Open Thread: A Quick Survey

After five games, Jeter goes back to old mechanics
Breaking: YES, DirecTV come to terms
Larry Rothschild phoned his answers in. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Once you’ve done that, use this as your open thread for the night. The free preview of the Extra Inning package is still in effect, so there’s baseball on somewhere. The (New York) Rangers are also playing what is essentially their biggest game of the season as well, so that should be fun. Talk about whatever, go bananas.

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After five games, Jeter goes back to old mechanics
Breaking: YES, DirecTV come to terms
  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Heh, I really left MySpace in the survey? That’s what I get for using an old template.

    • http://procrastinationperfected.tumblr.com/ BigDavey88

      How 2005 of you…

  • Alex K.

    Thanks a lot for the support!

  • Sheepmeister

    For the record, I enjoy the D-rob Dry Hump Counter

    • Teh Comp Pick

      Wow. That is ridiculous.

    • NJ_Andy

      Seconded. Poor guy. What’s the leading theory? Sleep with Mrs. Girardi? Egg Joe’s house? Flush while Joe was showering?

      • YankeesJunkie

        There really has not been much situation for him to get him in. He warmed up in the sixth if there was any danger, but AJ did well in the sixth. There are worse things than having Robertson as your fourth best reliever though.

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

          It’s not that, it’s just that he’s warming up every single day. That takes a physical toll.

          • booya

            combine him and garcia, and we will have a warmed up pitcher ready to start.

        • NJ_Andy

          Just to add to that, I don’t see him as significantly different from Joba. I’d rather use them interchangeably, to avoid getting into these sort of rigid innings defined roles.

          [i]Especially[/i] if we’re having the guy warm up each day.

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

      Cosign

    • Rey22

      I was wondering if that was new or I had missed it all along.

      I laughed.

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

      Please tell me we’re keeping it for the entire year.

  • Tommy

    Create RAB T-Shirts and sell them. I will buy one, and I don’t even care if you rip me off.

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

      We’re working on that too.

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

        Ask Nomaas about making tee shirts. MLB had them all taken down.

    • http://twitter.com/bryanl26 Bryan L

      +1

  • pete

    know what’s weird? I visit this site 4-5 times a day, nytimes once or twice every day, and netflix pretty much every day, and I couldn’t think of two more sites.

    River Ave Blues comprises a solid 50% of my internet time. Well done, guys.

    • radnom

      Dude!
      You’ve been missing out on the entire rest of the internet!

      Look what you’re missing

      • Rey22

        Wow.

        Thank you for this.

        • radnom

          Anytime.

    • Brian in NH

      StumbleUpon really helped me explore more of the intertubes

  • NJ_Andy

    Any chance you’d be willing to share super general results with us?

    I don’t know how invasive that is, but it could be cool to know the general age range of RABbis.

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

      About 100 people took it so far, and almost 70% are between 19-34. Split evenly between 19-24 and 25-34.

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

        For what it’s worth, I’m turning 25 in five months.

        • NJ_Andy

          You are the norm.

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

          I’m turning 25 in 7 days.

      • Plank

        What are the average salaries? Married/single? Male/female?

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

          95% male, 70% married, avg household income is $100K+.

          • Betty Lizard

            Aack–old, poor, female here–of couse the “artist” part (funny, didn’t see that in the categories) helps explain the poverty. (Well, that and having renounced the practice of law.)

            Anyway, I’d love to support this site and it’s smart, funny and useful commentary.

          • Brian in NH

            Guess I’m poor compared to the average RAB reader ~_~

            salaries in NY/NJ/CT tend to be inflated though compared to NH. We have a lower cost of living here.

      • booya

        did anyone else besides me answer South Park Studios in their top 5 websites visited?? ahah

  • jon

    Honestly? I use ad block on my chrome browser i dont see any ads

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

      So do I.

    • radnom

      I don’t simply to support the site, but if any of the ads caused me even slightest annoyance I would remove it from my ‘exempt’ list.

      I’m only noticing the ‘meat’ advertisement for the first time now that its been pointed out, and honestly all I am is amused at the contrast between than and Drob.

      • pete

        yeah just don’t click on that one. I’m a vegetarian and I believe in all that shit, but I still don’t think people should click on that. Horrifying.

      • Brian in NH

        Dude those “shocking meat” ads are funny to see, since I know on more than one occasion Axisa has mentioned eating Wendy’s prior to a friday chat.

        LoHud’s ads usually have one for some strip club in Nyack called Stiletto. I always feel a little weird reading LoHud at work because of that.

  • YankeesJunkie

    So…clicking on ads of River Ave Blues good, or do I actually have to do something when I get to those ads.

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

      They’re based on impressions, so it just goes by the number of people that visit the site.

      • YankeesJunkie

        How many hits does RAB usually get on a day. It has to be anywhere from 40-80 K at least?

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

          On a regular day in the middle of the season. 50K or so. The trade deadline, draft, playoffs … all insane. Double that if not more.

      • Rey22

        Do the hits count of we have an ad blocker?

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

          Yes, don’t worry about that.

