Mar
04

Open Thread: Tape delayed

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The Yankees already played today, but MLB Network tape delayed the broadcast until tonight. I won’t ruin the outcome for you, but CC Sabathia faced Roy Halladay. If you’re not going to watch the game, the Rangers and Isles are both playing live tonight. Anything goes, so have fun.

Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    I have homework, but I’ll be sure to turn the game on to watch The Jesus.

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

    So did Jesus make a plate appearance today?

    • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

      Yes, he got an AB in the 9th.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      He came, he singled, he helped score the Yankees first run. This it begins.

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        *Thus

        • andrew

          I won’t ruin the outcome for you

          Oh well.

          • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

            SPOILER ALERT: It was all a dream.

            • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

              /Mac and Dennis’d

            • http://fmylife.com JobaJr

              /Biggy Smalls’d

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

    MLB Network is Game 1 of the WS for me. The game is on comcast sportsnet though.

    • Jose

      The Spring Training game was Game 1 of the WS. It was “a spring matchup for the ages”.

  • Hangoverologist

    My god, these CSN announcers have a huge boner for Halladay. Calm down for Christ’s sake.

    • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

      It only gets worse.

    • bexarama

      Annoying announcers, in order from most annoying to least annoying:
      MARINERS
      White Sox
      Phillies
      Giants (Miller >:( )
      Reds
      Padres
      Marlins
      Orioles
      whatever team Chip Caray broadcasts for now

      • Tom Zig

        I know a lot of people find Hawk Harrelson annoying, but I actually like him and Michael Kay.

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

          I hate Kay but love Hawk. If I was a White Sox fan I’d feel like the guy was sitting on my couch saying the same shit I say.

          • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

            Really? You use the term “ducksnort”?

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

              haha. Nah.

              Also, I should have prefaced my statement with the fact that I’ve only heard him about 20-30 times.

          • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

            A MLB play-by-play television announcer should not sound like a guy sitting on your couch saying the same shit you say.

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

              Eh, I disagree. Aside from expletives and what not, it’s endearing to me that the announcer lives and dies with each pitch like me. And when Boston comes in, I want him(or her) to hate them like I do. IMO, you shouldn’t have to be objective when you call 145+ games for a team each year.

              • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

                There’s a difference between being objective and being so biased that it’s a liability in the person’s ability to call a coherent game. No one in the booth should call the other team ‘the bad guys’. That’s just silly. It’s baseball, not a crime drama.

                • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

                  Whoops. I meant to type: difference in being a bit subjective and…

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

                  Heh yeah I know what you’re saying. I personally like the “good guys,” “bad guys” thing. It’s definitely not for everyone, I get that.

                • Shits and Giggles

                  Get over it Riddering. Hawk has a certain style and it is not for everyone, get over it. What team do you broadcast for? Cue the crickets…….now.

                • ROBTEN

                  Wow. There’s some hostile comments lately. The TTL (terriost threat level) has to be raised to blazing copper.

        • bexarama

          All things considered, I probably should have put Harrelson lower, because I can actually stand him. I can’t stand the Phillies’ announcers, they are awful. And I REALLY can’t stand the Mariners’ announcer (he’s old and screams A LOT). Harrelson is kind of endearing in how bad he is. You can put it on the board…… YE-EES!!!

          I don’t really have major problems with Kay.

          • Tom Zig

            she-gone!

            MERCY!

    • bexarama

      and the most hilarious thing was that soooo many Phillies fans were like “OMG why did we trade away Cliff Lee? Cliff Lee is soooo much better than Halladay!!!!” and now they’re putting Halladay in the Hall of Fame with a Phillies cap.

      • WIlliam

        To be fair, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Halladay go int he Hall with a Phillies hat. He has a good chance of winning numerous pennants and Cy Youngs with the Phils.

        • bexarama

          Me neither, it was just kind of hilarious to see them go back and forth so quickly.

          Not that Yankee fans don’t do that.

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

      I’m going to go ahead and disagree with the general sentiment about the Phillies coverage of this game and the fawning over Halladay. I really didn’t think they were so bad, especially when you consider how big an acquisition this is for them. The media attention, and the endless talk about it from the YES booth, if Halladay signed with the Yanks, would be so much worse than this Phillies coverage was today.

      They acquired arguably the best pitcher in the game, today was his first Spring Training start in their uniform, he mowed the Yankees down in a couple of innings, and they said he pitched well and expressed excitement about it. I’m not really sure what everyone expected them to do – not talk about the biggest story of the day? It’s not like they were slobbering all over the guy or screaming with excitement, I think the coverage was actually pretty appropriate and reasonable.

      This all just seems kind of reactionary.

      • bexarama

        Party pooper!!!!

        Nah, now that I can hear the entire coverage, it’s not so terrible. They are, in general, awful announcers though (I understand getting emotional during the playoffs, but listen to some of their calls, yikes), so I probably go in with a confirmation bias that they will be awful.

        I do think they were a little too “OMG HALLADAY!!!” but I don’t really blame them, for the reasons you said.

        • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

          I didn’t really mind the Halladay fawning. It’s the Kendrick and Contreras fawning that bothered me.

          • Stryker

            EXACTLY. after contreras was done for the day you’d think, from the way the announcers talked about him, he got out of a bases loaded jam in game 7 of the world series if you didn’t know better/weren’t watching the game.

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

    So, if anyone has Insider, I, uh, suggest you check out TMI tomorrow.

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

      What’s up? Are they publishing a piece by a certain writer from RAB?

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

        It could be that. Could be.

    • Big Juan

      Do I sense a JoPaw appearance?

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

      Will do.

      And for as much as ESPN kinda sucks sometimes, if anyone doesn’t have the insider it’s well worth it. Just buy a magazine subscription (promptly throw the magazine away) and you get the insider for free.

      • Big Juan

        The biggest reason I used to look forward to the magazine was Simmons column. Now that that’s gone, it’s become progressively less interesting.

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

    Hip Hip!

    • Teix is the Man

      JORGE!!!!

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

    Hey look who’s at first!

  • Christos

    What do you guys think of Casey Kelly?

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

      First ballot Hall of Famer.

      • Jose

        They’re going to have a special election for the first time since 1939.

    • Christos

      this is to show to my Red Sox fan friend

    • Big Juan

      Haha. This could get interesting.

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

      He can turn a straight man gay.

      (not that there’s anything wrong with that)

      • WIlliam

        And a lesbian woman straight. (Not that there’s anything wrong with lesbians)

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

      Best.
      Pitcher.
      Ever.

    • Jose

      What is going to be truly amazing about him is when he pitches 7 innings, moves to SS, then rests for an inning, and proceeds to move back to the pitcher position to close the game. A pitcher shifting to the field and back to pitching has happened 25 times, but I imagine we will see it a whole lot with him.

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

        When Casey Kelly pitchers, there is no SS required. No fielders at all actually.

        What you may be referring to is that he will occasionally move to the SS position and pitch from there, to give the batter a chance to see the ball. He still won’t hit it of course.

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

        He will have the most K’s…while also having the least amount in his wonderful year of winning the Cy Young and MVP.

        • bexarama

          what the heck is the Cy Young? Are you talking about that pitching award they call the Casey Kelly?

      • WIlliam

        Casey Kelley doesn’t need rest. He’ll just pitch from the SS position.

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

      He can cure cancer with his tears.

      • Andy_C_23

        I heard he shits gold bullion and pisses cologne

      • Marcos

        I heard his blood smells like cologne

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      One time he punched me in the face. It was awesome.

    • Thomas

      I asked him for his autograph, he told me I wasn’t worthy of his time.

      It was AWESOME!!!!!

    • bexarama

      I can’t even look at his name, I burst into tears because he is just that amazing.

      • Christos

        +2037, the year he gets inducted

        • bexarama

          2037? Um, let’s be real here. 2011.

          • Christos

            what happened to the 20 plus years he pitches in the majors?

