Monday Night Open Thread

Yankees designate Dewayne Wise for assignment
Game 96: Ichiro!
(REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

Only two more West Coast night games left, so hooray for that. Here is your open thread for the night. The Mets are playing the Nationals (Young vs. Zimmermann) plus ESPN will show the Red Sox at the Rangers (Doubront vs. Feldman) as well. Feel free to talk about those games, the NY Rangers trading for Rick Nash, or anything else you want here until the regular game thread comes along. Have at it.

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Yankees designate Dewayne Wise for assignment
Game 96: Ichiro!
  • flamingo

    What a night.

    The more I think about this move, the more I like it. I think he can contribute and I like that he’s being accommodating.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Yep.

      Rick Nash was a fantastic trade, will likely not only be rejuvenated going to a top-notch contending team, but also will likely be on Richards line, and Nash has never had a center as good as Brad Richards. Also, the Rangers didn’t give up essential pieces to get him – Dubinsky isn’t all that great, neither is Anisimov. I really think what crippled New York in the Conference Finals was the fact that they couldn’t score enough goals, a problem they barely got around facing a 41-41 Ottawa team, and a 42-40 Washington team. I believe they scored 0-2 goals in 13 of their 20 playoff games, which put way too much pressure on Hank, and even the best in the biz can’t hold up like that forever.

      I think New York, as presently constructed, repeats as regular season conference champions, and are better constructed to get through the playoff field. I thought Glen Sather was done being a good GM many years ago, but he’s been pretty solid since the Gomez/Redden fiasco’s. Very good trade, indeed.

      Wait, you were referring to the Ichiro trade? Shit, moving on…

      • flamingo

        Ha, I was, but I think you’re right and a goal scorer is rather desperately needed.

        • Kramerica Industries

          Yeah, I really typed out that entire post for the purpose of irony. I knew it was Ichiro-related, but I couldn’t pass up a chance to plug hockey. Lord knows I don’t get to do that often enough.

      • Brian S.

        Disagree. Ansiminov and Dubinsky were 2/3rds of a great tough minutes line (and two of the better play drivers on the Rangers) and Nash is a mediocre possession forward, barely coming out even last year and needing very favorable zone starts to come out ahead in 2010-2011. Also his contract is terrible.

  • MR.ZB

    Really, this is the pic you guys go with on a day like this? #Ichiro

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    I don’t know if anybody on here is from the Ridgefield Park area of NJ…if you are Order from The Fire Pit Grill. One of the best burgers I’ve ever had, and their fries are heavenly when hot and come pre-salt and peppered.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      I think the Food Review sub threads are going to blow up.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        I was eating it while the Ichiro thread was blowing up lol soo good. Real meat, not that frozen fast food bullshit, fresh veggie toppings, delicious sauteed mushrooms and grilled onions. And I’m a fatty so of course bacon.

        • Erica

          SAUTEED MUSHROOMS <3

          • jjyank

            I’ll take your “<3 mushrooms", and raise you "<3 BACON".

        • Brian S.

          Psilocybin mushrooms>sauteed mushrooms.

    • Erica

      Too lazy to Google. Those fries sound delectable. Do they have other locations? MUST HAVE THE FRIES.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Nope, just the one according to the menu. According to the internets though there is another place in bayville that’s completely different but sounds incredible.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          another place with the same name I mean.

        • Erica

          Hmmmmmm… well, thank you anyway! I will now dream of awesome fries and sauteed mushrooms.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            I thought you were from Northern Eastern NJ?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            If you’re still working in Chelsea, you’re not far off from my favorite burger, which is at the Ace Hotel Lobby Bar. I dream of that thing.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Will have to drop by if I’m around there. I am quite the burger fanatic.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    All i did for you guys
    Shit.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Seriously bro, don’t let the door slam into your quads on the way out.

    • Erica

      Keep on pitchin’.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You were marked for DFA from Day One, Dewayne. Thank you. See you on Sportscenter in another uniform next season when you save the day there.

  • Banzai Kid!!!.

    Championship !

  • Hall and Nokes

    I really don’t get soccer in a baseball stadium. Roger Goodell should ask to play next year’s NFL London game at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      It’s all for one reason. Hint, it rhymes with honey.

