Open Thread: One more day to Send Swish!

A-Rod, Pettitte to appear at anti-PED fundraiser
Game 84: So long, California

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.

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A-Rod, Pettitte to appear at anti-PED fundraiser
Game 84: So long, California
  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Arroyo is pitching? Francesa JIP warning.

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

      he for some reason gets a hard on for this guy, yet he consistently sucks for the money he’s being paid

      • Ross in Jersey

        He’s overpaid, yeah, but he’s not a horrible pitcher. Francessa has liked worse players.

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

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

    Good they we won the series, eh?

    Oh.

    VIVA ESPAÑA!!!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      That goal was all sorts of awesome.

    • Total Dominication

      Why are they giving 2 regulars a day off at the same time?

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

        House Money day, the Joe Torre special. Already took the first two games of the series, the third game is just gravy.

        • Total Dominication

          Series wins don’t matter. Sweeping and then loosing the next series is the same as going 2-3 in both. Every game (non-divison rival) is the same.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Things that every single baseball team does literally dozens and dozens of times every single year:

        Give 2 regulars a day off at the same time.

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

          …and lo and behold, they actually win a bunch of those games when they get a good effort from their starting pitcher.

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

        Alex Rodriguez-35
        Derek Jeter-36
        Jorge Posada-38

        That’s why. And even the younger guys like Tex, Swish and Grandy can use a blow here and there as well.

        • Total Dominication

          Cano and Grandy are the guys with the day off.

          • Kiersten

            Do we know if this is related to the “injury” at all?

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

            Cano’s a “younger guy”. And my point is get used to the idea of guys getting regular days off on this team. You may not like it now, but when they have fresh legs in October and their opponents don’t, you’ll be happy. It’s one of the luxuries the Yanks enjoy that other teams don’t, being able to afford to give guys days off and still have a good chance to win games.

        • Jack

          And even the younger guys . . . can use a blow here and there as well.

          We all could, Nostra. We all could.

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

            Awwww… you poor fella.

            Hey! Anyone want to give Jack over here a BJ? Anyone?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Also, I guess I’m rooting for Spain by default. The Dutch seem like really cool people, but I’ve actually been to Spain, so that gives me a closer connection.

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

        I’ve been to both the Netherlands and Spain, and I have Dutch friends, but Spain has better food.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Food always wins out. Always.

          • leo

            but we have weed and hookers man..that beats food..right…right?

            • Total Dominication

              Hookers are everywhere though.

              • TheLastClown

                ‘S all ’bout quality control, m’man.

                They start the hottest ones right in the red light in A-Dam proper, then move them out in concentric circles as they get, shall we say, less desirable.

    • Dr Van Nostrand

      Spain is so hard to predict these days. Just got back from South Africa yesterday and was at the Spain-Paraguay game. They looked terrible there and probably should have lost that game but came back to shock the Germans today. Should be a great final and we’ll definitely have a winner who hasn’t won it before!

      • Total Dominication

        Out of curiosity, why did you go to the WC but leave before the finals.

        • Dr Van Nostrand

          I had been there for 3 weeks mostly and had tickets to 2 round of 16’s and 2 quarterfinals. Epic trip but I have to get back to work at some point

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

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

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Gut says NY. I don’t know why and I know very little about the NBA so my opinion is moo.

    • Ivan

      LeBron will have Press conference, to make official that he will join the illuminati.

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

        lol

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      New York. It makes the most sense.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        It’s science.

      • Ivan

        What is your thoughts on the Amare signing?

        Personally, I think the is good not great considering im not fond of big mean who r not good rebounders and defenders. However, he is still a very good player especially on offense and if they can add a LeBron, basically he can do what Steve Nash did in the pick & roll giving Amare those easy buckets.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          I would have preferred Bosh (youth/injury risk), but I get the wisdom of moving quickly to wrap up Amare. Apparently, LeBron ranked them equally in terms of desirability as teammates, so it makes sense.

          • Ivan

            So potential Starting 5:

            C-Amare
            PF-Gallinari
            SF-LeBron
            SG-Chandler
            PG-Douglas

            Line up is small, and rebounding would be a problem, however on the offensive end, try to guard that front-line of Amare, Gallo and of course James.

