Open Thread: Jimmy Key


(AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

Yesterday it was Mike Mussina, today we’ll go with Jimmy Key. No particular reason, the Ben Shpigel link in today’s link dump made me think of him. I remember Key as being solid but unspectacular, though his numbers suggest he was a lot better than a realized, with a 5.2 WAR season in 1993 and a 4.1 WAR season in 1994. Of course, I think everyone remembers Key for Game Six of the 1996 World Series, when he outdueled Greg Maddux en route to New York’s 23rd World Championship. Good times, good times.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. The late NFL game features the Eagles at the Cowboys (doesn’t it seem like these two play every Sunday or Monday?), plus the Rangers Knicks, and Nets are in action. You all know what to do, so have at it.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Calvin Johnson was balls for my fantasy team today. Lame.

  2. Jimmy McNulty says:

    If this thing drags past next week I’m going to commit bank fraud so the Rangers have to rescind their offer.

  3. Christian Red of The New York Daily News hears from a source that the Lee situation “should get resolved early this week.”

    Wednesday, 2 PM, according to my ‘sources’

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      I mean, it’s not like there was any surprise offer…Cliff knew the circumstances of each situation and the pros and cons to Texas long before any formal offer was made. He’s had a month already, each team has made their best offer. The only thing I could think of is that Texas offered him more money than he expected.

      • On the flipside, he wants to stay in Texas, but New York offered more money than expected?

        • mbonzo says:

          That to me sounds like he just wants to go to NY and get them to bid more.

        • Jimmy McNulty says:

          I’m pretty sure he fully expected New York to offer what it would take to get him in an Empire State of Mind.

          Side note, True or False: If Toby Keith wrote the them of the 2009 Yankees he’d be a Yankee already.

      • Kit says:

        He technically hasn’t had “a month” if the offers just came in like a few days ago.

        • Jimmy McNulty says:

          I’m pretty sure he was fully aware that it’d come down to Texas or New York making the most competitive offers.

          • Kit says:

            But you keep saying he had a month like he literally had both offers sitting in his lap for a month. He hasn’t. He knew some of his choices were New York or Texas back in August. He’s had a few days to mull over it. I’m just as impatient as the next person, but “he’s had a month” is not the best argument. He hasn’t had a month. He’s had about a week and if he needs more time, he should take more time. He’s not deciding whether or not to bake a cake. He’s deciding where he wants to spend what is possibly the rest of his baseball career.

            • Jimmy McNulty says:

              Ahh…I gotcha. I meant he had a month to decide which place he wanted to pay, the pros and cons of both Texas and New York. Hell, ever since he was traded to Texas and Ryan got the team he’s probably known that it would they would be a very serious bidder in his services.

    • Mike says:

      The longer Lee waits, the longer the Yanks can’t make a move to acquire other players, which in turn hurts the Yankees because the best players available have been signed before Lee makes his mind, so, if he were to sign with NY it would hurt him because his new team wouldn’t have the best of the best, so… i think he’ll either sign with the Rangers or with the Red Sox, but not with the Yankees.

  4. Ray Fuego says:

    I remember watching this series as a child with my parent. Good times.

  5. Hughesus Christo says:

    This was a low point in MLB tailoring. Let’s be thankful the pants situation has improved since then.

  6. Carcillo says:

    Eagles at the Cowboys (doesn’t it seem like these two play every Sunday or Monday?)

    Well, virtually every team plays on Sunday, so……….

  7. Squishy Jello Person says:

    Knicks and Nets already played.

  8. Jimmy McNulty says:

    I need LeSean McCoy and Jason Witten to go apeshit.

    • mbonzo says:

      McCoy won’t. He’s so talented but Michael Vick doesn’t use him at all in the red zone. When he’s inches away, Vick will either throw it every play or try to run it in himself. McCoy only has 3 rushing TDs since week 2. I hate Vick.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        I wish those fucking dogs were tougher. Receiving TDs and catches help me too…but Mike Jenkins is a hardcore pussy so who ever he’s covering should have a big day.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Honestly is what I’m really worried about is Flacco ripping the Texans shitty pass defense to shreds.

      • Sayid J. says:

        Call me crazy, but Vick isn’t calling the plays, right? Isn’t the offensive coordinator determining how often McCoy runs the ball? I understand Vick decides when to throw it to him on check downs, but that’s not affecting goal line touches.

  9. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Ben, this may be uncool to ask this here…but could you explain the Mottley rule to me?

  10. CP says:

    That was their 23rd, not 22nd, right?


  11. cheddar says:

    IIRC, didn’t Key propose to his girlfriend a few hours before the game? Talk about cool under pressure.

