from Joe Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation today. As you probably remember, we donated $1,500 to the foundation as part of our 2009 Pledge Drive a few weeks ago, though I wasn’t expecting any kind of thanks. You can see the full letter here, though it’s tough to read from the pic. Don’t worry, I did transcribe the thing, so you can read it after the jump. It’s not overly personalized or anything, but it’s the thought that counts.

Otherwise, here’s your open thread for the night. No basketball tonight, just the Olympics. You know what to do, so have fun.

Dear Michael,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, volunteers, staff and the tens of thousands of individuals suffering through the experience of domestic violence each day, I want to express my gratitude for your generous gift to The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation. You contribution will be of great help, as we continue in our mission of “educating to end the cycle of domestic violence and save lives.”

The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) organization, tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service. Accordingly, contributions made to the Foundation are deductible for federal income tax purposes. Please note that we have no provided you with any other goods or services in exchange for your $1,500.00 contribution. Your donation is, therefore, fully deductible. Please retain this letter for your records.

Our combined efforts give hope and support to the many children and families that have to cope with fear, abuse and violence in their lives, We hope that you will continue to be a member of our Safe At Home team.

Thank you again.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Coppola
Development Officer

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For MLB, 2009 brought money, money, money
A preliminary look at Heritage Field Park
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    No good deed goes unpunished unthanked.

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

    Rough start for the American women.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    So, the headeline “Jeter Bites Tongue Over Contract Issue” is on the front page of Yahoo. It’s followed by “The Yankees refuse to change a policy to accommodate one of their all-time great players.”

    Why don’t they get it? It’s seriously friggin annoying that this is even an issue. The Yankees have a strict policy… big deal, Jeter has said he can’t imagine being anywhere else, and the Yankees aren’t going to let him go unless something out of the ordinary happens, end it there.

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

      We’re the champs. They have to write something.

    • larryf

      Controversy free never lasts long…

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

    So. Dude. What the hell is with this snow?

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

      I just heard it going to pretty much be snowing from now until Sunday. So much for getting any work done.

      Whatevs, I could use a few days off. I’ve had roughly 2 1/2 since New Years.

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    You know what yanks me right out of a dramatic moment in “Lost”?

    When Mac from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” shows up as a random Other.

    • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      And he was very “Mac” even as Aldo, wasn’t he? Acting all tough and stuff. (It’s too bad his character was so annoying on Lost.)

      I was kinda waiting for Mac to come back at some point, it always seemed weird that he had sucha a bit part when he was first on the show.

      • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        PS: For the Lost fans out there:

        http://warmingglow.uproxx.com/.....ban-hitmen (safe)

      • DP

        Always Sunny was pretty new when he appeared on Lost, so that’s probably why he had such a small part. The best is seeing him and Charlie in (different) episodes of Law and Order.

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        He was Mac-ish, trying to figure out Hawking and then getting smacked around by a girl.

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

    WORST. RANKINGS. EVER.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

    25. Jacoby Ellsbury
    26. CC Sabathia

    WTF.

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

      The meme potential here is astronomical.

    • Teix is the Man

      I thought it was a joke…I worte in my diary, “Veronica said a funny joke..HAHA!”

      /Anchorman’d, FTW

    • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      It’s a fantasy baseball ranking, I think you have to keep that in mind.

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

        I know but still I think I’d rather have CC Sabathia rather than Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury good but he can hit for average and get a lot of steals but that’s really about it.

        • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          They also have Broxton, Nathan and Papsmear ahead of Mo, and a zillion other things you could make fun of… But it’s a fantasy baseball ranking. A guy who steals 50-70 bases a year is worth a TON in fantasy baseball, and anyone who drafts closers early in a fantasy baseball draft probably won’t do very well in their league.

          There’s really nothing to see here, this is much some ado about nothing.

          • Nady Nation

            Seriously. Not everything needs to be taken as the national media hating/disrespecting the Yankees.

          • rbizzler

            Agreed. 70 steals basically locks up the SB category in a roto league.

    • JGS

      clearly they like stolen bases. a lot

    • Accent Shallow

      Oh, it’s fantasy rankings.

      Meaningless.

