Feb
03

Open Thread: Official Winn

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The slow time just before Spring Training can be hell for blog content, so I figured I’d pass along the news that Randy Winn is listed on the Yankees’ 40-man roster page at the official site, which confirms that he in fact passed his physical and is officially signed. Our Depth Chart is up to date.

The 40-man roster is now full, which means someone will have to head to DFA-ville before the Yankees can acquire another player. Looking at the list of the players, I’m guessing Edwar Ramirez would be the first to get the axe, however a spot would also open up if/when Jamie Hoffmann is returned to the Dodgers. Chris Garcia is dead to me, so he can follow Edwar out the door. Who’s after that, maybe Jon Albaldejo?

Anyway, use this as your open thread for the night. The Knicks and 4-43 Nets are both playing tonight, and rumor has it Derek Jeter is making an appearance on MLB Network’s Hot Stove program tonight. You know what to do, so enjoy the thread.

Categories : Open Thread
  • 28 next year

    do you think Garcia would pass through waivers?
    I mean he has talent but with his injury history, is someone willing to put him on their 40 man?

    • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Someone would grab him. There’s no reason for a team like the Royals, Pirates or some other team with no chance of competing to not stuff him on the roster.

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

        The Royals should claim Garcia on waivers, make him their closer, and move Joakim Soria to the rotation.

        Dayton Moore, you’re welcome.

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

          Dude, he doesn’t need your help. Last year they had the best offseason in the history of whatever.

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

            Rick Ankiel AND Scott Podsednik? HOW CAN I SAY NO?!?!?!

        • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Only if he also trades us Mike Montgomery or Wil Myers for Eduardo Nunez aka Tony Pena Jr.

        • Accent Shallow

          Soria will be 26 next year, I thought he was a bit older. I’m sure the Royals won’t do that, because they don’t want to screw up the one good thing they have.

          (Ok, second good thing)

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

            They wouldn’t be “screwing up” the one good thing they have, they’d be correcting their past mistake.

            They already screwed up by moving him to closer in the first place.

            • Accent Shallow

              I’m not saying they shouldn’t, but there’s a chance that a) Soria is the closer on the next good Royals team (ha!) or b) they’re able to move him at a future deadline for solid prospects.

              If they move him to the rotation, there’s a chance he flames out/gets hurt. Of course, he could get hurt as a closer: cf last year.

              And Soria, unlike Joba, doesn’t project as a true number 1 . . . more like a 2 or a 3. Now, I’d rather have a 2 or a 3 than a great closer, but . . . it’s not quite a no brainer here.

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

                True. But frankly, the Royals need so much help, they should either A) trade Soria the closer IMMEDIATELY for the best return possible, or B) gamble on Soria the starter immediately.

                Having the second best pitcher on their major league team be a closer when they have a true talent level of a 100 loss team is pretty pointless. They need starting pitchers badly. Soria should either be one or be traded for one.

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

    Jetes on right now.

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

    Depth Chart of who should get a tall glass of Pinstripe DFA IPA when we are ready to bring in fresh blood:

    1. Edwar
    2. Garcia
    3. Mitre
    4. Albaladejo
    5. Nuñez
    6. Golson
    7. Logan
    8. Corona
    9. Hoffmann
    10. Miranda

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

      Do you think Albie’s up-side is really higher than Mitre’s? I don’t see it.

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

        Mitre’s upside is higher than Albie’s, but Albie’s present value is higher and Albie’s ability to approach his ceiling is higher. Albie can actually contribute more at the moment.

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

          Word. I’m way too anxious to see his stuff this year to risk losing him through the DFA process. I think we’ll know early whether or not he can get it done. I’m on record as saying he will have a good year.

        • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          But as a starter, Mitre’s value is higher than Albie’s, particularly if Mitre is recovered from TJ surgery.

          On the other hand, he’s at best a fairly tepid player when healthy.

          Tough call.

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

            But as a starter, Mitre’s value is higher than Albie’s, particularly if Mitre is recovered from TJ surgery.

            In the abstract, yes. But Albie is higher on the reliever depth chart than Mitre is on the starter depth chart, and Mitre probably has better options behind him than Albie does.

            And as both of them are over 25, the days of waiting for them to fulfill their ceilings are about over. It’s all about what you can do for me at the moment.

            • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              Not sure about that. They’re about even in terms of depth position. 1-5 is obvious, 6 is Hughes, 7 is Gaudin, 8 is Mitre, 9 Nova, 10 is Z-Mac 11) Bleich 12) Sanchez. Something like that. Bullpen is Mo, Marte, Robertson, Aceves, Melancon, Logan, Albie, Edwar, WDLR, Duff. Some of the pieces are overlapping, like Hughes, Gaudin, Mitre and Aceves.

              If I were to be so bold, I’d say there’s a better chance of injury knocking around the rotation long-term than the bullpen, where other options are suited better for the role, as their stuff plays better.

              Mitre probably doesn’t have much value as a reliver, but his value as an emergency starter is greater than that of Albie as an emergency reliever.

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

                Good point.

                It’s probably all dependent on whom is being added to the 40-man to decide who gets kicked off it. The difference between #3 and #4 on a “who gets cut first?” depth chart is probably pretty miniscule.

          • Louis

            On the other hand, he’s at best a fairly tepid player when healthy.

            That is what I was thinking also, tepid at best.

          • Hughesus Christo

            Mitre has value?

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

              Every player has value in one way or another. Every single one.

