Open Thread: The Lord takes the mound

A-Rod to cooperate with Galea investigators
Yankees sign John Van Benschoten

Mariano Rivera threw his first bullpen of the 2010 season today, tossing 21 pitches to Frankie Cervelli early this morning. Everything went nice and easy for Mo, as it tends to do. He essentially makes his own schedule in Spring Training, not traveling for road games or anything like that, so he’ll likely make his debut in a week or two.

Here’s your open thread for the night. The Knicks are the only local team in action, but you’ve also got House and 24. Enjoy the thread.

Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP

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A-Rod to cooperate with Galea investigators
Yankees sign John Van Benschoten
  • The Evil Empire
    • Andy_C_23

      That is messed up

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

      I call fake

      • The Evil Empire

        It is, well i think it is. But still amazes me.

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

    It’s so weird that there are actual shows back on…

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    You’ve also got Chuck, and How I Met Your Mother.

    • Andy_C_23

      HIMYM is one of the best shows on TV. Loved the episode with Swish Dog.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    BTW, the entire conversation I had with ROBTEN in the IFA thread happened entirely during my Comparative and International Education class. So incredibly and painfully boring.

    • ROBTEN

      That’s funny, because I was teaching my Comparative and International Education class at the time.

      Hey, wait a minute…

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

    Mó-ria in excélsis Deo
    et in terra pax homínibus bonae voluntátis.
    Laudámus te,
    benedícimus te,
    adorámus te,
    Morificámus te,
    grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam Móriam tuam,
    Dómine Deus, Rex cæléstis,
    Deus Pater omnípotens.
    Dómine Fili Unigénite, Iesu Christe,
    Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris,
    qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis;
    qui tollis peccáta mundi, súscipe deprecatiónem nostram.
    Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis.
    Quóniam tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dóminus, tu solus Altíssimus,
    Iesu Christe, cum Sancto Spíritu: in Mória Dei Patris. Amen.

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

      Gaudete gaudete Mo-stus est natus
      ex maria virgine, gaudete

      tempus ad est gratiae
      hoc quod optabamus
      carmina letitiae devote redamus

      Gaudete gaudete Mo-stus est natus
      ex maria virgine, gaudete

      deus homos factus est
      natura mirante
      mundus renovatus est
      a Mo-sis regnante

      Gaudete gaudete Mo-stus est natus
      ex maria virgine, gaudete

      ezeckelis porta per transitor
      undelux de salta salus invenitor

      Gaudete gaudete Mo-stus est natus
      ex maria virgine, gaudete

      ergo nostra contio salus jam in lustro
      benedicus domina salve regi nostro

      Or something like that.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        No hablas?

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

          Español, si. Latin? No.

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

            Que mierda es esa.. lmao sorry excuse my french

    • http://www.progressamericana.com/ Pablo Zevallos

      Latin is such a beautiful language. Has anyone here ever read any of Ovid’s Metamorphoses? Great stories.

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

      Tu stultus es?

      /had to

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

        Well played.

  • bexarama

    Somehow my thinking that interview with the scout was real turned into an argument about whether Cano cares or not.

    • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre of DP

      There’s no use arguing with someone like that. Logic NEVER wins.

      • bexarama

        I know, but I can’t help it. It’s like A-Rod bullshit. I feel like I just HAVE to write something for the sake of Yankeedom.

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

          Never argue with an idiot. He’ll drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

          • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

            A wise man told me don’t argue with fools
            Cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who
            So stop with that childish shit &#^^@ I’m grown
            Please leave it alone, don’t throw rocks at the thrown.

            • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

              (sic)

              fitting, i suppose.

  • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)
    • Frigidevil

      “Announcers and some pundits like to say that it’s all about mixing pitches, changing speeds, hitting spots—and all those things are nice, and if you can’t do any of them, you’re Kyle Farnsworth”

      That made my day, I still can’t believe the Royals might throw him in the rotation. If I had the money, I’d buy mlb.tv just to watch that trainwreck

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    wow. so Mo has Cervelli as his personal catcher now too?! WTF?!

    ST was great. Mo stepped out of the dugout to hushed tones of ‘Mo! Mo!’ and then the crowd broke into cheers. he actually had to come out on the field and wave to everyone, further erupting more cheers.

