Open Thread: Back in the saddle again

Aceves not yet ready to rejoin the Yankees
Christian sets a record among several pro debuts

Now, that’s more like. Powered by a nine-run sixth innings, the Yankees confidently downed the Tigers this afternoon 11-5 to win their first series since downing Cleveland in late July. At the least, the Bombers will maintain their share of first place and could move into sole possession of the AL East lead if the Rays lose against the A’s tonight.

We’ll have more on the game later tonight, but for now, let’s bask in the glow of an offensive explosion. Before we jump into the fun of the Open Thread, I’d like to take care of a few housekeeping items. First, please note the addition to the commenting guidelines. We are respectfully requesting that game threads and open threads remain somewhat focused on baseball and that political discussion of the kind that inspires rancorous and often bitter debate on the Internet remain in the Off Topic Thread.

Second, we had a busy news day as the Yanks were going about their business this afternoon. Roger Clemens is facing an indictment alleging that he perjured himself when he testified to Congress in 2008 on his use of PEDs. On the field, Alfredo Aceves is almost ready to return to the Bronx.

Finally, allow me to plug our social networking. You can follow River Ave. Blues and its three writers on Twitter at the following accounts: @RiverAveBlues, @bkabak, @joepawl and @mikeaxisa. Find us also on Facebook where we send photos, videos and pithy Yankee-related status messages to your News Feed.

Das it. The Red Sox, 9-0 against Los Angeles this year, play the Angels, and the game should air on MLB Network this evening. The alternate in some areas is the Phillies/Giants NL Wild Card showdown. San Francisco starters haven’t won a game in 15 tries. The Patriots and Falcons square off in some pre-season football action at 8 p.m. on FOX; the Rays play the A’s tonight at 10:10 p.m.; and of course, Jersey Shore, the pinnacle of American culture, is new this evening as well.

The photo of Derek Jeter awkwardly congratulating Robinson Cano on the latter’s two-run home run comes to us via the Kathy Willens of the Associated Press.

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Aceves not yet ready to rejoin the Yankees
Christian sets a record among several pro debuts
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    So, when are YOU going to see Maquinito play for Staten Island?

    (I’m going Monday, first row, and Thursday, third row.)

    (Hello, my name’s Rebecca and I have a baseball problem)

    • Brad Toughy

      You have a lot of free time and disposable income :)

      I want your job.

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

    So… baseball!

    Hooray, baseball!

  • Jose the Satirist

    I think the “commenting guidelines” should be renamed the “commenting constitution”. So that when people violate them we can call it unconstitutional.

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

      [/political]

      • Jose the Satirist

        My bad. I’m still learning.

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

      I’d take your proposal more seriously, but first I want to know what state you were born in and what year it happened.

      • Rose

        Ahh I see…so I can’t talk about things everybody doesn’t agree with…people everybody else is able to taunt and antagonize the situation…

        Makes plenty of sense.

        Why is it that when I bring something normal up and people don’t control their reactions…it’s my fault. But if people antagonize the situation it’s encouraged?

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

          O:S

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

          I was at the game this afternoon and missed the disaster during the game thread. So I’m going to give you one warning here: Just drop it now and leave it alone. This is a baseball blog. Find your political discussion elsewhere — or if it has to be here, in the Off Topic thread only. If that isn’t abundantly clear by now, we’re going to have an issue. I don’t care who started it or who wronged whom. It’s time to let it go.

          • Jose the Satirist

            I should not have made the joke. I apologize.

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

              I should not have joked about the joke. I apologize to everybody except Rose.

      • Horace C

        I was born in Kenya…I mean Hawaii. Yeah, uh uh, uh…Hawaii.

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

      We can also make commenting more Constitutioner.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBB6kZ16DUc

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

    At the least, the Bombers will maintain their share of first place and could move into sole possession of the AL East lead if the Rays lose against the A’s tonight.

    Your pitchers tonight: Trevor Cahill v. Andy Sonnanstine.

    (thinks)

    I like our odds.

    • Jose the Satirist

      He is a starter again?

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

        Neimann and Davis are still on the shelf, so Hell Boy and Sonnanstine are back in the rotation.

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

        He is a starter again still in baseball with that slop?

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

      It is against the Athletics and their “offense”

  • bonestock94

    Remember when people were mad that the Red Sox got Mike Cameron, lawls.

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

      Hindsight is 20/20.

