Open Thread: Busted

The RAB Fantasy Baseball League (Part Seven)
Four more headed to minor league camp

That up there is the bracket of the person leading our RAB Bracket Busters pool thanks to 36 correct picks and 48 total points (somewhat ironically, it belongs to a person who called themselves “Bra(cket) Busters”). It’s only been one weekend, but I encourage them to gloat in the comments. You can see my disastrous bracket here; I’m tied for 13th with 33 correct picks and 43 total points. I guess that’s not too bad, considering, there’s 149 total brackets in our pool.

What are yours looking like? Feel free to tell us all in this, tonight’s open thread. The Nets are the only local team in action, but there’s also a new episode of 24 on. Talk about whatever you want, just be cool.

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The RAB Fantasy Baseball League (Part Seven)
Four more headed to minor league camp
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    I’m at 59–that’s still the top half, right?

    Also, this thing is insane: http://us.akinator.com/#

    It’s correctly guessed Mariano Rivera, Henry VII, Brian Williams and Joe Girardi

    • Tom Zig

      for me it guessed:

      Sam Watterson and Cloud Strife

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

      it got Alex Trebek, Oskar Schindler, and Evan Longoria

      wow

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He has still has guessed Melvin Croussett yet.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I stumped him, but if you try it now, he may guess him.

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

      That’s pretty cool. I stumped him though. I was thinking of Phil Hughes, and it spit out … Joba Chamberlain.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Honestly, I did Melvin and he initially guessed Robinson Cano. Not bad.

      • E Street Shuffle

        thats how cashman should decide the fifth starter

    • Thomas

      It got Maximillion Robespierre, Billy Sheenan (bass guitarist), and Case from Neuromancer. Unbelievable.

      However, he was unable to guess Rudolph Hess, he guessed Goebbels instead.

      • Thomas

        It even got Doug Walker, the Nostalgia Critic/That Guy With The Glasses.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He was unable to guess Stephen Marley. I knew it would be tough for the Akinator.

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

      It got Lloyd Christmas. Motherfucker.

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

        And Niko Bellic from GTA4. Sheesh.

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

          Dwight Schrute too.

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

            IT GOT THE VERIZON GUY.

            • bexarama

              it got Jared, the Subway guy o_O

              • Alex S

                it got The Elephant Man

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

                  It got “the money you could be saving with GEICO.” The stack of money with the eyes on it.

                  Screen cap for proof: http://tinyurl.com/yc835yd

                • Alex S

                  it got raaaaaaaandy (Aziz Ansari’s character from Human Giant)

                • Alex S

                  holy crap! it got Ron Mexico!

                • ColoYank

                  It stopped working for me. I was pretty sure it was going to get to Robert Louis Stevenson.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      He got The Dude from Big Lebowski, how does he know?

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        Son of a bitch got Doc Emmit Brown and Marty McFly too

    • Dirty Pena

      Couldn’t get Ian Kennedy.

      • Dirty Pena

        Or Milton Bradley. Weak.

        • Dirty Pena

          So I was thinking of Montero, and it’s 2nd guess was “the boy you love who is not your boyfriend.” WTF

    • Riddering

      I wanted Justin Morneau, he gave me Jason Bay.

      • Riddering

        He guessed Eowyn so I guess things are square.

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

          fuck me, it got Ned Stark

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

            and the Hound

      • Hangoverologist

        I was thinking Jeter, and it gave me David Wright. It got it right the second time around.

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

      Couldn’t get Mo on it’s first try for me.

      • bexarama

        It got Mo first time for me.

    • bexarama

      heh, the picture they have in that thing for A-Rod is pretty funny

    • ARX

      Me: ::thinks of random Transformer::
      Aki: is he made of metal?
      Me: oh shit…

      Me: :thinks of random RPG character
      Aki: does he have a tail?
      Me: aw fuck.

      Freaky.

    • Rey22

      It had lots and lots of trouble getting Jay Wright. Gave me a bunch of other college coaches.

      Got Paul Banks though…not bad.

      • Rey22

        It even got Major Tom from the freakin’ David Bowie song!!

    • Alex S

      i was thinking of CC Sabathia he gave me Ron Artest then Lamar Odom then after 40 questions finally got CC

    • Jose

      Great algorithm. It got Akira Kurosawa, Manuel Noriega, and Benji.

