Open Thread: Boone calls it a career

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Ex-Yankee Aaron Boone called it a career today, retiring at age-36 and a year after having open heart surgery. He’ll join ESPN as a television analyst, and for his sake I hope he does better than Tino Martinez did.

Boone came to the Yankees at the 2003 trade deadline in exchange for prospects Brandon Claussen and Charlie Manning, plus some cash. The aging Robin Ventura was hitting just .251-.355-.392 with a .326 wOBA at the time of the trade, though the in-his-prime Boone didn’t improve on those numbers at all, hitting .254-.302-.418 with a .322 wOBA in pinstripes. By the time the ALCS rolled around, Boone found himself on the bench regularly while Enrique Wilson started at third. Despite all that, he made his mark in pinstripes, and will forever be remembered in Yankee lore for that one special moment.

After Boone tore up his knee in a pickup basketball game during the offseason, the Yankees went ahead and acquired Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers. Boone’s time in pinstripes was brief, but it certainly did not lack impact. I wonder how long it’ll be before we see him at Old Timer’s Day.

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Here’s your open thread for tonight. Both the Knicks and Nets are playing, plus there’s the Olympics. You know what to do, so have it.

Photo Credit: Bill Kostroun, AP

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  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    You guys have got to see the Mets team write up in BP 2010…

    • bexarama

      Heh, what does it say?

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

        It’s about 20 pages of documenting the Mets’ injury woes. Complete with graphs.

        • bexarama

          hahaha (breaks leg)

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

      I’d ask you to excerpt it for us, but I don’t want to expose the entire RAB community to any undue injury risk.

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

    I wonder how long it’ll be before we see him at Old Timer’s Day.

    This year. I bet he plays third at the 2010 Old Timer’s Day.

    He can come off the bench for Angel Berroa.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Thanks for the two memories, Aaron. They won’t soon be forgotten.

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      I was 12 years old when the Boone blast took place… I honest to Mo can’t think of a time when I was more purely elated than that moment. Especially since it came on the heels of such a gritty otherworldly performance from Mariano. It was a fantastic moment in my childhood/Yankees history. Just fantastic.

      Too bad it didn’t carry over for 4 more wins, though…

      • bexarama

        It’s a good thing you crossed out that “gritty” because Mariano can’t be gritty, he’s Hispanic. Duh.

  • bexarama
  • Teix is the Man

    Lets go CUSE!!!

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

      +42

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      ‘Nova vs. ‘Cuse? That’s like watching Sox/Angels. Can’t the stadium just fall down?

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

        The old saying around my house for games like this is “rooting for injuries”

        Karma be damned.

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

          Nova and Cuse play on Saturday.

          I still need to find somewhere good to watch!

          • Rey22

            Go Nova!! =D

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Word.

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

    Non-bold prediction: Bobby Valentine and Aaron Boone will look like Albert Einstein and Noam Chomsky when surrounded by the slack-jawed troglodytes that comprises the rest of the BBTN team of “analysts”.

    The collective intelligence quotient of the show just doubled.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Any day during which you can read/say “troglodyte(s)” is a good day.

      • ColoYank

        The chorus from “Cletus, the Slack-Jawed Yokel,” that song from the Simpsons, is now running through my head.

        Good times.

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

          Some folk’ll never lose a toe, but then again, some folk’ll
          Like Cletus the Slack Jawed Yokel

          • ColoYank

            I knew I could depend on you, my man. I couldn’t have come up with anything but the title. That, and the immortal line Cletus utters in his yokel singsong: “You just keep birthin’ that baby, Brandine!”

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

              (climbs up to top of telephone pole to retrieve boots)
              Cletus: Hey, I can call my ma from here. HEY MA, GIT OFFA THE DANG ROOF!

    • bexarama

      The only problem with Aaron Boone is his voice is sort of irritating. He’s definitely smarter than Kruk, though.

      I am still traumatized by how BAD Tino was on BBTN though.

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

        I saw Moises Alou on BBTN the other night, talking about the Puerto Rican winter league team he managed.

        He. Was. Bru. Tal.

        • ColoYank

          Are you imitating a speech pattern there, tommie?

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

            I bet Moises is probably a great sliver-tongued wordsmith in Spanish, but his English is just not remotely talkinghead-worthy.

            • Big Juan

              I would pay to listen to him curse in Spanish.

              • Thomas A. Anderson

                Steve Bartman beat you to it.

                • http://www.wiredtowns.com Short Porch

                  niiice

            • Chops

              Then be glad Ozzie Guillen isn’t the Yankees manager.

      • Big Juan

        Tino just isn’t that smooth when he speaks. I felt like he was always stuttering.

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

          He’s overly self-conscious. Can’t get natural and be loose and comfortable.

          • Big Juan

            Maybe on YES this year he’ll have a 1997 type breakout.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Tino was terrrrrrrible on TV.

        • bexarama

          It’s still kind of traumatizing how bad he was. He’s such a good-looking, charming, and (he seems like it anyway) genuinely nice guy, how could he be SO BAD? But he was.

          • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

            If only Tino’s hair could speak for him, the words would flow like warm honey.

  • bexarama

    Also, on a more serious note, I will never, ever, ever forget all the things Fox showed after that home run. All the Yankees on the field, just going crazy. Moose and Zimmer in the locker room, in tears. Bret Boone just grinning in the booth. A bunch of ugly white dudes with gritbeards in the Red Sox dugout looking out at it all. Everyone in the stands singing “New York, New York” over and over and over. And above all, Mariano collapsing on the mound, totally overwhelmed in joy and gratitude.

    For once, Fox got it and just sort of shut up and showed the images.

    • gc

      I’m glad you brought that up because I was going to say much the same thing. FOX gets a lot of heat and rightfully so at times, but I thought the Buck call was perfect and then both he and McCarver did what they were supposed to after such a dramatic moment…they let the images speak for them. And they let the moment happen without words almost all the way through Sinatra. Amazing night and amazing moment in Yankees history.

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

    Wondering if someone can give me a quick and dirty explanation of park factors… Why would anything other than the size of the field (i.e. distance to outfield fences) really matter? Obviously elevation above sea level and wind patterns play some role, but beyond those things… What makes up the difference in park factors and why do they change, year-to-year?

    I’m just wondering because YS3 was number 1 for HRs last year, but middle-to-back of the pack in other metrics. I’m curious why those other metrics would matter as much as, or more than, HRs. I mean, a single through the infield is a single through the infield whether it’s hit in Wrigley or in Fenway, right? Shouldn’t the park factors measuring how easy it is to hit a HR in the different parks be the most important of the park-comparison metrics?

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

      The first thing that comes to my mind is grass (or turf), particularly infield grass. Some stadiums play with consistently faster IF grass turning more groundballs into hits.

      Next would be foul territory. More foul territory = fewer baserunners (due to increased pop-outs).

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

        Yeah, I realized after I posted that comment that there are a bunch of other factors that are easily identifiable… We can add size/configuration of outfield fences to the list (Green Monster, the obstacle course in Houston, etc.).

        I guess I don’t have a problem with park factors… I just always wonder if they’re too much a measurement of the teams/players who happen to play there since the rankings change year–to-year, and in some cases, change a bit too much for it to seem normal to me.

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

          Single-year park factors are probably like single-year UZR data: too small a sample to be reliable.

          There are some parks that consistently supress or increase offense, though, like Safeco and Petco on one end and Coors, Arlington, and Fenway on the other.

        • Accent Shallow

          Well, since park factors are based on a weighting of home/road stats, you will see a bit of an issue, since the average player does tend to hit slightly better at home.