      • Chris

        Wouldn’t Chicago make a whole lot of sense right now too? Rose-Lebron-Boozer-Noah would be a darn good core.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Amare >>>>>>>>>>> Boozer

          Also:

          New York >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Chicago

          • Ivan

            That.

            Although LeBron would be interested in working with Rose and Noah provides defense in the paint, something the Knicks really don’t have at this moment.

            However, at the end of day, like I said, LeBron loves being a celebrity and NY is the home of being a true celebrity (fuck that LA shit)

          • Chris

            Rose >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> wait… who’s the Knick’s point guard?

            • yankees1717

              gallo would get murdered as a PF. and rose + boozer >>>>>> amare

            • pat

              Bron Bron is gonna run his own point, Magic Johnson style.

            • oldboy

              lebron when he signs

              • Chris

                My point is that on the court, the Bulls are a FAR better option than the Knicks.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      NY because Chad85 said so:

      #OCNNBREAKINGNEWS *Empire State of Mind* *wink* *wink*only the smart folk will put this together and figure out what i am talking about #6

      http://twitter.com/ogochocinco

    • Ivan

      Really though, NY is the most logical place for him to go.

      Maybe Chicago but I really feel at this point rite now, NY has the better roster to work with.

    • Esteban

      Evan Roberts is claiming on Twitter he knows for a fact that Lebron is going to the Knicks.

    • danny

      my heart tells me NY, it would be so awesome to have basketball in NY revelant again. but idk, the guy can literally choose any place he wants

    • Kiersten

      Miami to join D-Wade.

      No I know nothing about basketball, but that would be pretty sweet. If someone put a gun to my head and forced me to pick an NBA team, it’d be the Heat.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

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

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Don’t worry you aren’t the only one. I’m still voting.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Awesome. And, I am president of the Nick Swisher Fan Club; I should be voting that many times.

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

      I vote whenever I can. I’m pretty sure I’ve voted 100+ times. I feel as if this is a good way to spend my time, actually.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I had a two hour break at work today and voted for most of it.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          That’s not crazy or anything…

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Learning centers are really boring when there aren’t any students around, haha.

            • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

              I support your insanity haha. It’s for a good cause. Can’t let the Redsox win this vote contest.

    • Brad Toughy

      The boss left the office today so I used all six of our interns to vote for about an hour after lunch.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Excellent use of interns.

    • Kiersten

      They make it so easy to vote again and again. In my down time at work, I just sit here entering 5 digits and clicking my mouse over and over.

  • Ross in Jersey

    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.

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

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

    http://twitter.com/Seth_Everett/status/17987397481

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      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

      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

        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

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

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

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

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

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

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

    http://i29.tinypic.com/1j3xg7.jpg

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      That’s pretty badass.

    • Kiersten

      Jealous.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

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

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

      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.

  • Ivan

    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?

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

      The open thread will be up at that time tomorrow, just go to town in there.

      • Ivan

        YAY!!!!!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        International waters. Tyson-Secretariat I.

    • mike c

      only if he signs up to play CF for the yankees too

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I bet he could play a decent corner OF. I don’t think he could hit, though.

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

    adrian beltre just committed his 14th error

    14!!!

    holy shit

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    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)

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

      I think Sheff should get in. However, I think he has absolutely no chance, which is what Januz meant, probably. If any of us know what Januz means, ever.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I think he’s got no chance because everyone thinks he was a dick. He’s a great player, though. He should get in.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Dude’s got a career wOBA of .392. And he’s the only man in history to be an All-Star for 5 different teams.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            87th in B-Proj. WAR.

          • Chris

            So he should get extra credit for pissing off enough teams that he kept getting bounced around and had the opportunity to be an All-star for 5 teams?

          • KeithK

            The only reason he was an All Star for so many teams is that he was a dick. He wasn’t going to stick with one or two teams in his career.

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

          Precisely.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          This is sad but true. Sheffield should definitely get in.

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

      i guarantee you manny gets in the HOF by the 3rd or 4th ballot

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

      Yeah, that’s fair. I don’t think Gary was a product of steroids like those other guys were.

  • Total Dominication

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

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

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

      Wide.

