Open Thread: Another day off

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This picture makes me laugh. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Sheesh, life without Yankee baseball stinks, doesn’t it? These six days off are going to suck, I don’t know what to do with myself. My nightly routine is all out of whack. Anyway, it’s for the best. The players get to rest, the coaches get to game plan, yadda yadda yadda. Just a few more days and they’ll be back at it.

For now, here’s your open thread. The Braves are sending Derek Lowe to the mound on three day’s rest to try to save their season at 7:37pm ET (TBS), the Giants are countering with young Madison Bumgarner. Brooks Conrad is not starting the game, if you’re wondering. Can’t say I’m surprised by that. Meanwhile, the Jets are playing Vikings at 8:30pm (ESPN), which should be fun. You guys know what to do, so have at it.

Oh, and in case you missed it, here’s the MoneyBart episode of The Simpsons from last night. Bill James and Mike SciosciaFace make cameos.

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  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    I hope some other team goes down 3-0 to come back to win the series in the ALCS, NLCS or the World Series to spite Curt Schilling.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/bost.....id=5650658

    Ugh.

    • Zanath

      Maybe we will?

      • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        I would love for that to happen. My heart may not be able to stand the initial 3 games though. But if it happens to the Yankees in the near future that will be all sorts of awesome. Or at least a team against the Red Sox.

        • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

          I hope the Yankees do it against the Sox, but absolutely bludgeon them in games 4-7. I’m saying like 10+ runs a piece.

        • first time lawng time

          Ehh. I’d prefer the Yanks just go 11-0 in the postseason. Seems more dominant.

          • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

            That would be better than rallying to come back from 3-0. Going 11-0 is straight domination holmes. Rallying to comeback down 3-0 means you screwed up in the beginning and now have 0 margin for error.

            • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

              Come back from 0-2 in the ALDS to advance to the ALCS

              Come back from 0-3 in the ALCS to advance to the World Series

              Come back from 0-3 in the World Series to win it all

              …how hard would that be!

              • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

                Oh my Mo. What an amazing year that would be for anyone. I pray anyone gets it but the Red Sox.

        • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

          It wasn’t baseball, but the Bruins collapse in the playoffs last year was all sorts of awesome, just because they’re a Boston team.

    • ultimate913

      You know the present is bad for them when they’re still thinking about what happened 6 years ago.

      Everyone: Yankees are winning and are about to be champions again!
      Schilling: Oh yea? Well, 2004 was awesome.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        This is so true. And Red Sox fans all used to kill Yankee fans for “living in the past” before last year, too.

      • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

        Remember when every Sox fan tried to say all Yankee fans live in the past, because there’s nothing for them in the present?

        Heh.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          Beat ya. :p

        • ultimate913

          I hear ya.

          But Bexy beat ya.

      • Louis

        Yea… But gotta say- until 2009 I know a bunch of us Yankees fans that were still reminiscing about the 2001 world series.

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

      I am honored and privileged to be able to call myself one of the 25, because there will be tens of hundreds more World Series champions, but there will never be another team like the 2004 Boston Red Sox.

      The only things in sports that will “never happen again” are the things that are realistically impossible to do due to changes between an older era and a modern one, like the pitching records of the deadball era that came from 2 or 3 man rotations/350 IP per season, or winning 5 games in a best-of-9 postseason series.

      As long as the ALCS remains a best of 7, though, bet on this: somebody else will make a comeback from down 0-3. People who say “This will never be topped” about a sporting accomplishment are always wrong. Whatever happened before will happen again; whatever record was thought to be insurmountable will be bested.

      Sport is an unending progress forward.

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

        Sport is an unending progress forward.

        Except where instant replay is concerned.

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

          Meh, he’ll die eventually.

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

        I dunno man, we’re still waiting for someone to break a four-minute mile.

        In all seriousness, I wonder if I’ll be alive when someone breaks a three-and-a-half minute mile. The world record is 3:43:13 (set in 1999), so it took 45 years to shave 17 seconds off the first 4:00 in history. Eh, maybe if I’m lucky.

        • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

          I assume you mean 3 minute mile, and I think that would be nearly impossible. That would take 45 seconds for each lap on a regulation 4 lap track, and the world record for the 400m (1/4 of a mile) is 43.18 by Michael Johnson in the same year El G broke the mile record.

          I ran :58-1:00 minute 400m sprints when I did track in high school, yet I could not run a 4:00 minute mile, let alone a 4:30 mile. The record at my school for the mile is 4:10 and I believe the 400m record at my school is 47-49 seconds.

          • JMK

            Cool story, bro.

        • TLVP

          Or if PED’s get better and permitted. Otherwise no 3.30 will not happen in our lifetime

      • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        That. I’m not going to completely bash Schilling since he was apart of the team but why bring it up in the first place? I don’t see articles about the 1998 Yankees team being possibly the best team ever.

        It’ll happen again sometime, I just hope it’s sooner. Unless it’s the Sox again. And I chuckled at this nugget.

        We won because we knew that if we focused, no one could beat us.

        /MediaPerceptionofCano’d

      • Louis

        Ok but for all intensive purposes, I’d be willing to bet no one breaks cy youngs wins record

        • pete

          unless legal/legitimate medicine advances to the point where people can pitch well into their ’50s. You don’t know that to be untrue. Hell, Satchel Paige got major leagues out when he was what, 56?

          That being said, the nature of the modern game and its focus on the preservation of its starting pitchers will certainly make it insanely unlikely.

          • Louis

            Ok even if people pitched when they were 60, I still doubt it. I’m not saying it can’t happen, I’m just saying I’d bet money that it doesn’t.

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

              Which is why I said

              The only things in sports that will “never happen again” are the things that are realistically impossible to do due to changes between an older era and a modern one, like the pitching records of the deadball era that came from 2 or 3 man rotations/350 IP per season…

        • Spaceman.Spiff a/k/a Rivera Venue Blues

          I may be wrong, but the phrase is, “for all intents and purposes,” no?

          • JMK

            Yes. An intensive purpose would be totally extreme, I admit.

    • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

      My favorite is because it happened ONCE, Yankee fans should never think the series is in the bag. Never mind the number of times we’ve swept, let alone the number of times we’ve won a postseason series. Ok Sox fans, keep reminding us that the Yankees choked that once when your team choked, oh what, every year for 86 years?

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

      Much as I hate to say it, I agree with Curt. That’s just about as good as it gets as a sports story.

      The Baseball obsessed city, the (fictitious) Curse, the long suffering rabid fan base, coming down from 3-0 against the hated rivals who practically define their baseball existence, the bloody sock, etc etc. What else could you possibly have? If it was a movie, you’d say it was all too far fetched.

      Even if the Cubs won the WS, it’s hard to imagine a scenario that’s any better than the Sox in 04 from a sports journalist’s standpoint. It’s the best Baseball story of my lifetime, and possibly even better than the 1980 Olympic Hockey team or 2007 Giants.

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

        2007 Giants and 1980 Hockey are pretty damn good. IDK.

        But besides that, who cares if he’s right? It’s totally sour grapes. Yeah, the 04′ Red Sox were an amazing story. So? That has zero bearing on the current WS run.

        • Sayid J.

          Well, the story wasn’t intended to say anything about the Yankees. He was just writing about the 2004 Sox separate from anything else. Inspired by the current playoffs, possibly, but he doesn’t really make any claims about current teams or say anything that’s untrue. Even if it’s stupid/unnecessary to be writing about the series 6 years later.

          I think that’s what the Artist was getting at.

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

            Yeah, ‘sour grapes’ or ‘waxing nostalgic’ is probably in the eye of the beholder when it comes to these two very partisan fan bases. I’m a Yankee fan, but I try to retain some objectivity.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

    I only caught a glimpse of the Simpsons last night but it was awesome

    • Ellis

      Ehh I can’t put my finger on it, but something’s wrong with the Simpsons post-season-12 or so. The timing is off or something, it just doesn’t seem the same. Maybe I should get over my nostalgia and realize times have changed.

      • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

        They linger a little too long sometimes. That’s the main problem.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

    Go Giants ! I believe they are best equipped to beat the Phillies.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Aside from the Yanks of course?

      • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

        Absolutely.

    • ultimate913

      Yup. That’s why I want a Giants vs Phillies NLCS. The Braves would just get swept by the Phillies.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    By seimiya/@firstheart42, so awesome

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hqd73mw-zg

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

      Agreed. I finally got around to watching it myself about 5 mins ago.