          However, I don’t think that would be enough to entirely invalidate a park factor — maybe if all the Yankees had played like Swisher.

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

            Yeah… I’m totally aware that my skepticism is probably a bit unfounded. I think I just fall into the camp that would only pay attention to long-term park factors, like 10 year averages or something, like TSJC suggested (he didn’t say 10 years or anything, I just mean the long-term vs. short-term thing).

            • Accent Shallow

              Well, for the long term and the short term, you have the one year factor and the three year factor, which are the industry standard, as it may.

              Here’s an illuminating discussion at The Book blog, featuring comments from MGL and others:

              http://www.insidethebook.com/e.....k_factors/

              (MGL does mention 10 year park factors here, which I had never heard used before. Of course, the subject of the comment thread is running an exhaustive analysis)

  • pat

    Jeff Nelson looks like a dementor.

    • bexarama

      ietc

      Moose looks like he’s flying.

  • Big Juan

    http://espn.go.com/espn/page2/index?id=4939475

    Wow is about all you can say after you see this shot.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      That. Was. Awesome.

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

        I saw that one too. How many times do you make that shot? 1 out of 100? 1 out of 500?

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

          I don’t know man… In a game situation like that? Pretty ridiculous.

    • billbybob

      That was sick. Also, we can’t talk about Vince Carter without linking to this.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMrPjl-927Q

      • Big Juan

        If Carter gave a shit, he would have been a top-10 player all-time. The talent is absolutely there.

        • billbybob

          Watching Jamison and him at UNC was pretty incredible back in the day.

  • Guest

    That video just literally gave me chills. One jarring thing: Old Yankee Stadium got loud as soon as the ball left his bat. Very, very loud. Like one of the loudest sounds I have ever heard, loud. What a moment.

    Also, I am not sure I have seen a team that happy to win a baseball game ever, World Series included.

    • Big Juan

      My dad actually fainted when this happened. Just fell down. I was only 13, so I was freaking out.

      Everything about that home run was surreal.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)
    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Probably legit, but:

      View of the Hudson, Friendly cat.

      That’s curious. Taking a job working in someone’s apartment (where their bed is)… Hmmm…

    • ColoYank

      I think it’s probably legit, and it seems like there’s a level of honesty in the post. No vague promises about hours, conditions, other than the nice cat.

  • Chip

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....on-yankees

    Hilarious, that’s what I call pandering to your base right there. Best part:

    1. Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and the newly signed John Lackey are going to perform better (collectively) than Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte.

    2. At 25, Clay Buchholz is about to become a big-time starter in the major leagues.

    Those are the only two things that need to happen for for the Red Sox to be the better team this year. Obviously, there isn’t a whole lot of information to back this up or it wouldn’t be a very good column now would it?

    • bexarama

      There are a large number of articles that completely ignore any success at all by Joba and Hughes in the starting rotation, and act like Clay Buchholz is a completely dependable starter. It’s kind of gross.

      I posted this in the off-topic thread a little while ago so apologies for the duplicate article, and it’s Gammons so maybe it’s expected, but…:
      http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

      Among things, he says that nine of Buchholz’s (I cannot spell that) last ten starts were quality starts, which isn’t true.

      I do think the Red Sox have the best 1-2-3 but they don’t put the Jim Rice fear into me.

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

      Now I think the Sox have a slight advantage in their rotation. A slight one. But this article was completely insane.

      If the statement seems absurd, well, it shouldn’t. The Yankees had only the fifth-best rotation ERA in the AL last year. The Red Sox ranked eighth.

      ONLY fifth best? Really? You acknowledge that the Red Sox are worse but of course to the Yankees it’s only fifth best. So what’s the Red Sox? “Eighth but they were not nearly as expensive a the Yankees making them heroes of the game for performing very close on the level of the hated disgusting New York Yankees while not making nearly the same amount.”

      So we’re not talking about a huge spread to start, and I believe Boston will outpitch its rival for two principal reasons:

      1. Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and the newly signed John Lackey are going to perform better (collectively) than Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte.

      …No proof or facts to back it up. Awesome. Not even an eyes or memory argument.

      2. At 25, Clay Buchholz is about to become a big-time starter in the major leagues.

      And guess who too will about to be big time starters? Joba Chamberlain and/or Phil Hughes. But no I’m pretty sure Morosi is a B-Jobber and even if Hughes pitches well he won’t receive any credit from the media at all.

      And Buchholz shows that young pitchers struggle when he did earlier in his career but I never saw an article clamoring him for the all mighty, most important role in the 8th inning.

      Boston should have a lower team ERA overall this year, in part because of something that has nothing to do with Lackey’s arrival or Buchholz’s development. With Adrian Beltre, Marco Scutaro and Mike Cameron in the everyday lineup, the Red Sox should be a vastly improved defensive team.

      ERA is hardly a good way to indicate a better rotation which is what the damn topic is about. Especially when the Red Sox pitcher’s will benefit greatly from their new additions. So honestly I might put that under as “irrelevant.” And I love how no one mentions ever that the Yankees defense went from Mo-awful to average/above average to good in a couple years.

      Lackey has yet to throw a meaningful pitch for the Red Sox, but he’s already one of the most proven postseason performers in the room. He won the Angels’ World Series clincher in 2002 and humbled his future Boston teammates over 7 1/3 scoreless innings during the AL Division Series last October.

      Faulty human memory and a SSS FTW! Nice.

      • bexarama

        He won the Angels’ World Series clincher in 2002 and humbled his future Boston teammates over 7 1/3 scoreless innings during the AL Division Series last October.

        I didn’t read the article because I knew it would be dumb like that, but you know, they humbled him in 2007 and 2008. CHOKER!!!!

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

        Oh I forgot this:

        Burnett may have answered critics by earning a ring in his first year as a Yankee, but let’s not forget that he led the AL in walks and had a 5.27 postseason ERA. And Pettitte needed extra rest to compensate for shoulder trouble late last season.

        It’s called a short sample Morosi; learn what it is. Why you ignore his good regular season ERA I have no idea. Oh wait….that says something good about a Yankee and that’s numbers 1-10 on a sports journalist list of THING NEVER TO SAY IN AN ARTICLE!

        Meanwhile, the Yankees’ staff may start looking tired roundabout the middle of August. Maybe sooner.
        Okay that’s bullshit and we all know that. I know he didn’t bother researching that at all.

        Terrible Foxsports article. In other news which is breaking for these media guys, the Yankees won the 2009 World Series.

        • bexarama

          The Yankees won the 2009 World Series, but don’t you see that’s actually a BAD THING!!! Because they’re gonna be tired!!! Yeah!!!

          /We Are! FoxSports!’d

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

            Yankees win the World Series: They’re gonna be tired/disinterested, they won’t repeat.

            Anyone else wins the World Series: They’re hungry and want to stay on top, they’ll repeat.

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

            Then Boston will start it’s 10 year dynasty!!!! Yeah!!! Lackey will be big game forever. Beckett will be an ace forever!!! Buchholz will be ace like but with no space by the number 4 guy while Casey Kelly will be a God. But he has to pitch in the 5th spot since everyone is sooo damn good.

            • bexarama

              Don’t you know what Boston did in 2004 and 2007 was more impressive than what the Yankees did in 1996-2001? (I read an article that actually said this on ESPNBoston. The basic thesis of it was, “If they hadn’t lost in 2009, they would have won.” GENIUS. AMAZING.)

