Open Thread: Montero shakes the rust off

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Surely you’ve heard by now, but top Yankee prospect Jesus Montero stole the show during today’s workout in Tampa, hitting a ball off the M of the George M. Steinbrenner Field sign in left field. As you can see from the picture, it’s not cheapie, approximately 446 feet away from home plate. If it had gone to right field instead of left, it probably would have landed on the Dale Mabry Highway.

“Today, I found it a little bit,” Montero said, referring to his swing. “I tried to put a good swing on the ball. Put a good swing on the ball, and that’s what happened.” Montero also said that it’s one of the five longest homers he’s ever hit, but on the low end. Jesus has spoken.

Once you’re done drooling over Montero’s shot, then use this as your open thread. The Knicks are playing at home, then there’s the Olympics and 24. Talk about whatever you want, just be cool.

Photo Credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP

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

    A little bit?

    Now I know what the Jews for Jesus are on about…

    • handtius

      oh god…i already nominate this for comment of the night.

      I greatly enjoyed that.

  • bexarama

    Montero also said that it’s one of the five longest homers he’s even hit, but on the low end.

    Lulz. He rules.

    Anyway, bigger spring training ruh-roh:
    a. Matsui: “Hey guys, my knees actually still feel like crap.”
    b. Manny: “Whatever, I’m not gonna be here next year anyway.”

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

      Manny. Matsui’s never been accused of dogging it.

      • andrew

        But even when Manny “dogged it,” he put up Healthy Matsui numbers.

    • handtius

      I notice that you make Manny’ sound like he was being a dick. If you read the article, he wasn’t. I still chose B., but Manny said he really enjoyed himself there and doesn’t know if he’s even going to play next year.

      • bexarama

        Ah, I didn’t read the article, I just heard them talking about it on MLB Network.

        I love Manny, for the record. Didn’t enjoy him hitting against the Yankees, but the guy is hilarious.

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

      A, and it’s not even very close IMO.

      To borrow a phrase from another comment… Manny “dogging it” or not, is one of the best hitters in baseball… While Matsui without knees is a spectator.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        That’s bingo.

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

        To borrow a phrase from another comment… Manny “dogging it” or not, is one of the best hitters in baseball…

        My ears are burning…

        /HomerSimpsonQuoteBoBait’d

  • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

    i wonder how far it would have gone had it not hit the M. no way of knowing, but could it have gone 475? 500?

    • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

      or maybe it was still on its way up.

    • Jose

      It wouldn’t have made it 500 feet. The physics for that to take place are very rare. Assuming no wind and sea-level, a human can’t hit a home run much farther than 450 feet to 470 feet. Even with extra effects it is still difficult to reach that 500 foot plateau.

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

        Who says Jesus is human?

        • Jose

          Forgive me father for I have sinned.

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

            May Mo grant you mercy.

          • thurdonpaul

            drew and jose, bravo !! great comments :)

      • kunaldo

        maybe not a human, The Jesus? cmon man. you know the answer to that.

        • kunaldo

          damn it, i meant “but The Jesus”

      • pobguy

        If you tell me how far the sign is from home plate and how high above the ground the ball hit the sign, I can give you a pretty good idea of how far it would have gone had the sign not been there so that the ball would reach ground level. Does anyone have these numbers?

  • Salty Buggah

    I’m thinking about a handle change. When I came at RAB a long time ago, I didn’t think I’d last so I used some stupid name someone had on a Broncos site. But now that I’ve become a regular, I think it’s time I change the name into something else because it sounds kinda dumb.

    So, I ask you guys, should I leave as just Salty (because that doesn’t sound as dumb and it will be easy to recognize me still) or should I make it my name (probably my nickname)or something?

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

      I think Salty Buggah is an excellent handle. I’d keep it, if I were you.

      Teaser Alert: I’ve already decided on my new name appellation once I take Archimedes Torquemada out of rotation for a while. I’m planning on unveiling Opening Day.

