Aug
05

Open Thread: Back on top

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Hey now. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

The Twins did the Yankees a big favor this afternoon, topping the Rays 8-6 in Tampa to split their four game set. It wasn’t easy though, Minnesota jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Rays tied it up in the 8th inning thanks to a Jason Bartlett (!!!) grand slam. The Trop came back to bite the home team in the next half inning when Jason Kubel popped a ball up on the infield that got hung up in the catwalk and eventually fell in fair territory, allowing a run to score. Here’s the video. The win by Minnesota puts the Yankees back in sole possession of first place in the AL East by half a game, so the disaster of falling out of first lasted all of a day and a half. Something about not over-reacted during a 162 game season belongs here.

Anyway, here’s your open thread on this sweltering hot and humid evening in New York. Seriously, I went out to grab a bagel this morning, and decided I was better off staying inside in the air conditioning while having toast instead of making the two block walk in that humidity. But I digress. There’s a regional coverage game on MLB Network tonight; depending on where you live you’ll either get the Red Sox-Indians or Giants-Braves. Go nuts, talk about whatever you want.

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

    Well, there’s always teh Jesus to keep us occupied.

  • Carlosologist

    So many people panicked yesterday it was actually funny.

  • Across the pond

    Youk out for the rest of the season.

    • Jorge

      Here’s to him gaining 80 pounds while he’s gone and becoming even more grotesque.

      • Gonzo

        I hear he sweats cooking oil.

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

          I had the CLE/BOS game on the other day and Lester was so sweaty, it was utterly repulsive.

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

    Dear Joe Maddon: stop bitching about the catwalks when it costs you, when you no doubt have benefited from that rule many a time over the last few years.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Including against the Yankees. That guy’s an idiot.

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

      Funnily enough, in 2007 the Rays won a game against the Twins in a very similar fashion to the way the Twins won that game against the Rays today. I agree the Trop has gotta go, but it’s annoying that Maddon complains about it now.

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

        Yea, but in 2007 no one cared about the Devil Rays

      • Kit

        I loved Gardenhire’s, “We’ve lost ballgames here the same way, so back at you,” comment.

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

    How sad is it that I’m debating whether or not to sign up for a one-session first aid class on the basis of whether or not the Yankees will have the division wrapped up by 28 September?

    • Kiersten

      Not sad. I’m 21, single, and don’t wanna get married for a LONG time, but I’m already worried about how I want a fall wedding but that’s not gonna work cause I’m gonna be distracted by a division race/playoff game during my own wedding.

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

        This is why God created luxury boxes. Save your pennies, sweetie.

        • larryf

          Yankeematch.com It starts here

      • Nickel

        I had a friend that got married the same weekend as one of the Yankees-Mets inter-league series in July. His wife ordered all the TV’s by the bar in the reception hall shut off and told the staff they were not to turn them on no matter how hard any wedding guest begged them (It was a reception full of both Yankee and Met fans). She actually made it part of the contract with the hall.

        • http://www.twitter.com/astrophunq Dax J.

          That lady is evil.

    • Mattchu12

      It’s more sad that I’ve had at least two break-ups over “Why do you take this so seriously? I mean, you’re wearing a mitt while watching the game on TV. The ball isn’t coming through the screen, I think it’s time for me to go.”

      And I let them. We were pitching, you don’t leave the couch while we are pitching….

  • Brad Toughy

    Congrats to CC and his wife for another little CC!

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

      +1

      The more CCs we have in this world, the better.

      • Kiersten

        Put a glove on that kid’s right hand.

        • Brad Toughy

          Indeed. The doctor slapped baby CC’s rump then cocked the little dude’s hat a little to the side.

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

          That too, but I just meant that CC comes across as a very nice guy.

          • Kiersten

            You mean, you think about things besides baseball?

            /confused

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

              Baseball and . . . . well, I’m a guy.

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

                Football?

          • Joe

            USC just offered the kid a scholarship

  • Kered Retej

    The camera operator did a pretty good job tracking that pop-up.

  • kunaldo

    Man, that’s some not-so-subtle grabass.

    • Kit

      I’m still laughing at the caption.

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

      You should see what goes on in the locker room.

      Put it this way, if a friend of mine was married to one of these guys, I’d advise her not to kiss her husband on the lips when he comes home from work.

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

        Holy schneikies.

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

      Cuddyer’s bein’ real thorough there.

  • Carlosologist

    So, who else is watching the game in which Swisher did his best Bobby Murcer impression and honored the Boss with a walk-off.

    • Anthony Murillo

      I was at that game, I’m so grateful I was there.

      • whozat

        It was awesome. The next day (when AJ pitched)…less so

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

    I’m desperate. It’s not even a Mets game I’m watching, but the rookie ball Cyclones game.

    I need help.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      nothing on MLB Network?