      • thurdonpaul

        It got Julius Erving (cool pic too), but it didnt get Brien Taylor.

    • http://www.nomaas.org K.B.D.

      It got Johnny Rico of Starship Troopers fame.

    • Tom Zig

      Wow he was able to guess Paul Artreides.

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      This thing is too hilarious. It correctly guessed Mariano Rivera, Gene Kelly, Stevie Wonder, Leonardo DaVinci, Anderson Cooper, and Jermaine Jackson. Jermaine frickin’ Jackson, guys. Its psychic abilities are obviously far beyond the powers of our understanding.

    • Jose

      What is the lowest number you guys have gotten for previously guessed, with him still getting it correct? He guessed Lee Teng-hui for me even though it had only been guessed 17 times.

    • chriskeo

      It just got Jesus Montero, although it guessed Sandoval first. Pretty good considering there were only 5 other guesses of him.

    • http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/1106665 Jack

      Holy shit, it got Dave Dameshek.

    • donttradecano

      i was thinking vybz kartel, it guessed sizzla.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I beat it with Douglas Sirk, but it got me on Coppola, Anne Boylen, and Frank Sinatra. Damn.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      It got Gigantor too…this thing must have SOME database!

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      Heh!

      I beat it with…

      Bucky bleepin’ Dent!

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

    Both my final 2, three of four, and four of eight gone. When ranked by possible points, I’m in 147th

    ugh

    • Thomas

      I am presently sitting in 148 out of 149 filled out brackets and 3 points behind the person in 147th. Luckily I still can get over 100 potential points, so I may move up, but after weekend one I suck.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

        I’m sitting in 74th now, but I’m going nowhere in a hurry

  • Pasqua

    Need opinions:

    Trade: Nate McLouth
    Receive: Ricky Nolasco

    Yay, or nay?

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

      I’d jump all over that.

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

      Yay.

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

      Immediate yay.

    • Pasqua

      Thanks, gang. The guy who initially offered it pulled it. Must read the site!

  • http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/1106665 Jack

    Never doubt the giant swinging testicles of Ali Farokmanesh.

    http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/sc.....78805.jpeg

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

      I love that name

      • http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/1106665 Jack

        Same here. I also love “Kwadzo Ahelegbe.”

  • E Street Shuffle

    Im happy to say im in dead last, with zero points. I forgot to put my picks in on yahoo

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

    I watched exactly zero games this year, and am in first. The rest of you suck.

    (please ignore that I have Kansas winning it all.)

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      I’m in second! With more possible points mind you, but it’ll probably go horribly wrong from here on out.

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

        What’s worse, the other bracket I did, I’m in 5th place. Out of 6. I picked each bracket in less than a minute, but they’re pretty similar.

  • Dirty Pena

    Are the fantasy leagues keeper?

    • Dirty Pena

      And if so, what are the keeper rules?

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

      Yeah. I’m not sure yet, I don’t have to sort it out until after the season. I’m pretty sure you just pick five players, and they count as your first five picks.

      • Thomas

        Are we doing the 7 linked leagues, where if you are in the bottom of your league you are moved down to the next league and if you are in the top of the league you are moved up?

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

    What are yours looking like? Feel free to tell us all in this, tonight’s open thread.

    No. I’d rather not.

  • Riddering

    Was anyone watching MLB Network to hear them cite “being too emotional” as a reason for Joba not to be a starter?

    I thought only women could be too emotional to hold certain jobs.

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

      Apparently I turned it off at a decent time then.

    • bexarama

      oh dear lord MLB Network’s analysis gets worse and worse. Who said this, was it Al Leiter? Please tell me it wasn’t Al Leiter. (especially because Al Leiter used to be very emotional on the mound)

      • Riddering

        Someone on Twitter mentioned it so I have no idea who said it. I think I need to ration my internet time because too many idiotic statements in regards to Joba give me rage blackouts.

        • Dirty Pena

          Among many bad things about the seemingly impending announcement is the fact that all the B-Jobbers will now be empowered.

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

            Maybe. There’s also been some discussion of sending down Joba to AAA.

            I don’t get it. He was sick his first start, still weak his 2nd and then terrific/good the past two. Maybe Hughes is throwing the ball better.

            • Dirty Pena

              I don’t get it. He was sick his first start, still weak his 2nd and then terrific/good the past two. Maybe Hughes is throwing the ball better.

