Open Thread: Win $1,000,000 (not from us)

Upon further consideration, PECOTA picks Yanks to win the East
The Pros and Cons of Rich Aurilia

I don’t know about you guys, but one of my all-time favorite past times is baseball video games. Going back to RBI Baseball to MVP to the crazy in-depth stuff we have these days (I mean seriously, I have to decide who to protect from the Rule 5 Draft in a video game?!), they were all a great way to sit back and unwind. I prefer The Show, but if you’re into the 2K series, here’s your chance to take home a seven-figure payout thanks to your (joy) stick skills.

From Asylum:

All those Dew-fueled gaming marathons and the sleepless (dateless) Saturday nights will all be worth it when “Major League Baseball 2K10″ drops on March 2. That’s because the first person to pitch a perfect game — no hits, no walks, no errors — between then and May 1 wins a million bucks.

Compete on Xbox 360, Xbox Live, PlayStation 3 or PlayStationNetwork in the MLB Today mode, select from the available matchups, then highlight the “MLB 2K10 contest” option and have at it. You’ll have to document your greatness — keep a camera or DVR rolling because you have to send your flawless game to 2K Sports on DVD.

Don’t even think about cheating: 2K Sports has partnered with Twin Galaxies International — the worldwide authority on video game records and provider of scores to Guinness World Records — to keep things on the up-and-up.

For the record, I kinda suck at baseball games. I have thrown no-hitters and perfect games before, but it’s been a mad long time, since the days of EA Sports’ MVP series. My problem is generally offense, probably because I tend to use sucky teams like the Padres for my franchises and stuff. The game gets too easy with the Yanks because they have all the best players, and I like a little more of a challenge. Anyway, if you’re into 2K, good luck in your pursuit of a million bucks.

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Here’s your open thread for the night. The Nets, Devils, and Rangers (with their new pickups) are all in action tonight, but talk about whatever you want here. Just be cool.

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Upon further consideration, PECOTA picks Yanks to win the East
The Pros and Cons of Rich Aurilia
  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    When does The Show ’10 come out?

    • Pasqua

      March 2.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Thank you.

  • Steve H

    /impatiently awaits Taintstick’s 1st post

    • pete

      hahaha i literally came by at 7 for that very reason. now he’s just letting us all down

    • ColoYank

      Maybe he’s just a really slow eater.

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

        Maybe he’s eating a sub, like Rex Ryan.

        Not a submarine sandwich… a submarine.

        • Steve H

          If was eating it like Rex Ryan, it would be long gone by now.

        • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

          How about a submarine filled with subs.

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

            Any movie with Samuel L, Blythe Danner, Joe Don Baker, and Pee Wee Herman is gonna be AWESOME.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      I haven’t been around much lately… What’s the deal with this Taintstick person?

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

        Maybe, just MAYBE, you shouldn’t take us for granted Mondesi!!!

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

          I don’t even know who you are anymore, Mondesi.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi
    • Taintstick

      I need to get my thoughts together while I digest my deli sandwich and medium side salad. Here’s a list of topics I MAY cover tonight:

      1. Do I really give a fuck if your pun was not intended?
      2. You drive a yellow Subaru, not a fucking Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 GTV.
      3. Why the fuck did Netflix send me Paul Blart: Mall Cop?

      AND…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HqY9Ie74v8

      Enjoy.

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

        “Steel Panther” is an obvious “Vesuvius” rip-off.

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

        That’s an AWESOME teaser.

        I feel like I’m about to get transported to a dreamworld of magic.

      • pete

        am i the only one who automatically assumes that anybody driving a lamborghini is an asshole who most likely has gelled hair, way to much meaningless metallic writing on his T-shirt, and too-big sunglasses on?

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

          Take out the gelled hair, and you just described half of the elite players in the NBA. Probably baseball and football as well.

  • Rey22

    Funny that you use the Padres Mike, that’s the team I use and I do it exactly for the same reason. Though lately, I’ve been picking the Orioles. I get to play the Yankees, which is cool, and beat down the Red Sox, which is always satisfying.

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

      I always enjoy playing in Petco too. Great stadium.

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

      I go Padres too. Although I go supernerd on it and think “if I was the GM where would I want to live?”

  • Pasqua

    So, MLBTR put up a bit about how Rich Aurilia wants to play with the Yanks or Mets. Okay, fine. But the thing that strikes me as odd is that the end of the post states that, in ’09, Aurilia went on the DL with “phantom injuries” at the Giants request. Ummmm….is that cool? I’m thinking that’s not cool. Wouldn’t there be an issue with doing that, let alone admitting it?

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

    • Steve H

      Rich Aurilla would be a great pickup.

      Ten years ago. (and juiced up)

    • Brooklyn Ed

      probably he justs want to play for his hometown team before he wants to retire. after all, he is from brooklyn.

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

        Maybe he should wait for the Nets to arrive… in about a decade or so.

      • Chris

        Then the Yankees can sign him to a minor league deal in ST like they did for Billy Crystal.

  • Accent Shallow

    While I certainly could use a million bucks, I haven’t played a non-Wii baseball video game in roughly 10,000 years. Crap.

    • Steve H

      What Wii games do you play? And are they any good?

      • Accent Shallow

        Wii Sports Baseball. I haven’t played a “real” baseball video game since I was a kid. Lots of Madden in and immediately post-college, but no baseball.

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

    So today I saw a tweet about how Joe Girardi should be fired.

    Am I allowed to give up on humanity??

    • Pasqua

      Not before you divulge the reasoning. (If there was any.)

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

        If the Yankees don’t make the postseason this year, then that’s 2/3 years we didn’t make it.

        • Pasqua

          Give up on it.

        • A.D.

          So its he should be fired after the season if the don’t make the playoffs?

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

            yeah.

        • ColoYank

          Boy, you can sure tell a tweeter who hasn’t lived to follow the Yanks though to early 90’s. Or the entire 80’s, for that matter.

    • pete

      what was the reasoning?

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

      Did you respond to this clearly batshit insane comment?

  • Steve H

    If it was RBI Baseball I’d win. I still rock the NES.

  • A.D.

    Hmmm, what would be the best set-up to try for the 1M?

    King Felix & the Mariners at home vs KC would probably be my choice.

    • Tom Zig

      maybe vs the pirates?

    • Cecala

      Pirates after they give away all of their good players at the deadline..

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

      I’d go Halladay against the Pirates. You get to face the pitcher a few times and Doc probably has the stamina to go the distance.

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    HEY…headed to tampa in three weeks…how do i go about getting pics with my kid and our WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS or at least the guys that are trying to make that team this year? what about autographs?