    Reggie admonished some guy asking for an autograph during BP–it was awesome: You know I can’t come sign your stuff, then everybody will stampede down here…these guys are working! These people want to see BP not me signing some stuff in a crowd!

    Then he proceeded to come back out on the field at autograph time and sign like 50 autographs for people. My daughter said ‘Thank you Mr. October.’ She got a huge hug. 47 people cried. T’was awesome to say the least.

    Over at the Pirate City, Steve Pearce was walking past and gave one of the young boys we brought a broken bat: Here you go little man. Shawn didnt know what to do–he just looked at him. Steve laughed and waited til Shawn took the bat. Everyone thanked him and he honestly had an ‘aw shucks’ look to him. Hope he sticks…some people were saying the Pirates didnt have room. (i was like…on the bus? surely they can’t have more than 25 players MLB ready???)

    I went back sunday for a quick check, and got there seconds before autograph time…it was either three guys i didnt know or Tabata. I went with the three guys…turns out it was Pedro Alvarez, Garrett Jones and Gorkys Hernandez.

    We’re definitely going back next year! it was a blast.

    • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre of DP

      Mo I cannot wait. 5 more days, just 5 more freaking days!

    • bexarama

      That’s awesome. I’m glad you had such a great time!

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

      You picked a good day to go. Tomorrow? No. Wednesday? No. This weather down here SSSSSUUUUUCCCCKKKKSSS. I’m sure everyone buried in 80 feet of snow really cares.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        it does suck down there…i was in Pirate City thursday and sunday, with Friday being my Reggie Jackson/Jeter-jokes-around-and-blames-Cano/Swisher yells like an idiot/Arod shows up late day.

        and i got sunburn :(

        the whole time it was in the 60’s and sunny, i was really disappointed…

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

          Are you going to be there the rest of the week? It will be a different story.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I wish somebody would set up a live webcam at the ST facility, so I can actually watch the Yankees do batting practice or pitching work….

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

      /voyeur’d

  • Me

    Can we have a RAB auction draft?

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

      I’ll take Riddering and bexarama for $100 each.

      • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre of DP

        $150

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

          $200

          • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre of DP

            I’m dropping out of the doubling up portion, I’m gonna go $280 on bexarama.

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

              That’s a bold move–splitting up the pair. They’re more fun together.

              $300 for them both. That’s my final offer.

              • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre of DP

                Darn, I had to cut my funds somewhere and I figured I’d throw in the obligatory “28”

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

              That’s just weird. =P

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

          $150.01

          /Dwight’d

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

            200,000,000.1

            /overbudget’d

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

      I’ve never done one, and I’m terrified that I’d suck at it. I can draft a fantasy team like nobody’s business, but I don’t think the auction thing would go over well.

      • Big Juan

        I do an auction draft with my buddies and it’s a lot of fun. As long as you have some sort of rough idea about auction values you’ll be fine.

        Plus it’s fun to watch people bid $15 dollars over the listed value for their first few players then bitch and moan when they have no money leftover for the rest of the draft.

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    anybody ask about dropping out or thoughts of a 3rd league yet?

    • Big Juan

      I floated a post in the off-topic thread about a third league.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Does anyone know anything about terrorism in Former Soviet Republics?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      /obligatory Modern Warfare 2 reference

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

      Yes: it’s bad.

      Seriously, though, I’m not sure about the Ukraine and Belarus, or the three Baltic states, but for all the “-stans”, the mafia is either the #1 or #2 biggest industry.

      That’s all I’ve got for you.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      terrioism: they’re doin in rite akshually!

      sorry. couldn’t resist.

      depends on your definition of terrorism…some people i’ve worked with call the russians the terrorists, and everyone else is the victim…

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      I have to write a 25-page paper on it. And I’ve found like 3 texts on it. Why? CAUSE NO ONE CARES.

      Ugh, just give me a C in this class so I can graduate pleaaaaaaase.

      • ROBTEN

        The most productive avenue for resources would probably be to examine the conflicts in Chechnya, although, again, the question of whether or not such actions are constitutive of “terrorism” is, as KoFH said, a matter of one’s global perspective.

        As a first option, you might want to look at the Council on Foreign Relations as well as their main publication, Foreign Affairs.

        http://www.cfr.org/publication/9181/#p5
        http://www.foreignaffairs.com/search/chechnya

        You should be able to access FA through whatever university library you are working from.