      • ColoYank

        The media will be all over that, tommie. You’ll probably ruin YES’s ratings for the Yanks and the Sox.

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

          I’ve already bought all the illegal Chinese fireworks on the eastern seaboard.

          • ColoYank

            Hah! The future’s so bright, I have to wear shades.

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

      Do what you want. SB isn’t a dumb handle, imo.

    • VO

      I like Salty Buggah, no change needed.

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

    So I didn’t get the job I wanted.

    Ah well. More time to blog, I guess.

    • Tank the Frank

      How old are you (if you don’t mind me asking)?

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

        23

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

        why’d you ask?

        • Tank the Frank

          Well, not that I’m some wise old sage or anything, but most 23-year-olds don’t have the job they want yet. Most aren’t even working in the industry they want. I just think you’re a talented writer, and you have PLENTY of time to get the job you want. Better luck next time.

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

            True. But it’s still annoying. To have the interview and then to be told no, hard not to take it personally.

            • king of fruitless hypotheticals

              i interviewed 3 very well qualified applicants (and like 12 not-so-much) for my last job opening…dont take it personally.

              unless they didn’t hire you because you’re a chick, then sue them stupid…but its tough to actually catch them using a stupid word like chick…or any adjective for that matter!

              anyway, it’ll come, it just takes time.

            • Tank the Frank

              Yeah. I’ve been there; where I thought I had a great interview and left there thinking the job was mine, only to be told no. Try not to take it personally. It’s a valuable learning experience.

              • AndrewYF

                That’s why I just always assume the worst.

            • ColoYank

              Rebecca, I know it’s hard not to take it personally. I’ve been turned down so many times, I’ve grown a few layers of skin.

              You’re a great talent, and when the right situation does come along, that company is going to do everything to make you happy.

              We Love you, Ms. Optimist!!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      That sucks; I’m sorry. Maybe if you had written UConn on your resume instead of Syracuse…. ;)

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

        BOOM!

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          I’m loving this game right now.

          Gavin Edwards has been a pleasant surprise.

    • bexarama

      Sorry. :( I know how it feels and it sucks, but there’s gonna be something out there for you, eventually.

    • AndrewYF

      The correct term, I believe, is ‘blag’.

    • pete

      you can lead the RAB revolution if you want, and then put it on your resume. Also you went on that radio show that Ben went on so just by having talked to them you can write “educator”

  • Tank the Frank

    http://sports.yahoo.com/olympi.....oly,221320

    Curling is an intense sport. Deal with it bitch.

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

    Looking at the M, I just J.I.M.P’d

    • Tank the Frank

      If I was in the crowd during that homer I literally would have started wacking it right there.

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

        Here’s a good picture to help you do that.
        http://twitpic.com/14ktde

        • larryf

          Cervelli in the background thinking “I’ll never be the top catcher in this organization”

    • pete

      damn it, i JOMC’d

    • Tom Zig

      what does J.I.M.P. stand for?

  • danny

    cant wait for him to be called up!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Keep up the hot shooting, Kemba.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Interesting night at the Imbrogno house tonight:
    1. I can’t find my iPod. Fuck.
    2. I realized just how deep my dad’s prejudice runs.

    • Tank the Frank

      Random yet informative.

      • ColoYank

        Yes, it contained its own non sequitur.

    • pat

      Haha, did your dad smash your black Ipod?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Haha, IETC.

        My iPod is black, though.

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          Haha, IETC.
          My iPod isWAS black, though.

          Fixed.

    • pete

      1. was it rectangular? cuz i think i saw it somewhere
      2. sounds juicy. pray tell?

  • ultimate913

    Hey, Mike. Could you check the godly amount of photos you have access to and see if there is one of hey-zeus’s batting stance?

    • pat
      • ultimate913

        I can’t see that video. I’m on my iPod which is currently the only thing I have that has internet. I guess I’ll look for a video on youtube. :(

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        The only thing I took from that video: Montero. Has. Wheels.