              Also: it’s SPRING TRAINING. I don’t get it either. Is Girardi really making decisions based on 12-13 IP of meaningless games? I sincerely hope not.

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

                ..well, it’s ST for Hughes too. And there’s only one rotation spot open. You have to make the decision sometime.

                • Dirty Pena

                  I did mean for both of them (Hughes has thrown 13 IP) I just think if spring training wasn’t part of the discussion, the choice would/should easily be Joba. So is what amounts to 2 full starts of innings (including, as you said, when Joba was sick) really enough to swing the decision to Hughes?

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

                  Here’s the thing. If you think highly of both players, and think they’re both well suited for either role, then you have to make the decision now. It’s a close call, not a slam dunk either way. That’s why this competition wasn’t as bogus as many (including me) initially thought.

                • Dirty Pena

                  Sorry, I guess by me pointing out the innings, it’s making you think I think the decision should wait a week or so. I don’t, I agree the decision should be made now. I just think that the decision shouldn’t be based on spring training, however many innings are logged during spring training. I do think very highly of both, I just worry that if Joba goes to the bullpen he may stay there for good.

  • ARX

    Well, my 98th place bracket is missing half of its Sweet 16, half of its Elite 8, half of its Final Four, and its Champion (fuck you Kansas), so don’t feel too bad.

  • bexarama

    I have Oakland’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” on in the background. They just referred to their fifth starter as “a nice competition.” Why can’t it be that for the Yankees??!?! Instead it’s like life, death, and a decree on their personality, likes and dislikes, etc.

    Also I wonder if John Hart knows a word to describe players other than “special.”

    • thurdonpaul

      lol, i have wondered that about John Hart also.

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      Legit special, or, like … “special”?

      • bexarama

        He means legit special. He used it approximately 5203 times to describe Jason Heyward. But every time he says it I giggle because I’m actually twelve years old and I think of, you know, special.

        • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

          “That Jason Heyward … is a special, special boy…”

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

      He’s being nice to those other teams. The Yanks are always held to a higher standard, and should be. The Yankee brass embraces those standards, promote their commitment to winning, so don’t be surprised when people treat them differently. It’s part of the deal being a Yankee fan.

      • bexarama

        I understand that, and I don’t think the people that called it “a nice competition” were the same ones that went on and on about how Joba is too emotional to start (though I didn’t see that latter thing). I guess I’m just so tired of all the dumb articles about why Joba can’t start because of his mentality and whatnot.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He”ll also describe players as a “gamer” a “winner”.

      • bexarama

        well every analyst does that

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

    I’m thinking of opening a Twitter account. My first Tweet will be-

    Joba announce he quit Baseball-To join WWE and change name to ‘The Jobber’

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      IETC

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

      He better be part of a tag team. You can’t have him starting a match.

      • bexarama

        ietc

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

        Nice. Well played.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Comment of the month. Well done.

  • bexarama

    Attention EVERYONE: Mo might have been wearing high socks today. This would be a glorious development.

    http://twitpic.com/1a99zb

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Is that CHiP?

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

      Those look like road grays, no? Mo doesn’t wear no road grays!

  • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

    So ready for this damn fifth-starter crap to be over. Between Joba and Hughes, I’m not even too worked up about which one of them gets the job…just sick of the whole MSM “read between the lines” = JOBA TO TEH 8th 4EVA stuff. Please announce it soon, Joe… then at least all we’ll have is second-guessing and irrationally angry people as opposed to pointless and baseless speculation.

  • Rogue Trader

    Why Carl Crawford?

    Career: 295/335/437 OPS 772

    What’s the big deal; 50 Stolen Bases?

    I still think Matt Holliday was the right choice, for just 3M more per year you get:

    Career: 318/387/545 OPS 933

    …?

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

      1. You don’t know it’s just $3M more per year. It might be $4M, or $6M, or $500K.

      2. Chances are it’ll be a shorter contract. What did Holliday get, 8 years? CC might get half that.

      3. Holliday is no slouch with the glove, but CC is the best defensive leftfielder in baseball.

      • kunaldo

        “CC is the best defensive leftfielder in baseball.”

        FOR NOW!!

        Sincerely,

        Brett Gardner

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

      Career 284/353/455 on the road for Holliday. Holliday cost 120 million dollars.