              • Omar

                Cody. Ransom.

    • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

      I know it’s crazy, but I’d still like to see Garcia stick around longer, even if they just donate his body to science to figure out why he’s incapable of not getting hurt. He does after all, have “ridiculous upside.”

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

        Chris Garcia is officially in the Humberto Sanchez zone.

        • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          HUNGRY Hungry HUMBERTO.

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

            I challenge you to a game of Ravenous Ravenous Rhinos.

            /simpsonsquotebobait’d

      • Brooklyn Ed

        Garcia and Baldelli should be friends. no seriously, it was exciting to see Garcia rocking it out last year’s spring training.

        • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Meh, Baldelli has like, leprosy or something. Different.

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

            Still, Chris Garcia makes Rocco Baldelli look like Cal Ripken Jr. That’s mind-bottling.

            “Garcia has a plus-plus injury tool.”
            -Mike Axisa

            • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              Maybe Garcia has osteoporosis?

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

        Agreed Steve. Garcia is way to good to give up on now. At least let him fail uninjured before they give him the boot. Edwar is garbage. Hoffmann is an unknown, Golson has the makings of a Brett Gardner clone, who strikes out even more, and Mitre is, well, Meat Tray.

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

          Garcia is way to good to give up on now.

          He is really good… during the 15% of the past 5 years he’s actually been physically able to throw a ball 60 feet 6 inches.

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

            He’s still only 23. And more importantly for you, Mr. TSJC a/k/a Arch…blah blah, he is a Miami Hurricane. That’s right he goes to the U in the offseason. So yeah, cut bait with one of you own (2x over).

            • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              I call for a dance-off. Pray for Omarion.

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

              A player’s prior collegiate affiliation doesn’t matter to me when making personnel decisions. I’m a cold-hearted snake.

              Look into my eyes.

              • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

                You’ve been telling lies.

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

                  I’m a loverboy at play, but I don’t play by rules.

                • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

                  /too embarrassed to continue

                • scooter

                  Just like a car crash, just like a knife
                  My favorite weapon is the look in your eyes
                  You ran out of lies!

                  /vain attempt to save music thread

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxaPj19VnRA

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

                But a Hurricane and a Yankee?

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

                  Irrelevant.

                  When my Jets traded Jon Vilma for a draft pick, I applauded. Because it was right for the program.

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnjbMtHH1H8 (safe)

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

                  I am marking this day down in my mental notebook, and I will show you and Axisa how wrong you two were. I’m predicting that on July 20, you will eat your words.

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

    Our newest microbrew:

    Pinstripe Winn Winter Wheat™

    It’s like icing on the icing™.

  • Salty Buggah

    Imagine if Winn ever hit a walk-off. Sterling would literally explode.

    Ballgame over, Yankees Winn, Thuuuuuh Yankees Winn! Winn the winner wins the game!!!!!

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

      YOU’RE EXCITED?!?!? FEEL THESE NIPPLES!!!!!!!

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

        Suzyn, that is not a microphone in my pants.

        • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          But Jawn, you gawt me so excited. I think I mouight joust crawwwyyy.

          Animal Crackers in my soup…

        • JGS

          I threw up a little

    • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

      Sterling would literally explode.

      You say that like it’s a bad thing.

  • DP

    I love how Joel Sherman aka mryankee “knows” what the Yankees are thinking, and that they are basing their decisions on Joba’s playoff performance only months after they let the World Series MVP walk. Makes sense.

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

      Joel Sherman aka mryankee

      :: head explodes ::

      IT. ALL. MAKES. SENSE. NOW.

      • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

        Like a Sherman article, he generates comments like no other. Shit, when I left the Cotham thread earlier it was winding down, about 50 comments or so. I got back and there’s over 100. I wondered WTF happened, and sure enough, the thread had been mryankee’ized.

    • Hey ZZ

      Why does no one mention the different persona Phil Hughes apparently had when he went to the BP? Why is it not mentioned that Phil Hughes’ velocity was up in the BP? If I recall correctly Sherman mentioned how much more confident he looked in the BP last season.

      Is what really makes Joba suited for the BP the fist pump? If that is the case get the Jersey Shore cast on the phone and fill out the bullpen. That would definitely be a Situation.

      • DP

        Yes, exactly! What I find truly amazing how the B-Jobbers is the fact that when debating Joba vs. Hughes you can make the EXACT same arguments for Hughes. In fact, I believe Hughes’ numbers as a reliever are better, and Joba’s numbers as a starter are better. Truly baffling stuff.

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

          Mind-bottling.

          /Chazz-Michael Michaels

          • 28 next year

            you know like when all your thoughts are trapped in a bottle

      • bexarama

        oh nooo now everyone’s going to be saying HUGHES TO THE PEN!

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

      What do you expect. Joel’s a Mets fan, and thinks like one.

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

        Joel’s a Mets fan, and thinks like one.

        So, what you’re saying is, he wants to kill himself but wants to take all us out with him?

        The old suicidal/homicidal husband with a gun to his head telling his wife “Stop laughing, bitch, you’re next!”

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

          Hmmmm . . . close. But I was going for “Confused, and doesn’t get what the Yanks or their fans are all about”

          But I like yours, don’t get me wrong.

    • Dan

      Personally, I thought Joba the reliever was just as frustrating as Joba the starter this past season.

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

    Hmm, Wizards-Knicks or Venezuela-Puerto Rico?

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

      Wizards-Knicks is now 100% gun-free, so you can enjoy it safely.