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

    Anyone else watch the Caribbean World Series game today between the DR and Mexico? Pretty good game. Dominican Republic won 2-1.

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

      sorry, Puerto Rico…Mexico plays tonight.

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

    Honest question:

    If you created Melvin Croussett in the MLB 2K10 game and used him to pitch the perfect game and win the million, would it be considered cheating?

    Similarly, when Melvin actually arrives in the big leagues, will he be allowed to actually pitch, or will he immediately be banned from professional baseball for cheating?

    Because Melvin-level dominance has to be some form of cheating. I feel guilty and a little dirty watching him work. It’s not fair. There’s definitely some illegal or immoral competitive advantages at work somehow.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      IETC.

      I actually created Melvin on the show, I gave him MO stats, and maxed out nasty pitches. it was godly. lol.

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

      MLB may start testing for elevated midichlorian counts. If they do that, Melvin is finished.

      • Rey22

        IETC

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

        Remember Caster Semenya, the sprinter who was banned because she may be a transsexual/hermaphrodite/chimera and she has too much male DNA to compete in the women’s circuit?

        They did extensive DNA testing on Melvin Croussett. They determined that he is actually, biologically and legally, TWO men.

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

          I had a conversation with former A’s pitcher, Dave Stewart, and he said that he found Caster Semenya very. very attractive.

          /obscure’d

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

            Heh, good one, Andy.

  • Steve H

    So Brett Favre’s agent is showing off pictures of Favre’s injured ankle to show how bad it is/tough he is. I continue to be amazed at what a fraud he is.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Steve, he’s just having fun out there.

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

        Just throwin’ the ol’ ball around the ol’ ballyard.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      I bet there’s more makeup on that ankle than on Mary Kay.

      • Steve H

        If it’s even his ankle, and not scooped from a medical journal.

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

      Thanks for the free segue to my open-thread comment:

      I was listening to The Michael Kay show this afternoon. They’re at the SuperBowl talking football and were discussing Eli Manning and where he ranks amongst current NFL quarterbacks (Kurt Warner was removed from the discussion since he’s officially retired, but Favre is included).

      Kay put him at #10 (behind, in no specific order, Brady-Peyton-Roethlisberger-Rivers-Brees-McNabb-Favre-Rodgers-Romo). Don LaGreca, the Giants fan, took issue with Rodgers and Romo, saying that “they haven’t won anything and Eli has” and claimed that that put Eli at #8. (I find that line of reasoning very circumspect, but whatevs.)

      This inspired me to do my own personal rankings. If I could have any QB, right now, today, which one would I take? Whom would I take over whom, all things considered?

      Here’s my list. Included are the players’ 2009 QB ratings, italicized if said player did NOT have enough attempts to qualify for the title. Naturally, in true Archimedes Torquemada style, I went overboard and took my list to 50.

      Discuss.

      1 – Peyton Manning 99.9
      2 – Drew Brees 109.6
      3 – Tom Brady 96.2
      4 – Aaron Rodgers 103.2
      5 – Ben Roethlisberger 100.5
      6 – Philip Rivers 104.4
      7 – Donovan McNabb 92.9
      8 – Brett Favre 107.2
      9 – Tony Romo 97.6
      10 – Matt Schaub 98.6
      11 – Eli Manning 93.1
      12 – Carson Palmer 83.6
      13 – Joe Flacco 88.9
      14 – Matt Ryan 80.9
      15 – Jay Cutler 76.8
      16 – Vince Young 82.8
      17 – Alex Smith 81.5
      18 – Mark Sanchez 63.0
      19 – Chad Henne 75.2
      20 – Kyle Orton 86.8
      21 – David Garrard 83.5
      22 – Matthew Stafford 61.0
      23 – Matt Cassel 69.9
      24 – Jason Campbell 86.4
      25 – Matt Hasselbeck 75.1
      26 – Josh Freeman 59.9
      27 – Matt Moore 98.5
      28 – Michael Vick 93.7
      29 – Brady Quinn 67.2
      30 – Kevin Kolb 88.9
      31 – Bruce Gradkowski 80.6
      32 – Marc Bulger 70.7
      33 – Ryan Fitzpatrick 69.7
      34 – Tarvaris Jackson 113.4
      35 – Seneca Wallace 81.9
      36 – JaMarcus Russell 50.0
      37 – David Carr 93.6
      38 – Daunte Culpepper 64.8
      39 – Kerry Collins 65.5
      40 – Matt Leinart 64.6
      41 – Jake Delhomme 59.4
      42 – Josh Johnson 50.9
      43 – Derek Anderson 42.1
      44 – Brian Hoyer 82.6
      45 – Brodie Croyle 90.6
      46 – Trent Edwards 73.8
      47 – Kellen Clemens 63.8
      48 – Billy Volek 84.7
      49 – Chad Pennington 76.0
      50 – Troy Smith 21.3

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

        Tavaris Jackson is obviously the best quarterback.

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

          The stats bear it out. He’s awesome.

          Sincerely,
          Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens

      • Steve H

        Didn’t you hear, Michael Vick is top 10?

        According to………Michael Vick.

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

          You know what?

          If I’m not doing anything better when it’s on, I’ll totally watch his BET reality show. I bet it’s mildly interesting.

          • Hey ZZ

            Did that asshole really get a reality show?

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

                Great.

                So now that he is desperate for money we will get to see him find Jesus and suddenly love dogs.

                Because it was so difficult to understand before that there just may be something wrong with tying cable jumpers to dogs, throwing them in a pool, and getting enjoyment out of watching them claw and struggle to survive.

                Maybe the fact that he felt the need to hide it from all his teammates and fans should have tipped him off.

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

        Dan Orlovsky #1, problem solved.

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

        Where will Tebow rank next year? #2? #1? Seriously though, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Tebow in the Senior Bowl. Absolutely terrible. I chuckled for a while, until I realized that UF probably has recruited one of the greatest incoming classes of all-time. Come on baseball, let’s get going.

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

          Tim Tebow is gonna be AMAZING in the UFL.

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

            I’ll continue this at 11.

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

              I’m DVRing it. DON’T SAY ANYTHING!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    Conversation I had with an attorney in my office as we left for the day:

    Attorney: Did you hear that Johnny Damon says he wants to play for the Tigers?
    Me: Yeah, I saw that. Damon will play for anyone. He’d play for–
    Attorney: Anyone who will pay him. Damon is a ho.

    And then I laughed through his explanation that he was using the term akin to “fashion ho”. But let’s never forget–Damon is a ho.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I’m pumped to see Jokinen and Prust play instead of Kotalik and Higgins. For the moron that Sather is, he completely fooled the gm of the Flames.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I don’t follow hockey; is this akin to the Swisher deal?