      • Hall and Nokes

        Because it’s funny? I guess.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        Bunny?
        I like bunnies, especially of the Playboy variety.

      • Erica

        Runny.

        I think your nose is runny.

      • Jacob

        It makes us feel weird in our tummy??

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        I hate you all, but love you at the same time.

        • jjyank

          Yummy? Soccer can be delicious, if you’re from Europe.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Cummy……ah, never mind.

  • Erica

    Can it be 10:10 already? Please? PLEASE?

  • RetroRob

    Ichiro’s fWAR this year is greater than Ibanez and Jones combined.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      And his offense has been almost as good as Russell Martin’s.

  • Erica

    Ichiro = #31

    • RetroRob

      It would have been great if after he said he wouldn’t wear Bernie’s number out of respect for his accomplishments and wanting to start anew, he then decided to wear #21.

      • Erica

        HAHAHAHAHAHA.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        I would have hated him for the rest of the existence of baseball.

        • jjyank

          He’s no LaTroy Hawkins.

      • Jacob

        We need to hurry up and do something with those numbers

        • TomH

          They should be available for others to use. These were not HoF guys, and it’s maudlin for one generation of fans to insist on “respect” for them.

          • RetroRob

            I actually agree. If they want to take them out of circulation for a while that’s cool, but O’Neill’s number and Bernie’s numbers should not be retired.

    • Dave Winfield

      Suck ma balls.

  • The Real Greg

    Bryan Hoch just tweeted that Girardi said that he planned to keep Ichiro in the bottom third of the lineup.

    Take that Reynolds.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Ichiro wearing #31.

    Hopefully he can do Javy Vazquez II proud.

    • Pat D

      He’d better not disgrace Winfield’s legacy.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I shed the world’s biggest tear for #31 bringing up a Javy mention before a Winfield mention.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          It was meant in an entirely sarcastic manner.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I’m looking at everybody, and I kid.

  • forensic

    Heh, Ichiro playing catch pregame with granderson. Does he throw the ball, then run in to catch it from grandy, then run back and throw to be able to work his arm over and over?

  • King Charles The Great

    WWE Raw’s 1000th episode! For any wrasslin’ fans here. Heh.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      I’d be watching out of pure boredom/being easily entertained if I was at home.

    • Nathan

      Haven’t watched wrestling in years. Is the Rock off & on again on wrestling? Same question about Brock Lesnar as well.

      • King Charles The Great

        They’re both on and off I guess but they’re both advertised for tonight’s show. Nostalgia overload. They started off with a DX reunion. 10-year old me is enjoying this.

        • Pat D

          Yay nostalgia.

          I wonder if they’re gonna pull this same stuff come January when they hit 20th anniversary.

  • Nathan

    Must be weird for Ichiro to take pre-game fielding in his “old” ballpark as a Yankee. Nice to see he’s still talking to the fans and interacting with them.

    I appreciate players that take the time to talk with fans, even if just a little. Doesn’t cost them anything and could make a fan’s day and/or park experience better.

  • Mike N

    Somebody went for pizza on 50th Street last night, and was supposed to report back to us.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Was just looking through some comments at USSMariner.com (a very good Mariners blog), and most of the commenters were happy that Ichiro was gone and has now has a chance to win a championship on a team where for the first time in his career he hasn’t been under tremendous pressure to perform.

    • jjyank

      Good for them. I’m glad they aren’t freaking out and ripping Ichiro.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        +1

  • The Real Greg

    I dont know if this is true but…

    Mike Sielski ?@MikeSielskiWSJ
    “Domo arigato, Ichiroboto!” –what John Sterling will say after Ichiro homers. #NYY #Yankees

    • jjyank

      *face palm*

  • Monterowasnotdinero

    Hof’ers on Yanks:

    Jeter
    ARod
    Ichiro
    Mo
    CC
    Andy?
    Cano?

    • Monterowasnotdinero

      Andruw. That’s alot for one roster.

      • Pat D

        1932 Yankees:

        Earle Combs
        Bill Dickey
        Lou Gehrig
        Lefty Gomez
        Tony Lazzeri
        Herb Pennock
        Red Ruffing
        Babe Ruth
        Joe Sewell

    • Jacob

      Jeter Alex and Mo are all locks (if they overlook alex’s roids)

      Ichiro is probably a lock but there are some cases against him.

