May
24

Open Thread: A much needed day off

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"Can we just go home now?" Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP

I think us fans needed the day off as much as the players. Just gotta regroup, refocus, get our heads back in the game, and simplify things. Take it one at-bat a time, one pitch at a time, and get back to the basics. Hopefully the team follows suit and turns this little skid around. There’s still 118 games left to go.

Here’s your open thread for the night. There’s only four baseball games on the schedule, and one’s on ESPN: the Red Sox at the Rays (Clay Buchholz vs. Matt Garza Wade Davis) at 7:10pm ET. You’ve also got NHL and NBA playoff action (Flyers and Celtics each have a chance to advance to the finals with a win), but more importantly, the two hour series finale of 24 starts at 8pm ET. Jack has to die at the end, right?

Anyway, dhatever you choose, feel free to chat about it here.

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

    If you’re bored while waiting for the 24 finale, hit up the live chat

    http://www.puristbleedspinstri.....ball-club/

    /shameless self promo’d

    • http://tommyfusco.efx2blogs.com/ I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

      rebecca, how do u always get the first post?
      do u see a bat signal?
      :)

      dont care, just wondering
      its all good, plus, you don’t go ‘FIRST’!
      then bolt.

      which would make you suck.
      but you don’t
      so you dont suck.
      plus your always a good commenter.

      and i missed the live chat. darn, i needed you to talk me down from the ledge.
      do you do housecalls?

      • radnom

        …………..creepy

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

          Definitely creepy.

          • http://twitter.com/stephen_mr Stephen R. (tafka (sic))

            Consider me creeped as well.

            • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

              I also am vaguely creeped out.

              • poster

                CREEPY…

  • Evilest Empire

    I don’t even watch the TV show, but I happen to know they’re making at least one movie based on 24 ala Sex and The City … so I wouldn’t count on Jack dying quite yet.

  • long time listener

    “24″ spoiler alert: Jack gets marooned on a desert island with a dozen other people.

  • rek4gehrig

    I’m catching up on Tivoed shows including 24 so please dont be spoilers (I’m 2 weeks behind) :-)))

  • JM

    I know this is kinda lame, but today, everyone that said how the Yankees are bad and whatever, I was like “I know! It’s really embarrassing to lose to a last place team!”. It kinda shut up those Mets fans. In other, kinda related news, I know that in a month from now, the Yankees will be right there in the division race (roughly 2-4 games out, Tex will be hitting, Granderson will be back and Posada will be a week away, the Yankees will be playing good baseball, and everyone will forget about this.
    Side Note: The Rays schedule has been so easy this year that there is no way they can keep up their play. They’re gonna skid out and all of that “Oh, they’re the ’98 Yankees” stuff will be gone

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

      “Oh, they’re the ‘98 Yankees” stuff will be gone
      Tell that to Buster Olney.

    • Tom Zig

      Nitpick:

      In a month (4 weeks) from now, Posada should be back too. NJ should be like 2 weeks away.

      • mike c

        we’d be lucky if he starts rehab in 6 weeks. with his prior wrist problems he’s going to take it slow. and he should if we want the best chance of having him in good shape in october

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      The Rays are REALLY good. Do not write them off.

      That said, calling them the ’98 Yankees is way premature.

      • Tom Zig

        I hope they run all over the Red Sox and sweep them though.

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          Absolutely.

          • forensicnucchem

            I’m sure it’s just me, but I never really understood rooting for a team that’s already 6 games ahead of you to sweep a team behind you.

            I understand the hatred of the Red Sox, but the Rays are so far ahead already, easy schedule or not, and rooting for them to get farther ahead doesn’t make much sense to me, especially with how the Yanks are struggling.

            • poster

              Agreed.

            • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

              I’m with you on this one. Boston winning this series definitely brings them back into the mix but I am not down with the Rays jumping even higher in the standings. Much better to bring the Rays down and make the division a three-team fight again.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        Fun fact. The 06 Tigers were 35-14, and wound up losing their division on the last day of the season

  • Tom Zig

    The low point of last year came during interleague. I’m cool with the low point coming now and us hitting our stride in the summer. Allows for me to go to more interesting games.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Holy crap David Ortiz, could you move any fucking slower around the bases when you hit a home run? I used to really actually like you when you killed the Yankees but it’s become more and more obvious that you’re just an asswipe.

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

      Hey it’s not his fault that he can’t move faster even if he wanted.

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

        But yes he’s still an ass.

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

      I believe Ortiz has the slowest home run trot of the season according to Wezen Ball’s Tater Trot Tracker, with a 29.6 or something like that.