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

      You’re leaving out defense. And what’s Holliday’s career line outside of Coors? Also, Holliday has spent the vast majority of his career in the inferior league. And that contract Holliday got is horrible. I would have given him 4/60. What he got? Insanity.

    • Hey ZZ

      Crawford was also in the big leagues when he was 20 and the Rays stuck with him through some growing pains so that skews his career line.

      Aside from an injury riddled ’08 his on base skills have been steadily improving.

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

        Wow. Good point on the age.

        Crawford since his age 24 season (which was Holliday’s first season) .301/.349/.453 .801

        Holliday on the road .284/.353/.455 .808

        Pretty damn close, but one of them provides great defense, speed, and will be cheaper.

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

      Meh. If I’m the Yankee GM and have a choice between Crawford and Werth for a similar deal in terms of length, I’m taking Werth. More pop, better arm, better OBP, better fielder. Just more toolsy than CC everywhere except for speed. Move Swisher to LF, put Werth in RF.

      • Mike Pop

        Have to disagree here. For the Yankees, they have the pop they need. Give me Crawford with that speed and defense. Plus Steve H’s comment above since he was 24. Solid.

        • pat

          Not to mention Crawford is 3 years younger.Werth’s strikeouts and durability history (or lack thereof) give me pause.

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

          I think CC is a wee bit overrated by some folks. Good player, but not in Werth’s league as a talent. My only question with Werth is if he’s a product of that ballpark, which I’d have to investigate further.

          Here’s Carl
          http://www.fangraphs.com/stats.....osition=OF

          Here’s Werth
          http://www.fangraphs.com/stats.....osition=OF

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

            Werth is on the wrong side of 30, has bad knees, and has a much shorter track record. You’re banking on three years of ~5 win performance vs about six years of 4-4.5 win performance.

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

              Yeah, I think 3 years is a pretty good indicator. Plus, CC’s value is tied up in his speed, he turns 30 the 1st year you sign him and his OBP has only been above .350 for 2 seasons. I just don’t love him going forward. He’s a really good player, but I like the flexibility of signing Werth for RF and letting Swish walk after 2011.

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

                I don’t trust Werth to maintain his performance and stay healthy for the money and years he’s going to get. He’s not signing for 3/36 or something like that, he’ll want 4 or 5 years. Maybe even Jason Bay money.

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

                  What do you know about his knees? That’s the first I’ve heard of that.

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

                  He’s blown both of them out in the past (at different times). That’s why he had to move out from behind the plate.

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

                  I know he had to give up catching because of his knee.

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

                  Whoops, refresh fail.

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

            I hope Gardner proves he can be at least a 400 AB platoon guy this year and the Yankees don’t go overboard on either CC or Werth next year.

            • Mike Pop

              This.

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

            Put Craw in our stadium and lineup. You know you love it.

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

              Good player, I just think Werth is better and like the flexibility I detailed above.

              • Hughesus Christo

                How is that flexibility? You’re talking about LF and RF, not SS and C.

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

                  Right, I like leaving LF open as much as possible, and it’s only tied up for the 2011 season. You can move aging/declining players there, since it’s the least demanding OF position.

                  Here’s what I mean. By having LF open after 2011, you can target a RF or CF as a FA/trade, and move Grandy/Werth to LF if needed. If you sign Crawford, you’re locked in at the other two spots. Also, it’s open for Jeter or Alex if need be, both of whom will be in their late 30’s. Loads of flexibility my way.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  Here’s what I mean. By having LF open after 2011, you can target a RF or CF as a FA/trade, and move Grandy/Werth to LF if needed. If you sign Crawford, you’re locked in at the other two spots.

                  No, you’re not.

                  Above, you claimed that:

                  [Crawford]’s a really good player, but I like the flexibility of signing Werth for RF and letting Swish walk after 2011.

                  Your “flexibility” in your Werth scenario isn’t related to Werth or Crawford, it’s related to letting Swisher walk and shifting Werth from LF to RF.

                  You can just as easily sign Crawford and then let Swish walk and shift Crawford from LF to RF. It’s the same “flexibility”. Crawford does not afford any lesser amount of flexibility than Crawford does; in fact, since he can’t play CF, he affords LESS flexibility than Crawford does.

                • Hey ZZ

                  Given the dimensions of Yankee Stadium wouldn’t a move to RF be better suited for Jeter/A-Rod if the Yankees were to go down that route?