      • pete

        the stance is very Pujolsian. The swing, however, is entirely unPujolsian. I can honestly say that I am flabbergasted that somebody could be successful with a swing like that (not saying that it will make him any less successful – it just never occurred to me that a swing that was that, well, unaesthetic, could produce such excellent results – shows you what i know).

        • andrew

          well, judging by the result of the swing, probably not his best. he pulled his head off the ball and spun his heels out. maybe a bit too excited to be in the all star game and swinging for the fences.

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

      Don’t have any, look on YouTube.

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

    One reason the Yankees were reluctant to go for a two-year deal for Johnny Damon might have had little to do with Damon and been a greater reflection of what they think of Carl Crawford. The Yankees love him. Crawford is almost sure to be too rich for the low-revenue Rays, and the Yankees jump to the head of the class for interested teams. Remember, too, that the Yankees passed on Matt Holliday. It all seems to set up nicely for Crawford.

    I love him too for the right price. If he’s going around asking for Holliday money I probably wouldn’t want that but a 4/60 deal seems good.

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

      His comments the other day were funny.

      Crawford hopes to stay with the Rays, but also noted that “you go [to free agency] to be paid like the guys playing against you.”

    • Tank the Frank

      He can’t realistically ask for Holliday money, can he? He’s just not that player. I have a nagging suspicion that the Yankees won’t be in on Crawford as much as the media thinks. I think they’re all about pitching now. But, then again, after the Yankees signed CC and AJ I was screaming from the rooftops that there was no way in hell they would sign Teix so I don’t know a damn thing.

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

        I have no clue. Holliday’s name was mentioned so I just said that.

        His bat is good but not great at 126 wRC+ but his defense is on another level.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          But for how long could we expect his defense to be on another level?

          • Tank the Frank

            Otherworldy…not for too long. But he’s a hell of an athlete and should be a plus defender for as long as he’s healthy.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I don’t think I’d want to go four years for Crawford.

      • radnom

        Age 29 – 33?

        Four years isn’t an issue, I’m more worried about what the AAV would be.

    • Accent Shallow

      I’m not sure how I feel about a long Crawford deal. I don’t know if he’ll age well — much of his value is in his defense in LF, and the baserunning. He’s a hitter for average without a ton of power or patience, which I’m not crazy about. I’m not saying I’d definitely pass, but a deal starting with his age 29 season? Hmmmm.

      Then again, I think I may have talked myself into a five year deal. Although a Crawford who hits .280 or .290 instead of .300+ might not be much of an asset, unless he learns to walk.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        This.

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          disirregardless.

          Brett Gardner ups his obp to .400 this year, and his spleen slowly turns into pure chocolaty awesomeness, like a newly 3-day italian mountain stream marinated kitten…

      • http://www.twitter.com/yune85 yune85

        Honestly, I think with the Granderson there isn’t much need for Crawford. Unless, of course, Gardner is terrible.

        Whee first post, high guys.

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

          New guy buys the booze.

          • pat

            And the hookers.

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

              In that case, I’ll take two.

          • king of fruitless hypotheticals

            and nobody’s high here except Joe P…

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

          I don’t know why but I don’t have any Gardner faith like JMK.

          I really want him to prove me wrong since it’s always a pleasure watching him play.

          • andrew

            agreed. but for some reason, i dont believe.

        • ColoYank

          Welcome into the hot tub, yune. The water’s fine, if sometimes rather crowded.

          I really like it here. This is the only place I leave any comments.

          Okay, here and at LibraryThing.

  • Accent Shallow

    I know it’s easy to get caught up in the hype (and the hope), but has anyone considered what happens if Jesus takes a step back in AAA this year?

