Apr
01

Open Thread: Regular Season Reminders

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The regular season kicks off on Sunday night, but I figure most of you will be out partying Friday and Saturday evenings, so I wanted to get this out of the way now. Below you’ll find a list of all the different ways you can access our fine blogging establishment, some of which you may find easier than others.

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Here’s your open thread for the night, so go ahead and talk about whatever you want. The Isles are the only local team in action.

  • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

    How Mike really wanted to end this post, “And in conclusion, basically, we’re awesome.”

    Plus our April Fool’s joke brought upon us the threat of “legal recourse.” That, in my mind, makes it an A+ effort.

    • Accent Shallow

      Why are you the only one who ends up on TV?

      Are you just the most photogenic of you three?

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      “Legal recourse”? From whom?

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

        Sports Business Journal. They were warned not to mess with us, or next time we’ll send Steinbrenner’s lawyers after them via YES.

        • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

          Heh. Sounds like fun.

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

      I was being facetious when I mentioned that in the April Fool’s post. Did they actually send you a letter?

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Ben–what’s the best way to get back to Brooklyn after a game? The 4 stops at Bowling Green and switching to a 2 at Fulton sucks

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Just Yankee Game Specials stop at Bowling Green. Enough Brooklyn-bound 4 trains come by Yankee Stadium that waiting for one doesn’t take all that long. That’s how I do it: 4 from the Stadium to Nevins and then switch to the 2 for my local stop there.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        Awesome. Thanks

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Though today’s April Fools day joke did creep me out for a good 5 seconds, I totally thought that I would go to RAB today to find NESN on top instead of YES, and have this whole blog turn into a Red Sox blog.

    Yawkey Way Blues… eh

    • bexarama

      I fell for a “Teixeira out for the season” thing over on another board because it was like 4 PM and I’d forgotten what day it was.

    • VO

      I was waiting for something on MLBTR, and The Jets Blog but nothing.

  • bexarama

    Joe Saunders was not very good in Game 6 of the ALCS.

    • bexarama

      Jeff Mathis. >:(

  • Hughesus Christo

    Can we talk about the latest pile from Heyman?
    The Rays, Twins, Braves, and Rockies are potential surprises? Two of those were playoff teams five months ago. The Braves and Rays won 86 and 84 games respectively last season. What the hell is this guy talking about?

    Hey ya’ll. Watch out for this Pujols guy!

    • Hughesus Christo
    • bexarama

      People were talking about this on the open thread. Terrrrrrible article. I guess the whole “surprise” thing is just an excuse for sportswriters to write about teams other than the Yankees and Red Sox. His other “surprise” teams were all based on Spring Training stats.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        Well, Heyman is talking about how teams have performed in the Spring, and there might be some correlation between that and regular season performance. Here is the league champ for each Spring league with what they did

        2009–Yankees (103-59), Angels (97-65)
        2008–Rays (97-65), Oakland (75-86)
        2007–Detroit (88-74), Arizona (90-72)
        2006–Cincinnati (80-82), Angels (89-73)
        2005–Toronto (80-82), Angels (95-67)
        2004–Minnesota (92-70), Seattle (63-99)
        2003–Cleveland (68-94), Kansas City (83-79)

        5 of 8 made the playoffs and…yea, no correlation

        • bexarama

          Well, in parts, he was talking about how individual players were playing. Like, Fausto Carmona apparently has an ERA of 0.45 this spring.

          Also, from earlier years:
          http://springtrainingmagazine.com/history5.html

          2001 is fun. 116-win Mariners were under .500. Pennant-winning Yankees were 9-20, the worst record in ST.

        • Accent Shallow

          On another ST note, there’s a weak correlation between guys who have a big ST in terms of ISO over their career high, and those guys breaking out.

          • bexarama

            does “there’s a weak correlation” mean that there’s a correlation but not a big one or there’s not a whole lot of correlation?