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

                I saw that too! I posted it after being completely shocked at the idiocy. I mean it’s simple math…

                Red Sox Championships from 2004-1009: 2
                Yankees Championships from 1996-2001: 4

                ESPNBoston’s Verdict: Red Sox

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

                  FAIL
                  2009*

                • bexarama

                  5* ;)

                  But but but the Red Sox were always playing from a position of being eliminated! This somehow means they’re better than, like, the 1998 and 1999 Yankees who went 22-3 over those postseasons!

                • Big Juan

                  Teh 2004-2009 Sox were so good they won 2 World Series in -995 years!!!!

                • bexarama

                  agh dammit, you meant the 2004-2009 Red Sox, not the 1996-2009 Yankees.

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

      Sure, I’ll play:

      1. Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and the newly signed John Lackey are going to perform better (collectively) than Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte.

      I’ll actually agree with that. CC will easily outpitch whomever is the best Red Sox pitcher named there, but Burnett and Pettitte will probably be slightly worse than the other two Bostoners. The sum of the three is probably slightly tilted in Boston’s favor (assuming that both Beckett and Lackey have no injuries, which is a large assumption).

      2. At 25, Clay Buchholz is about to become a big-time starter in the major leagues.

      I’ll agree with that too. Doesn’t mean he’ll be better than Javy Vazquez. Spoiler alert: he won’t be.

      So:
      Beckett, Lester, Lackey > CC, AJ, Andy
      Vazquez >>> Buchholz

      ——————

      What Morosi neglected to mention:
      Joba/Gaudin >>>>> Matsuzaka/Wakefield

      I’ll take the Yankees rotation, thanks.

      • Tom Zig

        Doesn’t Matsuzaka throw like 8 different pitches?

        I heard a rumor that Wakefield met King George III.

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

          Doesn’t Matsuzaka throw like 8 different pitches?

          Yes.

          Good ones? No.

  • Tampa Yankee

    True story (I know everyone says that but it is…), when I saw who was coming up for the Yanks in the 11th, I turn to my buddy and say “How about a little Reds magic?” because of all the come from behind/walk-offs I remember them having as a team that year. The rest is history!

    That HR has always struck a cord with me for that reason and I always cheered for Boone no matter where he went after NY. I wish him nothing but the best in his retirement!

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

      Omg… You randomly suggested that a guy might hit a HR to end an extra-innings game? You’re a witch.

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

        Burns: You there, Strawberry! Go hit a homer.
        Strawberry: Sure thing, skip!

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

          And damnit Mattingly, SHAVE THOSE SIDEBURNS!

        • ColoYank

          LOL!!

          For the record, I have called two Yankee home runs in person in away games. One, by Bobby Murcer in his second tour of duty, with Reggie on first, to win a game in Oakland, and much, MUCH later, I turned to the nearest Yankee fan at Coors Field, and gestured toward Jeter as he approached the plate. I said, “He’s gonna hit it out,” and two pitches later, BOOM to dead center. The guy was impressed but he didn’t talk to me any more that game.

          • ColoYank

            In each case, there was definitely something about how each player walked up to the plate that spoke to me.

      • ColoYank

        (bent over double, and doing my best Marty Feldman) “The torches and kindling are ready, mahster!”

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

          Careful. We may have to tie you up and toss you in a lake and see if you float.

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

            I bet Riddering does.

            /boobsjoke’d

            • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

              …when did this become a meme?

  • Bryan

    Which Yankee is crying on the mound in that video?

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

      Mo

      • Bryan

        Thats what I thought, I just wasn’t positive.

  • JSquared

    That was the best moment in sports that i’ve ever watched live.

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

      Better than Olympic curling? I THINK NOT!!!!!

    • JGS

      me too. and I’ve been to two WS clinchers (technically three, but I try to forget 03)

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

    That game was so awesome for many reasons but one fav. of mine is this story:

    I was in college, watching the game in a dorm room with 5-6 friends. One being this girl Ellie who was a huge Yankee fan. My roommate Brian (a YUGE Sox fan) finally flips out on McCarver and yells something like “I f’n hate McCarver. He’s just some old a-hole who’s probably never held a baseball!”

    And Ellie in a dead-straight tone says “He was a catcher on the Cardinals for like 20 years.”

    Silence befalls the room as Brian is totally embarrassed and then smack!

    Game over.

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

      It’s ironic that Boston is such a big college town while so many Bostoners are so terminally uneducated.

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

        It was UConn for what it’s worth but I do hate Boston and everyone from there.

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

        The students are all from NY. I went to college up there and many more of the people I knew up there were from NY than from the Hub ‘O Steak Tips.

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

          A whole lot of this.

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

            Summary: Boston’s not smart, it just imports smart for temporary, fleeting gain.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Yep. Most of the students there are from the tri-state area, I’d bet. Seriously.

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

        Also, in fairness, Brian was from Portland, ME which is half Boston and half Canadia.

  • J.R.

    That look on Wakefield’s face is priceless!

  • bexarama

    Texy has a terrible haircut:
    http://cache.daylife.com/image.....H/x610.jpg (safe)

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

      :: facepalm ::

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

      Hopefully that’s just hat-head. Yikes.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Ditto.

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

          Have you seen him around town at all? Someone I know saw him at Boxcar Cantina.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            No, I haven’t. Apparently he frequents Rebeca’s down in Glenville, though.

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

              Fancy shmancy.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                Haha, it would appear that way.

                Apparently Cash was at Crucetti’s Florist a while ago (my mother got there five minutes after he left, apparently). But, that place is closed now.

    • Big Juan

      IETP

    • Accent Shallow

      Just a big goof. Doesn’t bother me any if he keeps playing like he has.

      • bexarama

        Oh, I totally agree, I was just laughing at it earlier (along with Derek’s sweet socks/sandals combo in a couple of pictures).

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

          Tex is practically rocking Lego hair.

    • ColoYank

      That looks like a fashion shoot for shower clogs.

      amirite?

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

      He looks like the jolly green giant.

      http://graysmatter.codivation......ngiant.jpg

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      His hair becomes one with the shadows.

      Bad. Ass.

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

    Thought this was pretty funny, Kornheiser and Storm.

    http://deadspin.com/5475492/es.....obe-update

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

      Yes, according to a source, even though Mr. Kornheiser’s comments about Hannah Storm’s wardrobe choices were borderline cruel, some of Storm’s bosses concur and have requested she not wear the red boots anymore.

      So, lemme get this straight…

      Barry Melrose’s on-air appearance: totally cool
      Hannah Storm’s on-air appearance: shameful, inappropriate, and mockworthy.

      Yeah… no. I disagree, Tony Kornheiser.

      Hannah Storm’s go-go boots >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> every ESPN hockey personalities’ wardrobe and hair choices

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa
    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      I’ll say this:

      Hannah Storm looks pretty damn good for 47…but she makes awful fashion choices. One could certainly argue that her position requires more formal, professional attire. Is it Kornheiser’s place to say it? Well, as a general sports commentator, I’d say it’s fair game, though his remarks were clearly not made in an effort to be constructive. Had Storm been a female announcer at another network would he have been reprimanded? Fuck no. I understand they work at the same company, so the issue is obscured, but it’s been blown out of proportion.

      Kornheiser may be a bit of an old, insensitive, sexist dolt but the punishment seemed quite harsh and arbitrary.

      /really hopes to see Shelley Smith in that outfit.

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

        Meh, I’ve got no problem with any of Hannah’s fashion choices. She’s not pulling her titties out mid-broadcast or anything.