        From there I would search JSTOR, WORLDCAT, Project Muse, Lexis Nexis, etc. for either their references or additional sources on Chechnya. There are bound to be several options in scholarly journals/books.

        Depending upon whether this is a research or argumentative paper, I would then consider moving on to examine left and right political journals like Monthly Review, International Socialism, National Review, Policy Review, etc., in order to provide a broad scope on the issues. Most of these journals are available online.

        From there you could move on to mainstream popular sources like the international newspapers (NY Times, Washington Post, WSJ), Newsweek, Time, etc., but these should really be the last option and for information rather than analysis.

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

          The Taliban and US’s roles in natural gas pipeline conflicts within Turkmenistan might also be another option, though I’d guess Chechnya would prove a bit more plentiful in resources.

          Going to echo the idea to start with using databases like JSTOR, Lexis, etc. If the information’s out there, you can find it there.

          • ROBTEN

            I was thinking that there was a short window, so Chechnya might be the fastest to research, but JMK is right – the conflicts over the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) gas pipeline would certainly also be a productive topic (although it might depend upon how much one wants to get into the issue of Afghanistan).

            • Kiersten

              I think someone else in the class is doing a paper on the pipelines. My paper focuses on terrorism in the region and how it’s different now than it was in the Soviet Union.

              The paper’s not actually due til 4/14, but we have an abstract and outline due Wednesday. The problem is that I’m a senior and I don’t like Poli Sci anymore and I just need this class to graduate. It was a poor choice, I should have gone with something American.

              • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                I want to say the chechies were the first to kill both the T-90 tank and BTR-80. Those guys are vicious street fighters, although I guess that makes them guerillas not terrorists.

        • Kiersten

          Oh wow, someone does know about this stuff. Thanks!

          And yeah JSTOR and LexisNexis are what I usually use, but JSTOR doesn’t really have much on this. And I’m going to focus a lot on Chechnya, I found a 60-page article on the conflict.

          Thanks for your help :)

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

      I know a fair amount, though as Tommie alluded to in his response, there’s often a blurry line between what qualifies as “terrorism” and “mafia”-related organizations, particularly in their goals, aims and methods. There’s no uniformity, as one would expect when one considers the range of thought, culture and spheres of influence within the different regions.

      If you’re thinking along a more Western-termed definition of Islamo-terrorism, I’d unquestionably focus more on the Central Asian countries like Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and places like Chechnya. The Balkans, notably in Bosnia, Albania are very troubled places, as well.

      Shoot me an e-mail if you have specific questions; I might be able to help.

      • Kiersten

        Thanks!

        I’m defining terrorism “as the premeditated use, or threat of use, of extra-normal violence or brutality to obtain a political objective through intimidation or fear directed at a large audience,” or something close to that. So anything that fits that criteria will be considered.

        I might take you up on that offer as I’m writing this thing later this month/early next month.

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

    The Yanks are just pulling former top prospects off the scrap heap this winter.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....ts/?p=7631

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

      I’ll have more on that later.

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

        WE MISSED OUT ON DENNIS SARFATE?!?!??!??!

        That’s it, I’m cancelling [sic] my tickets.

        /BronxTeechur’d

        • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre of DP

          Dustin Moseley is barly above .500 for his carear! Clearly Cashmun is an idoit who doesnt know how to bild a teem!

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

        Prove it!

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

      San Francisco Giants
      Signed: RHP Byung-Hyun Kim

      Hearing news like this makes me want to come out of retirement to start mashing again.

      Sincerely,
      Scotty Bro

    • Jack

      Heh. Jacque Jones.

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

        The Mets signed Rylan Sandoval.

        Maybe when they play San Fransisco they can switch him out for Pablo Sandoval. By the time the Giants know what hit ‘em, they’ll be on to the next stop on the road trip and it’ll be too late to do anything about it.

        • Jack

          Knowing the Mets, they probably thought he was Pablo Sandoval.

          • bexarama

            iettc (i enjoyed these two comments)

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

            Who are the best five Sandovals of all time?

            RYLAN, RYLAN, RYLAN, RYLAN, AND RYLAN!

            I spit hot fiyah.

