Open Thread: World Series Game One

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Pirela smacks a pair of doubles in loss
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It sucks that the Yankees aren’t in the World Series this year, but what can you do. It’s the nature of the game; no matter how  good they are, they simply won’t win every year. It’s a fact of life.

The Giants and Rangers are meeting in a matchup of teams that haven’t won a World Series in their current locales (the Giants haven’t won a title since moving to San Francisco), so someone’s making history in the next week-and-a-half. I’m halfheartedly pulling for the Giants just because, though I’m really indifferent about who wins. I just hope it’s an entertaining series that goes the full seven games for what I hope are obvious reasons. If Texas dominates like they did in the ALCS, it would be a rather boring Fall Classic.

Anyway, talk about the game or whatever else you want right here in the open thread. Enjoy.

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Pirela smacks a pair of doubles in loss
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

    Every Yankees/Giants, even Yankees/Jets fan will appreciate this via @josh_nubz:

    http://twitpic.com/31drt1

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

      You should always kick a man while he’s down. It’s easier that way.

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

    Man, Michael Clarke Duncan looks so sad in that picture.

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

    I’m rooting for the Giants because the Texas Rangers franchise is historically uglier.

    • Xstar7

      You mean the The Texas Strangers are historically ugly.

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

        http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lm2J.....iforms.jpg

        Where did you get your uniforms from, the toilet store?

        • Erica

          +1

        • vin

          Ironic that Ron Washington’s is the only one that’s pure white.

          • The Evil Empire

            Wak

    • JerseyDutch

      I’m rooting for the Giants because the Texas Rangers franchise is historically uglier. claws and antlers suck.

      There you go.

  • Xstar7

    If the giants win it will be because they listen to Eye of The Tiger once a night every night to get the determination they need to succeed!

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

    Giants in seven. Not easily.

  • first time lawng time

    Anyone watching the Knicks tonight?

    If so, anyone think they have a chance to make the playoffs?

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

      Yes and yes.

      We’ll probably lose in the first round, though. But it’s progress. Baby steps.

      • first time lawng time

        Yeah. I watched them last year for the first time and I thought they looked good in December, but then they fell off a cliff.

        Apparently they haven’t made the playoffs in like 6 years? If that’s the case, I would be thrilled if the Knicks made the playoffs and got eliminated. Or even made the 9th place…can’t be worse than last year can they?

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

          The Lee-Stoudamire and Duhon-Felton upgrades by themselves are probably worth 6-8 wins. Randolph is also a dynamite addition, and the Mozgov/Fields depth is nice.

          They’re in that grouping of 6-10 teams in the East. I’d be slightly more surprised at the Knicks missing the playoffs than I would be with them making it.

          • first time lawng time

            Have the Bucks always been good?

            I was suprised that they made the playoffs. But I’m only saying that because I had never heard of them before (cause they’re not a “brand name” you know?)

            Think they’ll make things interesting with the Knicks in the playoff race?

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

              Have the Bucks always been good?

              http://www.google.com

          • Esteban

            We’ll see how AR does. The Post said he’s been hurt and was on the rotation bubble before hurting his ankle.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        Hey TSJC, how do you defend your use of “We” when it comes to sports teams. I don’t like when people do that(not in an overly bad way, just sounds wrong to me). But since I have the utmost respect of your fandom, and commenting skills (even if you did almost make someone cry last night), I’d like to hear why you think it’s Ok.

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

          Hey TSJC, how do you defend your use of “We” when it comes to sports teams. I don’t like when people do that.

          That sounds like a “you” problem.

          • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

            Aren’t they all “you” problems when it comes to opinions?

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

              Pretty much, yeah.

        • JerseyDutch

          Fans are part of the team.

          • Esteban

            How much are they paying you? I haven’t gotten my check this year.

            • JerseyDutch

              That’s a narrow view of what constitutes team. IMO.

            • dave

              well, without fans, the franchise would not exist. so we all have a stake in the existence of sports franchises.

              • Poopy Pants

                Sounds like some of you need something truly worthy of being passionate about in life (instead of trying to tie yourselves to a bunch of millionaires hitting, throwing and catching balls and don’t give a shit about you).

                • Big DaveyNJ

                  Sounds like someone needs a hug!

                  (Attempts hug)

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

                  Do you even like sports?

            • Murakami

              Mine’s in the mail. Refund of World Series money :(

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

    I like the Rangers as a team and individual players on San Francisco.

    I mean, CJ Wilson tweeted at me the other night and I kind of melted. And then @firstheart42 scanned Jesus pics and I really did melt.

    • first time lawng time

      @firstheart42 scanned Jesus pics and I really did melt.

      Glad I’m not the only one who loves Jesus.

    • Nice

      can you post the cj wilson tweet, and what were the circumstances?

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

    The Toronto Raptors 2010-2011 season intro video montage was way more impressive than the Toronto Raptors 2010-2011 season will be.

    • first time lawng time

      I haven’t seena lot of basketball in my life, I watched the Knicks last year, but I don’t think the Raptors are going to be good without Bosh. Knicks mught have a shot tonight.

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

        I think the Raptors should be happy that the Cavaliers are going to be an abomination so fewer people will notice that they’re merely a near-abomination.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    If someone stole the Yankees money and they could only afford either Jeter or Lee who do you go for?

    The treasured hero who is still better than 80 percent of other shortstops or go for the ace of many aces?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Easily Lee. Wins > sentimentality.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        Easily Jeter, but I am overly sentimental when it comes to the Yankees.

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

      Hmm.

      It’s a good question. Do you go for the guy that’s probably one of the best of his position in a weak field or do you go for the better player, period.

      I’m really glad they don’t have to make this choice, or so we hope, anyway.

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

      Didn’t http://www.theyankeeu.com have a poll question on this recently?

    • first time lawng time

      Lee.

      Thanks for the memories Jete, but I care more about the future than the past at the moment.

  • Jose the Satirist

    So from what I have seen 95% of RAB is rooting for the Giants. Anyone here rooting for the Rangers with me? Anyone? Bueller?

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

      I’m not rooting for anyone but I don’t get why people have been rooting for the Giants all along. I don’t find them that likable. Maybe because I’m not a Lincecum fan (yes I realize he is awesome but I do not enjoy watching him, sue me). Then again, I’m not rooting for the team that eliminated the Yankees and has that dumb antlers/claw shit going on

      • first time lawng time

        You don’t have to like a player, even if he is good. Not a big deal, to be honest.

        And I’ve been rooting for the giants because I like their stadium. That’s the truth, that’s why I like them, because of their amazing stadium. Make fun if you want, but that’s my opinion.

        I agree about the antler stuff, to Texans realize how dumb they look when they do that?

        You’re entitled to root for whomever you want, those are just my opions.

        • Xstar7

          AT&T Park is AMAZING

      • Kit

        The Giants totally hooked me into their nonsense. They’re horribly flawed but have some serious magic going, and they piss me off significantly less than the Rangers have all year, especially when the Yanks had to play in Shit Narnia (Arlington). Brian Wilson terrified me like two weeks ago. I totally love him now, even with that atrocity on his face. I’m blaming this old picture of him: http://tinyurl.com/2g4q3xz

      • JerseyDutch

        I like Brian Wilson’s beard.

    • Xstar7

      I’m definitely not rooting for the Texas Strangers.

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      Yes, but not because I like the Rangers, but because I don’t like the Giants.

      /it’s a “me” problem.

    • rek4gehrig

      Rooting for no-one. It’s fun watching baseball when u dont really care who wins.

  • Xstar7

    Am I the only one who’s going to watch the Nets game?

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

      You and Jordan Farmar’s mom.

      • Xstar7

        Ha

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      No. Just for the purpose of seeing them suck and watching Nets bloggers be in shock Derrick Favors doesn’t score 50 points and rebound 30 times like everyone expects him too.

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

      I’m probably not watching. I’m a Nets fan but they haven’t been good since I was in high school

      • Benjamin Kanacki

        Very liberal use of the word “fan” there. Are you a Jets “fan” this year too?

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

          Dude I’ve been a Nets fan since I was a kid (And a Jets fan since ’98).

          But between the Nets game or World Series baseball, gimme baseball every time.

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

      I would if the Rangers (hockey) were not on.

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

    I don’t hate Phillies fans like most do but it is hilarious to hear them go from “our team is the 1927 Yankees just BETTER!!!” to “this entire team needs to go, they all suck!!!”

    • Jose the Satirist

      Greatest infield of all time.

    • Kit

      What pissed me off about them was Roy Halladay (and I love Roy) talking about how Ryan Howard had approached him when he was first acquired by the Phillies and said, in regards to last year’s loss, “We have unfinished business.” Like what unfinished business? You went to the World Series and you lost. Sounds finished to me.

      • Kit

        And by them I mean the Phillies as a team. Their fans just bought into that.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Anyone read this line from MLBTR:

    Dustin Pedroia said on WEEI that he hopes the Yankees don’t sign Lee this offseason.

    hmm yeah, who cares what the midget thinks.

    • Jose the Satirist

      This sounds like an Onion article in the making. BREAKING: Player doesn’t want rivals to get better.

      • RSA

        i smiled

  • first time lawng time

    So I’m getting closer to college and am in the process of testing, visits, etc. And I’ve realized (a few hours ago) what I want to do when I grow up…I think I want to be a sports reporter/columnist, you know?

    I mean I always get annoyed reading the media and those biased idiots, and I really want to change that. I’d like to be a Yankees reporter (beat writer are they called? I have no idea) or some other baseball writer and be knowledgable. IDK if this makes any sense, but basically I want to end the days of idiots like Gammons and bring up the new days of knowledgable people.

    You guys are smart so I have a few questions:
    1. I’m a girl, is this still OK? I mean, I don’t want people to think I’m weird, you know?
    2. Any ideas on colleges that would be good for this or how to get started and stuff like this?
    3. Advice?

    I know I seem dumb and juvenille on here, but I’m not, actually. I’m a fast learner, so while I may not know all of the terms and statistics (like wOBA and that stuff), I am very smart and can learn easily.

    Thanks for the help.

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

      1. I’m a girl, is this still OK? I mean, I don’t want people to think I’m weird, you know?

      Of course. Being a girl doesn’t make you any less qualified to talk about sports, that’s silly.

      2. Any ideas on colleges that would be good for this or how to get started and stuff like this?

      Google “best broadcast journalism programs”, that’s probably a good starting point.

      3. Advice?

      Read as much as you can (not just sports), write as much as you can (not just sports), refuse to accept intellectual laziness (including from yourself), and most importantly, question everything (starting with your own assumptions).

      • first time lawng time

        OK thanks.

        I have some good colleges I like, but IDK if they’re good for journalism and that stuff.

        And what does “refuse to accept intellectual laziness mean?”

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

          And what does “refuse to accept intellectual laziness mean?”

          If you really need me to explain that to you, we’re going to have to start further back than I’d hoped.

          • Poopy Pants

            Keep in mind this ‘message board character’ has severe trouble with spelling (and we have spell check on here).

        • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21
          • first time lawng time

            Haha thanks. Fun fact: 2 of my top 3 favorite schools are on that list =]

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

        This. A thousand times this.