        Then again, I am a crazy lefto communist socialist wingnut liberal whackjob who has abortions for fun and likes pissing on the Constitution and shitting on the bible while ritualistically dancing to Satan, so… whatevs.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          I don’t have a problem with it, but if she dresses poorly and unprofessionally, people shouldn’t be shocked and pissy when a columnist says, “You look like a fucking idiot, Hannah.”

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

            I just find it a blatant double standard that Hannah Storm is “unprofessional” while Don Cherry and Craig Sager are merely “unique” or “eccentric” or some other euphemism.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              Don’t see enough ESPN to know Cherry (completely agree on Sager), but if they are dressing in a manner unbecoming of their position, fuck them.

              I agree with you on a policy of uniformity; I disagree that Kornheiser should be vilified for saying Storm didn’t dress appropriately. He should have also included Cherry and Sager instead of merely isolating Storm.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
                • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                  Just…wow. Have you seen Free Radio. That Cherry guy looks like Lance’s manager a bit.

                  (This guy: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0066144/)

                  Could you imagine if that Don Cherry fellow were a real sportscaster and not talking about some lame high school sport like fencing (or hockey or whatever it is)?

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

                  That: unprofessional.

                  What Hannah Storm is doing: not unprofessional.

                • Big Juan

                  The only difference is that Cherry is just a weird looking old dude that doesn’t get much air time in the states and Storm is…well…a cougar who’s on TV every morning.

                  If Storm wasn’t hot, TK probably never would have said anything at all.

                • Big Juan

                  And yes, I absolutely agree. Storm’s outfit, while not the most impressive I’ve ever seen, is not nearly as unprofessional as Cherry.

                  Cherry’s outfits are worn for the sole purpose of drawing attention to himself. His hockey analysis isn’t that great anyway.

                • Tom Zig

                  I enjoy listening to Canadians speak, they’re so funny.

  • Maximilian Javier Rodriguez

    The Nets are going to their 6th game tonight. Bank on it.

    /hasBeenSayingThisSinceTheyWonTheir5thGame
    /NetsFan’d

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

    So I’m guessing it’s Red Sox Pwn week.

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

    The Red Sox still aren’t going to beat the Yankees’ star power, but in an offseason where the New York lost Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon, and Boston added Lackey and made as many significant changes as any other team, they Red Sox closed the wattage gap to some degree. More practically, though, they now have the top trio of starting pitchers (who is a better No. 3 than Lackey?) and just might have the best defense in baseball.

    So many things wrong in one simple paragraph…

    • bexarama

      but but but I thought it was a bad thing to have a team with an All-Star at every position! Or is this one of those things where it’s okay if you’re not the Yankees?

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

      Let’s sum up:

      Yankees departures: Matsui, Damon, Hairston, Hinske, Nady, Melky, and probably Alex Rodriguez (to a shockingly unforseen Madonna murder-suicide)
      Yankees additions: none whatsoever, at all

      Red Sox departures: nothing but slumps, injuries, and bad luck
      Red Sox additions: John Lackey (and his impending Cy Young award), Marco Scutaro (and his .390/.520/.670 2010 vital line), Adrian Gonzalez (in a midseason trade for Junichi Tazawa, straight up), and Rogers Hornsby (just trust us, they’ll pull it off somehow)

      I think I covered it.

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

        Saying the Yanks are great is like saying water is wet. He’s just looking for ‘a news story’. News stories, by their nature, are the uncommon, not the common. It’s why Joel Sherman writes such crap from time to time, he’s not reporting on what he thinks is true, but what he thinks would make for a ‘good story’.

        (Woah, that sounded WAY too close to defending his stupid article. I take back every word.)

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

          But if EVERYONE is picking against the Yankees because it’s the uncommon, it becomes the common.

          Hence, being smart and just picking based on actual analysis instead of false and contrived narrative would become the uncommon, the unique, and the noteworthy.

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

            Hence, being smart and just picking based on actual analysis instead of false and contrived narrative would become the uncommon, the unique, and the noteworthy.

            But we all know that’s going to be a fantasy for a while.

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

            Tell that to the professors who teach Journalism, who all teach the same shit.

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

              Saying the Yanks are great is like saying water is wet.

              A factually accurate, boring story >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> a ludicrously batshit insane fabricated sorta-interesting story

              The newspaper industry is dying as a whole. The New York Post is dying faster (although, technically, it’s already dead and is only sustained in zombie form as the pet project/propaganda arm of Rupert Murdoch).

      • bexarama

        You forgot Adrian Beltre, who is actually better than Alex Rodriguez and in the conversation with Mike Schmidt as the best third baseman of all time. Between him and Mike Cameron, they will turn every ball hit off a Boston pitcher into an out. Boston’s pitchers don’t strike out a lot of guys so clearly they care about defense, unlike the dumb Yankees.

  • chriskeo

    Mike, just saw your post on MLBTR about Adam Dunn, not sure if the commentors there picked up on your Boras/Damon joke, so, alas I’ll laugh about it here.
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....-dunn.html

  • Accent Shallow

    There’s been a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth about comparisons of the Yankees/Red Sox top three starters (I’m of the opinion that they’re looking at the wrong top three for the Yankees — at this point in their careers, I’d take Vazquez over Pettitte, but I digress), but one point that I feel has been overlooked is health/age — sure, Beckett is probably going to miss a few starts with blister issues, and Lackey has had elbow trouble the past two springs, but Andy Pettitte is going to be 38 this year, which is by far the oldest of anyone in either group. How much longer will he hold up?

    It wouldn’t surprise me to see Andy keep throwing up 105 ERA+s for the next 4-5 years, but it equally wouldn’t surprise me to see him out of the rotation in June in favor of Hughes.

    • bexarama

      I am obsessed with Andy Pettitte, but I agree with this.

      Vazquez is the #4 because he’s not clutch and Pettitte is clutch!1!!!

      • bexarama

        I should add that I think the wailing and gnashing of teeth is because the articles are so tremendously dumb and we saw so many like them last year, too.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Matt Taibi FTL.

          Ken Rosentard FTL.

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Are you attending his Bible study? http://twitter.com/BryanHoch/status/9531133625

        • bexarama

          Does it mean I get to look at him? I might attend Andy Pettitte’s Bible study if it meant I got to look at him.

          • bexarama

            Also, I feel like I should make a joke about something “in the Biblical manner” but I’m not clever enough to think of anything right now, booooo.

            • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

              +46

    • W.W.J.M.D

      Do you see him getting hurt or performing poorly?

      • Accent Shallow

        I say out of the six starters most commonly listed (Lester/Beckett/Lackey, Sabathia/Burnett/Pettitte), Andy is by far the most likely to throw up a stinker of a season.

        As for injury risk? Beckett’s had his issues, Lackey’s had his issues, Burnett is a wild card, but Andy has had a tired shoulder down the stretch the past two years.

        You can’t predict injury easily, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

        Which is why it’s a good thing the Yankees have Hughes.

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

      Frankly, though, think of it this way:

      Buchholz and Joba are a match. They’re both young starters with a mixture of success and failure, ready to make the leap in 2010. Thus, the comparison should be to the other 4 starters in the rotation:

      CC-AJ-Jazzy-Andy v. Beckett-Lester-Lackey-DiceK/Wakefield.

      Of those two foursomes, here’s the risk chart of not being able to throw 30+ starts and 200+ innings, in descending order (most injury-prone to least injury-prone):

      1. DiceK/Wakefield
      2t. Andy
      2t. Beckett
      2t. Lackey
      5. Burnett
      6. Lester
      7. Vazquez
      8. CC

      Is Andy old and thus, and injury risk? Yes. But Lester is the ONLY member of the Sox non-Buchholz rotation who’s not at bare minimum an injury risk equal to Andy.