  12. TJ says:

    Angels Current Rotation


    Not bad but Lee would be a good fit. Everyone assumes they need an OFer and they did and they obviously lost out on Crawford. However they have Abreu, Hunter and Rivera. I dont think Crawford was that necessary. The rotation needs that Ace caliber pitcher for the playoffs, they lost that with Lackey, and Lee would fit in. I see them involved, and woul dnot be shocked to see them come away with him.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      You’re really obsessed with the Angels, aren’t you?

    • bexarama says:

      On Friday night, weren’t you going on about how it was ~destiny~ that Lee was going for the Rangers?

      You got caught spreading false info (oh oops I messed up Downs and Lee lololol sorry!). Not really sure why you keep banging the Lee drum.

      ever they have Abreu, Hunter and Rivera. I dont think Crawford was that necessary.

      Rivera sucks. Abreu can’t play the field at this point and should be strictly a DH. They were really, really after Crawford and they seriously shortchanged him.

      Also, they have that “ace caliber pitcher.” It’s Weaver. Haren could be too, provided he bounces back a little in terms of ERA and K next year. At this point, I’d rather have both of them than Lackey.

      • JGS says:

        In addition to not being able to play the field, Abreu also posted his worst offensive full season ever, and all three slash stats (.255/.352/.435) were his lowest since his 210 PA rookie “season” as a 23 year old in 1997 (.250/.329/.372). He’ll also be 37 next year.

        The Angels rotation was actually fine last year. Weaver is awesome, Haren had a 2.87 ERA in 14 starts after being traded and is an obvious upgrade over Saunders, and Santana threw 220+ innings with a sub-4 ERA. They sucked because they couldn’t hit (team 92 OPS+)

      • candyforstalin says:

        it’s rivera/bourjos/hunter at this point.

        • Jimmy McNulty says:

          Probably Trout/Bourjos/Hunter later this year until they can find a trade partner for Bourjos.

          • JGS says:

            Trout it 19 and hasn’t played a game above A-ball. I doubt we’ll see him in the Majors this year.

            • candyforstalin says:

              i agree. plus he’s gonna be traded for romine & venditte.

            • Jimmy McNulty says:

              Ehhh…I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s not like they’ll have better options than him. Heyward’s success in the majors at age 20 probably gives the Halos more confidence about Trout’s abilities. At any rate I expect Bourjos to be traded next offseason.

              • JGS says:

                Heyward also started his age 19 season with 214 PAs in high-A, then picked up 195 in AA and 13 in AAA and put up a .232/.408/.555 line. That convinced the Braves he could do it at the higher levels. Trout hasn’t had that yet.

                • JGS says:

                  That’s .323, not .232

                  big difference

                  • Mike says:

                    IIRC it was Cox who decided it was time to give Heyward a chance in the majors, i remember him saying in the spring something like “he’s a little ‘green’ but he’s shown me he can be at the major league level, he reminds me so much of Hank Aaron”.

                    Maybe it wasn’t “green” the word he used but some adjective to denote he still had room to learn and he had shown signs of adapting relatively quick.

    • mbonzo says:

      Abreu in the outfield is the new Matsui in the outfield.

      Amazing how the Angels went from a team of speed and defense, to a team that breaks bones in walk-off celebrations. In 2 years they went from athletic to just plain old and slow.

    • yankees1717 says:

      hey TJ, you seem really obsessed with proving why cliff lee won’t come to the yanks.. like are you even a yankee fan?

  13. JM says:

    Will you guys bring back the edit feature after the Cliff lee thing is over?

  14. Teh Comp Pick says:

    Sanchez has been terrible this week.

  15. Xstar7 says:

    Dolphins beat the Jets. YESSSSSS!!!!!!!

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      My stepdad was a Dolphins fan. He was a lazy guy who was pretty much incapable of emotion. One of his kids is on his third wife (no older than 26) and in the Air Force, the other’s been in and out of jail and is a high school drop out. My mom left him because he was too lazy to pay bills or do much of anything, my dad always said he looked like a Hobbit (short and furry feet, can’t say I disagree). Because of him I hate the Fish, but I think I hate the Jets even more. So I’m okay with this.

  16. Carcillo says:

    How the ‘Phins 6-1 on the road, but only 7-6 overall?


  17. mustang says:

    I remember the Jimmy Key signing it was so big back then along with his abilities he injected the right attitude into that Yankees rotation.

    • viridiana says:

      Yes, Key was a lot more important than Mike seems to realize. He was very good his first couple of years with the Yanks. Even when he weakened later in his acareer he was still the type of guy who could give you five good innings before fading.

