Oct
13

Open Thread: NY Minute at Yankee Stadium

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I’m a sure for time lapse videos, but isn’t everyone? That one above, courtesy of Silver Halide and passed along by Flip Flop Fly Ballin’, consists of over 2,000 photos of New Yankee Stadium taken during the 2009 season. It’s a minute of awesomeness, so give it a watch. Neat stuff.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the night. The Tigers and Rangers are just wrapping up with game (on FOX), and the Cardinals and Brewers will resume their NLCS at 8pm ET on TBS (Lohse vs. Wolf). Both the Islanders and Devils are playing as well. Talk about whatever you like, anything goes.

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    That guy in the AT&T commercial with the bitchy wife must be miserable.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      there are a lot of THAT GUYS walking around.

  • Brian S.

    “A source told ESPN New York that the Rangers are preparing to make a strong bid for CC Sabathia if he opts out of his contract with the Yankees this winter.”

    Fuck Texas.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      That has as much value as the “Yankees are the early frontrinners for CJ Wilson” talks.

      • Brian S.

        Oh I know. They are just attempting to drive up the price to be dicks.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Well the price is going to be insanely high regardless.

    • Frigidevil

      There are no impossible dreams
      There are no invisible seams
      Each night when the day is through
      I don’t ask much, I just want Yu

      • Frigidevil

        Wow reply fail-I thought for sure I clicked Brian’s comment

  • http://RAB Paul VuvuZuvella (formerly Nuke LaDoosh)

    I think I saw Jason Kleener from Mrs. Golden’s second grade class.

  • Brian S.

    So does anyone else think that after CC, Darvish is our best option? Or am I the only one on THIS blog that thinks that?

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

      I prefer Darvish to Wilson, quite strongly too.

      • Brian S.

        Hell yeah! He has SEVEN pitches. Check this velocity chart out: His fastball, shuuto (two seam), forkball, and cut fastball are all within seven miles of one another and his velocity went up as the game was longer! If he reaches his ceiling he will be so incredibly hard to hit.

      • Brian S.
      • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S

        Wait… really? I feel like Wilson would be a safe bet, while Darvish would be an expensive option with some major upside and major downside.

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

          That’s how I feel. There’s risk involved with every pitcher, but there’s more upside with Darvish. Also would not take a draft pick to sign him, and the posting fee doesn’t count towards the luxury tax. I figure both guys will end up costing $100M or so, just in different ways.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

        I keep flip flopping on this. The potential of darvish’s stuff is so alluring, but the transition to MLB always leaves that hint of doubt. I wasn’t too high on CJ for a lot of the year, but I keep looking at his numbers and I just can’t find something to hate. His October’s been a little rough, but those two solid years at SP are there.. In the AL. What do you think Darvish would cost?

        • Brian S.

          65 million dollar posting fee. 5 year-65 mil contract.

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

            I doubt the posting fee will be that big. Dice-K’s was $51M, but the next highest was like, $35M.

            • Brian S.

              I guess that’s true. But you know, inflation and stuff.

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

                Baseball salaries have actually gone down the last few years. I also think Dice-K is scaring some teams. Maybe not away completely, but they’re not going to tack on that extra $5M or whatever it is.

    • FIPster Doofus

      A couple months ago my pick would’ve been Wilson. Now I’m leaning more and more toward Darvish.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella (formerly Nuke LaDoosh)

        I’m in Your camp..uh, I mean Yu’s camp.

    • Sarah

      Yeah, if the team is going to throw a ton of money at a starting pitcher not named CC, I’d prefer that he be under 30.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Same. Enough with the 30-somethings.

    • Max R.

      I definitely want Darvish over Wilson.

      This year he has posted a 1.44 ERA with 276 K’s in 232 IP with 10 CG including 6 CG Shutouts.

      He had 10.7 K/9 and a 0.83 WHIP.

      The Yankees will likely not have the chance to draft a pitcher with as much potential as him for the foreseeable future.

      If a pitcher was putting up those stats in AAA, he’d be the #1 prospect without question and the Japanese leagues have at least as much talent as AAA.

      I say the Yanks should go all out for him.

      • Max R.

        Also, the Yankees will not have to give their draft pick up to Texas to sign him.

        • Brian S.

          And he’s better than Dice-K, who, say what you want, was over a four win pitcher his first two years.

  • Sarah

    Damn, Nelson Cruz.

