Saturday Night Open Thread

Second-half storylines
Phelps strong again in Triple-A win
Don’t be mad, Derek. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

So the second half is going pretty well, no? It’s only been two games but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it, especially since the two wins came against the Angels. They’re now 5-15 in the New Yankee Stadium, including the 2009 ALCS. I wonder if Halos fans hate when their team comes to the Bronx as much as Yankees fans hate seeing their team go out to Anaheim.

Anyway, here’s your open thread for the night. MLB Network is airing a game and most of the country will see the Red Sox at the Rays (Buchholz vs. Price). Those of you in those two markets will see the Pirates at the Brewers (Correa vs. Estrada) instead. You folks know how these things work by now, so have at it.

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Second-half storylines
Phelps strong again in Triple-A win
  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    They still have a ballclub up in Boston?

  • DERP

    LOL at the Orioles

    • Cy Pettitte

      even Jim Johnson is regressing now. gonna be an ugly 2nd half for them.

      • DERP

        He was definitely due. He had a .157 BABIP.

        • jjyank

          My fantasy team does not appreciate this.

          • Kramerica Industries

            Samesies.

            Though I did pick up Soriano and Frieri, albeit Frieri after he had already started dominating in Anaheim.

            Speaking of which – I have four closers on my staff right now, when I really only desire three. I started this season with Johnson, Papelbon, and Aceves, I dropped Ace when I picked up DRob, then dropped DRob for Soriano.

            A little later on, when all my excess OFers got hurt, I picked up Frieri, because no free agent position players were worth picking up.

            Well, now some of these guys are coming back (Ells and Markakis, and Joyce/Gardner aren’t far behind – I’m trying to trade Markakis) and my roster is being crunched. And I feel four closers isn’t necessary. I’m not dropping Soriano, but I don’t know which of the other three would be wise to try and trade, if it would be wise at all. Johnson is a regression candidate on a regressing team – Papelbon is the best closer but on the worst team – Frieri is bound to regress and isn’t full-time closing (yet), but no one can doubt how good he’s been thus far.

            #firstworldfantasyproblems

            • jjyank

              My biggest closer problem is that the top closer I drafted was Madson. And he got TJS in spring training. Right now I have Johnson, Huston Street, Brett Myers, Scott Downs, and D-Rob. I know D-Rob isn’t a closer, but his K percentage is a pretty big bonus. I should probably drop Downs for someone else though, but my league is very active and there’s not much on the waiver wire for me.

              Still, despite my weak closer lineup, I’m the second best team in my league thus far, so I can’t complain too much.

              • Kramerica Industries

                12-1 in my league, one game ahead of 2nd place (different division, however).

                My only loss came two weeks ago, when my opponent had four different days where his offense hit for a collective OPS of over 1.000. Pretty tough to overcome that, even with me throwing an absolute jugular on the final day by throwing six starters out there (Blanton, Liriano, Chen, Gee, Hughes, and Masterson).

                I abuse the living hell out of streaming pitchers. It’s probably the biggest reason why routinely post the highest score each week. Considering I never played fantasy before this year, I have to imagine I’ve done pretty well at it.

                • jjyank

                  The first place team in my league is run by my best friend’s little brother. Apparently the kid is a prodigy. I am comfortably in second place in the league overally, but he’s been at least 10 games ahead of my all year. Just can’t gain anything on the fucker.

                  However, I am facing him this week and currently winning 10-4. So Maybe the second half has big things for me.

                  • Kramerica Industries

                    How does the scoring go in your league? 10-4 seems like a very low score, far different from how mine goes (which is:

                    Offense:
                    +1 RBI
                    +1 run
                    +1 for every total base. A solo HR = 6 points
                    +1 BB
                    -1 K
                    No reward for HBP, no penalty for routine out

                    Pitching:
                    +2 K
                    +1 for non-K outs
                    -1 BB
                    -1 H
                    -1 for every earned run allowed
                    -5 loss
                    +5 win/save

                    And J.J. Hardy just gave me a +6 right there. Appropriate timing to bitch about him (below) I guess.

                    • Kramerica Industries

                      I forgot to add:

                      +1 SB
                      No penalty for CS

                      Mike Trout has been a godsend, especially, in that department for me, given that Ellsbury and Gardner have been out for pretty much the entire season.