      He also pitched one of the most important games in the pivotal 1996 season. The Yanks had raced out to a 10 game lead, as I recal, but then began to falter. Things had actually gotten quite bad and the lead had shrunk to something like 2 or 2.5 games. With panic setting in, Key pitched a brilliant game against the Blue Jays up in Toronto which basically stopped the slide. They Yanks were on their way to their first championship in 15 years. Amazing that people would forget Key.

      • Mike says:

        I remember a couple of years before the Yanks acquired him, i used to keep track of Key’s game on a calendar in a wall from my room. Every day he pitched i would score either a K if he won, or a backwards K if he lost, with the amount of innings he pitched, strikeouts, walks, and runs allowed (earned and unearned), plus his ERA after that day. I had seen him pitch before and tought he was one of the finest pitchers i had seen in those days, not like raggs nor Guidry, but he had finnesse in his way of pitching.

        Imagine my surprise when the Yankees signed him after the 1992 world series when he beat the Braves.

        Funny thing… almost the same thing happened with Cone, he was one of the pitchers i liked the most before he went to the Yanks in a trade.

        The only two pitchers from back then that i liked and never were acquired by the yankees: Kevin Appier and either Mark Langston or Chuck Finley… LOL yeah, i can’t remember who was who hehehe, but were a PITA every time the Yanks played against them.

      • mustang says:

        “Amazing that people would forget Key.”

        So true!

        • Wayne says:

          I can’t believe Mike wrote “I remember Key as being solid but unspectacular.” You either have an ATROCIOUS memory or you don’t know squat about pitching.

          Key at his best, as he often was the first few years with the Yankees (as well as prior to that time) was a thing of beauty to watch pitch. He was a mini Lee or Maddux, moving the ball up and down and left and right in the strike zone and just off the plate. He drove hitters absolutely nuts when he was on, which was most of the time during his career, particularly in big games.

          Jimmy Key: “solid but unspectacular,” OMFG! Ridiculous!

          The current (younger) generation of fans has become too wrapped up in stats. The only way to really judge a player is to watch and study him over a wide number of games and wide range of game situations, which is why every team has a multitude of scouts.

          Anyone who watched and studied Key knows he was a mini master at the art of pitching: not HOF worthy, but an elite pitcher, all the same.

          Thank you for a lot of great memories, Jimmy. I, along with a few of the guys above, haven’t forgotten how great you were in your heyday.

          Jimmy couldn’t jump, but he sure could pitch (sorry, couldn’t resist).

  18. Asked this on Twitter, but want to throw it up here:

    Am I the only one who thinks “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is a really sad song?

    • mbonzo says:

      Reminds me of a sad scene in Home Alone. You’re not the only one.

    • Stratman9652 says:

      I’d say 75% of Christmas music is really depressing if you really listen to the lyrics. “I’ll be home for Christmas” is even sadder if you ask me.

    • Kiersten says:

      YES. Especially when you’re alone.

      I was decorating my Christmas tree alone the other day and had my Christmas play list on and that song came on and I have to change it.

    • JM says:

      There’s this one song that is the epitome of sad Christmas song. It’s called “Christmas Shoes” it’s so depressing it’ll make you feel so sad

    • Devil In A Blue Cap says:

      The song originally comes from the movie Meet Me in St. Louis, where the context was decidedly bittersweet: the family that had grown up in St. Louis in 1903 was moving to big, bad New York, and Judy Garland’s character sang the song shortly after her boyfriend proposed, in an attempt to keep her in St. Louis.

      So basically yeah, it’s a sad song.

  19. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Holy Shit, looks like the Bills won’t get Luck afterall. They’ll probably do something stupid like think that Fitzpatrick is the answer.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      They’ll draft DL/LB, I think. Maybe Cam Newton if he’s viewed as a first-rounder. I have no idea if he is.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        He most definitely is not. The first round quarterbacks are Luck/Mallet/Clausen. Maybe someone will do something retarded and draft him in the first but I can assure you that as a quarterback he is not a first rounder.

        • FIPster Doofus says:

          All right. I haven’t been following any draft prospects this year, so thanks. Are you a Bills fan?

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            No, I was kinda pegging them to get Andrew Luck though. Carolina has Jimmy Claussen, though…but it doesn’t really make sense to pass over an elite QB prospect like Luck for Jimmy Fucking Claussen.

      • YanksFan in MA says:

        Newton will definitely go in the first round. He’s way more talented than Tebow who managed to get into the first round, as is arguably more talented than Young, who was a 5th year senior. Newton has poor footwork, but that can be easily corrected. He is tall and has a very strong arm and his athleticism is unrivaled. Some team in the 15-32 range will grab him round 1. Bills will go defense, and Fitzpatrick is definitely not the problem. Perhaps if Aaron Maybin wasn’t such a bust they’d be pushing for playoffs, and this is coming from a Pats fan.