    I mean, he only played 92 games last year, and 44 of those were at AA. I don’t think he’s gonna go all Lars Andersen on us, since he doesn’t strike out nearly as much as other low minors sluggers, but the possibility exists that he won’t be ready for a September callup, and that his prospect status takes a significant hit, no?

    /can’t get my hopes too up

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      If he takes a step back, he repeats AAA. It happens sometimes, and he’s still super-young, so it wouldn’t e the end of the world.

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

      Dude, kid’s just 20. It’s not “if” he’ll take a step back; I think he will.

      It’s a question of how he responds to that. And, in that case, I’m not really worried.

      • Eric Solomon

        Ha – the 23 year old just called him “kid”.

        And sorry about the job…was it for BAM?

    • pat

      Dude he’s so far ahead of any 20 yr old not named Heyward that he could be in AAA for 3 years and still be a great prospect.

    • Tank the Frank

      He would have to REALLY bomb for his status to take a significant hit as a 19/20-year-old in Triple-A. Even if it happens I wouldn’t be phased in the least. It’s all part of the development process. Plus, he had a minor injury at the end of last season. As long as he stays healthy I wouldn’t be worried at all regardless of what happens.

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

      Aint no Triple A pitcher that can hold him down son. We talkin’ bout da Jesus!

      • Tank the Frank

        Until Casey Kelly gets promoted to Triple-A after the first month of the season. He’ll blow Jesus away.

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

          I think Jesus will come down with a phantom injury the day he has to face Casey Kelly.

          • Tank the Frank

            Nah Casey Kelly is such a good sport he’ll agree to throw left-handed to him to make it fair. He only has four plus pitches left handed.

          • bexarama

            Apparently Pete Abe had some Tweet that was like “I just saw Casey Kelly throwing. WOW. The future.” Uhhhh, the guy’s throwing long toss during spring training, try to hold it in there, guys.

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

              This is the same guy that said the Yanks were better off with Cody Ransom

              • bexarama

                his 24+1 mentality is not conducive to championship play!!!

            • AndrewYF

              He’s such a little twerp. I’m really glad he’s able to root for his home team again so I don’t have to read him trying not to make too many snide remarks about a team he hates.

            • pete

              asking pete abe to “hold it in” is unfair and insensitive. He can’t even reach the damn thing. If it’s out, it’s not his fault

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

            I tried to Google this but I can’t find it. What’s the actual ceiling for Kelly without any BS hype we hear.

            • pat

              Everthing is dependent on him filling out and adding 5 mph to his fastball. If he stays 88-90 his ceiling is 4th or 5th starter. If the velocity comes he could be a 2.

              • Accent Shallow

                He sounds like Buchholz, but with a slower fastball.

            • AndrewYF

              His ceiling is similar to a lot of other high-end minor league pitcherss we hear about – Bumgarner, Perez, etc (he’s not at the level of Lincecum, Verlander, etc). A potential low-end #1, high-end #2 if everything goes right AND he fills out the way he’s supposed to. He has a lot of polish, but the stuff is mostly projected.

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

                Thanks you two. Appreciate it.

            • Tank the Frank

              http://projectprospect.com/art.....ing-report

              Seriously, I’ve never seen a pitcher who can’t top 90mph greated with so much hype and praise.

              Maybe that scouting report is outdated though…

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

                It was from June 4th from last year so I don’t think too much has changed.

                But yeah he is getting a lot of praise but we’ll see how he does.

              • pete

                I agree that at that level it’s a ridiculous amount of assumption going on, but for several years at the back end of his career Mike Mussina was very good with that kind of FB velocity. If Kelly’s command and repertoire truly are what the scouts say, the upside isn’t as limited as you’d think.

              • Accent Shallow

                This guy does Scouting the Sally. In a post comparing Kelly to Manny Banuelos, he notes how the velo readings we have for these prospects are 2-3 mph higher than the readings he records.

                Whether this is due to his gun being slow or optimistic readings from other sources, who knows.