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

        Eh, kinda. Jokinen is very good but having a down year, however the Yanks did give up one useful player, unlike the Swish deal.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          You mean the Rangers gave up a useful player?

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

            Yeah, my bad. Force of habit.

      • billbybob

        I didn’t even know that the comment was about hockey, so you’ve got me beat. Doubles tennis is what came to my mind.

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

          You guys sound like crazy morons to me.

          /HanSoloPeterGriffin’d

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

      The Gomez deal was even more ridiculous. Dump that much salary AND get a useful player AND a top 20 prospect (overall, not just for the organization)? Yes please.

      • Chops

        I’m still bitter about Gomez betraying the Devils

  • Graves

    I’m going to win the million and I’m going to do it with Oliver Perez and the Mets

    • Tom Zig

      Fact: Video game Ollie Perez is better than real Ollie Perez, Fact.

      • Graves

        Isn’t that pretty much the case for everyone?

    • Jose

      I’m doing it with Josh Geer at Fenway.

    • VO

      Reid Gorecki, in Yankee Stadium

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

    An hour and a half away……..

  • bexarama

    So last night I think someone brought up whether Piazza would go into the Hall as a Met or a Dodger, and it got me thinking that, provided the BBWAA are non-dumb (a dicey proposition, I know) and vote Roger Clemens in, what team does he go in under? He definitely SHOULD go in as a member of the Red Sox, but between the ugly way he left that team and the fact that he won his rings, which he’d been dying to get, with the Yankees, would they put him in as a Yankee?

    Also, what do you think the chances of Mussina and Schilling getting in are? FWIW I think they should both be pretty much locks. And I think the explanations for voting for Schilling, both yes and no, will reach an all-time dumb level (I’m voting for him because of the bloody sock! I’m not voting for him because he was a jerk that one time!).

    • Steve H

      Sox, hands down.

      Moose-definite, will take a few years
      Schilling-will have to wait longer, but I think he gets in.

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

      Well the guy who writes responses to the official Red Sox website inbox thinks so for Schilling.

      With Curt Schilling going into his second year of retirement, I’m just wondering if you think he will make it into the Hall of Fame. What team does he get in with? He has rings with both Boston and Arizona.
      — Cory E., Manchester, N.H.

      First of all, I think Schilling is a Hall of Famer. Consider that he topped 200 wins and 3,000 strikeouts, and is one of the finest postseason pitchers (11-2, 2.23 ERA in 19 starts) of all-time. It says something that Schilling won World Series games for three different teams and had a strong presence on all of them. The dilemma of which cap he will wear is an interesting one, because you could make a strong case for three teams.

      It could be that he goes in with the Phillies. Though Schilling didn’t win it all with Philly, he spent 8 1/2 seasons there, which is by far the longest stop he had anywhere in his career. The case for Arizona is that Schilling had perhaps his two most dominant seasons there — 2001 and ’02 — and also teamed with Randy Johnson to slay the Yankees in that epic ’01 World Series. And, of course, for the Red Sox, he helped snap an 86-year curse, pitching through tremendous pain to do so, and also won a second World Series with Boston. As you probably know, the process is no longer in the hands of the player. To avoid a conflict of interest, the Hall of Fame now makes that decision.

      Schilling last pitched in the Majors in 2007, so his first year of eligibility will be 2013.

      • bexarama

        Shocker!

        He should definitely be in, though. IMO.

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

      I think Schilling is a virtual lock. Moose I like to think will probably get in but not of the first time. After Maddux, Glavine, Unit, Pedro, and maybe Clemens are voted in, Moose’s numbers will probably start looking better compared to the next group of retiring pitchers.

      And I think Clemens goes Sox.

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

        Maddux: Yes, Braves
        Glavine: Yes (barely, though… he’s much more of a lock than he should be), Braves
        Big Unit: Yes, Diamondbacks
        Pedro: Yes, Red Sox

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Mussina >> Glavine.

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

            That.

            Gun to my head and I only get to induct one, it’s Moose. More dominant.

            • Steve H

              I would have loved to have seen Moose’s career in the NL East, pitching for the Braves all those years. Glavine’s career would have ended 5 years sooner in the AL East.

          • Steve H

            Easily.

          • bexarama

            yup, by a lot

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Fighting…urge…to…link..own…article.

        • Accent Shallow

          The best thing about Eric Gregg calling a three foot wide strikezone for Livan Hernandez in the 1997 NLCS? He did it against the Braves, the one team that can’t complain — umps like that won Tom Glavine multiple (!!!) Cy Young Awards. Completely absurd.

          • bexarama

            Both Maddux and Kevin Brown, among others, I’m sure, I just don’t feel like looking it up, got completely robbed by Glavine in 1998.

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

      Piazza: Yes, with a Mets hat (better rate stats in LA, but nearly 1000 more PA as a Met, plus it’s where his prime was and where his success was)
      Clemens: Yes, with a Red Sox hat
      Schilling: Yes, with a Phillies hat
      Mussina: Yes, with an Orioles hat (barely)

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

        I would bet Moose would go Yankees.

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

          It’s close, but if I were on the Hall I can’t see not putting an Oriole hat on his head.

          He’s got about 1500 innings as a Yankee but over 2000 as an Oriole. Two more years as an O. Much more dominant rate stats in Baltimore, as well.

          • Steve H

            Agreed. As good as Moose was with the Yankees, he was even better with the Orioles. IIRC, didn’t he outduel the Big Unit twice in the same playoff series, during one of Unit’s ridiculous seasons?

            • bexarama

              Yup. It was the 1997 ALDS. The Unit got beat up in one of those starts but the other game was 3-1.

              His 1997 postseason was pretty insane, especially the ALCS. 15 IP, 1 R, 25 K!!! 0.533 WHIP! 2.4 H/9!! I think he set a record for Ks in LCS play. And just to prove how dumb wins/losses are, he was 0-0 in two starts (and could have been 0-1 if Mesa didn’t blow a save).

              • Accent Shallow

                As if Mussina wasn’t great enough, here’s another wild fact about that series: in Game 6, he got as many swinging strikes as he did looking strikes — 18 of each. 107 pitches thrown.

                And hey, game 3 ended on a walkoff steal of home. WTF do I not remember that? How is that not a major highlight?

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

                  Not sure. It’s even more puzzling considering that there was controversy over whether the ball Vizquel bunted at hit his bat or not as the steal was really a squeeze attempt.