      • Shaun

        UNC, your never to far from any other big time school so traveling with the sports team isn’t hard. And NC (the state) is a really nice area. Also Arizona state is basically a 20,000 Jersey Shore rejects

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      Just look at schools with good journalism programs that you can get into and check out their papers and sports sections. That’s how I would approach it.

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

        That.

        Good sports journalists are good journalists who happen to cover sports. Don’t look for a sports program, look for a journalism program.

        • first time lawng time

          That’s true. I’m just worried that the schools I’ve been focusing on since Freshman year (and that I’ve gotten really excited about) won’t be good for journalism.

          I feel like I’ve screwed myself up, because until now I’ve been planning for 1 career, and now I’ve just changed my mind.

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

            Meh, as long as you’re not going to DeVry or anything, any 4 year college journalism program will be okay. Some are more respected and connected, but any degree will work.

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

            Dude.

            I planned for j-school, didn’t get in, majored in history instead, got into grad school, didn’t finish grad school and am now trying to find a job.

            Don’t worry, you’re fine.

          • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

            This also does not change when you get to college. Take it from someone who went in as a Computer Science major and left with a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in broadcast journalism and a minor in Humanties who never got futher than an internship at a local TV station.

            Most likely things will change in your life that will shape your future.

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

      1) I’m a girl. It is very very very much okay. Gender shouldn’t matter at all.

      2) Syracuse has an excellent journalism program. Northwestern, too. But those are top end (I didn’t get into Syracuse’s j-school, only arts and sciences ;_;). Fordham’s pretty good. But what you really need to do is go to school where you’ll have the ability to get some experience. My lack of experience is killing me right now.

      3) Start blogging, start writing. That’s the only way you get better.

      • first time lawng time

        Northwestern I really want to go to.

        Had no idea it was good for journalism. Thanks so much.

        You talk of experience and that makes sense to me: more experience= better chances. But I’m almost done with HS and I think it’s a little late to start writing for the school paper. Will that lower my chances of going to a college for journalism? I just don’t want to screw this up.

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

          Hon I’m trying to get a job when I majored in history and English…

          But use your interview and personal statement to explain why you didn’t write sooner. It’s never too late to start.

          Honestly, go start a blog tonight.

          • first time lawng time

            Good advice, thanks.

            And I don’t think I’m qualified to write a blog. I’m too opinionated and I’m not as good with stats (like complex ones, I’m excellent with numbers, don’t get me wrong, I just don’t know all of the stats out there) as you guys are. And besides, I don’t know how to start one.

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

              There’s no qualification to start writing a blog.

              I started mine because I didn’t want to write a geography paper, it’s now three years old.

              Anyone who can string a coherent sentence together can start a blog. Just understand there will be some criticism, but use it to make yourself better.

              • first time lawng time

                How do you even create one though?

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

                  Blogspot, WordPress, Livejournal, whatever. All are free and stuff.

                  • first time lawng time

                    Cool thanks.

                    I’ll let you guys know if I ever start one.

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

                  How do you even create one though?

                  This sounds like a job for a young enterprising investigative journalist to start investigating.

                  http://www.google.com

                  • first time lawng time

                    Ugh. It’s so much easier if I ask you guys though that way I don’t have to scroll through links and articles lol.

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

                      Spoken like a true non-journalist.

    • Jose the Satirist

      1. Really? Yes, there are female journalists. For example Ines Sainz is a journalist.

      2. Get a degree in journalism, English, or communications. Find colleges that are a good fit for these programs and yourself.

      3. Be realistic. You probably aren’t going to get your dream gig out the door. Get internships while in college. Get your foot in the door at local television stations and newspapers. Don’t give up, always continue sharpening your writing tools.

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

        For example Ines Sainz is a journalist.

        I’m going to go Google some of her “articles” now.

        /doubleentendre’d

        • Esteban

          It seems like she does a lot of hard work to make her articles look so good

          (giggles)

    • first time lawng time

      Also, will I be able to earn a decent living?

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

        Not really, but that’s not why journalists do it.

    • Erica

      I’ll be very honest – a lot of my friends are still struggling to look for jobs in their field and let me just tell you, unless your major is extremely specific (like, accounting), you probably won’t be getting a job in the field you want right away.

      The best advice I can give is write write write. Write for a local paper. Write for yourself. Take an online course. Just get yourself into the groove of writing!

      • first time lawng time

        Yeah I planned on being an accountant, lawyer, something in the business department, or marrying a professional athlete (*cough*Jesus Montero *cough*…now I’m thinking about journalism.

        If you told a year ago that I was going to try to make a living writing, I would have laughed at you (because I prefer math and that stuff)…now look where I am now lol.

        • Erica

          Major in something that makes you happy!

          I’m a cautionary tale: I chose marketing because I figured I’d get a job after college with a nice salary. I didn’t consider the fact that I’d have to take accounting, finance and statistics classes (as a business major) when anything math-related was my weakest point. It turned into this whole mess but in the end, I switched to a journalism major because I knew it would make me happy.

          So choose something you feel passionate about. If it’s journalism, just go for it! And participating in clubs and activities in college opens you up to so many other worlds!

          • Big DaveyNJ

            “Major in something that makes you happy!”

            Sage advice.

        • Big DaveyNJ

          I too wanted be a journalist back when I was in high school and I got as far as earning my Associates in journalism. But then I decided it wasn’t my thing and switched to “Media Studies” a.k.a. I don’t know what I want to do.

          Long story short, you can always switch your major. People (especially high school teachers) like to make college more intimidating than it is, but it isn’t. Just keep your grades up because unlike K-12, these actually matter.

          If your serious about Journalism, I’d suggest trying to get a job at a local paper (I know, it’s really hard nowadays). I started working at a paper my junior year in high school as clerk and eventually became a “full time part-time” writer sometime by my third year. For journalists, clips are pretty much your resume, it’s what editors use to judge when hiring you, so like what was mentioned above, write, write and WRITE!

          For me my experience helped me decide that I didn’t want to be a journalist, but it could turn out different for you (obviously). Everyone else here has been giving solid advice so far so I don’t really have anything else to offer unless you have a specific question about something. Best of luck to you!

          • Dave the Ox

            Read Strunk and White. Memorize it.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    “no matter how good they are, they simply won’t win every year. It’s a fact of life.”

    I refuse to allow your “facts” to interfere with my own personal delusions. Thank you very much.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Aside from pitchers, are there any starters on either team that would start on the Yanks other than Josh Hamilton?

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      Buster Posey? Nelson Cruz maybe, Vlad at DH.

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

      As much as I love Posada, especially considering ages – Posey, no?

    • Carlosologist

      I think Cruz and Vlad would start on the Yanks.

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      Oh, and Juan Uribe, Edgar Renteria, Elvis Andrus, Christian Guzman over Jeter every day and twice on Sunday.

      /before everyone else does it’d

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      Definitely:

      Posey
      Cruz

      Probably:

      Vlad
      Anrdus

      Maybe:

      Andres Torres

  • Carlosologist

    Fox brought Ozzie back? Well, I’m Spanish and can understand the gibberish that comes out of this man’s mouth. I dunno about you guys lol.

    • Kit

      If it were Spanish he was speaking, I wouldn’t have a problem. I still can’t understand that man.

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

        His tweets are fun.

        • Kit

          I haven’t actually seen/read them because I’m lame like that and don’t feel like getting a twitter account, but I remember my best friend gleefully telling me about them. She loves the fact that he’s insane.

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

            twitter.com/ozzieguillen

            Enjoy.

      • Carlosologist

        It’s a very very thick Spanish accent. It never really goes away. My dad came here in 1986 and while his English is better, the accent is still there.

        • Kit

          It’s not an accent problem for me since my parents came to the US from the Dominican Republic around the same time, he just makes very little sense. It’s hard to understand him.

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

      Feel free to translate then, Mr. Carlos.

      Maybe YOU can be the Ozzetta Stone

      • Carlosologist

        The Ozzetta Stone was said to exist in the form of a person. I guess I’m that person.

        (Note: This may or may not be true.)

    • Jose the Satirist

      Time to dust off the old Ozzetta stone.

  • Esteban

    Brian Wilson is awesome:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf0j1rmZVbM
    and
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrkSElfm7Lk

    I’ll root for the Giants just for that, and “The Machine” of the videos is supposedly Pat Burrell

    Which reminds me of the the funniest/most awkward interview with Zach Galifianakis ever
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3RgrAWfyBA

  • Esteban

    On another note, this is one of the funnier GIFs I’ve ever seen:
    http://cache.gawker.com/assets.....iginal.gif

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

      That is pretty funny. She just wants smush smush.

  • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

    As a follow up to I heart Montero in Spanish that’s no longer Larryf, what about that aside?

    Who fills out the starters combining the 3 teams?

    1. Lee
    2. Lincecum
    3. Sabathia
    4. Cain?
    5. ??

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      I want Montero is the correct translation. Only Hughes gets in for me. On the fence with Mo at age 40….

      Texas is in with a SS batting leadoff and the Giants are in with a marginal SS batting 8th. See-it can be done either way!

  • Esteban

    Hey Bill Walker: Calm down.

  • Esteban

    The NBA’s new ‘respect the game’ rule seems a bit harsh. However, if it cuts down on the whining in basketball games, it’ll be worth the 5 techicals a game.

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

      It’s dumb, as if NBA refs were not already bad, now you can’t even voice an opinion.

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

    Anyone else think that the Rangers could finish ahead of the Kovalchuks this season?

  • Erica

    Seriously though, I cringe every time I see Girardi slowly smack that guy’s ass in the Taco Bell commercial.

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

      It’s not natural looking at all.

    • Xstar7

      They should take that commercial off the air.

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

      (insert lame and unfunny binder joke here)

    • Kit

      It is so loud too. I think it must’ve at least hurt.

  • Xstar7

    Yo quiero Montero tambien

  • Avi

    Cliff Lee.
    I feel like I’m watching one of my own.

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

      Dunno why you’d feel that way when we can get Lester and Felix for not-Montero…

      • Avi

        Ha! I never said that Bex.
        I said you could not Greinke for not-Montero.
        Someone the other night said he wouldn’t trade Jesus for ANY pitcher.
        So I asked him “not even for Felix, Lester, Lincecum, Wainwright”?

        • Avi

          Sorry, I meant you COULD get Greinke for not-Montero..

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

            You’re still wrong, though.

    • Erica

      YES.

  • Erica

    I’m not sure if you guys discussed the Lakers game last night at all, but damn, was that ending good or what! I used to be a Knicks fan in the 90s (Patrick Ewing was one of my favorites) and then when they started sucking, I lost interest in basketball.

    I’m pretty sure that the only way to fill the void left by baseball this winter is to just become a Lakers fan.

    Sigh.

    • Esteban

      You can’t stop being a Knicks fan because they’re not good.

      • Hall and Nokes

        True, but you can wonder why you ever became one.

        • Erica

          I do wonder. I do.

        • first time lawng time

          I think watching them lose and blow leads is cute and innocent.

    • Xstar7

      Game 7 of the last NBA finals was probaly the one of the best Lakers game in their History.

  • Esteban

    Ha HA! So Andrus kills every team in the playoffs, not just the Yankees.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Feel our pain.

  • first time lawng time

    Anyone watching the Knicks game think that Gallinari and Number 6 (Fields maybe?) look a lot alike from above and the back?

    I keep confusing them.

  • Carlosologist

    Jeez, Tim, work out of it.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Will Cano bat 3rd next year?