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Section 105

    Hey guys, just wanted to let everyone know I made up some t-shirts that I’m selling…yankee related of course.

    “Hughes ‘Em and Abuse ‘Em” and 65 on the back (follow the link for the pic)http://tweetphoto.com/16676719

    That’s of course a mock up, they are currently in production right now.

    they’ll be ready for opening day. small to xl are 15 bucks, 2x, 17.

    if anyone is interested, I’m taking payment via paypal, as I’m pretty low key right now…

    so you could paypal me, (or email me w/ questions) the money to:
    mattharris84@gmail.com

    thanks, and let me know what ya think!

    Oh, and I’ll also be down at the stadium opening day, and the 15th, and a bunch of other games this year with them…and hopefully some new designs.

    (oh and special thanks to the RAB boys for letting me pimp my tees here)

    • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Section 105

      clickable link…oops:
      http://tweetphoto.com/16676719

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Those things are pimp, I definitely want one. If you are going to be at either of the May 15, July 4 or July 17 games I’ll cop one. I’m not sure how to do Paypal, but I want one badly.

      • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Section 105

        snail mail a check? I’m hoping I sell all of em before may…are you local? Or, without really going into it, paypal is easy to set up if you have a checking account.

        • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

          I live in Philly, so I’m not local by any means. But I’ll look into paypal tomorrow, if I can’t figure it out (I’m very technologically impaired) I’ll get back to you and send a check snail mail style.

  • Dalelama

    Does RAB do an article or thread where their followers go on the record with their 2010 predictions before the season opener, i.e. Division winners, wildcards, lcs, and World Series?

    • andrew

      Pretty sure they did that last year… possibly this weekend? I dont know.

  • Ken

    Let’s Go YANKEES!!!!

  • Jose

    On this night of RAB administrative stuff, I should probably come clean. In addition to being “alex gonzalez”, I also created all the posts for the “Sal/Bo/Grant/Lanny” names. In hindsight I probably took them too far. I hope you had fun with some of those posts. I apologize to anyone who didn’t think they were funny.

    • bexarama

      I was all “DID YOU REALLY???” then I remembered what day it is.

      I still don’t quite understand why Bo is allowed to post here, exactly.

      • Jose

        haha. As an apology for tricking you like that have a picture of Mo from the ’98 World Series:
        http://farm1.static.flickr.com.....e1.jpg?v=0

        • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

          That picture is gross

          • bexarama

            thank you for typing this so I know not to click on it

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

              I was hoping you wouldn’t fall for it again. It’s the same one he hit you with last time.

              • Jose

                I’m sure someone reading the comment will fall for it. They may just be a lurker, but I’m sure I’ll get people with it.

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

                  Sorry if I spoiled your fun. :-(

              • bexarama

                what last time? o_O

      • Dirty Pena

        I have a theory that SBGL is in fact the RABbi’s generating extra comments by pissing the shit out of everyone. Otherwise, I too can’t understand why he’s allowed to post.

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

      NO. FUCKING. WAY.

      • Jose

        It’s like shooting fish in a barrel with you guys.

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

        Wait shit is it a April Fools joke?

        • Jose

          Yup.

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

      You should’ve waited until 11:59:59 PM to post that. It would’ve been slightly more believeable!

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

        Damn refresh. When I posted that, there were no other replies!

        BTW, anyone who’s been following RAB long enough should remember that TSJC has admitted to knowing the real-life SGBL, and I think if you really were them, it would’ve come out when you outed yourself as Alex Gonzalez.

        So, shame on anyone who fell for it and isn’t a raw-RAB-recruit!

        • bexarama

          anyone who’s been following RAB long enough should remember that TSJC has admitted to knowing the real-life SGBL

          WHAT?

          Also, I don’t think it’s just one person, no? I mean, they’re all very different. They have different ways of typing.

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

            No, they really are all the same person…but the water is muddied because sometimes other, innocent people post under some of the names.

