Jun
16

Open Thread: The Old Timers’ Day Roster

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The 2011 edition of Old Timers’ Day will take place ten days from now on Sunday, June 26th. Earlier today we learned that Bernie Williams will be there, and earlier this year we heard that both Joe Torre and Lou Piniella will be there as well. The full roster of attendees was released today and can be seen here. Aside from those three, other first timers include Clay Bellinger, Brian Boehringer, George Frazier, and former first base coach Jose Cardenal. Here’s a fun fact: three Old Timers (Aaron Small, Homer Bush, and Ramiro Mendoza) are younger than Mariano Rivera. Crazy.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. The Mets are playing the Braves (Dickey vs. Minor) and MLB Network will carry a game as well (teams depend on where you live). That’s it, the NBA and NHL seasons are over. Talk about whatever your heart desires, go nuts.

Joba Update: Joba Chamberlain had his Tommy John surgery, and he tweeted afterward that everything went well. Based on his feed over the last few days, he seems to be in pretty good spirits considering how much an injury like that sucks.

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

    Minor Dickey.

    Heh.

    • Brian

      I always laugh when I’m looking at the gameday boxscore and it says “Dickerson in hole” (when he’s been on the team)

  • Doo Man

    If I played for the Major Leagues, I would lead the league on face on balls.

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

      Oh, my sweet Brick.

  • Pat D

    I’m free, I’m free!

    I don’t have to listen to anyone whine about the cell phones for the next 4 weeks!!!

  • DSFC

    So, the 30 year interval means it’s now safe for George Frazier to show his face in Yankee Stadium again? Thanks for the ’81 Series, George.

    • tom

      Ah — another person old enough to remember?

      I was actually in the stands for the last game of that series. At least, until about the 8th inning. When Winfield didn’t even bother leaping for a ball that went into the left field seats, I knew he’d given up, so I did, as well.

      • CMP

        I always hated Winfield. I think he was something like 3 for 22 that series.

  • iloveyoubartolo

    Cory Wade, primary lefty?

    • JohnnyC

      Whoa, his changeup’s not THAT good.

      • iloveyoubartolo

        2.84 FIP, 1.02 WHIP vs L – (small) career numbers.

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

      Gotta love his plus curveball. A good LOOGY should have a swing-and-miss breaking ball.

      • Pat D

        He should also be left-handed.

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

          Stop ruining our wonderful discussion.

          • Pat D

            I’m sorry, it was killing my brain cells. Even if I’m not using them constructively for a while, I’d still like to have them.

        • vin

          Or a switch pitcher. Like Venditte… and Granderson.

  • Stratman9652

    Clicked on the link where Brett Gardner is trending on twitter and got this:

    “ChrisInBuffalo:
    Brett Gardner is trending? Probably because he is almost 100% balding by the age of 26 and he is a total loser. #GoRedSox”

    Has this guy never seen Dustin Pedroia?

    • Pat D

      In other news, nobody gives a flying fuck about ChrisInBuffalo’s twits.

  • Will (the other one)

    Did anybody see that story on Chris Synder, who’s apparently catching for the Pirates these days? Evidently his wife was attacked by some crazy scooter-riding guy while they were driving around together, and he couldn’t even get out of the car to help her because he’d just had back surgery.

    Poor bastard. As if fracturing a testicle isn’t bad enough, you know?

  • V

    Well, this Sox Rays game is off to an inauspicious start. Pedroia watched two 2-strike strikes and each were called balls.

  • Greg

    Biggest fear is that Boston trades for Reyes.

    • Doo Man

      Mine’s vampires.

      • Pat D

        Mine is having a stroke or heart attack while at work.

        At least that fear is gone for a month.

        • Greg

          I meant in baseball. Is there any chance that they would trade for Reyes?

          • Pat D

            Don’t see it. Lowrie’s been relatively OK and of course they have the greatest shortstop ever at AAA.

            • rconn23

              Greatest shortstop ever in AAA — .492 OPS in 46 games. No homeruns and 8 walks.

              • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

                You forgot the best part. He’s SO good defensively he generates negative runs for the other team.

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

              Have you seen Iglesias numbers in Triple-A this year? I looked yesterday, he has a .005 ISO. .005!

              • Pat D

                Didn’t expect you on the sarcasm fail.