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

            It’s a tough call. Moose was so smart that you would think he’d appreciate the history involved with going in with a Yanks cap.

            But he’s also a dick and might wear the O’s hat just to be contrarian.

            • bexarama

              the Hall picks, not Moose. I’d go Orioles, but I see why they might go Yankees (he won 20 games with them!!!11!).

            • Steve H

              He doesn’t get to choose.

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

                While he “doesn’t get to choose” doesn’t the Hall go by the player’s wishes unless he decides to abstain from choosing?

                • bexarama

                  I don’t think so. I think there were weird deals going on where HOF locks would join random teams in the last year of their career and take a ton of money, so they’d go into the Hall for that team. I think Wade Boggs tried to do this with the Rays. Reggie might have done it with the Yankees, IIRC.

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

                  Nope. Players can make suggestions/requests, but they don’t really mean bubkes.

                  It’s totally the Hall committee’s decision.

                • Hughesus Christo

                  See: Dawson, Andre – Expos

    • Gil

      Piazza’s going in as a Marlin

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

        I want Raekwon the Sheff to be the first ever Marlin HoFer.

        • bexarama

          he won’t get in (he should, though), but if he did, he should definitely go in as a Marlin.

    • Chris

      I agree on Mussina and Schilling. People spend too much time comparing their stats to guys who pitched in the 60s with the 8 foot high mound and 4 man rotations. That’s fine if you take a sophisticated look at the stats, but that’s not what these voters do.

      Since wins are so important to the BBWAA, shouldn’t they consider the fact that starters get only 80% as many chances for wins (4/5)? That would move the magic number for wins from 300 to 240…

      As for the standards for HOF voters, this quote from Murray Chass caught my eye:

      The ballot almost didn’t make it. I was talking on the telephone to a friend, also a baseball writer, about three hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve when I realized that I hadn’t submitted my Hall of Fame ballot. The deadline was upon me.

      I had already put an X next to Jack Morris’ name, but I still had to decide on five other players – two repeat candidates, Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven, and three first-timers, Barry Larkin, Roberto Alomar and Edgar Martinez.

      Whatever you think about his judgment in who he voted for, it doesn’t speak well for him that he suddenly needed to make a decision on his vote in the last 3 hours before the deadline.

      Here’s the link… http://www.murraychass.com/?p=1369

      • bexarama

        I think it’s worse that he thought Jack Morris was definite but needed to be convinced on the other guys. Yikes.

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

          FACT: Murray Chass has a blog but doesn’t call it a blog. He calls it “a site for baseball columns, not for baseball blogs”. FACT.

          I am not making this up.

          Read, and be horrified.

          http://www.murraychass.com/?page_id=23

  • nirzhor

    anybody know any good sites for book reports? i have to submit 1 in 2 days? thanx

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

      My price is $10 per page, and I have to have read the book in question.

    • pete

      still doing book reports and he’s already found RAB? it’s going to be a long life my friend.

    • Accent Shallow

      What book? If you get it off the Internet, I’m sure you’ll get caught.

      (I’ll do $9/page, without reading the book, and it’ll be incredible)

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

      What book?

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

        The Bible.

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

          Just watch the 9th inning of a Yankee game, the book report writes itself.

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

    I’m drinking a Boddingtons. Anyone jealous?

    • Jose

      Overrated. I give it a B- maybe even a C+.

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

        I thoroughly enjoy it maybe once a year. It’s definitely a novelty thing though.

        Top 5 beers: GO!

        • Corey

          1. Yuengling
          2. Rolling Rock
          3. Miller High Life
          4. Blue Moon
          5. Coors Light (Sue me. I’m only 17)

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

            Yikes. I might have to. Living in CT I like Yuengling because I can’t get it here. If I drank it more often I might not enjoy it as much.

            I do love Blue Moon though.

            Also, you shouldn’t be drinking!

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

            I pray your tastes mature as you grow closer to 21.

            • Jose

              Keystone will gradually develop into his favorite.

            • Corey

              I feel like in college they’ll only shrink. Then I can expand as my possibilities grow with age

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

                I think when you get towards the end it’ll get better. For instance, I never really liked craft beers until my senior year, when we lived across the street from a beer store. One day I got a sixer of Brooklyn IPA. Hated the first one. Poured the second one into a glass and liked it more. Ditto third.

                Finished the other three the next day and liked them even more. It really has to grow on you.

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

              Top 5 beers:
              1. Pinstripe Lager
              2. Pinstripe Porter
              3. Pinstripe Tampa Light Lime
              4. Pinstripe Steinbrenner Wiezenbock
              5. Pinstripe IFA IPA

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

                What about Pinstripe DFA IPA?

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

                  I like IFA.

                  Everybody has tons of DFA’s annually. But who dominates the IFA market like us? Not many teams. It’s our niche beer.

                  Plus, the international flavor matches the India Pale Ale theme better.

                • Sweet Dick Willie

                  Maybe you could DFA the Pinstripe Tampa Light Lime to make room for the Pinstripe Pilsner.

        • Jose

          In no particular order:

          Negra Modelo
          Old Rasputin
          Darkness
          Stone Imperial Russian
          Pliny (Elder or Younger doesn’t really matter)

          I really like pretty much any Russian Imperial Stout. All of those were difficult to come by for me. I kind of have two lists, ones I can buy frequently and enjoy, and ones I buy rarely and enjoy.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

          1. Victory Storm King
          2. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
          3. Brooklyn Local 1
          4. Stone Arrogant Bastard
          5. Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale

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

            If you’re ever in CT Joe try Ten Penny Ale, you’d love it.

            They may have it at some places in the city, I’m not sure.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

              Noted. The problem with the city is that there’s limited shelf space, and because everyone uses the same distributors everyone has the same selection. I’m always on the lookout for convenience stores/grocery stores with different selections.

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

                Invest in a kegerator and a small CO2 tank and order logs. It’s surprising inexpensive compared to buying 6 packs.

                I’m also assuming you’re a belligerent alcoholic.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

                  Just like good beer. But considering the cost of beer in the city, the idea doesn’t sound half bad.

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

                  The upfront of the actual fridge can be a little daunting but logs (which I think are 1/8 of a full keg) usually equate to about 40-50 cents per beer.

                  Maybe more with the insane stuff you’re talking about that I’ve never heard of.

                • Accent Shallow

                  A pint of plain is your only man!

        • Joey

          With the limited beer experience I have (21, in college, limited funds), I’d have to go:

          1. Heineken
          2. Blue Moon
          3. Yuengling
          4. Coors
          5. Magners (Irish beer with apple cider taste to it. Love it, expensive though, as my cousin put it, “not a beer you share with friends”)

          Definitely should look up Joe’s list, he’s a freakin beer expert. Gimme a few and I’ll find it

          • Joey

            Here’s Joe’s big ass list with a lot of other beer talk:

            http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ium-10656/

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

              Heh, my “name 50 beers better than Yuengling” challenge.

