Feb
27

Open Thread: Updated tribute video

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We posted this video way back in November, but we’re reposting it because a) it’s awesome, and b) it’s been updated to include the 2009 season. It’s well worth ten minutes of your time, so check it out.

Here’s your open thread. The Nets and Knicks are both playing, plus the Olympics are in their second to last day of competition. At 10pm ET, Slovakia will play Finland is the hockey bronze medal game, so that might be worth a watch. Anything goes, so have it at it.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Jairus

    Any advice in purchasing a Yankee Universe membership?
    Well, I’m planning to buy the “blue pack,” $19.95 but if I can get a part time job next month I might purchase the “Pinstripe Pack”. And what can you say about the following
    * 2009 World Series DVD – only World Series? Not whole postseason?
    * Yankees Cap – is this a New Era fitted?
    * Yankees Mug – whatever :D
    * Portable Speakers – what can you say about the quality of this?
    * Yankee Stadium Tour – what if I can’t use this in this season, can I use it in other season? Like 2011?
    * Flash Drive with exclusive content – how many GB is this?

    How much exactly can I save if I buy the pinstripe pack instead if I buy the blue pack + 2009 world Series DVD, Yankees Cap, Yankees Mug, Portable Speakers, Yankee Stadium Tour, Flash Drive with exclusive content separately? I’m not really planning in going to NY right now so I can’t use the other privilege of the membership.

    And by the way, I’m a grade 12 student from MB,Canada. If that makes any difference in your answer.

    Thanks.

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

      Go big, holmes.

  • bexarama

    It’s been an interminably long day and I am miserably sick, sooo…

    a. that video rules. It makes me feel better. Woot
    b. Someone start a fight with me over whether Derek Jeter is a switch-hitter (he hit only .311 left-handed. LOOK HIS STATS UP!!!!) and/or whether Alex Rodriguez only has his World Series ring because of Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon so I can be amused.

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

      Feel better hon (I’m guessing you’re hon and not dude because of the ‘bex’ and the fact that my friends called me Bex in high school, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.)

      • bexarama

        thank you :)

        Are you also a Rebecca? Woooo!

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

          [Nah, I just use the name Rebecca for the pure and utter hell of it] =P

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      Aww, feel better!

      And, aren’t fact-based arguments that should never happen over things that common knowledge and/or a trip to Google would tell you frustratingly therapeutic?

      Like, after Game 1 of the World Series this year, this kid (Red Sox fan in name, actually knows nothing about baseball) in one of my classes: “If you guys keep choking like that in the playoffs, no wonder you haven’t won a World Series since the 1990s.”

      Me: “First of all, it’s game one; second of all, no, we beat the Mets in 2000. Subway Series.”

      Him: “The Subway Series was in 1999. You lost to the Diamondbacks in 2000. You don’t know much for someone who claims to be a Yankees fan.”

      I was torn between laughing at him and punching him in the face. I wound up doing neither and linking him to the Wikipedia article on the 2000 World Series.

      • Tom Zig

        Was his name Pistol Pete?

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

          You moron, Granderson hit 182 righthanded. Look it up on any stat page.

      • bexarama

        It was hilarious to see the number of status updates on Facebook and the like that consisted of “ANGELS IN SEVEN!!!!” after Game 5 of the ALCS, from people who had been very very very quiet for the past week or so before it happened. Save after Game 1 of the WS, they were pretty quiet for the rest of the time too ;)

        • Tom Zig

          Halos Heaven was always fun to read during the ALCS.

          • bexarama

            spit halo, Fox loves the Yankees, starting a fight with Fack Youk, EAST COAST BIAS!!!!

            Did I get everything?

            • Tom Zig

              The umpires were suspiciously clearly favoring the Yankees?

              • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

                I remember one post, after we finished dominating the Twins, saying that the Yankees didn’t have to worry about adding #27 this year, because they clearly had the umpires in their back pockets, and that the umps, by the dollar of Daddy George, would do whatever was necessary to ensure the Yanks world title. “I hope you’re proud of your team. Really, enjoy your “victory.””

                I LOL’d.