    • Kit

      Obviously not.

      • Esteban

        It should be Cano Arod Teix. But you’re right, it won’t

        • Kit

          I like it the way it is now, barring Tex’s awful early-season slumps. Either way, it won’t change. The point is to force the opposing team to pitch to Alex because Cano is behind him and just as big of a threat. I don’t think it’s the same with Tex directly behind him.

          • Esteban

            Lineup protection is largely a myth, especially when you’re comparing the effects of Teix and Cano batting in a certain spot. However, being that Cano is the Yankees’ best hitter now, I think getting him the extra 20 or so ABs is worth it.

            • Kit

              It might be worth it, but it’s really just not going to happen.

    • Carlosologist

      My 2011 lineup:

      CF Granderson
      SS Jeter
      3B Rodriguez
      2B Cano
      1B Teixeira
      C/DH Posada
      RF Swisher
      C/DH Montero (only to break him into the bigs nice and easy)
      LF Gardner

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

        You left out Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth, Gerald Laird, Adam Dunn, Zack Greinke, Rafael Soriano, and Joakim Soria.

        • CBean

          What about King Felix?

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

            DAMNIT I KNEW I’D FORGET SOMEONE

        • Esteban

          I heard Babe Ruth is a free agent.

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

            I’ve already gone on record advocating him being hired as our new pitching coach.

      • first time lawng time

        Switch Jete and Gardner.
        Also, does it matter what order Cano, Teixeira, A-Rod hit in? They all seem so similar.

        And anyone think Cano will have as good of a year next year?

  • Carlosologist

    Little bullshit infield hits: The story of the 2010 Texas Rangers.

    • Xstar7

      Right On The Fucking Money

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

    I actually like them but the Rangers are really starting to remind me of the mid-2000s Angels and therefore annoy me

    • Kit

      Seriously. I think that’s actually the reason they irk me so much. I despise the Angels, and the fact that the Rangers remind me of them isn’t cute.

      • first time lawng time

        Why do Yankee fans hate the Angels so much?

        Only time I’ve seen them play eachother in a meaningful game was in last year’s ALCS and we won…Maybe that has something to do with it?

        The only thing that bothers me is the stupid rally monkey. Is it just me or does it seem like everytime we play there we lose?

        • Kit

          They’re a generally obnoxious team and hatred is an irrational emotion. You hate things because you just do. You don’t need an explanation. They’re fucking annoying and that’s why I hate them.

          • vin

            And their fans are insufferable. Completely fair-weather.

            • Kit

              I don’t even care about their fair weather mentality, it’s the fact that they don’t shut the fuck up about the East coast bias. Yeah, there’s a bias. And maybe if your teams didn’t suck so much there wouldn’t be one. Get the fuck over it.

            • RSA

              this

        • Esteban

          Well there was 2002 and 2005 and the Angels being the only team to have a winning record against the Yankees during the Torre era.

          Wow you are young.

          • first time lawng time

            No. I just started watching the Yankees last year, so I don’t know that much lol.

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

            Carlosologist is about the same age, but he looks things up from the past, so he’s generally on top of understanding things like why the Yankees fans would have an aversion to the Angels.

            #yeahIsaidit

            • first time lawng time

              I look things up sometimes. I’m just lazy.

              And this seems more of an opinionated question that I had.

              Also, why do people (the media) like Mike Scosia so much? Yeah he won the Angels their first world series, but so what? Big whoop. That doesn’t make him the greatest manager in baseball.

              • Kit

                but so what? Big whoop.

                Want to fight about it?

                /familyguy’d

                Also, the media likes Mike Scioscia for no reason other than he’s Mike Scioscia, winner of three World Series rings and manager of the FundamentAngels. There’s nothing special about him, he just managed a team that made the Yankees look old during the later years of the Torre era.

                • first time lawng time

                  Alright yeah I figured it wasn’t anything too important. Just wanted to be sure I wasn’t missing something.

            • Esteban

              Why do some (old) Yankees fans hate the Dodgers tommie? Tell me pleeeease!

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

                Paul Begala: Ronald Reagan blamed Jimmy Carter for years. For years.
                Meghan McCain: Well, you know, I wasn’t born yet, so I wouldn’t know.
                Paul Begala: Well, I wasn’t born during the French Revolution, but I know about it.

                http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....18469.html

                • Esteban

                  How do you know that Taft was a citizen, you weren’t even born yet!

    • Erica

      I don’t know what you’re talking about unless you talk about Andy Pettitte.

      :D

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

        I can’t tell if I should be flattered or insulted here. ;)

        • Erica

          Ugh, can Andy just stare down some Texas players please?

          • rek4gehrig

            Andy has very very sexy neck muscles…

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

            He can stare down me if he wants as a substitute ;)

            • first time lawng time

              Oh God.

              How long have you liked this guy? lol (serious question BTW).

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

                Haha. A long time. I just noticed he got hot in like, 2002ish though.

        • first time lawng time

          Speaking of your love of A.P…ever seen his Dove for Men commercial? (think I already know the answer…) Well you know when they show him when he’s 15ish? There’s a kid in my grade that looks a lot like him when he was 15 (or whatever age he was in the commercial). Seriously, it’s uncanny.

          Just thought I’d share that little story with you.

          • Kit

            I’m pretty sure Bexy had those commercial bookmarked and watched them on a loop.

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

              I have replaced my “constant loop of the Dove commercials” with a constant loop of this, obviously: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......d=12856995

              • Kit

                That stare down. Swoon.

              • Erica

                FFFFFFFFFFFFF

                The. Stare. Moment #1. Dead.

  • Avi

    I’d be shocked if Cliff Lee gave up anything tonight.
    The guy has been untouchable the last two years in the postseaon against MUCH better offensive teams and is auditioning in front of the entire country days before he becomes a free agent.

  • Esteban

    WTF? Why didn’t he throw it?

  • Xstar7

    What the hell just happened?!

  • Hall and Nokes

    I hope that’s some good stuff, Timmy.

  • tom

    OK, even a 60s-vet like me would start asking if Tim is high here.

    • Erica

      Heh.

  • first time lawng time

    How stupid is Lincecum? Seriously, shouldn’t he have thrown to the third basemen for the run down?

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

    I was gonna thrw the ball to third during the rundown, but then I got high.

    • Esteban

      Haha

  • Avi

    I hope everyone who’s for legalizing marijuana saw that play.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Anyone listen to Russo this week? He was all but picking out his world champs gear.

  • It’sATarp

    i really dislike the rangers…everything is going in their favor as if they have luck charms stuffed up their ass just for the postseason

  • CBean

    Ok, Timmy, time to wake up.

  • rek4gehrig

    He dodged a bullet on that one. He better get his act together or else….

  • JerseyDutch

    Lee struck out the first batter. Didn’t see that coming.

  • Ivan

    I cannot wait til Durant is a FA. Yeah it’s going to be a while but hey, I can dream right.

  • Erica

    “San-CHEHZ.”

    I HATE WHEN MCCARVER PRONOUNCES THINGS THE WRONG WAY.

    • ShuutoHeat

      “San-CHEHZ.”

      I HATE WHEN MCCARVER PRONOUNCES THINGS THE WRONG WAY

      Much better.

      • Erica

        Oh, well. That’s a given.

    • Cecala

      I hate when McCarver talks in general…

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

      Bell TRAN.
      Bell TRAY.

    • JerseyDutch

      Then it’s going to be a very long night for you.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    No /lowbaseballIQ for Lincecum?

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

    Hey, Giants. Hit it to right!

  • anon

    Dear Universe,

    NO ONE IS LIKE MARIANO.

    Thanks so much.

    • Xstar7

      Tim Mcarver, just shut up

  • CBean

    Why exactly is Vladdy in right?

    • Nice

      because there’s no DH in NL parks.

      • JerseyDutch

        Silly NL…

      • CBean

        Ah yes. I was just surprised that they’d take the less speedy defense in such a big park but Vlad did come up with some timely hits in that last game of the ALCS.

  • Esteban

    I don’t like that baseball players are starting to be younger than I am.

    • JerseyDutch

      Ha! I’m older than Mo so I’m… uh… old.

  • Carlosologist

    Posey’s AB against Lee was better than all of ours put together.

    /sad but true’d

    • rek4gehrig

      It’s in our heads…I wont be surprised if these Giants hit Lee tonight

    • FIPster Doofus

      Didn’t Swisher have an 11-pitch at bat against Lee?

      • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

        but he made out on ball 4

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Fans deserve a mea culpa from Alderson, who didn’t speak up during Steroid Era
    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5734751

    Yeah, because the media was all over steroids from Day 1.

    • All Star Carl

      Only espnny would come up with some shit like that.

      Who the hell cares?

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

      Ian O’Connor owes fans a mea culpa for his “writing”.

  • Xstar7

    WHO THE HELL CAME UP WITH THE RANGERS GAY LITTLE ANTLER AND CLAW THING???!!!

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

      WHO THE HELL CAME UP WITH THE RANGERS GAY LITTLE ANTLER AND CLAW THING???!!!

      Let’s not go there.

    • Erica

      TEH ANGERZ

  • Jack

    “Cliff Lee . . . has been referred to as the left-handed Mariano Rivera.”

    By who, Tim?

    • ShuutoHeat

      By the voices whispering in his ears every night.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Source: Me

      • Jack

        Source: Me The Internet

    • JerseyDutch

      Absolutely ridiculous. He’s not even Panamanian.

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

      No lie, I thought of him as being like a lefty, starting Mo the other day. But I thought of this to, you know, myself, and didn’t tell anyone/post it anywhere.

      Apparently McCarver can now read my mind. D:

      • CBean

        Apparently McCarver can now read my mind. D:

        I would be disturbed. Then again, he probably now knows more about Andy Pettitte than he ever cared to know.

  • Stratman9652

    Hamilton and Kinsler have a lot of ground to cover tonight. Vlad was looks for a bat to swing at that ball.

  • Avi

    Let’s go lee. Into Mcovey Cove!!

  • CBean

    Ok, we have to get Lee.

  • Esteban

    Seriously, Cliff Lee is getting hits now? No way the Rangers lose this series.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Now he’s hitting doubles? I’m getting sick of this guy.

    • vin

      I’m withholding all judgement on Cliff Lee until he signs his next contract.

  • rek4gehrig

    What the?

  • Avi

    Cliff Lee has to be thinking. I’m using pine tar and it’s legal. Feels weird.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Here comes Elvis “Luckiest Man with No Power” Andrus.

  • Nice

    This game is over.

    • Stratman9652

      This series is over.
      /Kay’d

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

      (thinks)

      That’s not accurate.

    • JerseyDutch

      Is that you, Mr. Ryan?

    • Esteban

      There’s cliff jumpers even when the Yankees aren’t playing.

  • first time lawng time

    So what does everyone htink the Knicks season record will be?

    Over/under 41/41?

    What place do they come in?

    over/under 9.5?

  • Xstar7

    Cliff Lee got double off Tim Lincecum. WOW

  • ShuutoHeat

    …Molina running was fucking disturbing, seriously that was fucking disturbing. So disturbing, I had to repeat myself…

  • Stratman9652

    Why would I not be surprised if Cliff Lee bats close to 1.000 this series. The world would explode.