      Then again, Venezuela-Puerto Rico probably has a slightly higher chance of seeing some lovely jubblies on display during shots to the crowd, so… I’m torn.

      Flip a coin.

      • Jose

        Call it Friendo.

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

          Tips for winning an Oscar:
          1) get a nice lady haircut
          2) be weird
          3) kill people

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

            see: Vincent Vega. (no win though)

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

              He was up against Tom Hanks playing Forrest Gump.

              That’s not a fair fight.

              Plucky lovable mentally handicapped dude >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> weird lady-haired killer dude

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

      Anyone good pitching tonight?

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

        Jason Simontacchi v. Juan Padilla is the starting matchup.

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

    Leiter was just talking about this.
    The White Sox can have a hell of a rotation this year.

    Buehrle
    Danks
    Floyd
    Peavy

    Now, I don’t think AL Peavy will be anywhere near Petco/NL Peavy but that has the makings of a real solid rotation.

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

      Don’t forget the undead corpse of Freddy Garcia as the #5.

    • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com Joltin’ Joe

      They don’t quite have that one lock-down starter but 4 above average guys, which over the course of a full season, is more important IMO.

      • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

        Especially in the Central.

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

        And, if
        1) Carlos Quentin is all the way back
        2) They get a good slightly above average net production from the Alex Rios/Juan Pierre/Andruw Jones amalgam of outfielders
        3) The bullpen remains solid

        They can definitely contend in the Central. They’ve got like 12 catchers and infielders on the 40 man, and Mark Kotsay is probably the only one who’s fairly worthless; everybody else is a solid player all things considered. They’re not a bad squad.

        • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

          Mark Kotsay is decidely not worthless. Two reasons:

          1. Dude is gritty
          2. Jamie Kotsay

          • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Leigh Teixiera>Jamie Kotsay

            • Rey22

              /respectfully disagrees

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

                Seconded.
                Jamie Kotsay >>>>>>> Leigh Teixeira

              • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                Leigh Teixiera has the girl-next-door look while being gorgeous, whereas Kotsay has the typical porn look.

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

                  …whereas Kotsay has the typical porn look.

                  You say that like it’s a bad thing.

                • Louis

                  You say that like it’s a bad thing.

                  Look at the source.

            • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H
              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                What you said.

                Jamie Kotsay is an actual bikini model.
                Leigh Teixeira is just a pretty girl.

                • pat

                  Leigh Teixiera looks like Tori Lane.

        • Rey22

          Ozzie’s biggest challenge might just be saving his team from himself. Mr. “We’re gonna bunt in non-bunting situations” for God knows why reason..

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

    Yo tsjc, how much stock do you put into the ESPNU 150?

    Did Miami do as bad as it seems this year?

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

      I don’t follow recruiting as religiously, but yeah, this is Shannon’s weakest class so far.

      The bowl losses are probably costing the Canes a bit. The team is still young and undersized, and gets pushed around by overly physical units.

      The only saving grace is the amazing depth of the prior three classes. There’s enough wiggle room to have a bad class and still be elite.

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

        #6 Baby!!! I’m proud of Jimbo Fisher. Too bad that Florida got the #1 and #2 class.

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

          Ironically, the emergence of USF as a legit power may help UM and FSU. USF could siphon off some of the Gators talent.

          Balance of power, holmes.

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

            With Skip Holtz coaching? Doubtful. He’s a rolling stone, just like his papa.

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

              Meh, USF is already a name thanks to Leavitt. Holtz doesn’t need to put ‘em on the map, they’re already on it.

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

                The greatest signing by UCF today? O.L.-Jose Jose.

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

                  Were his parents playing a cruel joke on him ???

                  /SteveB’d

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

    I love the fact the announcers are acting like they are actually at the game, when really they are in the studio in New Jersey.

    • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Have you been to Secaucus? I go there every day. It’s wretched. They only need to imagine they are anywhere else; the noxious fumes play tricks with their minds, convincing them they are far, far away.

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

        Have you been to Secaucus?

        Penelope, do you realize where I’ve been?

        THOSE MEN TRIED TO HAVE SEX WITH ME!!!

      • scooter

        Been there, done it (no t-shirt). I grew up in Jersey City Heights, pretty close to Secaucus. Back in the bad old days, there was a slaughterhouse there called Miller’s Abattoir. In summer when the wind blew right you sure knew it was there.

        “Revolting? You said it – they stink on ice”

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

    Hope the Puerto Rican team realizes that with the chalk circle around the mound broken, Simontacci can escape and wreak havoc.

    /Lost’d

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

      Maybe the Venezuelan teams realize that it’s not in an alternate universe where Simontacci is actually good.

      /Lost’d again

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

        (covers eyes and plugs ears)

        SHUT UP I’M NOT LISTENING I CAN’T WATCH MY DVR’D LOST EPISODES UNTIL THURSDAYS DUE TO TIME COMMITMENTS THIS YEAR

        LA LA LA LA

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

          Damn wives. Always screwing shit up.

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

            Heh… Honestly… I’m really good about watching whatever crap Ms. Mondesi wants to watch with me, and saving shows for her if need be… But if there’s one thing she knows and is cool with, it’s that I’m going to watch episodes of Lost the night they air, even if she’s otherwise engaged on one or more of those nights… Especially regarding the 2 hour premiere of the final season. No way I could wait a day or two to watch it.

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

              It’s not the wife’s fault, it’s mine.

              I’m in class as we speak. As I type these very words to you right now.