      • bonestock94

        Eh, people shouldn’t have been so upset they signed a really old centerfielder.

        • Pete

          people were only upset until we got Granderson. Because Cameron did make a lot of sense. Sure he was old, but he was also like, really good

  • Rose

    First, please note the addition to the commenting guidelines.

    Rose Law > Miranda Rights

    • Total Dominication

      Seriosuly, fuck you. This was a perfectly open blog, where respectable political discussion was open for discussion, until you decided to say ridiculous things, like Taft not being a citizen, a fuck everything up.

      • Jose the Satirist

        Come on. Don’t do personal attacks.

        • Total Dominication

          Your right. Rose, nothing against you, just stop posting such fucking stupid comments. Have a wonderful day.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Okay, okay. Everybody calm down. No need to have people getting band from the site.

      • Rose

        2. For the most part, everyone reading and commenting on RAB is a Yankee fan. Those who are not Yankee fans choose to enter the fray anyway. When arguing and opining about the Yankees, remember that we are all fans of the same team. To that end, personal attacks and insults will not be tolerated. Any comments that we deem libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing or threatening will not be tolerated, and we may ban repeat offenders from contributing to the site. The same is true for fans of other teams who are here to insult Yankee fans. Constructive conversation, however, will not be stifled.

        And this rule is WAY before my rule.

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

      This will end badly.

    • The209

      Let me be the first to say … Rose, we hardly knew you.

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

        He’ll stay. Rose has got more lives than a cat around here.

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

          More names, too.

      • Total Dominication

        Oh contraire, we’ve known him for far too long.

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    I’m so tired of people talking about how gritty the Red Sox are. I think there has to be a mandate that MLB analysts cannot criticize the Red Sox.

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

      They’re such underdogs. How can they compete with the Yankees and Rays and their twin 200M payrolls? It’s not fair.

      • Ben

        Life is tough for a 170 million dollar third place team.

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        Maybe Bud Selig should let them in the post season no matter whether they lead the wild card or the division. It really isn’t fair; they are the only team ever to lose players to injuries.

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

          I like this idea. Let’s advance them directly to Game 3 of the ALCS with a 2-0 lead, as well, to give them a few extra weeks after the season ends to heal up.

          • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

            Why not just advance them straight to the World Series? I think it’s only the fair thing to do.

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

              Come, now, let’s not get ridiculous. I thought we were making serious proposals here.

              • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

                Mine is a completely serious proposal. Dead serious.

        • Ben

          At least they stay sharp through these injuries by taking BP from a chair to give a mirage of the previously mentioned grittiness.

          • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

            Don’t forget about taking ground balls on their knees.

            • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

              Or stealing bases the day you are activated from the DL for a broken foot

              Today Pedroia was scratched with a sore foot. Go figure

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

                :: head explodes ::

                • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

                  Can’t quench the fire, baby

              • Total Dominication

                AHHHHHHAhahahhahahahahahhahaahahahahhahaahahahahahahahHAHAAHAHAHHASASHH

              • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

                This makes you a great person. Thank you for that update, hahahaha!!!!!!

              • cano is the bro

                haha, easy now dustin, we all know how gritty you are…

            • The209

              There’s a joke there somewhere, right?

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

        I wonder if Bret trolls Red Sox sites. Probably not.

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

          Definitely not. I’m pretty sure he’s said the Red Sox “do things the right way” and all that nonsense.

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

    From our friend @frankiepiliere tonight:

    “Betances sat 94-95 in the first, used the elevated FB as his out pitch. Aggr, threw only FBs. Blowing FB by hitters, loving the approach”

    “This is prime Josh Beckett type stuff from Betances, wow. The ability to get 2 strikes with the CH and finish letter high at 96 is special”

    In reply to who’s better, ManBan or Betances:

    “@JThomas8 didn’t think I would say this but after 2 innings tonight, prob Betances. Def top rotation if this isnt ace stuff I donno what is”

    “@rebeccapbp I almost wish I had a Yankee prospect to rip to even things out lol. It feels weird to be this non stop positive”

    JIMP. JIMP. JIMP.

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

      Tremendous depth.

      • vin

        Deep and thick?

      • Total Dominication

        Deep

        And
        Thick

    • vin

      I don’t know who to be more excited about: ManBan, Dellin or Brackman.

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

        Yes.

      • Ben

        That would have been an odd sentence to say this time last year.

