Open Thread: But can he hit a curveball?

Nick Swisher wins Final Vote
Nick Johnson feels pain in surgically repaired wrist
Photo Credit: Amy Sancetta, AP

So LeBron James is going to announce his long awaited decision tonight. All indications are that he’s going to join the Miami Heat, who have pulled a Yankees and signed everyone this offseason. I’ll be perfectly honest, I’m not much of a basketball fan at all, but if LeBron came to the Knicks, I probably would have watched some games this year. Definitely at the start of the season, at least. But now I still don’t have any interest in the sport, who wants to watch a league with all the best players on one team? That’s not sport, that’s not competition, it’s a video game set to rookie difficulty with force trades on.

Yes, that probably sounds hypocritical coming from a Yanks fan, but baseball and basketball are such different sports. Three great players can win you a title in basketball, but an All Star baseball team can absolutely get beat by one or two hot pitchers in a short playoff series. Anyway, LeBron’s making his announcement at 9pm ET on ESPN, so talk about that or whatever else you want here.

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Nick Swisher wins Final Vote
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  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    I have Roy Oswalt, John Danks, and Ubaldo all on my fantasy team. Just thought I’d share.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      I kind of hate you.

    • 28 this year

      i got johnson and liriano. That kinda matches up. I also have Verlander.

    • Brad Toughy

      In an RAB 20-team league, I have Felix Hernandez, Josh Johnson and Adam Wainwright.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

        This is why I’m in 20th place. I have Dan Haren and Wandy.

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

        Liriano, Hansen, Pavano, Javy, Cueto, Zito is pretty good. But my lineup is unbelievably bad. Having to choose between starting Kevin Frandsen and Gordon Beckham is the saddest thing I do every the morning.

        Thanks for being gritty, Utley. And Jose Reyes for living on the DL. And the rest of my useless lineup for being unbelievably bad. Awesome.

        • ARX

          I cry every time I see Beckham on my roster. WHY did I draft him :-(

          Anyway, my staff is Cliff Lee, Hughes (stupid to draft him that high, but it’s worked out nicely), Verlander…and then Zito and Lilly, with Garza on my bench. My lineup…well, I’ve got HanRam, but my starting C is Yadier Molina, and my starting 3B is Cuddyer. Yes, I know I’m never going to climb out of the bottom half of my league (8th out of 14 atm)

        • Brad Toughy

          I have Tim Hudson, Jamie Garcia and Matt Garza to round out my SP, but I just traded Garza for Uggla, so I downgraded my SP (picked up Westbrook, meh) to replace Garza and stashed Hellickson in case the Rays give him a shot down the stretch.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      I’m a big fan of my Halladay/Johnson/Ubaldo top three myself. Tim Hudson’s not the worst, either.

      Now, if only my most productive offensive player wasn’t Adrian Beltre…or my best source of power wasn’t Jose Batista…

    • http://fmylife.com JobaJr

      10 team league. CC, Chris Carpenter, Johan Santana, Stephen Strasburg, Clay Bucholz.

      Hot diggity.

      • Brad Toughy

        Everybody’s staff should look about that good in a ten team league.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    1) If you’re currently in Oakland, CA, GFTO

    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010.....-shooting/

    2) El Maquinito splits:

    Gary Sanchez with bases empty in 27 AB: .296/.406/.333/.740

    With runners on in 25 AB: .480/.533/.960/1.493

  • Ivan

    As a Knick fan (and as a basketball fan too) I wouldn’t mind if LeBron signed with any other team in the NBA who were involved in the sweepstakes. However, considering that the Miami Heat already sign Bosh, resign Wade, and Wade being the Alpha dog of the team and in the city, im really angry towards LeBron and quite frankly lost some respect for the guy.

    • Mike HC

      He is still coming to NY.

      • Ivan

        I want to believe that too, and I really feel that its hard to believe that the top 3 FA in years will arrive on the same team together.

        However, when you her multiple sources say over and over that he is most likey going to M.I.A. then you tend to get not only dissapointed but angry.

        Like seriously, If he gone to NY, Chi or even bak to CLE, he would of been the Alpha dog and if he had won a championship there, he would be an absolute God. Going to to Miami, makes him look like sorta of like punk bitch band wagon dude. Even if he wins, ppl will say well he won because he joined Wade’s team and etc. It just doesn’t make sense for his legacy and really sorta his image especially for a guy who seems to care more about his “brand” than actually bieng the greatest basketball player ever.

        I reading Bill simmons article today, and did made some very interesting points about all this.