  20. Reggie C. says:


    Signed through 2011 and then hits free agency. If the Yanks lose out on Cliff Lee, why not try to pry Hamels loose which even if unsuccessful would demonstrate to Hamels that he’s got the biggest fish on the market ready to pay him like CC Sabathia. Hamels might then decide to hit FA and then he’ll sign the biggest contract … which will put him in pinstripes.

    Or maybe the Phillies shock all of baseball and trade Hamels for a king’s ransom…

  21. camilo Gerardo says:

    Re: why NFC East matchups seem repetitive; it is the best division in football. it all makes sense

  22. Awesome123 says:

    I will really be pissed at Lee and Braunecker if Lee is not on a team by the time I wake up tomorrow.

  23. (weeps because of Jets failing to get out of their own way)

  24. MikeD says:

    Key was excellent. Underrated pitcher. When it seemed that no quality player wanted to come to New York during the dark days of the early 90s, Key was one of the few bright spots that bridged us to the World Championship years. Glad he was part of the ’96 team. Quality pitcher, calm under pressure. Very straight-forward, even negotiated his own contract, and left the game when it appeared he still had something to give. Gene Michael said Jimmy Key and Wade Boggs were the two players that helped turn the Yankees back into professionals.

  25. Carcillo says:

    I loved seeing the Redskins lose the way they did today.

    I mean, to lose a game like THAT? I haven’t seen that since the Bengals did that against the Broncos in the snow back in 2006. And furthermore, the increasingly-undermanned Bucs are up to 8-5 now. I know they have basically no potential to do much of anything come playoff time and that many teams with similar records in the NFC (Packers, Bears, Eagles, Giants) are all much better than they are, but what can I say? 8-5 after a 3-13 season a year ago is fun to watch. If not for that collapse last week against Atlanta…

  26. ultimate913 says:

    How about them Knicks, eh?

  27. Esteban says:

    How bout them Knicks! This rest of the month is a big test for them. I’ll be happy if they go 3-4 for the rest of the month.

  28. CS Yankee says:

    I watched the first 5 games but was at a wedding (out-of-town) for game six…I bought a 2″ portable color TV that afternoon and went down to the car to watch every 1/2 hour.

    After Pettitte game 5 big win over Smoltz, I half wanted Cone to finish it in 7, but also wanted Key to get redemption (from G2).
    Great series, up there with ’78.

  29. Jimmy McNulty says:

    I wonder if the Jets will try to replace Mark Sanchez in the next year or two.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I’m pretty sure the only way that happens is if Rex goes, and I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        He’s pretty mediocre. I typically don’t like junior QBs (Luck and Bradford are exceptions) and he only had like 15 starts at USC. I mean he’s good enough to not lose the Jets anygames, but I doubt he’ll ever be good, much less elite.

        • Esteban says:

          He is a second year QB that played very well for most of this season and you don’t ever think he’ll be even good? The list of good or very good QBs that have had bad games in their 2nd year is endless.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            His QB rating is in the low 70s. I didn’t really think much of him out of college either, most good to great QBs who had shitty games in their rookie and second year played for shitty teams. Mark Sanchez has a very good offensive line, a good running game, a good defense, and a solid stable of WRs. I don’t see him ever approaching a McNabb in his prime, Romo, or Ryan level much less a very good level like an Aaron Rogers, let alone an elite Manning, Brady, Brees, Rivers level.

            • Esteban says:

              How about an Eli Manning level?

              • Sayid J. says:

                Yea. Eli still makes some boneheaded plays and it took him a while to get his completion percentage up, but right now as a Giants fan I’m very happy with his play.

              • Jimmy McNulty says:

                Yeah, I’d say regular season Eli is his ceiling. Obviously Eli’s 2007 Superbowl Heroics (and Asante Samuel’s SB Goat game) overrate him, but that’s most likely his ceiling. Even then, I’d say Eli’s had a better defense and supporting cast than Eli’s had until he got Nicks. I’d say Eli right now probably has the best receivers in the NFL.

              • mustang says:

                If Eli is Sanchez’s ceiling then Jets fan should be very happy.

                Only in NY would people think a QB as failure after taking his team to within a half of the Super bowl in first season and going 9-4 in second season.

                Just wow

                • Jimmy McNulty says:

                  Yeah I guess Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer were elite quarterbacks. Eli really isn’t all that good. Nor is he what you should look for as a ceiling for a first round QB. That’d be like saying that Scott Baker is Phil Hughes’ ceiling.