          • Jose

            Haven’t you ever noticed SGBL knows that tsjc’s real name is Eric? There is a reason behind that.

            • bexarama

              so SGBL (really just B, because I hardly notice the other ones, save Lanny) is a joke account?

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

                No, SGBL are real accounts, not jokes…and all one person…something about using a different PC at work, or something? Read some of the RAB links I”ve posted.

            • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

              The reason: facebook

              • Dirty Pena

                Or the twitter that he links to in his handle.

            • Accent Shallow

              Such as that his name has come up, since he’s such a prolific poster?

              Then again, I’m prolific. Who the hell am I?

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

            See this:
            http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-820123

            or scroll down.

            My memory might have failed.

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

          Yeah I should have refreshed too to see Bexy explaining it, -_-

          I fail.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          BTW, anyone who’s been following RAB long enough should remember that TSJC has admitted to knowing the real-life SGBL

          seriously? I’m not that new here and I had no idea about this

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

            You know what? I may be pulling a Pettitte here and “mis-remembering” this.

            I thought I remembered a post where Tommie said something about knowing him from school, but I can’t find anything in the RAB archives. I know Tommie and SGBL use each other’s real names from time to time.

            Tommie, you out there?

            Help us out.

            I’ll keep searching in the meantime.

            • Dirty Pena

              Tommie links to a twitter account that says his real name, and SGBL thinks it’s hilarious to call him Eric as if it’s condecending or something.

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

                I know…but I swore I remembered something about school.

                Maybe someone said “I thought you knew him from school or something”??

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

                  I know I recall now that you say it

                  Just not my night.

                  sigh…

            • bexarama

              I may be pulling a Pettitte here and “mis-remembering” this.

              I may be KICKING YOU, jerk. ;)

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

                Oops. I had a feeling I should have said “Clemens-claimed-Pettitte-izing-kinda-thingie”, but it just didn’t sound right. And was a bit long. And I was trying to search RAB in the vain hope of stopping myself from looking like an idiot.

                You know I have nothing but respect for Mr. Andrew Eugene. Heck, he’s a fellow member of the “Andrew Club”.

                I’m kinda disappointed you didn’t realize that. :-)

                So just place “Clemens-claimed-Pettitte-izing-kinda-thingie” in there when you read the sentence!

                • bexarama

                  Heh, I was like, wasn’t that not even what Andy said? Wasn’t that Roger?

                  (LOL Kazmir just airmailed it over Kendrick’s head. HILARITY.)

                • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

                  “Heck, he’s a fellow member of the “Andrew Club”.”

                  That’s a good club

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

                  A)Yep, it was Roger, squirming

                  B)”He Kazmir’d it” is now my favorite term for a short-distance massive overthrow like that

                  C) Damn straight the “Andrew Club” is a good club. Everyone not in it is jealous!

                  D) I may have to use the Andrew Club on a few posters here…present company excluded.

            • Jose

              Haha. Everyone is getting trolled so hard in this thread.

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

                Sadly, I think I’ve mastered the extremely rare art of self-trolling…

  • http://twitter.com/JamalG_BB Jamal G.

    http://www.10news.com/news/23012300/detail.html

    Twenty-eight-year-old “War Machine” — formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver — was arrested late Tuesday night on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, according to San Diego police Sgt. Ray Battrick. Police did not immediately make clear if the alleged weapon was the man’s fists or an object.

    I’ve read some bad-ass things in my life, but goddamn…

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      heh that’s hilariously badass

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

    So my 7 mile ride home took 2 hours and 17 minutes. My posts tonight might be as angry as SBGL. Nah, I can’t get that pissed at the world.

    • bexarama

      yeesh why?

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

        flooding, roads closed everywhere. good times!!

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

    Not looking good for my memory.

    Found this:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-721756

    look at it and the comments below from Tommie.

    Sorry guys…

  • Teix is the Man

    It pisses me off that in the MLB 10 trailer it shows Mauer making amazing plays almost excluesively against the Yankees; I find that pretty annoying.