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

      so awesome

      seconded

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

      Third

    • http://fmylife.com Bryan

      The Home Run/Gunshots had me LOL’ing.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      Fantastic job.

    • Kit

      How completely kick ass is that? I love it.

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      thanks. ^___^;;;

    • pete

      sweet video. that song always makes me want to go back and listen to the Clash song it samples though, just to get the annoying sound of MIA’s voice out of my head.

      lol whatevs

  • http://fmylife.com Bryan

    The Yankees don’t play till Friday, and the Bruins till Saturday…

    This week is gonna be tough.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    I know the Yankees announced the plan to go with 4 starters in the ALCS, but they didn’t actually say what pitcher will pitch what game right? That would seem contrary to Girardi’s/Cashman’s MO. I had a lengthy discussion with V.Rojas about this, he seems to think the reports say it is possibility #2 but he thinks #1 is the wiser choice. I agreed and disagreed with him at the same time. I disagreed with the fact that the reports say it was possibility #2, but agreed that #1 was the better choice. Of course he is member of the media and I would assume he has his sources. I do not have sources and am just basing this off of what we already know about the Yankees’ MO and what makes the most sense logically. Nor am I saying that I came up with this idea.

    So it seems like the two possibilities are:

    Possibility 1:

    Game 1 – CC (8 days rest)
    Game 2 – Andy (8 days rest)
    Game 3 – Phil (8 days rest)
    Game 4 – CC (3 days rest)
    Game 5 – AJ (17 days rest
    Game 6 – Andy (5 days rest)
    Game 7 – CC (3 days rest)

    Possibility 2:

    Game 1 – CC (8 days rest)
    Game 2 – Andy (8 days rest)
    Game 3 – Phil (8 days rest)
    Game 4 – AJ (16 days rest)
    Game 5 – CC (regular rest)
    Game 6 – Andy (5 days rest)
    Game 7 – CC on 2 days rest? Phil on regular rest? AJ on 3 days rest?

    • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      I don’t think that Girardi will announce the rotation until about Thursday; around the time he announces the lineup, but I do agree with option 1 being the wisest choice.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        Yeah I tend to agree that their is no way that Girardi announced his rotation already. Everything to him, even the most obvious things are considered state secrets and are not announced until the last possible minute. I agree with this policy. Do not give your opponents any definitive knowledge to which to prepare with. He should lie to the media and say he is leaving CC, Mo and Arod off the roster just to screw with them.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      I have no problem with scenario number 1. On 2, I would start Phil in 7, have CC on alert coming out of the BP .

      • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

        I’d have Andy in Game 3, lined up for game 7, with Phil in games 2 and 6.

        But I’d go with scenario 1 anyway.

        • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

          That’s a good point. I didn’t consider doing that.

          But yes I agree Scenario 1 is the best choice.

    • Nuke Ladoosh

      Would be so nice to win a laugher in Game1 and get AJ an inning.

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

      CC has to pitch 3 times. We can’t credibly argue giving Hughes another start over CC based on Phil’s 1 year as a starter and 1 post season start. CC’s body of work dwarfs that of Hughes. CC has pitched well on short rest, and if the series goes 5-6 then he’s perfectly lined up for a Game 1 WS start.

      The only scenario where I don’t pitch CC 3 times is if I’m going game by game, and the Yanks jump out to an 2-0 or 3-0 leading the series. Then you have the luxury of keeping everyone on full rest and going 1-3 twice w/Burnett in the middle.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

    So I knew the devils were screwed, but I didn’t realize it was *this* bad

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Isn’t this the equivalent of calling the Yankees done by May? Come on now!

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

        This.

    • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Blame Kovalchuk.

      The Rangers game sucked for me. Del Zotto gave the puck away twice and led to the Isles scoring chances. In the third period, they got careless penalties that led to a 5 on 3 powerplay and two goals by the Isles to win it. Lundqvist rolling around in net didn’t help either. Otherwise, they played pretty well.

      But the refs definitely botched the Stepan call when he was against the boards, as well as his assist to an Avery goal when DiPietro let go of the puck before the whistle.

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

        Yeah, I didn’t realize they were so stretched for cap space that they had to play with just 15 skaters today. They’re lucky Arnott and Langenbrunner come off the books after the season, otherwise they’d never be able to afford Parise.

        Maybe they’ll get lucky and Brodeur will retire, then they’ll have enough money to fill out the rest of the roster.

        • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

          15 skaters?

          Cripes. They didn’t even have a fourth line today.

  • Kit

    I think Bumgarner is such a tragic last name.

    /12 years old

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

        Also tragic. Giggling though.

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

            That’s hilarious. “Dick” Harden? I’m laughing and crying.

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

              Dick Pole was a longtime pitching coach for a whole bunch of organizations. Mitch Williams talked about him once on MLBN and I started cracking up.

              • Kit

                If those names weren’t intentional, I will be extremely upset, but that’s hilarious. I can just imagine Mitch saying his name with that slow “I was dropped on my head” drawl of his.

          • JerseyDutch

            Best laugh I’ve had in ages. I like the platoon of left and right Boobs.

    • Carlosologist

      It’s actually a good thing. It means he’s getting ass!

      /14 years old

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Madison Bumgarner = female protagonist’s name in a romance novel set in 1880

      • Kit

        Haha…seriously though. The Madison threw me for a loop, but the Bumgarner is just tragic.

  • CBean

    I keep telling myself that 6 days off means I can get some actual work done, but instead, I keep refreshing RAB.

    • Nuke Ladoosh

      Yeah

  • Carlosologist

    I honestly hope the Braves lose tonight. Bobby Cox would be able to leave on his home turf and not have his last game be an embarrassing loss to the Phillies.

    • Kit

      I am also hoping the Giants win. I feel terrible for Bobby, but at least he’ll get a nice standing O and lots of love.

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

      This. I also really want to see a Halladay-Lincecum NLCS Game 1.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      You want his last game to be an embarrassing loss to the Giants instead?

      • Zanath

        I think it would be easier to swallow for him than making to the second round and then getting owned.

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    Hate Tomahawk Chop. Go Giants!

    • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

      I hate it tenfold after Saturday night.

      /bittermiamihurricanesfan’d

  • Carlosologist

    Bumgarner started this season throwing 88-89. He’s got gas now. Should be fun for Atlanta.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      MadBum will overwhelm them ! Go Giants!

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

        MadBum?

        Really?

        • Zanath

          Might be worst nickname I have ever heard.

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

            Jonathan “cinco ocho” Papelbon

            • Zanath

              Well played.

          • Kit

            Big Game James Shields.

            That’s all I got.

            • Zanath

              I mean it might not fit, and it might not be original. But at least it sounds ok. MadBum just sounds like something I’d want to avoid.

              • Zanath

                And sorry for the italics fail. Meant to end that after “sounds”

              • Kit

                That’s very true.

          • vin

            Roy-tation?

        • Carlosologist

          Unfortunately that’s what they call him in San Francisco.

          Baseball-related nicknames these days suck.

          • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

            Durty and Panda are not bad at all.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

          Well, Yes. I think it’s a fitting nickname for a player on that eclectic team.

  • Januz

    Mike, I have a PSU Question: Is there any chance that Paterno finally retires? We need to do what they did at Florida State with Bowden……….. Put him out to pasture. ps. The 2011 Recruiting Class does not look good, we cannot afford another bad season like this one.

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

      I doubt it. He doesn’t do much “coaching” anyway, his assistants and coordinators due most of the work. He’s a bit of a figurehead right now.

      • Januz

        I am sorry to hear that. I think Al Golden could be a nice replacement, anyone who can win at Temple can obviously coach. Not to mention he and his staff, have extensive ties to Happy Valley.

  • Zanath

    The offense in this series is quite overwhelming.

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

    Chris Rock AND Spike Lee?

    I have no idea what that means.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Bumgarner is really effing good too. This Giants pitching staff is nightmarish.

    They screwed up so badly with the Rowand/Zito signings. They are developing their ways out of it, but a Crawford/Dunn signing would be so good for them this offseason.

    • Carlosologist

      They have ~20M coming off the books. I’m sure if they advance to the World Series then ownership will allow Sabean to go out and splurge on a bat.

      • Carlosologist

        *then ownership will probably expand payroll and allow Sabean to go out and splurge on a bat.