                • pat

                  That guy is so full of shit. B

        • pat

          Cant wait for the Jesus to destroy Kelly’s 89 mph fastball.

      • pat

        Also true.

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

    They need to burn the XL Center to the ground. It’s so quiet and full of old people that I’ve taken to calling it “The Senior Center”

  • Tank the Frank

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsbR2dEmHGc

    Can NOT stop listening to this song. High Fidelity FTW.

    • Ivan

      You Know what song I can’t Stop listening to?

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

      Dat song rocks, I don’t care what y’all say lol.

      • Tank the Frank

        My, my…I would do terrible things to her. Unspeakable things…

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

      I’m now going to sell 5 copies of the Beta Band’s new LP

    • Marcus

      They broke up waaaay too soon. All their albums were solid and they put on a great show.

  • Ivan

    I can’t wait for Montero to make his debut to the majors. Over/Under for Montero with concern with MVP’s? I say way fucking over lol.

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

      I would say the over/under would be set at .5

      • bexarama

        Psht, slide that decimal point over to the right a couple of places. ;)

        (The image your name links to is pretty awesome/hilarious.)

      • Ivan

        I say he’ll win a MVP award every year. Thats fair enough.

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

          let’s see, over say a 30-35 year career. I’ll say 40 MVPs and 1500 HRs.

          A conservative estimate.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Okay, seriously, let’s do this.

      Over/Under 1.5 MVPs for Jesus.

      I’m gonna play it safe and say under.

      • Tank the Frank

        If he’s a DH for his career he’ll win a grand total of zero.

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

        Under. How many players have won more than one MVP? We’re talking about the A-Rods and Pujols and Bondses…

        • pat

          Soon there will be a new name to add to that group.

          • AndrewYF

            Yes, Masterson Lowrie Anderson Kelly.

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

          Dale Murphy. List just got less impressive.

  • bexarama
    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Impossible. I thought they were enemies for life and couldn’t stand to be on the same club as each other.

    • Tank the Frank

      That first pic is hilarious!

      It’s like they just met for the first time.

      AJ: Hi I’m AJ, AJ Burnett.

      Jorge: Yeah, yeah I thought I recognized you. I’m Jorge. I caught you once or twice last season.

      AJ: Oh, awesome…yeah. Well looking forward to working with you this year.

      Jorge: Yeah, you too. Well it was really nice meeting you. Take care ok.

      • bexarama

        for some reason I’m laughing really really hard at this comment. Like, unreasonably loudly.

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

      Pic #3 caption-

      AJ: Georgie, get your damn hand off my leg. I know where that hand has been, you sick bastard.

      • bexarama

        ietc.

      • Maximilian Javier Rodriguez

        Jorge: Not until you get your hand off my sweet Puerto Rican Pecs.

        AJ:…

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      And in Dunedin, Jose Molina got a pang of sadness and a lone tear ran down his cheek, only he didn’t know why …

      • larryf

        I remember Celerino too. He was a bit faster than Molina….

  • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

    Guess who was on the CBS 2 news at 5:30 tonight? This guy.

    /self-promotion’d

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

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      my attempt at a Rudy slow clap for you my friend.

    • Tank the Frank

      Guess who has two thumbs and was on the CBS 2 news at 5:30 tonight? This guy. Fixed.

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

      duuuuuude.

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

      Well done. Dashing and debonair.

      In an unrelated note, I hope the MTA finds some money in the budget to buy President Kevin Prendergast a neck.

    • Accent Shallow

      I like how they identified you as “Benjamin Kabak, Second Ave. Sagas”, not “Benjamin Kabak, Some #%$^* Blogger”

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

        Ben’s business card actually reads:

        Benjamin Kabak
        Second Ave. Sagas
        River Ave. Blues
        Snotnosed Punk Blogger

        212-555-6969

    • pete

      hot.

    • bexarama

      that’s amazing, congratulations!

    • Eric Solomon

      Good job, Ben.