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

                Ah, gotcha. What are you taking? Continuing studies or master’s program or something?

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

                  Nope, finishing up a BA. I went broke going to NYU out of high school and could only afford one and a half years. Left to start working for a semester and a semester turned into a decade.

                  Pre-law with a politics/policy focus.

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

                  Oh cool. Is law school a possibility for you? RAB LLP is recession-proof and always hiring.

                • king of fruitless hypotheticals

                  lots of people go to school for eight years…

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

                  It is.

                  I’m considering a standard grad school with a simple public policy masters as well, though. Less time, less money. Haven’t decided yet.

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

                  Yeah that might be the better (and more affordable, to boot) option if you’re more interested in public policy than practicing as an attorney. Law school’s obviously great training, too, but not necessarily the best route I’m sure, all things considered.

                  Good luck whatever route you choose, obviously. I miss school… I never liked it when I was a student, but I’d love to enroll in a grad program now. I’ve thought about doing a master’s program part-time, just don’t know if I feel like committing that kind of time to something that’s more a luxury than a necessity.

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

                  Speaking of… Ms. Mondesijust got home and we have to go out since today she found out she got into a grad program she applied to. She probably won’t even go to this one, but it’s an excuse to go drink fancy cocktails.

                  Talk to you all later, have a good one.

              • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

                Let me guess, a cinema class? Have to keep churning out those movie quotes.

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

                  I actually have a cinema class this semester, yes. We screened Melvin Van Peebles’s Classified X yesterday.

                  I highly recommend it. It’s also on Netflix.

                  (more free advertising’d)

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

          Holy shnikes, didn’t realize… Hurry up and watch that shit so we can discuss. I’m fully obsessed again… That whole ‘I’m not reading about or discussing Lost anymore because I just want to watch the episodes in peace’ thing went out the window about 38 seconds after I finished watching the episodes last night.

          Oh hold on… Thursdays, plural… As in you’re going to be 2 days late for the foreseeable future? That’s just awful.

          • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura
            • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Ha, yeah, I saw that. Whatever, if you’re not a Lost fan, you deserve to be annoyed by Lost fans. It’s your own damned fault for not being cool enough to be an annoying Lost fan.

              (And by “cool” I mean “dorky,” of course.)

              • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                I saw the first two seasons and haven’t seen the rest, so I feel that I’m so far behind I can’t start by watching now. May as well wait for the DVDs.

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

                  Oh don’t bother with watching the current season until you catch up… But I’d definitely recommend watching the DVDs. I’m jealous, I wish I could look forward to experiencing the show for the first time like that.

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

                  Netflix. All on instant play, no need to wait for DVDs in the mail.

                  Win(n).

                • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                  Yeah. We Netflix and burn. Thousands and thousands of movies, tv shows.

                  We just have a lot of stuff in the cue. Once it clear a bit, I can’t wait to get into Lost.

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

            Regrettably, yes.

            Thursday is my Lost Day for the entire season. I’m fuckin’ up the game for everyone. My sister won’t talk to me until the weekend now.

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

              (Btw, I’d gotten a bit bored with Doc Jensen’s Lost recaps over the last year, but his recap of the premier and his interview with Lindelof/Cuse were both really interesting reads. Check them out after you watch the episodes this week.)

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

                I’ve never EVER read a Doc Jensen recap. Who is he and what am I missing?

                http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com is my go-to for recaps of anything.

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

                  He’s at Entertainment Weekly. I think he’s the best Lost recapper out there, he does a pretty amazing job. I always read his stuff, and then maybe check out docarzt.com or darkufo.

                  Here’s the link to the Lost section of ew.com, it’s pretty much all his stuff. He does a huge recap every week that comes out the morning after the episode, and some other features and interviews here and there. Check it out after you watch the episodes, this week’s recap was really good.

                  http://www.ew.com/ew/package/0,,20313460,00.html

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

                  Gracias.

  • Hey ZZ

    Luis (PR)

    Montero or Bryce Harper?

    Jim Callis (3:04 PM)

    Montero. Good one.

    • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

      I saw that too, but I’d consider that to be an absolute no brainer.

  • Salty Buggah
  • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    I don’t even know why I have a Facebook. I couldn’t care less about what sort of animals you have on your Farmville farm; your “deep” Nickelback lyrics sicken me; there’s nothing fascinating about quizzes like ‘Which lip gloss best describes your personality?!’; your persistent requests that I ‘join’ you in your fleeting, convenient political causes; and finally, your daily happenings is typical and boring.

    Wait, I remember why I have a Facebook! So I can be “friends” with dumb skanks I went to high school and college with, and every now and then rub one out to photos of them getting drunk and taken advantage of in some dirty Mexican tequila town.

    So sad.

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

      “Bring Melvin to America”.

      • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        That’s all I have to look forward to on that damn thing.

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

          Facebook is like Twitter and Myspace (and all the other social media sites):

          It’s fun for a few months when it’s new, and then it’s kinda blah when it gets oversaturated and gets taken over by hungry profitmaking software developers and self promoters.

          I have them and keep them, though, because it helps people find you. But both my pages are gathering dust at the moment.

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

            I don’t like how Facebook changed their privacy policies. If you wanted to be, you could be totally hidden from everyone except your friends. Now the best they have is only “friends of friends” can see your profile.

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

              not see your profile but find you.

  • Hey ZZ

    I can now say I have officially seen every argument from anti-sabermetric people. I think you could guess where this came from.

