Open Thread: Kind of a big deal

Baseball Writers Deem Bagwell “way, way too hot” for Hall
Matt Garza and the travails of intra-division trades
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Four years ago today, the Yankees and Diamondbacks finally completed a long discussed trade that send Randy Johnson back to the desert. The Yanks received three prospects and Luis Vizcaino, all of whom were goners within two years of the trade for entirely different reasons. The Big Unit got a bad rap in New York but his overall body of work was fine: a 4.01 FIP (4.37 ERA) in 430.1 IP across two seasons. Unsurprisingly, he was unable to maintain his 2004 performance (2.30 FIP in 245.2 IP) as a 41-year-old moving from the NL West to the AL East. Such is life.

Anyway, that’s today’s slice of Yankee history. Here’s your open thread for the evening. You can probably still catch the end of the Packers-Eagles game, but otherwise the Devils, Isles, and Knicks are in action at various times. You all know what to do, so have at it.

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Baseball Writers Deem Bagwell “way, way too hot” for Hall
Matt Garza and the travails of intra-division trades
  • Granderslam

    Just out of curiosity, any teams with excess pitching to spare? That we are aware of. I know the Cubs and the White Sox might fit that category (once Peavy returns), but I was wondering…

    • whozat

      At this point, I’m pretty sure that any options fans and bloggers might be aware of have been picked over a dozen times :-/

      • Granderslam

        I’m clearly trying to convince myself there is something else out there…anything lol.

        • Mattchu12

          I’ve stopped trying to convince myself we’ll get somebody, and am now convincing myself that Andrew Brackman is going to be HUGE in 2011 and that Aaron Warren is going to be the new “who woulda thunk it” pitcher, love that Fastball-Cutter-2Seamer trio.

          • Granderslam

            I need to convert and join your level of thinking. I must say though, I am extremely excited for the young guns to make appearances throughout the season. Just look at how successful the young pitching staffs have been around baseball (Giants, A’s, etc.). I’m looking forward to the Yankees minor leaguers (hopefully) making a positive impact this season in particular, making me feel much better in the process of course.

            • Mattchu12

              We have quantity on our side. Someone is going to work. Between Brackman, Nova, Warren, Phelps, Noesi, and Mitchell, we will find at least the very least one solid starter.

              My prediction: Brackman becomes the Brackmonster we’ve been hoping for, and we get a solid arm in Adam Warren for the bulk of 2011.

              No evidence to help me here, just my gut.

              • whozat

                I think that the quantity will help in that they’ll be able to flip some arms for a useful veteran mid-season, and still have guys with upside that should help the pen in 2011 or the rotation in 2012.

          • JohnnyC

            This Aaron Warren guy sounds really promising.

            • Mattchu12

              I can’t believe I called him Aaron, wow, obviously I meant Adam.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    What’s with the vitriol on here lately? I think the dead-point monotony of the offseason is really getting to some people. Like the Shining.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Same amount as always. People just notice it more because there are less things to talk about right now.

    • Mattchu12

      Red Rum.

  • Mickey Scheister

    The Eagles D looks awful thus far. The first Aikers missed FG, okay yeah the wind. The second was just awful. Cmon Vick! I don’t even like the Eagles, I just wanna see Vick succeed!

    • Mattchu12

      I admit, I’m rooting for the Eagles. But I can hear my mother’s voice screeching in the back of my head about Vick being on the Eagles.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Some of the comments recently towards the new RAB writers are just uncalled for. New or different isn’t always bad. I personally love the extra posts over the weekend. The only constant in life is change.

      • Mickey Scheister

        Reply fail.

      • Mickey Scheister

        I’m from DE, so the family is all Eagles fans, since my team is out why not root for the family fav?!

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Whelp me settle an argument!

    Which opening notes are better: Those of “New York, New York” or those of “Enter Sandman”?

    • Mattchu12

      Sandman. Everytime.

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com/ Richard Iurilli

      Man, sometimes I really wish I could edit my comments.

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

      Sandman. They used to play New York New York after losses too (not sure if they still do).

      • http://www.richardiurilli.com/ Richard Iurilli

        They did in 2008. I assume they still do, but I honestly haven’t seen a loss at the new stadium yet.

      • whozat

        They still do, I’m pretty sure. Frankie when they win, Liza when they lose.

        • thurdonpaul

          its Frankie now, win or lose.

  • cano is the bro

    yes! The eagles lost!

  • mustang

    Nice win against the Giants a few weeks back, but it meant NOTHING !!!!

    ONE AND OUT!

    Bye Bye Eagles !!!!

  • bonestock94

    Another year, another Eagles playoff failure.

  • mbonzo

    I’m glad the Eagles lost. Everyone is saying that Vick has matured as a player, which I think is a load of BS. He’s a ball-hog, he never utilizes McCoy.

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

      McCoy had 78 receptions this year, don’t think you can say ‘never’

      • mbonzo

        I was exaggerating but McCoy is a running back, a very good one. He should have more rushing TDs than the quarterback.