  • It’sATarp

    Rangers must have sacrificed 100 virgins before the play offs

    • ShuutoHeat

      They bathed themselves in the blood of 10,000 lephrechauns and urine of 5,000 unicorns while eating a salad of only four leaf clovers all while under a triple rainbow.

      • Esteban

        So that’s how many Schrute bucks and how many Stanley nickels?

    • JerseyDutch

      The shocker being that they found 100 virgins in Texas.

    • Esteban

      It’s better than trying to get 72 virgins.

    • Kit

      Elvis Andrus? Secretly Dustin Pedroia in an Elvis Andrus costume. You don’t get that much heart over night. There’s just no way.

  • rek4gehrig

    Hey McCarver, You can stop talking about the Yankees now.

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

      they’ve mentioned the ALCS more than they’ve, like, talked about the WS so far. And they haven’t even mentioned the NLCS except to mention that the Giants won it in the intro.

    • Erica

      Lulz. Impossible for him.

    • first time lawng time

      Oh God. Was he talking about ’04?

      I really don’t see the big deal about that year.

      Technically all that happened was that they Yankees were on a 4+ game win streak and then Boston snapped it and they went on 4 game win streak (eventually 7).

      Big whoop.

      Also, they won 4 of 7. Doesn’t that happen in any best of 7 series,

      So dumb.

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

        no – they were talking about this year’s ALCS and how badly the Yankees got beaten. But they haven’t mentioned this year’s NLCS outside of the intro.

        • first time lawng time

          They’re soooooo dumb. Just wait, they’ll find a way to bring up ’04. Would not surprise me at all.

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

            Today’s actually the anniversary of them winning the WS in 2004 (I only know this because Red Sox fans won’t shut up about it) so it wouldn’t surprise me either

            • Kit

              Seriously? I wish you could see the face I am making. Pathetic, much?

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

                My favorite was a Red Sox fan that said something like “2004 makes me want more playoff wins…” Do these guys spend so much time jacking it to 2004 that they just like, forgot 2007?

                • Kit

                  The answer to that is yes.

            • first time lawng time

              I only know this because Red Sox fans won’t shut up about it

              A sign that you root for a pathetic team:
              You celebrate the anniversary of their championship in a year in which they did not even make the playoffs.

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

                That.

                We didn’t win it all this year, but I’m not celebrating the anniversary of our 2009 title.

                I’m celebrating the pre-anniversary of our 2011 title, baby.

                #youheardme

  • Stratman9652

    Wow Vlad. Not even close.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Vladdy looks like an octogenarian in the field. Keep hitting it to him.

  • Carlosologist

    I actually think it’s kind of cute that the Rangers say they will be competitive in the Lee bidding.

    • Kit

      Haha, you don’t think they can? I’m hesitant to cheer for them because of the whole Cliff saying he would like to stay if they win. I think TSJC said it was all a ploy to drive up his price, but I’m worried that their winning actually brings in money to keep him.

      • Carlosologist

        Oh no, I’m fully aware that the Rangers have much more financial power than what they did at the beginning of the season. I’m just saying that whatever Texas offers, the Yankees will offer more. Lee will go after the biggest payday, being a late bloomer and all. This will likely be his only shot at a big money long term contract.

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

          I think the new Texas ownership group will end up forcing the Yankees to pay more for Lee than we would have otherwise, but the Yankees are still going to sign Cliff Lee.

          • Carlosologist

            The money doesn’t really matter, it’s the years. If we can lock him up for six years, then the dollar amount is just a formality.

            • Kit

              He’s only 31, so it might not be that bad to have him around for six years, but I’m kind of skeptical about it. Not worried about the money, but the time. He’s a late bloomer and whatnot, but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee he’ll be pitching that well at that age.

        • Kit

          Very true. I’m hoping all he wants is money/a chance to compete and doesn’t care much about sentimentality and location. It looks like the bullshit his wife was spewing is a non-factor, which is good, but there’s always the chance he could be somewhere else and that concerns me since there aren’t more viable options and I’d like to keep Nova as far away from a starting position as possible.

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

      Jon Daniels: Ladies and gentlemen of the press, I’m here today to tell you that we’re prepared to match any offer anybody makes to Cliff Lee.
      (phone rings)
      Jon Daniels: Hello? Oh, hey, Brian, what’s up? Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Okay, I see. Thanks for the call, Brian.
      (phone rings)
      Jon Daniels: I would respectfully like to amend my statement. Cliff Lee was a great competitor and warrior and it was a pleasure to have him on our team, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors in New York City. This press conference is over.

      … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

  • Xstar7

    This series is OVER if the Rangers win game 1.

    • Kit

      If it’s over the way the same way the Rangers/Yankees series was over when the Yankees won game one, then I’m all for it.

  • JerseyDutch

    I wonder how many Red Sox fans think they’re still in this thing?

    • Nice

      2004!

    • Erica

      ALL of them.

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

      I like how they spent all season hating on their team for not having heart and guts but now that the season’s over they’re whining about how if everything went right they would’ve been a surefire 120-win team.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Cano bats 3rd because your best hitter should always bat in the first inning. Best chance to get an early lead.

    See Josh Hamilton and Jesus Montero (SWB)

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

      Didn’t those lineup studies show that you should bat your best hitters 2nd and 4th, and that 3rd was a little overrated?

      • Esteban

        Really? Why is that?

        Oooh I googled it and I found it

        The Book says the #3 hitter comes to the plate with, on average, fewer runners on base than the #4 or #5 hitters. So why focus on putting a guy who can knock in runs in the #3 spot, when the two spots after him can benefit from it more? Surprisingly, because he comes to bat so often with two outs and no runners on base, the #3 hitter isn’t nearly as important as we think. This is a spot to fill after more important spots are taken care of.

        http://www.beyondtheboxscore.c.....-lineup-by

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

          You googled it? HOW DID YOU DO THAT?!?!?!??!

          Sincerely,
          first time lawng time

          • Esteban

            #shotsfired

            • Esteban

              and
              #nosubliminals

          • first time lawng time

            Funny.

            I know you’re joking, but for the record, I do google, I’m just too lazy to most of the time.

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

              Pics or it didn’t happen.

              • first time lawng time

                LOL I’m sensing this “FTLT not googling” thing is going to be a new meme. lol

                Eh whatever. I think it’s pretty funny lol

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    So if our hitters go to the Jose Bautista school for HR improvement….

    ARod hits 65 next year and…..

    • Kit

      Develops bitch-itis?

    • first time lawng time

      Everyone immediately assumes he’s on roids.

      Also, I bet Pena ends the year with 27 HR

      • Kit

        As in Ramiro Pena or Tony Pena? ’cause I’d believe the latter more than the former.

        • first time lawng time

          Aww I love Ramiro! He’s so cute! Is it just me, or does it look like he’s 15? He does not look 25 (or 26?) at all. No offense Ramiro, but bulk up, be a man!

  • first time lawng time

    Comment of the year nominees (so far in no particular order):

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....nt-1205853

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....nt-1119797

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....nt-1187587

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-898360

    Also, the whole “Rose Taft” thing was pretty funny, but I can’t find it.

    Please, feel free to contribute.

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

      Rose’s Taft rant actually went on for over a day or two, but here’s the final (and best) iteration of it:

      http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....nt-1048383

      • first time lawng time

        http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....nt-1048466

        THis is where it starts to get humerous. And no offense to Poopy Pants but does he always say something critical?

        • Kit

          Poopy Pants isn’t exactly known for being pleasant.

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

            Or logical.

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

            Sometimes he’s a good poster but at least 75% of the time he’s trying to troll and failing really badly.

            • Kit

              Seriously. He picks the weirdest shit to troll too.

              • first time lawng time

                IIRC hasn’t he been known for criticizing people’s humor? It seems to me like he’s made a few comments acting as the “humor police.”

            • first time lawng time

              My opinion on “trolls” is that they come here on purpose to mess with you guys. If they say something that bothers you* and you know they’re a “troll” just ignore them. Because if you act annoyed then they think they’re winning and they enjoy that. You proabably already know this, I’m just stating my opinion.

              *you not referring to you personally, just in general

              • Kit

                Personally, I think that it’s not that they’re particularly talented at being annoying, it’s just that they spew random, completely not true or irrelevant shit that decreases the quality of the conversation. I come here for information, other people don’t, but I’ve learned about baseball from the articles and the intelligent comments supported by numbers/facts, etc. If they’re incorrect, someone will call them out and then that starts a shit storm, of course. They’re not winning, and when they’re obvious trolls, most people will just O:S or ignore them, but when you’re spewing random crap, it’s not going to slide.

                • first time lawng time

                  But I feel like they’re spewing random crap on purpose to annoy you guys.

                  If they’re a regular troll or something or you can tell they’re here just to troll, I’d just ignore them. If it’s an innocent regular then respond.

                  Just my feelings that’s all.

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

                  That.

                  People who troll because they think they’re being witty are wrong, they’re just being dumb.

                  I respect Jose the Satirist for his sockpuppetry, because it was intellectually consistent and well-formed and done to prove a point. I don’t respect Poopy Pants for his trolling, because it’s hackneyed and banal and done to create nihilistic random discord.

                  • first time lawng time

                    LOL how did he even come up with the name Poopy Pants anyway?

                    Good Lord.

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

                    True story: The first time I ever posted here was during the infamous “OofyStillgate” incident, where I posted as red-headed British WWII fighter pilot Oofy Still, under several usernames that contained variations of that name.

                    I was banned pretty quickly. Mike called me a wackadoo or something. Can’t remember the details, but it wasn’t complimentary and it questioned my uh…mental health.

                    In my defense, I did it only because it was April Fool’s Day and would not have considered doing it on any other day. And I’ve behaved since.

                    • first time lawng time

                      Link?

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

                      http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-820247

                      Ah, here it is. Mike called me a wackjob. Good times.

                      I’d been following the blog for awhile so I already knew some of the regulars and some famous trolls, like SBGL.

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

                      oh god I remember when there were like 15 varieties of Oofy Still in the comment section, eesh.

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

                      I was banned pretty quickly. Mike called me a wackadoo or something.

                      It was indeed quite wackadooish; Mike was well within his rights.

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

                      I’d been following the blog for awhile so I already knew some of the regulars and some famous trolls, like SBGL.

                      SBGL wasn’t a troll. He was an experience.

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

                      Oh, Mike was ABSOLUTELY within his rights. No argument there.

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

                      Yeah, Bex. Of those 15 Oofys, I was maybe five or six.

                    • CP

                      Nothing beats alex gonzalez

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

      The first 3 were all hilarious, the last one was just rambling and weird.

  • Erica

    Cliff Lee hits a double and hits a batter.

    WHAT IS UP WITH YOU, UNIVERSE?

  • anon

    Where does McCarver get his brilliant double entendre?

  • Kit

    Alright, Giants. *claps* Score those runs, hit those doubles…even if they’re off Cliff Lee.

    • Erica

      YES! I like to see this!

      • Kit

        Kind of makes me feel completely terrible about the Yankees not being able to score runs against him though…but go Giants.

  • Avi

    Michael Young has ZERO range.

  • JerseyDutch

    So much for the invincibility of Mr. Lee. He sucks. Don’t sign him.

    • Jerome S

      worst player evarrrrrr.

    • first time lawng time

      lol whatevs

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    So Lee decides to give up runs now. Yay.