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

                  My guess is he got the sarcasm and is just piling on.

                  • Pat D

                    Right, OK, you have to tell me these things people.

                    Throw me a frickin’ bone here!

              • The BIG 3

                meh, the yankees top prospect can’t defend, and the Red Sox top prospect can’t hit. Even with believing that offense is far more valuable, I wonder what the actual difference is. Maybe one day when the sabers get off their royal asses, we’ll know, statistically.

                • AndrewYF

                  Offense >> Defense.

                  It’s just that defense had been undervalued before so that people thought Offense >> zero > Defense

              • I Voted 4 Kodos

                .005 ISO? That’s unpossible!

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

                  Iglesias ate the whole wheel of cheese.

                  • I Voted 4 Kodos

                    He’s just the dude playing a dude disguised as another dude.

          • Matt Montero

            I’ve heard close to zero, they don’t want to block Iglesias and wouldn’t likely pay Reyes’ price just to rent him and not to try and sign him.

            • Greg

              Just making sure because if they did they would be unstoppable

              • JohnnyC

                Unstoppable? They’re 2 games over .500 against all non-Yankees teams.

                • first time lawng time

                  Whereas the Yankees are 38-20 vs non-Red Sox teams.

                  Now that’s nice.

              • Pat D

                2/5 of their rotation are still named John Lackey and Tim Wakefield.

                Plus their bullpen is always walking a razor thin line.

                I think you need to get over your fear.

                • tom

                  His fear defines him.

            • The BIG 3

              I don’t see why that won’t work, not that I believe the Sox are in the market for Reyes. If Reyes brings 2 1st rounders and the Mets like their farm, such a scenario is plausible. Lowrie can’t defend and Scutaro can’t hit, and the Red Sox have spent a lot on this season.

              I think it’s possible. More possible than the Mets trading him to their cross-town rivals, anyway.

          • first time lawng time

            Well, he is ugly enough.

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

      Biggest fear is that Bostoners finally develop prehensile thumbs and subsequently learn to drive cars, so that they can travel more freely and spread their unwashed, inbred syphilis across the country with greater efficacy.

      • JohnnyC

        No offense. With all due respect.

        /Dom Irrera’d

  • Doo Man

    Is it true that they Gene Michael “Stick” because his weiner looks like a drumstick?
    (Mine does.)

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

      #AnthonyWeinerTweets

  • Pat D

    Price just plunked Youkilis to load the bases.

    Naturally the benches were warned.

    Good job, umps.

  • Nigel Incubator-Jones

    Hey any other west coast-ers getting blacked out east coast games airing on the MLB channel? I think I’ve gone to watch a game 3 times in the last few weeks, including today’s game, and got the “not available in your area” message.

    I have Directv, which could have something to do with it as well.

    • Pat D

      I have DirecTV as well. All of a sudden any game that’s aired on MLBN is being blacked out. I can still see the games they show with the local feeds on the Extra Innings channels, unless it’s a Phillies game, because I live in that area and all Phillies games are blacked out.

    • JohnnyC

      That’s a funny name there. Jones. Who thought that one up?

      • Pat D

        Monty Python.

        • JohnnyC

          He’s really funny. I’ve seen all of his movies.

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

          I have a dream of starting a magazine called “Upperclass Twit”. Huge moneymaking potential.

          • Pat D

            Especially in this country at this time.

        • Nigel Incubator-Jones

          True.. Upperclass Twit of the Year. You can look it up.

          Also, taking my own advice I searched on the MLBN blackouts and found this somewhere:

          “No error. This is the way its always worked with MLB Network when they have 2 games splitting the nation. Directv puts one game on 213 and the other on 214. You get the game thats assigned to your market and the other is blacked out.”

          Not sure this has always been the case since I have never looked for a game on 214, and only recently have I seen the blackout message. But I guess it’s worth a try next time they have 2 games.

          Thanks though Pat, for letting me know it’s not just me. Often it is.

  • The BIG 3

    Based on games played, to date, the Red Sox and Yankees are the two best teams in baseball, but with the Red Sox owning a substantial advantage over the Yankees given their H2H matchups.

    My biggest concern (other than that), is how this team will fare once the AS break completes, and they’re on the road far more often than they have been, even though they have the 2nd best road record in baseball.