              My canon has only grown since then. Seriously, the baseball peeps I chill with are also beer people. Drank nothing but craft brews all last weekend.

              • Joey

                You have made it my goal in life to try every single one of those on there, I’m falling behind already though. Has all the Dogfish Heads and Sam Adams, and of course Heineken. Think my biggest problem will be if any of those are local microbrews, I happen to live in Orlando and only visit NY maybe once a year for a week

          • Andy

            Magners is apple cider not a beer and I find it truly overrated and somewhat processed. My ciders of choice in no particular order are:

            Westons organic
            Bulmers
            Gaymers
            Blackthorn
            Anything brewed within 10 miles of me

          • Tom Zig

            Top 5 beers and you choose Coors. COORS. Really?

        • Tom Zig

          1. St. Pauli’s Girl
          2. Sam Adams Summer Ale
          3. Hoegaarden
          4. Red Stripe
          5. Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

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

      I could go for a glass of MacCutcheon.

      9 MINUTES!!!!!

    • Accent Shallow

      Nembutol/numbs it all/but I prefer/alcohollllllll

  • Tom Zig

    Better invention:

    Wikipedia

    or

    Google

    • Jose

      Wikipedia. Google is great, but it is more of an evolutionary step in the internet. There were plenty of early search engines that were just as powerful. Wikipedia was a revolutionary approach to having intelligent people assemble information in one centralized location.

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

        Seconded.

    • Accent Shallow

      Google. Wikipedia is more convenient, Google is far more useful.

      • Jose

        Google is more useful, but there are other search engines that are nearly as good. Find me another source like Wikipedia. Many other reference sites were built off Wikipedia.

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

          Seconary point: It’s probably harder to Wikihack than it is to manipulate Google top ten metadata/targeting info. Wiki thus has a better signal-to-noise ratio, IMO.

        • Accent Shallow

          Many other reference sites are built off Wikipedia? Ick. I’ll stick to primary sources, thankyouverymuch.

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

            But, other reference sources (tertiary sources) link to Wiki (secondary source) which links to the primary sources at the bottom of each article.

            The internet is a series of tubes.

          • Accent Shallow

            Ok, I feel like the above was a bit dismissive.

            Wikipedia is clearly more convenient — they have an article on just about anything. However, the longer articles are often tedious (and not necessarily in the TL;DR sense), and many of the shorter articles are lack crucial, obvious information.

            Google is just a compiler — plug in what you want, and hope you were clear enough for Google to return something useful. However, if there is something useful out there, Google is very likely to find it. This isn’t necessarily the case with Wikipedia, as the articles are often poorly sourced, or sourced to print sources. (Like I have time to go to a library! I am using the Internet!)

  • Mo’s Savant

    What are the chances that Tino goes into the Hall? Is he a lock or maybe a third or fourth ballot guy? Does he go in as an M or Yank?

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

      What are the chances that Tino goes into the Hall?

      (thinks)

      1%.

      Does he go in as an M or Yank?

      He goes in as a paying customer.

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        Wrong. He’ll make it as an announcer.

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

          Heh.

          ESPN said today that Jon Miller, the winner of the Ford Frick award, is “the newest Hall of Famer”.

          I wanted to throw my shoe in the general direction of Bristol, CT. I almost pulled a Congressman Joe Wilson.

          • JGS

            When paired with Joe Morgan, any announcer would seem a Hall of Famer by comparison

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

              True, but not the point.

              Ford Frick Award winners are NOT Hall of Famers. They’re Hall of Fame honorees. There’s a difference.

    • Jose

      Did they put in Gil Hodges? No? I’m going to go with 0.01%

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

        If he DID somehow get in, however, I’d want him to go in as a Devil Ray or a Cardinal.

        • Jose

          Wade Boggs will always be a Devil Ray to me.

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

            As a Jets fan, when I close my eyes, I always picture Joe Namath as a Los Angeles Ram.

    • Taintstick

      You are THIS close to being added to my list.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      0%.

    • vin

      Not until Bernie, Paulie, and Jeff Nelson get elected.

      Tino was a real nice player, but clearly not HOF material.

      I do wonder if he would make it into the Hall of Very Good. He’d be up against the likes of Fred McGriff, Gil Hodges, Norm Cash, and Will Clark.

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

        Since you mentioned them:

        Bernie: No, but just barely
        Paule: no
        Jeff Nelson: no
        Gil Hodges: no
        Norm Cash: no
        Will Clark: no
        Fred McGriff: YES, barely, and, um… Braves? Blue Jays? Flip a coin.

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

          You wouldn’t put Bernie in? Even though he’s the most feared player to ever play the game?

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

            I’m afraid to not vote him in, but I’m equally afraid to vote him in.

            He’s paralyzing. Who knows what the hell he’ll do? Bernie’s like a live bear, he could literally rip my face off.

        • Chris

          Bernie probably won’t get in, but he certainly deserves to get in.

          What CF of the last 20 years was better than Bernie?

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

            What CF of the last 20 years was better than Bernie?

            That’s not a valid way to decide whether or not someone is a HoFer.

            That’s the Jack Morris argument.

            • Chris

              Wait, so comparing someone to other players at the same position over the same time period isn’t a good way to decide if someone is a HOFer? That’s the whole essence of what stats like WAR or OPS+ try to do, and those seem to be valid reasons to decide if someone is a HOFer. If I had said he has the most hits by a CF in the last 20 years, then I’d agree that’s not a valid reason to elect him; however, the best player at a given position over a 20 or 30 year period should most certainly be in the HOF.

              The problem with the Morris argument is that he wasn’t the best pitcher in the 80s. He had the most wins. He wasn’t even close to the best pitcher (in fact, Blyleven was a better pitcher than Morris from 1977-1990).

            • Hughesus Christo

              Assuming it to be true (it isn’t) that would seem to be the only way to decide what “Hall of Famer” means. Has nothing to do with Jack Morris.

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

            Griffey and Edmonds were both better than Bernie.

            Bernie
            Career: .297-.381-.477
            5 Year Peak: .324-.410-.551

            Griffey
            Career: .285-.371-.541
            5 Year Peak: .304-.394-.622 (and his peak was a lot longer than 5 years)

            Edmonds
            Career: .284-.377-.528
            5 Year Peak: .298-.410-.593

            Again, both better than Bernie.