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            Comparing the advanced stats like complete percentage+ or Y/A+ of someone very good like Peyton in their second year and Sanchez in his seocnd year doesn’t look great.

            Even if you take someone not considered in the elite like Tony Romo, his seocnd eya rlooks significantly better than Sanchez. I agree it’s far too early to give up on him but he hasn’t been that great either.



            • Esteban says:

              I’m not saying he’ll be great, but given his lack of experience it’s way too early to say he won’t ever be even ‘good’.

              • Jimmy McNulty says:

                Well typically the “baptism by fire” doesn’t work. The only good QB that’s had even a decent career that came out as a junior (poor wording) is Roethlisberger. While he’s been much better than “decent” I can’t think of any other good QBs that came out as juniors. While Stafford looks good if he can stay healthy and Bradford’s looking good now, and I do like Luck…there’s been plenty of QBs that came out as juniors and not a whole lot of success stories. While Sanchez is a lot more accurate than most of the 1st round junior QBs that failed, I’m still not thinking there’s much reason to be that excited about him. I’m not saying “give up on him” I’m just saying…it’s not looking too good. While I don’t think he’ll ever be good, I don’t think I ever said that it’s not possible.

            • Jimmy McNulty says:

              I mean I’m not saying give up on him by any means…but he looks fucking awful, and right now he’s the weak link of the Jets, a team with serious SB aspirations. He’s not really the cause of any big losses for them so far…but he’s not really looking the part of a QB for an elite team. YEs, it’s football and subject to flukes so he could be good for them…but realistically a team that has everything that the Jets have going for them should look for a better QB.

            • CP says:

              What about Brees in his second year?

              And just because he doesn’t stack up to Peyton or Brady doesn’t mean he’s a bad QB. Heck, there are HOF QBs that aren’t nearly as good as those two.

    • mustang says:


      I just finish reminding my follow Giants fan that was criticizing Sanchez how God-awful Eli was his first 3 years. Sanchez is well ahead 2nd year Eli he will be fine.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Eli Manning played for much worse teams in his first few years, also aside from 2009 he’s never really had a year where he stood out. Eli Manning was much better in college and much more highly regarded coming into the draft. Mark Sanchez played on Super Bowl contenders his first two seasons, the same couldn’t really be said of Eli Manning.

        • mustang says:

          “Mark Sanchez played on Super Bowl contenders his first two seasons”

          What team? Do you mean the Jets?

          The Jets weren’t Super Bowl contenders in 2009 when Sanchez took them to within one half of being in the Super Bowl. I will give you this year but the season didn’t end today.

          If I remember correctly Eli had his team in the playoffs in 2005 and didn’t do nearly as well.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            Mark Sanchez did not take the Jets from being within a game of the Superbowl their defense and running game took them to where they got. He threw twelve TDs and twenty pics. That’d be like saying that Jeff Weaver won the Cards the 2006 World Series.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Furthermore Eli’s pretty overrated, if it wasn’t for Asante Samuel dropping the walk off pick and David Tyree making a miracle catch Eli’s not viewed in as positive of a light as he is now. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a competent starter and definitely should be starting in the NFL for the next four or five years, but he’s not what contending teams should be looking forward to out of their QB.

        • mustang says:

          ” David Tyree making a miracle catch Eli’s not viewed in as positive of a light as he is now.”

          What’s funny about that moment is that the “Eli’s pretty overrated” people never give him any credit for ripping off at least two defenders of himself before the throw or the plays that happen before it and the plays after.

          • mustang says:

            or for beating the Cowboys in Dallas

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            Yeah, Eli had a great game in the Super Bowl. He got lucky with the Asante Samuel dropped walk off pic, but overall played pretty well. He played well against Dallas but his team got lucky with Patrick Crayton dropping the GWTD in the end zone, and he played well against Green Bay, but lets be honest. Brett Favre beat the Packers in that game. Jeff Suppan had a great postseason, that doesn’t mean that he’s a great pitcher. Eli’s a good QB, I’d put him on like the third tier of starting quarterbacks, but he’s not a great QB by any means.

        • King Yankees says:

          Tyree doesn’t get the chance to make that catch unless Eli miraculously escapes all those Patriot defenders. He did a lot just to get them to the Super Bowl against the Bucs, Cowboys, and Packers on the road, and then just taking those 18-0 Patriots to the final 60 seconds was huge. I actually don’t think he’s as overrated as many others think.

          • mustang says:


            Don’t you know its all about “miracle catch”.

            The same way every rookie QB takes there team to the AFC Champion game.

            Damn! NY QB they are all overrated!!!