      CC and Jazzy are horses. Burnett is an injury risk but is currently going on 2+ painfree seasons; his injury days may be over for the moment.

      Yankees health and depth >>>>>>>>> Sox health and depth

      • bexarama

        I would put Burnett in that group with Andy, Beckett, and Lackey. I know he’s going off 2+ injury-free seasons, but I’m still wary. I feel like Pettitte’s constantly in pain but still pitching, so hmm.

        Other than that though, yup.

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

          Burnett’s overthrowing less, though. There’s a legitimate reason to be bullish on him remaining injury free going forward.

          Beckett and Lackey are still currently breaking down and missing time each year. Burnett is not.

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

            Or, stated differently:

            Andy and AJ’s injury risk: theoretical
            Beckett and Lackey’s injury risk: actual

            • bexarama

              I’d still say AJ’s injury risk is actual, based on the past, just because I am super wary. The overthrowing thing is a good point, but maybe Lackey and Beckett stop throwing as hard as they do, too.

              Has Beckett missed major time due to injury recently? I know he did with the Marlins and he had back spasms that sidelined him for maybe a start or two in 2009, but his Marlins days were years ago and Wikipedia is unhelpful.

              I did find out that he said “I don’t get paid to make those f-ckin’ decisions” on national TV thanks to Wikipedia, though.

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

                Has Beckett missed major time due to injury recently?

                Major time, no. But 2006 was the only year in his professional career that he didn’t miss a single start and took every turn through the rotation, though, IIRC.

                • bexarama

                  OK, thanks.

                  I didn’t realize he’d only pitched 200 innings three times in his career, though they were in 2006, 2007, and 2009.

              • Big Juan

                Also, I’m not sure to what extent his back is actually screwed up, but spasms don’t generally just stop. It’s a problem that will come and go at anytime, especially with something like pitching, which involves so much extension.

                And just in general, bad backs are bad news.

                • bexarama

                  Fair, but just to think of at least one example I know of, Pettitte pitched with a bad elbow throughout more or less the entire 1996 season at least. I think pitchers pitch through minor injuries and a lot of pain all the time.

                • Big Juan

                  Oh no doubt. I’m just saying (and I’m speaking from experience — I have 2 herniated discs) that back injuries specifically have a tendency to hang around and flare up.

                  As I said, I have no idea if he just a spell of back spasms or if there is something structurally wrong. I’m just weary of back injuries.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Interesting post on FG about Defense Independent Offense:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....nt-offense

  • W.W.J.M.D

    So the demo for MLB 2K10 was released today, and it looks good so far. But what was interesting was the lineup they posted for the Yanks.

    DJ
    Grandy
    Tex
    Arod
    NJ
    Posada
    Cano
    Swish
    Gardy

    Safe to say I’ll be fixing this to reflect whatever Girardi comes up with but they definetly blew it with NJ hitting 5th.

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

      Heh pretty much.
      Did you like the game? Is it an improvement form past games?

      Cause I want to try for that million dollars.

      • W.W.J.M.D

        It’s a lot better than last year’s, smoother sums it up nicely. I play them more from the GM prespective then playing 162 games but im optimistic enough to go to walmart or gamestop at midnight next monday to pick it up. If you have an xbox, i suggest you download the demo and try it for yourself, if you have a ps3, i suggest you get the show. The show is >>>>>>>>>>>>> better than 2k

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

          Yeah I ask since I have a 360. Thanks I’ll download it soon.

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

      Who wrote that horrendously retarded lineup… Nostra-Artist?!?!

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

        Fun Fact: Nick Johnson scored from second on a single nearly twice as much as Granderson last year (9 times to 5). It’s almost as if he was on base more often and therefore had more opportunities to do it…

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Boom. Roasted.

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

          My mind: blown.

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

          STOP HIDING BEHIND YOUR PHONY NUMBERS, BURGUNDY!!!

        • W.W.J.M.D

          I had to read it twice to CWYDT.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          From where did you get that info?

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

            B-Ref, baby. Click “More Stats” on the player’s page, and they have all the baserunning situations. First to third on a single, scored from first on a double, etc.

            • Big Juan

              Excellent.

              • Big Juan

                /replied in the wrong spot’d

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

              Piling on:

              Nick Johnson, career SecA – .367
              Curtis Granderson, career SecA – .337

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              That’s awesome; thanks, Mike.

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

                Yep, the only problem is that they tell you how many times they did it, but not how many chances they had to do it.

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

                  Secondary average is somewhat a flawed stat, but wouldn’t it be perfect for this discussion of Nick v. Granderson for the #2 hole tablesetter?

                  An amalgam of batting average, OBP, and baserunning?

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

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

                  I don’t like SecA because it has the same problem as most of the less advance stats, which is:

                  BB = 1B = 2B = 3B = HR = SB

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

                  Sure, that’s why SecA sucks in general as a broad player evaluation tool, but for the specific discussion of who’s best for the #2 hole, SecA is perfect.

                  Because the “Best #2 hole table setter” wish list is basically two things:

                  1) get on base as much as possible
                  2) take extra bases and thus get into scoring position/score as much as possible

                  Thus, BB = 1B = 2B = 3B = HR = SB is kinda okay in terms of evaluating who does the things you want a #2 hitter to do best.

                  JMHO.

        • Big Juan

          Can you please provide a link for that bit of gold? I need to show that to my father. He can still be saved.

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

            NJ: http://www.baseball-reference......aserunning

            CG: http://www.baseball-reference......aserunning

            It’s the last column, all the way on the right.

            • Big Juan

              The other one I hear a lot is that Johnson won’t be able to go 1st to 3rd on a single.

              Hmm…NJ did it 15 times, CG did it 13 times…

              • bexarama

                He’s just clogging up the bases! Tex and A-Rod are worse, though, with their rally-killing home runs.

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

              XBT%: Percentage of times the runner advanced more than one base on a single or more than two bases on a double, when possible. Does not take into account the location or type of ball in play.

              Johnson, 2007-2009 and career:
              37%, 42%

              Granderson, 2007-2009 and career:
              45%, 43%

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

                Sorry, I included Johnson’s 2006 season accidentally (since he didn’t play in 2007):

                Johnson, 2008-2009 and career:
                37% 36%, 42%

                Granderson, 2007-2009 and career:
                45%, 43%

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

                  Not sure how you arrived at yours, here’s the year by year-

                  NJ
                  07-38%
                  08-43%
                  09-35%

                  CG
                  07-39%
                  08-49%
                  09-48%

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

                  Nick Johnson missed the entire 2007 season. Your first line is thus incorrect. I made the same mistake.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        TEH LULZ.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      The MLB 2K series is atrocious when compared to The Show.

      • W.W.J.M.D

        Gameplay wise i agree. But I dont think anyone with good baseball knowledge would but that lineup togethor.

    • chriskeo

      I played the game today (Xbox 360 version) and a couple other yankee nitpik notes, Javy got number 35, Granderson 28, they put Gardner in LF, and Joba is in the rotation. Also cool, you can only play as the Yankees or Phillies in the demo, in a 3 inning game at Yankee Stadium.

      They also changed it so there is a contact swing and a power swing.

      • W.W.J.M.D

        Well they usually make the Championship teams the default in demo and exhibtion modes. And i think they were right to but Gardy and Joba where they are.