    • VO

      I was watching the news, and I heard the girl say Benjamin Kabak, and I’m like holy crap it’s Ben.

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        Hah! Nice. That’s what I like to hear.

        Thanks, all, for the nice comments.

  • pat

    Awesome Fake Antonio Cromartie facebook-

    http://www.mixedmartialarts.co.....&pc=4

    • andrew

      wow. fantastic. hahah

  • bonestock94

    Wow, Khalil Greene is a mess.

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

      ?

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        He could not report to Spring Training today due to his problems with anxiety. I believe this isn’t the first time this has come up for him.

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

          Ah. Been there with anxiety. I feel for him.

        • bonestock94

          It’s a shame, sucks to see someone flame out like that. He’s shown some power in the past.

      • bonestock94
  • pat

    This girl on House is insanely beautiful. Like intimidatingly pretty.

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

      Olivia Wilde? I ate dinner one table over from her at a place in LA a few years ago, before she got all big. I recognized her from Turistas.

      She’s stunningly beautiful.

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

        That was intentional, wasn’t it?

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

          Dumb luck, like everything else in my life.

      • pat

        Yeah, thats the one. Her eyes melt my soul.

      • Colombo

        She’s a princess. Literally. She’s married to an italian prince. Lucky bastard.

        • pat

          Oh, a Price? Life is so fair.

          • pat

            *Prince, duh.

    • Accent Shallow

      Intimidatingly pretty is my favorite kind!

  • Hey Kelvin says

    OVer/Under of Rookie of the year award for Montero?

    Way over, no other prospect has that offense right now shiiiiiit.

    • Marcus

      I set the o/u at 2.5 Rookie of the Year awards for Montero. I’ll take the under.

      Over/under. You’re doing it wrong.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    So I was thinking about life after Mo…maybe the Yankees will man up when Mo retires and shift back to the multiple inning closer or relief ace type thing. That’d be awesome.

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

      Can Brackman pitch two innings every night though?

    • Accent Shallow

      Doubt it. An entire generation of ballplayers have grown up since that was last in effect, so the CW is out the window there.

  • Manimal

    Who was pitching to him?

    • pat

      Scranton hitting coach, Butch Wynegar

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

      Zack Greinke.

      [Ed. note: that’s probably not true.]

      • Manimal

        I would have guessed Mitre

    • bexarama

      Mariano Riv- (gets hit by lightning)

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Um, UConn, wake up again.

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

      I hate the XL Center sooo much. Might as well be an away game.

  • bexarama

    I was watching the Prime 9 Bloopers or whatever and it made me realize that John Kruk vs. Randy Johnson may be the ugliest, grossest man ever vs. the second ugliest, grossest man ever. But who’s who?

    (I’m gonna make myself feel better by watching Pettitte vs. Leiter on YES now.)

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      (I’m gonna make myself feel better by watching Pettitte vs. Leiter on YES now.)

      Upgrade FTW

      • pete

        hahaha i had heard that about Pettitte before, but Leiter? Wouldn’t have had him pegged as a looker

        • bexarama

          Pettitte is ridiculously hot. Even now. Especially now, actually.

          Leiter is just a really handsome, nice-looking man.

          IMO.

          • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

            Yeah, basically what bexy said. Also, it’s not hard to upgrade from Kruk/Johnson.

            • bexarama

              Youkilis would be an upgrade over Kruk/Johnson

              • bexarama

                Andy is a much larger upgrade though :)

                • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

                  Amen to that, sister.
                  We’ve got quite a few decent-sized upgrades on this team, if I daresay.

                • bexarama

                  Mmm-hmm.

          • Cecala

            It has to be the chin dimple

            /no homo

  • pat

    Does Tebow have any viable future in the NFL?

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

      Kick returner?

      *Note: Very biased. Hate Tebow.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Gut reaction from a guy who’s followed the NFL less and less recently and doesn’t know much about football prospects: no.