            • bexarama

              They’re going to see what he does in his first game when he pitches a perfect game on 5 pitches and they will immediately waive making him wait until he retires.

              • Christos

                fine, 2011 then.

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

      He’s very good. Excellent command, on par with Greinke when he was coming out of high school. His breaking ball and changeup are his best pitches, but his fastball isn’t enough to be a top guy in the AL East. He needs to bump it up to 91-92 from 88-89.

      • WIlliam

        You’re no fun.

        • Christos

          agreed

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

        Way to spoil things, Axisa.

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

        That was the turd in the punchbowl.

      • Big Juan

        I commend your restraint.

      • bexarama
        • Tom Zig

          Vaginal Vicky
          Cunty Claire

  • Hangoverologist

    LOL, Ransom is at first base. He should erase Howard’s 24 + 1 mentality.

    /Pete Abe’d

  • http://www.thesportsshowlive.com/ JoeyH

    Did CC lose any weight? He seems to be skinnier.

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

      Really? My brother and I both thought he looked a little bigger.

      • http://www.thesportsshowlive.com/ JoeyH

        I think he looks smaller. Might just be the ST Uni’s

    • bexarama

      I thought he looked like he’d lost weight and then I saw some pictures of him from today and ummm maybe not.

  • bexarama

    The Mets signed Kiko Calero (to a minor league deal).

    I can’t believe they made a move that makes even a modicum of sense.

    • JGS

      They heard he needed TJ

  • http://www.thesportsshowlive.com/ JoeyH

    I did this on my show last night and I’m curious to see what you guys say. Who do you see as the most self-centered athletes of recent memor? Greedy, selfish ect.. What names come to mind?

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

      Brett Favre.

      • http://www.thesportsshowlive.com/ JoeyH

        He was one I listed.

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

        I know I’ll get bashed but honestly, he really just wants to play football. Is he selfish because he doesn’t decide if he’s coming back until Training Camp?

        • http://www.thesportsshowlive.com/ JoeyH

          That’s what I say. I am a huge Favre supporter. He can still contribute thats great. Maybe if he wasn’t so pressured for instant answers he wouldn’t jump the gun. The other side of the argument is that he probably doesn’t want to go through all the motions of camp(selfish).

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

          No bashing, I just disagree. I’m not saying the guy is a horrible person or anything, but there are plenty of things about him (years’ worth of tear-filled press conferences about his future, etc.) that scream of some pretty serious narcissism.

          • http://www.thesportsshowlive.com/ JoeyH

            +10

        • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

          I know I’ll get bashed but honestly, he really just wants to play football. Is he selfish because he doesn’t decide if he’s coming back until Training Camp? decides well in advance knowing that he craves the spotlight (which he keeps himself in by “changing” his mind every ten minutes), and every record that comes with playing, but he’d rather not bother with camp so he holds teams hostage because they can’t fully commit to a new QB if he comes back and they (obviously) can’t commit to him.

          There. Fixed that for ya.

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

            Eh. That’s your opinion. Imo, the guy would be happy if no one bothered him until August. I personally don’t think he delays his decision to gain attention.

            • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

              Is that why he goes on “Joe Buck Live” in mid-June? Sorry, I probably sound very anti-Drew, which is totally not the case. I’m just very, very, very, very, very, very anti-Brett Favre.

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

      I have a hard time coming up with one..

      If anyone said Owens, I’d disagree wholeheartedly. He’s really a good guy, I got the chance to play a pickup basketball game with him down in Miami. Really a class guy. Don’t let the media skew your opinions.

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

        No offense… But the short amount of time you may have spent with the guy doesn’t do much to convince me of anything. Selfish or otherwise less-than-ideal people can come off (or be) perfectly nice and friendly, they’re not cartoon characters.

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

          I understand that. My logic is that the guy went out of his way after the game to come give me a fist bump. It may seem insignificant but it was a big deal to me.

          It’s the only evidence I have of him when it relates to personal interaction. I cannot base my opinion off of how the media portrays someone. So, I base it off of my own experience. To me, he seems like a pretty good guy.

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

            To me, he seems like a pretty good guy...

            In the very short amount of time you spent with him.

            I’m not saying the guy wasn’t nice to you or anything like that, and I get that you like that he seemed cool when you hung out with him… But glimpses like that tell us next to nothing about a person. I met Jim Leyritz a couple of months before he ran into all his trouble, and he was super nice to me when I met him. He was a very nice guy in my short interaction with him, but that doesn’t mean the guy didn’t/doesn’t have his demons.

            My point is just that short interactions like that don’t tell us much, other than that someone can be nice/charming. You have absolutely no idea about Owens’s personality outside that short, relatively public interaction you had with him.

            What we do know, because we have more evidence than one guy saying ‘hey I met that guy and he was nice to me, so he’s good in my book,’ are numerous incidents of the guy acting strangely – ranging from assholeish to vain to just plain confusing. Those things don’t disappear just because he was nice to you for a few minutes.

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

              Yeah I know what you mean. You’re right. It’s just my personal view of him that makes me want to defend him.

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

                No worries, it’s a natural reaction. We just have to keep these things in perspective.

    • http://www.thesportsshowlive.com/ JoeyH

      My list, biases aside (it’s our weekly top 5 list so there’s 5)
      1: Bonds
      2: Allen Iverson
      3: A-Rod
      4: Manny
      5: Favre

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

        On the A.I. front, what makes him greedy/selfish? Is it because he’s kind of a ball hog or is it other reasons?

        • http://www.thesportsshowlive.com/ JoeyH

          Ball hog, not wanting to practice or be with the team. It also doesn’t help that I can’t stand him.

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

            Word. My only defense on him being a ball hog is that he never played with someone who warranted the ball over him.
            Imagine if you had the ability of a guy like AI. How often would you want to give the ball up? I guess that’s the definition of selfishness but I can understand why he acted like that.

            • http://www.thesportsshowlive.com/ JoeyH

              I suppose so. But there’s a reason there are 5 guys on the floor. Him being under-sized doesn’t help either but he was still very effective in his prime obviously.

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

              I’ve gone back and forth on my feelings for A.I. for years, and that’s basically what I think. By the time he played with someone good (Melo), he’d already established how he was going to play NBA basketball. I would have loved to have seen A.I. play with a good big man early in his career to see how he would have developed.

        • Jose

          Bad news for A.I. today as his wife filed for divorce.

          • http://www.thesportsshowlive.com/ JoeyH

            I’m sure it didn’t help he was in a club when he was supposed to be “nursing his sick daughter.” Dude is a total prick.

          • Andy_C_23

            HALF!!!

            /Eddie Murphy’d

    • JGS

      Latrell Sprewell

    • Teix is the Man

      Casey Kelly, because he possesses too much talent.

      • JGS

        He moved to pitcher so he would overshadow everyone else less often. That’s not selfish at all

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

      Michael Jordan has to take the top spot, no? That guy is the ultimate narcissist*.

      *Which probably is part of what made him so great, but still.

      • http://www.thesportsshowlive.com/ JoeyH

        He was on my co-host’s top 5 list. #1 I think. (Shameless plug) Check out the archive it was amusing.

      • Lifetime of Question Marks

        The very top spot*. Got to be.

        *Coming from a bitter Knicks fan who saw Jordan destroy most of the great Knicks teams of this fan’s life.

      • Davor

        I remember Jordan’s second three titles in Chicago. he would usually start the game looking to get teammates into groove. If he found a couple of them playing well that game, it was an easy 20+ victory. If he couldn’t find any support, he would finish the game scoring 17 of the last 21 points or something like that. Jordan knew the importance of really playing 5-on-5, even when some of his 5 were borderline NBA players at best.

    • bexarama

      Obviously Mariano Rivera

      (I don’t know enough about other sports to really talk definitively about them, but I dunno if Manny counts THAT much. I mean, he’s been accused of dogging it, but if you look at his performance when he “dogged it,” it was excellent.)