  • bexarama

    oh my goodness the Indians’ top two starters:
    Jake Westbrook
    Fausto Carmona

    yeesh

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

      That makes the 5th starter debate much more tolerable.

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

      Ian Kennedy was AZ’s #3 starter last time I checked. Ouch.

      Upshot of that is Dan Haren is their #1, and Webb should (hopefully) be back soon.

      • bexarama

        Edwin Jackson has gotta be higher up than IPK (sorry IPK)

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

          1. Haren
          2. Jackson
          3. IPK

          Webb’s going to start the year on the DL.

          • bexarama

            Durr. I forgot about that, thanks. Haren/Webb/Jackson is quite nasty if everyone is healthy, though.

            • Dirty Pena

              Let’s try to avoid putting Edwin Jackson and nasty in the same sentence.

              Take out 1st half of last year, career numbers:
              5.13 ERA
              1.61 WHIP
              6.15 K/9
              4.33 BB/9
              1.42 K/BB

              No thanks.

              • bexarama

                Ouch.

                Still, he’s relatively young. Maybe he’s putting it all together.

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

                  If he can’t do it in that ballpark/division, I give up.

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

                lol

                Past two years, as a 24/25 year old pitcher in the AL(East one year):
                3.99
                1.37
                6.1
                3.3
                1.83

                He’s a young starter on his way up.

                • Mike Pop

                  I would love Edwin Jackson on my staff in the NL any day. Probably AL too.

                • Mike Pop

                  lol @ that.

                • Dirty Pena

                  4 out of the 5 numbers you presented are not good. In the AL East, he had a 1.51 WHIP and a 4.88 FIP. Last year, in that first half I cited he had a .249 BABIP. In the 2nd half he went back to being his usual self- 5.07 ERA, 1.52 WHIP. You can have him.

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

                  So.. you’re the same type calling Joba a bum because of some shitty periphs extremely early in his career?

                • Dirty Pena

                  Joba has thrown ~900 professional innings less than Jackson. Joba is two years younger than Jackson. Joba’s FIP last year was lower than Jackson’s in 2008. Jackson doesn’t even have good minor league peripherals. He beat Randy Johnson in his debut (7 years ago)!!! That’s why everyone loves Edwin Jackson.

                • Dirty Pena

                  Jackson’s AAA career- 4.39 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 4 BB/9, 6.9 K/9, 5.2 BB/9, 1.33 K/BB.

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

                  So it’s not extremely early in E-Jax’ career? Just because he was called up when he was 19 doesn’t mean he’s not a young starter learning his craft.

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

                  double negative fail

                • Dirty Pena

                  It’s early, I wouldn’t say it’s “extremely” early. I agree there’s room for improvement, but I just highly, highly doubt he’s some future ace, since there’s nothing he’s done to suggest that. Can he be slightly above average and therefore useful? Yes. Is he “nasty”? No.

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

                  Well, most people reserve that nasty tag for guys with big K ability. He’s really not a K pitcher.
                  He’s got a lot more experience than Joba, but he’s only 2 years older. He was probably brought up too early, but not too much to do about that now.

                • bexarama

                  I just meant “nasty” in the way that that’s a tough 1-2-3, not that they’re particularly high strikeout pitchers (though Haren is and Webb is up there).

    • bexarama

      Carmona’s actually been very good this ST. I think he had a 1.30 ERA going into this Cubs/Indians game I have on, and he just pitched six shutout innings.

      …I think this goes to show us ****Spring Training means bupkis****

  • pat

    Oh my God, Big Bang Theory sucks so hard. I need to stop subjecting myself to this.

  • ultimate913

    Why does Cloey make those facial expressions? Uhh. One day, I like her. The next, I see that constipated looking face that makes me want to punch her in the face.

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

      She’s always pouting like a little kid that doesn’t get their way. I really can’t stand her.

  • ultimate913

    Holy ****. Wow. Nice twist, writers of 24. Nice twist.

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

      Never a dull moment. Great show.

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

    The above convo about Werth makes me think. Imagine if he could’ve stuck at catcher.

    Instead of being a really good player the past 2 years, he’d be one of the better players in the game if he was a catcher.

    That goes out to anyone that questions Montero’s value as a catcher as opposed to just rushing him into the bigs to fill a hole we may or may not have.