        • vin

          Yeah, I can’t wait until next year when we can throw Christian Garcia and JB Cox into the mix. That’ll blow everyone’s mind.

    • China Joe

      Banuelos, Betances…two men step into the cage, only one can emerge the Yankees #1 pitching prospect.

      (Betances is like a foot taller, so I like his chances)

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

        And wherefore Brackman?

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          He’s the third best :X

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

            Yeah, it’s hard to see the results all three have put on paper this year and not put the other two ahead of Brackman, honestly.

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

              Brackman’s made it farther up the ladder, though. That matters a lot.

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

                True, but Brackman’s been meh at AA. When he starts dominating AA, it’ll put him head and shoulders above the other two.

        • China Joe

          Only 2 can step in the cage! Brack can be the referee. Also, the initial post was about Betances and Banuelos

        • Pete

          nitpick: “wherefore” means (basically) “why”, not “where”

      • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Banuelos + Betances = Master Blaster?

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

          HEY IT’S MONDESI

          • Jose the Satirist

            Guideline 12.

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

              It’s called The Rose Rule, Jose. Don’t sugarcoat it or euphemize it.

          • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Ha, when did you turn into JI

            JIM THOME?

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

              We’ve missed your scent. We’ve missed your musk.

              Did you hear the big news? We all have to bite our tongues now because of another ugly incident that we aren’t at liberty to talk about.

              Good times.

              http://www.theonion.com/articl.....-kids,290/

              • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Yeah, I went back and perused the carnage. It’s all very… Unfortunate.

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

                  That’s a good choice of words.

              • Jose the Satirist

                Am I a bad person for laughing hysterically at that article? That was fantastic.

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

                  “The tragedy is inconceivable,” Wizco president Alvin Cassidy said. “For years, countless children played with the Aqua Assault RoboFighter without incident. But then these three retards come along and somehow find a way to get themselves killed. So now we have to do a full recall and halt production on what was a really awesome toy. What a waste.”

                  “My mom won’t let me play with my RoboFighter because of those dumb kids who died,” said 10-year-old Jeremy Daigle of Somerville, MA. “I used to set up army guys around the RoboFighter and have it run over them and conquer Earth for the Zardaxians. But now I’ll never see it again, all because three stupid idiots had to go and wreck everything.”

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

                  It’s The Onion, no. My favorite article on there is “God answers child’s question: ‘No,’ God says”

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Well done.

          Haven’t seen a comment from you in a while.

          • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Yeah… Been crazy busy with work, and also kinda burned out on sports coverage this summer.

        • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Now I have the image in my head of Banuelos on Betances’s shoulders, Master Blaster style, saying “who run Barter Tampa Town?”

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Great news. Betances just needs to stay healthy. (Please stay healthy, damn it.)

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

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/.....id=5476409

    You know who’s missing from this article?

    Josh Freeman.

    • Jose the Satirist

      I’m impressed he managed to get a Brett Favre mention in there.

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

        Psssh, that’s easy. Dude plays for the love of the game, not money. Frankly, it’s way harder to write a football article and NOT mention Brett Favre.

  • China Joe

    If Brackman, Betances and Banuelos all (miraculously) manage to pan out at the major league level. Phil Hughes should changes his name to Bilip Bughes, just to round out the Killer B thing

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

      I can’t think of the Killer B’s without thinking of Operation Shutdown.

      • China Joe

        The other Killer B’s had a great run…though I can’t think of Jeff Bagwell without laughing at his “I’m about to drop a Cleveland Steamer” batting stance

      • Accent Shallow

        “Derek Bell becomes the ultimate Pirate: Lives on a boat and steals money.”

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Bill Bughes

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

      The best thing is that the B’s kill the BoSox (Babe, Bucky, Buckner (honorary Yankee for 1986), Boone)

  • vin

    I just learned that Greg Colbrunn manages Charleston. I had no idea he was in the organization.

    • Pete

      oooh I’m vin and I know who Greg Colbrunn is but i’m not gonna tell anyone cuz i’m too cool ooooh

      jerk

  • Accent Shallow

    MLB’s website has lots o’ highlights (especially the 9 run sixth, how often does someone have two XBH in the same inning?), but none of Hughes.

    How did he look?

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

      He was meh in the first two innings then he got pretty awesome. He very easily could’ve gone out for another inning, but I understand why they didn’t with the very long delay.