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

    So I’m going to Spring Training this weekend.

    Aaaahhh I can’t wait!

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      ?

      i dont think it will be ST then, it will be pre-season games…the rules for what they do and where they are get really different after tuesday…

      • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre of DP

        Can you elaborate? I too am going, and I’m curious as to what you mean.

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          DP in case you came back the next day:
          the first week-ish of ST is just open. you just walk up free and watch them do drills, BP, conditioning, pen sessions, etc. usually ends around one with autographs following.

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

        I know, but I wanted to go see a game!

        And since it’s not the regular season, it’s spring training! So there!

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

          Minor. League. Complex.
          1. Go to the front office to ask for a roster.
          2. Get yourself a thermos full of margaritas.
          3. Pick yourself a good spot on the top row of the bleachers.
          4. Profit
          5. Enjoy.

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

            6. Get pissy drunk
            7. Get taken advantage of by Andy in Sunny Daytona

            • http://fmylife.com JobaJr

              IETC.

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

            Hah, I got a ticket for the major league game (Cardinals/Marlins), but the minor league complex is not a bad idea!

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

    Shit, is tonight’s House new or a rerun?

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

      I think rerun. Feels familiar to me.

    • Big Juan

      Rerun…unfortunately.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I have never watched House. Ever.

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

        The first few seasons were fantastic. Arguably the best show on television. Once they got rid of his old team, it went downhill a bit.

        But my Mo, is Olivia Wilde gorgeous.

        • Big Juan

          But my Mo, is Olivia Wilde gorgeous

          Seconded, thirded, and fourthded.

      • Andy_C_23

        Me either. That guy is such a prick.

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

          That’s kinda the point, isn’t it?

        • Big Juan

          If you’ve never watched the show, how do you know that?

  • bexarama

    So I was looking at this article earlier for the comment section in that piece about how the Yankees struggle in April. It is very fun to laugh at in retrospect, so enjoy (especially considering that the Yankees might have been 0-7 against the Sox, but they were only ONE GAME BACK!!!). But also, I saw this line, and it jumped out to me:

    With a deep starting pitching staff and bullpen, playoff-tested veterans with recent postseason success…
    The Yankees: old.
    The Red Sox: playoff-tested veterans with postseason success.

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

      Never has a one-game divisional divide felt quite so cavernous as it does now between these two superpowers that have always been defined by their proximity to one another… They have finished 1-2 in the American League standings nine times in the past 11 seasons and are on pace to do so again this year, only this time, there can be no debating which is truly the better team.

      And, since this cavernous, insurmountable one game divide which is really a one game divide in name only (it’s actually a huge 15-game division lead for the Sox and we all know it) is so cavernous and insurmountable, the only thing left for us to do is to sit back and watch the ill-conceived agglomeration of overpaid, warring, lazy, disinterested, self-obsessed diva personalities of the Yankees crash and burn like a jackknifed tractor trailer on the interstate burst into flames as they self-destruct and end up in last place, losing games and pointing fingers by the bushelful… as we sip chablis and laugh at the delicious irony of it all, patting ourselves on the back that we were the wiser while that stupid idiotface Brian Cashman was too dumb to anticipate that his team was clearly inferior to the massive, gargantuan Red Sox Machine of brawn and MENSA-level genius.

      Sincerely,
      Matt Taibbi

      • bexarama

        A+

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

    Finally got over to No Maas to read the Swisher interview. Good stuff.

    • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre of DP

      And he took their musical advice evidently. I have to agree, coming out to KRS-One would be pretty sweet.

      • Mike Pop

        That would be amazing. South Bronx South South Bronx!

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

      That nickname kinda started in Oakland as a little joke. And when I got here, John Sterling called me “Jolly Ol’ St. Nick” on one of my home runs early in the season. And one of my buddies called me and said, “What are you fat and 70 years old!?!” So I went to John and said, “John, do I look like Santa Claus to you?” And we laughed about it and that’s when the new home run call started.

      Actually, Sterling is 70 and could stand to lose a few pounds.

  • bexarama

    Oh God. My mom just started talking to me about how she read this “really insightful interview” with a scout that was linked on the YES Network’s website.

    Guess what interview it was.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Your mother is funny.