  • bexarama

    http://www.thefightins.com/wp-.....icover.jpg

    oh no we’re in the same position as the “It’s the Mets!” from last year, we’re doomed :(

    • Zack

      http://sports.yahoo.com/video/.....8_DOoRvLYF

      “With new ace Roy Halladay, Philly could be on the verge of a dynasty”

      Can a team win more than 1 WS before we talk about dynasty?

      • bexarama

        heh

        also, frankly, I’m pretty sure you could say Philly was “on the verge of a dynasty” Halladay or not. I mean, just making it to the WS two years in a row in today’s environment is a pretty big deal.

        (Awww, Posada not letting go of Mo after the last out of the ALCS last year will never fail to make me smile really widely.)

        • Zack

          Sorry, I just like a team to have more than 1 title before we start saying they close to a dynasty.

          • bexarama

            Nah, that makes sense. Not too many people talking about the Oakland As of 1988-1990 as a superdynasty.

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

    Looks like I have shamed myself multiple times tonight.

    Sorry, Tommie.

    Sorry, Bexy.

    Looks like I’ve DFA’d myself…

    (walks off looking for his tant? or wakizashi with which to commit Seppuku…)

    (and only finds a plain dagger † …)

    Guess I’ll have to stick around, you must use the proper equipment for sepukku, or risk shaming yourself more!

    • Jose

      I thought you were playing an April Fools joke on them. I was helping you execute it. So many people just got so confused tonight.

      For the record: tsjc is not any other poster

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

        Wait, now I’m confused!!

        :-)

        Yes, TSJC is one, single poster.

        Yes, SGBL are the same person except when others accidentally use the same name– he has admitted it, according to Tommie:
        http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-721877

        If I had been really slick, I would’ve pretended it was an April Fools when I realized my memory had failed me. But I’m just not really a devious person…sadly! ;-)

        • Tommie/Smith/John/Carlos/Sal/Bo/Lanny/Grant/Eric/Oofy Still

          “Yes, TSJC is one, single poster.”

          Not quite… ;-)

  • bexarama

    actual argument today, not an April Fools joke: “Well if you take out all those games where Beckett gave up a bunch of home runs he’s better than Sabathia”

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      “Well if you take out all those games where Beckett gave up a bunch of home runs he’s better than Sabathia”

      Well if your sister had a cock she’d be your brother

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      And if you take out all those years in which I was a really average baseball player in high school, I was a five star prospect.

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

        If you take out all those times I was wrong…

        Wait…I’ve never been wrong.

        ::remembers::
        Until tonight…

        (runs off sniffling)

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

    Some of Ozzie Guillen’s latest tweets.

    knight casttle the house oney build

    One more springtraining gone my number 25 in the show oh my god long time now lucking for a good summer

    Thank god is over and good health ready to go charlotte boby cox and the real thingh

    Fantastic.

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

      Does anyone have a translator for Ozzie-speak? Trying to parse that makes my head hurt!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      More unreadable: Ozzie’s tweets or Finnegan’s Wake?

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

        Ozzie. Definitely.

  • bexarama

    oh BTW speaking of Red Sox pitching Tazawa is gonna have TJ surgery and be out for the season. TEH DEPTH.

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

      April Fools? ;-)

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

        Apparently not.

        • bexarama

          it’s not.

          Though I can see why you might be confused! ;)

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      Here’s the story:

      http://bit.ly/ac6qFD

      Oh, that wasn’t the story? My bad.

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        That was awesome

  • Tommie/Smith/John/Carlos/Sal/Bo/Lanny/Grant/Eric/Oofy Still

    Guys, I have a confession to make. I’M Sal/Bo/Lanny/Grant. I’m also TSJC. My real name is Oofy Still. I’m a psychologist. I post as all these people then study the various responses generated over a period of time. It’s a study in psychology. I have now written a paper on it.

