Friday Night Open Thread


I’ve had the video bookmarked for weeks, but I completely forgot about it. It’s a little outdated now since the season started, but I guess it’s better late than never. Consider it our last look back at 2011. The recap of today’s game and DotF will be along a little later this evening, but for now use this as your open thread. The Nets are the only local team in action tonight, but talk about whatever you want. Enjoy.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Johnny says:

    Robertson should be closing.

    Thank you.

  2. C says:

    Anyone know if there’s a way to watch pre/post game shows with MLB.tv? Does YES stream them?

  3. Plank says:

    I wake up early Saturday morning so I can catch the tail end of the game and I tune in just in time to see the game tying triple. Great weekend so far.

    • MannyGeee says:


      • forensic says:

        I think he’s said Korea in the past.

        • Plank says:

          Yeah, Korea.

          I’m moving to Germany later this year, though. I can’t tell if that is better or worse for baseball watching. Time will tell.

          • Jimmy says:


            • Plank says:

              No, I was a teacher here for many years.

              My girlfriend is German and wants to move home. I’m going to start a new career there, I just don’t know what it will be yet. I decided recently that I don’t want to be a teacher forever, so I figure now is as good a time as any for a career shift.

              I’m busy learning the language at the moment. (German makes no sense) Once my German is decent enough, hopefully 4-6 months from now, I want to get an entry level job or internship somewhere.

              We shall see. Life is full of adventure.

  4. Chen Meng Wang says:

    I loved the video for it’s content. The editing could’ve been better though. Who uses a song for a video and just cuts it at the end? No fade out, no using the entire song, just a straight cut…

  5. Kostas says:

    Is there an iPad or iPhone app for this site?

  6. Greg says:

    For the record I know there are 161 games to go and this at the end of the season will most likely mean nothing.

    That being said, they look exactly the same as they did last year. They weren’t tacking on runs. Tex looked like crap. Grandy struck out a few times. They didn’t get a hit past the fifth inning.

    But we still have to live through every game.

    • Sweet Dick Willie says:

      they look exactly the same as they did last year.

      A year in which they won 97 games.

      Sign me up!

    • Will says:

      Eh, dunno if I’d blame Grandy for this one. Basically, CC and Mo sucked, especially CC (or, LH Hughes)

      • Mike MzX says:

        The word Suck should never, ever be uttered in reference to Mariano Rivera. It was a rare bad outing, to start the season with one is a shock, but he probably wont blow another until June.

        CC usually doesn’t become his dominant self until May, and ultimately this was against the other best team in the division.

        • Bo Knows says:

          intentionally walking a guy who hit .223 last year with a shitty opb to boot and then intentionally walking the bases loaded with no one out. I’m sorry but that is stupid in any sense of the word.

          I like Girardi, but he likes to over-manage and this was one (two) of those times he did.

          • forensic says:

            I already put my thoughts on the first inning below, but what else do you want them to do in the ninth?it’s really the only thing you can do and every team would do the same thing in the situation.

            • Bo Knows says:

              no beef w/ the longoria walk, but I highly doubt many managers are going to walk the bases loaded when you have no one out in the bottom of the 9th.

              • Needed Pitching says:

                that’s actually a fairly frequent occurrence in that situation, I think.
                At least I’ve seen it many times, the idea being to make the play at home be a force play.

              • forensic says:

                Every manager would walk both because it gives you the force at home.

                Walking only Longoria does nothing for you. What are you going for in that case? A double play, that you can then walk off the field after anyway?

        • Rainbow connection says:

          Get ahold of yourself. You’re panicking. Mo is just a dummy who throws a ball.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      You sound exactly the same as you did last year too.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      We don’t have to do anything. If baseball bothers you that much, I suggest finding a new hobby.

    • SevenAces says:

      I’m surprised no one has said this yet….but….

      Already in mid-season form eh?

  7. MannyGeee says:

    Sooooooooooooo….. Is it too soon for WWWMW? I hope now, because I would really love to get it out of the way. That way we can allocate our time more appropriately to more pressing issues like the aging, the out of shape, the V-Lo, and The RISPFail…

  8. Mike MzX says:

    I’m still in shock, i’m gonna pretend opening day is tomorrow.

  9. Virgil Earp says:

    This one’s on Girardi. You don’t walk anybody in the 1st inning, ever. Let alone a weak hitter against your ace pitcher with a superior hitter on deck. This match up shit has to end.

    • Virgil Earp says:

      and I mean intentionally walk of course. No excuse for Girardi.