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

      You can see part of a Hughes inning in this video:

      http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......d=11137591

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

    If J.D. Drew plays 35 more games this year, he’ll have played more games than Kevin Youkilis since he joined Boston.

  • donttradecano

    So whats the deal with the fantasy league? are more people accepting the invite?

  • Accent Shallow

    Is anyone else bothered that a) we don’t have the same number of teams in each league, and b) we don’t have the same number of teams in each division? Both of these could be easily solved by some simple realignment (there are currently 16 NL teams and 14 AL teams), but that would require interleague series going on throughout the year. Since IL is Selig’s baby, that’s not happening while he’s alive.

    Alternatively, there’s contraction down to 24 teams (not happening), and expansion to 36 teams (ewww). There’s also more radical realignment, but I’d rather not see that, and I don’t think that’s realistic. What wouldn’t surprise me would be two 15 team leagues at some point, though.

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

      Personally, no I’m not bothered. However, if they were going to change the number of teams, why not make it 32 and have four divisions of four teams?

      • vin

        I can see that, but it might mean the end of the wild card. Unless if they go with 5 or 6 playoff teams (see below).

        Another thing I’m not a fan of is the unbalanced schedule. However, I can see why it exists – more tickets sold, less travel.

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

      Doesn’t bother me, but all you’d need to do is send an NL team back to the AL. Maybe the Brewers, because they were originally AL.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        I don’t know how daddy Selig would react seeing his child move back to the AL.

      • Brad Toughy

        An odd amount of teams per league would make for awkward scheduling unless there’s an interleague series all year long, which I don’t like the sound of.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Interleague going throughout the year would be terrible.

      • Accent Shallow

        Well, clearly Selig should be drug out into the street and shot for implementing it, but that’s closing the barn door after the horse has run away, isn’t it?

        • JohnnyC

          Let’s do it anyway. Just for spits and giggles.

    • vin

      I too am bothered by the uneven divisions. Winning the AL West is a heck of a lot easier than winning the NL Central.

      Something I just re-learned… the 2001 Mariners were not in an absolute cupcake division. The Rangers and Angels were just 8 and 6 games under .500 respectively. And the A’s won 102 games! Of course they still finished 14 games out of first. I just assumed all these years that the Mariners benefitted from an unbalanced schedule in a weak division.

      I think we’re more likely to see the playoffs expand to 5 or 6 teams with play-ins or byes where the non-division winners are based on record.

      Contraction ain’t happening as you said. There doesn’t seem to be any talk about expansion – partly because of the eocnomy.

      I think two 15 team leagues would be possible. Actually the more I think about it, I like the idea. Spread out interleague play. It would take some of the luster off it, but who really cares anymore (besides some of the owners maybe)?

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        Rotating interleague doesn’t sound so bad:

        ALE-NLE | ALC-ALW | NLC-NLW
        ALE-ALC | ALW-NLW | NLC-NLE
        ALE-ALW | ALC-NLC | NLE-NLW

        etc..

        • vin

          Yeah, I think it has potential. Of course it would require a team to move to the AL (Brewers again?).

          Might be kind of cool to have a Yankee-Mets weekend series in September. Of course everyone would complain that they’re not playing September games against teams from within their own division. Which leads to the bigger issue of whether or not winning a division guarantees you a playoff spot.

    • China Joe

      Personally, I’m sick of divisions altogether. They create imbalances (like the 2006 Cardinals winning the World Series) and they haven’t fostered many new rivalries (the best baseball rivalries date back before division play. I say do it the old way: balance the schedule just one American League and National League, except the top 4 teams make the playoffs. Then nobody can complain about being in the same division as the Yankees, and you’d never have a team with an inferior record making the playoffs.

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

        Way too much traveling. The “old way” was created when there was no teams west of the Mississippi. When the Dodgers and Giants moved to Cali, divisions were created like ten or so years later, probably for that reason.

        • China Joe

          I remember the Core Four interview in Sports Illustrated a few months ago. Jeter was saying he was in favor of the balanced schedule. Also, this unbalanced schedule thing is less than 10 years old. When I was a kid the Yankees were taking way more trips to the West Coast. Wasn’t a big deal then.

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

            Maybe it’s a union thing. I doubt the MLBPA is going to agree to add more traveling.

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

      Why would we have to expand to 36 teams? Why not just 32?