    • Murakami

      Maybe Cliff Lee does not actually rule the universe, and maybe he’s not actually Sandy Koufax, who had control AND a 100mph FB. And maybe we should all drop to our knees and thank everlovin’ Yeshua Ben Yosef and Jack Z that we were prevented from gift-wrapping the second coming of Josh Gibson for him.

      • Avi

        Ha!

  • Carlosologist

    I’d be a dick and write, “Yankees, take notes on how to beat Lee” but then I realized he’s ours and NO ONE WILL EVER HAVE HIM AGAIN

    /mancrushonLee

    • Murakami

      Mr. & Mrs. Lee suck. Let them re-sign with the Texans.

      • Carlosologist

        lolno

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

        (thinks)

        No.

      • CP

        I assume you’re referring to Carlos Lee and his wife?

    • first time lawng time

      NO ONE WILL EVER HAVE HIM AGAIN
      Unless Texas signs him…which is possible. (not trying to be a negative jerk, just being my usual pessimistic “always assume the worst” self)

      Also, you know what would suck?

      Is if some crazy billionaire willing to spend money bought the Rays and went on to sign Lee and Werth and Crawford and everyone out there and were actual competition.

      Awaits snarky comments about that last sentence, because people here will actually think I’m serious, even though it is actually physically possible, even though it’s not likely, so we should always assume the worst (yeah I’m gona get criticized for that part too), anyway this sentence is getting really long, it’s probably grammatically incorrect too, so I’m just gona stop right here.

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

        lol whatevs

  • Brooklyn Ed

    watching the Giants hitting off Lee makes me sad. wish the Yanks could had done something like that. =\

  • Jerome S

    BUSTER POSEY: THE LEGEND

    It grows…

    • CBean

      I think he’s adorable.

  • Murakami

    And people are crying we didn’t forfeit 10 years of Montero for this?

    Looks like Cliffy the Immortal is having some problems, here.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Burrell, you an idiot. How could you not swung at that?

  • FIPster Doofus

    Nice AB, Burrell. Very productive.

  • Jerome S

    I got here late, and all I can say is…
    Guerrero in the RF of ATnT Park?
    Is Washington on the good stuff again?

    • Kit

      No DH. And apparently, you don’t expect that many balls to the outfield when Cliff is pitching.

    • Murakami

      So far, the Giants have picked up two doubles on his watch :D.

      But where to play him?

  • ChrisR

    Why couldn’t the Yankees do this to Cliff Lee… :(

    • Kit

      It’s called “shit happens”. It’s not like they’ve never scored runs off him before, they just couldn’t for one reason or another.

  • first time lawng time

    Gallo sucks tonight.

  • Tampa Yankee

    So, does Molina get a WS ring no matter who wins?

    • ChrisR

      Yes Sir

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

      Yup.

      If I were him, I’d fuck with my teammates, too. “Oh well, boys, doesn’t really matter if we lost tonight, I’m getting a ring anyway. Suck on that, Vladdy.”

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

        I would totally sprint out and get in on the dogpile.

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

          Jump up and down on home plate following every win, no matter which team is actually celebrating that night.

    • Carlosologist

      Yep, pretty much.

  • Murakami

    Looks like Margaret is settling down, getting the Texans to hit lazy flies and stuff.

  • Big Stein

    Cliff’s price just came down a smidge.

  • Kit

    I really wish I could see this game. =(

    • Carlosologist

      Cliff Lee had the hardest hit ball of the game. It was a double to the wall.

      • Kit

        Nice.

  • first time lawng time

    Lincecum reminds me of a bunny. His face looks so innocent and harmless.

    Maybe that’s just me though.

    • Murakami

      Interesting.

      He looks more, to me, like someone who’d say: “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog, too!”

      • first time lawng time

        Haha yeah he’s really ugly. It’s just when they zoomed in on his face as he was getting ready to throw, he looked so innocent!

        • Murakami

          I wouldn’t call him ugly. I would just say he recalls a young Margaret. It must be tough on her, pitching to her own son.

          I can see a little Patti Smith in there, too, but more Margaret.

          • first time lawng time
            • Murakami

              It’s very hard to find a picture of the young Margaret Hamilton, but she has that unfed, wolfish look like Patti, but it’s Lincecum’s face. Exactly.

              I like that picture of Smith, who I think was hot in her youth.

  • RSA

    so why did cliff lee used to suck and why doesn’t he now? is there any chance he will revert back to his early years once he signs with the yankees (or whoever)?

    • Kit

      Why would you think that he would revert back once he signs with the Yankees? Makes no sense.

      • first time lawng time

        He/She must have the same mind set as me:

        Always assume the worst (in baseball).

        • Kit

          Expect the worst, hope for the best isn’t a sound philosophy.

          • first time lawng time

            Have I ever been sound?

            Exactly.

            Everyone on this site has their own trademark thing, mine can be being irrationally pessimistic and assuming the worst thing. Just take it as humor.

            • Esteban

              and never googling anything. You can own that if you want too.

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

                And asking basic factual questions that could easily be answered with mere seconds of internet research, yet professing a desire to be a sports journalist.

                That too.

            • Kit

              That’s all nice and good for you right now, but it’s a bad philosophy for life in general. I know you’re young, and I’m saying this with your best interest in mind, and it’s coming from someone who has been there, done that, but being pessimistic all the time is setting yourself up for failure. People drive themselves crazy with that kind of mentality. You’re always expecting something bad to happen and it’s all you know, to the point where even with good things you’ll see bad. I’m not saying be all sunshine and rainbows and positive all the time because obviously, we’re not all like that. We (as in us, the positive people) have our moments of doubts and frustration. The thing is that constantly doubting, constantly being negative isn’t a way to live life. You get no joy out of that fear and worry. An ulcer, yeah, but an ounce of happiness? No.

              • first time lawng time

                Thanks for the advice. =]

                And I’m mostly just pessimistic with baseball. With life in general I’m just like neutral.

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

          Always assume the worst (in baseball).

          You should always assume that the worst is a possibility.

          When you start assuming it’s a probability, though, that’s when you become irrational and paranoid.

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

            Expect the best, prepare for the worst.

            -Benjamin Franklin*

            *Franklin was the shit. Airbaths, man. They’re the future.

            • first time lawng time

              Airbaths?

              http://www.google.com/#hl=en&#.....02b015b9a1

              There you go Tommie.

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

                You have taken your first step into a larger world.

                /ObiWanKenobi’d

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

                Franklin airbaths were a bit different. He advocated sitting in a tub full of…well, nothing but air completely naked. Thought it was good for the health.

                Interestingly, he did live into his eighties.

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

                  Interestingly, he did live into his eighties.

                  It’s ’cause he banged mad skanks, yo.

                • first time lawng time

                  Was Franklin even an American citizen though? Because I wouldn’t be so quick to trust anything he says or invents if he wasn’t born in America.

                  /Rose’d

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

                    He was born in Ohio. So no, not an American citizen.

                    /No,notreally’d

          • first time lawng time

            Alright that makes sense.

            I should say: take all of the negatives into account and never write them off as impossible.

            But “assume the worst” has more of a ring to it.

        • RSA

          indeed. i’d hate to see the yankees embark on a CHoP, Brown, Pavano, or Johnson type journey. just have my doubts about whether he will keep up this level of production…if the “good years” or the “bad years” is the real cliff lee.

      • Kit

        Oh, failed to read the question correctly. Forgive me. He went to the minors while in Cleveland and apparently worked on his mechanics there and came back a new man. Same thing happened with Roy Halladay, who has been one of the best pitchers I’ve ever seen, so I’m assuming the chance is very little.

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

      is there any chance he will revert back to his early years once he signs with the yankees (or whoever)?

      Any chance? Yes. A good one? No.

      • RSA

        how do you think age will affect him? can he be expected to remain the same level of dominant for 5-7 more years (at least)?

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

          He won’t be as good in Year 5-6-7 (not that I think anyone’s giving him a 7th year), but his game is more command/control than pure velocity, so his decline may not be very sharp.

        • Murakami

          Control pitchers have a bit more lease on life than power guys.

          • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            And have the greatest chance of sticking in the majors using a season’s worth of data with various prospects.

            Hooray for ManBan.

  • Reggie C.

    TOMMIE. Does ‘Melo become a Knick at the trading deadline?

    • first time lawng time

      If it takes away Gallo, he better not.

      If not, I hope so.

      I;m not Tommie, but I just wanted to share my opinion.

      • Reggie C.

        And i’ll gladly take your opinion. A question posted on an open thread can and should be answered by anybody. I simply “directed” it to Tommie bc i’m aware he too is a big KNICKS fan.

        Its sad to part with Gallo, but for ‘Melo … i’d do it.

        • first time lawng time

          haha yeah I know.

          I just have a thing for Gallo, so I kinda don’t wanna trade him. lol

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

      I’ll say yes. I think Walsh plays hardball with Denver, knowing that Melo will opt out and sign with the Knicks at season’s end regardless (even if it costs him millions under a new CBA) and Denver eventually caves and settles for a Wilson Chandler/Anthony Randolph package.

      • Esteban

        I’d be willing to give up Gallo for Melo

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

          I probably would too, but I think we have the leverage here to avoid doing that.

      • Reggie C.

        Then lets hope ‘Melo sticks to his only-in-NY stance and refuses other interested suitors. I keep hearing CHICAGO is interested and is willing to part with Luol Deng and Taj Gibson.

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

          Denver would probably rather have Randolph and Chandler than Deng’s albatross of a contract.

      • Ivan

        I can certainly see that. However if they want Gallinari, then I might be willing to still make the deal. Hey I like Danilo alot (hey I even argue back and forth about the guy with you) but Melo is a top 10 player in the NBA who’s 26 years old and can only get better. I would make the deal.

  • CBean

    Isn’t watching postseason baseball enough fun for a kid at a ballpark?

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

      /RonDibble’d

  • Esteban

    OMG look, they’ve greatly expanded replay in the NBA without a challenge system. It’s possible!

  • Murakami

    Josh hits the ball back to his mom. Awwww.

  • Esteban

    The Knicks have attempted waaaay too many contested 3s tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Nets won a game? Cliff Lee gave up runs? Cliff Lee gets a hit? We’re all dying tomorrow aren’t we?

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

      The world is ending, bitches.

      • Kit

        I laughed.

    • first time lawng time

      YOu forgot: Knicks are about to win a game and have a winning record for the first time in over a year.

      I’m too lazy to look up the last time they had a winning record. Not worth it.

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

    Everyone see what BP said about Montero?

    Some would argue that Montero is the best pure hitter in the minors, as the 20-year-old hit .351/.396/.684 during the second half of the season for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Despite his tender age, he’s big-league ready, and now the question is where he’ll play on the field. He’s made great strides behind the plate, but the upgrade is merely from embarrassing to simply bad. Few scouts see him as an upgrade over the slow, deficient and aging Posada. No matter where Montero ends up, the bat is going to play in the middle of the order for one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball.—Kevin Goldstein, Baseball Prospectus

    http://www.baseballprospectus......leid=12327

    It’s tough to take Cash seriously when he says he has scouts who say he’s MLB ready. The external assessments always seem to be at odds with what the Yanks say publicly, so I suspect the Yankee internal assessments differ from their public statements.