    • Thomas

      Deion Sanders he commented that he did so much for the cornerback position that they should rename it “Deion.”

      Also Russian figure skater, Evgeni Plushenko, who made comments at the Olympics about stuff like how the other skaters weren’t good as him and could perform his stunts. Then he didn’t get gold.

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

        Also Russian figure skater, Evgeni Plushenko, who made comments at the Olympics about stuff like how the other skaters weren’t good as him and could perform his stunts. Then he didn’t get gold.

        I think it was a question about athletes :)

        • Thomas

          I am going to say figure skater along with dancers, gymnasts, cheerleaders, etc are athletes. What they do takes extreme athleticism. However, they do not play sports.

          Also, I only heard about Plushenko, I don’t watch figure skating. I stick to ice dancing.

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

            I agree on the athlete vs. sports thing, I was just kidding.

            As far as ice dancing goes, two words. Tanith. Belbin.

            • Thomas

              I agree her form is beautiful.

          • Big Juan

            I think Steve was mostly kidding anyway.

            And I agree with your thoughts about whether they are “sports” or not. Does it require extreme athleticism? Abso-freaking-lutely. However, it’s hard for me to call it a sport when judges determine the outcome. Something is lost there for me.

            My ex-girlfriend was a gymnast, and holy shit, their bodies take a beating. I was a 3-sport athlete in high school and play college baseball now and I don’t think I could have lasted in some of her workouts.

            • Andy

              “My ex-girlfriend was a gymnast, and holy shit, their bodies take a beating.”

              I’m sure there’s a joke in that but I’m not up to making it at this hour.

              • Big Juan

                Heh…

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

              My ex-girlfriend was a gymnast, and holy shit, their bodies take a beating.

              Pics needed.

      • Thomas

        Also Roy Williams. He had this exchange:

        When Albom asked Williams why he celebrated a reception with his team already trailing by two scores, Williams responded, “I celebrate first downs all the time. I’m not gonna stop that. I’m an exciting player. If I do something exciting, I’m gonna show my actions.”

        Albom responded, “But you were losing, 10-0.”

        “What does that mean? … That means nothing to me. The score means nothing,” Williams told Albom.

        (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/.....id=2592484)

        He also mentioned how cheap he was saying he’d make girls pay for their dates or he’d take them to McDonald’s and how he doesn’t tip pizza delivery men.

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

          An aside:

          Nothing pisses me off more than when receivers celebrate every catch.

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

            +80

            Isn’t their job to catch the ball?

            The worst is the 3rd and 9′s when they make a 6 yard catch and celebrate. Brutal.

          • A.D.

            Agreed, congrats, you got 10 yards everyone knows its a first down you don’t need all the signaling.

      • A.D.

        Well Pleshenko was right, many other skaters couldn’t perform his stunts, however he got silver because his free skate wasn’t that clean.

      • Davor

        Well, Plushenko was probably at his worst since at least 2002 (except for when he had ankle injury), and Lasichek may have had the best non-Plushenko performance during that time, and he still just barely beat him. Plushenko’s preformance was still technically the strongest, but his presentation was way below his level.

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

    Speaking of A.I., I’m pretty sure the 30 for 30 on him is coming up soon, and apparently is an absolute must watch.

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

    20 years since Hank Gathers died. What a shame.

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

      I’m 23 and have no idea who that is. Care to lend some insight?

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

        College basketball player, led the nation in both scoring and rebounding as a junior who died on the court during a game.

        Later in the NCAA tournament his teammate Bo Kimble (and future lottery pick) starting taking his first free throw of each game left handed in honor of Gathers, and hit them all. Very memorable moment from my childhood (I was 9)

        • Jose

          If I’m not mistaken he died from HCM. Same thing as Gaines Adams last month.

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

            Yeah, just checked wikipedia and that’s what it says on there.

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

          Ah thanks.

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

            And thank you, for making me feel old.

            • Jose

              Don’t they have some kind of home for people your age? Instead of hanging out with whipper snappers on the internet.

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

                Where do you think I’m posting from? Bad news is I only have 4 more minutes until bed time.

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

                  You know what makes me feel old?

                  Some of the women I lusted about as an 18 year old (like Naomi Campbell, Elle McPherson, Tyra Banks, etc.); the 18 year olds of today can’t even imagine those women as being beautiful desirable sex objects because all they know of them is being 40+ year old, a little saggy, a little overweight, not top-physical-condition amazing smoking hot sex goddesses.

                  For example: It makes me feel old when I talk to people who can’t conceptualize how a-fucking-mazing Vanity was. People would have given their left nut for a night with Vanity.

                • Big Juan

                  If it helps, I still think Tyra Banks is bangin’.

                • Jose

                  I remember being 18 and Asta Nielsen was the sex symbol.

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

                  It does help, Big Juan. It does help.

                  And in thanks:

                  http://74.52.120.66/~nkd715/wp.....r05-09.jpg (safe-ish)

                • Big Juan

                  Well, if we’re sharing pictures:

                  http://pointlessbanter.net/wp-.....banks9.jpg

                  That is a classic fav, my friend.

                • Big Juan

                  classic fav fave

                • Thomas

                  Tyra Banks was probably the first woman I was every physically attracted to and all because of the picture Big Juan posted.

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

                  Her crazy/hot quotient isn’t close to balanced. That’s how fucking crazy she is.

                • A.D.

                  Thank you for the trip down memory lane Big Juan

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

          Yeah that whole thing was just too sad. I think Bo Kimble was probably one of the more popular fringe-talent NBA players ever.

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

    Robbie looks locked in today. His first out against Doc was ripped to right, then his next AB was a ripped grounder for a hit to right.

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

      Z-Mac time.

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

    Office Space is on Comedy Central. The longer I’ve been in the workforce, the better this movie gets.

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

      mmkayy

    • Jose

      Love that movie. Even though my career path has never led me to working in cubes.

      Do you watch “The Office”? Big episode on tonight.

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

        An hour long. I’m ready!

        • Jose

          I have to say, I thought 2 of the last 3 episodes weren’t that great. I mean the recap episode could have been made by someone on Youtube splicing together old episodes. There was like 3 minutes of new content. I’m really hoping for a bounce back in some of the writing.

          The numbers started to dip with the episodes also. Earlier in the season they were getting around 8.1 million viewers, last few episodes have been around 7.4 million viewers.

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

            I thought last week’s episode(was it last week? The last new one.) was awesome. The recap sucked, the first Sabre ep sucked, but the most recent one had me cracking up.

            • Jose

              Agreed.

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

        I do watch The Office, while it’s not 1/100th of what it used to be, I still enjoy it.

        And working in cubes only enhances Office Space, trust me.

      • bexarama

        I am so embarrassingly excited for The Office‘s episode tonight.

    • Mike HC

      Great movie. Gets better on every viewing too. I must have seen it like 50 times, so there is definitely a point where it stops getting better, but you catch my drift.

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

    Hey, guys, just getting back in here.

    Did I miss anyone getting banned? It felt like that’s where things were headed a few hours ago when I last checked the site.

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

      Not sure, there’s probably still a one man show going on in the Bernie thread.

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

      I don’t think he posted after the Bernie thread but I didn’t check often.

    • Jose

      JMK is banned from going within 100 feet of his nanny.

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

        And Peru.

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

          Her name was Yesenia. And she smelt of vanilla and immortality.

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

      Ha I wasn’t around earlier today but since you pointed it out I had to go back and look.

      Crazy stuff.

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

        Yeah. Truth be told, I kind of like that guy. Logic, reason, historical fact. None deter his sheer force of will and personality. You don’t see resolve like that on the boards very often.

        A cheers to you, Jake.

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

          Definitely a (small)remnants of ag. The perseverance deserves applause.

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

            AG was much more fun than Jake though.

        • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

          I’m in the “Jake is a hoax” camp.