        • Mike HC

          I think that LeBron has been playing the media like a fiddle this whole time, and he is still doing. If hear “all indications” one more time, without them telling me what those indicators are, I am going to pull my hair out. I’m not buying it, and still believe it is either CLE or NY, and really think it is NY.

          Of course, I might be too skeptical here, and maybe the sources have it right. Who knows.

          • Ivan

            There been reports like really years since the 08 olympics that LeBron, Wade and Bosh basically made a pact, that if all 3 were FA, that were going to sign on the same team. Of course at that time it was absolutely crazy (as Bill Simmons said too). However, it’s 2 years later and that might happen, so mayb the sources have been right all along. Who knows.

            I will say this, If A-Rod conducted himself if he was FA, the way LeBron has, people would of rip A-Rod and called him selfish and he only cared about himself and stuff like that. Same thing with Farve. I mean LeBron didn’t had to have Press conference in greenwich to gas up Knick fans, so he can make an extra dollar. I mean this is just him being Diva point blank. However if he signs with the Knicks, that goes out the window.

            • Mike HC

              Yea, I’m a fan of Simmons. I read the article. One of his better ones in a while.

              Definitely could play out like that, but I just don’t think it will.

              LeBron to NY

              • Ivan

                I hope so…I really do.

                Plus it would be kinda bad for basketball for to have 3 of the top FA join the same team.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      As a Knick fan (and as a basketball fan too) I wouldn’t mind if LeBron signed with any other team in the NBA who were involved in the sweepstakes.

      Coward.

    • Dalelama

      Yeah but Miami saves him $20M in state and city income taxes, no income taxes in FL

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Joey Votto just said “fuck you Charlie Manuel”

    • Brad Toughy

      The fans left him out the first time and the players left him out too. Manuel’s not the only one at fault.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        I know, I just couldn’t resist that (super lame) joke.

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

    Against all reason at this point, I still expect James to sign with the Knicks. To me it still makes the most sense. But I’m usually wrong about this stuff.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Nah, he has the best chance to win in Miami. The big media market stuff doesn’t mean as much today as it did in the past. If he wins, he’ll be glorified like Tiger and Michael. Playing in NY and losing doesn’t take him to the next level, and could even knock him down a few pegs. It’s the right move.

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

        Disagree. He wins in Miami it means much less. Hard to claim title as greatest when playing with 1 other top-5 player and another top 10.

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

          That’s irrelevant. You’re missing the point from a business and marketing perspective. You’re thinking of this as a hard core sports fan and New Yorker, which combined is like 2% of the US population, tops. Lebron is looking to transcend his sport, become as big as Michael was in the 80s/90s. He’s looking to brand himself as big as possible, that means targeting the mainstream American. You have to win first in order to do that. NBA fans may think of the Heat as Wade’s team, but Wade won’t even be mentioned in the Nike ads that will be aimed at selling the 12 year old kids overpriced sneakers.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    So the Yankees signed Garrett Atkins.

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

      No, they didn’t. I looked into it.

      • Thomas Cassidy

        Oh, I see. I thought it would be a good depth pick up. Off the bench bat with potential power. Maybe they do ending up signing him. Nothing bad can heppen.

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

      Not true.

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

        Ah, refresh fail. Mike’s got this one.

        But if anything, he’d probably be a minor league signing. His bat is probably dead and he’s AWFUL with the glove, but I suppose he may still have something left.

        • Thomas Cassidy

          That’s what I was thinking. You never know what can happen, right? I wonder if they have any interest in Delgado. His career is done anyway I bet.

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

            Suppose. I heard reports Carlos Delgado was actually harvested for organs back in March but if you tell me he’s alive and well, hey, they could take a shot. Not much downside and if rigor hasn’t set in, he could have some power.

            • Thomas Cassidy

              Ha! Those steriods, man.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              Hilarity.

              Seriously though, wasn’t he in the Mets clubhouse on crutches in, like, May?

              • Thomas Cassidy

                I don’t pay attention to anything regarding him. I don’t like him at all.

  • Kiersten

    Another argument against a salary cap.

    This whole Lebron can just go wherever he wants thing is BORING. At least in baseball, teams have to bid for a player.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      It is kind of weird that players can collude this way in a sport with a salary cap.

  • forensicnucchem

    If only the NBA had a salary cap, these kind of things could be avoided and one team couldn’t sign everyone.

    Oh wait…

    • Ivan

      To be fair, the chances of this happening is little to none.

      I mean if there wasn’t no salary cap, Tim Duncan would be a Knick rite now.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    I think ESPN is on shakey journalistic grounds here. If you are a news source you should report the news when you know it. You think ESPN would let someone publish a story on their website right now stating they have confirmed where Lebron is going?

    am i a journalist…no…but i did take a media ethics class once.