      • Accent Shallow

        Because if you have two leagues and three divisions per league, and you want an equal number of teams in each division, you need 24 (4 teams per division), 30 (5) or 36 (6). 16 isn’t divisible by 3.

    • Pete

      **looks at standings**

      no, not bothered.

  • Ivan

    Melo a Knick?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Gallo? =(

      • JohnnyC

        Knicks’ roster doesn’t have much you could trade, is there?

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

        If it brings up Melo, Gallo’s gotta go. Kinda like how Soriano had to go for A-Rod.

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

      Not ’til next year, I’d say.

      • Reggie C.

        Melo’s getting traded.

        So your saying Denver trades Melo to a team that not the Knicks and that Melo doesn’t sign an extension with the acquiring team?

        I dont see that happening. Houston or Chicago would have to be nuts to trade talent and draft picks and not secure Melo for at least 3 more seasons. If Melo doesn’t end up with the Knicks now, he’s not going to.

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

          Is Melo definitely getting traded now though? Denver might wait until midseason.

    • Reggie C.

      I hope so!

      I’d personally buy Gallinari a 1st class ticket to Denver.

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

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....?q=Yankees

    So my first thought on this picture was OMG STOP PUTTING PRESSURE ON THAT THING.

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

      That picture is just… weird. Andy’s expression, the kid’s expression, the extra hat in Andy’s hand… weird.

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

        Yeah, I didn’t even think about the extra hat. Huh?

        • Kit

          It’s a tiny hat, so I’m guessing he’s holding it for the kid. But yeah, why is he squatting like that, wouldn’t it hurt more?

    • candyforstalin

      kim jones is already annoying. talking about hope week – a dash extra.

  • JohnnyC

    Mr. Met is an abomination of a mascot. It speaks volumes for the disdain the Wilpons have for their fan base. It’d give me nightmares if I were a 5 year old Mets fan.

    • vin

      Frankie Rodriguez should beat him up.

      • Pete

        Frankie Rodriguez should beat him up.

        /duplicityofverbtensesintheenglishlanguage’d

  • Reggie C.

    So LUIS HEREDIA ended up with the Pirates after all.

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

      I am pretty mad about this. One seven figure bonus and they couldn’t ink the top IFA? This sucks.

  • Thirty5Thirty6

    If it is going to be a big deal then don’t worry about it, but if anyone (i.e. TSJC) could link me the thread about what we aren’t supposed to be talking about, or even tell me which thread and I will go back to it. It would be greatly appreciated.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Go read today’s Game Thread. I just read it.

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

      Read the Game Thread from today.

    • Thirty5Thirty6

      Thanks.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    So I missed a hell of a game (and game thread) today, huh? All the exciting shit on RAB happens when I’m gone. Oh and: we will not be stopped. We play today, we win today. Fix bayonets (passed out by TSJC). Pussytubing. Let’s party like it’s ’09, mother fuckers.

    • http://fmylife.com Bryan

      IETC.

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

    WireImage is a goddamn tease.

    Also, sorry for the semi-self-promotion but JMS put together one hell of a YCPB roundup last night. We are super proud of this one. :D
    http://youcantpredictbaseball......te-is-for/

    • Kit

      Just read the round up, and it’s great. Lots of insanity everywhere. I’m really surprised Molina has 4 passed balls this year and that Martinez only has 3. I feel like something is really, really wrong with that.

    • JohnnyC

      Great job by Jordan. Kid has talent! It is Michael-Kay-Ironic that The House That Mauer Built has only seen 1 home run from the reigning MVP. And it raises the question: what happened last year that allowed Mauer to more than double his previous career high in 4-baggers? I hope Mr. Minnesota was behaving himself.

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

        Joe Mauer, HR & HR/FB% by year:

        2006: 13, 10.8%
        2007: 7, 7.2%
        2008: 9, 6.5%
        2009: 28, 20.4%
        2010: 8, 7%

        I don’t think HR/FB% is ALL luck but there’s something there. Obviously he’s still a very, very valuable player even without the homers.

        • Zack

          If he never hit that many last year, how much do you think his contract would be? Probably earned him an extra 30m

    • Pete

      Jose Guillen still hit 16 before being DFA’d

      Love the use of “still” there. Makes it sound like he’s liable to have some of those homers taken away, which would be hilarious

  • http://fmylife.com Bryan

    Wes Welker = Beast.

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

      You’re not kidding. He has no business being back on a field already after that injury.