      • Anthony Murillo

        They’re giving Boston/Cleveland with Cleveland winning 1-0

        • Brooklyn Ed

          …and there’s a Lincecum vs Heyward game.

          • Anthony Murillo

            I sadly do not get the pleasure of watching that game. Stuck watching Bawston

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

        Time Warner Cable doesn’t carry it in my Condo. I’ve been waiting for FIOS for 6 months, still not finished yet. Should be ready once the season is over.

        • Brooklyn Ed

          you and me both are waiting for fios. verizon said its gonna be this summer, nope nothing.

          • Kiersten

            FiOS is amazing, well worth the wait.

    • JohnnyC

      Steve, I’m looking at the Cyclones game too. WTF does IRIE signify on their shirts?

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

        It’s
        Really
        Irish
        Everywhere

        I dunno, it’s Irish heritage night.

        • JohnnyC

          Yeah, I see the shamrocks.

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

        Are you sure it’s IRIE? Not EIRE?

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

          Eire is Irish for Ireland.

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

    You guys are dirty tonight.

    I love it.

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

      Andy Pettitte’s groin may still hurt.

      • Carlosologist

        Nah, too easy.

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

          I’m not even quite sure what kind of joke you could make out of that. I mean, it kind of stands on its own, there.

          (…heh)

    • Kiersten

      It’s not our fault CC and his wife had their baby 9 months and 2 days after the Yankees won the World Series…

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

        O_O

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

        Oh, and Mrs. Tex is preggers and due any day…

        • Teix is the man

          Sarcasm? lol

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

            Nope.

            • Teix is the man

              Sorry, having an off day lol

        • Jose the Satirist

          Leigh Teixeira has such a “girl next door” look.

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

      You’re such a bad girl. You need a good spanking.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    If Boston is smart enough, they should play V-Mart at 1B, have Veritek catch, and bring up a catcher. but hey what do I know????

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

      I’m pretty sure Varitek’s on the DL.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        oh wow, then I failed at knowing their lineup. LOL…

    • Kiersten

      Not much, cause Jason Varitek is on the DL.

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

      Pretty much every Red Sox not named JD Drew is on the DL

      • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

        Or Adrian Beltre.

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

          Yeah, but he’s got like one working thingie.

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

            Given the way the Sox season has gone, I’ve been fully expecting him to take another liner to the nuts any day now. Even after last year, he still doesn’t wear a cup

      • Chris

        Isn’t it ironic that the only Red Sox player NOT on the DL is JD Drew? Who would have seen that one coming?

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

      How is Varitek an upgrade over Lowell anyway?

    • Jose the Satirist

      I think the best move would be to get Carlos Delgado. He absolutely mashes RHP. His potential upside is probably higher than anyone cheaply available through waivers.

  • Stephen Dedalus

    Out of curiosity: what kind of music do you people listen to?

    • Zooboy

      Yankees theme song. Take me out to the ballgame. Star-spangeled banner. And that “whistle” they play after every strike out.

      • Zooboy

        I recently become a big fan of NPR’s “All songs considered.” I find I’ve discovered some great new (new to me, at least) bands from listening to the shows they do featuring individual songs (best songs of the year so far, listener’s picks, etc.)

    • Carlosologist

      I listen to some classic rock (60s, 70s, etc.), reggae, funk, and some of the stuff from today.

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

      Everything from alternative rock to medieval folk music

      Right now Run Around by Blues Traveler on Pandora

    • candyforstalin

      dylan, gillian welch, joão gilberto and leonard cohen.

      • Pasqua

        Wow. A fellow Gillian Welch fan. This makes me happy.

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

      I listen to mostly punk, hardcore, metal, shit like that. Happy music, as I call it.

      • Kit

        I second this list with the addition of random gangsta rap from the 90′s.

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

      Peter Cetera

      • Carlosologist

        If you love the ladies, by default, you love Cetera.

    • Accent Shallow

      Here’s the artists on the top 15 played songs on my iTunes, minus repeats:

      Cross My Heart
      The Revillos
      Superchunk
      The Magnetic Fields
      Frank Black
      Archers of Loaf
      Housemartins
      Nick Lowe
      Shirkers
      Jets to Brazil
      The Undertones
      Chamberlain
      Sloan
      Pink Razors
      The Vibrators

      • candyforstalin

        stephin merritt and nick lowe are remarkable songwriters.

    • Kiersten

      Uhhh, pop-punk stuff I guess (Something Corporate, The Starting Line, etc) and singer-songwriter stuff (Matt Nathanson, Jason Mraz, etc).

      I still don’t know how to define the music that I listen to.

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

      Generally really bad pop-type music.

    • Nickel

      Classical, mostly. (I’m a professional musician.) Although I listen to a lot of XM Radio and my two favorite stations (other than the 80s channel, which is purely a guilty pleasure) are the Spectrum and XM Cafe. A lot of the music I’ve gotten into lately I’ve heard on one of those stations.