            • Chris

              For some reason I forgot about Griffey, but remembered Edmonds….still, as the third best CF of the last 20-30 years, I think he deserves to be in the HOF.

              In general, I think centerfield is one of the positions that is under represented in the hall. There are too many corner OF and IF sluggers in the Hall, and not enough middle of the field players.

  • bexarama

    Spotted in the last thread and not commented on:
    “And Granderson for all his homer hitting isnt that far above Melky.”

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

      Meh, it’s SBGL. Batshit inanity is par for the course for him.

      Old hat.

      • bexarama

        yeah but every so often something just makes you do a double take. That statement was that something.

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

          SBGL’s trying to take it up a notch. He’s like David Blaine. He’s an attention whore who is now boring because his routine has played out its string, so he’s struggling to find new ways to shock us.

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

        Speaking about batshit insane these questions on the Yankees homepage makes me a very, very sad panda.

        I think signing Nick Johnson was a huge mistake. What are his stats hitting in the two-hole, if any? I think the Yankees should try Gardner there. I just don’t understand.
        — Chuck R., Troy, N.Y.

        OBP, OBP, OBP. The Yankees love Johnson in the two-hole because he’s an on-base machine — at .426 last year, the only players in the big leagues who were on base more than him were Joe Mauer and Albert Pujols, who both took home their respective leagues’ MVP awards.

        Sure, Johnson might get lapped by Gardner in a foot race, but the thinking is that he’ll be on base enough that Teixeira and A-Rod will have a ton of RBI opportunities. Johnson did almost all of his hitting out of the two-hole last year, hitting .298 (110-for-465) with seven homers, 52 RBIs and a .433 on-base percentage there.

        Do you really think that Jorge Posada or Robinson Cano is going to be able to protect A-Rod in the lineup? I think it was a mistake not going after someone like Vladimir Guerrero.
        — Joe A., Pekin, Ill.

        We’ll see. I don’t think that Posada is considered an easy out by any means, and the fact that he’s been a No. 5 hitter in his career makes it not completely foreign. In fairness, he wasn’t all that effective in the five slot in ’09 (.177, 20-for-113), so take that for what it’s worth.

        The Yankees have talked for years about how they project Cano to hit higher up in the order, so my only caveat there if they go that route would be that he needs to correct whatever was changing his results with runners in scoring position last year.

        I know the Yankees keep saying they’re sticking to a budget, but left field is easy to figure out. They want Carl Crawford, so why don’t they just trade for him now? Imagine his speed in the lineup.
        — Jeff R., South Burlington, Vt.

        Can’t debate you on that point; I think that Crawford is the type of player that general manager Brian Cashman would love to add if (or is it when?) they get the chance. However, the current stance between the Rays and Crawford’s camp is that they’re going to see if something can be worked out contractually.

        The Rays may listen to offers, but it’s difficult to see a trade going down before the season. Tampa Bay’s motivation would be more to move Crawford at the All-Star break if they completely fell out of the race, and even if that happened, would they want to trade Crawford within the division?

        There’s a lot still to be answered, but the Yankees could offer Crawford 81 games on natural grass, close quarters with buddy CC Sabathia and all the resources — financial and otherwise — of playing in New York. He’d make a nice fit and you definitely haven’t heard the last of that idea.

        What is the status of Shelley Duncan? Why don’t we hear anything about him?
        — Glenn L., Huntersville, N.C.

        I’ve been getting this one a lot, so it must have slipped by a lot of people. Duncan has signed a Minor League contract with the Indians, so good luck to him there — a nice guy who could use a fresh start. Speaking of Duncans and fresh starts, longtime farmhand Eric Duncan has signed with the Braves, to answer another e-mailer’s question.

        • bexarama

          I actually saw a question on there recently (post-WS) that was like “Why don’t we trade high on A-Rod right now?” I just… what?!

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

            Oh my Mo. Just…why?

          • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex

            I remember seeing that somewhere as well… I was about to respond, but thought better for the sake of my sanity.

          • Accent Shallow

            When the “trade A-Rod” calls were at their height in 2006, someone put together a list of the best young players on each team, that they thought the Yankees would demand in exchange for Mr. Rod’s services.

            Looking at it recently, such a trade would have been a steal — for whoever got A-Rod. One reason you don’t trade guys like him for young players — young players regress and/or get hurt, especially young pitchers.

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

              I remember Olney harping about a potential A-Rod for Buehrle swap. Massive facepalm. The Yanks sorely needed an ace at the time, but sheesh. Buehrle can’t miss bats and his best attribute is his durability.

              Very good pitcher, not good enough for me to give up Alex.

              • bexarama

                Mark Buerhle is so adorable. :}

                That said, yeah, no thanks. It’s not like he’s not a very good pitcher who will give you many notably above-league-average innings, it’s just when you consider the pitchers that have no-hitters and perfect games it’s like… him?

                • bexarama

                  And yeah, not worth giving up Alex for him.

                • Accent Shallow

                  You just set back Jean Afterman’s and Kim Ng’s job prospects ten years.

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

          I think signing Nick Johnson was a huge mistake. What are his stats hitting in the two-hole, if any? I think the Yankees should try Gardner there. I just don’t understand.
          – Chuck R., Troy, N.Y.

          Do you really think that Jorge Posada or Robinson Cano is going to be able to protect A-Rod in the lineup? I think it was a mistake not going after someone like Vladimir Guerrero.
          – Joe A., Pekin, Ill.

          I know the Yankees keep saying they’re sticking to a budget, but left field is easy to figure out. They want Carl Crawford, so why don’t they just trade for him now? Imagine his speed in the lineup.
          – Jeff R., South Burlington, Vt.

          What is the status of Shelley Duncan? Why don’t we hear anything about him?
          – Glenn L., Huntersville, N.C.

          Is it true that if you don’t “use” it, you “lose” it?

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Is that a serious question?

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

              No, it wasn’t.

              (grins awkwardly, leans back in chair)

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

    So Rich Aurilia wants to be a Yankee…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      So do I! So me and Rich have something in common. We should be buds.

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

        We should be buds.

        /PawlikowskiCodeSpeak’d

  • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

    Since we’re discussing Hall-type stuff, who goes in as the first legitimate Tampa Bay Ray?

    Popular opinion would say Longoria but I’m gonna go crazy here and say Desmond Jennings.

    He’ll put up a career line of .354/.436/.570

    Second choice is Kelly Shoppach.

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

      Dewon Brazelton.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Dioner Navarro.

        Did you know he was an All-Star in 2008?!

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

          He was an All-Star?