  • Urban

    Tigers fans going crazy again shouting MVP for Verlander, while he once again has been meh facing a good hitting lineup. I’d be more concerned facing Halladay or Lee than Verlander. No matter, none of those guys will be in this year’s World Series.

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

    Verlander smiled after giving up the homer! That’s not allowed!

    /thosepeoplethissummerwheneverAndruwJonessmiled

  • Brian S.

    Anyone else notice that Brett Pedroia looks like that weird guy from Superbad?

    http://nomaas.org/2011/08/rubber-match/

    http://socialtimes.com/files/2....._thumb.jpg

    • FIPster Doofus

      “So … are you guys on MySpace?”

  • Sarah

    I bet Leyland really wishes he had David Robertson in his pen right now.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I bet EVERYONE really wishes they had David Robertson in their pen right now.

      • Sarah

        Not the Red Sox! They have Daniel Bard, who did not drink beer and eat fried chicken during the games, but also has no leadership skills.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella (formerly Nuke LaDoosh)

          might just be a rumor but I heard Bong Hits and Doritos in the bullpen :)

          • Brian S.

            Phil Hughes plays for the Yankees.

            • Paul VuvuZuvella (formerly Nuke LaDoosh)

              Ha ha. Yeah, those eyes do look glazed over sometimes and he did add a good 15 lbs or so (or at least it looked that way.)

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

    Dammit, Phil Coke. I was hoping he’d blow it.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    If Beckett ends up getting moved, where do you think he will he end up? I would have to think it would be in the NL.

    • Brian S.

      Josh Beckett and Jose Iglesias for Hanley Ramirez. BOOM!

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    My back of the envelope calculation has the Yanks at ~$190MM next year while still needing a starter, 2 relievers 3 bats. I assumed CC would be back with a raise and Swish would be re-upped.

    • Brian S.

      We don’t need any relievers.
      Mo- 15 mil
      So- 11 mil
      Ro- ~2.5 mil after arb
      Co- .5 mil
      Jo- 1 mil, be back in June
      Lo- 1.5 mil
      No/Ko- .5 mil

      That’s a bullpen. Although I would NOT be surprised if Cashman went after Javier Lopez or Jeremy Affeldt so we can waste another ten million dollars on middle relief/60 day DL inhabitants.

      • Sarah

        Mostly we need to keep the pitchers away from the kitchen knives.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        NoKoLoJoCoRoSoMo FTW!!!

  • Brian S.

    “Phil Coke only got five outs but he looks like he pitched a complete game.” -Tim McCarver

    “………………………….” -Joe Buck

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

      Coke just showed everyone how bad a closer can be while still protecting a three-run lead.

    • Pat D

      This is different from every BuckCarver exchange……how exactly?

  • Sarah

    Why can the Brewers not win on the road? I want the Brew Crew to go all the way.

    • Pat D

      Me too. I’m wearing my throwback Brewers hat every day till they’re out.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I’m pulling for the Cards, but I’m amazed that a team with Jerry Hairston and Yuniesky Betancourt as half their infield is in the NLCS.

      • Brian S.

        JERRY HAIRSTON! Loved that guy.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        me too…and the fact they’ve played all year without Wainright and lost Pujols for a month or so.

        A lot of people bash Larussa, but that is one helluva managing job right there. So the Braves choked…Larussa still had his team ready to play every day.

  • http://highfirstpitch.wordpress.com/ Stratman9652

    I wonder if Montero’s stance is intentionally similar to Pujols’s or it just happened that way.

    • Brian S.

      Aren’t they both Venezuelan?

      • Kiko Jones

        Montero is; Pooholes is Dominican.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/czm93 Craig

      I thought I saw a Miggy/Montero similarity as well.

    • Monteroisdinero

      He has modified it but I compared him to Pujols 2 years ago and was teased about it. I see a bit of Pujols/Nelson Cruz/Miggy in the Jesus.

      Not bad.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Wait he was teased about it in a year where he hit .320?

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I go back and forth on the Wilson/Darvish debate. Wilson’s been one of the 15 best pitchers in the bigs each year he’s been a starter, however he’ll require a huge contract, a draft pick, and age isn’t on his side. Some people say “left handed AJ” or Lackey, but I don’t see that. Wilson’s only been a starter recently he doesn’t have the wear on his arm that AJ or Lackey did, nor does he have the injury history that either of them had. He’s left handed and that plays well at Yankee Stadium and good LHSP is always an asset. However, his age is a problem and signing FA starters after 30 is always dicey unless you’re signing an absolute ace.

