Thursday Night Open Thread


How’s that for a random video? Mighty Marcus Thames had many fine moments in pinstripes, but that wasn’t one of them. I wonder if he’s Eduardo Nunez‘s role model? Okay, that was uncalled for.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the night. The Marlins and Phillies (Buehrle vs. Blanton) will be on MLB Network at 7pm ET, plus the Rangers start their first round playoff series against the Senators (7pm ET on NHL Network). Talk about whatever you like, have at it.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Raza says:

    Lol. Why was he even playing 3B that night?

  2. kenthadley says:

    What’s with Banuelos?

  3. BillR says:

    Marcus “The Hammer” Thames! I miss his bat off the bench…

    • I am not the droids you're looking for... says:

      Best then to avoid checking into Melky Ruth Cabrera’s year so far, or IP”CY”K’s.

  4. Countryclub says:

    I rarely feel bad for pro players, but remember that game where he dropped an easy fly and the yanks lost? He was fighting back tears while answering questions after the game. of course he ended up having a good yr with the bat and made up for it.

  5. Steve S. says:


    Monterowasdinero (formerly MonteroISdinero) says that he’s a fan of Campos, and is looking forward to watching him pitch. Since Jesus is no longer a Yankee, I thought we should try to come up with a new handle for him that meshes well with his old one, but incorporates ‘Campos’ somehow.




    Wow, this is hard. Any ideas?

  6. Steve S. says:


    No, that’s not folks watching the Toledo Mud Hens. Its the big leagues.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      They need to do what the Mets did last weekend and just tickets away for free. They’re not going to sell anyway, might as well get people into the park and make concession money.

      • Sweet Dick Willie says:

        Since 7,000 of the people who actually bought tickets chose not to attend, finding people to accept free tickets may not be all that easy.

    • Josh S. says:

      Jeez, they weren’t exaggerating with the Indians team in the movie Major League except they were playing at Cleveland Municipal Stadium back then. Would be hilarious if the announcer was like Bob Uecker and just making fun of the team while half in the bag.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Don’t worry, bro. Johnny Damon is on his way to save Cleveland like he did Detroit….

      • bob says:

        Johnny Damon is a situational hitter and you might have a look at the gaping wound called LACK of situational hitting which has been and remains THE PROBLEM of the Cashman regime and the team in this very moment of a very young season. So joke about saviors all you want, bud; but we need a base hit with RISP. You cannot sneer that failure away.

      • Havok9120 says:

        That’s insane.

        • Plank says:

          A lot can change in a decade.


          The Phillies were a mid market team (in the largest unshared market in the country) while the Indians were sitting pretty with a large and passionate fanbase. Fans watch good teams and stay home when the team stinks. That is why the Yankees vaulting their payroll in the mid-00s was so important. If they put in a few 85 win seasons back then, they would have been the Mets in terms of fanbase.

          • Havok9120 says:

            Its one of the reasons the second ARod contract will probably be revenue neutral, at the very least. Especially if he makes deep inroads in the home run record.

  7. Dave M says:

    “I wonder if he’s Eduardo Nunez‘s role model? ”

    Mike, I love what you do here. But you’re such a tool when it comes to Nunez.

  8. sal says:

    If the season ended today the yankees would miss the wildcard by one game. are we going to have a 82 and 80 team in the playoffs

    • Steve (different one) says:

      A one game difference now is like 27 games over a whole season….

    • Havok9120 says:



      *gasps for breath*


    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      If the season ended today, it’d be a six-game season. That would throw the record books a bit out of whack.

      • Havok9120 says:

        I’m watching some good ‘ole West Coast NL baseball, and it reminded me of some of the reasons I speak against those who critisize our offense even this early in the season. This is offensive impotence at its worst. The Padres are down 2 runs with 2 to play and they (and their announcers, more tellingly) are acting as if they’re totally out of the game.

        We always have a pretty good shot at a comeback if we’re down less than 4. Most teams can’t say that. People need some perspective before they drink their haterade or line up on the bridge.