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

      As a journalist myself, I agree with your initial report. It’s questionable policy at best though to be fair, ESPN has (at least to my knowledge) never been considered a defender of journalistic integrity.

      With the 24-hour news cycle and Twitter in the Age of Instant, these things are unfortunately to be expected, which is not to say there isn’t an appropriate median to be found between speed and accuracy.

      • mike c

        espn is also a mega media outlet with a huge vested interest outside of new york– with the fact that YES already gets better ratings than ESPN in nyc, the last thing they want to do is lose further ground to the MSG network IMO… journalistic fairness is probably the last thing they are worried about and whatever ratings they can squeeze out of the lebron thing is what’s important to them. fwiw i bought 2 shares of MSG at $20 a piece today, let’s go knicks!

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    From that MLB Fanhouse article about Andy:

    Some of the improvement, Pettitte concedes, may just be luck: “I’ve been fortunate that some of the ground balls that could go through the infield end up being at an infielder and a double play. Numbers can be deceiving.”

    Andy Pettitte talking about BABIP, kinda? OMG. *_*

    • Ivan

      A guy from Texas making sense?!?! Who Knew.

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

        He’s from Louisiana…

        • Ivan

          I know that.

          But he consider himself a Texan.

          • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

            I consider myself Brazilian.

            I’m still a New Yorker.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              Eh. I mean, I don’t know when exactly he went from Louisiana to Houston or whatever (really), but if the guy left Louisiana when he was 2 years old and went to Texas, I definitely think of him more as a Texan. I do anyway.

    • Mike HC

      The idea that a pitcher can get lucky has been around forever. Whats new, is the idea that it can be calculated to the decimal.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Oh, Andy can get lucky. Very, very lucky.

        I’M SORRY I COULDN’T HELP IT.

        • thurdonpaul

          bexy bexy bexy, Andy is a married man :)

        • Mike HC

          haha

        • thurdonpaul

          bexy, Andy is a married man :)

        • http://twitter.com/AnaMariana42 Ana

          LOL ILU.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            It is mutual <3

  • Salty Buggah

    POSADA: “CERVELLI ES EL FUTURO CATCHER DE LOS YANQUIS”

    http://www.meridiano.com.ve/Gr.....tro=161757

    Yes, and I am their future shortstop. Seriously though, that would be terrifying. Not because Cervelli sucks (I mean, he’s a good enough backup catcher) but it means Montero, Romine, Murphy, or Sanchez all didn’t pan out (unless of course, they’re moved from catcher).

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

      I don’t know why this ever surprises anyone. Jorge has made it a habit of saying stupid things over the years.

      Very good hitter, meh-to-bad catcher who seems to have no idea that Cervelli probably isn’t even a starting catcher in the NL, let alone the AL East. Hopefully he’s just being really supportive and doesn’t actually believe that.

      Though that would make him the likely winner of the SF Giants GM sweepstakes when the riots end up killing Sabean.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        That. It’s not just Jorge, either. It’s pretty much all baseball players.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      For some reason, that automatically translated. Here are some of the lines.

      The organization experimented with in the garden boricua short, middle, at the hot corner and at catcher

      Posada has introduced exciting brands in different departments in the Big Logos. Since 2000 the hillbillie leader appears in several departments offensive catcher in the majors.

      “I’m hurt and so I have to leave the field to help the team!”

      I see.

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea, Chrome did that for me too. Hillbillie, huh?

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        That translation is accurate, but a bit out of sequence. It should read like this

        “I’m hurting the team on the field, so I have to leave!”

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    There’s no way Lebron’s going to Miami. They will literally have no bench. Then again, I don’t even follow basketball, so maybe I just shouldn’t say anything.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Ditto. And I think he’s going to NY. Sure it’s not what the media’s been saying but I think with Amare going to NY and Bosh/Wade going to Miami, as well as the “coincidental” announcement of the end of this fucking nightmare in my hometown that’s 40 minutes from NYC, he’s coming to NY.

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

        I agree he’s going to NY (though he won’t according to media reports) but it taking place in Greenwhich is probably a location based on ESPN’s headquarters and as a semi-neutral area he can use as a smokescreen if that’s what he’s going for.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Yeah, that makes sense, too.

    • vin

      “There’s no way Lebron’s going to Miami. They will literally have no bench. ”

      Wrong. D-WADE TO TEH BENCH!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Are you saying Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball?

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

      IETMLR

      I enjoyed this Major league reference.