    • Frigidevil

      I too played the 2k10 demo, and unbelievable as it sounds, I am absolutely going to buy it. The new precision pitching feature’s pretty neat, it really makes it tricky when in a pressure situation. The batting with the right stick feels pretty natural too. Yankee Stadium looks like the real thing, the players kind of look like their pictures.

      What sold me on the game though, was the ping ping ping in the background as I was up to bat. That’s right, FREDDIE SEZ IS IN THE GAME!!!!! Thanks to google, I found out the game’s audio director added some stadium specific sounds, such as ‘cowbell in New York’ Bravo 2k sports, bravo

  • DP

    I was at that game!

    /Best shit ever

    • DP

      And I just traded Rollins and Berkman for Tex, Andrus, and a 14th round pick in a keeper league!

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

        I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to GEICO.

      • W.W.J.M.D

        You just stole 2nd and then 3rd!

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

    Jeter gets 4 years/80 mil. You heard it here first.

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

      If he’d take a 4/80, I wonder if he could be talked down to a 3/70. I’d much prefer that.

      Fewer years >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> smaller AAV

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Oh I’d love 3/70.

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

          TWSS

    • Accent Shallow

      I feel that this is the over/under we should be setting for contract discussion.

  • Cecala

    Ben, what is going on outside of the South Ferry station? It is a huge mess with concrete pillars going up everywhere.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    So I just saw the posts about Vince Carter’s crazy shot, as well as the college kids. They don’t top this, especially for in game.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LvR7yPJ6_U (safe)

    • Big Juan

      How have I never seen that before? Unreal.

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

    Curtis Granderson Will Enjoy Yankee Stadium

    http://bloombergsports.mlblogs.....adium.html

    Bloomberg has a blog to go with their new tools. Good stuff, nothing Earth shattering, but well written and they work in the new tools into their posts.

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

      “MLBlogs Network™ – Official Affiliate/Unofficial Opinions

      Unofficial Opinions… what does that mean?

      /Bartelby’d

  • VO

    A friend of mine insists the only reason Damon didn’t sign with the Yankees is because of Boras. I have tried for days to try and get through his head that it is not true. Am I wrong? To me a lot more went into it.

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

      It’s Boras’s job to get Johnny offers and give him advice. It’s Johnny’s job to actually say yes or no to the offers. Therefore, the only real reason Johnny Damon didn’t accept the Yankees 2/14 offer is because he said no. He could have told Boras “I want to play for the Yankees and nobody else. Get me as much money as possible, but make sure it’s from the Yankees.” He didn’t.

      Johnny’s fault.

      That being said, Boras could have genuinely thought that he could play hardball with Cashman and get Johnny a Yankees offer better than 2/14, meaning that it’s Boras’s fault and not Johnny’s because Boras misread the market and blew Johnny’s chance.

      Lastly, the conspiracy theorist in me wonders if Boras kept Johnny on the market (and thus, the Yankees in the LF market) as long as possible to drive up the price on Matt Holliday to the Cardinals. It is a reasonable position for Boras to take, self-interestedly. There’s blowback potential (for screwing his own smaller client for the benefit of a bigger one), but there’s also a good chance of him not being affected by any potential blowback.

      • VO

        “It’s Boras’s job to get Johnny offers and give him advice. It’s Johnny’s job to actually say yes or no to the offers. Therefore, the only real reason Johnny Damon didn’t accept the Yankees 2/14 offer is because he said no.”

        My argument exactly.

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

      It’s not as simple as blaming Boras. I’m sure Johnny lets him do his job, the way you would let a lawyer handle a legal issue for you, figuring he’s the expert and you’re paying him plenty.

      But if Johnny didn’t want to go to the highest bidder, Boras wouldn’t be his agent in the first place. That’s where he comes across as delusional and absurd when he makes all those silly quotes.

      But we as Yankee fans are the LAST people who should bitch about players leaving us for more $$. We’re usually the ones who are the highest bidder and taking everyone else’s players.

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

        But we as Yankee fans are the LAST people who should bitch about players leaving us for more $$.

        Meh, the people bitching about Damon not playing LF for the 2010 Yankees aren’t bitching about that. They’re bitching about the fact that we’re not always the highest bidder for every single player everywhere, budget and long-term planning be damned.

        And they’re bitching because they don’t understand the simple concept that a leftfielder can be replaced by a DH if a DH is also being replaced with a centerfielder.

        Still irrational, just in a different way.

  • bexarama

    OMG guys, A-Rod didn’t offer a comment about the Johnny Damon situation, this means he wanted Damon back and thinks what the Yankees did was wrong!!!

    /MSM’d

    • JGS

      not only that, but his lack of a comment was in some way a swipe at Jeter

      • bexarama

        http://cache.daylife.com/image.....C/x610.jpg

        A-Rod’s not being respectful enough with that handshake.

        (Nice socks/sandals, Jeet.)

        • JGS

          He’s not even looking at him. What a jerk

      • VO

        By not making a comment it meant that he wanted Damon back. He wanted him not only back playing left field but leading off as well because he didn’t think Jeter was doing a sufficient enough job.

        You just can’t stop that man can you? Every chance he gets!

  • W.W.J.M.D

    So Knicks fans, have you come back to Earth, along with T-Mac and his 1 and a half knees?

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

      This season: still irrelevant

      • W.W.J.M.D

        Not since the next day there were talks of him coming back to play along whichever top two free agents they sign for next season, and being a contributor.

        • Big Juan

          How does that change the fact that this season is still irrelevant?

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

            Furthermore, T-Mac having only one functioning knee is a GOOD thing, not a bad thing. That simply depresses his price and makes it all the likelier that he takes a peanuts deal to be part of our 2010-2011 bench.

            • Big Juan

              This.

              And if the Knicks get their guys and turn into a top-5 team, T-Mac on a peanuts deal suddenly turns into a hungry guy coming off the bench that still wants to prove he can help a team win in the playoffs.

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

                T-Mac hasn’t yet played on a team that won a playoff series. He’d probably happily sign up for the LeBron gravy train to erase that line from his docket.

                • Big Juan

                  Absolutely.

          • W.W.J.M.D

            How the team finishes is irrelevant, if T-Mac proves he cxan still play is relevant.

            • Big Juan

              Well, yes and no.

              If T-Mac proves he’s still T-Mac, he’ll probably cost too much for the Knicks if they’re going to dish out two max contracts.

              If he doesn’t have much left in the tank, but still adds some value, maybe the Knicks can resign him, but he probably won’t play a significant role.

    • VO

      Bold prediction, the Knicks will win the championship this year. You heard it here first.

  • http://josephdelgrippo.wordpress.com/ Joseph DelGrippo

    I was there for Boone’s HR, sitting upper deck first base line with the perfect view of the flight of the ball.

    Grown men who were screaming at each other a few innings earlier were hugging after that ball landed. Forty renditions of New York, New York later and we were all outside – still singing, trying to be like Frank.

    I do not think Simon Cowell would have approved.

    Anyway, while that Boone-blast sent shockwaves throughout the Stadium that night, it still was not as loud or boisterous as when Tino Martinez hit that game-tying home run against the Diamondbacks in 2001.

    After Tino hit that two-run homer, the entire upper deck was actually moving. Being that it was very soon after 9/11, fans in my area were all nervous, but still happy.

    Was anybody else at both those classic games and what were your thoughts? How do you feel they compared in regards to emotion and Stadium atmosphere?

  • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

    2/3 of teh outfield:

    http://tinypic.com/r/qy94lz/6

    Be afraid. I mean, I would be.