      Andy should be one too and if he comes back next year and gets his 250th win and he has a good chance at 2,500ks so he would improve his already good chance

      Andruw has a shot but will probably fall short

      Cano and CC are on a HOF path

      Stuart is going to kill us for the Alex comment

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I hope you’re right about Andy. I think Andruw falls short as well. Still a lot of Robbie Cano baseball to be played.

    • vin

      I suppose Robby’s in the mix from an offensive standpoint… Although he probably needs another 5 years similar to his 5 or 6 best thus far to be a serious contender. Of course, he needs to maintain his good defensive reputation as well. God knows he’s a mediocre (at best) baserunner.

      http://www.fangraphs.com/compa.....42,1011411

  • pat

    Fittingly the last time the Mariners played a game without Ichiro in the organization was a loss to the Yankees in 2000. Hopefully the next is a loss to the Yankees too.

  • vin

    Thought this was ironic timing… (from MLBTR)

    “On this date three years ago left-hander Mark Buehrle pitched a perfect game against the Rays with an impressive effort punctuated by the most memorable catch of Dewayne Wise’s career. Here are today’s links…”

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    I’m celebrating with a very nice bottle of Sake. It’s called Wandering Poet. Sub’ Poet for HOF’er.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      And also a very nice parting gift from last week’s Furthur show.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Does anybody else find it kind of funny that the Ichiro thread has as many or more comments than some game threads?

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Not really. Biggest day ever on the site was a non-trade. Transactions bring everyone out hungry for information.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Cliff Lee trade day?

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Yup

      • jjyank

        Yep. Mike has said that the Cliff Lee non-trade was the largest traffic this site has ever seen.

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

          Still is. That will be hard to top because it was an all-day thing. Woke up and they were on the verge of trading him, but it wasn’t until 5-6pm that it fell through. People were checking back all day for updates.

          • Pat D

            I almost didn’t go to work that day because of how long it dragged out.

          • Brian S.

            Do we win the World Series if that trade goes through? He didn’t pitch well against San Francisco.

            • Pat D

              Well they don’t lose to the Rangers, because the Rangers probably don’t get there.

            • jjyank

              Too many variables to tell. Does he pitch well against SF with a different lineup behind him, different defense, different stadium, etc. Useless to speculate.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Hopefully, Ichiro moves to LF once Swisher gets over his groin injury.

    • vin

      Not sure how big a deal it is, but as I said in the Ichiro! thread, he’s NEVER played LF before. Sticking him out there in a pennant chase probably won’t be as bad as Sheffield playing 1st, but it may have some problems.

      • pat

        I hear you, but I’d still rather Ichiro on a bad day in LF than Swishies waddling around out there.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Sheffield 1B = Acid Flashback.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        Not NEVER, but maybe only once.

        http://www.baseball-reference......0220.shtml

        I would think just changing sides of the OF would be something that could be adjusted to relatively quickly, though.

        • jjyank

          Agreed. It won’t be that bad. It’s not like he was playing RF in one stadium and then had to change. He’s switching stadiums anyway, and he already knowns how to flag down fly balls. I’m sure he’d be fine.

        • Brian S.

          That’s what I thought before seeing Ibanez in RF earlier this season.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

            Ibanez was starting out as a bad OF though (and he’d played RF many times before, anyways). I would think an athletic, good OF should be able to quickly adjust.

      • YankeesJunkie

        There is no reason to expense Swisher’s bat for Ichiro’s defense, also the whole small RF in Yankee Stadium.

    • forensic

      Girardi has already said that their plan is for him to play left, not stay in right.

      • YankeesJunkie

        That makes sense and maximizes his utility to the Yanks with his awesome defense. It will be nice have a defense with that much land superiority.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Oh how fitting would it be to have Ichiro hits his 100th career homer as a Yankee against Seattle this next 2 days!

  • Brian S.

    I want Ibanez, Ichiro, Rodriguez, and Montero to go yard today. It would be the most awkward game ever.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That’d be something.

  • Mike N

    Pizza report?

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Best OF Arm on the Yankees since ??? I’m going Joe Lefebvre.

    • Pat D

      Gotta be Jesse Barfield.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Barfield was a beast. There has to be part-timer somewhere that makes the cut, though.