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

      I’d like to know why Pablo Sandoval is 55.

    • Big Juan

      I don’t disagree with that. Ellsbury’s value in fantasy is much, much higher than it is in real life.

      Plus, in fantasy baseball, there are far fewer 70 stolen base threats than there are top of the line pitchers. SP is such a deep position that CC’s value takes a hit.

      Nothing to see here.

    • bexarama

      A-Rod, Kemp, and Miggy Cabs are also listed higher than Mauer. I’ve never played fantasy baseball so I dunno how it works, but I probably wouldn’t really sweat it. CC is still listed as a top five pitcher.

      If it was a list of players in baseball in general then yes, it would be dumb to list Tacoby over CC.

      • bexarama

        And why is Youk #58?! I hate the guy, but he’s way better than that.

        • Big Juan

          It’s all about positional value. There are so many good first basemen that Youk isn’t as valuable.

          Though, his value goes up if he has third base eligibility, as that position isn’t nearly as deep.

          • bexarama

            OK, thanks. As I said – I never played fantasy baseball, so I have absolutely no idea about what stats are valued and what stats aren’t.

            • Big Juan

              Happy to help.

              I’m kind of a fantasy baseball nerd anyway.

  • bexarama

    Picture day!

    http://www.gettyimages.com/Sea.....ees%202010
    (safe)

    And they look slightly less like zombies than last year!

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

      Danke.

    • DP

      What do they use these pictures for anyway?

    • Tom Zig

      heh Edwar looks like he has a mullet

      • bexarama

        GGBG looks like a ridiculous badass.

        There are actually a couple of pictures where Edwar is turned sideways, and you can still see him!

        • JGS

          Gardner has hair now. It’s on top of his head though, so it doesn’t add grit

        • DP

          If only there was a picture with the rays coming through of Jesus…

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

        Ha yeah for a minute I thought that shadow was hair.

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

        Oh good Lord. Nunez has to be one of the most comically unfortunate looking people I’ve ever seen.

    • Tom Zig

      A-rod has raccoon eyes on the 2nd page, first suit picture

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

      Is there a way to get these images for personal use (i.e. desktop wallpapers) without paying a ridiculous sum of money?

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

      Is the K-man wearing sneakers?

      http://www.gettyimages.com/det.....ages-Sport

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      THANK YOU.
      Very little makes me happier right now than picture day, except for a lack of injuries and 500-foot home runs from Montero.

    • kunaldo

      Dude that one Arod pic is sooo photoshoppable into a Centaur(CentWAR?).

      #97054056

      (I don’t know how to link to it, it’s a pop up)

  • W.W.J.M.D.

    I can’t wait for spring break. I live about a half hour from the Sox and Twins ST sites so I’m going with my best bud, who is a Sox fan, to see the Sox. I can’t wait to see how much shit i get from Sox fan for going there wearing my WS Champ shirt.

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

    Question: Which book do I tackle next? Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, the Bronx is Burning, 2066 or a book on Auschwitz?

    • Tom Zig

      #2

    • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

      Mentioning James, Theo said on the radio today that Bill has little to do with the Handbook, they just slap his name on it, and that he has zero to do with the projections at this point. That bothers me. They are the Bill James projections, yet Bill saves his “good” projections for the Sox. The book should state very clear that these are not his best projections.

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

        Are those “good” projections the ones that said Smoltz and Penny were good risks?

        • bexarama

          IP/ERA predictions going into 2009 (I think this was PECOTA):

          Brad Penny 155 4.47
          John Smoltz 70 3.57

          http://www.sadtrombone.com/

    • NYY626

      The Bronx is Burning is ready good. Some baseball drama during this *quiet and boring* spring training

      • rbizzler

        Agreed. Bronx is Burning was an excellent read as I managed to shoehorn it into my graduate school comp reading list.

    • Accent Shallow

      Do you mean 2666? I’d recommend that, since what I’ve read of Bolano I like a lot.

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    If you were a pitcher, wouldn’t you be terrified to get giant tattoos on your pitching arm?

    I get nervous just seeing them, especially on the elbows.

    I also hate needles though so maybe I’m overreacting.

    • Big Juan

      What inspired this post? Haha.

      • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

        The pictures of AJ.

        • Big Juan

          Alright that makes sense. I thought you pulled it out of right field.

          • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

            But for realsies, don’t tattoos get infected? At least sometimes?

            • Big Juan

              I’m sure it happens.

              Ask this guy: http://www.theheckler.com/news.....verson.jpg

              • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

                we’re talkin’ bout tattoos….
                …not a game…
                ….not a game….
                we’re talkin’ bout tattoos man.

            • DP

              Not if you take care of them.

              • DP

                AKA shower.

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

      No, actually I would get as many tattoos as possible of life-sized Baseballs on my arm, in an attempt to confuse the hitters.

      • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

        You’d spend your summers wearing long sleeves on the mound then. But I appreciate the strategy.

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

          I’m an innovator.

  • Hangoverologist

    Open question: Over/under 40 HRs for Tex this season?

    I say over with 42.

    • ColoYank

      Do you think he’ll start out hotter?

      Considering Tex-man, he has similar unorthodoxies from both sides of the plate. He looks like he’s leaning way back away from the plate, and swings one-handed (this is more accentuated when he hits lefty). How does the man hit anything?

      I liked it that you picked the “over.”

      • bexarama

        I think he’ll be slightly better at the beginning of the season this year. He’s gonna have Alex Rodriguez batting behind him from day 1 this time around, after all.

        He’s always a slow starter, though.

  • pete

    any stocks people on the site?

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

      Your looking for financial advice on a Baseball site, filled with people you don’t know?

      Sure, I can help you. What you need to do is invest in ABC corp. It’s small cap, but the growth projections are enormous. It’s actually so small, it can only be accessed through my Paypal account. Shoot me an e-mail and I’ll hook you up with this incredible opportunity.

      • pete

        heh. no it wasn’t financial advice i was looking for. see below

    • Jose

      Do you have a particular question? Maybe someone will know the answer.

      • pete

        yeah, what does it take to start a career in that field?

        • Jose

          Buy “The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio” by William Bernstein. It goes through history all the way to how to make a portfolio.

          Know that at some point you will take the Series 7 exam. For all the in between stuff, you should start with some google searches about how people got into the field. Maybe talk with someone you know in the field and pick their brain.

          Just like any other career, you should get some of the basic knowledge about what you have to do. Then really research everything and use people familiar with the field as resources.

          • DP

            The 7 is a biiiiiiitch FYI.

        • Lanny

          You’re asking for finance career advice on a baseball blog?

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      put all of your money inWAFFLES! Tasty Waffles!

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

        Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
        Benjamin: Yes, sir.
        Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
        Benjamin: Yes, I am.
        Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
        Benjamin: Just how do you mean that, sir?

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061722/quotes

        • bexarama

          i love this movie. A LOT.

          • ColoYank

            What makes you think I’m trying to seduce you, Benjamin?

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

            One of the best ever. Timeless.

          • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

            Amazing, amazing movie. One of my favorites EVER.

    • ColoYank

      Seriously? If you’re into currencies, stay away from the Euro right now. Dollars are a lot safer. And, commodities – gold, copper, oil – will not do great this year. Greece is set to default on a lot of its debt, and will hurt the rest of the European market.

      But don’t quote me.

      • Jose

        Avoid Zimbabwean Dollars. 6.5 × 10^108% inflation in December of 2008. Yes, inflation was more then a googol percent.

        • JGS

          I have a Z$50,000,000,000 bill. I think at the time it was worth about $3.50

  • rbizzler

    Ahoy:

    does anyone have any insight into which projections/advanced metrics are the best for fantasy draft prep?

    I have finished 2nd and 3rd in my NL-only roto league the last year but I am looking for an edge (outside of luck) to put me over the top this year.

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

    Snow is coming down SIDEWAYS in Bayside right now.

    • Tom Zig

      Sideways rain

      /Forrest Gump

    • Esteban

      you’re in bayside? i’m in college point

  • Tom Zig

    Pick one:

    Waffle House or IHop

    • Jose

      IHOP. It is arguable that they have better waffles than Waffle House in addition to great pancakes.