    What are your thoughts on that road record? Is it a mirage; good timing, or is it for real. And if it’s for real, why?

    • confused boy

      whats the meaning of life?

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

      I think any regression in road record would be more than offset by doing better at home, the presumed activations of any or all of Chavez/Hughes/Soriano/Feliciano/Colon, and the presumed trade the Yankees will be making.

      • The BIG 3

        Chavez/Hughes/Soriano/Feliciano/Colon

        A good point. The Yankees will be stronger if and when those 5 return.

      • confused boy’s brother

        How are babies born?

      • Brian

        No love for Montero?

  • first time lawng time

    Yankees have been fun to watch lately. Since that 6 game lose streak they have gone 19-6 not including Boston.

    So it’s obviously not just the Red Sox who “just won’t lose.”

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

    I own MLB 11 The Show, and they have a feature that allows you to do a fantasy draft for a franchise. As a joke with a buddy of mine, I picked the Indians. These were my results:

    C – Matt Wieters
    1B – Gaby Sanchez
    2B – Brian Roberts
    SS – Stephen Drew
    3B – A-Rod
    LF – Logan Morrison (really underrated player, gonna be a star one day)
    CF – BJ Upton
    RF – Jason Heyward

    My rotation is Josh Johnson, Michael Pineda, Madison Bumgarner, Rick Porcello, and Jordan Lyles.

    Not bad for a joke team, haha.

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

      The Indians?

      (vomits in mouth)

      • I Voted 4 Kodos

        Here in Cleveland? I didn’t know they still had a team!

        • Pat D

          No, that’s basketball where they don’t have a team anymore.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          Did you know that Cleveland has a hockey team? I know, I was surprised too.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

          Yep; we’ve got uniforms and everything.

      • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

        It was a joke, and I never use their normal uniforms. I prefer the block C uniforms they have going on nowadays.

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

          I’d only take the Indians franchise in a fantasy draft if I could change their name and uniforms. Totally.

          The block-C uniforms still have Chief Wahoo on the shoulderpatch.

  • Greg

    Reyes is on fire. He just giot a triple and has gotten to 100 hits faster than any Met.

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

      Roger Clemens’s balls.

      • Brian

        Yes.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        Aroldis Chapman’s balls?

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

    David Tyree disappoints me.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Haters gonna hate

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

      It’s disappointing that people are so adverse to progress. So what if two guys or two girls get married? It’s not going to bother me, it’s just how people want to live their lives.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

      Linkage?

    • Pat D

      Yea, that’s too bad.

    • Brian

      Same here. Trade him to Dallas if he’s going to be like that.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Uhm he’s not affiliated with the Giants anymore. The WR depth is crazy now.

        • Brian

          Baseball is better.

  • kevin

    Listen to baseball today on espn.com and u will love robin ventura

  • bonestock94

    To our spanish speaking members. Are Ozzie Guillen’s spanish tweets articulate, or equally confusing as his english ones?

    https://twitter.com/OzzieGuillen

    • Kit

      They actually do make sense in Spanish, which surprises everyone.

      • bonestock94

        Oh ok, cool. He’s not completely insane.

        • Kit

          No, he is totally insane, just well versed in Spanish.

  • BadaBling

    Mets just lost on a walk-off balk, HA!!!

  • Pat D

    So…JC Romero? Worth it? Still getting out lefties this year.

    • Westcoastyankfan

      I think so. Maybe kick the tires on Kazmir as well.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I am down with Romero. His FIP against lefties is 2.31 this year. Kazmir only on a minor league deal.

  • mike c

    jason giambi should be an honorary old timer this year… is that series the first time that he’s been back to NY?

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      It is. I hope the bleacher creatures give him a roll call like they did for Melky. That is if the Rockies decide to play him at all.

      • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

        Wasn’t he there with Oakland when he was with them in 2009?

  • Reggie C.

    MONEYBALL movie trailer finally hit the interwebs today.

    Brad Pitt as Billy Beane. I think I saw David Justice as himself in the A’s club house. Some dude is playing Scott Hatteburg. Jonah Hill playing someone who i think is supposed to be JP Riccardi. Its apparently an Aaron Sorkin script … and since i’m a fan of West Wing and most recently – THE SOCIAL NETWORK – i’m probably going to really like this movie.