          WHY THE HELL DIDN’T WE SIGN HIM FOR LF INSTEAD OF RANDY WINN?!?!??!?!??!

        • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

          I learn something new every kday.

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

      No one. Who will be the first New Jersey Mike to go in?

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

        J-WOWW.

        • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

          That’s a situation.

    • Jose

      My belief: Their first hall of fame player isn’t in their system yet.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        If Longoria continues on this pace, big if obviously, he’ll do it.

        • Jose

          Oh for sure, but there are just so many factors. Maybe he ends up finishing his career elsewhere.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Could be.

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

            Like, say, oh, I dunno, at 3B for the New York Yankees…

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

        Tim Beckham.

        Think about it.

        • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

          Is that your buddy sitting next to you trying to pull a fast one? He play soccer. Get outta here!

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

      Two words: Ben Zobrist.

      • Accent Shallow

        Zero chance.

        • Hughesus Christo

          You should have two words’d that, homie

    • CJ

      The Upton’s will both go into the hall as Rays

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

        That would be crazy. If TB ponied up for Justin… that wouldn’t be good for us.

        I bet they both spend 80% or more of their careers right where they started them, though. Just my hunch.

  • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

    Also, Steve H and I will be starting a blog together. Because Steve is a poor communicator I’ve unilaterally decided to name the blog This Is Beyond Baseball.

    We should have posts going up tomorrow or Thursday.

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

      Cue the copyright infringement cease and desist order.

      Sincerely,
      Who Dat?

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        Do you think “This is Beyond Beisbol” would work?

        These are some of the other names I came up with after a few beers:

        Juiced Balls
        27 Bottles of Champagne on the Wall
        The Sporting Booze
        This Is Beyond Beisbol
        Erin Andrews’ Peep Hole
        3rd World Cup
        Dr. Met
        Fat Girls on Steroids in Auto-Tune
        Mediot Conspiracy Theory
        The Nick Swisher Effect
        Centaur Slayers

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

          Give me a one or two sentence statement describing what your content is going to be, primarily. Then I’ll pick.

          • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

            Mostly sport-based rants and satire articles, but I like the flexibility to joke about other things as well.

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

              Are you Seinfeld fans? I have a name that just popped into my head, if you are.

              • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                Definitely.

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

                  http://www.thesummerofgeorge.com/

                  I give because I love.

                  Tell me that’s not a DYNAMITE Yankees-centric blog name. I dare you.

                  Sometimes, I amaze even myself.

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

                  Eh, nevermind, looks like it’s taken. Drat.

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

                  Someone already owns that, no?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  That is awfully tempting. I have no tech skills, so it would just be http://www.thesummerofgeorge.wordpress.com/ but that works, right?

                • Jose

                  If blogging doesn’t work out they can go into the calzone business!

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
                • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

                  Ayy?? Georjayyy

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  For me, it’s looking like a race between The Garden Apartment Times, Pinstripe Lager, and Spreadsheet Baseball

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

                I am.

        • Jose

          Garden Apartment Times
          Beer, Bacon, and Baseball
          Site for baseball columns, not blogs
          Wordekemper for King Felix

          • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

            Ooh, those are good. Games Played on Spreadsheets or Excel Baseball 2.0 ?

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

              FYI, http://www.pinstripelager.com is available. I’m just sayin’.

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

              That would be some serious Bo-baiting. And sorry, can’t get email at work, they you know, make me work all day.

              • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                What kind of monsters do you work for?! I fuck around abut 65% of my work day.

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

                  It’s unbearable. I’m one step away from being chained to my desk and defecating in a milk jug with the top cut off.

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

                  HOLY SHIT HANG ONTO YOUR HAT:

                  Available:
                  mystiqueandaura.com

                  You’re welcome.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                  That’s it. Mystique and Aura is a plus-plus blog name. Do it.

                • Jose

                  I gotta buy that and turn it into a stripper site.

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

                  OH MY FUCKING GOD I’M SO AMAZING

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  Oh, that’s tasty. I want to narrow it down to five, so that, The Garden Apartment Times, Pinstripe Lager, Spreadsheet Baseball, Bernie Williams in Auto Tune (?).

                  Actually, I’m not very picky; I like all of these. Pick one, Steve.

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  Ok. Done. Mystique and Aura is it.

                  Tommie is the greatest.

                  Now, the logistical issue. It’s coming up on WordPress as taken, and I have zero HTML/CSS skills.

                  Should I buy the domain name on GoDaddy?

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

                  Yes. Buy it immediately. Sort out the WordPress/hosting shit later.

                  My blog name is parked, even though I’m a lazy ass and haven’t done shit with it in like forever.

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

                  Let’s with mystiqueandaura.com. We need to stroke TSJC’s ego anyway, his self confidence has hit an all time low.

                  /Steve B’d

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

                  I’m constantly teetering on the edge of suicide, because my parents gave me a horrible name at birth.

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  Is that a movie quote, Eric????

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

                  Heh.

                  I got a dollar that says your first commenter is SBGL.

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

                  “This blog sucks… u guys think everything is numbers or lame jokes but its not. Joba clearly belongs in the pen why cant u see that ????”

                • Jose

                  Or me, aka “alex gonzalez”

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

                  Jose, you naughty boy, you.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  rockyroadredemption.com

                  BOOOOOOOOM. Your mind, it is BLOWN.

              • Jose

                Those communists.

    • Jose

      Would that cause problems having your blog the same name as an MLB marketing campaign?

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        I guess we’ll find out.

        • Jose

          Don’t get me wrong though, I do like the name.

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

          Didn’t the Yankees force TYU to change their name?

          I don’t think you need to wait to find out. They’ll sue you, if necessary, and they’ll win. Seriously, I love you guys and want you to succeed, so let me take this space to try and persuade you to pick a different name, right now, today, from the beginnin.. No sense building a brand only to have it scuttled and trying to rebuild it with a new name.

          • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

            Yeah, you’re right. I’m up for other suggestions, in addition to some cruddy ones I’ve come up with myself. It was more that I was fucking around putting names in and it was actually available. I was kind of shocked.

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

              Something Steinbrenner and Seinfeld related would be good. We’ll certainly have our share of Yankee related content.

              Or:

              Something Melvin related?

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

                http://www.mystiqueandaura.com

                I want a MASSIVE hat tip. Shit, I want to be a permanent honored guest contributor.

                • Jose

                  I think your best quality is your humility.

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

                  No, that’s my second best quality.

                  My best quality is my huge cock.

                • http://frosthendu.blogspot.com/2010/01/normal-0-false-false-false.html Steve H
                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Woohoo. New Kitchen Nightmares.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Fucking love this show.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        What in the hell just happened with the table-side filet?