    And if he’s really not a Catcher, as scouts have been saying for years, that changes the whole equation with him. It means he’s more valuable to someone who can play him at 1B than he is to us as a DH.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      If he’s simply bad then why not keep him there? His bat will make it up rather easily. You’re not going to find good defense and offensive catchers.

      Plus I don’t see why it’s catcher or bust when he could split duties with Jorge and some other catcher down the road until Teix is off his contract.

      Power bats are a premium. Let’s not trade him for the sake of trading him. And especially when the needs don’t match up the trade market as much as the FA market.

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

        Let’s not trade him for the sake of trading him.

        This comes up every time the topic is broached. What on Earth would give you the idea that anyone is advocating trading him just to get rid of him? All I’m saying is that people are penciling him in to the 2011 roster, and there are reasons why he’s been offered twice already in deals. If there’s a big pitcher out there and he’s the price, you do it. It’s not as if you’re giving up an area of need in your future Catcher because reports from day 1 to today have said he’s not a Catcher.

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          This comes up every time the topic is broached. What on Earth would give you the idea that anyone is advocating trading him just to get rid of him? Because if he truly has no spot on his team then you need to get rid of him or he’ll give no value to anyone.

          All I’m saying is that people are penciling him in to the 2011 roster, and there are reasons why he’s been offered twice already in deals.

          Once for Cliff Lee where Cashman acknowledged the package was too much for a rental and another for Roy Halladay STRAIGHT UP. The onyl reason why he’s been offered is because his bat is so god damn good that his value to the FO is equal to a top tiered starting pitcher.

          If there’s a big pitcher out there and he’s the price, you do it.

          And who may that be? Greinke? He’ll never accept to go to NY. Unless a young ace is on the market then it’s better to keep Jesus.

          . It’s not as if you’re giving up an area of need in your future Catcher because reports from day 1 to today have said he’s not a Catcher.

          1. I’m sure a power bat will be a huge area of need.
          2. So we’re giving up on a 20 year old forever despite those same reports saying of continued IMPROVEMENT? What if his improvement leads to him being a Mike Piazza type defender? Do we give up because he’s not Johnny Bench?

      • Xstar7

        Ivan Rodruguez

        • RSA

          /bestcatcherofalltime’d

    • Esteban

      Well if he can turn into some version of Edgar Martinez, the Yankees won’t be upset. But you do have to wonder if he’s gonna be traded at some point.

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

        Not upset, but with Posada, Alex and Derek all spending more and more time at DH in coming years, it’s not exactly a spot that’s wide open.

        This reminds me of the 2001-2003 Nick Johnson situation. His bat was ready, he was a terrific prospect but was blocked at his position by the free agent signing of Giambi. The Yanks kept him around for a while, but when the right deal (or so they thought) came along, they traded Nick. NJ was more valuable on the open market to another team than he was to the Yanks.

    • Mattchu12

      I still give him every chance to fail as a catcher at the major league level. Jorge Posada never had to win a Gold Glove to be considered an elite catcher. I find it really hard to imagine that Montero can’t be an acceptable defender behind the plate. Did anyone else just see Bengie Molina run? Yeah. I’m buying Montero as a catcher, he can’t be THAT bad.

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

        The Molina’s all have outstanding fundamentals and were raised as Catchers from the time they with in diapers. Montero is a guy who can hit who was handed a Catcher’s mitt by the Yanks. It’s not even close.

        • Mattchu12

          I’m just saying that for all of the talk about Montero’s body size, lack of speed, and lack of agility, Bengie Molina has had a very nice career behind the plate while having a very big body and being absolutely ripped to shreds by the speed jokes told by people who actually get paid to talk live on TV about baseball. Seriously, they are being brutal on Bengie.

          I fully expect Montero to be at the very least tolerable behind the plate, before his bat.

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

      And if he’s really not a Catcher, as scouts have been saying for years, that changes the whole equation with him. It means he’s more valuable to someone who can play him at 1B than he is to us as a DH.

      For a team that will have an aging ARod, and aging Jeter, and an aging Teixeira and their diminishing production to deal with over the next half decade, I’d argue that Montero’s bat is supremely valuable and important to us even if he’s only a DH. We need young sluggers on the rise to replace our old sluggers on the decline.

      And by the time Tex’s contract is over and he leaves, Montero will still only be 27 and still be under team control.

      We’ll find room for him no matter where he plays defensively.

      • Mattchu12

        That. Like, alot.

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Right. If (when) Lee is signed, the potential to sign a power bat over the years goes down. These guys are a premium. Montero has the potential to be a 35-40 homer bat and those are quickly dying.

        The farm outside of Jesus doesn’t have great power hitters close to graduation. He’ll be needed no matter the position.

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

        So DHs are more valuable than guys who play the field? Seriously? Also, those aging players are going to need to spend some regular time at DH, so not only is he a DH, but he’s one who doesn’t play as much as a full timer.

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          Who says he can’t catch and DH?

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

            “Who says he can’t catch”

            Kevin Goldstien, and most of the scouts who’ve seen him play.

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

              Actually, the Goldstein quote you gave us essentially said he catches like Jorge Posada. In other words, he can catch, just badly. And if he’s not catching full time I’ll live with it.

            • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

              Never said that at all. And I sincerely doubt 3 games of Montero catching would cause -3 defensive wins.

            • Avi

              If Montero didn’t know how to put on a glove he’d still have immense value.
              I was watching the Montero debate and was too lazy to post.
              Thanks Jobawockeez and Tommie for saying everything I wanted to.

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

          So DHs are more valuable than guys who play the field? Seriously?

          That response has literally nothing at all to do with what I said.

      • Avi

        “We’ll find room for him no matter where he plays defensively.”

        AMEN!
        This has to be the thinking with Montero.

    • Murakami

      O’Day warming in the fifth.

    • Murakami

      His bat is redemptive enough to make up for his catching. He’s also not awful back there, he has improved. These guys are melodramatic. He has a pretty good arm and his feet have gotten quicker. I think he’ll be fine.

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

        These guys are melodramatic.

        If you’re at all familiar with BP, they’re anything but. They cover thousands of prospects every year, and give informed objective assessments of their abilities. If anyone is being “melodramatic” it’s the Yankee fans who are so attached to a prospect’s potential that they can’t view him and his place in the organization clearly.

        • CP

          They give the consensus opinions on players within the game. Generally that gives an accurate portrait of the player, but it can also mean that their slow to recognize changes (both for the better and for the worse).

          And if he’s just as bad as Jorge, then that’s good enough.

        • Murakami

          BP is better than BA by default, but I don’t have to take their word for anything when I’ve seen the player myself.

          He’s got an extraordinary bat, and he will survive behind the plate.

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          Jesus Montero (20) 2010: 105 GP, 15 PB, 23 CS%
          Francisco Cervelli (21) 2007: 89 GP, 15 PB, CS% NA

          But for shits and giggles it’s 41% for his lifetime minor league career. Yet one is a defensive whiz and one is a destined DH who when catches is a liability that causes the team to lose games when doing so.

        • Avi

          I agree with you that Montero is NOT a catcher. I’ve read everything I could find on him, watched games he caught on Milb.com and spoke to Buck Martinez before game four of the ALCS who told me Tony Pena says “he can’t catch”.
          That being said he has the potential to be an ELITE bat.
          To me you don’t trade a 20 year old with that kind of offensive potential unless you’re getting a comonity that’s as valuable.
          That is, either a true ace under 30 who’s at least two years away from free agency (Felix, Lincecum, Lester) or a premium bat at a premium position (Tulowitzki, Hanley).
          Especially when you have PLENTY of other trade chips.
          The yanks probably have more chips now than they did at any time in the last 15 years.
          ANY player that will be available on the trade market this offseason will be obtainable using some of our other chips.
          Right now Jesus is our only A prospect with Gary Sanchez (17 years old) on the fringe. We have MANY grade B prospects.
          don’t think you’d have to give this much to make up for Montero but I’d rather lose Romine, Nova, Noesi, Laird and Heatcott than Jesus alone.

    • ZZ

      It means he’s more valuable to someone who can play him at 1B than he is to us as a DH.

      Can you explain this further applying it to the particular circumstances of the Yankees, because this statement is not in itself true.

  • Reggie C.

    In 60 seconds, the Knicks are gonna have a better record than the Miami heat. TAKE THAT LEBRON!

    /stillpissedbutwhatevs

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

      I love how after one game in a season with over 80 you hear the media talking about what a disappointment the Heat is. ONE FUCKING GAME.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Freddy Sanchez is not impressed by your invincibility, Cliff.

    • Murakami

      My hope is that Cliffy BP re-signs with Texas, and Montero takes him deep.

  • Carlosologist

    The biggest underdogs since, dare I say, the 1996 Yankees?

    • Xstar7

      The 96′ Yankees were 92-70 in the regular season too

  • Big Stein

    Okay.

    Who are you – and what have you done with cliff lee?!?

    • Mattchu12

      He made comments about how winning with the Rangers would make it easier to stay with the Rangers in order to drive up the price, but now he’s realizing he COULD WIN with the Rangers, and now must choke and cost them the World Series so he doesn’t look like he is going against his original statement for when he does in fact sign with the Yankees.

  • cano is the bro

    i gotta say, im taking some pleasure in seeing cliff lee getting knocked around a little bit. He’s good, we all get it, but people need to get off his dick

    • FIPster Doofus

      Yep. Lee is my favorite non-Yankee, but the nationwide hero worship has become nauseating.

      • first time lawng time

        Felix is better in my opinion.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Correct. I think he and Halladay are the two best pitchers in the sport.

      • Murakami

        The Cliff Lee hype has become ALMOST as annoying as Brett Favre’s narcissism.

        Not quite, but almost.

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          Gotta agree actually.

  • Carlosologist

    I’m not gonna lie, I thought that girl’s sign said “I’ve got a pocket full of pussy.”

    /14 year old mind’d

    • first time lawng time

      1. What did it really say?
      2, Oh God.

      • Carlosologist

        It really said “I’ve got a pocket full of Posey.”

        Honest mistake, no? :D

        • first time lawng time

          Ok I understand how you could misread that.

          One time I read something that said “detractable pens” and I glazed over it quickly and thought it said “delectable penis.”

          My bad.

          • Esteban

            #TCAP all over this thread.

    • Big Stein

      “I’ve got a pocket full of pussy.”

      Didn’t Alanis Morissette record that?

      • Stratman9652

        I think she recorded something along the line of “I’ve got one hand in my pocket” which, when mixed with what you said, is hilarious. Immature, but hilarious.

  • first time lawng time

    Oh cool Giants are winning.

    And they just zommed in on Lincecum’s face…ew.

    • JerseyDutch

      I know that was a typo but I’m going to start using zommed as a real word.

      • first time lawng time

        Hahaha wow I didn’t even realize I did that.

        My bad.

    • MikeD

      Being a guy, I’m probably not the best person to offer advice on this topic, but the long-hair thing really looks bad on him. I mean, scary, run-away ugly bad.

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

    This just in, Cliff Lee’s cut fastball is fucking ILL

    • Gonzo

      The Giants didn’t get the memo.

      • RSA

        ha!

  • first time lawng time

    So I read online how people were whining about Cliff Lee’s hat, but I still don’t understand what is wrong with it?

    I think they said something about there being rosin on it? What’s the big deal if there’s rosin (or anything) on his hat?