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

      Curtis Granderson definitely spent some time sculpting his guns this offseason. He did over a thousand, I don’t know if you heard.

      • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

        Whatever works. I’m not complaining.

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

        If only they were Italian. They could be on Jersey Shore 2.

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

          Which is now not in the Jersey Shore anymore. Heh. They’re moving the scene to like Connecticut.

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

            Or you know Miami. Same difference.

    • Big Juan

      Lol at Swish’s compression pants.

    • bexarama

      Bad. Ass.

      • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

        My thoughts exactly.

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

      Never noticed how jacked Granderson is.

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

        He’s ripped.

        Only took him four weeks, too.

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

          IETC.

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

    Okay, on the heels of our above discussion of Nick v. Granderson – new stat time:

    SCCPA. Scoring Chances created per Plate appearance. Times reached second or third base safely (without the help of others) per time up at the dish.

    2B + 3B + (1B+SB) + (BB+SB) + (HBP+SB) – CS
    ——————————————–
    PA

    Thoughts?

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

      That’s essentially SecA without homers.

      I don’t like adding SB three times, because in reality those steals only happened once.

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

        No, what I’m saying is restrict steals to the specific steals that happened after a single/walk/HBP. Only steals of second count, and all singles/walks/HBP’s that DON’T come with a single don’t count.

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

          Ah ok, that makes sense.

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

            Basically, we don’t care about homers and we don’t care about singles/walks/HBPs/times on first where you don’t get to second on your own. We only want to know what percentage of your plate appearances ended with you standing on second or third for the hitters behind you.

            Which means I need one tweak:

            2B + 3B + (1B+SB) + (BB+SB) + (HBP+SB) – CS
            ——————————————–
            PA – HR

            • JGS

              leaving it like that, Ellsbury comes out to .645 and Cano to .378

              • JGS

                oh, the SB terms are not all “total SBs”. never mind

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

              Isn’t that the same thing as:

              2B + 3B + SB
              _________________

              PA – HR

              (SB = times stole second)

              The SB will tell you how many times they got to second after reaching first, no matter how they got there (hit, walk, hit by pitch, whatever).

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

                Sure, as long as it’s restricted that way.

    • JGS

      should be (1B+BB+HBP+SB) in one term, otherwise you are triple counting stolen bases. Also, stolen bases should only include steals of second

      • JGS

        home runs should count too–he reached second, even if he didn’t stay there

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

          I thought about that, but I’d say leave homers out. We want to know who got on second or third for the hitters behind him, not who scored on his own.

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

    One issue that gets raised a lot with the 2010 Yanks is age, particularly referring to the core four of Pettitte, Posada, Mo and Jeter suffering down years due to age related decline. I think Posada’s the most likely, but the other 3 guys I just don’t see it.

    Pettitte-Only number that jumps out is the walk rate, but WHIP stayed consistent. That tells me he’s just a smart veteran who knows how to pick his battles.

    Jeter-Even if he doesn’t repeat last year, he still should be fine. Main concern is health, he was banged up in 08 and looked mediocre as a result.

    Mo-Velocity was down last year, but even if it declined further he still has enough movement and control to get by. Him losing velocity means he turns into a Joakim Soria-type, who works in the high 80s and is still effective.

    • bexarama

      I think they have to bring up the age thing because what other issues are there? Oh no, we lost Melky?

      • bexarama

        what other major issues*

        There are definitely issues, just not tremendously huge ones.

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

        Hey, there’s a bunch of guys stretching and doing wind sprints. You gotta write something.

        But I do think age could hurt this team, but not sink them. If Jorge collapses at age 39 (very possible) and Cervelli is catching everyday, that will hurt the lineup. But not enough where we don’t make the playoffs.

        BTW-If anyone should be concerned about health, its Beckett-Matsuzaka-Lackey-Wakefield.

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

          If Jorge collapses at age 39 (very possible) and Cervelli is catching everyday, that will hurt the lineup.

          Temporarily, sure. My response:

          http://tinyurl.com/bythebeardofHeyZeus

        • W.W.J.M.D

          I think the same worries could still be had for AJ and Andy.

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

      Those guys really aren’t the core of the team though. They’re the vets, sure, but aside from Jeter, none of them are really amazingly crucial to the team’s success. CC, Tex, A-Rod, those are the guys carrying this team right now.

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

        Yeah, it’s just a term that everyone uses to refer to them. But I agree, and Cash did a great job getting this team younger over the past 2-3 seasons.

        Look at the 08 roster, half the lineup is 34 or older.

        http://www.baseball-reference......2008.shtml

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

          Cano and Melky were the only two members of that team who had 250+ plate appearances that were under the age of 31.

          The 2010 team will have five 31-and-unders (Cano, Gardner, Tex, Swish, Granderson).

          • bexarama

            Granderson is an aging, mediocre player.

            /Braunx teechur’d

          • ROBTEN

            Average age of Yankee pitchers

            2005: 34.2
            2006: 32.5
            2007: 31.4
            2008: 30.6
            2009: 29.3

            Average age of Yankee hitters

            2005: 32.2
            2006: 30.8
            2007: 30.6
            2008: 31.3
            2009: 30.5

            from Nomaas

            Or, as Cashman said at the first meeting after gaining full control in 2005, “Gentlemen, we can rebuild. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic team. The Yankees will be that team. We can make them better than they were before. Younger, better, stronger, faster.”

        • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Look at the 08 roster

          I’d rather not.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            That team really had no business winning 89 games.

            • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

              No, it’s rather amazing. Their opening day rotation won 42 games, including Moose’s 20.

              Wow.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                They probably would’ve been better if they just let Joba start from the get go and had Hughes/Kennedy compete for a spot. It also didn’t help that literally everyone got hurt.

              • bexarama

                Andy and Moose combined for 34 of those 42. YIKES

                • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                  Yeah, while they missed the playoffs for the first time in forever, and Girardi got some shit for that, he really did a great job with the pen that year. Probably better than he did in 2009.

                • bexarama

                  I very much agree with this.

  • Cam

    Random question, did anyone subscribe to MLB.tv last year? I’ve been thinking about signing up for it this year because FiOS doesn’t have Picture-in-Picture so when the wife and I are watching TV, I’d like to put the game on my laptop so I can watch it. However, the information on the site talks about the games being blacked out if you are trying to watch from the NY area. Is this the case?

    • Big Juan

      My answer isn’t really relevant to your question, seeing as I live in VT, not NY, and for that I’m sorry. However, MLB.tv is awesome. I use it all the time and the picture quality is great (especially if you have a strong internet connection). Definitely worth the investment.

      Just my two cents.

      • Cam

        Yeah, I’ve seen it before. That’s one of the reasons I want to get it. I’m all set to buy myself a new monitor and buy the package, but I want to make sure I’ll be able to watch games! I wish there was a way to trick the internet and make it think I was somewhere else, haha.

        • W.W.J.M.D

          Why not buy a new TV?

          • Cam

            Why? I have a 2 year old 50″ Panasonic plasma.

            • W.W.J.M.D.

              Well i bought a 42 inch old style tv with the huge back, but it has PiP and it allows me to change the sound to the smaller channel if i like. All for 45 bucks.

              • Cam

                My TV allows PIP, I used it last year with Cablevision. I just switched to FiOS though and apparently Verizon doesn’t have PIP turned on in their boxes. So my TV can handle it, but the cable box can’t.