          • bexarama

            I was pretty convinced he’s real (he said I made a good point the other day!) but since the O’Neill stuff, I dunno.

          • Jose

            I’m 87% sure you are correct. He knows how to use italics, which means he passed the bare minimum internet usability test. He knows how to look up stats. He expects certain sarcastic responses and takes attitudes to try and play the crowd. Seems to me to be a troll. He seems to have a level of intelligence that would mean he has different attitudes than he does. He most be purposefully choosing those attitudes to try and rile people up.

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

            I’m convinced he’s a hoax. The Cano stuff is a re-hash of a conversation from a few months ago, and the rest of it seems like a pretty transparent attempt to just be a dick.

            And if he said Bex made a good point, he’s clearly full of you know what. ;-)

            • bexarama

              HEY. >:(

              ;)

      • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

        Yeah, same. Operation: RAB Shutdown. Love it.

    • Mike HC

      I still don’t really get why everyone loves to disagree with these posters who are obviously not open to looking at things a different way. You guys love to pile on and explain why they are wrong. And I think you guys know you are just spinning your wheels. Everyone can get a bit hard headed and set in their ways at times, but some of these posters are over the top. I guess it can be fun, and frustrating at the same time, because sometimes there is too much agreement here, but I still don’t really get it.

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

        Is that an opinion or a fact?

        • Mike HC

          haha. Clearly opinion. I guess I can see the entertainment in it. Just not my thing

      • bexarama

        I do it because I think I’m as funny and insightful, etc., as Fire Joe Morgan when I’m not.

        Plus, allow me to have my crazy dream that some day I will teach someone not to say “A-Rod is not a true Yankee.”

        • Mike HC

          Did not mean to rain on your parades. Pile on all day …

      • JGS

        I search for more concise, sharper ways to tell people they are wrong, and guys like that help me refine my craft

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

          Yup.

          It’s like watching Fox News for sport. You have to listen to some good ol’ fashioned idiot every once and a while to keep your smarts razor sharp.

          • Jose

            Hannity told me people like you would be around. I promise to never stop teabagging!

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

              Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word… I do not think it means what you think it means.

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

                A couple of weeks ago I ran into that guy who kept saying “inconceivable” in a shop in the city. I was very excited but strangely nobody I know was all that jazzed up about my chance encounter with the great Wallace Shawn.

        • Mike HC

          ha. alright. I can buy that answer. Gotta make sure you refine, and have an airtight argument against the jakes, bo’s, sal’s ect … of the world, so when you bump into these type of people in person, you already know what to say.

      • A.D.

        One in awhile you get a convert, such as “former RAB poster”

  • http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music2/nyspringsteen.jpg E Street Shuffle

    Ahbed is so funny

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

      Oh shit. It’s Thursday! Thanks for the reminder.

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

      Agreed.

      • http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music2/nyspringsteen.jpg E Street Shuffle

        this has been my favorite episode to date so far. With the show in general, I don’t really die from the hysterics, but I just feel like i have to keep watching. It has a hold over me.

  • Mike HC

    Damn, I missed the entire beginning of the game re play. I know you guys do enough already, but if there is any way to post the schedule, and what time, channel and even if, the games are going to be aired on TV, that would be great! I come here for everything Yankees now. I don’t want to stray!! ha.

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

      I said at the top of the thread it was on CSN, brother!

      /Hulk’d

      Tomorrow it’s on live and then encored at 11.

      • Mike HC

        Cool. thanks.

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

      I know you guys do enough already, but if there is any way to post the schedule, and what time, channel and even if, the games are going to be aired on TV, that would be great!

      http://media.avclub.com/assets.....le_q85.jpg (safe)

      • Mike HC

        fair enough. Just throwing an opinion on how the site could be better during spring training, maybe only for me. Not saying I can’t find other places to get that info. I kinda just assumed this site would have all the games times, channels and schedules. I thought wrong

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

          Just messin with ya a little.

          You’re good.

          • Mike HC

            i know. Just felt like clarifying off of that.

          • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

            I read this site all the time, and this is my first post ever: I just wanted to say, you’re a dick.

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

              Yup. It’s huge, too.

              • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

                I was gonna do the “/” thing but the guy’s name was like afasklfndslfkan

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

                  Actually, his name is just “KayGee”.

                  http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-784396

                • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

                  Haha, never saw that- but not the guy I’m referring to. In fact, you may have never seen the comment from the guy I’m referring to because (at least at the time) you hadn’t responded.

                • bexarama

                  I still love that I unintentionally started a fight!!!

                • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

                  If you can’t handle the heat…

                  ….turn down the thermostat.

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

                  Can you provide some context? Maybe I can find it.

                • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

                  It was within the past week, I tried looking, it’s tough because like I said, his name is a hodgepodge of letters. There was the abbreviations of NY teams, something like: scnyrnyg (or something.) You didn’t really say anything too crazy, he was just like “I always read these comments, never comment myself, tommie you’re a dick/asshole/something.)

                • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

                  Reason I didn’t take particular notice is because I assumed you were gonna come back and say something.

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

                  Meh, I got nothing. Don’t see it.

  • dkidd

    i don’t care what anyone says: i love the phillie phanatic!

  • Accent Shallow

    Something that hasn’t been brought up much around here is that Cashman has been the GM since 1998 — at what point does he step aside?

    Not that I think he’s done at bad job, but twelve years is quite some time.

    • Mike HC

      Yea but he only had sole control (or as much as possible) of the team since like 04 or 05. So he may have been GM, but his job description has kinda changed over time. More responsibility and power, same job title.

    • kunaldo

      If he keeps running the team well, and winning a championship here and there, why should he? Unless he is tired of putting on his ninja outfit and pwning every other GM in baseball, of course.

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

      I say he steps down in about 2020, after ring #15.

      • Jose

        I think he got a ring when he was Assistant GM also.

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

          Oh, most definitely he did. Cashman may not have been the full-fledged GM in 1996, but he got one of those baubles as well. He was in the room, contributing to decisionmaking.

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

      Homegrown talent. It’ll be a sad day when he’s gone.

  • Reggie C.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....ppers.html

    Damn. Karlos Dansby would’ve been a fantastic addition to a LB corps lacking leadership. Dansby looks to be headed to Miami instead.

    • andrew

      They may be targeting a LB with their first round pick. Building through the draft is the way to go. Dansby would have been a great addition, but if they can get a comparable, younger, cheaper talent at 15, then it will end up helping the team overall.

  • Sean C

    I just got home from taking a written exam for a police department, and the guy sitting next to me looked EXACTLY like Mo. The bald spot was even perfect. I saw it as a sign of encouragement. But then somehow I was let down when I realized Mo would never retire from the Yankees to try out to be a police officer in Normal, Illinois. But it got me thinking: He wouldn’t carry a gun, instead just firing cutters at dangerous people…

    • bexarama

      I love how David Cone accidentally gave out his phone number on the air last year, and Yankee fans were calling him, only they were asking him questions that were like, “It’s a zombie apocalypse, what one weapon do you want?” His answer: “A Mariano Rivera cutter, it doesn’t miss.”

      • Sean C

        Haha, all you need to do is get to a sporting goods store. Infinite ammo.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    RAB poll:

    Would you rather have a SS that has an 80 glove with a 50 bat or one with an 80 Bat and 50 glove?

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

      80 bat, 50 glove. Not even close.

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        Where does glove rank on your “Tool Priority List”?

        • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

          Well good defensive shortstops are a dime a dozen. Good offensive shortstops are not. So at SS, offense is a premium making it more value and I’m starting to talk in circles and create a run-on sentence so it’s time for me to stop.

          • bexarama

            ietc

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

        That.

        Hanley Ramirez >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Elvis Andrus

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

        Yea. This.

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

    I’m really enjoying Chad Jennings. It’s nice to have beat writers that don’t talk down to fans and bring some humor to the game.

    “Jesus Montero singled in his first spring at-bat. I was in the clubhouse at the time, but I assume it circled the globe before dropping into right field.?

    • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

      It’s nice to have beat writers that don’t talk down to fans and bring some humor to the game.

      Repeated, emphasized.

      • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

        I stumbled across his Boston blog (forgot what it’s called) awhile ago, and I swear to Mo, there was a chat and someone was asking about importance of the utility man (or something), and he STILL managed to make an “Angel Berroa is old” joke.

  • bexarama

    So over on one of TYU’s comment threads, I got to wondering and it didn’t really get answered because the site had moved on from the entry where I asked it: why do people steal home against Andy Pettitte every so often? Obviously it doesn’t happen every year or anything like that, but it happened in 2002, 2009, and… 2007, too, I think? It’s happened three times, that’s quite a bit, even for a long career.

    He’s known for keeping runners on first (whether this perception is true or not), but why the steals of home? Does he have an exceptionally long windup? Is it just the marvelousness of Godcoby Ellsbury?

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

      He has a great move to first but his back is to the runner on 3rd and his delivery isn’t that short, it’s just deceptive to runners that can’t tell if he’s going home or to first.

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

        Long delivery, not so fast pitches. It has to be the right opportunity(baserunner/pitch/3rd baseman back?), which is why it only happens once in a blue moon.

        • Big Juan

          The positioning of 3rd basemen doesn’t matter so much, IMO. Even if they’re playing in, they’re not holding the runner on. But the first two points stand.

          The opportunity to steal home is there much more than people realize. I think it just doesn’t happen as much because you have to be willing to take the risk.

    • Big Juan

      He’s not great at holding runners on in the sense that he’s quick to home plate. It’s deception with Pettitte. And once his back is to the runner, if you want to steal home, you can go as soon as his front foot starts to move.

      And if I recall correctly, when Pillsbury stole home, Pettitte was in the windup. If lefties don’t really pay attention when they’re in the windup and have runner on third, you or I could steal home against them.

      • Big Juan

        I should amend the last part of my post. If said lefty is Mark Buehrle, you have no chance. Obviously it needs to be someone with a slower motion.

    • Lifetime of Question Marks

      you can take the boy out of texas, but you can’t take the texas out of the boy.

      It’s just a slower way of life down there. And for Andy.

      • bexarama

        I’d be pretty fast with Andy.

        Um, I mean, what?

  • http://None Michael

    So weird seeing Halladay in another uniform.

    • JGS

      So weird awesome seeing Halladay in another uniform

      • bexarama

        … that is not another AL East team’s uniform

        • JGS

          that was implied

          • bexarama

            I figured, just needed to say it because it is so incredibly glorious.

        • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

          … that is not another AL East team’s uniform

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

        +1

        I can’t wait to play Toronto, their spine is gone.

        • JGS

          watch them go 2-16 against Boston like the Orioles did last year

          • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

            watch them go 2-16 against Boston like the Orioles did last year do every year.

          • bexarama

            Toronto, from my perception, usually comes out to play versus Boston. They don’t necessarily have the talent to beat them, but they put up a fight. They’re not Baltimore.

            A yearly record of 2-16 versus one team in your division is completely pathetic, there’s only been one worse example during the era of the unbalanced schedule: the 2006 Mariners went 2-17 against the 2006 Athletics.

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

      It’s interesting that your link is the same as Jake’s. Curious, even.

      http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-792353

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

        Zoinks, yo.

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

        He’s not Jake. Not to be a dick, but accusing people of being other commenters is just as bad as impersonating someone.

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

          You have to admit, though, it is curious. Who types in “http://none/” as a URI?

          • bexarama

            well it asks for the URI so he probably just typed in “none,” if he is a real person at all.

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

              Yeah, but… YOU didn’t type in “none”, did you? You just left it blank like most normal people would.

              That’s all I’m saying.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

            Seriously?!?

            • http://poop Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

              Update your damn twitter!

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

                Heh. My bad.

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

          Gimme a break. There was good reason to think they were one in the same. It’s not like I picked some random guy and called him a communist.

          I’ll refrain from doing so in the future, but it wasn’t an unwarranted question.

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

            I know, I was was just saying for the future.

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

    30 Clubs in 30 Days and today is the Yankees. I don’t know if I should risk watching.

    • JGS

      let me sum up:

      Joba should go to the pen, Vazquez may have trouble handling New York, Joba should go to the pen, and the Yankee defense is trailing behind Boston’s and soon they will have to cower before Casey Kelly. Oh, and Joba to the pen

      • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

        …Boston’s rotation is better, Nick Johnson is injury prone, Granderson can’t hit lefties, letting Damon/Matsui go was a huge mistake, A-Rod beats babies. Oh yeah, Joba to the pen.

        • bexarama

          Only Verducci would make the “A-Rod beats babies” argument on MLBN. ESPN, that’s another story.

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

        The terriosts are winning.

        (helpful meme explanation here: http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-792021)

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

        Did they say that or is that a guess? If it’s a guess mine would be to add on to that Hughes to the pen. Matsui and Damon are irreplaceable. Granderson hit .250. Nick Johnson is an injury machine. Jeter will break down. Posada will break down.

        • bexarama

          They basically got the “Matsui and Damon are irreplaceable” stuff out of the way yesterday on “MLB by the Numbers” by pointing out Matsui and Damon’s close and late stats last year vs. Granderson and Johnson’s.

          I think Al Leiter is gonna be on the panel and he’s a Yankee homer, so if the other guys start talking dumb crap about the Yankees, he’ll stop them.

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

            One thing from many. I’ll see how this goes but I don’t think I’ll like it.

            • bexarama

              Heh, I’m with you, I’m still gonna watch it because I missed the earlier showing.

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

          The Yankees are a solid team, but the Red Sox still have no weaknesses.

          /Kruk’d

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

            You missed…

            /PeterGammons’d
            /KenRosenthal’d
            /JonPaulMorosi’d
            /TracyRingolsby’d
            /BusterOlney’d
            /SkipBayless’d

            • bexarama

              I was horrified that Skip Bayless is related to Rick Bayless, who rules and makes delicious Mexican food to boot.

              Also, Buster Olney must be SO PISSED that the Yankees won the World Series because it makes the epilogue of The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty look mighty silly.

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

                I can’t stand Skip Bayless. There’s no oen worse. It’s so obvious he hates the Yankees. In April it looked like he jizzed in his pants when acting so damn smug when he said his line of “You CAN’T COUNT on Sabathia.”

                And he said it gain in September. I don’t know his reaction when they won the World Series but I don’t know how a homer like him has a job.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  Skip Bayless is a cock.

                • bexarama

                  He really really sucks.

                  I think it was after Game 4 of the World Series, he had like a mental breakdown on TV, ranting about how much he hated this team and how unlikeable they were. It was awesome. I wanted to taste his bitter, bitter tears. I mean, all of ESPN was having a mental breakdown minus Valentine, but him especially, IIRC.

                • JGS

                  I think some of it is an act. He plays the part of the asshole that says outlandish things to get a response out of the people. He is the Bo of ESPN

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

                  An act? Well it’s possible but I honestly think he’s that irrational.

                  But I suppose it has to be an act because I could act like a moron without an education too but I won’t get paid for it.

                • JGS

                  I mean, when they have segments like “send in your video and tell us why Skip Bayless is wrong” it seems to suggest he is being wrong on purpose

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

                  Oh they have that? That’s funny. I stopped watching that show ever since I heard Skip say stuff about CC like that.

              • JGS

                nah–this is the beginning of a new dynasty

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

                  This. The core four is still there but that’s it.

                • JGS

                  These are no longer Jeter’s Yankees, they are Teixeira and Sabathia’s

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            As much as I hate to admit this or say it or whatever, what the Red Sox do this year actually has implications league-wide. If they have a successful (playoffs) season, a lot of teams will try to emulate the whole good-but-not-great-offense-with-solid-pitching-and-strong-defense model. If they (and Seattle for that matter) don’t have a good season, teams will likely abandon that type of strategy, much like when the Sox’s closer by committee thing didn’t turn out well.