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

        Gut reaction from a guy who follows the NFL very voraciously and knows quite about about football prospects:

        Also no.

    • Mike HC

      If you consider back up quarterback, and/or a guy who gets about 5 touches a game, and/or a special teams player, then yes, I believe he is a viable NFL player.

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

        Tebow would hang around for a few years due to promise and upside, but in short order, he won’t even be a backup quarterback, as other backup quarterbacks would beat him out during training camp roster spot battles.

        I’ve got three letters for Tim: C-F-L

    • Hughesus Christo

      He is slow and can’t throw. Don’t see much hope.

    • Zack

      I’m going to say no. Even if it was a maybe there is no way in hell I’m making him a first round pick like some claim Jacksonville will.

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

        I’ve got a dollar that says the Jags take him in the second round, though.

        • Zack

          Whatever it takes to get your capacity above 50% i guess

        • rbizzler

          I’ll take that bet. As of right now the Jags do not have a second round pick. Obviously, they could trade up for Tebow but as it stands right now it doesn’t look good for the Jags getting him.

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

            Summamabitch.

  • Nady Nation

    David Lee is a joke.

    • pete

      YOURE a joke

      /don’t know why i felt so compelled to do that’d

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

    Scott Burrell > Jerome Dyson

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I feel like Dyson should be so much better. I wonder if he has any NBA future.

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

        none, no dribble, too selfish.

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

        He has Europe written all over him. If he had a consistent outside shot, maybe.

  • Mike R

    Better trade him now while his stock is up!

    [/sarcasm]

    • Jack

      Better trade him for David DeJesus now while his stock is up!

      http://riveraveblues.com/off-topic/#comment-770296

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

        I still can’t believe Paulo Coelho would either advocate for such a dumb trade or use such flawed plot and character development. His comment couldn’t have been more deliberate, and his denouement was curtailed and ineffectual.

        • Jack

          *Looks up Paulo Coelho on Wikipedia*

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

    Jesus for Mauer (no negotiating window): Yes or No?

    • W.W.J.M.D

      If they add denard span, yes.

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

    When I was in college we made a sign on an unfolded Busch Light box that said “I outdrank Bob Huggins!”

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

    HUGE win Matty

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      ‘UGE.

      Getting hot at the right time, ftw!

    • RichYF

      Wtf, why didn’t they storm the court?! My understanding was that UConn is a mid-major now so I’m a little confused…

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

        You mean like when Michigan stormed the court when they beat an unranked UConn team at home in January?

        • RichYF

          Michigan hasn’t been relevant in 15 years. UConn was in the Final Four last year. I was embarrassed by that, I’m sorry. We have no business storming the court against anyone. Ever.

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

    Just officially joined the RAB Fantasy Baseball League. My team name?

    CentWAR Centaur™.

    • andrew

      How can we get in on this league? I was in the 2nd league last year but I haven’t heard anything about the leagues restarting.

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

        Not sure… contact Mike, probably.

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

    Regarding Andy’s comment earlier that Dale Murphy was a two-time MVP, thus somehow cheapening or lessening the list of two-time winners:

    —————-

    You know how all these baseball purists want to eliminate/asterisk stats and awards from the late ’90s and early ’00s as being tainted due to the steroid era?

    There should be an asterisk for everything that happened in the 1980s. Because the entire decade of 1980s baseball… sucked. Weakest crop of talent in baseball history (non-war years), IMHO.

    Dale Murphy being a two-time MVP winner and Jack Morris/Dave Steib/Fernando Valenzuela et. al. battling it out for “best pitcher in baseball” is just proof positive of that. The 1980s in MLB is like the post Jordan-pre LeBron era in the NBA: the decade blows.

    In fact, the NBA crappy decade >>>>>>>>>>>> the MLB crappy decade.

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

      Minus Rickey. Rickey would be the 2nd or 3rd best player in the game today.