    “why does baseball statistical analysis have to be called Sabermetrics?

    how about simply calling it baseball statistical analysis ?

    i would find that less objectionable.”

    • bexarama

      “sabermetrics” is a cool word though :(

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        have you ever used a saber?

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

    You’ve never heard of “worm burner”, Greg?

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

    “It’s way out of here!”

    20 feet beyond the fence. That was easily 360 feet. Unbelievable.

  • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

    According to the commercial I just saw, 1 in 4 women can misread a traditional pregnancy test.

    The last thing the 1 in 4 needs to be doing is getting pregnant.

    • JM

      I laughed, I cried.

  • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

    48 Hours is on WGN.

    Remember when Eddie Murphy used to be, umm, alive?

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

      Dude, rent Norbit, and thank me later.

    • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

      Heh, just realized this was a TSJC-baiting comment if I’ve ever seen one.

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

        Heh.

        ROOOOOOOOOOXANNE… YOU DON’T HAVE TO PUT ON THE RED LIGHT!!!

  • Hey ZZ

    “It certainly doesn’t show up in the standings,” Bisciotti said. “If I’m a Yankees fan, I’m upset we’re not winning 130 games with the roster that they have and the money that they pay out. I think it’s a disgrace they only beat the average team by 10 games in the standings with three times the money. I’d fire that GM. You don’t need a GM. All you have to do is buy the last Cy Young Award winner every year.”

    -Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti

    http://weblogs.baltimoresun.co.....t_the.html

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan
    • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

      That has to just be pandering to Orioles fans, right?

      • bexarama

        On NYYFans there’s an Oriole fan (but really a troll) who has like 1000+ posts, and I’d guess something like 98.9% of them are about payroll/the need for a salary cap. Maybe it’s this guy?

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

          Meh, it’s probably Brewers owner Mark Attanasio masquerading as an Oriole fan to throw people off his scent.

    • bexarama

      We signed Greinke and Lincecum?! Awesome!!

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

      Even LBGS is not that batshit insane. Even if you add in mryankee to LBSG the horrendously retarded bullshit I just read is more batshit insane.

      The point is too win the World Series moron. They won and achieved their goal.

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

        SBGL, not LBGS.

        /brandunity’d

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

          Yeah I knew I fucked that up.

          • Steve H

            Heh. I didn’t even realize who you were talking about.

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

              I decided to shorthand him for our mutual benefit.

    • Zack

      http://profootballtalk.nbcspor.....doras-box/

      Looks like Bisciotti has more important stuff to worry about than the Yankees’ payroll.

      “On Wednesday, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti gave the union its clearest piece of evidence to support an attempt to compel full financial disclosure. Per the Associated Press, Bisciotti said during a season-ending press conference that several owners are facing financial shortfalls that could create “long-term problems for the league,” and he reportedly “insisted” that several teams are struggling to finish in the black.

      Annnnnnd that’s why the NFL fined Cowboys Jerry Jones $100,000 in September.

      Previously, the league had done a great job of avoiding the articulation of financial problems. Whether Bisciotti’s words are enough to allow the union to prevail in legal proceedings aimed at prying loose the financial data remains to be seen; given the union’s ongoing requests for that information, we’d be surprised if the NFLPA doesn’t make Bisciotti’s remarks the centerpiece of precisely such an effort.”

  • bexarama

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....l?bcnn=yes

    (safe, also fun to laugh at)

    • bexarama

      and after the 4-game sweep in August:
      http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

      It’s not bad, but:
      a. That 8-game winning streak after the All-Star Break doesn’t count, it wasn’t against the Red Sox!
      b. They paid a lot of money!!!

      • DP

        Well the Yankees World Series doesn’t count, they didn’t beat Boston

        /Patriots fans explaining the Steelers 2 recent SBs
        //No, I’m not kidding (or a Steelers fan)

        • Steve H

          Whoever said that has to be the mryankee of Pats fans. That’s brutal. Funny thing is, most Pats fans, while we hate the Steelers, have a shitload of respect for them, me included. I still can’t believe they won a Super Bowl with Omar Epps as the coach, though once he fixed his fumbling problem, he was pretty good in The Program.

          • bexarama

            I went to college with a ton of Boston sports fans. They were pretty much all tremendous jerks (the Red Sox fans in my high school were fine, though, especially considering both the 2003 and 2004 ALCSes took place when I was in HS), and I heard this A LOT.

            It was also really satisfying watching Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS with some really asshole-y Red Sox fans, who had been bragging about how they were “the best comeback team evahhh!!!” The pretty much outward desolation on their faces when they realized that, yup, they’d lost the series, after bragging about how much they were going to “teach the Rays what an actual good team looks like,” was really awesome.

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

            I still can’t believe they won a Super Bowl with Omar Epps as the coach…

            DEJAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
            DEJAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
            (weeps)

          • DP
    • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

      In Wakefield, who moved to 8-3 with a 4.50 ERA, the Red Sox have found a reliable 42-year-old to round out a rotation so overstuffed with quality arms that the Red Sox may be forced to trade a pitcher who’s 5-2 on the season (brad Penny) just to make room for 1) a future Hall of Famer (John Smoltz) and 2) a 24-year-old of such promise that he’s already thrown a no-hitter in the major leagues and is 4-0 with a 1.75 ERA in the minors this year (Clay Buchholz).

      • bexarama

        I’ll do one better:

        They have finished 1-2 in the American League standings nine times in the past 11 seasons and are on pace to do so again this year, only this time, there can be no debating which is truly the better team.