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

    Anaheim or Los Angeles or whatever it is.

    GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER.

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

      Good ol’ Ace Beckett. Just refusing to let the Sox go away.

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

      Well Matsui listened. Thanks Hideki. :D

      Now HOLD ON, YOU MORONS.

      • GG2010

        Stark Rumblings has a bit about Matsui theoretically hitting the market in a week or so (I assume Stark means after clearing waivers). Hypothetical: If he’s available, do we take a flyer on him or roll with a post-DL Berkman?

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

          Post-DL Berkman. No thank you to Matsui this year at all.

        • Kit

          I love Matsui to death, but I think it’s an expected pass. Berkman’s injury is not Nick Johnson serious, and I’m sure Berkman, like Kearns and Wood have, will break out, find his comfortable groove and start doing more for the team. I think we can do without for a few days. I can be wrong, but I don’t think the Yankees would aim for bringing back Matsui.

          • rek4gehrig

            I want Matsui :-(

  • GRGOYLDEF@

    Matsui!!!!!!

  • BigBlueAL

    After reading all the political stuff I missed out on earlier today, I am going to watch all the Real Time with Bill Maher episodes I have missed lately to be ready to debate politics with the best of them….

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

      /Rose baited

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

      I love Bill Maher.

  • candyforstalin

    so this brian wilson opus has to be the greatest love song the world produced since the visigoths. this may very well be the second. file under protest songs.

  • JonathanCold

    I guess we can expect Hughes to be shut down in the near future. With Andy’s return hanging in the balance, the pitching is a little questionable.

    I’m still confident in a playoff spot, but with those two issues and Vazquez looking a bit fatigued there is some cause for concern.

    Are we going to see CC, AJ, Vazquez, Moseley, Mitre every 5 days? I hate to sound like Debbie Downer, but that is depressing to think about.

    I guess we have to hope Andy not only comes back soon, but is back to old form.

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

      Define “near future.” I think Hughes gets 5 or so more starts before they move him to the pen. Hopefully Pettitte is back by then. Also, I think Nova starts before Mitre.

      • JonathanCold

        I guess I was under the impression Hughes was going to be shutdown much earlier. 5 more starts would be nice. I’d like to see Nova. Looks like a good young arm.

        Getting Andy back and healthy is of the utmost importance.

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

          I’m workin’ on it. ;)

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

            Maybe you should be on top next time, waaaaaay easier.

            ;)

            • rek4gehrig

              Easier for whom? :-)

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

    Jose Canseco just said on CNN he hit a baseball 550 feet the other day. Steroid free at 46. He’s awesome.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Yeah, with a metal bat. Amirite?

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

        With a toothpick. Left-handed.

  • Slappy White

    I just went and read the game thread from today and was actually glad I had had missed it. I have a new appreciation for my job.

    • Slappy White

      had had

      /jackdaniels’d

  • Slappy White

    MLB network announcer just mentioned something called red sox nation. WTF is that

    /HankSteinbrenner’d

    • Kit

      I laughed.

      Also, I had to change the channel once one of the announcers suggested that Terry Francona should win manager of the year because he’s had to deal with tough injuries to his players. Um. So? Every manager has to deal with that at some point. So I guess they should all win this year. Yay.

      /end rant

      • Slappy White

        The “Neal Diamond making a come back thanks to red sox nation” was disturbing in sooooo many ways

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

        If by “once” you mean EVERY GODDAMN TIME THEY TALK ABOUT THE RED SOX EVEN WHEN THE RED SOX ARE NOT PLAYING IN WHATEVER GAME IT IS then yes. You are correct. ;P

        I do think the Red Sox have had an abnormal number of injuries but there were also people screaming “FIRE FRANCONA!” in April. And they weren’t really injured then – they just sucked. Of course, that wasn’t Francona’s fault that they sucked… they just sucked.

        • Kit

          I just don’t get why they’re praising him for doing what a manager is supposed to do–manage through injuries. A bunch of managers do that every damn year. Not everyone has a smooth, easy sailing year, but compliment the guy when the team is in first place, not when he can’t make sense of his own line up, rotation, bullpen or bench. And I’m not angry because I think Girardi should win the award (I could care less, really), but because they assume it is the greatest thing ever that he is managing despite the injuries. He kind of has to. It’s why they pay him.

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

            Yep.