    • cano-is-the-bro

      i listen to the 5 best rappers of all time: dylon, dylon, dylon, dylon, dylon

      I spit hot fire

  • http://unclemikesmusings.blogspot.com Uncle Mike

    The Yankees’ Magic Number to clinch the AL East is 55: Any Yankee wins + Tampa losses adding up to 55, and we’re Division Champions again, on the way to Title 28. (Or should that be Title XXVIII?) And the Red Sox are coming in having just lost Kevin Youkilis for the rest of the season, due to a strained tushy… sorry, a torn muscle in his thumb, and their number to be eliminated from even the Wild Card is 44.

  • http://www.twitter.com/CaptainRaf CaptainRaf

    Mike, Joe or Ben,
    can tickets be purchased at the door for the Fangraphs thing on Saturday? dont know if ill be in the city that morning but if i am im going to attend. just dont want to buy the ticket ahead of time.

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

      I don’t believe so.

      • Jose the Satirist

        I thought it was $20 at the door.

        http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....l-details/

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

          And there you go, I guess it is.

          • http://www.twitter.com/CaptainRaf CaptainRaf

            yea checked the site a bit ago. hope to make it

  • Reggie C.

    Greinke is either blowing off some steam or he’s dead serious at the moment and is laying ground work to get out of KC.
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....plan-.html

    I guess the likes of Hosmer, Moustakas, and Myers don’t impress Greinke much.

    • bonestock94

      Starting pitching is essential but you need more than that. What do they have in terms of position players? On a related topic I thought this was an awesome article about building a team.

      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....r-problem/

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I just sent this article to a friend of mine who’s a Mets fan and he read it, liked it, then suggested that Omar blow up the team.

        /faceplam

    • candyforstalin

      montero: toto, i have a feeling we’re not in scranton anymore.

  • cano-is-the-bro

    Gotta love the Trop!

    oh and boost that Youkilis is out for the season

  • Accent Shallow

    Saw Joe’s article on Thomas Diamond earlier today. Sterling/Waldman had mentioned him pitching for the Cubs the other day, but I didn’t realize he’d pitched that well.

    My favorite story about him is the pickoff move bit on his wikipedia page, which unfortunately they don’t have a source for.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Bob Davidson is bad at his job.

  • Carlosologist

    Wow, did anybody see that horrible call in the Phillies-Marlins game. Bob Davidson called a ball that was inside the line and fair, foul. It would have ended the game had the correct call been made.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      He wasn’t even looking at the ball when it landed!

      • Carlosologist

        He wasn’t in position to make a good call. Don’t most umps pull away from the line so they can see where it’s going? He sort of hopped out of the way of the ball and was really in no position to make a (rare) good call.

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

        Doesn’t it not matter if the ball lands fair, it all goes by where it crossed the bag? (Unless it was still on the fly, but I don’t think it was)

        • Carlosologist

          The ball took a funky hop but it landed right inside the line.

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

            after the bag though

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              The ball never landed foul AND it went over the bag. Both of those mean it should be fair.

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

                yea…#robotumps

        • Kiersten

          Yeah, once it bounces before the base, it matters where it crosses the base. It went over the base fair though.

          Regardless, it doesn’t matter where it lands.

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

      Really a horrible, horrible call.

    • Frigidevil

      I was initially pissed about this, but he made that call before it even crossed the bag. I think he saw what i saw, the ball bouncing foul immediately after hitting the ground.

  • E Street Shuffle

    I’m kinda upset that Youk is out for the whole year. With all their injuries and now with him out for the rest of the season I fear that every annoying red sox fan will forever say that the yankees didn’t really win the division this year due to the health issues. When we win in October i wont really care but it’ll be annoying

    • Carlosologist

      Just tell Boston fans to kiss the rings and ignore all that.

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

      In fairness, I say the same thing about 2008.

  • larryf

    Gardy should steal a bunch off VMart. Terrible catcher. Even pitchouts shouldn’t work for the Sawx…

    • cano-is-the-bro

      every team should steal 10 times a game on the sox, especially whenever varitek is catching

  • http://blogs.thetenthinningstretch.com fauxhawkrawk

    Ball is fair or foul depending on where it lands, not where it crosses the bag. If it hits the bag or the chalk, it’s still considered fair.

    • esteban

      Well before the bases it can land foul and then roll fair

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Ball is fair or foul depending on where it lands, not where it crosses the bag

      False.

      If a ball bounces in fair territory, crosses the bag, and its first bounce after crossing the bag is in foul territory, the ball is FAIR.

  • candyforstalin

    can a.j. burnett remain an effective piece at the front end of the rotation without somehow reinventing himself as a pitcher?