        I miss the edit function.

      • Hughesus Christo

        Where’s the 20 mil coming from?

        Considering Sabean’s track record, I’m expecting Adrian Beltre with a move of Sandoval to 1B.

        • Zanath

          And considering Beltre’s track record, I’d expect him not to perform.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            Well he’s moving to the NL West if it happens. And since it’s the Giants he’s not facing Lincecum, Cain and Sanchez.

            • Zanath

              I know, but his track record has been that he has (with the exception of 2009, when he was hurt) always performed the best in his contract years. Maybe he’s put it all together finally, but I’m still skeptical.

        • Hughesus Christo

          noonecares

          I actually did this in OOTP ’11 with the Giants, but Beltre was relatively cheap because he had a normal season. Sandoval became a GG 1B, Beltre had a pretty good season with excellent defense. We won the division.

          /noonecares

  • Zanath

    Brooks Conrad clearly cast a jinx on Mike Fontenot.

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

    Seeing Suzy Kolber dressed down in a tanktop in those pregame production meeting shots gives me a newfound appreciation for her.

    She’s doable.

    • Hughesus Christo

      Always had that appreciation.

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

        Joe Namath certainly agrees.

  • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    errors. errors. errors.

  • Carlosologist

    Why can’t we be as good as the Braves against pitchers we haven’t seen? D:

    • Zanath

      Yeah I was thinking that too. But I certainly wouldn’t trade that success for the Braves offense.

    • Kit

      Hey, we beat a pitcher we never saw before to clinch our post-season spot. I’d take our adjustment period over the Braves’ everything on any given day.

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

    J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS!

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

    A rain delay on MNF?

    Lame.

    • Zanath

      I thought football players could play through a little rain and lightning? That’s what football fans always tell me anyway. Unlike pussy baseball players.

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

    lowe made it look too easy for bumgarner to get out of that

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      He is a pitcher…

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

        true, but at least take a damn pitch ;)

  • Kit

    GASP. PEOPLE CAN BE FRIENDS IF THEY LIKE DIFFERENT TEAMS?! Blasphemy!

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

      Where did you get that foolish notion?

      • Kit

        TBS showing two dudes sitting next to each other wearing a Giants and a Braves jersey.

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

          Right after they were on the camera, one of them broke a bottle over the other one’s head.

          • Kit

            I knew there was something wrong with that picture. You can’t be friends with people who don’t like everything you like.

    • Carlosologist

      I still wonder as to how I get along with my friend, who is a diehard Red Sox fan.

      • Kit

        My best friend is a Red Sox and Mets fan and we make it work.

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

          “Red Sox and Mets” sounds suspiciously like “I just hate the Yankees”

          • Kit

            Do you know her? Because that describes her perfectly. She was a Yankee fan at some point. I’m still trying to wrap my head around what happened.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

              Whaaaaaaaaa o_O

              I’m sure she’s lovely. But just… whaaaaaaa?

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

              I’m going to assume no, but one of my closer friends here was a Mets fan for a while, realized (pre-2007, believe it or not) what being a Mets fan entails, still hated the Yankees, and so switched wholesale to being a Red Sox fan (we went to college in Boston, that helped with that). No one is a fan of those two teams unless they just hate the Yankees.

            • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

              That’s worse than my best friend, who’s just a plain ol’ Mets fan.

              I’ve been trying to show her the light for 8 1/2 years now, but she won’t come around.

              • Kit

                I have the same problem with my grandparents and my mom. My grandfather just roots for NY teams since he knows the Mets futility but my grandmother gives me speeches about how evil the Yankees are and how she hates them. I’ve tried, but I can’t break through.

                • JerseyDutch

                  I have cousins who are Phillies fans. Luckily we’re not very close.

                  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

                    I also have cousins who are Phillies fans. We’re pretty close. Christmas last year was fun.

              • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

                I have a friend who is a Mets fan. Admittedly, this might be the wrong way to go about it, but whenever he complains about there terrible management/coaching/inability to get a hit/shitty closer/DL/everything, I go, “Well, there is another team in New York, if you’re interested….”

            • I Voted 4 Kodos

              I know someone who did the exact same thing. She was a huge Yankee fan, then somehow slowly evolved into a Sox fan.

              If I remember correctly, the deciding factors were trading Robin Ventura and the existence of Varitek, which may well be the stupidest reasons anyone has ever done anything.

              • JerseyDutch

                That’s like being a red-meat lover and then one day out of the blue saying, “Hmm, tofu… maybe I’ll give that a try.”

                • pete

                  I am a red-meat lover who has willingly eaten tofu on several occasions

        • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

          I have 3 friends who are Red Sox fans, and a 4th who jokes that he is a Red Sox fan because the other 3 are, even though he doesn’t like baseball.

          Two friends who are Mets fans, and 1 who is a Rockies fan.

          • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

            I’ve dated two Red Sox fans.

            Mark my words, I will never do so again.

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

              Have you been able to get the vermin infestation out of your apartment yet?

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

              One of my ex-boyfriends was a huge Mets fan. Who also owned a White Sox hat… entirely in Mets colors. idefk

            • Kit

              I’m still disgusted by the fact that I was once in a relationship with an Angels fan. I fucking hate the Angels.

              • http://twitter.com/AnaMariana42 Ana

                this one has gone out with both a red sox fan and a rays fan. i think i lose. in my defense, neither were actual relationships…

                • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

                  in my defense, neither were actual relationships…

                  exactly.

        • Carlosologist

          Red Sox AND Mets? Give your friend props, it takes real mental fortitude to be a fan of two teams who have been relatively futile for the larger part of their existences.

          • Kit

            She’s only gotten to see the winning side of the Red Sox (fan since 2004) and she’s a Mets fan because she hates the Yankees.

            • Carlosologist

              I see. Show her the 1986 World Series to see if she’s really a fan of either team.

              • Kit

                I never asked her who she would have rooted for, but I’m sure she would’ve been happy that the Yankees didn’t make it.

      • CBean

        My boss is a huge Red Sox fan but he’s still secretly a good guy. He’s the reason that I got to go to the game this weekend.

      • Esteban

        I went to college in Boston. 2007 was NOT fun. The last postseason I was there for was 2008, so it was a whole bunch of “Oh when’s the last time the Yankees won? Stop living in the past” But yet even at that point, I had seen the Yankees win 4 WS to the Red Sox 2, so that shut them up.

        • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

          I’m a little sad I didn’t go to school in Boston* cause last year was my senior year and it would have been epic.

          *not really, I went to school in Miami, let’s be real.

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

    derek lowe works very fast

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

      TWSS

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

        lolz

    • clayton bigsby

      TWSS

  • Carlosologist

    When the hell did Derek Lowe learn to strike people out?

    • CBean

      My brother, a Braves fan, was trying to convince me that we should trade Gardner for Lowe.

      • Carlosologist

        Only if we get Heyward or Hanson.

  • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    http://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/a-l.....ive/653?nc

    “Though loyal fans of the critically acclaimed, woefully underappreciated series “Friday Night Lights” know exactly who Minka Kelly is, the majority of the general public might wonder why Kelly was tapped to follow in the famous footsteps of former Sexiest Women Alive — who include Kate Beckinsale, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, and Angelina Jolie.”

    • Hughesus Christo

      Objectively false.

  • Hughesus Christo

    I apparently lost Mark Clayton and Calvin Johnson yesterday. I did sit on Marshawn Lynch waiting for a trade, and I still have Andre Johnson… but wtf is up with Greg Jennings?

    Why do I even play fantasy football? It’s a joke.

  • JDDZIp

    According to mlbtr Damon said

    After being informed by the Tigers that they will look elsewhere to find a designated hitter for 2011, Johnny Damon says that he is very open to another stint with the Yankees, according to George A. King of the New York Post.

    “I would love to have that as an option,” Damon said. “It would be very exciting to go back there.”

    I wouldnt mind Damon returning for one year. He is suited perfectly for Yankee Stadium and if we miss out on Crawford which seems likely with the Red Sox/Angels pursuing him hard we could have him back up Gardner

    Anyone agree?

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

      Meh.

      • Kit

        This.

    • Hughesus Christo

      No.

    • Nuke Ladoosh

      For 3 million dollars, I agree.

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

        Yup. The only price point I’d be good taking on Johnny Damon at is the one he’d be too insulted/prideful to take.