        (Also, he goes on about how the Yankees weren’t doing “the little things” and how that made Boston better, but then, when talking about the playoffs, he played the usual “yeah the Yankees are good but their opponents played SO BAD!” card.)

  • Salty Buggah

    Wow, Tigers and Verlander agreed to a 5 year, $80 million extension.

    • Hey ZZ

      Damn, good for him. Got more money then Felix

      • Hey ZZ

        *than*

    • Accent Shallow

      Big mistake. He’ll be a bum by year 3.

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

      I wonder if for the next five years, every time Detroit plays Seattle, if Justin takes out King Felix to dinner, and rubs it in his face that he makes a half a mill more.

      • DP

        Felix is too lazy, he just orders delivery.

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

          DAME PERNIL!!!

    • Hey ZZ

      For a team that was supposedly desperate to get Granderson and Jackson off the payroll, they sure have spent a lot of money this off season.

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

        Perhaps this is the year they finally tie Magglio Ordoñez to the bench to keep his final 18M option from vesting.

  • adeel

    I was so excited for baseball season to begin, but then someone mentioned Suzyn’s name and accent; is there any way we can DFA her?

    It’s sad to think that people’s wives would intervene with Lost. It amazes me what lengths people go to for their spouses, and to what lengths people go to avoid them.

    That said, I don’t know what to think of the religous undertones to that episode.

    Does Bruney for Hoffman make sense now?

    I have a test tomorrow that doesn’t count, but does count, how screwed up is that.

    Facebook officially scares me. My brother-in-law’s Mother-in-law wants to friend me. WTF??!??!

    Facebook does help you realize how pathetic everyone else turned out.

    The last thing any of us should do is believe what a commercial told them.

    • vin

      You forgot the:

      /Andy Rooney’d

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

        I don’t know why they call them “postal workers”, I just call them mailmen. Everyone who’s ever actually called someone a postal worker probably works for the post office.

        /BushyEyebrow’d

    • DP

      And what’s the deal with airline food?

      • vin

        /Observational Comic’d

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

          The jar is round… the mug is round… they should call it “Roundtine”.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            I’m angry at you for not seeing my awesome La Fours reference last night.

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

              I saw it and responded, just way late. I was driving home from class when you made it.

              My apologies.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                Awesome.

                I’d be glowing if I banged anyone in that elevator….present company excluded.

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

                  That kid is BACK ON THE ESCALATOR AGAIN!?!?!

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  I guarantee he blows a load through her back like a shotgun.

                • adeel

                  I’d settle for logging it squarely in the vagina. What’s the point of ruing it for everyone else?

                • vin

                  Eateries that operate within the designated square downstairs count as food court. Anything outside, of said designated sqaure, counts as an autonomous unit for mid-mall snacking.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  We’re not talking quantum physics here.

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

                  SBGL is gonna come in here and kill us all, disgruntled postal worker mailman style.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  So that would make Bethany…part black?

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

                  WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED TO THAT GUY’S HEAD?!?!??!?!??!??!

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  …no ticket.

              • adeel

                I like “/andy Rooney’d” the best.

                wtf do we say postal workers, that’s freaky

                Ovaltine because that’s the way I like it.

                I love it when you’ve watched a good episode of “lost” or “fringe” and at the end the little red dude pops up and the kids say

                “bad robot”

                /really, really, really doesn’t want to study anymore.

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

                  You’re like a beat poet.

                • adeel

                  thanks man.

                  /where the branches break the sun.

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

                  I never said it was a compliment.

                  ———–

                  Naw, just screwin’ with ya.

  • bonestock94

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

    So, how long until he’s in pinstripes?

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

      According to Bisciotti, this year.

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

        Luckily, if the Giants accidentally non-tender Lincecum next winter, the Yankees will be able to sign him since it’s an uncapped year.

        /Bisciotti’d

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

      All these extensions really do is lower their trade value, and hasten their exit from some of these teams. When you look at it that way, you may very well be better off going year to year and taking the draft picks, especially when it comes to pitchers.

      The Giants will always retain a few big stars, so Lincecum could work for them payroll-wise. There have always been questions about Lincecum’s mechanics, none of which have ever manifested themselves in injuries in any way, but maybe that’s what they’re worried about.

      Long term extensions really don’t make any sense for a team like the Marlins, since they have no intention of paying the guy once he gets paid some real money. Dombrowski is such a bad GM that giving Verlander an extension just means he’s the NEXT guy he has to trade that he really doesn’t want to, ala Curtis Granderson/Edwin Jackson.

      • adeel

        I don’t care what anyone says, lincecum has a freaking scary ass delivery and I would be very hesistant to throw big money at him… I mean felix money i could see, but would you throw cc money?? I think not.

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

          I know, but we’ve been hearing that since day one and he’s not just been durable, but VERY durable.

          http://www.baseball-reference......ti01.shtml

          Be careful making judgments/predictions about flaws in pitchers delivery. Nothing’s that certain. He may be more likely to get hurt, but that doesn’t mean it will happen. And guys with smooth, clean mechanics get hurt all the time. Chien Ming Wang comes to mind.

          • adeel

            And somewhere somone’s driving a blue 1984 Chrysler Lebaron with 130,000 miles on without a problem

            and My 2006 Camry is in the shop getting it’s ass recalled.

            Shit happens. I’m still buying Toyota.