      Sincerely,
      Senator Larry Craig

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

      ABB. You can guess what that stands for. =P

      If Boston was back like, 20 games, I MIGHT root for… not Tampa. But they’re not. I would like Boston to disappear while they’re down, thank you very much

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

      Given how the first two games of the series have gone, Tampa. Bury the Sox.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        SWEEP THE LEG!!!!!

        • Johan Iz My Brohan

          or my other favorite line from that movie:

          GET HIM A BODY BAG!!

      • ROBTEN

        Well, although my hate for Boston runs high, and this will probably not be a popular decision, but I’m thinking it would probably be better if they beat the Rays…

        Going forward, I think the Rays are the more dangerous team. They are younger, have a stronger rotation, and a better run differential than the Sox and ultimately I think that their generally weak performance against the East this year as well as the injuries are indicators that the Sox are likely fade back over the long term.

        So, if the Yankees win tonight and Boston were to beat the Rays, it would mean both the Sox and the Rays are 3 or more games away from first. Obviously, winning puts a team in control of their own destiny, but if the Yankees lose and Boston wins, it still means that no team is closer than 2 games out.

        Yankees win, Rays win: Yankees up by 2.
        Yankees win, Rays lose: Yankees up by 3.
        Yankees lose, Rays win: Yankees up by 1.
        Yankees lose, Rays lose: Yankees up by 2.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I hope they both find a way to lose!

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        That’s how I feel when the Sox/Angels, Eagles/Cowboys, Nova/’Cuse play.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Nova/Cuse?

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Villanova/Syracuse.

            /UConn grad’d

    • Kiersten

      There is only one scenario I would ever root for Boston:

      It’s the last week of the season, the Sox are in first place playing the Rays, and we’re 2 games behind the Rays for the Wild Card. Therefore, it’s an absolutely necessity for the Rays to lose. But since that won’t be happening this year, I won’t be rooting for Boston anytime soon.

  • Ivan

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

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Yeah, I heard earlier today about that.

    • Mike HC

      With nothing else, that should put them probably one level below the Hawks and Heat. And two levels below Boston, Orlando and the Knicks (with LeBron, ha)

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    TSJC, do you have a twitter account?

    Nobody is following me on Twitter…:(

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

      what’s your account? I’ll follow youuuu. You can also follow me if you want but be prepared for 01856098609860968 Tweets a day, approximately

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

        This is what happens to the chronically unemployed.

      • Mike HC

        I’m confused. When you start with a 0, does that mean none. Or did you mean to just write a huge number and thoughtlessly started with 0?

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          I’m assuming the latter.

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

          The latter. I always do that mockingly when I type out some exaggeratedly huge number.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Alright!

        here’s my account. Everybody else, add me if you want!

        http://twitter.com/AngeloInNY

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

          I’m following you. I gave you a shoutout too. :D

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            I noticed! Thanks bexy! And also thanks to Dela G!

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

      lol follow me @stophamm3rtime !!

      and tsjc does have a twitter. his twitter name is @tsjc68

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        good thing you don’t have my phone number ;)

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

          ha dont put it past me :p

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        I’ll get to that right now. Still getting used to using Twitter.

      • Tom Zig

        Anyone else need following?

        • Kiersten

          I don’t NEED following, but if anyone wants to follow me who already isn’t: @kschmidt2

          • Tom Zig

            I guess I’ll add myself to that as well. @TomZig

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

              lol you could follow me if you have nothing else to do

              • Tom Zig

                done and done

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

                @dpatrickg

              • MrJigginz

                @MrJigginz…just throwin’ it out thurr…

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
    • Kiersten

      I love how I’m following/being followed by a bunch of people on here that I didn’t even know were those people.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    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.

    • Mike HC

      agreed.

    • Ivan

      I have been saying since the start if the NBA season that LeBron is either going to NY or stays in CLE and Chi being a dark horse.

      Logic says he goes to NY

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        The media has made New York seem like the dark horse in all of this.

        • Mike HC

          Which is exactly why they have been the favorites from the get go. LeBron loves the deception and attention. When he tries to fool people, he leaks everything but the actual truth.

          • Ivan

            LeBron Loves being a celebrity, remember that.

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            Everything points to New York, I just hope that’s the truth.