      • Nuke Ladoosh

        Wait check that (Messer’d ) for Thames money, I agree.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Same.

    • ultimate913

      He’ll want too much. He’d DH while Posada/Montero/resting veterans will be there. No thanks.

    • Jerome S.

      I <3 Damon, but there is no place for him here. He's on the decline, and Gardner/Whoever we have DH is a better bat, and a better fielder.
      Sorry.

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

      That ship has sailed.

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

    There is only one quarterback in the NFL this year with at least 100 passes attempted and no interceptions.

    His name is Mark Sanchez.

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

      dont jinx him! ;)

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

        Jinxes are for the mentally weak.

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

          true

    • ultimate913

      I can see it already, tsjc. Tomorrow’s headlines:

      New York rejects Minnesota a win, for the 4th time, in 1 week, in 2 different sports!

      It would had seemed better if the Knicks beat the Timberwolves earlier.

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

        THERE’S ONLY ONE COCKTOBER!!!!!

        /Favre’d

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    So the fans are pretty into it at Turner Field.

    Gee, I wonder if not making the playoffs for five years makes the them appreciate playoff baseball again.

    http://cache1.asset-cache.net/.....D400B837B7

    • Kit

      Bexy bait?

      But also, yum.

      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        I wanted to find a picture from the last time the Braves were in the playoffs, and, well, that picture fits that description while also appeasing some around here.

        Call it a double win.

        • Kit

          Double win indeed.

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

            DOUBLE ROYBOW!!!

            /PhilliesPhan’d

            • Kit

              Ughhh…List of reasons why I hate the internet and fans: That.

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

                http://30fps.mocksession.com/2.....2%202.jpeg

                That’s probably the worst sign I’ve seen since the old Mariners fans’ “Edgar-o-meter” signs at the Kingdome.

                • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

                  Oh my god…

              • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                http://keitholbermann.mlblogs.com/IMG_1476.JPG

                He’s such an adorable little munchkin.

                • Kit

                  I love you, Roy Oswalt. But the double Roybow is just the worst thing ever. And he is adorable, even in his attempts to be an attention whore.

                  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                    Which is worse: Double Roybow or Roytation? I have to say “Roytation” because ONE OF THEM ISN’T EVEN NAMED ROY GODDAMN IT

                    • Kit

                      Roytation is worse, but I had erased that from my mind, so Double Roybow is horrible, but not quite as bad as that one.

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

                      I hate H2O also

            • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

              I didn’t even think Philadelphians were that stupid.

              And the only people I even think of worse than those of Philadelphia are the chowdahheads of Bahston.

    • Hughesus Christo
      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        Can’t see that on television.

        But I can vividly remember watching both the ’04 and ’05 NLDS’s they played vs. Houston with the lower bowl half empty. As the picture helps show.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          I remember Pettitte murdered Atlanta in the 2005 NLDS with his big bat.

          /this is not entendre, no it is not’d

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Things that would make me go to Turner Field: that picture.

    • CBean

      Why won’t the link work for me? :(

      • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

        won’t work for me either.

        • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

          Worked in IE, but not Firefox. WTF?

          hate hate hate windows.

  • Carlosologist

    This is the first time the Braves have scored first in the series.

    #offensiveineptitude

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      Game 3 of the ALDS was the first time the Yankees had scored first against the Twins in a playoff game since the 2003 NLDS.

      Hell, it wasn’t until the 8th Yankees/Twins game at the new Stadium that the Yankees scored first, and they won the previous seven games, in addition to that 8th game.

      In fact, that’s probably the worst thing for Twins fans in all of this. The Twins have led in virtually every game, and still lose. Talk about setting yourself up for disappointment.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

    I noticed Fontenot is at third . What happen to the Panda?

    • Zanath

      He’s been struggling. Nothing physically wrong, they just decided to give him a game off. Well, two actually. He didn’t play yesterday, right?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Benched.

    • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Panda caught the We Farm fever that the Rays are going through, and he is in the club house playing it on his iPad.

      At least James Shields knows Angry Birds is where it’s at.

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

        FRUIT NINJA HD, BITCH!!!!

  • WWJMD

    I know this is thinking into the future a bit but all these off days suck.

    My 1st question is, if the Yanks and Phils meet up in the WS(long shot), and the Yanks get dominated by their rotation, Cashmoney hands Cliff Lee a blank check the 1st day he can?

    My 2nd questions is, do you think, with a good postseason, you would trust Phillip as the #2/#3 starter if Andy comes back for 2011? The Yankees could acquire a cheap middle of the rotation guy and use some money to lock-up some younger guys like Hughes/Joba/Swish/Cano.

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

      You lost me at “(long shot), and the Yanks get dominated by their rotation“.

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

        Yep.

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

      No matter what happens in the playoffs, I bet Cashman hands Cliff Lee a check that, while not blank, is more than anyone else can offer.

      With that in mind, the rotation would be CC and Lee for the front end and Andy, Hughes, and AJ for the back end. No need to lock up Joba, who is just hitting his first year of arbitration and won’t pull in all that much. Hughes will pull in more for his 18-win season but it won’t be that huge. Swisher is signed for next year with a club option for 2012 and Cano has options for 2012 and 2013.

      • WWJMD

        But wouldn’t it be awesome to see Cano locked up for 10 years the way DJ was and not have to worry about his next contract for awhile. He’s proven he is durable and a heck of a player. Swish would probably have to wait until the end of his contract when you factor in that this is his first outstanding season as an all around offensive threat but could make the front office nervous with his tendency to get bruised up but never seriously hurt.

        • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

          And the Yankees offer players extensions since… never.

          Moving on.

          • WWJMD

            Randy Johnson

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

            The only exception is pre-arbitration players who would get very big raises through that process, similar to Jeter’s first megadeal and Cano’s contract. Depending on how Hughes does next year, it wouldn’t be crazy to lock him up either.

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

          Second baseman don’t age very well because of the beatings they take around the bag on double plays and stuff. Usually they fall off a cliff at age 32-33.

          Cano’s signed for what, three more years? That’s plenty.

          • WWJMD

            I don’t see that being the case for Cano because he is so durable but you never do know how a player will age. All I know is the kid can hit and I dont think not do I ever want to see him stop. I was counting on him to take over Jeters spot in my heart whenever he….retires. I need Yankee baseball. Now Im thinking so far into the future I see the Captains retirement speech.

    • ZZ

      I really cannot understand the swarms of people, many of whom are generally intelligent and realistic baseball fans, that are handing the Phillies the NL pennant let alone the World Series. It is just so counter intuitive to me I simply cannot wrap my head around it.

      The better team (and I don’t think the Phillies are the best team in the playoffs) very often loses during a 5 or 7 game series. The probability is with the Phillies to go to the World Series, but it is not even close to an overwhelming probability that many are making it out to be.

      It wouldn’t have been shocking if the Phillies lost to the Reds. It won’t be shocking if the Phillies lose to the Giants or Braves.

      It is a completely realistic scenario well within a normal range of probability.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

        I would be shocked they lose to the Braves. The Giants with it’s left handed and general excellent starting pitching has a realistic chance of beating the Phils.

        • ZZ

          I was shocked when the Red Sox came back in the 2004 ALCS.

          I would not be shocked in the least bit if the Braves were to beat the Phillies in the NLCS.

          • Hughesus Christo

            Writing outrageous things on RAB is my anti-drug.

            • ZZ

              Huh?

        • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

          Problem with the Giants is that with their offense against the Phillies pitching, I could very possibly see the Giants scoring negative runs in some of those games.

      • WWJMD

        The Braves are definitely not anywhere as close to good as the Phillies and the Giants will only go as far as Pat Burrell and Buster Posey will carry them. I only see the 3 remaining AL teams posing a real threat to that team.

        • ZZ

          Like I said the better team does not always win in a 5 or 7 game series.

          You are vastly overestimating the probability of the Phillies winning the NL pennant.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Well of course it’s silly to just hand the pennant/WS win to them. It’s also silly to act like they’re not the dominant team in the NL, IMO. I think it’d be pretty shocking if they lost to the Reds or Braves, but I can see the Giants pulling out some 3-2, 4-3, type victories. But then again, Atlanta had THREE ACES – who were usually supplanted by a really really really really good fourth starter – and only got one championship, so.