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

          Well that’s on Reid not Vick.

  • Mickey Scheister

    At least it was a good game! Make’s you wonder who’s gonna sign Vick now that he’s a free agent!

    • mbonzo

      Vick is gonna start his own team and try to be the first one man team.

    • http://twitter.com/steveh_mandaura Steve H

      He’ll get a long term deal in Philly or get franchised. I don’t think he’s going anywhere.

      • mustang

        Agree.

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

    Packers!!!!

    (I’m a Packers fan, not a Giants fan rooting against the Eagles. Was pretty happy seeing Vick’s season come to an end like that, though…)

    • mustang

      Agree and Thank you from a Giants fan!

    • Mickey Scheister

      He’ll just keep doing the patented Vick spin move into the end zone every play. On D, he’ll be a shutdown corner, leading the league in picks.

      This just in…Vicks vapor rub just gave Michael Vick his first endorsement deal since…well, you know. Or not.

      • Mickey Scheister

        Okay, another reply fail. Since RAB updated the site for the iPhone, it’s taking some getting used to, sorry.

  • mustang

    So much for the big bad NFL East:

    Cowgirls= horrible

    Giants= Bad

    Washington= disaster

    Eagles= same old same

    • http://twitter.com/steveh_mandaura Steve H

      Calling Washington a disaster is an insult to the word disaster.

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

        Wouldn’t Washington also fit into the “same old, same old” category?

        • Big Apple

          +1….i gotta give it to skins fans though…they still support that team after nearly 20 years of nonsense

  • Xstar7

    Thanks Packers for putting the Eagles in their place

  • Esteban

    I’m a jets fan, but I don’t think it’s particularly likely they’ll win next week.

  • FIPster Doofus

    This Cliff Lee guy is a real bastard. I offered him the most years and money in my MLB: The Show franchise and he still went elsewhere.

    • Mattchu12

      Where did he sign?

      I remember I would always try and sign Sabathia in one of the 2k games, he always blew me off and signed with the Pirates or the Marlins or the Royals. Pissed me off.

      • FIPster Doofus

        He re-signed with Texas (I’m Washington). I took what was supposed to be Lee’s money and gave it to Carl Crawford, which I immediately regretted after noticing his ‘F’ power grade.

        • Mattchu12

          Whats the plan for the rotation now? Gardner heading somewhere?

          • FIPster Doofus

            I’m actually the Nationals.

            • Mattchu12

              Oh yeah, totally spaced that.

      • Stratman9652

        Yeah well the Nationals always win the world series in my 2k10 “my player” careers while the Yankees have the worst record in baseball after sending Swish, Jeter and Cano to the Red Sox while Pettitte, Mo and Posada retire. At least I get to keep Kearns for right field. The Offseason AI in these games are terrible.

        • Mattchu12

          Thats why I never play past the “current” year. Cannot stand the AI.

        • FIPster Doofus

          The Show seems to have pretty good offseason AI. However, Varitek signed with the Yankees because Posada retired. Puke.

  • Xstar7

    Apparently there’s a mega trade on the verge of happening that would send Carmelo Anthony, Richard Hamilton, and Chauncey Billups to the NETS while the nuggets get Devin Harris, Derick Favors, Anthony Morrow, and at least two first round picks and would send Troy Murphy and Johan Petro to the Pistons. What was all that talk about Carmelo to the Knicks?

    • Xstar7

      Huh, I guess Nets news doesn’t sell very well here.

      • mbonzo

        Did you say the Mets?

        • Xstar7

          Nets Mets what’s the difference? They both take backseat to the Knicks and Yankees. Just Sayin’

    • Hughesus Christo

      Who is Nets?

      • Xstar7

        A fake basketball team.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Can’t. Stop. Watching. Dexter.

    • Granderslam

      Best. Show. Ever. Season 4 is unprecedented.

      • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

        I’m in the middle of season 4 right now. They just got shot and I’m waiting for the next episode to load and I’m freaking out.

        • Granderslam

          Brace yourself. It gets crazy good. I watch way too much TV and I could honestly say there is not a season of TV that compares to Dexter’s Season 4. And from woman to woman…you might just shed a tear during the last moments of the finale. Enjoy!!!

        • Sean C

          You will not stop freaking out until the season is over. And then you’ll freak out again. Waiting week to week to watch those episodes when they first aired on Showtime wasn’t fun at all because they were so intense. Enjoy!

          • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

            Yeah I don’t know how I’m going to do it when I start watching every week. I usually watch 3-4 episodes at a time.

      • Tank the Frank

        Season 5 kinda sucked though, I thought.

        • Sean C

          I liked it, but it felt very weak compared to season 4.

        • radnom

          I thought it was great right up until the last half of the finale. The ending of that season was really terrible though. Not a spoiler – but I thought the ‘sheet’ was a really lame plot device.

    • I Voted 4 Kodos

      Dexter is my favorite show on TV, and it’s only partly because my last name is Dexter.

