Open Thread: One more day to Send Swish!


We’re now into Day Three of the Final Vote balloting, and Nick Swisher has regained the lead over Kevin Youkilis in this back-and-forth affair for the final roster spot on the AL All Star Team. That doesn’t mean Swish doesn’t need your help anymore, he only leads by less than one percentage point. You’ve got until 4pm ET to vote as many times as possible for the Yanks’ rightfielder, so make sure you do it and get an eighth Yankee in Anaheim next week. Here’s the ballot.

Once you’ve voted a few hundred times, use this as your open thread until the game thread comes along a little later. The Met are playing the Reds, and you can laugh along at either SNY or ESPN. Talk about anything – I hear NBA free agency is the cool thing with the kids – just don’t be a jerk.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Arroyo is pitching? Francesa JIP warning.

  2. Marcus Thames in left tonight. Bottom of the lineup includeds Cervelli and Peña.

    Good they we won the series, eh?



  3. Dela G says:

    Aight Rab, where do you think lebron is going to?

  4. I’m relatively certain I’ve voted 100 times…and in no way is that depressing.

  5. Ross in Jersey says:

    So from reading the latest tweets from the beat writers, apparently Cano had no idea that he had been pulled from the Home Run Derby. Sure sounds like he wasn’t consulted about the decision. Meh, thats a Met-like level of communications breakdown. Not that big of a deal, but still, would have been nice if they told Robbie before the media.

  6. Dela G says:

    So Seth Everett tweeted that Amar’e, LeBron and Allan Houston went to sparks steakhouse. i am assuming this happened late today


    • Angelo says:

      Looks like LeBron is coming to New York, but I’m cautiously optimistic.

      Next thing you know, he’s actually staying in Cleveland. :(

    • Mike HC says:

      Isn’t that guy a comedian or something though.

      He may just be posting bullshit for attention. Not too trustworthy.

      Although I have thought from the get go it was Cleve or NY. So I still think he is coming.

      • Raf says:

        Seth Everett works for ESPN. has worked with MLB and specific teams in the past. but i wouldnt consider him someone in the know for all this basketball free agency talk

  7. Next I expect we’ll be reading tweets about LeBron taking a bathroom break or deciding to wear green underwear.

  8. Orlando Cabrera and his .291 OBP–that’s a winning player for sure!

  9. Dela G says:

    haha my dad just came home from work, and gave me a vuvuzela a co-worker had bought in south africa for him


  10. I really can’t wait for the Mets to make the awful decision to sit Angel Pagan when Carlos Beltran returns.

    • I know Met fans are in love with Pagan, but if Beltran put up a .822 OPS with 6 HRs they’d be disappointed with him. Now, many of them don’t want to sit Pagan when Beltran comes back.

  11. Ivan says:

    Hey RAB, if LeBron signs with the Knicks, while I understand it’s a baseball/Yankee blog, would you make a thread or post that LeBron has sign with the Knicks?

  12. Dela G says:

    adrian beltre just committed his 14th error


    holy shit

  13. http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-956302

    The steroid cases are quite different: Rafael Palmeiro, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire are not getting in. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens & Manny Ramirez are up in the air.

    It’s probably just personal preference/bias, but I object to Sheffield being included in that “he shouldn’t get in” list with Sosa/McGwire/Palmeiro. I think he should be more in the “up in the air” list with Bonds/Clemens/Ramirez/

    Raekwon the Sheff was a much better player than McGwire/Sosa/Palmeiro, good enough that his numbers merit overlooking the steroids periphery of his career.

    FWIW, B-R.com’s HoF standards rankings (50 or higher indicates Hall worthiness):
    McGwire: 42 (#133 overall)
    Sosa: 52 (#72)
    Palmiero: 57 (#42)
    Sheffield: 61 (#28)

  14. Total Dominication says:

    What is the RAB stance on the RS-Rays game?

  15. Ivan says:

    Chicago from reports just signed, Carlos Boozer to 5 year deal.

  16. Angelo says:

    TSJC, do you have a twitter account?

    Nobody is following me on Twitter…:(

  17. So according to my mom, who heard on 1010 WINS, LeBron will be making his announcement from the Boys and Girls Club here in Greenwich. Me thinks LeBron will be a Knick in 25 hours or so.

  18. ultimate913 says:

    So… who here is going to watch the LBJ press conference tomorrow? I have a feeling even some of the Yanks themselves will be watching it before tomorrow’s game against Seattle.

    • Mike HC says:

      I bet CC already knows he is coming to NY, meaning the rest of the Yanks probably know too.

      Some people are in the know, and the rest of us have to watch it on TV.

  19. Ross in Jersey says:

    Keith Hernandez: Angel Hernandez is a star player.

    Uh… yeah.

  20. So with LBJ+Amare+Gallinari+Chandler+Douglas as the core, here’s another thought.

    We can flip Eddy Curry’s expiring deal to a team trying to get under the cap. With Bron and Amare locked in, we’re not going to be big players in free agency soon (and Carmelo’s going to take Denver’s extension anyway, so it’s moot).

    Eddy Curry to the Warriors for Monta Ellis. Ellis makes 11M a year for the next 4 seasons, which lines up with Curry perfectly. And the Warriors would be interested in getting an expiring deal and moving Curry, who’s fallen out of favor with Nelson and takes shots away from Stephen Curry.

    Ellis is a bit of a ballhog, but he’d defer to LBJ/Amare/Gallo in our system and be a clear 4th option, and he’s fast as shit.