    It’s been a pleasure meeting you all. I’ll still post here as Oofy occasionally, but TSJC and SBGL will be no more. You’ve provided me with a fascinating amount of evidence for my paper. Have a good night and go Yankees.

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

      Nice try, Jose. ;-)

      Or whoever.

      Definitely not Tommie.

      • Andy –but which one?

        This will end badly…

      • Tommie/Smith/John/Carlos/Sal/Bo/Lanny/Grant/Eric/Oofy Still

        I am not Tommie, or Sal, or Bo, or Lanny, or Grant. I’m Oofy. Fear me.*

        *I’m not a regular poster. I just noticed all the jokes being made about people being other people…not that this is one. Please disregard the previous “regular poster” comment.

        • The Real Oofy

          CONNIE!

          I think ah found the first perpitraitor! Where’s ma gun??

          ∴ ∴

          ::chk chk::
          Dang! Ah missed! Where’d he git to?


          where..
          ∴ ∴

          AH got yew! Heh!

    • The Real Oofy

      Hey, buddy, I don’t know who you are, but there are laws in this country against impersonation of a doctor.

      Quit it, or I’mma go all Patriot-Act on your ass.

      -The REAL Dr. Oofy Still

      • Tommie/Smith/John/Carlos-I guess I could just call myself Oofy…

        Who the fuck are you?

        The experiment wasn’t over yet! Thanks a lot!

        • http://books.google.com/books?id=EXfquE5kW24C&pg=PA25&lpg=PA25&dq=%22oofy+still%22&source=bl&ots=4iFH9l6XaV&sig=UXBibLK-sSzt3kP9QxReXVNet6s&hl=en&ei=llq1S-28AoL98Ab60MH The Real Oofy Still, dammit!

          What experiment?

          I’m Pilot Officer Oofy Still, just off my last mission–I’ve finally returned, I was lost in the Bermuda Triangle–and I demand to know what’s going on here!

          Just click my link…you’ll see I’m the genuine article.

          Who is this impostor?

          • Accent Shallow

            Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?

          • Dr. Oofy Still

            For the record, I just read Going Solo, Oofy Still is mentioned. Yes, he was a pilot.

            Just because we share the same name we need to be the same person?

            What shit is this?

            • The Real Oofy

              Hey, who are you? You’re not me! WHo are you guys??

              There’s only one DOCTOR Oofy Still, and that’s ME, buster!

              Tommie, Schmommie, Smith/Carlo-whosie-whatsit, I don’t give a damn WHUT you call yer Commie ass, you’d best stop impersonating ME, or there will be SERIOUS consequences, I can tell you. Like, Military ones. And stuff.

              So watchit!!

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

      Too choppy and lacks the usual TSJC flair. Poor imitator.

      • Tommie/Smith/John/Carlos/Sal/Bo/Lanny/Grant/Eric/Oofy Still

        Puh. TSJC was just one of my facades. I figured since I’m finally revealing everything I might as well speak/write as I normally do.

  • Who Am I?

    Who are you?

    • Who are you

      Who Am I?

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

        WHOOOO AM IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!?!?!?!?!?

        /JackieChan’d

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

    What a strange night.

    I’m going now.

    ‘night, all.

    Whoever you are.

    • Tommie/Smith/John/Carlos/Sal/Bo/Lanny/Grant/Eric/Oofy Still

      What, no specific “Good night Oofy?” Now I’m hurt.

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

        ‘night, John-Boy.

        ‘Night, θ胥.

        Better?

        And now I really am gone.

        I was here.

        But I disappear.

        • Tommie/Smith/John/Carlos/Sal/Bo/Lanny/Grant/Eric/Oofy Still

          I’m satisfied.

          • The Real Oofy

            Well, I’m not.

            Quit impersonating me, buddy.

            • Tommie/Smith/John/Carlos-I guess I could just call myself Oofy…

              I’m really annoyed at all this. I was almost done. Just another month and I’d have enough for my paper! Thanks a lot.