    • jjyank

      No idea, but Melky had a cannon out there too.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Johnny Damon?

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Looks like Jesus, acts like Judas, throws like Mary. Good old Damon, how I miss him.

        • Pat D

          And that was one of the classier exits a former Red Sox received.

    • http://www.retire21.org first name only male – Retire 21

      The honorable congressman himself:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R.....ndes%C3%AD

    • Tom

      Golson?

      Small sample size – but I can’t get the play where he nailed Upton at 3rd to end a game out of my mind.

      • RetroRob

        He did have a good arm. That might be the answer if we’re not limiting by sample size. Then again, since the days of Barfield, there could have been other Greg Golson types who appeared in a few games that I’ve totally forgotten since I never bothered to remember them in the first place.

  • jjyank

    Good lord, I’m watching the MLBN waiting for the Yankee game and I’ve heard this twice in half an hour:

    “YOU CANNNNN PUDDITT ON THE BOOOOOOOAAAAAARRRRRDDD YESSSS!! …… YESSSSSSS!!!”

    *vomits*

    • Pat D

      Package up the vomit and send it to Hawk.

      Ah, shit, that won’t work. You can’t send liquids.

      • jjyank

        I’ve always wanted to visit Chicago anyway. I’ll just fly there, find him, and puke in his face.

        • Pat D

          Make sure you have someone to document it with video.

  • pat

    Mariners fans think Ichiro should get 51 because he is “much better than Bernie Williams ever was”. This feeds right into my “Bernie Williams was one of the most underrated Yankees of all time” theory-

    Ichiro age 27-37 .326/.370/.421 95hr 10GG 423 SB .791 ops 115 OPS+
    Bernie age 27-37 .303/.388/.496 237hr 4GG 97SB .884 ops 129 OPS+

    So yeah, Bernie Williams was really freaking good. For comparisons sake I used the same age range, but that excludes two very good years Bernie had when he was 25 and 26.

    • jjyank

      Bernie stole my heart long ago. You don’t need to convince me.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Bernie was a top of the line player. He’s only underrated in history, when he was actually playing he was more or less universally considered a superstar from what I remember.

    • Pat D

      To Mariner fans, I would say, to quote Kevin Kline in A Fish Called Wanda:

      “You know what your problem is? You don’t like winners!”

    • RetroRob

      Is that what Mariners fans are sayiing? I doubt that’s what most think but probably the ones chattering on Twitter, but even if Ichiro was better (and it would have to be based on the combinations of his talents driven by his superior fielding, certainly not his hitting), what Ichiro did in Seattle wearing #51 has nothing to do with the Yankees and contributions of a life-long Yankee.

  • Pat D

    Oh, good, The Rock is back.

    I don’t miss you, Rock. Please continue to make crappy movies.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    So I far prefer this deal to giving up a boatload for Upton or a lot for Span.

    • pat

      Or somewhere in between for Choo. I freaking love me some Shin Soo, though.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Any reason why Granderson has been so bad in defensive metrics on both fangraphs and baseball reference. If so if Gardner comes back next year it may be a good idea to move him CF and Granderson to LF.

    • jjyank

      I agree that Gardner is the better defensive player, but defensive metrics mean jack shit in less than one season’s sample size.

      • pat

        As much as it pains me to say it, that observation kinda jives with my amateur eye test. He takes too many false steps imo. Maybe his depth perception is a little off or something, but he seems to get a bad read or two off the bat every game. Most of the time he can make up for it with his speed, but sometimes he doesn’t. Hit one off to the side, however and he’ll flag them down no problem.

      • YankeesJunkie

        This is his second year in a row at least in UZR and his BR stats have been below average for quite a few years.

  • Pat D

    About Andy Pettitte’s chances for the Hall of Fame, I think he won’t make it, though he should hang around the ballot for a long time. Unless too many ‘roid users are left on the ballot and people don’t have room to vote for him.

    I also think people will hold a few things against him: low number of All-Star appearances, not very strong showings in Cy Young voting (only 2 finishes 4th or better), high ERA, and the ties to Clemens and HGH.

    I also think a lot of voters will say that other guys were better, such as Jack Morris, Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina. So we’ll have to see if those guys get in or not.

  • RetroRob

    Welcome.

    Just stay away from the game threads. It’s where the crazies roam.