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

          Atlanta had three Hall of Famers in their prime. Don’t belittle them by comparing them to the Red Sox.

    • Kit

      Ye of little faith. I don’t think the Phillies are properly challenged by the NL, which is why they look so dominant. They have a great rotation and it’s formidable, don’t get me wrong, but they don’t see offenses that compare to the Yankees’. Halladay is scary, Oswalt and Hammels are incredible, but the Yankees can break through and do damage.

      They should make the effort to acquire Cliff as soon as possible, but if it’s money he wants or rings, he’ll find them both here. There’s also CC who he is close friends with, so I can see him coming to the Yankees. Not to say there isn’t a chance he’ll go elsewhere, but he looks set to come here and I can’t wait to see him.

      • WWJMD

        I don’t think they will shut us out and sweep us but they have looked mighty good for the past month and haven’t really slowed done in the playoffs. Im just saying that if they did dominate the Yanks I would be surprised but I do think it is possible.

        • Kit

          I’m not expecting the Yankees to have an easy time, but getting dominated would surprise me a little bit.

  • CBean

    It’s hailing outside.

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

      What town is your “outside” in?

      • CBean

        Currently, I’m in Manhattan.

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

          Grazie. In the north Bronx, I’ve got thunder and lightning but no actual precipitation to speak of.

          • CBean

            Yeah, I’m downtown. Now it’s just pouring. There’s a monsoon outside. And my dinner is never going to get here.

          • Kit

            South Bronx, and same here.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

          I second that, thunder and lightning and very very frightening!

          Hold me Tommie!

        • Nuke Ladoosh

          So jealous

          • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

            of what? Manhattan or the weather?

            • Nuke Ladoosh

              Manhattan. Born & raised on Long Island. Lived all over. 2001- 2004 in Manhattan. Last 6 years in Chicago.

              • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

                Chicago is nice ,no? But yeah, I understand the sentiment.

                • Nuke Ladoosh

                  Chicago is certainly “my kind of town” but..”concrete jungle where dreams are made of…”

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

                  Chicago is nice, no?

                  Meh.

                  • Nuke Ladoosh

                    I love it here. Also love I get to travel to NY a ton on business.

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

          We just had hailpocalypse in Brooklyn. Quarter sized stones. There is a sheet of ice on the roadways.

    • Nuke Ladoosh

      where?

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      I hear a hurricane but no hail.

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

      Big deal. It’s hailing all day, everyday where I work.

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

        I work across the street from a Taxi stand.

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

          At first my parents loved that I found a job across the street from the house. My father, who was Irish, was sent to work at the age of 12. He liked that I got myself a job. He always used to say that American kids were spoiled lazy. My mother was happy after she found out the Ciceros came from the same part of Sicily
          as she did. To my mother, that was the answer to her prayers. I was the luckiest kid in the world. I could go anywhere, do anything. I knew everybody, and everybody knew me. Wiseguys would pull up and Tootie would let me park their Cadillacs. Here I am, this little kid, I can’t even see over the steering wheel, and I’m parking Cadillacs!

          But, it wasn’t too long before my parents changed their minds about my job at the cab stand. For them, it was supposed to be a part-time job. But for me… it was definitely full time.

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

            I’ll be shocked if there’s anyone who doesn’t get this reference.

            • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

              *raises hand*

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

                Well . . you get a pass, darlin. It’s a guy movie.

                I’ll give you a hint. It’s a good movie with a bunch of fellas in it.

                • Kit

                  I resent that “it’s a guy movie.” *crosses arms*

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

                    Not saying women are excluded, just that it’s different than . . . say “Steel Magnolias” or “The English Patient”

                    • Kit

                      I have never seen either of those movies. In fact, I haven’t even heard of “The English Patient.”

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

                      Really? You never saw ‘The English Patient’?

                      OK, I’ll fill you in. Here’s what you missed

                      Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

                    • Kit

                      Haha…I’m not surprised. I’m not really into chick flicks. I like bloody acting movies or stuff dealing with gore, zombies and horror. Last movie I watched and loved was Ninja Assassin. Why? ’cause people get sliced in half by a ninja.

                    • Kit

                      By “acting” I meant action. I miss the edit button.

              • Kit

                It’s from Goodfellas if I’m remembering that long rant correctly.

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

                  Sure is

          • Kit

            How you remember lines from all these movies still impresses me.

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

              The second part is the only part I could actually quote word-for-word off my head. The first part I looked up and cut-and-pasted.

              • Kit

                I see. Still, kudos to you for being able to work them in so seamlessly.

          • pete

            Goodfellas, right?

            /riskslosingmancards

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      I had nothing like two minutes ago. Now: CRAZY STORM.

    • JerseyDutch

      Brett Gardner could steal third base in a hail storm.

  • Carlosologist

    The greatest hitter of all time is on mic right fucking now.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Hal finally cloned Babe? About time.

      • CBean

        Quick, Mo next!

      • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

        Hold on a second, the head of Ted Williams is speaking! ;)

    • JerseyDutch

      The re-animated corpse of Ty Cobb?

  • mustang

    Minka Kelly is Esquire’s sexiest woman alive for 2010.

    http://wonderwall.msn.com/tv/m.....?gt1=28135

    Even on a off day Jeter is still getting big hits.

    JETERIAN!!!

    • I Voted 4 Kodos

      He’ll be inside-outing it all day.

    • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook
      • mustang

        Yes sir!!!!

    • Nuke Ladoosh

      Like. But Izabel Goulart is sexier.

  • Carlosologist

    Derek Lowe has a no-hitter through 5? Damn, there goes the Lincecum-Halladay NLCS Game 1 matchup.

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      On three days rest.

    • ZZ

      Who would’ve thought Bobby Cox actually knew what he was doing starting Derek Lowe in games 1 and 4?

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Kinda like he knew what he was doing in the top of the ninth yesterday… oh wait

        • ZZ

          Eh. His moves were questionable, but not crazy or anything.

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

    Just to continue the discussion of baseball signs from earlier:

    This is, easily, the best sign ever. Held up by an Arizona fan, game 6 of the 2001 WS.

    …I just looked, and can find no picture. But it said:

    It takes more than nine Yanks to beat our Johnson

    Every sign aspires to be this sign.

    • Carlosologist

      Legendary.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Not baseball, but a sign at a USC – UCLA football game:

      Lubricate the Trojans

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

        It’s still comes in secon to the 2001 WS sign.

        That sign is the reason I have not lost all hope when it comes to signs at baseball games. IT is a flash-of-lightning stroke of genius by an enlightened soul.

  • Kit

    The guy screaming at Bumgarner is getting on my nerves. STFU random guy. You’re fucking loud.

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

    I’m rooting for the Braves, especially after yesterday’s debacle.

    But even with them having a 1-0 lead, I can’t help but think to myself “ummmm….who’s closing this game?”

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      KYLE FARNSWORTH YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH.

      (oh god)

      • CBean

        Ha. I texted my friend the other night that Kyle Farnsworth had won and saved a game in the post-season and she texted back to ask if there was an asteroid heading towards the earth.

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

          Speaking of asteroids, I have to pick up some Preparation H.

      • I Voted 4 Kodos

        This would make the game endlessly interesting.

        I hope it comes to that. Even when he was blowing up, I enjoyed watching him pitch, holding out the slim hope someone would try to charge the mound on him. Specifically, I wanted him to Paul Wilson Ortiz or Tek.

        http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1818684

        • pete

          wow.

          note to self: don’t. ever. fuck. with. kyle. farnsworth.

          • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

            He also took down Jeremy Affeldt. I have the video. I’ll make a youtube account in a minute and put it up.

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

      Derek Lowe.

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

    http://www.tmz.com/2010/10/08/.....n-coleman/

    You know, if you have to pay 125K to break up with a girlfriend, you might want to consider Heidi Fleiss.

  • Hughesus Christo

    WTF is this strike zone

  • Jerome S.

    Well, fuck the no-no.

  • Carlosologist

    Cody Ross is not impressed by Lowe’s out distribution.

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

    Wow, Ross’s HR just came out of fucking nowhere.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Cody Ross knows that ballpark.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

    Cody baby ! The Giants got him for free!

  • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

    Fuck Cody Ross.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      You would?

      • dkidd in sunny los angeles

        cody ross = rob coordry on steroids

      • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

        :|

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

    McCann!

  • Kit

    That was sudden.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Must be the game of quick strike home runs.