      The Yankees should sign this guy.

      http://tinyurl.com/3ag5ro7

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    I just want everyone to know I have solved Joba’s inconsistency issues, and will have a post on the topic manana.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      He’s 24 and sometimes 24 year old pitchers pitch inconsistently? ;)

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        Noooo.. something much more brilliant, cunning and insightful than that.

        …which is to say I totally ripped the idea off from somebody much smarter than me.

  • mike c

    i’m going out on a limb here, but i’m pretty sure that the ochocinco news network will have officially one-upped ESPN

    • VO

      I hope Ochocinco was right once I saw his tweet I put it together with his previous two and got excited. But with that said OC is from Miami so maybe he was just trying to help LeBron put up a smokescreen.

  • Drew

    As a Heat fan, I will JIMP is we sign Bron Bron. That said, even if we don’t sign him, the Heat will be awesome this year. We can just resign Udonis, snatch a guy like Korver and/or Posey and it’s #2 for Flash.

    • Reggie C.

      Miami Heat without Lebron keeps the Heat the second best NBA team in the state of Florida.

      • Drew

        False. Dwight Howard is a freak.

        Howeva, Wade is arguably the best player in the game(at least I’ve argued it for a few years now..) and now with Bosh, a legitimate 20 10 guy, and 10 mil free on the books(sans Lebron), Riley will build the best team in the East. Of course, I’m biased so take that as you will. Riley is a mastermind and the way he cleared all this room to sign Wade & Friends is just awesome.

        • Mike Pop

          Without LeBron, they probably sign Mike Miller.

          Regardless, give the edge to the Heat over Magic in my eyes.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Have you seen the rest of the Heat roster?

      Oh, right. It doesn’t exist.

      • Drew

        Last time I checked, Be Easy is good and getting better every game. Chalmers is a solid young point man who just needs to work on his finishing around the basket. Joel Anthony can be a solid defensive center next to Bosh. It’s not as bad as people are making it out to be. If Lebron signs, it will be tough to build an athletic bench, if he doesn’t, the roster will be just fine.

  • Januz

    To be honest, the NBA is way down on my interest list (I prefer baseball, College Football, NFL, and hockey). But this entire Lebron stuff is interesting. I can’t be critical of him or the system if he decides to go to Miami. Here is why: When the economy was at its worst, we went out and signed Tex, CC & AJ to huge contracts, if I condemned the system that let Lebron, Wade & Bosh play together, I would be hypocritical. As for Lebron humself, it is apparently very important for this guy to win Championships, as well it should. I think of guys like Mattingly, Mussina, Giambi and Righetti (Long time Yankees…. all who never won), I also think of Arod who went through hell until he finally won. I leave with this little quote about winning: “The Ring Validates Your Career” (Elvin Hayes)

  • Mike HC

    If LeBron goes to Miami, he should be stripped of his “King” nickname. A King certainly does not abandon his territory to share in the spotlight in another territory.

    If he conquers New York, the King nickname still fits.

    • VO

      +6

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      This is what I never understood: for a guy that cares so much about his legacy, why would he go to a place where even if he wins, everyone is going to say “well, he couldn’t win alone”?

      • Mike HC

        Cause maybe he can’t win alone.

        That would be the most plausible explanation.

        • poster on another computer

          It’s also probably wrong though. He’s a freaking insanely awesome plaer. This coming from somebody who knows nothing about basketball though, so I guess I could be wrong.

          • Mike HC

            Well, he clearly can’t win alone. Jordan did not win alone. Pippen is one of the greatest players of all time, and took the Bulls to the second round without Jordan.

            I like the way Brad Toughy put it below, “He’ll forever be the Alex Rodriguez to Dwayne Wade’s Derek Jeter. He may be the better overall player, but it won’t ever be his team and he’ll always have less rings than Wade.”

            • poster on another computer

              The difference of course is that fans and the media always had a really odd relationship with A-Rod, but they love LeBron.

              I don’t think the two situations are really comparable.

              • Mike HC

                true. Definitely not identical situations.

                I still like the analogy though

                • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

                  They won’t be loving LeBron much longer.

      • Drew

        Anyone that says that is just a cynic. A guy takes less money to win and he’s all of a sudden a guy who can’t win alone?

        Anyways, no one can win alone. Lebron will never be MJ. Alex will never be Ruth. Life moves on.

      • Dalelama

        Nobody in a team sport wins alone…Miami saves him $20M in taxes, better weather, better org, lower cost of living, beach, boating,etc…it is a no brainer in my opinion

  • vin

    Ubaldo has 15 wins by the all-star break. Odds he DOESN’T get 20? 50-1?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    LeBron is definitely going to Miami…

    to play CF for the Marlins.