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

        Well, of course, there’s exceptions. But compare then to now. Who’s, say, the 20th best player in all of baseball today? Maybe Pablo Sandoval? Matt Holliday? Justin Upton?

        The 20th best player in baseball in the 1980s was probably Jack Clark or Wally Joyner or something like that. And frankly, they were probably 15th and I’m underselling them (by overselling the other players in the league).

    • bexarama

      Apparently the #1 player of the 1980s was Jack Morris according to that dumb list MLB Network did. If that’s the truth… it really was a sucky decade.

      (Clemens and Doc Gooden really had pretty freaking amazing years, though. But they never pitched ten scoreless innings in Game 7 of a World Series, therefore they are not real men. Or something.)

      • Accent Shallow

        I thought that list was by position, and hence Morris being #1 was due to them saying he’s the best pitcher of the decade, not the best player.

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

          Either way… ugh.

          Jack Morris isn’t the best anything of anything.

          • bexarama

            He’s (one of) the best at getting votes for the HOF he doesn’t really deserve. So that’s something.

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

      The 80’s were so bad that it took the pitchers 10 years to realize that they could strike out Dale Murphy with an outside slider, every single time.

  • pat

    OMG The Nerd knows the history of everything HILARIOUS!!!

    /effing hate this show.

    • pat

      HAHAH, the nerd doesn’t like football. How do they come up with this stuff????

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

        Heh, I’m actually watching said show for the first time ever because a friend and fellow Nebraskan told me to watch this episode for the Nebraska football jokes.

        4 minutes in, and I can already see I haven’t missed anything in not partaking in The Big Bang Theory earlier. This show… blows.

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

          I didn’t notice the lack of a laughtrack in the other shows I watch… I can’t stop noticing it in this one.

          Ugh.

          • pat

            HAHAHA Star Wars joke…. LOL

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

              OH THE QUIDDICH HARRY POTTER JOKE COUP DE GRACE!!!!

          • pat

            Yeah, the laugh track is bruuuuuutal.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      What show is this?

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

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

        I’ve watched 20 minutes of it tonight. I want all of them back.

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

          HATE that show.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Ah, okay. I’ve heard two reactions to that show: yours and the complete opposite.

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

            I’d watch the show yourself once. I bet you’ll immediately question the show-judging wisdom the people who said this show is anything other than painfully putrid.

            I haven’t laughed less since the last SBGL comment I read. He may be their head writer.

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

              Some people must like it I guess.

            • Moshe Mandel

              Eh, I think it is quite watchable. Is it great? Definitely not. But I get some laughs here and there, it has some likeable characters. Definitely not the kind of show that I would “want my 20 minutes” back.

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

                Krusty The Klown: (under breath) … meh, I could pull a better cartoon out of my a–HEY, WOAH! WASN’T THAT GREAT, KIDS?

              • Esteban

                I’m late to the party but this might help:
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_iEY9pSHT0

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

                  … no, not really. Sucks either way. Thanks for trying, though.

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

    When told about Jesus’ home run today, Reymond Nunez called it “Cute”.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-763224

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

    I’m 8 eps into Season 1 of Dexter. It’s fantastic!

    One of my favorite non-Wire* shows that I’ve seen in a while.

    *The Wire is the greatest show ever.

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

      Best show in the history of mankind. Easily. Did you check out Generation Kill?

      Loved the dialogue, particularly from Ziggy Sobotka.

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

        It’s on the NetFlix list.

    • Tom Zig

      I loved The Wire

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

    Anyone know a good poet that isn’t very famous? I have an AP Lit project to do on a poet…lucky me.

  • Chops
  • W.W.J.M.D

    So after a long day, I made my rounds on the interweb, and came accross the Damon press conference. I’m thankful JD gave me another reason to hate him, because there is no way he wanted to be in Detroit since day 1.

  • Jammy Jammers

    I’d like to see him knock the ‘D’ off of JD Drew. Get it? Ugh…

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