    • forensic says:

      I understand not wanting to walk rodriguez, but there is something to be said for the platoon advantage against pena. Someone could’ve told cc to throw a slider at some point though.

      In general, Girardi has pretty good success after his ibb’s.

      • Steve S. says:

        You think? CC owns lefty batters and Pena’s numbers plummet facing lefthanders. What happened today has about a 1 in 30 probability. He hit 4 HRs all year (119 PAs) facing lefty starters, and CC’s an elite lefty. Joe made a solid move, it just didn’t work out.


        I was only upset about the pitch selection. CC was struggling with his FB command, Pena looked silly on breaking balls, so they groove him FB after FB. Waste the FBs there and get him out with breaking balls.

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      That’s BS.

      CC should never give up a HR to a guy who hit .211 vs lefties last year. That’s CC’s fault, not Girardi’s

      Besides, If Mo does his job like he does 95% of the time, this is a win.

  10. forensic says:

    What’s worse to watch? This terrible loss or the Nets/Wizards game that is on next? Yikes.

    • Mike MzX says:

      I wouldn’t expect high ratings for either, that or today’s replay. I think i’m gonna avoid any highlights of Mo’s opening day blown save for the rest of the night.

  11. Zack says:

    The loss…I’m sorry but Girardi blew it in the first inning. As for our offense..looks like the same from last year.
    And Mo..if he blows saves,it’s usually in early April.

  12. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    Bring up DJ Mitchell to close! I heard he’s a big, athletic, raw kid and he might have attitude problems tho

  13. stuart a says:

    Did not watch the postgame. Girardi’s explanation for the first inning walk of the bases loaded in walking Rodriguez will be more of his mumbo jumbo BS. THis is a first guess, when he does this micromanaging in the first inning with his ace on the mound it is MORONIC.

    Let’s call our 5 and 6 combo the black hole. Tex and Swisher are real clutch hitters. I wonder if I will feel the same in 40 games. Lucky Tex is going to the left side now and not pop up pitches weakly like last year.

    Yanks should have had 9 runs today… I big hit the whole game………..

  14. stuart a says:

    IBB in the first inning is a joke.. look at all the stats you want ROdriguez has under 10 homerun power, it is the first inning. No friggin way, if Bill James thinks differently he is a moron also.

  15. Plank says:

    I’m following the AAA and A- games on milb.com. That RiverDogs team is a thing of beauty. Campos perfect through 4. Williams with a double already.

    Their Lineup:

    Rey Nunuz
    Kelvin DeLeon

    The first 7 spots are legit prospects. Awesome.

  16. Guest says:

    Couple of things:

    1. A-Rod looked great.

    2. People have got to stop with the intensity of this whole RISP Fail thing. It’s the height of confirmation bias. EVERY team leaves runners on base. A lot. The Yankees don’t have a special skill when it comes to this area. And when you leave a ton of runners left on base in a game where you score six runs (against Big Game James, no less), do you know what that means? You did a GREAT job of getting on base. Today’s game bodes well for our offense.

    3. Maddon’s shifting was brilliant. I honestly don’t know why more teams don’t do it against more hitters. Think about it. Too my eye (dangerous, I know) many guys who “hit the ball to all fields” when they hit the ball in the air still primarily pull the ball when they hit on the ground.

    4. That said, Maddon made some egregious “hero” managing decision that made me feel better about Joe’s poor decision to IBB look less terrible. CC’s all over the place, and he has Sean Rodriguez sacrifice with RISP? Thanks for the out in a tough spot. Suicide squeeze with two strikes and less than two outs???? Wow. I think its very clear that even the best managers just can’t resist the lure of “hero” managing.

    And since LaRussa has managed to win six penants and three World Series (the last two with underdog teams) while being the poster child “hero” managing, it ain’t going anywhere anytime soon. Everytime you get po’d at Joe for an in game decision, know that it is AT LEAST this bad just about everywhere else in major league baseball.

    • JMK says:

      Thank you for this post. Well said all around.

    • MannyGeee says:

      More teams don’t employ the shift because more teams don’t have the benefit of having great young pitching like Maddon does… Try that shit with Bruce Chen on the mound and let me know how that works for ya….

  17. Heisenberg says:

    Hey, Melky is 1-2 off IPK with a double. Kinda nice watching some ex-Yankees on the west coast.

  18. Zack says:

    Should be noted that Mo hasn’t been the only closer to blow a save for opening day this season.

    • Justin Maxwell's Silver Hammer (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:

      But he’s not a closer. He’s a religious figure at RAB. Rational people here. Good perspective on life.