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            I’m sure it was Eli Manning that caused Brett Favre to throw that awful pass right to Corey Webster and Patrick Crayton to drop the GW TD in the endzone. Yeah, he had a good game in the Superbowl. Big deal. Mediocre, average, and slightly above average players have huge postseasons all the time. Great players have shitty ones too. Miracle catch, great play breaking from those defenders, and an uncharacteristic dropped interception from Asante Samuel and the Patriots go 18-1. Do you honestly think that if it was a best of three series that the Giants or Eli could have done that again? Don’t get me wrong, they had a great defense, and Justin Tuck was a motherfucking mad man all season and has been ever since. One good Super Bowl doesn’t make a quarterback a good player.

            • Rob NY says:

              If the Colts play their starters in the second half of their game against the Jets last year the Jets don’t even make the playoffs. Eli is good to very good.

          • Hall and Nokes says:

            Only one guy calling him overrated here. It’s just that he’s posted 12 times on the subject.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Not according to the stats.

  30. bexarama says:

    Jimmy Key? What is he, like 45? I could hit him.

    (Can’t believe I’m the first one to say this. o_O )

  31. seimiya says:

    After Cliff Lee signs somewhere, can we have a moratorium on him?

  32. Xstar7 says:

    Does anyone know when Cliff Lee is going to sign to a team? He was supposed to make his decision by the en of this weekend and I’m really tired of waiting.

  33. Greg G. says:

    Jimmy Key was my favorite pitcher in the late 80s/early 90s, even when he was with Toronto, kicking the Yanks’ arse. I was so happy, when we acquired him. Seeing him as a WS hero in a Yanks uniform, in the twilight of his career, was just awesome.

  34. bexarama says:

    Aaron Rodgers ;_______;

  35. Hughesus Christo says:

    Used to love Jimmy Key. Key, Mike Stanley, Boggs, Donnie Baseball…

    • Stranded in Boston says:

      I feel old (at 35). Key was 35 and 10 his first 2 years with the yanks. More importantly, he signed here when Steinbrenner couldn’t give his money away and was part of the crew that changed the clubhouse from the Mel Hall Yankees to the 96 team. Great, underrated Yankee.

  36. JM says:

    I’m going to be so depressed if, after waiting and refreshing websites and stuff for weeks now, Cliff Lee doesn’t sign with the Yankees. So much time would have been wasted.

  37. candyforstalin says:

    character-defining question: the sopranos or the wire?

  38. cheddar says:

    I was on jury duty for the latter part of the ’96 Series. I can vividly remember sitting on the window sill of the waiting room listening to WFAN on my Walkman the day after the Leyritz game. People calling in were so pumped, they were almost rabid. One guy was going wild, screaming that we were going to take the next two and be champs, and I yelled “YEAH!” and pumped my fist in the air. Everyone in the waiting room, which had been as quiet as a library, stared at me. I just stuck up my thumb a la Fonzie and whispered, “Yanks, baby.”

  39. brian g says:

    man, forget cliff lee for a second….you guys are insane!

    jimmy key was my man for a minute back than. even when he was a blue jay i liked him a lot. i was stoked the yankees got him and even more stoked he was good for us. he was such a welcome addition compared to the andy hawkins, dave lapoint, tim leary, john candelaria junk we were used to. though i liked lee guetterman a lot….and candelaria, he wasn’t that bad. can’t say i miss the old days too much!

    • Xstar7 says:

      who could forget Andy Hawkins no-hitter loss?

    • YanksFan77 says:

      Hey, don’t knock Tim Leary. He was the Yanks ace before Key and a vital member of the ’88 Dodgers WS club (him, Hershiser and Belcher were an awesome 1-3)

      He just had bad luck with Yanks, having ridiculously terrible run support throughout his tenure.

  40. mbonzo says:

    This is the most intense I’ve ever paid attention to an offseason and it kinda just dawned on me that GMs and agents are just professional liars.

  41. I Voted 4 Kodos says:

    Anyone watching the Dexter finale tonight?

  42. Michael Mirabella says:

    When I heard the news about Lee deciding by the end of the weekend, I was physced. I thought, the Giants would have won, and I would have heard the news about Cliff on Sportscenter from Buster Onlney. But no, that couldn’thave happened. Instead, the Giants game is postponed, and now Lee will most likely decided Monday.
    Screw Fox.

  43. mustang says:

    I can’t believe I have to cheer for the Cowgirls to win.
    This sucks, but Go you overrated bunch of underachieving bastards make your draft pick even worse and beat the Eagles

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      I don’t think the Cowboys have been overrated since Week 4. Everyone seems to be in agreement that Wade Phillips is a terrible coach and the team’s dead in the water.