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

              Fun Fact:

              My mother bought a RAV4 recently. When the recall happened, they asked her if her VIN number started with a J. It did.

              They told her that all the J VIN numbers are Toyotas imported from Japan and not made here in the states, and the Japan-made Toyotas are not being recalled because they’re perfect. All the defective gas pedals are the American made Toyotas.

              RedWhiteandBlueFAIL.

              • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

                That’s the greatest irony in all of this.

            • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

              Love the analogy.

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

                So, that would make Tim Lincecum… part black?

                • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

                  He can’t be. It wouldn’t have gotten thru the cross-racial comparison filters.

                • adeel

                  no, it would make him not Japanese.

            • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

              Was that Lebaron once owned by Jon Voigt?

              • vin

                No, John Voigt. :(

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

                  Sometimes I spell Jerry, with a G!

  • bexarama

    http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.....id=7152841 (safe)

    #2, #4 :D

    Boooo #5 (the bare-handed pop-up was better anyway. And I hate the Phillies announcers).

    I also like #6 because I’m a big Kitty fan, but yeah. And that Greg Maddux guy was pretty good (for an easy first-ballot HOFer, he’s actually kind of underrated, probably because he didn’t throw 56000 MPH).

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

      Where was the Joba dive from last June? That was an amazing play.

      http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XOTU3NzM1Mjg=.html

      • bexarama

        I don’t know, but MLB Network had these plays of the year programs for the AL and NL, and it was definitely on that program.

        I love that the user that posted that is “MikeMussina,” now I have images of Moose going on Asian websites and posting highlight reels of himself. He WOULD do that.

        • bexarama

          Also that play didn’t count because everyone knows Joba belongs in the bullpen, not starting.

    • DP

      Putting Mitch Williams in there: Lame.

      • Accent Shallow

        I’m just impressed that he managed to deliver that pitch without falling down.

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

      No one sucks the fun out of a moment like Buck.

      “What an intelligent play by El Duque.”

      Great enthusiasm there, Joe.

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

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....16163.html

        “TMZ? What’s your 2nd favorite website ‘suckacock.com’?”

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

          As a Giants fan, and a well-known homophobic,” Lange said, “it’s like a white trash gift from god that the fucking Cowboys have a quarterback whose last name rhymes with homo.”

          I don’t know what’s worse:
          1) That Lange is a raging homophobe
          2) That Lange thinks he’s a raging “homophobic”.

          He probably never paid attention to grammar in his English classes because he thought English was gay.

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

            Buck had a good line “Trying to segway? Sheesh, I pulled a hamstring trying to get away from that one”

        • bexarama

          That made me feel sort of bad for Joe Buck. I never thought such a crazy thing could happen.

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

            No way, that shit was all scripted. It was designed to bring attention to the show, and it clearly worked.

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

              That, or when they invited Artie Lange they knew exactly who they were getting. Probably a little of both.

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

        (pulls string on Al Gore doll)

        You are listening to me talk.

    • Accent Shallow

      Crap do I hate Cliff Lee.

      I especially like the multiple webbing mishaps.

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

        That play was so symbolic of that night. He just owned the Yanks in every way possible. How about the final out? Caught like he was bored.

    • 28 next year

      is it me or did like half of those plays have something to do with teh Yankees

      • bexarama

        plays done by/to NY baseball teams took up all but two of those, weird.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Holy crap, I just realized Minnie Driver is on Modern Family.

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

      Minnie Driver is still alive? I’m shocked.

      • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

        How do you like them apples?

        /bobaiting

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

          If I was Minnie Driver’s agent, I’d hook her up with an endorsement deal with MINI.

          • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

            ICWUDT

          • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist
            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              Clever. That deserves a

              (golf clap)

              /bigpun’d

  • ADam

    cya… edwar

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

      I agree. Edwar should cover his ass.

      /ArtieLange’d

    • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

      Cy
      Young
      Award

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

      Did he get released?

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

        I think our man ADam was just expressing his preference for Edwar to be the first released. That’s what I’m gonna go with.

        There’s like absolutely zero reason Edwar would get released now, at this very moment, today, without some larger move that would have already happened that we’d all now be talking about.

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

          Yeah, exactly. I Googled it and came up empty.

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

            To be fair, though, Edwar’s small enough to literally fall through the cracks of a Google search.

            • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

              In school, he’d be marked absent if he was turned sideways.

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

    Let me ask a question, that dovetails with a piece I’m working on.

    By Opening Day 2012, is Jesus Montero:

    -Our starting Catcher

    -Our Starting DH

    -Traded for some big Pitcher/Position player

    Note-Left Field is out, Brian Hoch shot that down the other day.

    • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

      1. C
      2. DH
      3. RF or LF. Brian Hoch is a beat writer.

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

        The quote ‘from someone who knows’ was that “He’s slow as molasses”. Outfield is not an option, unless you’re a big Adam Dunn fan, which I know some folks are.

        • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

          That’s one unnamed source though, I’m not going to take that as gospel.

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

            OK, but think about that for a minute. If you’re Mark Newman, would you put your name to a quote knocking the team’s top prospect? Of course not.

            Hoch is a good writer. I’ll trust him until he proves me wrong, which so far he hasn’t.

            • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H

              David Aldridge is a great reporter in the NBA. Yesterday he was reporting, based on a good source (and he has plenty) that Paul Pierce had a broken foot. He was wrong. I’m sure Hoch has a source, but that doesn’t mean the source knows that Montero can’t play the OF.