                      No penalties to the pitcher for SB allowed.

                    • jjyank

                      My league is head to head, a win for each of the 16 different categories. So 10-4 is pretty good, especially against the best team in the league. Since I’m second, if that score holds up, I cut my trailing on the lead in half, if not more.

            • RetroRob

              So your four closers are Soriano, Papelbon, Johnson and Frieri? I’m assuming this is not a keeper league, so that won’t play into the equation, because then I’d need their prices, etc.

              To me it’s an easy choice. Freri is the one who goes because he has been sharing save opportunities. A fulltime closer, even ona lousy team, will rack up 30+ saves.

              • Kramerica Industries

                Yeah, not keeper, unless I’m under the wrong impression. ‘Tis why I enjoy my good fortune of having Mike Trout in the way I got him – he’ll be a first overall pick in many drafts next year, so odds are I won’t get my hands on him again.

                About all I can say in favor of Frieri is that, if he keeps pitching this way, even Scoscia-ball can’t keep “splitting” his save opportunities. And I know I can’t keep Frieri as an extension of my roster on waivers – he’s owned in every league, and someone would snatch him up immediately if they saw him available.

                I’ll worry about it more if I can’t unload any of my excess OFers. My middle IF has been my weak spot all season (K. Johnson, Ackley, and Hardy – outside of one hot week from Hardy, that’s been a disaster for me), so I’m trying to package Markakis and Ackley for a solid 2B/SS. I figure Cespedes is a bit higher ceiling than Markakis (who isn’t the hitter he was in 2008-2009; .800 OPS corner OFers aren’t hard to find), and I’m not trading Ellsbury, Trout, Joyce, Craig, or Swisher (though that last one may be slight bias). I already had to drop Kendry Morales, and even though I would love to keep him, I don’t have the space.

                • RetroRob

                  I have Frieri, too, but I’m in a keeper’s league, so when trading players I have to balance what he’ll deliver this year, as well as in future seasons. I always play for this year, but I can’t ignore future value with all else being equal or close to equal.

                  With Frieri, he might be the mostly closer this year, then the Angels might go out and sign Soriano, strengthning their set-up team by pushin Frieri back to the 7th or 8th.

    • Brian S.

      They have been really disrespectful to Flanny the last month.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

    Here’s some shameless self promotion.

    Yesterday, I wrote a bit about Garcia’s splitter, and called it a swing ball. Basically, Garcia throws a regular splitter, and this pitch with the splitter grip. When he throws the swing ball, the ball spins just like a splitter, but the seams of the ball are oriented such that it cuts the air on one side. While a right handed hitter is expecting splitter movement in, the pitch creates turbulent air that forces it away. Aside from the knuckle ball, and the banned scuff ball, it’s the only pitch in baseball to use the seam to alter movement. In my opinion, the physics of the pitch is unbelievable, and is really unique in that it doesn’t rely on the magnus effect, as most pitches do.

    • .zip file

      Interesting. Good Stuff!

  • Countryclub

    Did you guys see the tweet from Marc Carig about his post game conversation with Garcia? Freddy said that in Chicago they used to call him Sweaty Freddy and Carig said “they call you that here, too, dude.”

    Pretty funny.

  • jjyank

    Well I know officially have cable. I bit the bullet financially. So I will no longer have to bitch about being blacked out of the nationally televised games.

    • Greg

      Welcome to the 21st century.

      • jjyank

        I mean I had cable in college and afterwards when I lived with my parents while getting my Masters. But when I moved out, I figured I could punt on cable to save money as long as I had mlb.tv. After being blacked out from Fox and ESPN, I realized that I also wouldn’t be able to watch the playoffs. And that wasn’t happening.

        • Greg

          Yeah I know. These cable companies…

    • Betty Lizard

      I rejoice in your good fortune. I terminated Time Warner cable November 1st and haven’t looked back. I feel lighter and my bank account feels heavier, so it’s just me and MLB TV.

      • jjyank

        Like I mentioned above, that’s all well and good till the playoffs come around…

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

        What do you have then, a TV with rabbit ears that gets like 6 channels?

    • Erica

      Yeehaw!

  • Greg

    The Mets bullpen implodes again, blowing a 2 run lead in the eighth.

  • Pat D

    Woo hoo! Got my severance pay yesterday!!! I feel like I’m rich!