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

        $300 for Riddering and bexarama, and I’ll throw in an extra $50 for bexy’s mom.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          What’s that, Eric?

          /Mrs. Tommie’d

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

            (waves hand)

            Shhhhhhhhhhhh, shh… nothing to see here, move along.

          • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre of DP

            /Bo’d
            //Salty’d

        • Jack

          Bexy’s mom has got it going on . .

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZLfasMPOU4 (safe)

          • Big Juan

            Weird/sad thing is that song just came up on my Pandora…

        • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre of DP

          Awwwwww sheeeeeeeeeeeet

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

            /ClayDavis’d

    • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre of DP

      I don’t see the link on the site…

      • bexarama

        it was linked to on the YES Network’s website earlier.

        So I guess it runs in the family… but at least I didn’t think the scout was insightful.

  • Alex S

    you ever have one of those days….

    (fill in the rest)

    • bexarama

      All the time.

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

        example –

        you ever have one of those days when you want to eat a grilled cheese sandwhich really bad?

        • Big Juan

          Every day is a grilled cheese day.

        • Jack

          (insert Raul Mondesi joke here)

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

          “sandwhich”

          For some reason, I like your spelling better than the correct one.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Every Thursday.

    • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre of DP

      When you don’t wanna wake up
      Everything is fucked
      Everybody sucks

      /middle school’d

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

    http://twitter.com/Adam_Schefter/status/9755975624
    http://twitter.com/Adam_Schefter/status/9847383760

    I disagree with this strategy. The Jets are bound by the Final Eight plan, we can’t sign any free agents. Jones is due a 3M roster bonus, but after that, he’s got a low base salary. He’d be easy to trade.

    There’s interest in him; he rushed for 1400 yards last year and still has decent tread left on the tires since he didn’t get a lot of carries when he first hit the league. I don’t want him released, I want the 3M bonus paid now during the uncapped year when it doesn’t hurt us and then trade him to the Chargers/Texans/Browns/Seahawks for a third or fourth rounder so that his roster spot can actually be replaced somehow.

    • Reggie C.

      What’s your take on the Nnamdi Asomugha- Jets rumors? Could a possible trade have spurred the need to clear $3MM roster bonus off the books?

      p.s., Golden Tate had an awesome combine. Tate is definitely not going to be around for when the Jets pick, and that’s really too bad considering he’s gonna make one heck of a slot receiver ala Steve SMith (with BETTER speed).

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

        What’s your take on the Nnamdi Asomugha- Jets rumors?

        Never. Gonna. Happen. We’re going to be paying Baby Lockdown Asomugha money; we’re not going to tie up that much of the payroll on two of them. We’ll draft a CB in April and call it a day.

        Oh, and, yes, Golden Tate had an awesome combine, but yes, he’ll probably still be there when we pick at #29.

        • Reggie C.

          Not sure if you’ve given it much thought, but who do you want to see the Jets select among an available group of: Golden Tate, Taylor Mays, or… Dan Williams (current nfldraftblitz pick).

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

            Well, firstly, I think of Mays, Williams, and Tate, Tate has the best chance to be there at #29, by far.

            Odds that they’re still on the board at #29:
            Tate – 70%
            Mays – 10%
            Williams – 2%

            That being said, I haven’t done my initial comprehensive mock (swamped with school), but I’d say we’re looking at a Best Player Available grouping from amongst Golden Tate or Arrelious Benn (one of whom should be there), Earl Thomas, Nate Allen, Jared Odrick, Everson Griffen, Kyle Wilson, or Devin McCourty.

            My guess is we go DB first with either Wilson/McCourty or Thomas/Allen. Rex loves DBs, and we’re still an impact DB short.

            The wideout can be found at the bottom of Round 2 in a Marty Gilyard, Dezmon Briscoe, Damian Williams, or Brandon LaFell. Keeping Braylon around another year (and getting Leon Washington back in the return game) allows us the luxury to not reach for a wideout over a more pressing area of need.

            What I’d love to do, though, is trade back to the middle of the second and pick up some extra material. We need a third top-100 pick, because we have four huge needs to address (DB, 5-technique DL, edge rusher, WR) and we should aim to fill at least three of them. Maybe move back and target a Demaryius Thomas or a Ricky Sapp with the high second rounder, get Patrick Robinson (who is falling fast) at the bottom of two, and then take whomever’s still quality on the board at one of those four spots with the third rounder we pick up via trade.