  19. Dino Velvet says:

    Why didn’t YES bring back Kim Jones, did she get fat or something?

  20. Pinstripes in Cali says:

    Watching the Cano video make me think…

    The best part about it finally being the 2012 season? We are looking forward to a full 162 game season (163 if the Rays keep it up) without Allan James Burnett wearing pinstripes. Huzzah!

    • Steve S. says:


      If veterans can influence younger players, now that he’s gone I expect everyone under the age of 30 to have their ERA drop by half a run.

  21. Steve S. says:

    Anyone else catch Sterling’s HR call for Ibanez?

    “Raul..be seeing you!”

    ……awful. And not in a corny, good way.

  22. Cy Pettitte says:

    some ex-Yankee on ex-Yankee crime, Melky takes IPK deep lol.

  23. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    And Melky takes IPK deep.

  24. mustang says:

    Its a hard first month for the Yanks 15 out of 23 games vs Rays, Red Sox, Angels, Rangers, and Tigers.

    • mustang says:

      The other 8 are vs the Twins and O’s.

    • Steve S. says:

      Nice. AL playoff preview. Should be some good games.

    • Plank says:

      Every month is hard. There are a lot of teams that could be considered contenders in the AL.

      Red Sox, Rays, Tigers, (Twins)*, (White Sox)**, Rangers, Angels

      * if their position players stay healthy
      ** their rotation is pretty good, if their hitting is okay, they are no pushover

      That’s over half the opponents in the AL. The Mariners could be better than expected as well with good pitching and a questionable lineup (Ichiro!, Ackley, Montero, Smoak – could be really good, could be terrible)

      • mustang says:

        Actually looking at it quickly April seems like the hardest month which is good I guess to get it out the way first.

  25. Guest says:


    6IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 3K’s (Struck out last two batters he faced).

    Pretty nice start.

  26. Bo Knows says:

    Why didn’t they let Betances pitch the 6th? he only had 82 pitches

    • Plank says:

      It’s the first start of the season, no reason to extend him this early.

      • Bo Knows says:

        but if your in AAA you’d think he be good for 90-95 pitches

        • Plank says:

          I’m sure he’ll work up to that. The first real start of the season at 82 pitches, I suppose they could have sent him out for another batter, maybe 2, but why not let him get in a rhythm before extending him to his max pitch count?

          I don’t see the downside to how they handled him.

        • Needed Pitching says:

          not right away. When he was in ML camp they weren’t really extending him. His last ML camp appearance was 3 innings and only 29 pitches on March 22 (his previous appearances were all less than that). From 29 pitches to 90-95 pitches would be a huge jump in just 2 weeks.

          • Needed Pitching says:

            I have a feeling those spring training pitch counts are likely inaccurate, but the point about him not being stretched out still stands

  27. mustang says:

    Good day for the RiverDogs:
    Williams and Sanchez 4 for 7

    Campos pitched well and Dante got a hit the only one who spoiled the party was Culver (0 for 4 with 2 SO).

  28. Steve S. says:

    Nice (if unspectacular) outing for IPK, should get himself a W.

  29. Reggie C. says:

    Should’ve traded for Johan years ago … That Lefty ace knows how to open a season! Sure could’ve used 5 scoreless today.

    /further sarcasm

  30. Pat D says:

    Crazy game today.

    I went to work late (only 11 more weeks!) and got out of my car after Pena’s single off Robertson. Figured that he’d get out of it, and once I saw on my computer that he did, I felt good.

    Imagine my depression when I saw that Mo blew it.


  31. mustang says:

    I see Montero is DHing again.

  32. Monterowasdinero says:

    Not much to add on today’s game. I missed the last 2 innings but I am once again bothered by Grandy taking a step back on short fly balls to center and then letting them drop in. I thought he was going to play more shallow. Wish he would.

  33. Zack says:

    THe bigger problem to me was the shift the Rays had. Tex wasn’t the only one that couldn’t beat it.

  34. Monterowasdinero says:

    Tomorrow’s another day.


  35. Monterowasdinero says:

    Chone Figgins and Willie Randolph. Same guy?

  36. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Watching the Robbie highlight reel kinda makes me miss Jesus Montero.

    I miss the homegrown guys and the development at the Major League level. It’s crazy to think Robbie’s been around for 7 years. Montero, even for his flaws would’ve been fun a hell to watch hit everyday.

    I love the players on the team, but root very hard for the homegrown ones. They basically operate without a net. They can’t come up here and struggle too long before they get sent down, and when they are pretty good or decent, they become trade bait. You basically have to be super and stay that way.

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