              • bo AKA Oofy Still

                I should be the one anoyed at all this. I’m the REAL Oofy! Now my experiment’s ruined!

                • http://books.google.com/books?id=EXfquE5kW24C&pg=PA25&lpg=PA25&dq=%22oofy+still%22&source=bl&ots=4iFH9l6XaV&sig=UXBibLK-sSzt3kP9QxReXVNet6s&hl=en&ei=llq1S-28AoL98Ab60MH The Real Oofy Still, dammit!

                  I may have just returned from the Bermuda Triangle, but even I know this isn’t Bo–there’s a correct apostrophe in there! Ha!

                • bo AKA Oofy Still

                  Well no point keeping up the facade now is there?

                • The Real Oofy

                  Wait, what? Who the heck are you!!

                  Connie, git ma varmint-gun! They’s multiplyin’ like RABBITS!

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    Anyone else watching the A’s/Fake G-Men game on MLB network? Zito looks solid. I know it’s still top of the first, but still.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      still think so?

      also, when did they go back to SF?

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        I meant to put that nevermind as a reply to my first comment. So to answer your question: no I do not.

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        To answer your other question: I guess they play the last 4 ST games at home http://mlb.mlb.com/schedule/in.....038;y=2010.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    Nevermind

  • Bo

    What the f**k is Girardi thinking putting Granderson in center?

    • Bo

      Gardner should be in centre and Grand should be in left

      • Lanny

        Who are you?

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

          They key is subtlety. There should be multiple question marks. At least four.

          • Sal

            GO FUCK YOURSELF YOURE A RETARDED HOMO!!!!!1111!!

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

              Much better.

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

                Except that he’d have written “your”.

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

        Why not put Gardner at SS since hes faster and would have better range and take old slow jeter and put him in left???? What the f*ck are you thinking Girardi???

    • Bo AKA Oofy Still

      Hey, now somebody’s impersonating my impersonation?

      This is going too far…

      • The Real Oofy

        Dang! ANother one! CONNNIIEE! MA GUN! NOW!

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      probably something like “we have a 29 year old excellent defensive center fielder who we signed to play center field. Let’s put him in center field”

      • Bo

        Hes not as fast as Gardner, so he should be in left

        • Lanny

          He should DH. Did you see the way he looked this Spring? He was terrible out there. I’ll take my chances with Johnson in CF.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          on the other hand, making him more comfortable in his first year in a new city is kinda important too. It’s not like he is Vernon Wells out there. The difference between him in center and Gardner in left versus the other way around isn’t all that big

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          I’m extremely confused by this thread

          • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

            Sorry, those last few Bo comments were me. I was just trying to spice up the thread a little bit. And for the record, I don’t think Grandy should be in left.

            • Bo

              Yeah Im pissed off.

              Stop imitating me!!!!111!!1

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

    This thread should go into the archives as “Sybil.”

  • bexaroofya

    this thread has become totally amazing

    • bexaroofya

      ugh what an awful screenname I inadvertently created, it’s like “bex’ll roof(ie) ya”

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

        Stealing my thunder, are we?

        • pat

          JMK I was making roofie jokes on this site before u were even born.

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

            Perhaps, but you’ve been slipping, man. Time for the old guard to make way for the new.

          • Accent Shallow

            I was under the impression that they weren’t so much “jokes” as they were “what happened 20 minutes ago”

            • pat

              Heh,yeah. Did I say jokes? Should have said “anecdotes from my everyday life”

        • bexarama

          yo guys rate my fantasy team

          1B Pujols
          2B Utley
          SS Hanley
          3B Alex
          C Mauer
          OF Braun
          OF Ellsbury
          OF Kemp
          IF Longoria
          IF Kinsler
          UT Crawford
          UT Justin Upton
          P Lincecum
          P Halladay
          P Verlander
          P Greinke
          RP Broxton
          RP Wagner

          k thanks :)

          (I was bored)

          • bexarama

            holy crap reply fail but this wasn’t that funny/good/relevant to anything to begin with

          • pat

            Eh, hitting is OK, pitching could use an upgrade, is Casey Kelly available?