    • ShuutoHeat

      Some people think it isn’t Rosin and is a substance that helps him grip the ball better (ie: pine tar) which helps someone spin the ball better.

  • Big Stein

    Ron, Ron better get the bull pen up.

    • Big Stein

      I told you.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Star Wars reference for Giants fans? Okay they are definitely one of the best fanbases in the game.

    /geek’d

  • Carlosologist

    Holy shit, Cliff Lee walked a guy? Why are we giving him a salary north of 23M if he’s going to be doing shit like that? I mean, who walks guys? Shallow and pedantic, Mr. Lee.

    • JerseyDutch

      Cashman’s going to offer him $57,400 a year plus a membership to Costco. Book it.

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

    wow, lee getting lit up

  • Erica

    I can’t believe this is the same Cliff Lee that shut down the Yankees. GAT DANG!

    • Murakami

      With all due respect, you are buying into the Invincible Mr. Lee the media has created.

      As the score rises to 5-2, and here comes Ron Washington.

      It’s not Margaret who is melting, it’s Lee.

      Bye, bye Cliffie!!!

      • Erica

        Nah, I can’t say I’ve bought into that. It’s just fascinating to see.

  • Esteban

    Really the Yankees couldn’t have done this? I’m depressed now. But go Giants.

    • rek4gehrig

      Yanks swing too hard.

      • Esteban

        Yea…that’s it. But definitely not.

    • Carlosologist

      Who cares, this is the beginning of Lee’s sayonara song to the Rangers. We won’t need to worry about beating the man anymore.

  • Gonzo

    Maybe Cliff Lee looked so good because he didn’t have to face a pitcher?

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

    holy shit

  • rek4gehrig

    Told ya!! Shorter swings and you can hit Lee

    • Gonzo

      It’s weird.

      • rek4gehrig

        Actually it makes sense. I was screaming at the Yanks to shorten their swings but did they listen?

        • Gonzo

          Scream louder next time.

  • FIPster Doofus

    This is just fantastic. Hit the road, Cliff.

  • CBean

    Wow. Lee’s out of the game.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    When the fuck could the Giants hit?

  • ultimate913

    Go Giants!

    Keep doing this! Bring his demands down to 5/110!!!

  • Carlosologist

    How about this Giants offense?

    /irony’d

  • Big Stein

    Lee’s stock just took a hit.

    • MikeD

      Until he pitches a perfect game in his second start.

  • cano is the bro

    so i guess lee is beatable?

    /rolls eyes

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

    why couldn’t you pitch like this when Andy was opposing you, you jerk

    • FIPster Doofus

      Hey, get out here! You’re making me look stupid, panda jerk.

      /Brian Fantana’d

    • Murakami

      Well, he pitched very well and he got an early gift when fucking Michael Young should have been called out TWICE looking, but got third life from the ump and finally singled, getting on for Hamilton’s two-run HR.

      If he had been properly called out, maybe Hamilton is pitched to differently, or even if he homers, 1-0 is not the same as 2-0. Andy shut it down after that. Alas…

  • rek4gehrig

    Yup…he’s down to $20 mil per year

    • Gonzo

      IETC

  • Stratman9652

    Can’t wait to hear what the media has to say about the untouchable Cliff Lee. Its almost like he’s human afterall.

  • Erica

    WOW.

  • JerseyDutch

    Now they’re just smacking them around.

    • Weaver of Nightmares

      Lee getting smacked around, will be forgotten, when he signs with the Yankees, in December.

  • yankees1717

    what are people’s thoughts on acquiring ryan doumit as a fill in at catcher until montero gets here, and when he does we can stick him back in the OF as a supersub. (he is probably a butcher out there i just know he used to play there) just thought it’d be intriguing

    (i have no idea what i’m talking about i just saw his name and that he hit roughly .250/.300/.400 which isn’t half bad for a yankee bench player please don’t kill me for suggesting this)

  • JDDZip

    Hey Rangers, where are your Claw and Antlers now?

    • Big Stein

      tHIS = 1100 times.

    • beerboy

      hhaha awesome

  • rek4gehrig

    Take THAT Texas!!!!

  • Carlosologist

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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

    Oh shit.

  • Big Stein

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

  • Weaver of Nightmares

    “I have not seen a beating like that, since they let a spidar monkey loose in my shorts”

    /UncleEddie’d

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    What the fuck…

  • Poopy Pants

    Yeah, the Yankees beat ‘just plain beat by a superior team’. Right.
    Just like the Twins were really good this year.

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

      I gotta say, I’m impressed how you managed to make this a negative about the Yankees.

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

      you’re still not very good at this trolling thing.

      (I know, I know. “Why are you personally insulting me?!”)

  • Esteban

    The Rangers look old and unathletic

    • RSA

      i lol’d

    • MikeD

      Teams get old with a few days off.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Heh, those claws and antlers can’t save you this time.

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

    I don’t mind the Rangers and I don’t like the Giants but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying the hell out of this.

    • rek4gehrig

      Moi aussi :-)

    • Teatime

      Same here!

  • yankees1717

    and how bout bronson arroyo? is he a fa? he had a solid season last year, and if all else fails i wouldn’t mind him on a reasonable deal

    • Gonzo

      The Reds said they will pick up his option.

    • Carlosologist

      /Francesa’d

      • Murakami

        In Mike’s world, Arroyo starts every game and Chamberlain closes every game.

  • S

    He’s human

    Hey everybody Cliff Lee isn’t Jesus come back as a pitcher, he’s human

    weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    • ultimate913

      What?

    • JerseyDutch

      Are you saying that Jesus can’t hit a curve ball?

      • Murakami

        No, that’s Melky Mesa and Kelvin DeLeon.

    • beer boy

      lay off the pipe…

      • Esteban

        if beer boy is telling you to lay off the pipe, you know you’re in trouble

        (noshots)

  • Carlosologist

    So, what number does Lee get when he comes to New York. Personally, I’ve narrowed it down to either 35 or 36.

    • Mattchu12

      I liked 35 for Montero. 31 and 36 are still available, I think those two would be more than acceptable.

  • Erica

    This is sweet, weird revenge for us Yankees fans. I think I need to eat a victory peanut butter sangwich or something.

    • ShuutoHeat

      any fruit related spreads involved in this sangwich?

      • Erica

        Peanut buttah.

        • Xstar7

          And jelley

          • Erica

            Peanut butter jelly time

            • Xstar7

              And a baseball bat

  • rek4gehrig

    Bet Mrs Lee is getting spat on as we speak

    • cano is the bro

      i bet the giants fans are “not doing good things in her heart”

      • Esteban

        Enlarged hearts are dangerous. She should get that checked out.

    • Big Stein

      and they’re spitting all the way from texas

    • MikeD

      They’re throwing sushi at her.

    • Murakami

      I understand the people they caught doing it traveled all the way from the Bronx.

  • cano is the bro

    bahahahaha

  • Weaver of Nightmares

    The wheels? They are a fallin off!

  • ShuutoHeat

    Heh, Andrus.

  • It’sATarp

    Texas must have ran out of virgins to sacrifice to the Gods.

    • ShuutoHeat

      BABIP god demand m0ar!

    • Gonzo

      In Texas, for sure.

    • beerboy

      ran out of meth

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

        oh god, not you again

      • Xstar7

        And cocaine

  • Erica

    Yo, that announcer chick at the park – her voice is too cheery. I feel like I should be doing high kicks and jumps every time she speaks.

    • All Star Carl

      Yeah she gets fired up. Nice lady.

    • Howie

      I found her kind of off putting when I went to AT&T park. Maybe I’m spoiled by Bob Sheppard, but it didn’t sound right.

      • Erica

        Yes, exactly!

    • Carlosologist

      I think it’s her job to make the people excited about their team.

  • FIPster Doofus

    I wonder how quickly the media and Rangers fans will turn on Cliff Lee now that he pitched terribly in Game 1 of the World Series.

    “Lee had Yankees, not Giants, on mind” seems like a good article title for one of the idiotic columnists.

    • Esteban

      You should write it first and copyright the idea.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Were I an idiotic columnist, I’d be all over it.

  • Xstar7

    Guys the Red Sox are still in this thing

    • Erica

      That Dustin Pedroia, he’s got some grit. So gritty. The grittiest.

    • Esteban

      You can’t count out a team with all those aces.

  • JerseyDutch

    Waiting for the first doom-and-gloomer to say that if we sign Lee now, we have no hope in 2011.

    • Esteban

      Preemptive curse of Cliff Lee.

  • Weaver of Nightmares

    Vlad was swinging if the ball was pitched to the on deck batter.

  • Mike R

    Wow.. Can’t believe the Giants hit Lee so hard.. I said it day after day he’s a great pitcher but he certainly isn’t unbeatable.. Good shit Giants… Must take a lot of steam out of Texas to smack Lee up like that..

  • cano is the bro

    really hoping molina and his claw gets plunked in the head before this WS ends

  • Howie

    Cliff Lee getting hit reminds me of “Moneyball”, where Billy Beane tells Michael Lewis that it’s his job to build a team that can win over the 162 game grind, but he can’t try to win in the playoffs because it’s a crapshoot.

  • Xstar7

    This series isn’t over If the giants win tonight! Let’s not pull a Michael Kay.

  • Carlosologist

    Ross probably had a decent shot at throwing out Molina.

  • Esteban

    Wuh-ohs. Not the pitching duel we all imagined would happen.

  • CBean

    Wow, I wasn’t expecting such a short game for either pitcher.

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

    Giants you scored 8 runs off Cliff Lee, can you not

  • ShuutoHeat

    Heh, Elvis “0 Power” Andrus is pissed.

    • Xstar7

      Elvis doesn’t need to hit homeruns when he gets tons Of hits. Wait I’m talking about Elvis Presley.

  • Avi

    Casilla reminds me of Jose Veras. They look alike and have similar deliveries.

  • Kit

    I know I’m probably not the only one having this not being able to see Fox 5 problem, so if anyone is interested, Cablevision is offering to credit people who buy the MLB post-season TV package for $9.95. I have a link with the info if anyone is interested. Haven’t tried it myself because I’m broke, but just offering up the information if anyone wants it.

    • Mike R

      Hey Kit.. I’m interested.. The only thing is I heard that MLB.TV dosn’t give you full live coverage of the game? If you know anything about that I’d love some more information.. If you don’t the link is fine ;)

      • Kit

        Here’s the link that tells you how to redeem your credit: http://cablevision.com/fox/redeem.jsp

        I don’t actually know anything about MLB.TV, but here’s the link to the postseason.tv site as well: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/subscri.....d=MLBTVTAB

        That should give you some info. Sorry I can’t give you more detail, I just stumbled upon this.

      • Avi

        True. I had it for the first two rounds. There’s no audio.
        the worst part is that you can pick only one camera and that’s the ONLY view you see. You can go with the mosaic screen which allows you to watch four different cameras simultaneously but it’s still annoying and not nearly as good as watching it on TV.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    “Don’t you have homes?”

    – Judge Smales

  • Xstar7

    Did the Nets win?

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Somehow.

      • Xstar7

        Wow that’s impressive. They’re probaly only going to win about 25 games this year though.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Wait, Josh Hamilton doesn’t hit a HR every time you pitch to him? Even with a righty? FUCKING NUTS, MAN.

