Dec
27

Open Thread: Snowpocalypse 2010

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A pedestrian walk down the middle of Clinton St. during a snowstorm. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

So we had ourselves a little bit of a snowstorm here in Tri-State Area yesterday into this morning, eh? I spent most of the morning shoveling out various cars and I’m still stuck at mother’s place for the holiday. It sucks, she won’t let me go back down to the basement. See what I did there? Anyway, hope everyone is safe, it was rather treacherous last night.

Here’s the open thread for the evening. The Saints are in Atlanta, the Isles are playing the Rangers in the Garden, and the Magic are visiting the Nets. Talk about whatever your heart desires.

Categories : Open Thread

125 Comments»

  1. Squishy Jello Person says:

    I got plowed in. That was fun.

  2. Rex Ryan's Foot in the Door says:

    Did anyone else spend the day yelling at the TV out of frustration? All I wanted was to watch The People’s Court, and instead I had to deal with hours of unscheduled news informing me that it had, in fact, snowed yesterday.

  3. Got a solid foot of snow, just enough to make the snow blower stop working *angryface*

  4. JGS says:

    Can we start a HOF campaign for Joe Carter similar to Jack Morris’?

    It can be based on:

    A dumb stat that doesn’t mean as much as people think it means (RBIs in Carter’s case. Only five players have ever had multiple seasons of 100+ RBIs when they had a double-digit OPS+. Carter is the only guy to have ever done this three times)

    Something nebulous like fear (he twice led the league in IBB)

    An all-time great moment (WS-winning walkoff home run)

    I think this would be a good way to illuminate how silly Morris’ case is.

  5. Spent about 5 hours trying to get into work today before I made it back home again. I would just like to say a hearty fuck you to WCBS-AM, 1010 WINS, WFAN, WBBR and WABC for not mentioning that the BQE north was closed this morning from the Prospect to Brooklyn Heights.

  6. Granderslam says:

    I don’t know what’s more excruciating. The Yankees offseason thus far or being snowed in. I really hope Cash works out a magic trade for a SP. At the rate everything is going though, I doubt it.

  7. bexarama says:

    Andy Pettitte’s Yankeeography hasn’t been updated since the beginning of the 2007 season. It’s really amusing because like 50% of it is about what good friends he is with Clemens and how hard they work out together. Uh…

    Posada’s hasn’t been updated since midway through the 2004 season but it just needs to be updated, there’s no “oh boy this is awkward and awful in retrospect!” stuff.

    • Roger-”Hey Andy, could you come over here and shove this needle in my ass? I can’t do it myself.”

      Andy-”Sure Rog. Hey, what is this stuff anyways?”

      Roger-”B-12″

      Andy-”Really? Then why does it say ‘WINSTROL’ on the label? Isn’t that the stuff they use on horses?”

      Roger-”Andy, you must’ve misremembered what you just read.”

      ..aaaaand scene!

      Andy-”"

  8. http://www.beyondtheboxscore.c.....-wide-zone

    Could someone explain to me what, if anything, this means? First thing I need to know is how the strike zone is defined and measured. Because the rule book strike zone varies from batter to batter, for what I hope are obvious reasons. If this uses a constant, defined strike zone plot, then pitches called out of the zone may very well actually be strikes, in which case I’m not sure what the point is.

    Just a question, it may already account for the stuff I mentioned.

  9. Hughesus Christo says:

    My Adult Snow Day was excellent. “Working from home” meant reply to a single e-mail from a client, I slogged through GI Joe on Netflix, ate tv a TV dinner for lunch, and then took a nap at 3pm.

    God bless you, Snowicane.

  10. Upstate Rob says:

    Whaaa-whaaa! snow ! My goodness, downstate gets a little snow and you think the world was coming to an end… lol… dude, deal with more than 100 inches a winter on average then you can complain.

  11. Total Dominication says:

    So, is Tris Speaker the most underrated player of all time?

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      He has the misfortune of being a great center fielder, but playing at the same time of perhaps the greatest center fielder (Ty Cobb). He was also outshined by guys like DiMaggio in the 40s, and then Mays and Mantle in the 50s and 60s. He’s an underrated guy, but for most underrated player ever…hmmm. I’d go someone like Mel Ott or maybe Johnny Mize. Everyone that knows baseball knows that Speaker is the fucking man.

      • Total Dominication says:

        FG War actually has him above Mantle and DiMaggio .According to them, he’s the 7th best player in MLB history.