  • Pasqua

    Please forgive yet another opinion solicitation, but my keeper league is insane:

    Yay or nay:

    I trade: Pujols / Nate McLouth
    I receive: Ryan Howard / CC Sabathia

    • Dirty Pena

      Really? You need to ask about this?

      • Pasqua

        Yay or nay, sir. Yay, or nay. I’m insecure.

        • Dirty Pena

          Hell yay. Early 1st and 10th rounder for late 1st/early 2nd and 3rd rounder? Yay!

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

      Seriously? Take it before they have second thoughts.

      • Pasqua

        Yes, I know. It’s actually my proposal and the other guy is deliberating. Mike, would you still do it if it was Werth instead of McLouth?

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

          No, I wouldn’t do it then.

          • Pasqua

            Final question (I appreciate it):

            Would you do the Pujols / McLouth swap along with giving up your 10th rd. pick (2nd pick after keepers) and picking up a 13th rd. pick (5th pick after keepers)?

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

              So essentially it’s Pujols, McLouth, 2nd rounder for Howard, CC, 5th rounder? Meh, that’s doable. Try to talk him down to a 3rd or 4th rounder though.

              • Pasqua

                FWIW, Mike: Deal done with Pujols / McLouth / 2nd rd. and 5th rd. for Howard / CC / 4th rd. and 6th round (the 5th and 6th rd. picks are only six spots apart).

                Thanks for the input.

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

        This.

  • bexarama

    “Alfonso Soriano faces an odd situation for him: a base on balls.” -the Cub announcers. I laughed. They also made a joke about how long Yankee/Red Sox games are har har.

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

    There has been a major ripple in the RABiverse.

    Melvin Croussett, the Melvin Croussett, is on Facebook.

    http://www.facebook.com/people.....0726356058

    • bexarama

      I thought I felt something move a couple of hours ago…

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

      OMG. I want to add him but I think I’ll wait a bit. Someone should also invite him to the Bring Melvin to America group.

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

        RAB’s Outreach Program is already on it.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          It looks like Melvin is the guy from this commercial, which makes sense if you think about it:

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

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            He is a 1000x smoother, of course. Derek Jeter is awkward compared to Melvin.

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

              Did your computer run out of zeroes? To suggest that Melvin is only 1000x times smoother than Melvin is pure blasphemy.

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

                Look at that. I went to type “Jeter” and my computer magically replaced it with Melvin. Talk about smooth.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  After singlehandedly beating the Krauts and Japs back in WWII, Melvin decided to celebrate. He likes to refer to this celebration as “Melvin Time”.

                  Anthropologists and demographers refer to this celebration as “The Great American Baby Boom”.

                • Jack

                  Every month, Melvin secretly has sex with every woman in the world. It takes a week for the bleeding to stop.

                  /I’materribleperson’d

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        He has to accept me as his friend first. Try to not to scare the little rabbit away.

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

          Did your head explode?

          Mine did.

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            I was shocked.

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

      And he listed himself as a female. o_0

      The Great Melvin works in mysterious ways.

    • Tom Zig

      Where is andy?

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

      He has Ghandi, Saint Peter, Martin Luther King and Joan of Ark listed as friends.

  • donttradecano

    So i can still win my pool if:
    Baylor, Cuse, Kent make the final 4 and someone other than cuse or kent win the championship.

    worst part is all year i thought Tennesee would get to the final 4 but didnt pick them because of kansas. regretting that now

  • Cecala

    My best bracket. It is beating 98.8% of the country surprisingly.

    http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen.....ID=4430331

  • donttradecano

    “No credence that that rumor, but you get the distinct impression that word was somehow passed to the Knicks that having enough cap room for just one max player was not going to cut it for a certain free agent, which was why they were willing to throw so much into the Jeffries deal to get McGrady’s contract. I ask this…: Why would anyone in their right mind trade away what amounts to three No. 1 picks just to clear cap room? It’s just plain crazy … unless there is a confidence among the Knicks their Plan A will succeed.” Chris Sheridan, ESPN

  • Tom Zig

    The B.S. report just had Jonah Keri on. Probably one of the best BS Reports about baseball i’ve heard in a while

    • Jack

      I like Bill Simmons as much as the next guy, but “Best B.S. Report about baseball” = “Smartest Kardashian”.

      • Hughesus Christo

        I like it for the reality tv and Klosterman chats. I never went to Simmons for hardcore analysis.