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

    It’s unknown whether A-Rod has ever been treated by Dr. Galea, but Dr. Mark Lindsay, the rehab specialist that worked with Rodriguez following last year’s hip surgery, has close ties to the tainted doctor. A-Rod doesn’t seem worried that this latest issue will become a distraction for him.

    “This is about someone else,” Rodriguez said. “I’m going to cooperate the best I can and focus on baseball.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blo.....Bombers%29

    So let me get this straight. Phillipon refers Alex to Lindsay, Lindsay refers him to Galea, Alex follows Doctor’s orders and now HE’S in some trouble?

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

      There’s only one way to get to the bottom of this:

      Have David Ortiz do some in-depth investigating. He’ll leave no stone unturned in his tireless research to find out the truth and be back in no time with a detailed, thorough report of his findings.

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

        Hahahah!!

        “I’m just trying to find out what I did. When I do, I’ll let you know. ”

        Classic.

  • Bob Stone

    I can just see the headline somewhere tomorrow:

    “Connecticut Women Seek and Get 69″

    They are unbeatable. Go Huskies!

  • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre of DP

    Ohlendorf and Steven Jackson are pitching Wednesday. That’s about the best we could’ve asked for from a March 3rd Spring Training game against the Pirates.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Why in the fuck was Paul O’Neill bunting in Game Three of the 1999 World Series?

    • bexarama

      I was just coming here to post that. Did you see Jeter say “that’s bullshit” over a called strike earlier? That was pretty awesome.

      Can you imagine if it was CANO that didn’t run on a weird bunt? YIKES.

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

    More goodness from the Ted Keith article:

    The night’s starting pitchers offered one of the many examples of the growing chasm between the two teams. In Wakefield, who moved to 8-3 with a 4.50 ERA, the Red Sox have found a reliable 42-year-old to round out a rotation so overstuffed with quality arms that the Red Sox may be forced to trade a pitcher who’s 5-2 on the season (brad Penny) just to make room for 1) a future Hall of Famer (John Smoltz) and 2) a 24-year-old of such promise that he’s already thrown a no-hitter in the major leagues and is 4-0 with a 1.75 ERA in the minors this year (Clay Buchholz). The Yankees, meanwhile, don’t have so much of an embarrassment of riches as an embarrassment of wretches. They’ve watched as Wang, their erstwhile ace and a two-time 19-game winner, drop as precipitously as his once fearsome sinkerball to an 0-4 record and unsightly 14.34 ERA. Burnett’s ERA is approaching 5.00, Pettitte, though still effective, is almost certain to retire at season’s end, and Phil Hughes, once considered a star in the making, was bumped from the rotation in favor of Wang and sports an ERA north of 5.00 himself.

    This article went to press June 11, 2009.

    The Red Sox rotation at the time:
    Beckett – 3.77 ERA, .658 OPSA
    Lester – 5.09 ERA, .770 OPSA
    Wakefield – 4.50 ERA, .721 OPSA
    Matsuzaka – 7.33 ERA, 1.038 OPSA
    Penny – 5.32 ERA, .856 OPSA

    The Yankee rotation at the time:
    Sabathia – 3.68 ERA, .619 OPSA
    Burnett – 4.89 ERA, .805 OPSA
    Pettitte – 4.22 ERA, .774 OPSA
    Joba – 3.79 ERA, .754 OPSA
    Wang – 13.92 ERA, 1.209 OPSA

    Wang and Dice-K were equal traveshamockeries; let’s remove them for a moment. If the discussion is “Which team has the best rotation” in June, 2009, and the choices are CC-AJ-Andy-Joba v. Beckett-Lester-Wakefield-Penny, then guess what, Ted Keith of June 2009, it’s not the Sox.

    CC >>> Beckett
    Burnett = Lester (again, using only June 2009 information)
    Pettitte > Wakefield
    Joba >>>>>>>>> Penny (W/L record be damned)

    Basically, his argument is the Red Sox rotation is better because:
    A.) Wakefield and Penny have a lot of wins and not many losses
    B.) CMW is really bad (and no Red Sox Asian starter need be mentioned)
    C.) The Sox have Smoltz and Buccholz not currently in the rotation, but they COULD BE in the rotation
    D.) Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter once
    E.) Andy Pettitte is old and will retire soon, so whatever he’s currently doing at the moment while he’s not yet retired is irrelevant to this conversation because, as I said, he’s old and will retire soon

    Yeah… good times.