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

              The bitch of it is, the Sox will be given credit for originating the concept, even though they simply parroted it from the Mariners/Rays/Rockies/A’s/etc.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                Yessir.

              • bexarama

                the Red Sox invented everything in baseball. Nobody ever cared about getting on base before Theo Epstein.

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

                You’re telling me Theo did NOT invent the run prevention team?

                Now I know you’re lying.

            • bexarama

              I agree with this, but most teams can’t afford a top three as good as Lester-Beckett-Lackey, and the Sox’s offense seems a whole hell of a lot better than Seattle’s.

              And who knows? If the Sox put in one of their bullpen guys instead of Pedro for the eight in Game 7 ’03 ALCS, maybe they win that series and the World Series and then closer by committee is all the rage.

      • Paul

        But will they mention Joba’s bull in a china shop mentality, or is that a given?

        • bexarama

          I read an article that said Curtis Granderson should play CF because he has the personality for it.

          Granderson, though, just looks right in center. He has the body type and the big personality for the position.

          “He’s a good-looking player,” Girardi said. “He’s got a lot of talent. He really does, and tremendous character.”

          Sounds like a Yankees center fielder.

          WTF.

          • ROBTEN

            WTF.

            You see, behind the scenes the competition for the Yankee CF position is run much like a beauty pageant or, for the younger among us, “Project Runway.” Each candidate is judged based upon their looks and the answers to three questions: world history, classical philosophy, and judicial ethics.

            Few now remember that it was actually instituted as part of the deal to bring the Highlanders to New York, as the MLB was hoping to increase attendance by getting on the bangwagon of the cultural phenomenon of the “teen idol” that had just started to emerge. The only time in which this process was deemed a failure was during the 1940s and 1950s when, due to a severe shortage of talent, they were forced to give the position to Joe DiMaggio, even though he was quite unattractive and surely. They tried to cover it up, as you may know, by paring him with Marilyn Monroe, hoping that with everyone staring at Monroe no one would pay attention to just how butt-ugly and ill-tempered DiMaggio was. Of course it was a disaster, and the marriage was quickly ended.

            Since then, outside of the Bobby Mercer years the process has been generally considered only a marginal success with players who were either attractive or charismatic, but rarely both. However with the trade for Granderson, the Yankees believe that they finally have someone to match the sheer handsomeness and charisma of Earle Combs.

            Or, it’s just lazy journalism. Take your pick.

    • bexarama

      A-Rod just gently made fun of Tex’s goggles that he wore at every champagne celebration in 2009.

      Dude. They are in love.

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

    Hmm apparently on the Twitterfeed the Yankees are looking at this Carlos Matias guy and his supposed 99 MPH fastball.

    Anyone know something else about this guy?

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

      linkage?

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

        http://twitter.com/WWWUZzCOM

        I guess we should take it FWIW but it’s interesting nonetheless.

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

    FML I missed Jesus’s AB.

  • http://poop Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

    Tommie, you there? I found it. My b, you’re an ass, not a dick.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-790056

    • bexarama

      your URI is funny.

      • JGS

        I looked at it and was unconsciously pointing out stuff on the radiograph. I really can’t wait until after this test tomorrow

        • bexarama

          I was gonna say “…REPLY FAIL???” and then I realized it was ACTUALLY A WEBSITE. Holy crap, that’s amazing.

          • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

            Whoops, there goes that. Did not realize it was an actual website.

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

    Oh who wouldn’t love a career like this for Montero.
    http://hardballtimes.com/forec.....nter001jes

    I hope they’re all true.

    • Accent Shallow

      I looked at those projections, and they all look like horseshit. Just absurd, absurd projections.

      I can’t see why anyone would pay for these — they compare poorly to ZiPS, CHONE, and Marcel. Ick.

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

        Kelvin DeLeon’s line in 2015: .323/.364/.718/1.082 54 home runs.

        • Accent Shallow

          Look, I appreciate the attempt to project the shape of players’ careers — the projection systems I mentioned above generally do a poor job of protecting minor leaguers and young players, due to the difficulties of translating minor league performance.

          However, this is just blind, wild optimism, and their projections for established players seem to all call for quick declines. Again, something I wouldn’t pay for.

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

            Yeah, I rarely use projection systems for minor leaguers or guys with really small samples in big league action. Generally, I defer to traditional scouting notes and see what’s stuck in terms of numbers.

            But yeah, there’s no basis for numbers like that. It’s crazy.

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

          I thought your tweet on that was a joke.

          Holy shit.

    • Tom Zig

      That’s Pujols-level production.

      7.5 WAR in 2015? Wowzerrsszzz

  • bexarama

    Bruney took the loss in the Marlins’ beatdown of the Nats today. I know it means nothing, but I am still amused.

    • Accent Shallow

      I’d rather have Bruney than Chan Ho Park. Edwar, too.

  • Big Juan

    Chad Jennings: For people who have never seen you, what kind of player are you?

    Reid Gorecki: I’m a scrappy dirtball. I like to leave the field the dirtiest guy on the field. I’m going to dive for a ball. I’m going to throw a runner out. I’m going to steal a base. I’m going to occasionally hit with some power. I just love winning.

    Now all we need is for him to get on the all-grit diet and we could have a new GVP on our hands (http://mystiqueandaura.com/201.....grit-diet/).

    ‘Grit’: You don’t need talent when you have cornmeal.

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

        Good stuff. I may need to do a followup. Thanks for the promo.

        • Big Juan

          Always willing to help build the brand.

        • ROBTEN

          JMK – I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I thought the “grit” article was hilarious.

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

            Thanks. Love to have you do a post. By all means, send me an email if you’re ever interested.

            jameskleimann@yahoo.com

            • Big Juan

              I actually sent an email to the mystiqueandaura28 email address last night with an idea.

              Would you like me to forward that email to your address?

              • Big Juan

                Shit…that was not a response to me.

                (Goes and sits in corner, puts on dunce cap)

                • ROBTEN

                  Thanks a lot Big Juan. What is the point of sucking up to JMK if you’re just gonna come in here and thread-jack all the return lovin’ for yourself? I give up!

                  /Of course, I keed. I’d ask TSJC to hand out the appropriate ales, but it seems that the bar is closed right now.

                • Big Juan

                  Heh. Major fail on my part. I’m sure if the bartender was on duty I’d be enjoy a DFA IPA right about now.

                  Also, please do a post for their blog. We’d all love to read it.

                  /trying to return some of the lovin’

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

                No, I can grab it from there. I don’t check it often enough, so my bad for not responding.

    • ROBTEN

      Reid Gorecki: I’m a scrappy dirtball. I like to leave the field the dirtiest guy on the field. I’m going to dive for a ball. I’m going to throw a runner out. I’m going to steal a base. I’m going to occasionally hit with some power. I just love winning.

      Translation: I am only marginally adequate at baseball. My aOBP (anti-On Base Percentage) was .778 last year which means that I am absolutely awesome at not getting on base. Combine that with the fact that I am, at best, an average-to-below average fielder, means that I have to run around the field like a maniac to get anyone to notice that I am there. Thus, I am forced represent things like playing poor defense and flopping around the base paths as if it were some kind of special skill set. However, I am white and get my uniform dirty, so people love me.

      /Too cruel?

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

        Yeah, I think you nailed it. Essentially, what he said is he lacks the natural ability but makes up for it with his blue-collar ethos. Character counts, but ability is way more important. Good for him, but the guy paddling in a maddening fashion in the ocean and gets to the shore with one leg didn’t necessarily work harder than the guy who swam correctly and made it in one piece. He expended more energy, but that’s all.

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

    SI ranks the GMs.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

    Ken Williams ranks way too high and I think Theo is a bit too high. People forget his blunders and are quick to dole out praise, but I may be a bit biased. He’s still Top-5 IMO. Marchman also gives way too much credit to the GM on drafts and the farm.