  • Mike HC

    Chris Broussard has been very out front and out spoken that he is going to Miami. If he is wrong, he should be blackballed.

    • Mike HC

      Broussard is hedging his bets as we speak. Weak. He knows nothing.

      • mike c

        yes, him and stephen a smith should be replaced by @OGochocinco and @iamdiddy

        • VO

          and Jared Dudley

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

      Chris Broussard has been very out front and out spoken that he is going to Chicago, stay in Cleveland, no, definitely Chicago Miami. If he is wrong, he should be blackballed.

      /Fixed

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    he’s going to nyc

    book it

  • Brad Toughy

    If LeBron ends up in Miami I just won’t get it.

    He’ll forever be the Alex Rodriguez to Dwayne Wade’s Derek Jeter. He may be the better overall player, but it won’t ever be his team and he’ll always have less rings than Wade.

    • Mike HC

      Well put. And since LeBron is a Yankee fan, something he should understand.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Never thought of it that way.

      • Drew

        That’s probably because you don’t view it that way. When Alex hits a grand slam do you say to yourself, that was nice but this is Jeter’s team? When we recorded the final out of #27 did you watch Alex throw his arms in the air, sprinting towards Teix and say to yourself, eh, he was good but this is Jeter’s team? Most educated fans don’t buy into the MSM views of guys. The bottom line, imo, is that if Alex was drafted by the Yanks in 94 he’d probably have a fistful of rings. If LBJ played for Riley next to Shaq in his last (half)good year, he’d probably have a ring.

    • poster on another computer

      I disagree. LeBron has always had a much better relationship with the media and fans than A-Rod ever has.

      I know all you Knicks fans are bing optimistic (Believe it or not, I’m on your side. I’m rooting for him to go to the Knicks.) but I think he ends up in Miami.

  • Paul Canales

    Has anybody with any credibilty said that Lebron’s going to NY? All the media reports point to Miami, but then again, I know little to nothing about basketball. I just want a reason to root for a New York basketball team.

    • Mike HC

      No, not a single credible source on my radar has side NY is the favorite.

      Which is one of the reasons why I think NY is the favorite.

      • Paul Canales

        Sounds just about right. Just the way he’s taking advantage of the media is just wrong. Which baseball player do you think would get put on the cross for doing what he’s doing?

        • Mike HC

          LeBron has taken his share of criticism for it though. A ton actually. So he has gotten his.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    For the people who are down on IFAs, from Ben Badler:

    More than 25 percent of the players in Major League Baseball this year were signed as international free agents, including 21 of the top 60 hitters and 14 of the top 60 pitchers according to WAR calculations as of June 25th.

    http://www.bbtia.com/home/2010.....marke.html

    I know there have been issues with lying about age and steroids, but it’s undeniable that the IFA has been an extremely fertile ground for top flight players. If you follow the Draft, you really should follow the IFA signings as well.

  • Mike HC

    Gotta love LeBron surrounding himself with children during this event.

    Who does he think he is, the President or something.

    • Brad Toughy

      Jeses did something like that quite a few years back I believe.

  • Ori M

    Also who is to say Miami will be a powerhouse with LeBron joining? LeBron and Wade are both guys who love to have the ball in their hands. I just don’t see it working out.

    • Mike Pop

      I see it working out, I see it working out mighty fine. Going into this situation, if it happens, all three know they have to sacrifice a bit. My money would be on them.

  • ARX

    Since the odds of him picking the Knicks are about 1 in 1000, am I the only one NOT interested in watching Lebron pick which team will kick our asses for the next half decade? I’ve been trying to hang on, trying to stick with them as a fan, but if all we come up with is Stoudemire + some 3rd tier player, I may just give up on them.

  • Tom Zig

    Step 1: Nick Swisher wins Final Vote
    Step 2: Knicks sign LeBron
    Step 3: Yankees win.

    Can we go 3-0?

    • Paul Canales

      I want to.

    • ultimate913

      Step 1 is complete. Step 2 wont happen. Step 3 is quite possible.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Step 4: Cut a hole in the box…

      • Paul Canales

        Step 5: ????
        Step 6: PROFIT!!!!

      • 28 this year

        put your d*** in the box.

      • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP)

        Put your junk in the box….

        • 28 this year

          that is what I meant to type

          • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP)

            I don’t feel so bad now, I’m not the only one who made a reply referring to smash hit “Dick In A Box”.

  • Mike HC

    Heyward gets 6 years and 55 million? What is Cuban smoking?

    • Paul Canales

      links

      • Mike HC

        just saw it on espn’s bottom line.