  21. MrJigginz says:

    Just an FYI…If anybody wants to listen to Betances’ Tampa start,look up Daytona Cubs on the MILB.com audio…He’s doing his thing so far through 4.

  22. Kiersten says:

    Thought: we’re all wasting valuable voting time by posting in here.

  23. Brad Toughy says:

    When you take into account all facets of a free agency signing, NY seems to make the most sense for LeBron. Media exposure (not that he needs it), endorsements, money, prestige, and to be quite honest, roster. Gallo/Chandler/Amare is a very nice nucleus and is certainly better than what NJ, Chicago or Cleveland has. And it’s arguably better than a Boozer/Rose/Noah trio, especially considering Boozer’s injury history. I doubt LA is too serious a threat because anyone that goes there plays second fiddle to the Lakers, and in turn, Kobe. I’m pretty sure that with Bosh and Wade on board with max contracts, Miami would need to clear Beasley in order to afford a third max.

    Throw in the fact that New York can deal away Curry’s expiring contract, they’ll have more money to play around with next offseason too, to add anything they’re missing.

    I hate being optimistic when it comes to things like this, but if LeBron’s smart and his people are smart, New York should get a huge boost tomorrow night.

  24. ColoYank says:

    First half team record in each of the starting pitchers’ starts:

    Sabathia: 11-6
    Burnett: 8-9
    Pettitte: 13-3
    Vazquez: 7-8
    Hughes: 11-3
    Mitre: 0-2

    Total: 50-31

  25. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Has anyone here passed the CPA exam while working?

    • Dela G says:

      i just passed 3 of the 4 parts just this past semester while in school and am waiting for the audit test score (my last section)

      • SouthernYankeeFan says:

        That was my plan but it took over 3 months to get my NTS and by then i pretty much done with school and with June being a closed month i couldn’t take any then before i started working.

        • Dela G says:

          here’s what i would do then. Find a way to get study materials (i used becker) and start studying for FAR as soon as possible, because that test takes forever to do. What state are you in that it took so long? in texas it took 3 weeks from application to NTS. they must be too slow :(

          had i not already sold most of my becker stuff on ebay back in may, i would easily give them to you for free.

          i’ll tell you, the best order to study for the tests is FAR, BEC, REG, Audit. If you do it in that order (that’s what i did), you are set up to spend an entire off month to study for REG, which is crucial

          • SouthernYankeeFan says:

            I have the Becker stuff. I’m studying FAR Ive already been through all the multiple choice once. Now im going back through and reading the book and doing the MC again.

            Part of the problem is I commute and have to get up at 6 to get to work dont get home till after 6 and it doesn’t leave much time to study before I get really tired.

            • SouthernYankeeFan says:

              I applied in Mississippi.

            • Dela G says:

              yeah man i totally understand. if you were to find a way to just study in small bites (maybe 3-4 hours a weekday, and read some flashcards during lunch) and then 5-6 hours on saturday and sunday, you will be fine. The lectures for FAR take FOREVER to watch, but as you are doing, keep on chuggin along :)

  26. kenthadley says:

    how about baseball free agency. Any news on IFA’s? I see a lot of names being picked up by other teams, but no NYY buzz.

  27. According to the docs — filed recently in federal court — Gloria has spent the rest of her life shielding LeBron from the truth.

    But the man making the claim isn’t some schmuck — dude is a Princeton graduate … who earned a law degree from the University of Chicago … and then became a Senior Legal Advisor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

    In his suit, Stovell claims he has a very clear recollection of the night he had “consensual sexual relations” with Gloria — in fact, he even remembers apologizing for his sub-par performance.


    Baby mama drama.

  28. A thought:

    This winter, when we sign Cliff Lee to go with CC Sabathia and LeBron James, the entire city of Cleveland will probably put out a hit on all New Yorkers. Mayor Bloomberg should issue a travel advisory.

    Do not travel to Northeast Ohio unless absolutely necessary for fear of bodily harm.

  29. Total Dominication says:

    Bautista with the ITPHR.

  30. Ivan says:

    So if LeBron does come to NY, he has to be the biggest acquisition in NYC of all time right? At least since A-Rod.

  31. Angelo says:

    Sounds like O’Neal is going to the Celtics.

  32. http://actasports.com/sow.php?id=253

    Funny how good pitching staffs and good defensive team seem to go hand in hand, huh? Must be a coincidence.

  33. VO says:

    Gardner and Granderson working together, I like it.

  34. Tom Zig says:

    Sox getting smacked around 6-1

  35. Jose the Satirist says:

    Papelbon in the 7th? What the fuck?

  36. July 2nd marks the beginning of the international free agent signing period for baseball prospects outside the U.S. and Canada who have turned 16 years of age. 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.


  37. HRbomber1113 says:

    This is a totally random question but I was wondering what other fans would think. What about Uggla at the trade deadline? Maybe if we eat salary we won’t have to give up a ton of prospects. We could add some right handed thump to DH and play 3B and give Arod more half days off. We could use a right handed bat, someone who can give Arod half a day without being a Pena/Russo type, And could really lengthen our lineup. I’m not sure if he still has another year of arbitration after this one but I’m assuming he’d be available since he’s getting out of their price range and he was shopped all winter. I think it hinges on how much we’d have to give up to acquire him.
    C Jorge
    1B Tex
    2B Cano
    SS Jeter
    3B/DH Arod/Uggla
    LF Gardner
    CF Granderson
    RF Swisher

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