      • MannyGeee says:

        If the season ended today, then Raul Ibanez you lead the team in homers… And David Phelps would be getting Cy young consideration…

    • Jesse says:

      If the season ended after last Sunday the Yankees would finish the season win-less and George would come out of his grave and make changes at once!

  9. Stratman9652 says:

    Woulda been a great play if it was an accurate throw.

  10. Mike E says:

    Gumbs 2 for 3, Williams 2 for 3, Bichette 3 for 3

  11. Havok9120 says:

    Where’s the guy from the Game Threads who was arguing that “quality teams” never “struggle” against crappy ones and named the Angles (among others) as an example, and what’s he think of LA losing 2 of 3 to the Twinkies?

  12. Tex, the real Big Poppi says:

    What happened to john carlos a.k.a ridiculous upside? Does he go by a new handle?

  13. Plank says:

    Cervelli has continued his torrid pace to start the season.

  14. Plank says:

    Charleston rocked it against a rehabbing Tim Hudson. Tyler Austin with 2 jacks.

  15. Zack says:

    I wonder if someone’s mentioned that the Angels starting staff had been unable to hold a lead against the Twins twice in the past two games.

  16. Havok9120 says:

    I’m watching some good ‘ole West Coast NL baseball, and it reminded me of some of the reasons I speak against those who critisize our offense even this early in the season. This is offensive impotence at its worst. The Padres are down 2 runs with 2 to play and they (and their announcers, more tellingly) are acting as if they’re totally out of the game.

    We always have a pretty good shot at a comeback if we’re down less than 4. Most teams can’t say that. People need some perspective before they drink their haterade or line up on the bridge.

  17. bob says:

    Most fans love the still-productive Johnny Damon: so what is Cashman’s (apparent) PERSONAL ANIMUS against re-signing him? I can’t help feeling that our Johnny is caught between Cashman and Boros; and the Yankees who LACK SITUATIONAL/RISP hitting in the Cashman Regime are still without remedy. Ok, last season he/Boros asked too much. But why is the Ibanez experiment so favored over a still viable beloved player — a proven situational hitter. Cashman cannot spell, let only find RISP – the bane of our existence. Whatever the real story is, these ice-in-the-veins and heartless men are HURTING this team in an area where Damon is – at least this year – still worth a look as a cost-effective alternative. And Ibanez will not be embraced as a result, which is not his fault. Cashman does not live to be popular; and he will and ought to be as icily regarded as he regards the fans desire which is not dismissible as empty sentimentality.

    • Havok9120 says:


      Right then. First there is the issue of money (his price was still 5 million when we were after a DH), there’s the issue of playing time (all reports indicate that he was determined to have a full season of at-bats when at the time we singed Raul), and there’s the issue of his crummy knees, which (supposedly) could prevent him from playing the field in the mid term if needed. We’ll probably see if that’s true now that he’s signed.

      Personal feelings of the men involved aside, he wasn’t a fit in the budget or the team’s plans at the time Ibanez signed, at lest not according to everything we heard. Isn’t that a good enough reason for him not to be a Yankee right now?

      • bob says:

        The budget – don’t make me laugh. You know that he was asking for 5 million? As of when? How do you know? And was that the reason not to start to bargain with him or the excuse? The DIRE need is situational hitting (which you do not address); and Raul (who you’re on first name terms with) is NOT that. And your Raul is 40 plus (so there’s not a smidgeon of a health concern there now, is there?). The Yankees are not adept at finding RISP/situational at bat players and cover-up by an apparent addiction to the long-ball – year after year. We will never get far through the playoffs without (a) a top of the line ACE – which CC is no longer; and (b) situational hitting which, again, you do not mention.
        Oh, and as for “personal feelings of the men aside,” that might sound smooth enough in your thinking, but it is exactly that which is the rub. And, sorry, but that ignorant budget wielding front office of bean-counting suits have NO HEART and that is NOT the way to deal with the fans’ sports dollar. This one’s for Bernie, Hideki and Johnny. Feelings aside? Look in the mirror at what’s left.

        • MannyGeee says:

          How dare you insult the memory of Flanny by not re-signing Johnny Damon….

          Oh wait, what?