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        lol no need for links, this is true. brendan haywood gets 6 years 55 mil

        makes ZERO sense

        • Mike Pop

          Big men seem to get ridiculous contracts in the NBA. Just the way of the world.

          • Ivan

            It’s been like that since the don of time.

            If your 6″10 & up and somewhat not shitty, your bound to get good ol’ pay day.

            The list goes on and on:

            Jerome James
            Marcin Gortat
            Raef Lafrentz
            Eddy Curry
            Drew Gooden
            Keith Van Horn.

            The List goes on and on like I said.

            • Mike Pop

              Dampier.

              • Ivan

                I got a good one, try to top this one:

                Adonal Foyle.

            • Mike HC

              Darko just got 20 million. That is about as inexcusable as it gets.

      • Januz

        I saw the article on espn.com espn.go.com

  • Kiersten

    Via @EthanJSkolnick, sports writer for the SFSS:

    Heat pulled its Welcome LeBron ad from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Confirmed.

    • poster on another computer

      This confirms nothing except that they don’t want to look stupid.

      You guys are seeing signs where they don’t exist.

      • Mike HC

        Thats part of the fun. Even if LeBron does not sign with the Knicks, it has surely been an entertaining week.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        He had dinner at Sparks Steakhouse last night. That means he’s coming to New York….to eat meat.

      • Kiersten

        I didn’t say anything about it, I was simply relaying the information.

        • poster on another computer

          The word confirmed made it seem like you were confident he was coming to NY.

  • poster on another computer

    If LeBron comes to the Knicks (or Nets, for that matter) I will become a basketball fan.

    I don’t think he goes to either team though.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      I think he announces his retirement, and decides to play Baseball.

      • poster on another computer

        I already made that joke today. Several times.

  • Drew

    The way Lebron’s marketing team has orchestrated this whole thing is just awesome. My stepmom, furthest thing from a sports fan, asks me where I think he’s going. The whole thing is really genius.

    • Paul Canales

      Total chaos. I would love it if all the ESPN media reports were wrong.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        He is going to the Golden State Warriors. I have my sources.

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

          He’s going to make a creamy bechamel. I have my sauces.

          • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP)

            LOL, am I the only one who is going to laugh at this? Or understand it?

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              I laughed too.

              • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP)

                Brownie points for you, now for the 100 million dollar price can you name 3 mother sauces other than bechamel?

        • Paul Canales

          I thought he was gonna be a Met?

        • Mike HC

          He is going to announce his plans to go to Miami. Then Wade is going to have second thoughts about taking less than the max money, and decide to pull out, and join the knicks for the max.

          Wade and Amare to the Knicks

          LeBron and Bosh to the Heat.

          Book it. Ha

        • Ivan

          He’s join the illuminati.

    • ultimate913

      Yes. Any games that were to include a perfect game or no-hitter wouldn’t come up on ESPN until tomorrow.

      I really do love it though. EVERYONE is tuning in to find out where he goes. I’m pretty sure my news feed on Facebook will be FILLED with stuff about LBJ’s decision. Even people like you said, those who don’t like sports at all…

  • Kiersten

    Does anyone think he’s going to stay in Cleveland?

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama
    • Ivan

      Sounds like a HATER!!!!!!!!

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Sounds like a HATER COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS RED SOX HOMER!!!!!!!!

        ftfy.

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          With that comment added with just ‘Pete’ I thought everyone was talking about Pete Abe.

          But Gammons too should just STFU.

    • Kiersten

      Cause I always vote for my all-stars based on past gold gloves.

    • poster on another computer

      2010 All Star Team:

      Nick Swisher-On the Roster

      Youkilis-Not

      FUCK YOU, Abraham.

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Haha I thought it was Pete Abe too but it’s Diamond Cutters over here.

        • poster on another computer

          Meh, Abraham, Gammons, same Red Sox homerism.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Youkilis is a better player, but the “commercial” stuff is just downright bitterness.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Exactly. Youk’s better, but Swish’s been great, and it’s just so petty and whiny.

        • Raf

          extremely petty, especially for someone like Gammons

    • Yarden

      The reason why ESPN has been boston biased for the past decade…

  • Mike HC

    RAB should change its name tonight to: “7th Avenue Blues” with all this Knicks and hoops talk

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Personally, I’ve never really got the “Blues” part of the name. What do Yankee fans have to be “Blue” about?

      • Mike HC

        Have you seen a game thread when heaven forbid the Yanks are losing.

        But seriously, yea. I think the it just makes it a cool sounding name, rather than a particularly defining trait of Yankee fans.