        • Jimmy McNulty says:

          Sigh…being the best player isn’t about how much fWAR you’ve acquired. There’s several factors to account for when judging greatness such as peak, career value, etc. Mantle was a one legged man for most of his career, and DiMaggio went to war, retired at the first sign of a slip, and he had the shittastic OYS dimensions to deal with as a RHH. Him, Joe Gordon, and Mickey Mantle from the right hand side are the only RHH Yankees to ever have success at a high level during the OYS days

  12. Mattchu12 says:

    So, anybody else think it’s a good idea to sign Jeff Francis because even if he doesn’t pan out as a starter, he might be pretty valuable out of the bullpen? His fastball would gain a couple ticks and he throws a mean slurve if I recall correctly.

    Just a thought for a slow night.

  13. Steve H says:

    JGS, you missed the best pro-Joe Carter argument there is, but it’s more in the Jim Rice category than the Jack Morris one. As we all know, Rice led the AL in HR and RBI over a 10 year span.

    Carter led all of baseball in HR and RBI over a 10 year span. Put him in the HOF immediately.

  14. Kiersten says:

    I wish I was snowed in today. All I want to do ever is watch more Dexter.

  15. Kemba is about to make the Pitt Panthers aware.

  16. Steve H says:

    Joe Carter was the only player in baseball with 1000 RBI over a span of 10 years. HOF.

  17. Dan says:

    I always suspected axisa lived in his mothers basement.

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      This comes from a place of love, but he comes off like a nerd and seems way too knowledgeable about baseball, like he has too much time on his hands.

      No offense, Mike.

  18. Mike what’s that Rangers Blog you always post in the chats?

  19. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Question regarding the HoF, worst player you’d let in and the best player you’d keep out. The worst guy I’d let in the hall would probably be Mark McGuire and I can’t think of the best player I’d keep out. I’m unsure of my picks so I’d like to hear yours.

  20. Jerome S. says:

    Serious question:
    What is entertaining about hockey?

  21. Jimmy McNulty says:

    The guy sitting next to Arthur Blank looks like a guy I used to do coke with.

  22. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Also, put Joe Carter in the Hall. I mean it, the place is already a joke and I want to see Mitch Williams give his HoF salute.

  23. Jimmy McNulty says:

    I really wish Drew Brees would throw a couple of TD passes to Colston.

  24. Accent Shallow says:

    Repeating my question from the Swisher thread.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....nt-1464118

  25. Hughesus Christo says:

    Nothing about Garrett Wittels? Where was this guy ranked for the draft?

  26. Chuck says:

    So would anyone consider a rotation of…

    CC
    Hughes
    AJ
    Nova
    Joba/Mitre (pitch both on the same day. Trade off who starts. One does first 5 innings unless they get shelled the other does 4)

    hahah it could work maybe. I know this is a bit loaded with Joba starting or whatever but hey.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Joba/Mitre (pitch both on the same day. Trade off who starts. One does first 5 innings unless they get shelled the other does 4)

      Nah. Tandem starters is for the minor leagues, or if someone’s injured. And I’d prefer they not half-ass Joba. Either he’s back to the rotation, or he’s in the pen, not some sort of swingman.

    • bexarama says:

      I would loooooove Joba to start but I think that ship has sailed. :( Wish it hadn’t, or we’d know better why it had (injury issues, something else, who knows).

  27. AJ says:

    I hate MLB Network now. Why is it that MLB Network analysts are terrible? Mitch Williams, Harold Reynolds and Ken Rosenthal (gasp) had these teams in their top 5 teams in baseball: Boston, Philadelphia, Texas, Rockies, Brewers and Cardinals? No Yankees who won 95 games last year? The Yanks weren’t in anyone’s top 5. Apparently the Rockies are better. Then Rosenthal says that “Let’s not forget the Rangers…they ARE the AL champions”….”but what about losing Lee and Guerrero”, Rosenthal : “…regardless they’re league champions”. Does that make sense?

    • Mitch Williams had the Phillies as the best team in baseball. Sure they significantly upgraded their pitching, but their lack of a bullpen, age, and weak offense probably puts them at 90-93 wins next season.

      • bexarama says:

        I have no problem with calling the Phillies the best team in baseball on paper. They’re quite overrated offensively, but still good, especially in the NL. I agree with all the issues you mentioned… and they’ll still probably win over 93 games, easily, maybe even with catastrophic injury; pretty sure they lost more days to the DL than precious Boston last year, and it was mostly important players.

        (Not that it matters, Mitch Williams would say the Phillies are the best team in baseball if they had the Pirates’ roster, just without Alvarez or anyone else good that may be on there.)