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      IHOP

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

    You know, the guys at NoMaas are just WAY too obsessed over that one comment Jorge made about ‘toughening his hands’ a few years ago.

    http://nomaas.org/blog/wp-cont.....place2.jpg

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      Agreed. Although I was certain that link would take me to their custom t-shirts:

      http://www.zazzle.com/ladies_j.....6625496774

      • bexarama

        HOLY CRAP THAT IS AMAZING

        (I already have my share – and by my share, I mean one – of Yankee t-shirts with bad puns, though.)

        • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

          go on…

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

            He has one that says “I’m too Bexy, I’m too Bexy for this shirt, this shirt, so Bexy it huuuurts.”

            • bexarama

              I lol’ed.

              Anyway, I have the “let me Pett-itte” one because I’m super lame.

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

                Ouch.

                • bexarama

                  Terrible pun.

                  “Urine good hands” is better because at least it’s clever and sort of an inside joke.

              • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

                HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
                I literally LOL’d right there.

            • http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music2/nyspringsteen.jpg E Street Shuffle

              i was under the impression its “she”

              • bexarama

                Yup.

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

                  Ooops, sorry.

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

        +20

  • bexarama

    I know there’s been complaints about the ads on the site or whatever, but I just want to say that I’m very amused that there’s currently an ad for buying Cubs gear. That’s all.

    • Lanny

      Beats the steroid ads.

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

    Do the people of RAB think that the Yankees should spent more money on the draft? I was wondering because over at nyyfans.com in the forum a guy is complaining about the Yankees spending on the draft and int signee’s. I think that they spend enough.

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

      They spend plenty, more than enough.

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

        They are in the top 10 in spending. Just because they spend the most on the MLB payroll doesn’t mean that they are made of money. Spending 8 million a year should get you a good draft.

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

      With a CBA coming up in a year or so and an Intl draft being one of the issues as it is, I’d say they’re smart not to push their luck.

      Could they sign everyone? Sure, but it would probably be the last time they do so.

    • bexarama

      does the person you’re talking about’s user name end with a question mark? Because that person is… uhhhh… interesting.

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

    Joe has another Fangraphs piece up.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....ent-135629

    Someone tell that Steve S. guy that he isn’t funny. What an ass.

  • http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music2/nyspringsteen.jpg E Street Shuffle

    there needs to be a snow day tomorrow. I’m knee deep in slush on the upper west

    • http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music2/nyspringsteen.jpg E Street Shuffle

      side

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

        of New

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

          York

          • Accent Shallow

            City

    • JGS

      no snow day here in Brooklyn ::grumbles::

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I hate Thursdays.

    • Jose

      Sweet Thursday? The day after Lousy Wednesday and the day before Waiting Friday?

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

    A-Rod Offered Damon Advice on Free Agency

    http://slidingintohome.blogspo.....to+Home%29

    -Announce your free agency during the World Series

    -Receive no offers from anyone due to your asking price

    -Fire your agent and attempt to negotiate a deal yourself

    -When all else fails, remember these two words:

    Hank

    Steinbrenner

    • Lanny

      I’m sure Johnny will cry himself to sleep with his 8 mil this yr instead of his non offer from the Yankees.

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

        2 years 14 mil, according to Johnny himself.

        • whozat

          That fact does not fit my narrative, and do I reject your reality and substitute my own.

          /Lanny’d

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

      Well…

      My two words would be.. I’m Alex Fucking Rodriguez. That’s two words, right?

  • bexarama

    Oooh I should add that I had MLB Network’s Hot Stove program on in the background earlier and one of the analysts said something like “it’s a good thing they got all those strikeout pitchers because the outfield defense is very iffy,” and then a couple of the other analysts chimed in that what he was saying wasn’t necessarily true, and that the Yankees had greatly improved their outfield defense. (fistpump)

    • Tom Zig

      w00t!

  • AJ

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reported that Manny Ramirez said he would play three more years in the majors and then two years in Japan. This came just a day after Ramirez hinted that 2010 would probably be his last year with the Dodgers and possibly his last year in baseball altogether. At this point, Ramirez could announce that he wants to play for Mr. Burns’ softball team and nobody would bat an eye.

    Haha that was funny.