    Darvish, on the other hand, is much younger than Wilson, he’ll be around Wilson’s age by the time his first ML contract is done with. He bears risk, but CJ wilson only has two full seasons as a starter under his belt and has age working against him. He has multiple pitches and it looks like he has Zack Greinke stuff, just because Dice-K’s walk rates exploded once he came to the states doesn’t mean that it’s fair to assume that everyone else’s will. The HR rate translation is an issue, but Darvish has exceptional HR rates and SG did this study here: http://www.rlyw.net/index.php/.....yu_darvish

    And it sounds like he’s a safe gamble. The posting fee does not count towards the luxury tax, he won’t cost a draft pick, and he’ll likely end up with a 6/60 contract rather than CJ Wilson’s 5/90+ contract. It’s a lot easier to deal 6/60 than it is 6/90 in case they either pitcher ends up being a Lackey type bust. I’m firmly in the Darvish corner, but I do see the allure of CJ Wilson too.

    • Max R.

      Fascinating stuff.

      Thanks for posting that link.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    http://www.ssiworld.com/watch/

    This thing is awesome.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      holy freakin’ crap…i clicked on the dodge daytona…its in a million pieces!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    A commenter on the Curt Schilling’s take on the Francona/Theo situation article on ESPN said that Dice K and Buccholz being out cost them “over 60 games” So they’d be 152-10 if they weren’t hurt. Good to know.

  • Aj

    Can you guys make a post putting the Pujols pipedream to rest? Wfan made crazy today with their Teixeira trade theories.

  • Dino Velvet

    Red Sox blogs in full meltdowns over Papi saying how much he respects the Yankees.

    Priceless.

  • http://highfirstpitch.wordpress.com/ Stratman9652

    That’s a relatively tame Sager suit

  • Paul VuvuZuvella (formerly Nuke LaDoosh)

    This is the first year I can remember where the Yankees did not trade 1 of their pre-season BA Top 30 prospects. Usually a few are gone before the season starts (i.e. Arodys)

    BA said this: “The Yankees had the fifth-best farm system last year, and the team’s top four prospects had productive seasons without graduating. New York also got a breakout season from outfielder Mason Williams, a terrific debut from Dante Bichette Jr. The organization’s pitching herd took a bit of a step back this season, but the system is still in good shape.”

    I bet they will stay Top 10 but may move down to 8 or 9.

  • Sarah

    Great news. TBS just told me that Pujols is athletic and covers a lot of ground, so I have deduced the Yankees can definitely sign him to play RF and move Swish to 4th OF, or trade him for Clayton Kershaw.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella (formerly Nuke LaDoosh)

      What is TBS thinking? WFAN callers got it right about trading Tex to Seattle for Felix, and signing Pujols for 1B.

      • Sarah

        I mean, that’s a good option too. I thought maybe we’d prefer the lefty in Kershaw. But if WFAN callers think Seattle wants Tex more than LA wants Swish, I think we can be flexible. Bottom line: Pujols in pinstripes.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella (formerly Nuke LaDoosh)

          well, let’s face it, the best option is Swish to LA for Kershaw AND Tex to Seattle for Felix, then sign Prince for 1B and test Pujols’ athleticism in RF.

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

    I still don’t know why let Wolf bat for himself in that last inning.

    • Sarah

      With a sacrifice bunt? It made no sense.

  • insert something witty here

    I’d love to see Nyjer Morgan and Carlos Gomez collide into each other at full speed, with neither getting up…ever.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    John Smoltz “when you do your job and let everyone else do their job, you’re usually successful”

    that’s Tim McCarver bad.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I guess the Mariners are unsuccessful because Felix Hernandez prevents his teammates from doing their jobs. Keep him away from the Yankees.

  • insert something witty here

    Octavio Dotel and LaTroy Hawkins are both still pitching meaningful innings, while DRob and Mo are watching from home.

    That’s straight out of the John Sterling You Just Can’t Predict Baseball handbook.

  • Bob Stone

    A friend, who is a Red Sox Fan, sent me this short video on the Red Sox organization’s front office workings. Oddly enough, he sent it a week and a half ago . . . before the 2011 Fenway Soap Opera began:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....e=youtu.be

    Enjoy!