    • http://www.blogs.thetenthinningstretch.com the tenth inning stretch

      I got introduced to Dexter just over a month ago and I’m already about to finish season 3. So addictive. It’s possibly my favorite show ever, right up there with Psych and Supernatural.

      • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

        I started the week before Christmas and I’m already halfway through season 4. All I want to do after work is go home and watch Dexter.

        • Avi

          OMG I love Dexter and I hate gore. Season one was amazing, two even better but three dropped off. Just ordered season four on blu ray on netflix. Didn’t know it was available on DVD. When did it come out?

  • UWS

    A question for anyone more savvy in home theater technology than I am:

    I’m looking for an inexpensive yet decent way to improve the sound on my TV. The TV speaker are truly awful. I’m not looking for a full-out $1000 home theater system. Is a sound bar + subwoofer the way to go? And if so, any advice on what brand(s)?

    • mbonzo

      How much were you planning on buying that sound bad + subwoofer system for? It’d be a lot nicer to have a receiver and actual surround sound imo. Let me know your price range.

  • Justin

    So, I’ve made a bunch, but my most popular Sporcle quiz was recently published to the front page. Check it out if you’re so inclined: http://www.sporcle.com/games/J.....y_Happened

    (It’s about movies).

    • mbonzo

      Loved it.

    • Kevin in Princeton

      Awesome. I only got 5 though…

      • Justin

        Princeton, eh? Are you a student or a resident?

        And yeah, people say it’s hard.

        • Kevin in Princeton

          Resident. Yeah, you’re other ones are hard too. I need to watch more movies.

          • Justin

            I know far too many things about movies, figured I’d put it to good use.

            Ah, I went to school there.

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

      Oooh I really liked that one even though I didn’t get very many. Do you have any baseball ones? :D

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Oo! I did that one earlier and got a good amount of them. Great idea for a quiz.

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

      14/20

      Loved it

  • Brock Cohen

    I have to admit, I was one of the great unwashed who quickly grew to despise Unit in pinstripes when he didn’t put up a string of 13K games from the onset. Stupid on my part, I know. In retrospect, he did everything anyone could reasonably expect of a 40-something in his two seasons in the AL East and had a very C.C.-like 2005 (225 I.P., 211 Ks, 1.126 WHIP).

    Also, am I the only one who cares about Knicks-Lakers right now? Jeez.

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

      Oh I despised him at the time when he wasn’t what he was with the Diamondbacks. In retrospect, though, he wasn’t that horrible, and in 2005 he was downright really good, which that pitching staff desperately needed.

      • http://twitter.com/steveh_mandaura Steve H

        He wasn’t that horrible, but he was a letdown. He had won 4 of the prior 6 Cy Youngs and should have won a 5th (came in 2nd). Anything less than at least contending for a Cy at that point was disappointing. I know the stats weren’t going to carry over, but it’s not like he was some soft tosser, or a guy who lost his good fastball.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=6004465

    Someone didn’t watch the Jets game the other night. One great catch by Braylon Edwards and the Jets Defense holding Peyton Manning and the Colts to 16 points were the reasons that the Jets beat the Colts.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I couldn’t get past the second paragraph. I mean, is Brady supposed to feel guilty that he didn’t watch the game? Give me a break.

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

      Mark Sanchez fucking sucked in that game

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Lupica wrote a column called “Sanchez Carries the Mark of a Winner” or something like that. If they’d lost the game, I can’t even imagine how much Sanchez would’ve been shit on (not that he wouldn’t deserve it).

        • mbonzo

          Didn’t his shoulder explode or something? This article IS ridiculous but Jets fans gotta be joking if their injured rookie QB couldn’t beat one of the best (ever?).

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

            That was basically the case in last year’s Championship game – Sanchez was just fine but Manning pretty much took over after a certain point. There’s not really a whole lot of shame with that, Peyton Manning is kinda good.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        62.4 QB rating…I don’t care how overrated QB rating is, it’s pretty much impossible to have a good game with a rating that low.

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

          I think the Chiefs’ QB had a QB rating in the 20s today o_O

          • Jimmy McNulty

            Yeah, QB rating like any NFL stat sn’t perfect, but it’s kinda like UZR, if it’s off the charts good chances are the guy had a good performance, if it’s lower than say 70 there’s a good chance he guy blows.

  • Ori

    I care about the Knicks, but Amare can’t hit shit this game : (

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Watching The Cape, it’s a total Batman ripoff but I’m okay with that since I would trade my little sister for another Batman with Heath Ledger.

    On another note, you know what I want? Another True Lies.

    • bakekrukow412

      Dude that had 2 of Arnold’s best lines. “Cool Off” and “You’re fired.”

    • Mattchu12

      Best interrogation scene ever.

  • bakekrukow412

    I wish WWE was still good. Made the offseason go by faster.

  • AJ

    When the Yanks signed Randy Johnson I remember being a step away from doing cartwheels.

  • AJ

    Nets are close to getting Carmelo Anthony according to Yahoo Sports. That sucks.