                • bexarama

                  You know, if the Yankees only win because they bribe the umpires, they weren’t holding up their end of the deal very well in 2001-2008 boooo! I want my money back!!!

            • JGS

              you missed the biggest one of all–Rivera throws spitballs!

              • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

                That made me so angry. Like, I rarely get angry about baseball trash-talking. But that frickin’ pissed me off.

                • bexarama

                  I just laughed. Like, had anyone taken it seriously, then I would have gotten pissed off. But no, it was dumb. Seriously, Mariano spits when he comes out. This has been going on since like 1995. He doesn’t spit on the ball, and if he did:
                  a. it wouldn’t necessarily do anything.
                  b. don’t you think an umpire/someone else would have noticed it in the prior, you know, FIFTEEN YEARS the guy had been pitching??

                • JGS

                  it should have been laughed off, but the amount of traction it gained was angering

                • bexarama

                  Also, as long as we’re talking about the refs and how awesome they were, LOL. Between Jorge’s awesome baserunning and Cano’s very nonchalant sliding of his foot back on the bag, that always brings the lulz.

                • Tom Zig

                  Don’t you have to chew tobacco for a spit ball to work effectively?

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

      Are you girls cycles syncing yet?

      jk

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

    Correction.

    Nets played. And beat the Celtics.

    So now all of you will watch Syracuse smoke some ‘Nova.

    • Teix is the Man

      +4 (Wes Johnson!)

      • brian paul

        go nova!

        • Teix is the Man

          HAHA not cool, man!

          • Larryf

            we met Tex at a restaurant in Tampa yesterday-my son got him to sign a ball. He was very nice. Practice rained out yesterday but today is a beautiful day and we will be at Steinbrenner field to watch…

  • brian paul

    this video is so awesome. it reminds me of so many incredible moments of my childhood. ha! i can imagine the italian ice in my hand spending incredible nights with my dad in front of the tv watching mattingly, tino, jete, mo do the unthinkable. again… and again… and again…

    great video guys. love it.

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

    That video makes me cry.

    • ColoYank

      +1 (that would be me, too)

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      Really though. Yankees tribute videos always make me cry. Happy tears of love.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I’ve got tears.

    • bexarama

      Definitely. Soooo awesome.

  • The Evil Empire

    OH NO A ROD CRASHED HIS MAYBACH IN TAMPA!!!!!
    lol my girlfriend sent me this
    http://perezhilton.com/2010-02…..s-400k-car
    Hope I’m not late

    • Salty Buggah
    • 28 next year

      the link isn’t working, says page not found

      • Salty Buggah

        Meh, doesn’t matter because you’re not missing anything. He just had a minor fender-bender. Nothing serious at all. Even Cashmoney didn’t hear about it until he saw the reports. He also doesn’t care.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Incredible video. It cannot be said enough.

  • ColoYank

    YOU. FOLKS. MUST. WATCH. THIS.

    All the way through. I started off being tickled by the ’40s song and tight harmony, but as the video goes on, my jaw just kept dropping and dropping lower.

    Oh, man, my mind just went everwhere. Really.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v....._embedded#

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      Holy $#!%.
      That’s like the most amazingly freakish thing ever.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Holy shit.

    • Stryker

      holy shit. 1:55 – 2:19 – what the fuck!

      • Tom Zig

        Does she not have a spine?

      • ColoYank

        I know! That part up in the hayloft, “bobbing for apples,” is the part that blows my mind.

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

      ::head explodes::

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

      Holy fuck. And I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil.

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

      I see you’ve all found Ms. Mondesi and her friends.

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

        I like to think that me and my grandfather shared a similar thought, 65 years apart.

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

      I actually loved the song.

      • ColoYank

        I did, too, Andy. It sells these gurls absurdly short to call them “multi-talented.”

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

    So what should I write about?

    • bexarama

      Curtis Granderson’s switch-hitting woes.

      /not letting go’d

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Haha, I read that this morning.

        Thanks for holding the fort down on Swish. There was a thread before (?) last season in which I was up til like…two arguing in Swish’s favor. It was nuts.

        Attn: Steve H: I think we should add bex as a new member to the NSFC.

        • bexarama

          NSFC?