            I understand praising him for keeping them in contention despite a bunch of injuries. But a bigger reason why they’ve never really been in contention this year was their awful April. They don’t get off to such a bad start while mostly fully healthy, they’re a whole lot more in contention now.

            • Kit

              Right. I wasn’t even thinking about their terrible April, but you made a good point. I don’t think it’s his fault if his players are terrible at the beginning of the year. Every one slumps, but the fact that they’re praising him for something he’s paid to do is really unbelievable. They should praise everyone managing teams over .500 then. This one’s for you, Gardenhire. Way to go, Guillen (throws up)! I’m glad you gave up coke, Ron Washington!

              I just think it’s ridiculous to praise him for managing, as he is supposed to.

        • JohnnyC

          The MSM hasn’t yet caught on but Red Sox Nation is dwindling. NESN ratings are down by more than 33% this season. A trend that will only continue downward as the decade goes forward and the new Yankee Dynasty unfolds spearheaded by the homegrown rotation of Hughes, Brackman, Betances, Banuelos, and Warren.

          • Kit

            I personally don’t think it’s fair to judge that based on one really terrible season for them, but I like your optimism!

            • JohnnyC

              If the YES Network’s ratings went down 33% in one year, what do you think the MSM would be saying about the popularity of the Yankees? Headlines would be screaming It’s The Beginning of the End!

              • Kit

                They probably would say that, but that would just prove the double standard. To be honest, I think Boston fans are probably still licking their wounds from last year. Knowing that your team is basically a shell of what it used to be (because of a horrible start, injuries, and players not living up to their potential) and that your two biggest competitions have proven to be able to dominate and embarrass your team is probably too painful for people to watch.

      • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

        One of the talking heads on MLB network said this afternoon that Josh Beckett’s biggest problem is that “he has too many weapons” to use against batters.

        His biggest problem is that lately he’s been bringing a knife to a gun fight.

        • Kit

          I laughed.

        • JohnnyC

          Sometimes I get the distinct impression that the stooges on the MLB Network don’t watch much baseball beyond what they have to comment on during their studio shifts.

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

          It was Smoltz. I was like OH JOHN YOU ARE SMARTER THAN THAT.

          • JohnnyC

            Maybe he was referring to Beckett’s fine collection of hunting rifles.

      • Pete

        Ew. You shouldn’t win Manager of the Year based on what you had to deal with. You should win it based on how you dealt with it. Are we sure that $170mil + 3rd place = MOY?

  • joe

    lol comments on this site are pretty memey

  • mike c

    RA dickey’s ERA is 2.41, that’s pretty RAD

    • Carlosologist

      ICWUDT.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

    The Angels finally beat the Red Sox

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

    Holy crap! The Angels beat the Red Sox! I don’t believe… what I just saw!!!

    • Carlosologist

      /thegoodBuck’d

    • Kit

      I’m really surprised. I was almost certain they would mess it up somehow.

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

    Mets still haven’t won a road series against an NL team ALL YEAR

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    I keep hearing MSM saying what a great rotation the Sux have. Well, this is courtesy of Pete Abe:

    Hard to believe but true: Beckett had recorded only three outs after the 7th inning all this season. That’s over 14 starts.

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

      FIVE ACES

      /obligatory’d

      I saw Kit brought that up in the GT yesterday when I wasn’t there, I am so proud :’)

      • Kit

        I was only doing what was right. =)

    • JohnnyC

      Here’s to the Red Sox enjoying Beckett’s sunset years.

  • Eirias

    Am I alone in thinking the Minnesota girl in the intermission commercials MLB.tv plays is really cute?

  • Apollo22237

    Baseball Tonight really needs to stop talking about cannolis, I want one now.

  • Total Dominication

    Come on Davis!

  • Pat D

    By the way, I’d just like to apologize for my role in the…unpleasantness of this afternoon. I really don’t think I played a big part other than letting it escalate and demanding a straight answer, which I still never received, but of course I’m not helping anything by pointing this out either.

    I respect the new guidelines and will abide by them. I intend to stay out of any topics that being in the open thread as well, since quite obviously they are wastes of time as no one “wins” those discussions, no matter what at least one person seems to think.

    After all, I came to this site for the Yankees, not for politics.

  • Total Dominication

    Pennington!! A’s winning!

  • Dr Van Nostrand

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/wa.....share_copy

    gotta love this old daily show gem about boston

  • rek4gehrig

    7 minute recap of all games on MLB network is really cool.