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

                I would think the director of player development would be familiar with tools of the team’s top prospect. But whatever, were both speculating.

        • DP

          Peter Gammons also gets quote from “people who know” that Brad Penny is only getting traded for a Smoak-type bat.

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

            That line just never gets old. I still giggle every time I see it.

        • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Dunn can move to 3B as A-Rod rotates at DH.

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

      I ask because the way I figure, it’s Starting Catcher-or-bust for Jesus.

      -Nick Johnson is our DH for the next few years
      -Alex, Jeter and others will be spending time at DH after NJ.
      -He’s really not a typical backup catcher, which is usually a defensive specialist.
      -Jorge is signed for the next two years
      -First base is obviously out until 2016

      Am I missing something?

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

        BTW-By ‘bust’ I mean he has to be traded.

      • Hey ZZ

        Since when is NJ our DH for the next few years?

        Your typical backup catcher is usually a defensive specialist, because if they had any offensive ability they would be a starting catcher for another team.

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

          NJ is signed for two years, but there’s a mutual option for next season FWIW.

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

            Right, so if the Yanks don’t want him around in 2011, he’s gone.

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

              And from there we can draw up scenarios where they keep NJ and where they don’t. I think it’s safe to say in most of the likely scenarios, that option gets picked up.

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

                Eh, I’d say there’s a better shot it doesn’t get picked up.

                Injuries and better options point to a new DH in 2011. JMHO

          • Louis

            Wrong.

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

        NJ is the DH for one more year, not the next few.

        And if he hits like he’s capable of, they’ll find someplace for him. He can split time between DH and C and LF for a few years or something. These things have a way of working themselves out.

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

          Sure, a big injury would sort this out. But there’s no ABs at DH for next year, if the NJ option gets picked up there’s no DH ABs for next year. First Base is out, and I’ll take Hoch’s word (he’s a good writer) that LF is out, and that the guy he quoted was someone who’d know like Newman.

          Total that all up, and he either is starting catcher material or trade bait. That really shouldn’t surprise anyone, he was just offered in a deal a few months ago.

          • DP

            I have a feeling Nick’s option getting picked up and whether or not Jesus is ready for the majors are tied to each other.

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

              Right, I go through a bunch of scenarios and in most of them, NJ comes back. It’s only 5.5 for next year.

              Again, the one scenario where NJ isn’t signed is where Montero is ready to catch on the MLB level, where he and Jorge split time Catching and DHing in 2011.

              • Zack

                It’s a mutual option so it’s not really just the Yankees’ decision.

                If he has a big year he’ll decline it and hit the market and try to get more than 5.5m guaranteed; if he has a down year or injured the Yankees may not pick it up and then he’ll be a FA.

          • Hey ZZ

            Yeah but what are the chances the option gets picked up by both the Yankees and NJ. If he has a good year he probably looks for a bigger payday. If he has a bad year the Yankees look for someone else. And, if he is somewhere in between more likely than not one side will not pick up the option. Mutual options IMO, are largely meaningless.

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

              Not to derail this, but you’d have to search long and wide to find an economist who thinks the economy will be roaring by next year. A big pot of money waiting for him somewhere is not something to worry about.

              • Hey ZZ

                He had a 2 year offer on the table from the Giants this year. If he has another good and injury free year he could most likely get more money and/or more years.

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

            That really shouldn’t surprise anyone, he was just offered in a deal a few months ago.

            A deal that both sides probably knew wasn’t going to happen.

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

              Still if the Blue Jays accepted, he’d be gone right now. We can qualify the offer however we want, but we all saw the reports that he was made available.

              Also, the fact that the Yanks keep drafting Catcher after Catcher may be a window into where they think this is headed. Maybe he catches for a few years while he’s young, and then shifts to 1B in 2016. Sounds like a long time from now, but Jesus will only be 27.

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

                They’re not drafting catchers because they don’t have confidence in Montero. They’re drafting catchers because they feel they’re the best available player.

                The big league team and players in the system should have no control over who you draft. You don’t stop drafting first baseman because you have Mark Teixeira.

        • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Wouldn’t RF make more sense than LF? I’d think if it came down to it, Swish would move to LF, but hey, who knows?

          • Hey ZZ

            I was just going to ask that as well. His arm would probably play well in RF in addition to being less ground to cover.

      • DP

        Well you asked for 2012, which means both Jorge and NJ don’t have contracts at that point. I’d like to think we are never going to have a rotating DH…so I think if he’s that good there will either be a C or DH spot open for him.

    • pat

      In 2012 Montero is 80% DH and 20% catcher splitting time with Romine.

      • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        If Romine is ready. In all likelihood he’ll spend all of this year in AA, and all of 2011 in AAA. Not sure he’d be ready with that little time. 2013 is a better bet.

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

      Starting catcher DH’ing a good amount of times.

    • Hey ZZ

      Probably a stupid question but I do not know enough about Montero’s defensive abilities to know for sure: Is there anyway Montero could handle 3B

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

        Most scouts think he’s a 1B, the Yanks hold out hope that he can catch. Other than that, he’s a DH.

        • pat

          Frankie P thinks he’s better than V-Mart behind the dish right now.

  • Hey ZZ

    Does it make you a P-Penner if you want Joba in the rotation next year and Hughes in the BP?

    • DP

      A P-User. When you say it, it’s “P-UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSER”

  • aj

    How bout signing Erik Bedard and putting both Joba and Hughes in bullpen together. Just kidding, but I heard that one a few days ago.

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