    • bexarama

      Legendary depth.

      Also, Smoltz being old ties into the whole “Red Sox are experienced” thing. You see, he’s a Future Hall of Famer, see. Pettitte is just old. (Yeah yeah yeah, Smoltz is a HOFer and Andy’s not. But they’ve both had really long careers they can be very proud of.)

    • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre of DP

      F) Phil Hughes, not part of the Yankees rotation as he notes, has an “ERA north of 5″ which….Jon Lester….has.

      • bexarama

        That doesn’t count. You have to give the Red Sox starters time to develop. Any Yankees, however, that come up to the major leagues and aren’t King Felix at least immediately are total failures who should just be set-up guys.

        What accounted for the ERA difference between the two teams at the time? I’m guessing it was the Sox’s BEST BULLPEN EVER.

        (Lester is pretty awesome, though. He’s the only current Red Sox player I’ll root for. Unless he’s pitching against the Yankees, obviously.)

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

    So does Brackman in a lot of ways. Many figured, in his first full season after Tommy John surgery –the Yankees accorded him a $3.35 million bonus as part of a $4.55 million guaranteed contract – and got sixpence for the shillings last summer in the South Atlantic League.

    Not only did Brackman, 24, go 2-12, 5.91 in 29 appearance – 19 starts – at Charleston, his command and control were often absent. He ranked second in Minor League Baseball with 26 wild pitches.

    On the other hand, one cannot get too detrimental about Brackman in the South Atlantic League. In 2008, Boston reliever Danny Bard, as wild as an untamed coyote, did his Rick Vaughn imitation in the same league at Greenville.

    Bard got straightened out, and Brackman, who can almost reach 100 mph when healthy, will be given a chance to do the same at Class A Advanced Tampa.

    Like Bard, some scouts feel Brackman might flourish more as a reliever with his imposing 6-10, 240-pound frame.

    This season will tell whether these two live up to their Yankees contracts or become a pair of tax deductions.

    http://nybaseballdigest.com/?p=21166

    It’s all just speculating, but say Brackman repeats his hideous 09 campaign. How long until the Yanks pull the plug on him starting and try him out as a reliever? He’s a special case, so it’s tough to say.

    and yes, I’m hoping to steal all of your best ideas for a post tomorrow morning.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      My heart says if he does ’09 again in ’10, make him a reliever in ’11. My head says let him try one more season as a starter in ’11.

      • pat

        I agree with your head. He could probably scrap the changeup and relieve in the majors tomorrow if need be. I think he was throwing the change a boatload last year and he was just horrible with it, missing spots and getting slapped around.

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

          That could explain why he was so much better in relief.

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

        The thing is that he’s pitched so little.

        Yet on the other hand, he’s twenty three years old.

        And yet with pitchers his size, you generally need loads of patience.

        But this is the Yanks. The clock is always ticking.

        • Jack

          But this is the Yanks. The clock is always ticking.

          I don’t know. I mean, I don’t see why they couldn’t keep him around if they still felt he had upside.

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

            Ridiculous upside, even.

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

          But this is the Yanks. The clock is always ticking.

          See, I sorta disagree with that. I think the clock is always ticking at the big league level, but at the minors, we’re more patient than many other clubs, especially since we can and often do fill holes at the big league level to keep from leaning on the kids too soon.

          I think Brackman’s large signing bonus and 40-man spot buys him MORE time, not less. We spent this money to get an ace starter, and we’re damn well going to give him every opportunity to be an ace starter. Pulling the plug just to get some marginal return doesn’t really make sense; I doubt Cashman approves of such a move unless the baseball people really push for it. And they’d only push for it if they genuinely believed there was absolutely zero hope at all of him EVER becoming a frontline starter, and we’re a long ways from that (since, as you said, he just hasn’t pitched very much).

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

      How many years have we given Chris Garcia? Like, a decade worth?

      We give our SP prospects lots of time because we can. We’re not the Sox who need Bard helping out their flawed big league staff immediately to keep pace with the Yankees; we ARE the Yankees.