          • radnom

            Ehhhhh…..this far from true in most scenarios. Although I’m not familiar with your situation directly, I doubt its that straightforward.

            Depends on the adblocker/ad network but there are two basic kinds of ad blockers – those that simply hide the ads and those that outright refuse the connection. Unless you have advertising set up through your host, you will not get impressions from the later (well I guess unless they pay you via the honor system). This obviously doesn’t apply if they also control your analytics, but thats undesirable for many other reasons.

            For the record, Chrome’s blocker falls under the first category, and so always provide impressions. The more popular plugins for Firefox tend to be in the later category, but it varies.

  • Esteban

    What did everyone else say for their favorite non RAB site? Non-baseball?

    • Tommy

      TheKnicksBlog.com

      • Esteban

        Ha is this Tommy Dee?

        • Tommy

          haha, no unfortunately.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Deadspin
      The Yankee Analysts
      Fangraphs
      ESPN

    • aRX

      Honestly, between sports news and my irrational and insatiable love for fantasy sports, I’m on Yahoo a good 25-30% of my time online

    • pete

      nytimes, netflix

    • MannyGeee

      porn
      netflix

      thats all got

    • Total Dominication

      cnn.com

  • http://www.twitter.com/jmhs Jake S

    Where can I buy some SHOCKING MEAT?

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

      Ron Jeremy
      /Zing!

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

    If you get some scantily clad women ads I would consider taking off my ad block.

  • YankeesJunkie

    So I am still thinking about the Soriano debacle on Tuesday not really on how poorly Soriano did, but why Giradi did it. At that point of the game the Yankees chances of winning were at 95.6% which does not seem like the proper situation for your second best reliever. It seems better suited for a guy like Robertson, Ayala, Logan, and even Chamberlain to close out the last two innings. When a pitcher like Soriano enter the game it should be at a time when the Yankees are up by 2 to down by less 1 possibly 2 depending on the situation. The same goes for Mo while Joba is a little more fungible as even if he gets used three days in a row, more than likely Robertson is backing him up. Either way it is not only an improper use, but an inefficient use as Ayala would have probably had a very similar success rate in getting the Yankees through the 8th than Soriano, let alone Robertson. IMO the Yankees should be using Soriano, Rivera, and even Feliciano to a lesser extent as pitchers to be used in high leverage, close game situations. This leaves Joba and Robertson for the sixth and seventh and possibly 4 or 5 run games depending on workload. With the rest of the innings being distributed to guys such as Ayala, Logan, and Colon (who when he goes in should be used at least 2, preferably 3 innings). I always get a little annoyed when the Yankees have a fairly big lead after six and they go to pen and use three or four reliever instead of going to the long man to finish the game which is of low leverage situation. Even though the Yankees lose the long man the rest and the better part of the bullpen would be ready to go in the pen the next day. This is just my little rant though.

    • CS Yankee

      Maybe the 4 run lead wasn’t the best use but who would of thunk that he would yield 4 runs (actually didn’t, but did).

      A great closer on a bad night can give up 2-3 pretty quickly, but 4 is almost unbelieveble. It should have given Mo more cushion.

      Ayala & Logan are real weak and will likely be DFA by June although I wanted Logan’s head early last year and he did well the last 4 months. I can’t stand LOOGY’s walking LHB’ers.

      Drob would of been a wise choice to use starting the eight as we had room and he needs work…Ayala not so much.

  • Ben D

    I would bet that if you folks ran an annual fundraiser to help pay site costs, a lot of readers would chip in. It could be a simple paypal thing. I’d certainly contribute.

    • YankeesJunkie

      They already have a place where you can donate.

  • SamVa

    is today the first DOTF?

    (prays)

    • NJ_Andy

      DOTF?

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

        Down on the farm.

        • NJ_Andy

          Thanks. I’m new and thus ignorant.

          • SamVa

            You will love DOTF.

            Awesomely addicting and will turn you into a prospect hugger in no time.

    • Bruno

      And Gary Sanchez homers at low-A … Mesa doing well in his Trenton debut.

  • CS Yankee

    Mike,

    Did the survey & it wouldn’t let me send saying I missed a question. I answered everything (even #10)…had to exit after trying 4 times and making sure it was right.

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

    Matt Garza has a FIP of -0.48 right now.

    Insanity.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I am pretty sure Craig Krimbel is actually lower even though it is in less innings.

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

        Yep.

  • JerseyDutch

    Apparently Nishioka broke his leg on the Swisher slide. Hope he gets better quickly.

    • Sheepmeister

      I feel terrible for him. I think this is a prime example of why a rule needs to be made about sliding in double play scenarios to break them up.

      • CS Yankee

        If it just saves one life, it will be worth it.

        /bleedingheartmeme’d

      • pat

        They should make a rule about turning double plays better.

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

        Yeah I don’t think it was worth it. If this was Pedroia though…

      • Monteroisdinero

        Yanks better be aware when we go to Minnesota. I fear for Robbie. Watch out when Gardenhire puts himself in as a pinch runner….