    • Kiersten

      Guess Lebron will be frequenting Yankee Stadium a lot more next season.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        The same could be said for Sabathia and others about Madison Sq Garden

  • ultimate913

    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

      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.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Keith Hernandez: Angel Hernandez is a star player.

    Uh… yeah.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Well, he is playing well. he’s definitely not a star, but for some reason Pagan is getting absolutely no love.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Should he? He’s been nothing but a part time player until now and he isn’t exactly young. Calling him a “star” is like Yankee fans calling Gardner a star after a decent first half.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Yeah, he should. I mean, I’m not saying he should be an All-Star, but he’s got a .361 OBP and a .357 wOBA, yet everyone seems to think he’s the one that should sit when Beltran returns. He’s played well enough to justify an every day spot.

          • Ross in Jersey

            Yeah, they’re too in love with Frenchy’s defense. The guy is hot for 10 at-bats and cold for 50. He should be the one to ride the pine.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              Word.

              Pagan’s no slouch on defense. He’s played 8.2 raw UZR CF since ’06 and that should translate well to RF.

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

        I think it has to do with his conflicting theological nature of his name.

        Angel

        Pagan

        Both the religious and non-religious distrust him.

        • ROBTEN

          while the agnostics are ambivalent.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Pick a side! We’re at war!

            /Colbert’d

        • Jack

          Tthe best part about being half black and half white is that when I grow up, I’ll be accepted by everyone!

          /Stewie

    • TheLastClown

      Angel Hernandez the umpire?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    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.

    Thoughts?

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

      Wouldn’t you rather just let Curry’s deal expire and sign a big FA next year? Are there any available that are good fits?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Wouldn’t you rather just let Curry’s deal expire and sign a big FA next year?

        Yes.

        Are there any available that are good fits?

        No.

    • E Street Shuffle

      Do you actually think the Warriors would do that?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Yes.

        • yankees1717

          if the warriors wanted to get rid of ellis that much, they would trade him for an expiring contract that actually knows how to play basketball.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            If expiring contracts needed to actually play basketball to be tradable, then Keith Van Horn, Cuttino Mobley, Theo Ratliff, and Wally Szczerbiack wouldn’t have been traded in the past half decade, but they all were.

            • Tom Zig

              Sheesh was a silly system.

    • Ivan

      Meh. I mean Ellis has a world of ability but his efficiency rating is brutal as well as his +/- numbers. Plus, he would be the type of player who would give D’Antoni fits. He’s not a grade A shooter so that doesn’t help him in that system and he will struggle in a offense where doesn’t have the ball to be effective.

      Personally I think you need more size up front to assist Amare.

    • ultimate913

      I honestly don’t think Melo will take the extension. He’d probably want to get away from the West.

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

        Hasn’t he been quoted saying he wants to play in NY?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          It’s moot. If we have LeBron and Amare under contract, we can’t add Anthony. There’d be no room.

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

            Gotcha.

          • ultimate913

            If I’m reading it correctly, it seems that the Knicks have a 4 mil option on Gallinari. Couldn’t they reject it?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              A) They wouldn’t reject it.
              B) Even Curry + Gallo’s money isn’t enough to get Carmelo Anthony.

    • BigBlueAL

      You are kidding me right?? Ellis, the biggest ballhog in the NBA?? Let Curry’s contract run out and have cap room next season, even if not for Melo for Tony Parker or other FA’s.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        The problem is, Curry’s money alone isn’t enough room to add anyone better than Ellis’s talent. When Curry expires, that’s probably 12M in total cap room. You’re not getting Melo/Parker/CP3/anyone else to take only 12M.

        • Ivan

          But wouldn’t you want to give Douglas a chance.

          I mean the guy albeit in limited time, did shot nearly 39% from 3, which helps spreads the offense for LeBron and Amare.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Toney Douglas is, and always will be, an excellent backup point guard.

            • BigBlueAL

              With LeBron in the backcourt with him TD would be an ideal starter at PG. He wont do much of the ball-handling and can just worry about what he does best which is play D and shoot.

              • Ivan

                The Lakers did win back to back rings with Derek Fisher playing the pg. I think the Knicks can surely win with Douglas as the Knicks starting pg.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  I’m not killing Toney Douglas in this scenario. Both Douglas and Ellis will play.