      I doubt we’re pulling the plug anytime soon. The reason Brackman had the initial lofty prospect status is that his secondary stuff was way better than Bard’s (or other big-fastball guys from that draft class). The ceiling still vastly outweighs the floor, so there’s less incentive to cut bait and try to get an ROI. We can wait.

      I bet he needs to have not merely a “bad” 2010, but a clear regression AND additional injury problems to be moved to a reliever. If he merely plateaus (i.e., still bad WHIP, still too many walks) he’ll get 2011 as a starter, and maybe even another year after that.

      We don’t move bad minor league starters to the bullpen in the minors, we move good minor league starters to the bullpen when they’re ready to hit the majors.

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

        Don’t we agree Garcia should have been moved to the bullpen a long time ago? I thought we did, for health reasons alone. In his case, you’re just hoping to get SOMETHING out of him. But Brackman’s a long way from where Garcia is.

        In any case, one is health related and the other performance. But your point on patience is well taken.

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

          BTW-As Mike usually notes in these situations, you want pitchers to throw as many innings as possible in the minors, to gain experience if nothing else. So most of them stay as starters whenever possible.

          But I’m talking about moving him to the pen, and fast tracking him to the bigs. I have to figure that he gets at least this year before that happens.

    • Jack

      If he does the exact same thing, then I’d put him in the ‘pen.

      However, I think we’ll see him take a decent step forward.

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

      The dude’s freakin’ huge and still working his way back from TJ, so his mechanics are out of whack and it’s likely he still hasn’t fully regained total strength. It will take time and patience with Brackman, something the Yankees surely knew when they drafted him. It’s not like he was a polished prospect to begin with; he was a guy with ace stuff with very little refinement or results in college. In short, lotto ticket.

      As far as a strict timetable, well, who knows? They’d be fools to give up on him starting even if he were to struggle again in 2010. But if they want to get some value out of his present contract and things aren’t looking good (his deal runs in 2013), they may look for him out of the ‘pen in 2011 or 2012. I think it would be a mistake — you give a guy with that kind of profile every opportunity you can — but they may see things differently or have a pressing need, and be able to solve “the Brack problem” and fill a spot well, too.

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

        Good point on the contract. He’s already on the 40 man, so you won’t have any reason to push him until the deal is close to expiring.

        I think I have enough for a post now. Thank you all very much.

      • Jose

        I sent you an e-mail on Thursday? Did you get that? Let me know if you got that? I sent it to your e-mail? Thank you for your time? Now back to whatever you were discussing?

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

          Sorry, haven’t checked other than my regular e-mail since I’ve been working on the CSS junk on a different theme. My bad. I’ll get right on that.

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

            I just checked it, it was in the spam folder. That troll alex gonzalez sending us spam.

            • Jose

              I’m just trying to get the $1 million dollars left in my name. I promise to give you 30% for all your troubles.

              Don’t worry about it. Let me know if you like it at all when you have a chance. You can be brutally honest. Although you will make a grown man cry.

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

                For that 30%, do you need my SSN, Bank account #, or both?

                • Jose

                  You use social security? It figures you communist bastard.

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

              Steve,

              Got your text earlier today. Design has been coming along slowly. It was going super well earlier and then all the sudden the links stopped working. We can still use the interface we have now in the interim, so you can start throwing things up whenever and I can change it over as it finalizes.

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

                So now, not only do we have the TYU guys openly having site business meetings at RAB, but the Mystique and Aura wondertwins are doing the same.

                Hilarious.

  • Hangoverologist

    I was thinking about this a couple of days ago: Why is Noah Lowry still out there? Some team should be able to nab him and get him back into shape. Personally, I believe that the Yanks should pick him up on minor league deal and let him work himself back into shape. If he sucks, we can absorb the contract and release him.

    • Zack

      Can he even pitch? He hasnt pitched since 2007, not even in the minors. If he’s not healthy, or has no stuff its not even worth an organization’s time/effort

  • bexarama

    if anyone sees this, FUN FACT! Guess who WARP has as the #1 pitcher in all of baseball in 2008, without cheating. Said pitcher also rated higher than all position players save Pujols, Berkman, Hanley, and Chipper.

    • Big Juan

      I’m guessing CC.