    Still, a fair list. Hard to disagree with Friedman at TB as the best, or at least in the conversation for the best.

    My list:

    1) Friedman
    2) Cashman
    3) Jack Z
    4) Theo
    5) O’Dowd

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

      Beane has to be up there. Zduriencik has done a great job on paper, but he’s only been at it for a year. The book is still out on him.

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

        Beane would just miss my top-5. He was #6. Jack Z definitely suffers from SSS, but I’m fairly confident they’ll be good for a while with his tone and Wii money.

        Still a bit surprised the back of their rotation is like Jose Lima, Brendan Fraser, and Randy Choate. (Spoiler: it isn’t, but it looks dubious.) And I’m not sold they’ll hit for much, but if Lee and King Felix come through, with that awesome defense, hard not to see them doing well.

    • A.D.

      I agree with Kenny Williams, and he kinda knocks him in the overview of Kenny.

    • JGS

      and the team is built around cheap, homegrown talent

      Youk is making 9M this year, and 11 next year, Papelbon is making more than 9 this year too. Pedroia and Lester are still cheap, but they only have three years of service time

      • A.D.

        yeah and they gloss over some of the blunders, but that’s fine he’s tops for sure.

        • JGS

          for sure, but unlike Friedman, he can afford to keep his cheap talent once it’s no longer cheap. He’s very good at what he does, but Friedman >>> Theo

          • A.D.

            Agreed, Friedman is more in the Marlins/A’s mold where they cannot just assemble a good team and keep it, they need to keep moving talent getting pricer for cheaper talent.

    • bexarama

      Like the Rays, the impressive thing about the Red Sox is that they may deserve even more hype than they get.

      Thaaaat’s impossible.

      • bexarama

        That said, Theo is a very, very good GM. He’s made blunders that he got no real heat from the media for (as opposed to Cashman’s blunders), but he’s really good.

        • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

          Is he really that great though? I mean, really. He didn’t draft Youkilis, didn’t draft Lester, SS has been a complete nightmare, Lowell only came as a salary dump with Beckett, in which he gave up a dynamic SS prospect, he didn’t sign Manny, didn’t sign Varitek, swindled Schilling from a Red Sox exec, etc etc.

          • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

            Not to mention Lowell/Beckett was done when he “resigned” and he’s gone on record saying he wouldn’t have done it.

            • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

              He only even got Ellsbury because Orlando Cabrera was named a type A free agent coming off a 74 OPS+ year.

          • bexarama

            I don’t think he’s a genius, but he’s good. He does get too much credit for the farm system and a lot of his supposed greatness is due to luck, but I think he’s done a pretty darn good job with that club. He gets WAY too much credit and Cashman too little, but he’s easily the top five of execs.

            • bexarama

              Ew, why am I defending Theo?

            • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

              I guess we’ll see going forward. Without Manny (and subsequently Bay to replace him) as focal parts of the lineup this is “his” team now, probably for the first time. We’ll see about Lackey, Cameron, Beltre, et al.

              • bexarama

                it’s not even “his” team, it’s like, the As/Rockies/Rays/Mariners model, as others have said.

                If the team does great this year, it’ll probably be because they have a very good 1-2-3, better than most teams can afford.

                • JGS

                  $33.75M in 2010

                  Marlins Payroll: $39.2M
                  Rays Payroll: $69.7M

                  looks like the Marlins are the most efficient team in baseball

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

          Yeah, and ironically enough, Cashman has bailed out Theo on some of his almost blunders. Theo wanted Contreras badly (the Evil Empire shit started then), preferred Javy to Schilling (though I wouldn’t call that a blunder for Cash, but it’s portrayed that way), and best of all, offered more money to Pavano than the Yankees did. If Cash wasn’t so damn ninja, Theo’s geniusness would have worn down a bit.

          • bexarama

            This is exactly it. Also, he picked up a couple of basically scrap heap guys that turned out to be way better than what anyone was expecting, so it made him look like a genius.

            I still think he’s a very good GM. Cashman is probably better, but he’s good.

        • Lifetime of Question Marks

          That.

          But the media constantly getting on their knees for him is truly unbearable. Reminds me of when the Pats dynasty-thing was going on and everything that belichick did was a stroke of genius. People even got all tingly from his damn wardrobe.

          Boston should only exist so movies can take place there.

    • Lifetime of Question Marks

      The whole article is kind of small sample sized. It would be like putting Jim Caldwell and Rex Ryan in the top three active NFL coaches just because they have only had good seasons. Obviously, the more time a GM is a GM the more likely he is going to make a mistake.

      And to call the Red Sox the most efficient team in baseball after saying the yankees pay 4x more per win than the Rays is idiotic. That means the Rsox pay 3x more per win the rays.

      But hey, efficient is a cool word to throw around.

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

    Oh snap, Jets got Antonio Cromartie for a 3rd rounder.

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

      Do they get his 7 kids in the trade too?

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

        LOL.

      • Reggie C.

        Considering his cousin is Dominique-Rogers, Jets fans should sign the Antonio’s kids right now.

    • A.D.

      Link?

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

      It’s a good trade for the Jets, but the ironic thing about it is that he’s a bad tackler. Now obviously most corners are, but with Revis on the other side, teams will be throwing a Cromartie a ton so they better get him tackling asap.

      Now I just hope the Pats pick up Boldin for a 3rd (and Olsen for a 2nd) to counter it.

      • Big Juan

        Steve, if you don’t mind my asking, how did you end up being a Yankee fan? If I’m correct some of your other rooting interests are the Celtics and the Pats (if I read your comment correctly).

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

          Jimmy Fallon once peed on his dog. The next day he became a Yankee fan.

          • Big Juan

            I laughed.

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

            This.

            Actually, I grew up in New Hampshire, now in Mass. so I was aimed towards the New England teams. The pity of the Red Sox fans (I know it’s the same people, but different attitudes) really kept me from becoming a Sox fan. Every spring it was “This is the year”, and by July it was “Wait until next year.” It was maddening to me, even at a young age. So I basically said fuck it, I cannot root for this team. Funny thing is, I would have thought or hoped after they finally won it all that the fans would be easier to deal with (the pity part, not the overall obnoxiousness), but that’s not really the case.

            • Big Juan

              I can sort of feel your pain growing up in Vermont, where most people who know what baseball is root for the Sox.

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

                Ugh, they’re especially bad around Burlington with all the Maine and Masshole transplants going to UVM. There was ONE Yankee bar in the Old North End, which was a great refuge. Everything else is Soxified.

                • Big Juan

                  Yup, it’s the same here at St. Mike’s. I meet a Yankee fan once a semester. If you were to walk up to a kid on campus here and ask them where they’re from, there’s a 87.6% chance they’ll say, “Just outside of Boston”.

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

                  You’re at The Defender? Do you know Tyler?

                • Big Juan

                  I’m trying to think…I only started writing for the paper this semester, so I’m still getting to know people.

            • bexarama

              The real fans are probably easier to deal with. The numerous bandwagoners? Not so much.

              That’s a pretty funny story, though. Heh. Why the Yankees, though? Just for spite?

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

                Just for spite?

                You got it Bexy. What better way to piss everyone off, not only not rooting for the Sox, but to root for the Yankees. It’s a win-win.

                • bexarama

                  You are awesome.

      • pat

        OMG I have Boldin in a keeper league. PLEASE GO TO THE PATRIOTS.

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

          I actually don’t see it happening, I doubt they’ll want to pay him the market rate. And Boldin sounds like he wants to be a #1 receiver, and in NE he’d likely end up being #3, though he’d still get 100 balls thrown in his direction.

          • pat

            Goddamnit Steve, you can’t get my hoped up like that. I have Chris Johnson for 2 more years and Boldin for 2 more if I keep him. That would = Championshp.