    • jjyank

      Congrats man.

      • Pat D

        They took a little more than I anticipated, but I shouldn’t really have to worry about money while I look for a job, since I’ll be collecting unemployment.

        Guess I should start looking for a job now.

        • jjyank

          You and me both, brother. Though I am employed, I just want a job in my proper career field, not as a bank teller.

          • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

            I thought you were set to become a G man?

            • jjyank

              Not set. I’m in the third stage of an application process, which is pretty far, but I haven’t been offered a job yet.

              • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

                I have full confidence that you’ll land the job and make the world a safer place for the rest of us.

                • jjyank

                  I very much appreciate the vote of confidence. As you can imagine, this whole process moves very slowly (hence why I accepted a bank teller job in the interim for a pay check). It’s easy to get impatient.

                  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

                    Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy so hang in there. Remember your first job is almost never your last

                    • jjyank

                      I know that. I was a teller part time while I got my Masters degree, this is just something I could get full time and make a few bucks with while I wait.

              • Jimmy

                Good luck, man.

    • Erica

      Awesome!!!!

  • Hall and Nokes

    RIP 2012 Mets

    • RetroRob

      Doesn’t something first have to be alive for it to then rest in peace?

  • Pat D

    This isn’t really a story, but I have to post the link because it’s just so…Boston.

    http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/.....-slur-case

    • jjyank

      I had no idea that a “monday” was a racial slur. Guess I should watch myself when I go to work and say “I have a case of the Mondays”.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    So the Angels went from Tim SALMON to Mike TROUT, ey? Whats next, Joey Goldfish?

    • jjyank

      Robinson Tilapia :P

      • NYCSPORTZFAN

        i was thinking they trade for padres pitcher Anthony Bass..lol

      • Erica

        THIS

      • Robinson Tilapia

        This is pretty much exactly where it began.

    • RetroRob

      He can be any fish is the talent level continues to progress in that direction.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    Yanks still showing interest in Ryan Dempster.. I tell ya what, Freddy Garcia is making a strong case to not go and get Ryan Dempster.. I’d concentrate on getting another Reliever or Right Handed bat for the bench.. Preferably a reliever, because i’d like to see Ronnier Musellier get a shot as RH off the bench…

    • Countryclub

      Joba is on the way. Save the assets.

  • Greg

    Tigers just got a run on the O’s. We could be 9 up

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    speaking of Mustellier, hes 1-2 with a Ribby so far tonight.. 6run 2nd for Baby Bombers.. Phelpsy wit 3k through 2inn..

  • Hall and Nokes

    Wade Boggs is making me laugh out loud tonight. He’s coming back for another inning on NESN/MLBN.

    • RetroRob

      My favorite “baseball player I met” story concerns Wade Boggs, and accidentally running across him in Newark Airport sitting at a bar by himself, drinking beer (which, as many of you know, Boggs, beer and jets is a great story.)

      I chatted with him briefly and he invited me to sit with him since I guess I didn’t seem like a jerk and he was by himself. Had two beers, if I remember correctly, before he had to catch his flight home. He was in NJ for a card show, or autograph show.

      Seemed like a nice guy.

  • Erica

    I went to today’s game – solid all around (UNTUCK!), despite some shakiness from Freddy. A-Rod got booed, predictably, but I was thrilled to see he was still able to hit. Cano’s 2-run home run was a BOMB, a total BOMB.

    #toomanyhomeruns? Doesn’t matter – they’re still fun to watch.

    In other news, there’s a black bear roaming around my suburban town as of yesterday -and today, I found two turkey vultures picking through my neighbor’s garbage. Halp.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      be careful out there.

      • Erica

        Literally going to fashion a weapon to carry when I go out to my car later.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          Just put a bell around your neck. As long as you don’t surprise them, you’re fine. (Singing loudly and badly works too.)

          • Erica

            Foolproof. FOOL. PROOF.

    • NYCSPORTZFAN

      Oh snap, a turkey vulture!!! What state do u live in?

      • Erica

        NJ! Central Jersey! I’m about 20 minutes west of the beach. We don’t have bears here. It’s a very built-up town with some woods, much farmland… I guess the bear got off the wrong exit on the Turnpike?

        • jjyank

          You’re lucky. My neck of the Jersey woods have lots of bears.

          • Erica

            They must smell the menstruation!