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

              No, but an addition of David Eckstein would put this shit over the top.

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

    So…what does everyone think about ESPN New York’s writing staff?

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Too many Jews!

      Yours truly,
      Ronan Tynan

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

        I laughed.

    • bexarama

      Terrrrrrrible. I mean, they hired the guy who wrote the “Yankees are better off without A-Rod” article, then deleted it off the internet immediately when he came back.

      Also, unrelated, but Letterman is gonna have a segment from the Yankees’ ST tonight. Not an April Fools joke, unless the CBS promos are lying to me.

  • Just a quick timeout

    I don’t know about these guys, but Oofy Still IS a real person. He was a pilot for the RAF in WWII. He fought in 80 Squadron with author Roald Dahl. He died on April 18. He is mentioned in Dahl’s autobiography Going Solo and in his short (but nonfiction story) “Shot Dowin in Libya”, alternatively titled “A Piece of Cake”. If you want to read a little bit about Pilot Oofy Still you could google “Shot Down in Libya”.

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

    Sorry about that wackjob with the TSJC/Lanny/Oofy comments. He won’t be seen around these parts any more.

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

      Yeah, I asked that other Oofy guy to get him with his shotgun.

      I guess he missed. ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Did Lombardi get dropped by SNY or something? I just wandered over to his blog for the first time in months, maybe a year for all I know, and noticed there’s nothing there about the blog being affiliated with SNY anymore.

    • Accent Shallow

      One thing I’ve always found odd about his blog is that despite having a lot of traffic, he’s never had many comments or commenters in comparison to other popular blogs.

      Not that it’s a bad thing, just that it’s different from what I’ve come to expect.

      • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        How do we know that he has a lot of traffic? (Honest question.)

        • Accent Shallow

          He’s one of the more well-known Yankee blogs out there, and he did have the SNY deal at one point (and maybe he still does, who knows).

          Mostly, it’s the SNY deal. Why would he have gotten that without heavy traffic?

          • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Yeah, but by the same reasoning… Why would he have lost it? I think his traffic might be a bit overestimated, in general. There are, and really have always been, very few comments over there, and I think he’s pretty out of touch with a pretty large portion of the fanbase and, more particularly, the online fanbase.

            I don’t know the answer, I’m just asking. He crows all the time about how wonderful and popular and influential his blog is… I’m just wondering if it’s true, since there seem to be indications that it’s not.

            • bexarama

              Why would he have lost it?

              I generally don’t read that blog, but maybe the Crawford stuff didn’t go over so well with them?

              • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Possibly. I don’t think it was really so out of the ordinary for him, though. They must have just tired of his act in general. Who knows.

            • Accent Shallow

              I’m not him, nor do I know anything about web traffic. However:

              Alexa ranks WasWatching as ~69,000 among US webpages.
              Other Yankee blogs:

              RiverAveBlues: ~10,000
              Bronx Banter: ~200,000
              TheYankeeU: ~64,000
              Lohud Yankees Blog: ~10,000
              NoMaas: ~30,000

              Whoa.

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

              He averages a hair under 1,000 visits per day.

              http://www.sitemeter.com/?a=st.....aswatching

              • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

                He’s been dropping like a stone. Most of these sites have sitemeter, so you can compare. I believe he was somewhere closer to 2000 a day in 2008.

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

                  Damn. How’s TYU doing? On the rise?

                • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

                  And the explanation is simple. He is a more pessimistic fan, so when most fans were pessimistic about the team, 2005-2008, he had a receptive audience. Now, not so much- positive feelings about the team means the audience isnt interested in constant negativity. I guess in some weird way, it is a credit to Steve that he has not altered his outlook despite the loss in visitors.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

                  We are pretty happy with our rank among Yankee blogs, considering we have been around just 14 months. You can see the Alexa rankings above, and sitemeter has us as one of the better ranked Yankees fan blogs. I think our loose association with RAB has really helped us in that regard- we get plenty of traffic from links here by the writers and in open threads. I’ve thanked the guys before, but I think it shows a lot of character by them- sites like TYU are obviously not big enough to be a real competitor at this time, but I know of other bloggers who would be a lot more competitive and would be loathe to send traffic our way. The RABbi’s have been extremely helpful and supportive along the way. Real class acts.

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

                  He certainly has conviction, for whatever that’s worth. He doesn’t seem like a mean guy or anything, but perhaps a bit misguided. I don’t wish ill on him or anything, but I’d prefer a bit more intellectual curiosity and less cherry-picking of the statistics he does choose to cite.

                  In terms of your loose affiliation with RAB, it would appear that it’s on account of a few things, notably that most of you guys have been commenters here for a while, and also that your format is fairly similar to RAB, both macro and micro — there’s a mix of in-depth analysis, an appreciation of sabermetrics, a look at prospects, the everyday happenings, trends and outliers, trade possibilities, etc.

                  While I haven’t met any of them IRL, all of the RABbi’s have always been friendly, interesting, solid guys. It’s no surprise they’d be so generous. They’re also remarkably humble considering how big this place has gotten.

                  Now with my own little blog — which doesn’t really aim to be anything like this site or TYU — I have lots of respect for bloggers that take the time to write tons of posts of high quality EVERY DAY. It’s time-consuming and can be really hard to balance with a professional and personal life. I didn’t realize (or appreciate) how hard it was until I started.

                  And also, thanks to you guys for occasionally throwing us a link. We really appreciate it.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

                  Of course. I love that M and A has become a place for RAB commenters to contribute guest posts. It represents an expansion of the community that can only be a good thing.

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

                  Oh, we really do enjoy it. There are a lot of bright minds among Yankee fans on the web and we’re happy to provide an outlet for them to voice what’s on their mind. That said, we try to strive for a range of voices and styles; those guest posts are usually a good contrast to our semi-analytical, semi-humorous focus.

                  Steve’s a fucking animal. I don’t know how he finds time to do so much. There are like 20 drafts ready to go whenever. I feel accomplished when I get one decent post up a day.

                  I think Pete’s going to be a fantastic addition, too.

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

                  On another note, I’m convinced Ben is actually living the movie Multiplicity. There’s no way someone could work a professional legal job (or internship or clerkship or whatever), go to law school, contribute and monitor posts at a very popular site (RAB), run another popular site (and a niche, at that) and still have time to go on tv and do all sorts of other stuff.

                  The only explanation is he has clones.

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

    Sorry to bug you guys with Fantasy baseball stuff, but I’m kinda stuck. My draft starts in about 30 minutes. i have the third pick. Any suggestions as to who to take?

    • pat

      Arod/Utley/Mauer

      • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        I don’t think Mauer should go that high… Am I wrong? I think you’re forgetting Albert and a few other guys.

        • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Forget it, you’re assuming Albert is off the board. I still think Mauer probably should be more of a mid to lower first round pick, but I misunderstood what you were saying when you left our Pujols/HanRam etc.

          • pat

            Word, I assume Pujols + Hanley are taken 1,2 in almost every normal draft. I guess Mauer at 3 might be a tad bit high, maybe I’m underestimating the depth of quality Catchers in mlb. Also a little risky as he only started hitting for power last year.

            He will be facing Phil Coke more though, that’s pretty much a guaranteed HR every AB.

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

        I think I’m leaning towards A-Rod (Assuming HanRam and Albert are gone). I appreciate the input.

        • pat

          Personally, I’d go with Ring Rod. OBP Jesus in the 2 hole, hip is 100% healthy, and you get to root for your own guy.