        • poster on another computer

          It sounds sort of like Billy Joel’s “NY State of Mind”.

          “Out of touch with the rhythym andblues”

          “Out of touch with the River Ave Blues”

  • Drew

    All of his rhetoric that Lebron will be hated everywhere if he goes to MIA is such bull. Don’t worry though, in 5 years when he’s a FA, everyone will love him again? Right, that makes sense.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      If LeBron does go there I finally get to get Yankeed on. I don’t want to experience it.

    • poster on another computer

      This.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Worked so well for A-Rod!

      • poster on another computer

        LeBron is not A-Rod.

  • Alex S

    twitter will definitely blow up tonight

  • Paul Canales

    The hate and venom doesn’t know where to go. But I hear there’s a hotel reserved for the both of them in Miami. Let’s see if it ends up being a waste of money.

  • Mike HC

    Do you guys think that LeBron takes a hit with the media after all this. After all the deception and making their sources look like shit etc … Will the media be quicker to criticize when things don’t go LeBrons way?

    Or are the media happy that LeBron is giving them such great material, and playing the “game,” thus keeping their love.

    I don’t know.

    • bonestock94

      I don’t know, they call a guy that hasn’t done jack shit after the regular season “king,” I doubt they’ll turn on their darling.

  • Jose the Satirist

    My prediction is LeBron announces he is going to play basketball in Europe.

    • Ivan

      Or pulls a Jordan and decides to play baseball.

  • bonestock94

    I hate lebron and I’m on pins and needles. I guess the hype machine is working.

  • Drew

    If this reallyt happens man.. I’ll really be wishing I still lived in Miami.

    • Kiersten

      this.

      I went to two Heat games this year and they sucked.

      • Drew

        It was all worth it. Riley is a genius.

    • bonestock94

      I’m not sure they would win rings though, don’t they not have any role or bench players?

      • Drew

        Can’t say until the contracts are announced tbh.

      • Kiersten

        Do you really need those in basketball if you have 3 superstars?

        • bonestock94

          yes, the miami thing would probably just be an ego mess. I’m not even convinced they’d win the east.

          • Drew

            Has DW, Bron or Bosh ever really come across to you as egomaniacs? If you watched the Olympics, you’ll know what’s possible. These 3 can play together. Also, they’re legitimately buds, they aren’t 3 guys that have never spoken.

            • bonestock94

              Lebron seems like a spoiled brat to me.

              • Drew

                I don’t blame you. I disagree but I don’t blame you for feeling that way. When I was 17/18…shit, 19/20/21. I was getting blazed, going to class and passing tests. When he was 16/17/18 he was being hyped as the best athlete ever. We’re not on the same level as Lebron.

                • bonestock94

                  yea, you’re right

        • Drew

          You definitely do need a little something on the bench. That said, the three guys average over 40 minutes per. Higher obviously in the playoffs.

  • Drew

    “Decision 2010″>>>World Cup… And I love soccer. lol

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    The special goes til 10. LeBron and CC are friends. The Yankees start at 10. Coincidence?

    • Jose the Satirist

      Ivan was right! LeBron is going to become a baseball player, joining the Yankees.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    I’m laughing hysterically at how freaking dramatic this is.

    • Mike HC

      ha, we are on the same page. See below

    • Jose the Satirist

      I AM SO PUMPED AND I DON’T KNOW WHY!!one!!

      • NYQ

        same…

  • Mike HC

    You can’t help but find this stuff absolutely hysterical.

  • Jose the Satirist

    Based on his appearance, I’m pretty sure he isn’t staying in Cleveland.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      That’s the old “You don’t schedule a press conference to announce you’re staying in school” or in this case, Cleveland.

      I think that’s the only positive out of this whole thing. He’ll get a chance to say goodbye to Cleveland.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    They lied. It’s not the first 10 minutes.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    LeBron: I’ve accomplished all there is to accomplish in basketball. I’m gonna go play Minor League Baseball now.”

    • Drew

      BEYONCE HAD THE GREATEST VIDEO OF ALL TIME!

    • rek4gehrig

      I’m going to college..I feel I need to be more educated

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Oh my God they photoshopped Lebron into different uniforms, I am dying

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Yeah, that Knick Jersey looked pretty sweet.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Best HR Derby moment ever: The State Farm president presenting the trophy to Justin Morneau and calling him “Jason.”

  • rek4gehrig

    ESPN needs to be sanctioned for this fiasco…this is beyond ridiculous…the decision, my behind

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    this is fucking taking forever

    • rek4gehrig

      this is really worse than american idol

      • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP)

        Worst than American Idol? That is tough.