    • chriskeo

      I’ve been wondering the same thing as yourself, but if you have Verizon, Cablevision, or Blue Ridge TV service, you can get Yankees on Yes, which allows you to watch in-market games. I don’t know much about it, but that might be something worth looking into given your situation.

      • Cam

        I’ve got Verizon so I watch games on YES, but sometimes there’s a conflict when my wife wants to watch something else. With Cablevision, they had Picture-in-Picture which allowed me to put the game on in the corner of the screen. I’m just trying to get this so I can put it on my laptop and watch the games since Verizon doesn’t have PIP.

        • ROBTEN

          Regular Season Local Live Blackout: All live games on MLB.TV and available through MLB.com At Bat are subject to local blackouts. Such live games will be blacked out in each applicable Club’s home television territory, regardless of whether that Club is playing at home or away. If a game is blacked out in an area, it is not available for live game viewing. If you are an MLB.TV Premium subscriber and not within either Club’s home television territory, the applicable game will be available as an archived game as soon as possible after the conclusion of the game. If you are an MLB.TV Premium subscriber within either Club’s home television territory or an MLB.TV subscriber in any territory, the applicable game will be available as an archived game approximately 90 minutes after the conclusion of the game. Archived games are not available through MLB.com At Bat.

          In addition, note:

          • These blackout restrictions apply regardless of whether a Club is home or away and regardless of whether or not a game is televised in a Club’s home television territory.
          • All live Toronto Blue Jays games are blacked out throughout the entire country of Canada.
          • Additional teams may also be subject to blackout in parts of Canada based on their region.
          • All live games will be blacked out in the U.S. territories of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands during the MLB regular season.

          http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/subscri.....T#blackout

          • Cam

            I’ve read that before. Just trying to confirm it with someone who actually had the service. $100+ a year is a lot if you can’t even watch the games when you’re in your home market.

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

      !!!!!!!!!!!

      Is that real? Please tell me it’s real.

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

        Apparently. The ChiSox PR guy tweeted it, saying he was on Twitter.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      The weirdest part: it’s in semi-coherent English.

      • W.W.J.M.D

        The weirdest part: he is yet so curse. – Fixed.

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        going to eat in half hour why dye no have a job ?

        Going to be great stuff. I just hope he sticks with it thru the season, especially after a tough loss.

        • Hangoverologist

          I saw this and I was all like “Oh shit!!!!!” This will be fun to read all year.

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

      Come for the profanity, stay for the… profanity.

    • bexarama

      He just updated!!!

      @taeryan Patruchaaa my boy, go get yourself tae ryan shirts there very cool even for older older people like me

  • W.W.J.M.D

    So I was thinking about Jesus for the hundreth time today and thought of something unworldy.

    Since Mo is God, doesn’t that make Jesus his son?

    And whenever Jesus catches Mo, shouldn’t it be smooth, with no need for mound visits, since they know each other so well from all the time they spent in the yard playing catch?

    • ROBTEN

      The toast has prophesied that this is so. (SFW)

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Is Melvin on the other side?

        • ROBTEN

          When He decides to appear in the U.S., it will be announced to the world from the heavens.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    TSJC, not sure if you saw this, but figured you’d be interested.

    http://espn.go.com/sportsnatio.....mmie-smith (safe)

  • YankeesJunkie

    Jesus Montero: Over/Under 25 homers this year (every minor/major league time he gets in 2010)? I am going to say over at 28.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Slight under. I’m going to say 26.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        26 is under 25?

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Jeez, I skipped through and thought the line was 28. Spacey.

      • W.W.J.M.D

        then you mean over

    • Hangoverologist

      I say over with 27 bombs.

    • W.W.J.M.D

      I say 30 if he doesnt get called up in or before September, 28 if he makes the big leagues.

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

      The Yanks have had just two minor leaguers hit 28+ homers in a season within the last five years. Coincidentally, they were both named Shelley Duncan.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Too bad the only thing Shelly could hit are fastballs.

        • chriskeo

          You don’t need to be able to hit fastballs to be good.

          /Varitek’d

          • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            You don’t need to be able to hit fastballs to be good.

            /Varitek’d

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Brian Scalabrine is getting a spray tan tomorrow.

    That is all.

  • Brian

    One of the best nights of my life. I was sitting in the last row of the stadium, behind 3rd base- and I was with my girlfriend (who was a Mets fan). Boone hit the HR, and all I could see was Manny running back towards the infield and the bleachers going nuts. It took us 2 hours to get out of the stadium. Long story short, we took the subway back to my girlfriend’s place, and she dumped me. She said I was “too into the Yankees,” and she was upset that I was hugging and high-fiving everyone except for her. The moral of the story: Don’t date Mets fans. Enjoy your retirement, Boonie.

    • bexarama

      This story is kind of hilarious (sorry about your girlfriend though).

  • Reggie C.

    If Rafael Depaula is already mulling a Mariners offer (via MLBTR) then he’s got to be closing in on a decision pretty soon. After all, he’s gotta get to know his EST roster and coaches. I really want the Yankees to get this power righty. If he’s already dialed it up to 97, this kid could be the next A-Viz.

    • pat

      I know man, I want this kid signed. We got fucked last time a youngin spurned us for the Mariners.

  • Hangoverologist

    In this year’s ALCS, it will be a legendary seven game series between the Yanks and Red Sox that will end in a walk-off homer by none other than…

    A-Rod.

    Your mind, it is blown.

    • bexarama

      I can’t take any more seven-game wars between these two. A nice, quiet Yankee sweep of the Sox where we outscore them 43-1 would be nice.

      Though if I was guaranteed the Yankees would win the series, sure, seven games with A-Rod hitting a walk-off.

      • Tom Zig

        Who would you prefer it be off of?

        Papelbon? Wakefield? Dan Bard? Beckett? Dice-K? Kevin Youkilis?

        • bexarama

          Absolutely Papelbon, I almost felt a little bad that Boone hit the HR off of Wakefield because Wakefield seems like a good guy. There was already the “AWESOME!” moment with Bard vs. the Yankees.

          I want Beckett to get absolutely mauled in his playoff start.

          Lester, I like, so he can lose, like, 3-1.

          (It’d be awesome if it was Kelly, too. But as of right now, he’s just a probably overhyped prospect, and not a total jackass like Paps.)

      • Hangoverologist

        True, that would be nice, but I didn’t get to see the 2003 ALCS due to being seven (weird) and having a lack of interest in baseball. A sweep would be nice, provided we bombard the Sox in Games 1, 2, and 3 (13-0, 20-0, 8-0, 2-1) and we trail by one in the ninth with two down and A-Rod walks off. Even if that were to happen, the A-Rod critics would still not shut the fuck up about him being self-centered and all that bullshit.

        • Tom Zig

          Pretty hard to hit a walkoff if the Yanks are in Boston for game 4.

          • Hangoverologist

            Doh! My mistake, didn’t realize that we’d be up in Boston due to getting home-field advantage.

          • bexarama

            Just you wait, A-Rod’s gonna hit a six-run grand slam to win the World Series next year while the Yankees are in Fenway.

            • bexarama

              six-run walk-off grand slam*

              • ROBTEN

                six-run walk-off grand slam while also throwing a 1-pitch, 3 strike-out, eighth inning**

  • Zack

    Wow, did Sportscenter just get prank called?

    They were live with “Brian Westbrook” and he finishes the interview by saying he looks forward to “worshiping Howard Stern’s prostate,” they cut him off and just put the camera on Scott Van Pelt.

  • John

    Montero working on his defense at 2:00. those two blocks look good to me haha.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W7uLoG7qNY