  44. Kit says:

    This is such a random question, but would anyone here be artistic enough/have some experience working with clay that they would be able to give me advice on how to help my 11 year old nephew make a sarcophagus out of clay? We’ve been at this for a couple of days and all we’ve done is piss each other off.

  45. Betty Lizard says:

    Sarcophagi come in different shapes–both rectangular and body shaped (like Egyptian mummy cases).

    Leaving aside the shape for a moment, let’s just assume a simple rectangular one with a lid. (And it can be helpful to look at something similar–perhaps you have a bos around that has a lid?)

    The lid can be flat or shaped. The lid rests on top of the edge of the bottom part of the sarcophagus (although the lid can have a lip that’s inset in from the edge and fits INSIDE the bottom of the sarcophagus).

    If you’re having trouble, just make a rectangular sarcophagus with a flat lid.

    For clay, you use the slab method. You can roll even slabs with a rolling pin or wine bottle (hee!). Then, cut them to size with a sharp knife, put together, and smoothe the edges to seal. (Think gingerbread houses.)

    If the clay’s really giving you fits, make a mock-up first with carboard and tape. A cereal box or cracker box will do.

    • Kit says:

      He needs a body shaped one, unfortunately. I tried making it in pieces and failed miserably. I think the sarcophagus actually goes inside a rectangular coffin so I have the rectangle part down. It’s the body shaped one is where the problem is. Thanks for the advice.

      • Betty Lizard says:

        Look at Egyptian mummies. Model that shape out of clay (it’s a pretty simple shape). If if needs to be hollow, cut it in half horizontally and carve out the inside.

      • Rob NY says:

        Just a thought, but how about covering an action figure (I was thinking a power ranger) with the clay to make it look Human-Shaped?

    • Greg G. says:

      When they call this an “Open Thread”, they’re not kidding. :)

  46. Slappy White says:

    All this checking websites, espn news, mlbn, and RAB (all caps for respect), is making me feel like im stalking Cliff Lee. Does anyone else feel like this ? I feel like a fucking loser with no self esteem.


    This makes me reconsider my chipotle pepper consumption.

  48. Doug says:

    choate in negotiations w marlins + 3 other teams didn’t want to mention. wanna bet one’s the yanks

  49. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Score some motherfucking TDs McCoy.

  50. Jimmy McNulty says:

    “The Nationals are official out on Lee, reports’s Bill Ladson.”

    I think that should be officially, but I guess there’s less competition now.

  51. When Lee gets his AL championship ring, he’s gonna get booed like nobody’s business (If he makes the trip to Texas).

  52. Slappy White says:

    That video of the Metrodome collapse is both amazing and scary as hell. What if there had been people in there ? I never realized those things were so fragile

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      It’s just in awful shape.

    • MikeD says:

      They know the weight it can handle. I read yesterday there were concerns it could collapse based on the snow predictions/accumlation. There never would have been anyone in there with that snow falling.

      • Slappy White says:

        Yeah, i mean i guess they know what theyre doing, but it looks like they would make it strong enough to handle more than it could ever possibly get. It is Minnesota after all

  53. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Someone asked me which game is the one where Kay screams out that is one fo the grestest games you will ever see and I forgot. Help please?

  54. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Upper Decki might sign with the As, I guess.

  55. Hughesus Christo says:

    1. Vick is taking a beating tonight. Good for NYG.

    2. Philly’s offensive line is looking questionable right now. Also good for NYG.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Vick takes a beating everytime they blitz. Dayum. I’d feel sorry for him if he wasn’t Vick. Hopefully Fewell takes a field day on him.

  56. James A says:

    If the Angels and Nationals arent the mystery team, who could it be?
    Im guessing there isnt one, but I’d assume the Phillies put in a call, but I really think its coming down to a Yankee 7 year offer and a lesser Rangers offer…. guess we’ll find out soon enough

  57. JobaWockeeZ says:

    DeSean Jackson is such a bitch.

  58. Fuck DeSean Jackson in his ear.

  59. TJ says:

    Angels could lie, but probably won’t outbid that Yanks.

    After all the speculation. I think the Yanks will get Lee, but will he be worth it?

    Who cares, it’s the Steinbrenner’s money anyway.

    I felt better after I saw Jim Rome’s tweet on this:

    “Rangers make “substantial” offer to Cliff Lee. Right. Just like the Angels did Carl Crawford. “Substantial” won’t beat Boston and New York”

    So after all the research and trying on of various ideas ranging from the Rangers, Angels, etc. I conclude the Yanks will get him. Jim Rome summed up the logic. It will come down to the dollars and who can compete. The Yanks don’t lose in the bidding to the Rangers. The Yanks get what the Yanks want.