          Eh, that’s probably not as nuts as when I read the most recent A-Rod post (the one about the media narrative on him) and I saw a certain user making derisive comments about him long after the thread had pretty much died and I went back and responded to them in a mighty snarky way.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Nick Swisher Fan Club. I’m the (self appointed) President and Steve H. is the veep.

            • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

              Can I join? I don’t need a title or anything. Although I’m a damn good secretary…

            • bexarama

              I do love Swisher.

              Oops, I did it again.

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

              Nick Swisher Fan Club. I’m the (self appointed) President and Steve H. is the veep.

              Tommie: Sergeant at Arms

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

          She gets my vote.

          When is the swearing in ceremony?

    • ColoYank

      How about a country home in the windswept heath of southern Scotland, with a madwoman confined upstairs, and her teenage daughter pining for love below? Maybe you could call “Wuthering Lows.”

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Blog?
      Fiction?

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

        Blog.

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

          Robinson Cano’s upcoming lonely nights in New York City without his BFF, Melky.

          • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

            I approve.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Cano will pull down massive amounts of tail this year. He’s gonna start hanging with Rodriguez more and more and, like a remora, he’ll clean up on A-Rod’s scraps.

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      You should do a private-eye type secret raid investigation to figure out whether the centaur picture actually exists. …And then write about it.

      • bexarama

        this is the greatest idea ever.

        • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

          Thank you, thankyouverymuch

      • Tom Zig

        He might think she is Selena Roberts trying to break in again. Better be careful!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    After we played football, I educated my friend on UZR/wOBA/WAR.

  • Tom Zig

    It’s interesting to see how mad Halos Heaven is at John Lackey

    http://www.halosheaven.com/201.....n#comments

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Did the Angels ever offer anything to Lackey?

    • bexarama

      It seems they hate the Red Sox way more than they hate the Yankees. Which makes sense, because prior to 2009, the Angels seemed to exist merely to win 100ish games every year, including making the Yankees look bad a lot of the time they played them, especially in Anaheim, and then roll over and die for the Sox in the playoffs. Tremendously annoying.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        The only time I’ve ever read anything on that blog, it’s been vitriol directed at an opposing team.

        • bexarama

          Yup. They’re part of that SB Nation thing, right? That group of blogs is just a mess though some are better than others. That’s… not one of the better ones.

          They’re right that Lackey is hella ugly though. Both the Sox and the Halos have lots of uggos though, so he fits in on either team.

          • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

            I was literally just about to post something about the Big Ugly. It’s hard to talk about Lackey without mentioning it, though.

            • bexarama

              the Big Ugly = Randy Johnson? (I’m asking because I don’t know, I’m not trying to make a pun.)

              • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

                Recently, whenever I’ve heard a reference to the “Big Ugly,” it’s been to Lackey. Johnson more than fits the description, however.

                • bexarama

                  I figured it was a pun on “the Big Unit.” I guess Randy is probably uglier than Lackey, but that’s like choosing who is more gritty, Varitek or Pedroia. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE!!!

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

                  Hah! Don Mossi is so ugly he’s almost kind of cute, though. Like a cartoon character.

                  I don’t remember Ben Francisco being that ugly, but that is a terrible picture of him. God bless him but Matsui is very ugly… I dunno if he’s uglier than Ortiz, though.

                  Jack Wilson is really hideous and he makes crazy faces that do not help.

                • Jack

                  Don Mossi was the complete five-tool ugly player. He could run ugly, hit ugly, throw ugly, field ugly, and ugly for power. He was ugly to all fields. He could ugly behind the runner as well as anybody, and you talk about pressure… man, you never saw a player who was uglier in the clutch.

                  Heh.

                • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

                  Yeah, that’s a heck of a lot of ugly in one guy. Wow, Don Mossi. LOL

                  Matsui and Ortiz are pretty evenly matched on the ugly front. Also, once upon a time, one of my friends was watching a Yankees game with me and mentioned how closely Joba Chamberlain resembles a troll. I’m not sure what I think of that assessment.