      I’ll bet that he breaks thirty seconds at some point this season.

  • bonestock94

    Does everyone remember how the low point came to a sudden end last season during interleague play? The visit from a pissed off looking Brian Cashman in Atlanta. That’s what I’m waiting for.

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

    Hey Mike – Wade Davis is starting for the Rays, not Matt Garza. You nearly gave me a heart attack as I rushed to Yahoo! to check if I still had Garza on the bench.

    /Fantasy baseball addict’d

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

    Wait…what 24′s ending? I loved the first four seasons…fifth kind dragged, the sixth season took a nose dive towards the end with the VP.

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

    If there was ever a story that was useless without pictures…

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/a.....rity1.html

    …then this must be it.

    • Dela G

      unbelievable that there were no photos posted

      for shame!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

    As far as the day off goes…I don’t mind losing, but CC losing to Johan REAAAAAAAAAAAALLLY sucked. One of my friends is a huge Johan fanboy (also a Yankee fan) and pissed and moaned nonstop during the 2008 season, and most of 2009 up until Johan started sucking (oh yeah, he also hates CC for whatever reason…I think he just hates fat people) and once they won the Series. Last night I had five missed calls from him.

    Lame.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Who’s doing the commentary on ESPN right now? Other than Aaron Boone.

    • forensicnucchem

      I’m sure you got it by now, but it’s Dan Shulman and Chris Singleton.

      And I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t seem to care about 24.

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

    Uh oh. The ex-President’s boy just died, he just doesn’t know it yet.

    There’s not way Bauer tells him of his plans, unless he has no intention of letting him live long enough to use that info.

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

      ….or not.

      Jack doesn’t like killing Americans for some reason.

    • ultimate913

      Really? I thought the pistol whip just KO’d him. But he did do it TWICE AND to the back of the head so yea…

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

        That was posted before the pistol whipping. I thought that once he told him his plans in the car there was no way he’d let him live.

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

    Wow. President Taylor takes the ‘Nuclear Option’ term pretty literally, huh?

  • Carlosologist

    So I woke up from a pretty long nap today, and the first thing I hear is Peter Gammons saying that for the All-Star Game, you should only vote for the players who are on hot streaks. And he said don’t vote for Teixeira. I understand the Sox bias, but jeez can you be discreet about it?

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

      He gave up discreet a looooong time ago.

    • radnom

      He is right though. Doesn’t everyone always complain that it is just a popularity contest? How can you possibly think Teixeira is worthy of an all start nomination right now? I’m sure he is getting plenty of votes from name recognition alone.

      • forensicnucchem

        At this point, neither Teixeira or Jeter have any business leading in votes.

        Though really, the whole thing is a farce anyway so it’s not surprising.

  • Carlosologist

    Wow that was a monster shot for Pena.

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

    Wow. So much for the movie rights, huh?

  • dygg

    Is there anyway for the BOTH the Sawx and Rays to lose?

    • DreDog

      Youkilis and Longoria knock each other into season long comas?

  • http://tommyfusco.efx2blogs.com/ I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    ok we are one back ahead of last years pace at this time.

    oh yeah.

    we aight.
    :)

    • Pasqua

      We’re “one back ahead”? You just blew my mind.

  • forensicnucchem

    Injuries?

    • forensicnucchem

      oops, reply fail.

  • http://tommyfusco.efx2blogs.com/ I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    one back ahead?
    ok tommy
    I meant ONE GAME AHEAD.

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

    THE MIKE TYSON!!!!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

  • poster

    http://www.reuters.com/article.....6F20100521

    I’ll be honest, this whole thing absolutely terrifies me. Normally I’d have faith that cooler heads would prevail, but Kim Jong Ill is a madman. This whole situation REALLY worries me.

    • DreDog

      Typically, when KJI wants something from the West, he acts out. That said, I don’t know what he wants.

      • poster

        That’s what makes this situation so frightening. He’s a nut, a loose cannon. The man’s a nuke waiting to be fired.

        • DreDog

          I think he realizes that if he fires a nuke, his fancy cars and fancy lifestyle are toast. He’s not willing to give that up.

          • poster

            For a rational person, no. But Il is not rational. Who knows what’s going on in his twisted head?

            Here’s where it gets REALLY scary. There are rumors Il is sick. If he is…well, who knows what he’ll do?

            • DreDog

              He is a vain guy and he has chosen his successor. He wouldn’t have gone to the trouble if he didn’t want a legacy. Shooting nukes means there is no legacy. He’ll do the right thing by him and do everything to keep his family in power. Heck, this is probably all just a ruse for the West to legitimize his son.