        • Jimmy McNulty says:

          Off the top of my head the best teams in baseball (IMO) right now would probably be: Philly, Boston, SF, maybe Tampa if they keep all their starters, and probably Atlanta. The AL teams are kinda weak…it sucks when the Yankees basically have to pray for a WC berth. Three replacement level starters in the rotation…WHOOOOOOOOO!!!!

          • Hughesheretoabuse says:

            Am I the only one thinking (and hioping) Atlanta can beat out Philly? Their 5 ptichers are pretty solid and they have a better offense than the Phillies. Not to mention a bit younger too

    • bexarama says:

      MLBN’s programming is great but its analysis is just fucking awful and getting worse. No Giants, either? Reds, Braves, Rays?

      • AJ says:

        I was very upset with Ken Rosenthal. He’s actually a columnist, Williams and Reynolds are just hacks. Yet in his top 5 the Yankees, Rays, and Giants were no where to be found. And Reynolds saying that the Rockies will be the 5th best team is lunacy. This is what happens when the hot stove calms down and the season is still three months away.

    • China Joe says:

      Texas? You’re kidding me. I’m sure they’re docking the Yankees serious points for Cliff Lee not joining them…but he wasn’t actually on their team last year. He did, in fact, pitch for Texas. Somehow I think losing an ace who pitched for your team is worse than losing an ace who didn’t pitch for your team.

      • Aj says:

        By Ken Rosenthal’s logic, just because they won the pennant last year means that they are “still” the AL champs and have to be in the top 5 and better than the Yankees. Regardless of them losing Lee and Guerrero.

        • mbonzo says:

          Thats not really his logic. The Rangers were a top team last year, they lost Lee and Guerrero but they will be adding a lot of talent in 2011. Their farm system is incredible right now. Their 40 man roster may not look like a top 5 team, but when you look at the organization and the talent in their other systems you have to think they’ll be ready to be a top 5 team in 2011.

          On the other hand, the Yankees farm system is good, but aside from Montero, it shouldn’t make any major contributions. Where the Ranger’s farm system can help where they are weak, the Yankees have basically no legitimate star pitchers to reach the majors in 2011. Their 40 man roster is a top 5 team, but organization wouldn’t be top 5 for me in 2011.

          I don’t like Rosenthal but there is a case to be made that the Rangers organization is more prepared for 2011 than the Yankees.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            That and they just lost a DH and their top of the rotation starter. Losing Cliff Lee is a huge blow, but they can find someone to replicate Vlad’s production, and their farm can contribute another a starter. The Yankees are expecting a comeback from a 36 year old shortstop, a 35 year old former steroid using third basemen with a bad hip, and a a 34 year old righty with injury problems and control issues.

  28. Kiersten says:

    This is one of my best guy friends:

    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hp.....5776_n.jpg

    How do I wind up with these people?

    (no but for serious he’s a really good guy and we talk objectively about sports all the time)

  29. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Would you rather:

    a) Be snowed in and forced to stay in your mother’s basement

    or

    b) Be snowed in at your local movie theater and be forced to watch Little Fockers.

    Be honest, guys.

  30. dave says:

    @Accent Shallow indecision fan? i have that on my collarbone

  31. Turk Turkleton says:

    What’s the difference between a pickpocket & a peeping tom?

    One snatches watches..

  32. The Jingle Bell Bitch from the Hyundai commercial is so annoying

  33. Aj says:

    Saito , one year under $2M…come on that was one we could’ve had…

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I wouldn’t lose sleep over it. He really can’t pitch on back-to-back days and he’ll probably spend half the season on the DL. Sounds like you’re just desperate for a signing more than anything.

      • bexarama says:

        Mo’s the GOAT but how many 40+-year-olds should we have on this team?

      • Aj says:

        No, I really liked Takashi Saito and thought we could use another good righty out of the pen. Regardless of how old he is, he was effective last year. I’d rather have a 40 year old with Saito’s numbers for one year than a mediocre 20 year old.

    • Steve H says:

      It’s Free agency. We don’t know that Saito would have taken the same offer from the Yankees. We don’t know that Saito would have taken double that from the Yankees. And all of what Mike said.

      • Aj says:

        OK, I do agree with this post. He may have asked for much more from the Yankees, and in that case let me say I would have liked to have Saito at that price (1 year, 2M).

  34. Aj says:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....picks.html

    Why isn’t Soriano on this list? He has to still be a Type A.

  35. mbonzo says:

    Mets Acquire Chin-lung Hu!
    COME ON CASHMAN MAKE A MOVE!
    *rabble* *rabble* *rabble* *rabble*

  36. Kiko Jones says:

    I really dig that photo—would make a pretty cool album cover. But it’s from AP, so it would probably be crazy expensive to use.

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