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

    I’d kill to be at Syracuse right now

    • Coach6423

      me too…

  • http://steves steve s

    Video is great but there is a mistake in the listings at the end as the Yanks are not given credit for winning the AL East in 1994. In the same vein one historical inaccuracy that always bugged me was that the Braves are usually given credit for most consecutive playoff appearances even though that run should have been (and would have been) cutoff by lack of playoff appearance in 1994 so Yanks run of playoff appearances from 95 to 2007 should be the record. It is not even clear to me what entity is the official arbiter of baseball records these days (Selig’s office? Elias?) as Yank fans should bug them into officially recognizing the Yankee streak over the Braves streak (and for those who say who gives a shit getting it straight especially when it adds to the Yanks historical dominance/glory seems to me worth pursuing).

    • bexarama

      I don’t think people count 1994 at all, because who knows what would have happened after the strike?

      • http://steves steve s

        For what it’s worth I am pretty certain that the 1994 division winners were given “official” recognition of being division winners in terms of counting how many divisions a team has won. The Braves vs. Yankee post-season streak argument is more of a logical one regarding how steaks are recognized. For example if the streak was how many times a team has consecutively hit 100 home runs in a season or how many times a team has consecutively drawn over a million in attendance or how many years in a row a player has hit 30 or more HR’s or driven in a 100 runs (a la Arod last year) failure to do so in 1994 would clearly have been a streak ender. In the same way not making the playoffs in 1994 should have been a streak ender for the Braves.

        • bexarama

          It was unofficial.

          Wow, the AL West was TERRIBLE that year. No team over .500 at the time of the strike! A 47-68 team was only 5.5 games back. o_O

          http://baseball.wikia.com/wiki.....all_strike
          NOTE: There are no official champions, all teams finished in last place… the Atlanta Braves were in second place behind the Montreal Expos on the strike date, which would’ve cut short the Braves’ record of consecutive NL Eastern division championships.

          Yankees rule and all but I don’t really care, let the Braves have their consecutive playoff appearances.

          • http://steves steve s

            What could be more unofficial than the Baseball Wiki page that could be edited by anyone. The statement that “all teams finished in last place” smacks of being an editorial comment rather than the authoritative be/all end/all of the argument (if you ask the question how many times have the Yanks finished in last place do people say they finished last in 1994? that on its face is silly).

            • bexarama

              What could be more unofficial than the Baseball Wiki page that could be edited by anyone.

              The Yankees winning the AL East in 1994? :P

  • Coach6423

    I hate Tim Higgins….

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

      catching this the morning after but YES!

      As a UConn fan of 20 years, I’ve seen enough of Tim Higgins to last a lifetime. Hate him sooooo much.

  • Chris

    Love the video, especially the older stuff. A lot of the older clips I’ve never seen before, so it’s always cool to get some actual game video of players that played before everything was captured on film.

    The more recent stuff brings back a lot of memories. The oldest of the clips I can personally remember witnessing live (either on tv or at a game) was the Abbott no-no.

    On a separate note, I never realized how uninterested Joe Buck seems in the game action until I saw some of those clips. I guess I don’t pay attention when it’s happening live, but it seems like he’s calling the action for a funeral.

    • Bob Stone

      The oldest of the clips I remember seeing live were those of Mickey Mantle.

      Terrific video. Choked me up a little.

  • Coach6423

    Andy F. Rautins….

  • Bob Stone

    Syracuse looks so much stronger than Villanova. I’m a little surprised they beat up on the ‘Cats as much as they did.

    Villanova’s first half shot selection stunk. They missed a lot of three’s that were ill-advised shots.

  • http://www.baseballbrewery.blogspot.com HolyGhostClaw

    Watched it four times already. I get teary eyed each time.

    I can’t wait for opening day. I can’t wait for the rest of April, May, June, July, August and September! And hopefully more baseball in October and November.

    I can’t wait!

  • bonestock94

    Hey Mike, you really think the Bay signing was good for the Mets?

  • NY Yankee Fan

    I was reading a comment to a NESN.COM article regarding A-Rod that came up on Google news that linked to a great parady song. I thought I would share it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvVZQnELQ9s

    • Marc

      Awesome!! I love it!

  • Pete C.

    Here’s to 28.