              • poster

                I hope so. But at the same time, he’s a madman. If the West pisses him off enough, and he’s going to die anyway, I can see him setting off nukes or at least going to war.

                I hope you’re right. Il is a very unstable variable.

                • DreDog

                  Even if he does get buck wild (which I think he won’t), be happy you live on the East Coast!

                  • poster

                    There’s that, I guess!

                    The worry too is that China will back N. Korea.

                    That would be a damn tough war.

                    • DreDog

                      China has over $2 trillion in US Treasuries. I am sure that China would want to protect that investment more than some psycho dictator.

                    • poster

                      I believe China has come out and said it will ally itself with N. Korea.

                    • DreDog

                      Ally in a war against other countries. However, in a global war, China would tell N. Korea to shut the heck up.

                    • poster

                      From the article:

                      China has so far maintained its support of the North and said it would make its own assessment of the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan.

                      Right now China is still with the North. Fortunately this doesn’t sound too binding, so maybe you’re right.

                    • DreDog

                      Yeah, always follow the money. China is making money hand over fist from the West. They don’t want the apple cart upset for some psycho.

                    • poster

                      Just goes to show, the foundation of the free world is not at its most solid right now. We got some cracks to fix.

    • Pasqua

      For the record: Most intellectual thread EVER on RAB. Kudos to you.

  • http://tommyfusco.efx2blogs.com/ I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    i have no problem hoping for a red sox sweep
    yanks are 6 back
    i want a sox sweep.

    ok wait
    2 out of 3 actually
    :)

    • poster

      Nah, I want a sweep.

      • DreDog

        I can’t root for the Sox. Nope, I want the Rays to pound them!

        • http://tommyfusco.efx2blogs.com/ I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

          dre, if we lose the division by 2 games, its your fault! lol

          • DreDog

            It’s in my DNA. I can’t root for the Sox. Maybe if making the playoffs on the last day of the year was on the line.

            Just can’t do it. Sox must lose always.

            • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

              I feel the exact same way. Though I guess this would be a better Sox win than other Sox wins. (puke)

              • DreDog

                Thanks for the back-up. Sox deserve to lose every game.

                • poster

                  Here’s our difference: You are too concerned with justice. I agree that the Sox “deserve” to lose every game. But I am cold-blooded, ruthless, and driven. I see the ultimate prize: the division (only once we get to the playoffs are we concerned with the WS). So I am willing to accept Red Sox victories, unpleasant as they are, as long as they help bring us, the Yankees, closer to our ultimate goal.

                  Singleminded, driven, ruthless: The 2010 NY Yankees.

                  • http://tommyfusco.efx2blogs.com/ I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

                    I’d love the yanks to take that mantra
                    heck, at least one of em lol

            • http://tommyfusco.efx2blogs.com/ I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

              I hear ya.

              Even if they Rays become the new yankees rival over the next 10 years, it wont matter.
              red sox forever become the ones you want to lose, in any situation.

            • PR

              hell yea

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

    Dalia hassan will take that pen and shove it inthe Russians eye

    • DreDog

      Is it me or is Dalia Hassan kind of hot?

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

        Yeah, but nowhere near as hot as her daughter.

        • DreDog

          I think I might take Dalia. She has that Rebecca Lord look.

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

      . . .or not.

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

    24 was one of the rare series that actually had a good wrap up. Way better than MASH, Seinfeld or The Sopranos.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I didn’t mind the Sopranos ending.

      • DreDog

        I liked the Cheers ending.

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

          I ‘got’ the Seinfeld ending, but still thought it sucked.

          • DreDog

            I agree on Seinfeld. I got it and was like, ok, right.

        • http://tommyfusco.efx2blogs.com/ I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

          me too
          it ended exactly the way it began.

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

        Why did you like it?

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          I just like open-ended endings.

          • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

            I liked the ending of The Sopranos too, for that reason. It’d be kinda ruined if they ever did a movie about it though =/

  • PR

    Word to that. Can’t remember when I was this happy the Yanks had a day off in a long time, for my sake and theirs.

  • Carlosologist

    I honestly hope the Rays are swept and the Yanks sweep in Minny. That would put within three games of the division lead.

  • Dan

    Darnell McDonald just designated by the sox…Any chance we pick him up and DFA Winn???

    • Carlosologist

      Established, but fading ML vet > Minor league lifer

  • Brian Cashman is Watching

    Hey, just bought MLB.tv and want to make sure I can watch the draft. Anyone know how the draft will be handled by television?