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    McCann. Of Bumgarden. Hah!

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

      The “off/of” typo is always one of my favorites.

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

        “Bumgarden” didn’t do it for you?

        • pete

          no. that’s just hilarious.

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

            “McCann of Bumgarden” sounds like an Irishman who lives in a gay neighborhood.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Bochy is pretty bad, ya’ll.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    It’d be so much easier to root for the Braves if they didn’t have the stupid-ass racist chop cheer.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno
    • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

      That they stole from the Seminoles.

      yuck.

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      The same one they ripped from a University, no less.

      That’s my favorite part of it – it’s not even a original cheer. Worse than that, they ripped it from Florida State. Needless to say, I couldn’t give two shits about that school.

      • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

        Needless to say, I couldn’t give two shits about that school.

        +8647826210293749827384723895893457890347millionty

    • dkidd in sunny los angeles

      on columbus day yet

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

        Hah. That’s true, I didn’t even think of that.

    • WWJMD

      That is my second favorite hand cheer ever. I could gator chomp all day.

      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        How could someone like both?

        Hell, I’m not even that big a fan of the Gator chomp.

        • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

          Yeah I’m pretty sure it’s illegal in this state to like both.

        • WWJMD

          Sometimes I need a break from the wave.

    • Nuke Ladoosh

      Yeah. The only reason they one a W.S. is because the team they beat has a Chief Wahoo mascot.

      • Nuke Ladoosh

        won. (Wow)

  • ZZ

    If the Braves win this game they should start Lowe on Wednesday.

  • Raymond Samuels

    Yankees are playing with house money most pundits did not pick us to get out of the first round of the playoffs

    • ZZ

      I’m pretty sure what the pundits say don’t really matter.

    • Hughesus Christo

      That feels not true

    • JerseyDutch

      The Yankees are the house.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    What an odd play.

  • dkidd in sunny los angeles

    jake gyllenhaal needs to just come out of the closet already

  • Jerome S.

    Bochy: What’s this stat mean?
    IT Guy: It’s how often he gets on base. Why do you keep asking me, I’m here to fix your server.

    • Big Stein

      Bochy took to many hits to the head as a catcher.

      He’s as bad as Torre.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    From 2002-2004, the Braves had home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs, against San Francisco, Chicago, and Houston, and in all three of those years, they went to a decisive fifth game, and lost at home.

    Almost gives me hope that Texas wins tomorrow.

    • ZZ

      Why do you prefer Texas to win?

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

        I’m rooting for Texas to lose.

        Not because I fear one team anymore than the other, no… I’m rooting for Texas to lose because that state sucks and I want to see their “Only team never to have won a postseason series” streak continue for as long as possible.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

          Seppuku by Antlers!

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

          wait wait wait

          texas doesnt suck

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          I’m rooting for Texas to lose because that state sucks

          Civil War General Philip Sheridan, on Texas:

          If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Not Carcillo, but I see Texas as the inferior team of the two. I’d rather face them than Tampa.

        • ZZ

          Any particular reason you think they are inferior or just in general?

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Just in general. While TB’s post-Price rotation isn’t scary, I think it’s better than Texas’s and Tampa’s got a good back end of the bullpen, too.

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

        Because they’re not as good as Tampa Bay.

        • ZZ

          I’ll ask you as well. Why?

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

            Well for one thing, they have six less wins which, while not an indicator of how they’re playing RIGHT NOW, is not a small amount at all and does point to some sort of deficiency in that Texas team that Tampa Bay simply doesn’t have. That alone makes me more wary right off the bat of Tampa Bay than Texas.

            I’ll have to look up the stats though to give you more details.

      • Total Dominication

        Because they’re quite a bit worse than the Rays?

        • ZZ

          What makes them quite a bit worse?

          • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            Because the Rays have the ability to hit away. And in a SSS the Rangers got blanked out in YS3.

            • ZZ

              That’s the reason for real?

              • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

                I don’t give a shit who the Yankees face. But yes I do find the Rangers inferior. They can’t hit away, and only two of their starters really seem dominant.

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

                  only two of their starters really seem dominant.

                  Who on Tampa is dominant other than Price?

                  (I don’t really care who wins Game 5, as I don’t think either team will be easier than the other. They both have their strengths and weaknesses, and the Yankees match up well against both.)

                  • Kit

                    I agree with you about not caring who wins. I would prefer Texas because their bullpen/starting pitching seems weaker, but you never know what any person is capable of in any given situation. Tampa is troublesome because of their defense, pitching and their running game, but some of the Rangers have good career numbers against Andy, so it’s not like either team is a solid lock for us to win against.

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

                      Texas also has a more pronounced platoon split (team .772 OPS against RHP, .718 vs. LHP as opposed to Tampa, which is .737/.733), not to mention the ugly home/road (.800/.716)–Texas on the road against a lefty sounds like it would be ugly.

                      Neither team is a lock for anything, but against either team the Yankees would be slight favorites.

                    • Kit

                      Right. The Yankees definitely have the advantage against both.

                • ZZ

                  I know. Everyone that has responded seems to. I don’t necessarily disagree, but I am trying to find out why you and others think that.

                  To follow up.

                  How many dominate starters do the Rays have? The Rays may hit away, but they don’t really hit at home this season. Their home OPS is only 10 points higher than the Rangers road OPS. Does their split really matter then in this case, especially since the Rays/Rangers have HFA?

                • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

                  The #2’s for both Texas and Tampa aren’t much of a concern to have if we’re basing it on prior history.

                  Matt Garza hasn’t beaten the Yankees in the past two years, and the Yankees had their way against Wilson this season, despite only winning one of the three games he pitched (he sucked in those two games, nonetheless).

      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        I think their inexperience plays right into the Yankees’ hands. If nothing else, many players on the Rays know how to get the job done in the playoffs (hell, they just battled from 0-2 with a pair of road wins, pretty uncommon) and they’ve played the Yankees 18 times this season with a good deal of success. Both teams know each others strengths and weaknesses. I think this Yankee team can beat anyone if they play their game, but the Rays certainly give them fits on the basepaths.

        With the Rangers, they strike me as a team that is prone to wilting under the pressure, they’re a very young team, and outside of Lee, their rotation is eminently beatable. In the last series against them, in Arlington, the Yankees were a hit here or a hit there from taking two of three, instead they got swept. That’s baseball, but I was completely unimpressed by Texas in that series.

        Regardless what happens, I think the Yankees will win. I think those odds are higher vs. Texas.

  • Carlosologist

    /Grady Little’d

  • rasta

    which free agent should Yanks get next year?

    • Carlosologist

      Cliff Lee. That’s all.

    • Kit

      Cliff Lee.

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

      All of them.

      /Onion’d

    • CBean

      Cliff Lee.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      I honestly don’t care. If Lee doesn’t sign I wouldn’t particularly be devastated but that’s definitely only me.

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

      Clifton Phifer Lee

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Lee or bust, I guess. No one else really intrigues me.

      So what happens if Pettitte retires AND the Yankees don’t get Lee? I think Joba finally gets a chance to start again and maybe they make a run at a small time FA like Kuroda or Lilly or give Nova a shot. That scenario is a dream for non-tender candidates like Gaudin, Mitre, and Moseley.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        Kuroda makes me vomit the least out of those.

        Big time trade comes to mind, but my trade proposals suck.

    • Big Stein

      Paul Konerko

    • Big Papi

      Me!

      • Carlosologist

        Oh hell no. Not even the prospect of a hilarious media circus makes me want to like that idea.

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    Earlier, the headline for this game on MLB.com was: “Don’t blink: Giants have Braves’ Season on Brink.”

    Worst headline ever or worst headline ever?

    • Kit

      Worst headline ever.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Worstest.

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

      http://www.ihatethemedia.com/k.....-carradine

      Bonus points for the “other” headline on the page also being horribly awful.

      Nobody can ever top the NY Post for “worst ever” in anything.

      • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

        True, but MLB.com has some bad ones. The Post is a tabloid so it’s business is writing bad headlines.

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

      Dewey Defeats Truman?

    • pete

      “Harvard Wins, 29-29″ is up there, just because nothing involving a Harvard-Yale football game should ever have been considered worthy of a headline, ever.

      • Hughesus Christo

        You know that was the headline for the Harvard Crimson, right?

        • pete

          Yes. That doesn’t make it okay. It’s Harvard. They should know better than to care about Harvard football.

    • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      “Don’t Shudder: Giants Throw Braves’ Season in Gutter”

      “Don’t Spoil It: Giants Drop Braves’ Season Down the Toilet”

  • Hughesus Christo

    Look at that grit from Lowe.

    I got this, Cox. I GOT THIS!

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      Better than Lackey/Scoscia.

      Joe Buck and Tim McCarver are STILL talking about that.

  • ZZ

    Impressive performance.

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    My uncle pointed out to me earlier that the Braves had two starters in their lineup back-to-back that bat right and throw left, Ross and Bumgarner. How often does THAT happen?

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

      Ross and Ryan Ludwick are the only current non-pitchers that do that.

      • Jon in CUO

        I believe Nick Swisher is one of the few MLB switch-hitters that throws left.

        • Jon in CUO

          Heh, actually, Swisher, Lance Berkman, and Melky Cabrera seem to be the only MLB position players that switch-hit yet throw left. Amazing.

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

            b-ref PI search for 2010 season “bats switch, throws left” came up with:

            Swisher
            Berkman
            Melky
            Justin Smoak
            Daniel Nava
            Cedrick Bowers
            JC Romero

            Not sure why a couple of relievers (Bowers is an AL reliever no less) are on there, but there you have it.

  • Kit

    Foreshadowing. Nice.

  • Carlosologist

    At least he didn’t throw a bitch fit.

  • Zanath

    Poor Braves.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    For the sake of my fantasy team I need this game to be a slugfest with the Jets kicker getting NO points.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      …I’m fucked.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Great throw.

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    Best play in baseball is the play at the plate.

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

      Especially when the Catcher has the ball in his hand, tags the runner with his glove, and still gets the call.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        /Posada’d

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

    Come on Atlanta, come back and win this shit.

  • pete

    “anything that’s the something of something isn’t really the anything of anything”

    -great line. Though McGill seems pretty awesome

  • Carlosologist

    Hypothetical: Gardner for Tommy Hanson? I think it would be a pretty good move for both sides. It gives Atlanta a reliable CF and it gives us a good young RHP with room to grow (We’ve kinda fucked over Joba).

    This only happens if the Yanks decide to sell high on Gardner after the season.

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

      The Braves would never ever ever do that. That’s not nearly enough, it would have be Gardner and Montero or something.

      Would you take Gardner straight up for Hughes? No, and Hanson > Hughes.

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

      If you include Joba plus another good prospect in the deal, then you might have something.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Gardner isn’t NEARLY enough for Hanson.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    http://img837.imageshack.us/im.....owemad.gif

    From tonight. This here internets move fast! (NSFW, language)

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

      He really needs to control his emotions.

      Can’t get too high or too Lowe.

      • Carlosologist

        I’ve never been a big fan of puns, but that was a good one.

        • pete

          it’s pundamonium

    • JerseyDutch

      I gotta get on that internet.

    • Kit

      Damn. Someone is angry.

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      The only thing better than when someone is caught yelling vulgarities is when on-field mics pick up someone yelling vulgarities.

      Talk about something that quickly perks the ears.

    • Jon in CUO

      This sort of reminds me of David Wells after he gave up the homer to David Ortiz in the 2003 ALCS, Game 7.

  • JerseyDutch

    Jets are up 3-0 if anyone cares. And if you don’t, lol whatevs.

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

      sanchez sucks ass

      lol whatevs

    • Esteban

      Great defense so far, and LDT has been great. Sanchez more inconsistent than other games, and Braylon’s gotta catch that ball.

  • gio

    Anyone else see this strange quote from Cashman: “What I’m communicating to our fans is they need to be prepared for a four-man rotation and that probably includes A.J. Burnett.” What the hell does that even mean? Is he warning fans not to buy tickets to the game AJ’s pitching?

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

      lol i bought tickets to game 4

      damn it

      • Carlosologist

        At least you get to watch the Yanks clinch another AL pennant after coming back from a six run deficit.

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

          true dat

      • Total Dominication

        Aj’s pitching game 5. You get CC

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I think you’ll see CC.

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

          that would be grrrreat!

          • Kit

            …If I have to get up and go buy some frosted flakes because I crave them, I am blaming you.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        That’s good, because CC starts game 4. AJ starts game 5

    • JerseyDutch

      I don’t know why he’s being coy. The only other possibilities are Mitre and Moseley, and we know that probably ain’t gonna happen.

    • Kit

      He’s probably just telling people that he doesn’t want to hear any complaining ’cause it’s happening whether we like it or not. His word is law.

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

        It’s happening because they’ve looked at all the configurations of the rotation, and that’s the one that makes the most sense.

        And Cashman’s word is much greater than law. Laws can be broken, his decrees cannot.

        • Kit

          True on all counts.

  • Jerome S.

    Is it acceptable to root for someone getting injured tomorrow in the Rays-Rangers game?
    Or would that be taking it one step too far?

    • JerseyDutch

      Nah, leave that stuff to Sawx fans. Yanks fans don’t hope for another team’s players to get injured or cheer when it happens, IMHO.

    • Carlosologist

      Never ever root for an injury. That’s bush league, bro.

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        be a True YankeeTM fan, and don’t do that.

      • Jerome S.

        Bush league, bra.

      • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

        and remember, Karma is a bithc.

    • Kit

      Rooting for an injury is taking it too far, yes. You can, however, root for long games and bench clearing brawls.

      • JerseyDutch

        That’s a good point. Root for a team to get injured = not cool. Root for a team to get really, really tired = cool.

        • Kit

          Hey, long games happen. You’re not causing them, they just do.

          • Kit

            Injuries also happen, but you know, at least you don’t get smacked in the face by karma, if you believe in it.

          • JerseyDutch

            I agree with you. There’s a definite line between rooting for a team to get tired out from playing too hard and to actually get hurt or injured. I think we all were happy to see the Rays/Rangers go to five.

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

      Too far. I’m rooting for 20+ innings.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    whenever i hear the tomohawk chop chant, particularly when the braves play the yanks…i hear Mo, oh oh oh oh oh, Mo Mo Mo – helps me get through the insanity

    • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Mo’ chop; Mo’ cutta

  • Esteban

    Why wasn’t Gonzalez running?

    • Carlosologist

      I guess he thought Renteria caught the line drive.

      • Esteban

        That’s not an excuse. As a baseball player I’m sure you know that.

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

      He is a lollygagger. Good thing they traded Yunel Escobar for him.

  • Reggie C.

    SO FUCKING CLOSE.

    I cant believe Santonio almost came down with that one. Sick body control.

  • Esteban

    Sanchez is just a little off tonight, gotta connect on those deep balls.

  • JerseyDutch

    The spirit of Christopher Columbus is looking down upon the Braves fans doing the war whoop and thinking, “This isn’t what I had in mind at all.”

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

    http://nomaas.org/2010/10/that.....ment-22093

    Eric, just wondering if you saw this.

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

      I don’t know if its all the same guy, but the comments section of just about every NoMaas post is loaded with RAB references. I’ve seen stuff about Bexy, TSJC, Joe P., and Ben. I’ll probably make tomorrow’s post after this comment.

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

        What, no mention of me?

      • Esteban

        Why do people go on to NoMaas to make fun of people who post here? Is it just banned people? If not, what the hell is the point?

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

        I like how the anti-me posts are invariably apropos of nothing.

        Not a single thing in that thread before that post could even tangentially be linked to anything about me.

        • Esteban

          I could see (not really though) being mad about being banned and then saying something, but going after individual commenters? That’s just bizarre.

    • JerseyDutch

      Best quote: When do we play an actual major league team?

      Kinda harsh but funny.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      I counted about 20-21 comments were either impersonations or that RAB guy. Yikes.

  • Carlosologist

    I’m still amazed at the fact AL East rejects are the decisive factors in the NL playoffs.

    • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Freddy Sanchez: Red Sox
      Aubrey Huff: Rays/Orioles
      Pat Burrell: Rays
      Edgar Renteria: Red Sox
      Eli Whiteside: Orioles
      Ramon Ramirez: Yankees/Red Sox
      Javier Lopez: Red Sox

      Derek Lowe: Red Sox
      Mike Dunn: Yankees
      Kyle Farnsworth: Yankees
      Takahashi Saito: Red Sox
      David Ross: Red Sox
      Troy Glaus: Blue Jays
      Alex Gonzalez: Red Sox/Blue Jays
      Melky Cabrera: Yankees
      Matt Diaz: Rays
      Eric Hinske: Not the Orioles

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    a vineyard? give me a break.