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

        Me too, you ever catch the seasons on BBC America? They go to restaurants throughout Europe rather than the US.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Yeah I saw a few of them when I was at school and had BBCA.

        • Andy

          Didn’t they just do a show in Paris, with the rest being in UK? I noticed there were a lot of NY/NJ eateries featured in the US, ever look on Craigslist to see if they were advertising for extra diners? I saw some guy with a hate page saying that was their method for packing the place out.

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

            You’re right.
            The majority was in England, a few in Wales, one in Spain and one in Scotland.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R.....Nightmares

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

      This ol’ bag needs to hit the road.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        For real.

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

        THIS. I can’t believe she honestly thinks that their restaurant is better than the renovation they did.

        A Florida themed restaurant in NEW JERSEY? I mean come on.

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

          I hate blue.

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

            Screw them for giving me a compliment about a new restaurant and not liking the shithole that I love.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Irony: she was wearing a blue shirt towards the end of the episode.

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

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....eaver.html

    Reunited and it feels so good . . . . .

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

      Somewhere in Maui, a 70 year old man just spit out his mai-tai.

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

        Meh, Torre doesn’t give a shit anymore. He’s just cashing paychecks.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          You really think that? I think he cares, but just looks like he doesn’t.

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

            I think he cares about his legacy, and thus, doesn’t want to do anything to tarnish it (like going 42-120 and having the team stab each other, Ty Cobb style).

            But, beyond that, he’s mentally checked out. If they win, great. If they lose, less great but not something worth getting up off my Barcalounger for.

            Fuck you, pay me.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              That’s a fair assessment.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              This, I do agree with.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                /Yoda’d

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Heh.

  • 28 next year

    by the way, has anyone heard of the show, Castle. It is a decent dectective/little comedy type show on ABC if you’re into it, I am not really but someone told me about it. Next Monday, Joe Torre is on the show in a new episode.

  • Taintstick

    Turns out Paul Blart: Mall Cop was better than that piece of shit Avatar.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      If there is any mall cop about whom a movie should be made, it’s La Fours.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        /waits for Tommie to get this joke.

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

          Sorry for the delay… here you go.

          SNOOTCHIE BOOTCHIES!!!!

  • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

    OK guys, I have http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ for a year. No host or e-mail on this yet.

    Anyone know I can get the domain on WordPress?

    • bexarama

      Sorry if this is an incredibly dumb answer, but don’t you just go to WordPress and see if “mystiqueandaura” is available?

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        It’s unfortunately taken on WordPress, but I bought the domain on GoDaddy.com. I can pay $10 to WordPress to do some sort of domain mapping and other stuff. What that means, I don’t know. I’ve used WordPress before, so I’m a bit familiar with it. I figured that would be a logical fit. Can I transfer a domain bought somewhere else that’s taken on WP, and remember I don’t have a host yet, and use the WP software? Not sure.

        To be perfectly honest, I have no technical skills. I’ve got Excel, Word and Powerpoint down. That’s about it.

        Basically, what I want is a cheap host with intuitive software that will take my domain name.

        • bexarama

          Yeah, I can’t help there :( I have no technical skills either. Sorry.

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

          I’m looking into this myself, sad thing is I think you’re more technical than me. But I can destroy excel. (and even play some baseball games)

          • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

            Dude, I’m on like Storybook Weaver. You must still be at Space Invaders.

            We should definitely just grab something easy to get into.

        • chriskeo

          I’ve set up a bunch of websites before for different groups in the past and I would be glad to help you guys get started. So you basically want something like WordPress, but you want to use your own domain name? For as cheap as possible?

          • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

            Really? Yeah, basically. I have the domain at GoDaddy + the business registration (didn’t even notice I spend the $5 on it, and it seems useless for what we’re doing, but whatever). I should have bought the domain name from somewhere else; that whole site is like giant one ad designed to fuck people into unwittingly buying things they don’t want.

            Anyway, I’m semi-familiar with Typepad and WordPress. I’d really like to just use that software with the domain I’ve purchased so Steve and I would have a low learning curve. The domain purchased on Godaddy is taken on WP—not sure if that changes things.

            I really appreciate you offering to get us on our feet. My email is jameskleimann@yahoo.com

            Thanks again.

  • bexarama

    I’m flipping channels and one of the guys on SNY just said Joba should be “the eighth inning closer.”

    Sigh.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I have to wonder if the networks tell these guys to promote Chamberlain in the ‘pen. Just statistically, odds are that there’d be at least ONE major analyst who was not a B-Jobber.

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

        Leiter and Cone preach the good word, right?

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Hmm, I thought the former vacillated on the issue and I don’t recall Cone ever saying anything concrete.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            I could be wrong, though.

          • bexarama

            I think Cone was being interviewed on MLB Network about it and said Joba should be a starter.

            Then again, it is SNY. Lolmets. And the term “eighth inning closer” just kind of made me giggle.

  • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

    Puck drop in LA. Let’s go Rangers!

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

    http://bases.nbcsports.com/201.....e.html.php

    Bye, Bye Gerald Laird? I hope not, but kind of douchie.

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

      A party ain’t a party till Grampa runs through it.

      Is that how it goes?

      • Corey

        Hangover reality show with the Laird family
        Or Vegas Shore?

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

      I mean Brandon Laird……fuck, I need to take some ginko. I’m slipping.

  • Mo

    Jeff Weaver, minor league contract with LA is a steal, cheaper than Mitre! Reed Johnson less than half the cost of Winn, bargain.

    C’mon Cashman. It seems that agents will not geve the Yanks a bargain ever. This will be underscored when Damon signs for nothing.

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

      /Moversimplified

    • Accent Shallow

      I’d much rather have Mitre than Jeff Weaver. Weaver is a home run dispenser. (Although outside of 2007, so was Mitre. I’m willing to give him another shot, especially if it costs less than a million, and he’s what, the 7th or 8th starter?)

  • Hughesus Christo

    Is this SNL skit reason enough to finally banish Sergio Mitre? I will never be able to hear this name or see someone with it ever again without laughing hysterically.

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/1248.....-the-curse

    OLD, I KNOW.

    • http://www.facebook.com/adorador Ray Fuego

      my mind is scarred forever…

  • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

    Kovalchuk headed to LA?

    http://sbnation.com/e/1053975

  • Chris

    You can do this on xbox live? What idiots, all I need to do is play my friend and have him swing at awfull pitches all day to win a million dollars??? Gateway to controversy. Id like to see the terms and conditions.

  • Chris

    And its void in CT and for CT residents…so I’m out.