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

              You better hope he gets traded to the Pats, because unless he goes to the Pats, Colts, or Saints, his numbers are likely to go down. Even as the #2 for Warner, he was in one of the premium positions in the league for any WR, HOF QB, passing offense and good weather.

          • Reggie C.

            I swear the Patriots were going to emphasize the running attack. Aren’t the Pats going to be drafting a Javid Best or Ryan Matthews?

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

              I think they’ll probably take a RB in the 2nd round. They have drafted extremely well throughout the years, but their biggest weakness has been skill position players. They had drafted well on defense, and on the offensive line, but the WR’s and RB’s have sucked for the most part. It’s supposed to be a very deep RB draft, so I could see one of their 3 2nd rounders going that way. Considering some teams have 50 guys grading out as 1st round talent, I’m thrilled the Pats have 4 picks in the top 60 (IIRC).

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

                They’re loaded for a REALLY deep draft. Al Davis may trade his remaining picks for Ted Ginn Jr.

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

                  My new plan to get the Pats a TE is this. They are letting Ben Watson go. He’s a combine warrior, he’s a TE that runs in the 4.4′s he just doesn’t catch the ball all that well, or get open all that well. So naturally Al Davis will fall in love, sign him, then the Pats can trade a 2029 7th round pick and Bethel Johnson’s(who was in the 4.3′s) old jock strap for Zach Miller. Perfect.

                  How can Al turn that down?

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

                  How can Al turn that down?

                  He might die of shock before he can do the paperwork. It would be bigger than the coup the Mets had in getting Gary Matthews Jr.

  • X

    anyone else just watch 96 WS? gives me the chills

  • Aj

    I can’t believe the Mets got Kiko Calero. Now THAT was a good signing.

  • bexarama

    I watched the 30 Clubs in 30 Days thing for the Yankees, and it was pretty good. They basically said that the Yankees are a great team and there were a bunch of interviews and stuff. They don’t go on about Casey Kelly, or Vazquez giving up a grand slam one time over five years ago, or whatever other BS you might expect on, say, ESPN. It’s worth watching.

    The only buh? thing was one of the guys, whose name I forget, saying there would be a one-game playoff with the Red Sox which the Yankees would lose for the AL East (but still win the WC). He totally only said that because the media drools over the prospect of a Yankees-Red Sox one-game playoff.

    • BigBlueAL

      Yeah I saw that, problem is if the Yankees and Red Sox are tied for the division after 162 games but both teams would win the WC regardless there would not be a 1-game playoff to determine the division winner, the team with the better head-to-head record during the regular season would be the division winner.

      • BigBlueAL

        In fact I believe this happened in the 2005 season. The Yankees clinched the division on the 2nd to last day in the season after beating the Red Sox in Fenway and having a 1 game lead with 1 to play but clinching the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Red Sox beat the Yankees the next day to clinch the WC.

      • A.D.

        Yup, it would have to be a WC tie and AL east tie.

    • A.D.

      there would be a one-game playoff with the Red Sox which the Yankees would lose for the AL East (but still win the WC).

      So he’s predicting a tie for the AL East and the wildcard at the same time? That’s just unlikely

    • Lifetime of Question Marks

      Lets say the loser still gets the WC, is it worth it to throw CC out there if it means losing him until game 3 of the ALDS?

      • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

        No way.

    • JGS

      if they finish tied and one team would take the division and the other the wild card, they don’t play a playoff, they just go based on head-to-head record (see: 2005)

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

      The only buh? thing was one of the guys, whose name I forget, saying there would be a one-game playoff with the Red Sox which the Yankees would lose for the AL East (but still win the WC).

      Good to see MLB’s own TV network can’t bother to check their facts. The only time there’s a one game playoff is when you have TWO teams tied for ONE playoff. This whole scenario in which the Yanks and Sox tie but the loser of a playoff game gets the WC doesn’t exist. They’ll make that decision based on head-to-head record and the other tie breakers.

      The only time there’s a playoff game is when one team will make the playoffs and the other won’t. It’s that simple.

      • bexarama

        That’s just kind of sad.

        Maybe I misunderstood what they were saying, and they meant that the Yankees would lose the division to the Sox on the last day of the season and then be tied with another team for the Wild Card?

        But their fake headline was “BUCKY WHO?” so I’m guessing they thought there was gonna be a Yankees-Sox one-game playoff.

        • ROBTEN

          In our 24-hour, media-saturated society, Yankees-Red Sox brings out a level of stupid in the MSM that is utterly Krukian: breathtaking in scope of idiotic pontificating and majestic in the depths of mindless and lazy prognosticating.

          It would be sublimely beautiful…if not for the stupid.

          • JGS

            Krukian–I may have to steal that term

    • Maximilian Javier Rodriguez

      Yeah. MLB Network is entertaining. I also love the fact that they acknowledge that Javy was good if not great, their words, in his last stint in New York.

      I’ve been watching Hot Stove all offseason and the MLB Network guys just seem to love their jobs.

      • bexarama

        I actually like it a lot. Sure, it aggravates me sometimes, like when Harold Reynolds says he “doesn’t agree” with Ichiro’s OPS (IT’S A NUMBER!!! HOW CAN YOU DISAGREE WITH A NUMBER?!?!? You can disagree on how to interpret it or how valuable it is for a player like Ichiro. BUT YOU CAN’T DISAGREE WITH A FRIGGIN’ NUMBER!!!! Sorry, can you tell him saying that annoyed me?), but I generally think their analysis is um, well, let’s just say they’re better than ESPN at least pretty good and they’re fair. Some guys are homers, but there are so many homers of so many different teams that it’s fine.

        I definitely agree with the whole “they love their jobs” thing. They always seem like they’re just havin’ fun out there. /Favre’d It makes the network pretty entertaining to watch.

        • ROBTEN

          But have you ever tried to hold a conversation with Ichiro’s OPS? I mean, Reynold’s is right. You’d think that talking with a rational number would be a good time, but it’s just unbearable. In fact, I’ll just come out and say it, .378 is a contrarian asshole. I’ve had much better conversations with Pythagoras’ constant than Ichiro’s OPS, and that’s really saying something.

          /math humor; it’s fan-tastic!

          • ROBTEN

            Spelling, though, seems to be escaping me tonight.

            • ROBTEN

              Plus, I just unfairly attacked .378; It’s not really a bad number. It is .811 that is the real pain in the ass.

              • bexarama

                Hahaha, this sequence of comments is pretty awesome, I must say.

    • bexarama

      Also, did anyone know CC’s wife was expecting again? Or was this widespread news and I’m just behind in the times? I’m a girl so this makes me all giddy.

  • Lifetime of Question Marks

    I’m not sure if this kosher (obviously not in the literal blessed by a literal rabbi (not RABbi) sense), but does anyone know of a good NYG blog?

  • BigBlueAL

    Finally got my Baseball Prospectus delivered today, nice writeup on the Yankees and how well they are being run again since Cashman has gotten full authority.

    Tomorrow I should get MLB the Show 10 delivered, got the email with the code for the bonus classic stadiums for pre-ordering the game today.

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

      I got the game Tuesday, but I just put the classic stadium code in today. Playing in the Polo Grounds is a trip. You see 449 to the gaps and just drool over the idea of poking one between the outfielders.

      • BigBlueAL

        You should drool with the dimensions down the lines, I believe they are less than 300 ft. Wish they had real old school Yankee Stadium and Ebbets Field though.

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

          Yeah, 270 to left, 250 to right. I was playing the Angels, and Abreu hooked a ball that usually would have wound up veering off into foul territory, but it hit halfway up the wall and went for a double.

  • Zack

    30 minutes til FA, anyone have any predictions where the UFA end up:

    Julius Peppers
    Karlos Dansby
    Antrel Rolle
    Dunta Robinson
    Aaron Kampman
    Darren Sharper

    I would say Redskins for all but that’s probably too easy.

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

      The Mets?

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

      GO SKINS!