            • Ivan

              Yeah but I think he would fit the team better than Monta Ellis would.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                Monta Ellis is better than he is, though.

                • Ivan

                  I agree that Ellis is the better player but I feel Douglas would fit more with what the Knicks want. Again, Ellis NEEDS the ball to be effective and considering that he might be the 4th option on the team, I don’t think he would get enough opportunities to be effective. Plus, he’s below avg 3 pt shooter so he doesn’t spread the floor and he stinks on defense. If your going to be a 4th option on a team, you better be good at other things. Douglas at least offers solid D and 3 pt shooting. Now I think Ellis would be the Knicks Lamar Odom coming off the Bench.

                  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                    Now I think Ellis would be the Knicks Lamar Odom coming off the Bench.

                    That.

                    More good scorers >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> fewer good scorers

                    • Ivan

                      Well yeah lol…

        • BigBlueAL

          When the new CBA comes into place next season 12 million could be a max deal from what Ive read with how badly the Owners want to crush the players.

          If they do trade Curry, which from everything I have read aint gonna happen, it wont be for a no-passing “PG” like Ellis. Hell there are rumors now of a sign-and-trade for David Lee to go to Golden St if Knicks dont sign LeBron and Ellis isnt even rumored to be in the package, Anthony Randolph is rumored to be the big piece for the Knicks in that deal.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            When the new CBA comes into place next season 12 million could be a max deal from what Ive read with how badly the Owners want to crush the players.

            There’s absolutely no possible way the max deal decreases that much. It’s currently in the 16.5M-20M range. That rollback you mentioned is a 20% cut, which is ridonkulous.

            • Ivan

              Wouldn’t the New deal affects the Chris Duhon/Steve Blakes of the world, rather the Carmelo Anthony’s of the world?

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                That.

                Midlevel players will get killed. Superstars will still get their money. The union always protects it’s high priced superstar vets.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I like it! But I’m also too lazy to check out who is in next year’s free agent class, so maybe there are better options.

  • MrJigginz

    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.

  • Kiersten

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

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

      Ummm… yeah. (slinks away, feeling guilty)

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Haha, so true.

  • Brad Toughy

    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.

  • ColoYank

    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

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Has anyone here passed the CPA exam while working?

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

      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

        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.

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

          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

            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

              I applied in Mississippi.

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

              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 :)

              • SouthernYankeeFan

                Congratulations on passing though man thats awesome. and thanks for the advice.

  • kenthadley

    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.

    • Tom Zig

      Yanks probably feel that the talent isn’t worth the price. As I’ve heard multiple times this year is meh.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Even if this was the case, I’d find it hard to believe that the Yankees didn’t like anyone.

        I’m sure they will swing at least a few 400k-1 mil deals.

        These are the Yankees we’re talking about. They are big players in the IFA market.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I haven’t read or heard anything either. Strange..July 2nd came and went.

      But, the whole steroid issue with these players forced the process to slow down a bit.

      Just give it some time, the Yankees will get someone.

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

      http://www.nyyfans.com/forums/.....38;page=92

      NYYFans has a thread on it, but as you said nothing Yankee-related has happened. The one guy with the biggest upside is a 15 year old pitcher from Mexico (Luis Heredia?) and you have to wait until they turn 16 before you can sign a player. So even if the Yanks don’t do much here, keep an eye on Heredia’s sweet 16 birthday party.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Actually it wouldn’t be sweet 16.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quincea%C3%B1era

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

          If the Yankees are handing you 2 mil, it’s pretty sweet.

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

    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.

    http://www.tmz.com/2010/07/07/.....rnity-dna/

    Baby mama drama.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      the “facts” are very interesting

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

        Even if he is Lebron’s Dad, what legal rights does he have?

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

      Lebron’s mother should counter-sue for 20 years of unpaid child support, plus interest.

      • Accent Shallow

        Thought child support was required only to 18?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    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.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      But dont the Indians have Shelley Duncan?

      C’mon!

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

        That’s even more worrisome. Shelly likes to go spikes up, to the groin.

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

      Actually, I think they’ll go the Machu Picchu route and just abandon the place since the city has lost its economic function.