    • Weaver of Nightmares

      Not if that righty actually makes his pitches.

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

      funnily enough it seemed like every time we pitched to Hamilton he DID hit a HR. And we pitched with lefties, too. And don’t pull the “you mean Logan?” line because he hit them off CC and Pettitte too.

      • Hughesus Christo

        So… twice? In the first inning?

        It was stupid.

  • MikeD

    So Cliff Lee pitches bad and I can’t see itsince I’m a hostage of the CableVision/Fox dispute?

    Did he look really off, or was it a few lucky balls falling in, bad timing, etc? Or what wasn’t working?

    • All Star Carl

      Early he was giving up bloops. Then he starting giving up line drives up the middle that could have killed him.

      • Xstar7

        Cliff Lee needs to throw seeds

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

      early on it was bloops/Vlad’s spectacular defense. Then they started lining things everywhere. The HR the reliever gave up with Lee’s runners on didn’t help…

  • Bobtaco

    Tony Bennet FTW.

    • MikeD

      Can’t ever go wrong with Tony Bennett, even when he’s 84.

  • nathan

    Very happy that Lee got crushed.

    You know if this happened next year for Yanks in ALDS the media will say we got what we sowed and Lee is a bust. His first loss if it had come in pinstripes would have been a circus.

    Go Giants !

  • Erica

    Tra la la, we just all got quiet over here.

  • Leo in Houston

    Cliff Lee is overrated. Lets promote from our AA & AAA teams. We can win by using home grown talent.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Promote whom? Lee is an elite pitcher, which is something the Yankees need right now.

    • Murakami

      If only Chris Garcia could have stayed healthy.

    • Xstar7

      He is a little overrated but don’t let this one start fool you. He’s still a terrific pitcher who the Yankees would be glad to have on their team. Besides, he had to lose his first postseason start sometime.

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

      Yeah…except that our AA & AAA teams are AA & AAA teams for a reason. They aren’t ready for the show yet. I agree the Lee slobber has reached epic levels, but he is a damn fine pitcher, and one of the best out there.

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

    what the hell was aubrey huff thinking

  • Xstar7

    I hope the giants beat the rangers in 5 so they can celebrate in front of those annoying Rangers fans.

    • Murakami

      Mrs. Lee fails to realize that all that spit raining down from the upper deck was finding the balls hubby was throwing against us. Look at him tonight without it.

      • Leo in Houston

        AJ was good also, but they get old. Then they are average and getting paid huge amounts. One or two free agent pitchers with big contracts is ok but find the diamonds in our system. I think they are there–Nova, Phelps, Noesi, Pendleton, Brackman, Betances, Banuelos, Stoneburner, Warren and Mitchell. There are some diamonds in that group and it could be someone that most people are over looking like Pendleton-he has gotten steadily better and better over the last three years or Mitchell-he has a great sinker that if perfected a little more he could win more games than an AJ that is an over paid flame thrower. I don’t like multi year big $$$ contracts for “10 year in the league pitchers”. JUST SAYIN.

  • Leo in Houston

    He needs to learn how to slide.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Haha yeah fuck you aggression.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Ian Kinsler is good at base running.

  • Erica

    SanCHEHZ.

    *claws at ears*

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Dear Cash, Don’t sign Lee. He will not age well and we will overpay (damn Yankee Fan Doosbag who spit on his wife…). Use your Minor League depth plethora to obtain Greinke (Joba, Jesus, Nova, Betances) and then flip Greinke for the pitcher of your choice who HAS balls and can pitch in Da Bronx.

    Nuke

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

      No thanks.

      Lee + Joba + Jesus + Nova + Betances >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> None of those and just Greinke.

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        just brainstorming here… don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater…name your package?

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

          150 million over 6 years for Cliff Lee.

          13 Million over 1 year for Andy Pettitte.

          • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

            eeek Years 4-6 of Lee might be ugly. What if we get Greinke with prospects and flip him for another ace…if I proposed too much in my “package offer” it’s to over compensate for all the “let’s trade Joba and Gardner for Greinke” homeboy proposals…

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

              What would you do? Trade all those for Grienke and then flip him plus more prospects for King Felix or Josh Johnson?

              • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

                not plus more prospects…Grienke gets you an ace

    • FIPster Doofus
      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        LMAO

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

      Greinke doesn’t have balls because he has a social anxiety disorder? It seems like maybe you should chop the “Nuke La” part off your name.

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        That wasn’t a personal attack on Zach…sorry if you read it that way.

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

          Well I was a bit too aggressive, but it seems like it was a personal attack on people with social anxiety disorders, since I can’t see any other reason why Zack would be sans balls.

          • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

            wasn’t meant to be…

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

              OK, no big deal. I just hate when people insinuate Greinke is a pussy or something because he has SAD.

              • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

                Fun fact: I have a degree of social anxiety (it’s all relative of course.)

                I used a poor choice of words in my initial post.

  • Esteban

    Fox: That’s Cantu not Moreland

    • ShuutoHeat

      Cantu get it right?!

      /pun recycling.

  • ultimate913

    It’s funny that teams like the O’s and Giants(SSS) hit Lee hard but the Yankees and Rays don’t hit him at all.

  • Xstar7

    Cliff Lee sucks at life. He’s probably wondering how he can end it all. Luckily Billy Mays is here with a great new product called suicide putty. Just knead to activate, apply and die.

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

      uhhh what?

      • Xstar7

        It’s from a YouTube video I came across.

    • Erica

      …wat.

  • Murakami

    I miss the Yanks :(

    Losing sucks.

    I’m turning this game off.

  • Esteban

    Reminder why Vlad is a DH now

  • Gonzo

    Vlad making Thames look like Ichiro!

    • Kit

      Whoa, whoa, let’s not get carried away now.

      • ultimate913

        Nope. He really is making Thames look like Ichiro.

        • Kit

          I can’t actually see it, but I imagine it is really bad.

          • Gonzo

            Comical.

  • Kit

    Vlad is like, seriously killing the Rangers. More of that, please.

  • Esteban

    I’ll repeat it again
    The Rangers look old and unathletic

  • Big DaveyNJ

    Vlad was once a top rightfielder… in MVP Baseball 2005.

    On another note, does anyone get weirded out when watching Vlad run… or move? It just looks so… awkward to me.

    • Leo in Houston

      Vlad is sad

    • ShuutoHeat

      It’s like watching a wounded gazelle run.

    • Xstar7

      Yeah it just looks weird when he runs.

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

      Someone here or on Twitter or something once said it looked like he runs like he pooped his pants. As crude as that is, it’s also totally true.

      • BigDavey88

        That person’s description, in my questionable opinion, is 100% accurate.

  • FIPster Doofus
    • ultimate913

      Bengie running also applies to said link.

    • RSA

      lol!

      one of the local sports radio shows here in dallas plays this every time they have to break to a live wade phillips press conference… gets me every time!

  • rek4gehrig

    I guess no Vladdy in right tomorrow

  • pat

    No chance Vlad is out there tomorrow, right?

  • Carlosologist

    Four doubles for Sanchez tonight.

    • Xstar7

      Kung Fu Panda will hit 4 doubles tommorow.

  • MikeD

    Remember when Vlad was a gold glove OFer? Time and injuries be crewl.

    • MikeD

      cruel.

      Inventing new spelling for out words.

      • MikeD

        old.

        Typing skills is the second thing to go.

  • Joe West’s Music Career

    Vladdy just single-handedly broke the UZR algorithm. It was good while it lasted.

    RIP UZR

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

    the most hilarious thing about Vlad’s OF adventures is that he still has the ridiculous cannon arm

  • Xstar7

    Vlad still has that arm though right? It’s really gonna come in handy when ummmm……. I forget

    • Gonzo

      When he has to pitch in a blowout game?

      • Xstar7

        Lets put that plan into action. He would probaly strike out the side too. In fact, why didn’t Washington pitch Him today instead of Cliff Lee?

  • Erica

    11-4! This is wild.

    • Xstar7

      Holy Schniekies!11-4! Who thought the Giants had it in them?

  • rek4gehrig

    And the hits keep a coming.

  • pat

    Alright Giants, you gotta save some for tomorrow.

  • ultimate913

    Save some offense for tomorrow, Giants.

    • Gonzo

      Never save anything for the trip back.

  • Erica

    And my satellite WOULD go out at the end of the game. Damn you, rain.

  • Carlosologist

    I wonder if the Giants can do this to CJ Wilson tomorrow.

  • Kit

    I enjoyed this game way too much and I couldn’t even see it.

    • MikeD

      Same here. I was annoyed that I was going to miss a great pitching game. Guess not.

      I did pop on a streaming site just in time to see Vlad butcher two balls to the OF. That was fun.

  • pat

    Ramon Ramirez.. same shit different uniform.

  • Erica

    BEARD.

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

    Brian Wilson time?

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

    BEARD TIME

  • Carlosologist

    Bochy isn’t pulling any punches. Bringing in the closer with a six run lead.

  • MikeD

    Time for Fear The Beard thing.

  • pat

    Lot of back spin on that bad boy.

    • Esteban

      seriously that just stopped as soon as it hit the ground

  • Carlosologist

    Shut it down Wilson.

  • Esteban

    Uh oh O’Neill rule in effect?

  • All Star Carl

    2 teams throwing up gang signs like it’s nothing.

    Am I watching the NBA?

  • Carlosologist

    Three wins away and I get 100 dollars and bragging rights.

    • MikeD

      Do you have to payout 100 if they lose?

      Big bucks in the world of a 14-year-old. Granted, things have changed since I was 14.

      • Carlosologist

        Well I make my bets with my dad. If I lose I have to work the next ten Saturdays to pay the debt.

  • MikeD

    Antlers and claws annoying.

    Fear the Bears annoying.

    Yankees not in the World Series while two lesser team are there: Very annoying.

    • MikeD

      Beard.

      One should always fear bears.

      • FIPster Doofus

        The bears can smell the menstruation.

  • Xstar7

    Fear the Beard

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    Just got home and I only have three things to say:

    1. So much for the pitching duel.

    2. Cliff Lee is human.

    3. GIANTS SCORED 11 RUNS!?

  • Esteban

    Ozzetta Stone plz.

  • Carlosologist

    Oh my God, Kevin Millar speaking Spanish makes me want to kill the fool.

    • pat

      But not any of that “Cowboy Up” bullshit or taking smack about our boy Edwar Ramirez?

      • Carlosologist

        That shit goes without saying. The speaking Spanish thing drove me nuts.

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

    MLBN now trying to paint it as Cliff Lee has “gotten away” with pitching his entire year by throwing 85 MPH down the middle, supposedly.

    Face. Meet palm.

    • Kit

      I’m seriously laughing at them right now.

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

        Freddy Sanchez is in this elite group of people who include Jacoby Ellsbury, David Eckstein, and Trot Nixon!

  • Mike R

    Obviously Lee is going to age and lose velocity as he grows older Lee is a pitcher who when he has command can throw all of his pitches for strikes. It’s not like hes going out there throwing 95+ MPH fastballs. He’s a deceiving pitcher who usually lives on the corners. He’ll be good for quite some time, he really knows how to pitch and how to get hitters out.

  • Xstar7

    Now it’s up to Matt Cain.

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

    uhhhhhh

  • Jerome S

    THAT should lower the asking price.
    /yeahright