  60. MikeD says:

    Earlier as I flipped past YES (which is replaying Guidry’s 18-SO game from 1978), I heard Frank Messer mention that on that day, the Yankees had signed their number-ten draft pick, Daniel Richard Ledduke. My first reaction, not recognizing the name, was “well there’s a pro career that never amounted to much.” I continued on past YES, but started thinking about Ledduke, who no doubt had one of the greatest days of his life on the same day that Ron Guidry also had one of the greatest days in his life, at least from a pro-baseball point of view, yet Guidry we know, while Ledduke disappeared into history.

    I did a quick search. He pitched for five seasons in the minors, first for the Yankees and then Houston, showed some promise early on. I was more curious what happened after he left baseball, since many times prospects who never quite cut it go on to have successful careers, either related to the game on in another profession. I wish this had a happy ending. Ledduke died of a heart attack in his 40s. There’s really no point to my post, beyond an odd feeling of somehow recorgnizing one of the happiest days in Ludduke’s life and worst days in a span of a couple minutes. How many Ludduke’s have their been. If not for signing on the same day as Guidry’s game, he’d be totally forgotten.

    • Gonzo says:

      Thanks for sharing. I felt the same way when I found out Oscar Azocar died this year. I remember him doing well when he first hit the scene, but he would never take a walk. You can’t walk off the island mentality.

      In his taste of action, Azocar OPS’d over 1.000 without a walk in 57 AB’s.

      • MikeD says:

        In our mind, we see athletes as always young, and remember them as their peak. Some have endings much too quick.

        Azocar could hit a ball, but he could never take a walk, and that weakness was exposed in the majors. He was another one of those players that came up during the “dark days!”

  61. mike says:

    i always remember watching Key during his first few starts and being amazed – after years of Wade Taylor and Hawkins and and Abbott (sic) and Perez and others – how he was able to throw strike one on a consistant basis. It was almost unbelieveable, and as a kid it really made an impression because it changed the whole tenor of the at bat, and realy brought to light how pathetic the Yanks pitching had been for the prior years.

    i also seem to remember that he was on a cruise when he accepted the offer, and while it seemed the Yanks overpaid at the time it was a great move for the future

    • MikeD says:

      He was on a cruise. I do remember that. He basically had the contracts faxed back and forth from the ship, as he acted as his own agent. I remember there was some questioning of the Yankees move in signing Key in the NY tabloids (then again, that’s what they always do), and some thought it was an overpay. That’s the one thing looking back on contracts. They are almost always thought of as an overapay, yet as long as the player produces, no one really cares looking back. I mean, the papers were OUTRAGED at what they paid Reggie Jackson. Small beans compared to today.

  62. Esteban says:

    Ok, according to WEEI (via MLBTR), Mo’s agents contacted the Red Sox and the Red Sox would have never non-tendered Papelbon and “valued him at the back-end of the bullpen”

    (wanking motion)

  63. Gonzo says:

    According to Rob Bradford at WEEI, Mo initiated the contact with the Red Sox!

  64. Anthony Murillo says:

    SI_JonHeyman Jon Heyman
    hearing from multiple sources there is indeed #mysteryteam in on cliff lee. hear its not the #phillies, always a threat

  65. bonestock94 says:

    After a 10 hr library binge I was hoping I’d come out with Lee decided. Oh well, maybe I’ll wake up to it tomorrow.

  66. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Well this is pretty lame. Weekend passed, and the Cliff Lee isn’t signed.

    • bonestock94 says:

      They need to maximize hype, I bet its announced tomorrow afternoon so they can dominate every afternoon drive sports radio show in the country.

  67. Sean C says:

    Just saw on the front page of ESPN’s MLB page that Olney has a piece about playoff structure and shaking up the teams in the AL East to make it more fair for the Blue Jays, Orioles and Rays. What a dick. The Rays have made the playoffs twice (WS and ALDS) in the last three years. Sure, they lost Crawford and some of their bullpen arms to free agency (can’t be blamed for going after money the Rays will never offer right now), but come on, these ARE NOT the Rays of yore. The Blue Jays and Orioles are DAMN close to making the AL East the craziest division in baseball (with the Blue Jays pretty much being there this season). I love/hate how cyclical baseball articles are. Every offseason someone gets signed to a sick amount of money/years and people are somehow still surprised and even offended (I’m still waiting for the hatred and backlash of Yankees/Lee if he signs with us).

  68. teddy says:


    Heard this: Darek Braunecker, the agent for Cliff Lee, has been in touch with the Yankees today and said the process is on-going;stay tuned. 14 minutes ago via web

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