  • Guest

    I think people are being WAY too hard on Lebron. Should he have listened to whomever advised him to do this primetime extravaganza? No. But people are acting like this is the worst thing anyone has ever done in the history of ever. It’s actually amazing, the sturm and drang. And its not like LeBron has handled himself in a terrible fashion such that this TV show is some sort of last straw.

    I mean, the kid was on the cover of Sports Illustrated AT SIXTEEN. The headline said “The Chosen One.” He signed a 90 million dollar deal with Nike before his first NBA practice. He’s been the games biggest star ever since. He’s still only 25 years old. He’s been under a microscope and lived with a level of pressure none of us can even comprehend?

    And yet, have we heard of one incident, either extracurricular or team related? Has he done a single thing to bring shame or embarrasment to the NBA? I might have been on Mars, but I believe the answer is no.

    Again Lebron made a mistake in deciding to do this show. But we have this one mistake pit against 9 years of good behavior showing him to be a good/fun loving guy. And, by the way, he was between 16-25 during these nine years. Not exactly the most mature years in most people’s lives. I am glad no one had my life under a microscope during these years.

    Also, last I checked, the Cleveland Cavs do not have an inalienable right to his services for the rest of his life. He is not obligated to stay there just because he was born there. And, moreover, I don’t think he is a bad guy for exercising his rights as a free agent. I don’t think anyone should tell me what city I should live and work in, and no one has the right to do that to Lebron either.

    • rek4gehrig

      I have no problem with LeBron…just this silly nonsense…

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        That.

        I don’t even have a problem with it, I just think it’s super hilarious.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Yay 5 hour commercial is done.

  • rek4gehrig

    Just say it ‘Bron…..quit the silly chitchat

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    He’ll be in the middle of announcing it and we’ll get a massive power outage here. Watch.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    We got Yankeed on.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Done and done. Time to watch YES pregame. Sorry, Knicks fans. :(

  • rek4gehrig

    Moi aussi…time for Yankee baseball

  • mbonzo

    Thought the Yankees would have signed LeBron out of habit. Guess Cashman can’t sign them all.

    • 28 this year

      IETC

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Well we know the 2011 NBA Champions.

    • bonestock94

      The lakers. I’m not even a fan but I know they’ll win it.

    • Sheepmeister

      As well as 2012-2014.

  • poster on a different computer

    How anticlimactic.

  • rek4gehrig

    Sorry Knicks fans…back to a life of misery

    • Drew

      Signing Amare for 100 million… Re-establishing their role as the worst org in basketball. heh

    • ARX

      Well, at least we have cap space. Yknow, nothing to spend it on, still gonna get killed by any half decent team in the league, not gonna be relevent anytime in the next 3 years or so…but at least we’ll suck cheaply.

      • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

        Yup.

  • http://fmylife.com JobaJr

    All together now…

    Asshole…Asshole…

    • Guest

      Yes. I will tell you where to live and work. If you disagree with me, you are a asshole. Thanks.

      • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

        I don’t think anyone would put on this dog and pony show, and that’s before the show.

      • http://fmylife.com JobaJr

        He only just took a stake and drove it through his hometown…

        No big deal.

        • dalelama

          The guy isn’t even from Cleveland he is from Akron…

  • bonestock94

    Oh god, the gravity of the knicks fail is just beginning to hit me. They’re less promising than the pirates or astros, seriously.

  • Kiersten

    Poor Cleveland.

  • Reggie C.

    At least Jordan’s legacy is secured. There’s only 1 real #23, and it surely ain’t Lebron.

    • Drew

      Lebron changed his #.

      BTW, there will never be another Ruth. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a Jeter, a CC, an Alex.

  • 28 this year

    I don’t follow basketball and I live in Jersey yet I had no idea the Nets were trying to get LeBron. To be honest, I don’t even know anyone on the Nets.

  • Guest

    Do you Lebron. Let the haters hate. Live your life.

  • Mike HC

    LeBron is giving Cleveland the “its not you, its me” speech

  • Drew

    /DJ Khaled!

  • Drew

    !!Paging Cavs fans!! LBJ has already been payed for that jersey you’re burning. You’re a moron! GO BROWNS! hahahahA

  • Drew

    Will Smith knew all along..

  • Dalelama

    Smart decision Lebron…

  • Drew

    /Adjusts mental perception based on media.

    –Taking less money to win= Bad.

  • Yarden

    If only more athletes left $30 million on the table and put their legacy aside all in the name of winning. you don’t play the game to make the most money or be loyal; you play to win

  • Poopy Pants

    LOL @ Cashman.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Am I the only one who’s getting really into the WB Mason soap opera commercials?