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, I’m really disappointed — I was wondering if he was going to be Ichiro at 2B, or Kaz Matsui. (Ok, was definitely not going to be Ichiro, but a potential impact player)

  • Across the pond

    I’d be willing to purchase a “premium” account. Say something like $50-$60 a year or something to get ad free content.

    • radnom

      Install an adblocker than donate $50?

  • Mike Myers

    The Indians released third baseman Matt Cusick, one of the two players they received from the Yankees in last season’s swap for Kerry Wood. The other player – Andrew Shive – had been previously released.

    So, what your sayin’ is……it was actually a salary dump?

    • pat

      Well ZMAc was a little much to pay for Kearns so I think it was a package deal.

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

      That was a pretty hefty contract for a reliever so I would imagine so.

  • This Year

    I tried to do survey, but it did not submit. I think because it wanted 5 non-Yankee blogs. I answered “none” and it acted as if I had not answered a “required question”. Bug in survey. Just so you know.

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

      Hmmm, I’ll see if I can fix that.

  • Sevrox

    I’m in the not-quite-but-very-close-to-50 age range and enjoy the banter. Def a glitch in the survey at that same locale.

  • Seaver

    Tell Ben to kick in a few extra bucks

  • pat

    The Sanchize has left the building.

  • Pat D

    Anyone know if YES and DirecTV ended their pissing match? I haven’t seen/heard anything.

    • http://twitter.com/TylerWilkinson T-Dubs

      If you come back to check this, yes. They worked it out tonight.

      • Pat D

        Woo hoo!

  • V

    So… I’m thinking of ditching work at 2 pm tomorrow to watch the game at a bar in Manhattan. Anyone else up for that?

  • Dela G

    Great win today. The twins are always fun to defeat

  • Jake H

    Survey done. Hope that helps

  • http://procrastinationperfected.tumblr.com/ BigDavey88

    Mike Axisa, you just got surrrvvv-

    -veyed.

    … Had to do it.

  • It’sATarp

    If a team have a weak farm and little chance of making the play offs…are they more likely to sell low for solid but not top prospects to restock farm with depth or go high in hopes of landing a stud prospect?

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

    Whatever happened to registration?

  • Brooklyn Ed

    so apparently, the Yanks might be Aceves this weekend in Boston.

  • The209

    You guys could hold an auction on NoMaas:

    highest bidder can use your names again for 24hrs or something.

  • Poopy Pants

    Fun fact of the day: David Robertson’s ERA is still 0.00.

  • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/02/2010-preseason-top-30-prospects-21281/#comment-779224 LET SBGL BACK ON BRACKMAN’S DEBUT

    Hey Mike, was wondering if you knew anything about a draft prospect, John Norwood, OF, Seton Hall Prep, West Orange NJ. They are the #1 team in NJ and constantly churn out draft prospects (Porcello, Eric Duncan) and just through bad luck they are the team I am making my first varsity start against tomorrow (thanks coach). My friend has been bragging about Norwood and I wanted to see what he really has. Know anything, Mike?

    • RubaDoob

      i too play hs baseball in NJ and heard they have this pitcher that people are calling the second coming of rick porcello…good luck tomorrow hope all goes well

      • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/02/2010-preseason-top-30-prospects-21281/#comment-779224 LET SBGL BACK ON BRACKMAN’S DEBUT

        that’s sheppard he’s supposedly nasty

        • RubaDoob

          thats it…my coach was talking of him but i wouldnt know i play for mountain lakes hs so we dont play them

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

      I don’t know anything about him specifically, but Baseball America ranked him the 91st high school prospect in the country, which is pretty damn good.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/02/2010-preseason-top-30-prospects-21281/#comment-779224 LET SBGL BACK ON BRACKMAN’S DEBUT

        how about rhett wiseman, 2012 CF, Buckingham Brown and Nichols, MA
        or devin perry, 2011 SS, BBN, MA

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Mitch Williams just refered to the RedSox as a lunchpail carrying blue collar team… why has nobody slapped the stupid out of this guy yet?

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

      I was juuuuuust coming here to say that.

      • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        I litterally just watch MLB netwrok to see what stupid shit they say next now.

    • Zack

      Steve Buckley said the Sox have too many grinders, that’s why they’re struggling.

      That’s similar to Lackey being too much of a bulldog I believe.

  • Kipper the Dog

    I love the D-Rob Dry Hump Watch. It’s glorious. Mitch Williams should be allowed to express himself, he should only read the TelePrompTer.

  • http://www.nobaphoto.com Dave

    If/when you go to a paid app, can you keep the price at 99 cents?

    Love the site, though I rarely comment.

    I feel obligated to write something witty… but I got nothin.

  • Francis

    Via Deadspin.. some guy might a Yankee/Red Sox “Rebecca Black” inspired video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....dded#at=33

    Watch at your own risk.

    • Francis

      made*

  • Plank

    If I were you, I would ask for the locations of where people live and how many games they attend per year. I would think advertisers on a baseball blog would want that information. Unfortunately, living in Asia and attending 0 games a year probably doesn’t help in that regard.