        • jjyank says:

          Wow dude. Take a chill pill. I liked Damon too, but not nearly enough to get so worked up over him signing elsewhere. We’re talking about a platoon DH here, and I would imagine that Cashman has his ear to the ground to see if a trade can be made if Ibanez stinks.

          You do you that Ibanez is the reason we almost won on opening day and the reason we did win a couple days ago, right? I’m not Ibanez’s biggest fan and I don’t think he will be productive all season either, but he’s been a useful piece so far, so just relax.

          It’s easy to see Damon sign for only slightly more than Ibanez did and call Cashman an idiot. But it seems pretty clear to me that the only reason Damon’s price dropped so much is that we’re a week into the season now. Damon wasn’t signing for $1.25 mil (plus incentives) back in February. Would you have been in the group screaming for Cashman’s head if the Yankees didn’t sign Ibanez AND couldn’t agree to terms with Damon? That would have been a fun spring training.

          Also, the offense has been fine so far. Really, it’s our starting pitching that needs to improve. I know there’s been some RISPFAIL but they’re still scoring runs. It’ll be okay. Step back from the ledge.

          • jjyank says:

            Also, stop pretending that running a baseball team unemotionally and making rational business decisions (like, you know, having a budget) is a bad thing. The Yankees would probably be a terrible team if the front office handed out contracts based on a players past performance instead of projected future performance. They already did that for Jeter, and it may not end well.

            Re: Bernie and Matsui….they were both pretty done when the Yankees let them go. Don’t act like they weren’t. Besides, Matsui had no place to play on the team as a pure DH and Posada needing that spot with his declining skills in the field.

            And Damon…you’re kidding right? The Yankees offered him a deal after 2009, and he said no thanks. He thought he could get more money, and he ended up with less, as he misjudged the market. That one is on Damon. But it’s the front office’s “cold-heartedness” that caused him to leave? Nice logic.

        • jjyank says:

          I forgot one point: you don’t think CC is an ace?? Can I please please please have whatever it is you are smoking? Based off of two games this season, CC is not an ace? I am going to bookmark this for when CC goes on a 10 game tear in June.

          How many pitchers are better than CC in the world? Verlander, Felix, Lincecum, Kershaw…? Maybe I’m forgetting a couple, but you get the point. CC is at least in the top 5-6 pitchers in the world, but he’s not an ace after two subpar games. Right.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      Johnny Damon, 2011


      Johnny Damon, RISP


      Seriously, this shit takes like 2 seconds to look up. And his career RISP are identical to his career totals. Go figure.

      Would I prefer Damon to Ibanez? Yes. But where are we getting this idea that he is an amazing “situational hitter”? It’s not backed by facts. Remember the nickname “Johnny Popup”?

  18. V says:

    Quick question re: StubHub – did they like, totally ruin their site? You used to be able to search by section (like, I only want to see seats in Field MVP) and be able to target the best prices in each section. I’m not seeing that anymore.

    Totally not willing to scan it section by section, so will likely just buy tix elsewhere.

    • CountryClub says:

      you can still do this. You have to click “Zones” on top of the page and it will give you the ability to search by ticket type.

  19. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Guys I’ve been thinking about something regarding developing pitchers for a very long time. During a game young pitchers are generally kept on a pitch count, and over a season they’re kept on an innings limit to make sure they don’t over extend themselves in the game and season, respectively. However, what doesn’t seem to be taken into account with a season’s innings limit is the quality/pressure of an inning. As we saw with CC Sabathia’s start on Wednesday, not all innings are created equal. In the second inning of that game he threw roughly 35 pitches, but in the fourth he threw 8. I understand CC isn’t young, but when it comes to developing a young arm how can innings such as those two be judged as equal? There should be another way to judge a young pitcher’s durability over the course of the season, which leads me to my idea, a new stat, called True Innings Pitched. Over a game you take a starter’s pitch count and divide it by the average number of pitches thrown per inning in baseball…for the sake of argument lets call it 15. That number would then be the number of True Innings Pitched, so instead of the pitcher getting rocked and it only counting for 3 innings it counts for more and if he cruises through 7 with a low pitch count it might not count for 7. Just an idea I’ve been spitballing for a while, let me know what you think.

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