    • Tom Zig

      Are there any other Cleveland athletes worth importing?

      • pat

        Choo better believe it.

        • Tom Zig

          how could i forget him?

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            Carlos Santana!

            The catcher of course.

    • ultimate913

      Wow, tsjc. I’m amazed at how confident you are that the Knicks are getting LBJ. I applaud your optimism.

    • Kiersten

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

      This should be the case anyway, have you ever been to Cleveland?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I have. Once was enough.

        Sandusky Point is awesome, though. Best amusement park in the country.

        • Kiersten

          Oh for sure. That’s pretty much the only good thing about Northern Ohio. I would say all of Ohio, but King’s island outside of Cincy is pretty awesome too.

    • CS Yankee

      Not to mention pulling the AAA farm club…at least Ohio Yankee fans can get a primer of tomorrows special.

    • Alex S

      I hear Cleveland’s entire economy is built around LBJ, if he drops a triple double then theres more jobs available. if he leaves a game early with an injury then gas prices soar to over $8 a gallon.

    • Accent Shallow

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

      My question: why the hell would you go to Northeast Ohio?

  • Total Dominication

    Bautista with the ITPHR.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      GTFO

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

        WTF.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          IDK

  • Ivan

    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.

    • pat

      After Babe Ruth.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        And Melvin

      • CS Yankee

        Babe>>>anybody else aquired in any sport (sorry Pele but you were done)

        Arod & LeBron about equal (each had no rings & didn’t change the game)

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Eh, I disagree.

          LeBron changes the Knicks from a decent team (with Amar’e) to a top team in the NBA. Basketball is much different from baseball in that sense.

          A-Rod was just a great player joining an already great team.

      • pollo

        i was thinking about this this morning

        1) Babe
        2) LeBron

    • VO

      I would consider it bigger then A-Rod, before A-Rod the Yankees were good. LeBron has the ability to turn a whole franchise around by himself, I don’t even recall much of the Knicks ever being good.

      • Total Dominication

        A-rod was the best player in baseball though, possibly the best to ever play the game.

        • VO

          Like I always say I don’t know much about basketball, but from what I know LeBron is the best in the NBA and one of the best ever.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          But when ARod joined the Yankees, they were still in the recent afterglow of the Four Rings club.

          LeBron coming here might be bigger since the Knicks haven’t won since the 1970s.

    • Total Dominication

      I am very ignorant in terms of Basketball, but Tex and CC were pretty big.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        LeBron is a much bigger name.

      • Kiersten

        The thing is, in baseball, one player isn’t going to turn the team. In basketball, this happens.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          That.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Yeah. Basically the equivalent to having Pujols bat three times in your line up.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Sounds like O’Neal is going to the Celtics.

    • Total Dominication

      Isn’t O’neil as good as James?

      /very ignorant basketball person

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Haha, no not at all.

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

    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.

  • VO

    Gardner and Granderson working together, I like it.
    http://twitpic.com/23c5g5

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

      That’s super adorable. :3

      • VO

        You’ll love this one then
        http://twitpic.com/23c63v

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

          Eeeeee!!!! /girl’d

          I love how Swisher’s fellow outfielders are voting for him, though. I think that’s the cutest part. :D

  • Tom Zig

    Sox getting smacked around 6-1

    • VO

      Cue the injury excuses.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        What a poor small market team. :(

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Shoestring budget. Always behind the 8-ball. Curse of Mark Teixeira.

          /JohnHenry’d

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

            the Red Sox are something like 4-15 against the Yankees since he Tweeted that. MWAHAHAHA.

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

        It’s reality, not necessarily an excuse.

        Doesn’t mean I feel bad for them at all, however. Lord knows no Sox fan felt bad for the Yankees and their fans in 2008.

    • Reggie C.

      Injuries won’t derail the Sox’s season b/c there’s always the wild card and the returns of Pedroia and V-mart can quickly close the gap on the Rays.

  • Jose the Satirist

    Papelbon in the 7th? What the fuck?

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

      The Sox’s new mop-up man?

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Teh most crucial inning!

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

    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.

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

    • Jose the Satirist

      I believe you can be 15 at signing if your birthday is within 45 days after July 2nd.

  • HRbomber1113

    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