    • JerseyDutch

      You seem very animated about the subject.

    • Carlosologist

      With a vineyard you can make your own product and get wasted with it.

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        true dat

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

    heyward has been garbage this series

    • Carlosologist

      He can’t handle the pressure of the playoffs. Obviously.

      /every paper, article, series “analysis” ever

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

      Seriously. He looks like Dave Winfield from 1981.

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

    santonio holmes ftw

  • Ivan

    Wow Kimbrel got a arm.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Brian McCann – Most underrated MLBer?

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

      Adrian Gonzalez, Shin Soo Choo, or Joakim Soria.

      • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

        I hear much more about those three players than I do McCann.

        Those three might be better players, but I’d say McCann is more underrated on a national scale.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Must be receiver reunion week.

    Minnesota reacquired Randy Moss, now New England reacquired Deion Branch.

  • JerseyDutch

    6-0 Jets. Yeah yeah, Sanchez still sucks. I know. :)

    • Hughesus Christo

      He’s 8-18 and they have 6 points. Not sure what you’re responding to.

      • JerseyDutch

        Last time I posted the score, someone responded that “Sanchez sucks” so I’m beating him/her to the punch.

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

    Here we go Atlanta. 3 outs for your season.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

    I wonder if Bochy would start Sanchez in Phillie and save Cain for game 3 at home.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Jason Neighborgall’s line at A level South Bend in 2007 is just incredible:

    5 G, 1 IP, 3 H, 12 BB, 2 SO, 3 HBP, 9 WP, 108.00 ERA.

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

      81st overall pick in 2005–1st pick of the third round. The Yankees drafted Gardner 28 picks later.

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

    How fucking awesome would it be for Conrad to hit a HR?

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

      Alas, not to be.

      Sucks to be you, Brooks.

  • JerseyDutch

    OMG, there’s a big beard on the mound. Wonder if it can pitch?

  • Hughesus Christo

    HALLADAY/LINCECUM MUST HAPPEN.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      jinx buzz

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    loving a halladay lincecum match up

  • JerseyDutch

    Hinske!

    • JerseyDutch

      Although I have to say, Mr. Hinske, you leave the Yanks you grow a Sawxian chin beard?

  • Hughesus Christo

    Wilson looked burned out last night, so…

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Do it, Hinske.

  • Kit

    Wilson again? Scary beard man.

  • Carlosologist

    #throwstrikesdammit

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    love tim hudson pinch run

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Melky Cabrera on deck.

    Hahahah.

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

      Holy shit.

      Walk, omar, walk.

  • JerseyDutch

    Melky on deck. I smell magic.

  • Carlosologist

    Melky’s on deck? Shit, this is going to Game 5.

    /hopefully not

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Wow, Infante. Wow.

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

    wow braves are choking

  • Anthony Murillo

    Here comes Melky

  • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

    The Braves season comes down to Melky Cabrera.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Melk Man FTW

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    The Braves’ season is up to… Melky Cabrera.

    Yeah.

  • Hughesus Christo

    OH GOD. MELKY.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Bobby Cox, it is up to Melky Cabrera to extend your managerial career.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Leche!

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Walk-off Melky time.

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      Welp.

  • Peedlum

    I like the Melkman, but its hard to see any teams entire season come down to him.

  • Ivan

    Figures….

  • JerseyDutch

    Poor Melky.

  • Carlosologist

    Yay Giants win!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    /waits for inevitable chorus of “Fuck yeah!”

  • Kit

    Well done, Giants. *golf clap*

  • Jerome S.

    Melky, aha.

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    Same old Melky we know and lo-

    Same Melky.

  • All Star Carl

    Man that sucks.

    Lincecum vs Halladay. Can’t wait.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    I’m kind of glad the Bobby Cox MSM story is over, no disrespect for the man’s career, hope you understand what I mean

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

    How anticlimactic, Melky.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Well, when your season rides on the worst player in baseball getting a hit off a lights-out closer… yeah, that’s not good.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      worst player?

      • Hughesus Christo

        Check fangraphs, bro.
        http://www.fangraphs.com/leade.....38;month=0

        By quite a margin, too.

        • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

          You clicked on “qualified players only”. If you click on “All players” and go to page 36…

          There are 4 non-pitcher batters (it doesn’t make sense until you actually go to page 36) worse than him.

          Luis Valbuena
          Akinori Iwamura
          Brandon Wood
          Pedro Feliz

          They had less playing time than Melky and cost their team more wins. In fact: Luis Valbuena, Brandon Wood, and Pedro Feliz are all worth more runs below average with the bat than the pitchers on that list.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

    SF Giants will win in 6 against the Phils!

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      like very much

  • Betty Lizard

    Announcer: “The Giants did it the hard way! Winning two games on the road!”

    And what OTHER team won two games on the road?

    (Thinks)

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    Holy hail storm.

    http://gawker.com/5661459/holy.....apocalypse

    Ya’ll been getting some crazy weather up there.

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

      ha i havent heard anyone but my say ya’ll since i moved to the city. Good to see someone else saying it :)

      • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

        It’s a useful word. I liked it before I moved to the South.

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

          Love it! :D

        • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

          i’ve lived in texas and north carolina, i’m ok with y’all, but not ok with y’all’s (as in y’all’s way of doing things up in the north is different from ours) – a double contraction is…bad!

    • Hughesus Christo

      I blame the entire south.

    • JerseyDutch

      Huh, I’m right across the Hudson in north Jersey and didn’t get anything but rain.

    • Kit

      It’s just thundering in the South Bronx. I haven’t looked out the window in a while though.

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

    man the refs are god awful

  • Reggie C.

    Cox may be gone and Chipper may be on his last legs, but I think the Braves have got got a talented, cheap core of Hanson, Heyward, and … damn. I guess its really only 2 deep. Guys like Freddie Freeman and Mike Minor miiiiiiiiiiiight be ready by August of next season.

    I guess the Braves should look to trade for Prince Fielder. If not, i guess signing a Jayson Werth would be a top priority.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    so…was McCAN off Bumgarden the biggest score of the game?

  • Kit

    Oh no, Bobby, please don’t cry. It’ll make me cry and I don’t want to.

  • Big Stein

    Philly is gonna have their hands full with Lincecum and Sanchez

    • Jerome S.

      And hey that other dude is pretty good too what’s his name THE NUMBER 2 GUY.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        MadBum?

      • rbizzler

        Big Daddy Cain.

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

    the jets defense has been sick!

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

    damn it keller

  • Carlosologist

    What a touching moment for Bobby Cox.

  • Hughesus Christo

    The baseball gods gave us the Lincecum/Halladay matchup we all (I) wanted.

    Prepare yourselves: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL6_1W5Guls

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Lee > Price manana.

    • rbizzler

      Honestly, I agree but I am going to sit back and enjoy that match-up no matter what the outcome. Then, I am going to enjoy the Halladay-Lincecum pairing in Game 1 of the NLCS.

      These are two prime examples of why I laugh when people claim that MLB is on decline.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    god dammit I needed the Jets to blank the Vikings

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

    wow what a touchdown pass

  • Esteban

    Ahhh Jets are gonna convert a red zone appearance into a TD right? C’mon!

  • Esteban

    Shittttttttttttttttt

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

    ugh

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    fun fact:

    Among all qualified players, Brett Gardner has the highest UZR and UZR/150.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      Although Peter Bourjos in about half the innings total as Brett Gardner has a higher UZR/150. He is the closest to becoming “qualified” among the massive group of “unqualified” players.

  • Esteban

    Finally a TD! Woo

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Fun fact #2:

    By fWAR the LEAST valuable players in all of MLB.

    1. Pedro Feliz (-2.1)
    2. Brandon Wood (-1.8)
    3t. Ryan Rowland-Smith(-1.6)
    3t. Akinori Iwamura (-1.6)
    5t. Brian Tallet (-1.5)
    5t. Luis Valbuena (-1.5)
    7. Melky Cabrera (-1.2)

    • Jerome S.

      BRING BACK TEH MELK MAN

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

    unbelievable

    favre wont die

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    That’s an F for our clock management exam.

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

    and jets pretty much have this wrapped up