            • jjyank

              Bears don’t trust anything that bleeds regularly and does not die.

              • Brian S.

                Why would you?

              • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

                Nor should any man in his right mind.

                • jjyank

                  Well I also don’t want to die single! :P

                  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

                    Once you get married, you will soon find out that dying single isn’t nearly as bad as it sounds.

                    • Paul VuvuZuvella

                      I’m going to stay single until my late 50’s. Seems like the only intelligent strategy, as long as you don’t want/need to reproduce.

                    • jjyank

                      Getting laid isn’t as easy after college, as I have found. I

                • Erica

                  Bitter, party of one?

                  /trolling

                  :-P

                  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

                    Just kidding.

                    Those turkey vultures are pretty big.

                    I live in monmouth county and have a ground hog in my backyard that’s the size of a small dog. Biggest problem, though are skunks. Sprayed my neighbors dog and it was pretty horrific.

                    • Erica

                      Monmouth County here, as well!

                      That groundhog sounds so miserable. The skunks in the area are pretty nasty, though! Poor dog. Nobody deserves to be taken down by road kill.

    • DERP

      Maybe your neighbor killed the bear and the vultures are eating its remains. Seems plausible IMO!

      • Erica

        http://instagram.com/p/NFCvecg8-w/

        It’s totally possible the bear was tied up in that trash they destroyed! YIKES!

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          Can’t believe you let that vulture peck you on the cheek.

          • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

            I thought that was Sarah Silverman in the little photo.

            • Paul VuvuZuvella

              Nope, aparently, Erica is a hotty. Clean up your act boys.

              • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

                Hook her up with JJYank.

                • jjyank

                  Heh, unfortunately, Ms. Erica has a boyfriend, and our resident Mr. Riddle is already ahead of me in that line.

            • Erica

              I take that as a compliment, only because she’s a fellow member of the tribe and she’s badass.

              • Paul VuvuZuvella

                Being mistaken for Sarah Silverman is DEFINITELY a compliment. Mazel Tov.

              • Brian S.

                Sarah Silverman is a Red Sox fan though.

                • Adam Parker

                  Its only because she is f*kcing Matt Damon.

          • Erica

            HAHAHAHA. Ohhhh, he is my leetle turkey vulture. I’m so going to annoy him with that tonight.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    Kevin Mahoney seems like the type of player that if he ever made it to the bigs, would stick on a team becasue of his versatility and gritiness. Hes done pretty well in most stops hes made since we drafted em as well.. He’ll probably never be given a shot, but he can play some…

  • DERP

    Valverde is the biggest piece of shit. He should kill himself right now.

    • Countryclub

      I can’t believe the yanks didn’t get to him last yr in the playoffs. So frustrating with the opportunities they had.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Game 3 >> Game 2

        It was hard to finish the Game 2 rally when it was literally pouring out there.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      One Donnie Moore incident is enough.

    • RetroRob

      I think the “analysts” at ESPN were talking about the antics of closers, driven by Chapman doing a double somersault after saving a game. They seemed to think Valverde’s over-the-top antic wasn’t insulting, but they questioned Soriano untucking after the game ends.

      I mean, a fan of the untucking, but it wouldn’t bother me if another reliever did it. The Valverde fist-pumping goes too far. Oh, yeah. They also weren’t sure about Joba’s fist pumping, which is minor compared to Valverde’s. In other words, if if was a Yankee, anything more than Mo’s robotic stare is over-the-top, but all other antics from closers on other teams was okay. I’m not making this up.

      • RetroRob

        …*not* a fan of the untucking…

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          I really have no issue with the Untuck and don’t see it as showing up the competition.

          • RetroRob

            It doesn’t bother me since he’s not really showing up the other team. It’s very subtle and most fans and the players probably barely notice it. I do think it’s showmanship, but so minor as to be unimportant.

            It’s not like he’s doing an NFL endzone dance on the mound like Valverde. That to me is clearly showing up the opposition.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        It’s a conspiracy against the Yankees.

        /RI$P’d

        • RetroRob

          I noticed a comment from him implying people here don’t get humor, which led me to believe he actually thought the things he wrote were funny.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Yankee or not, holding anyone to Mo’s standard is grossly unfair. Mo doesn’t even crack a smile unless he’s pitched in a clinching game of any sort.

        I’m not a fan of the untuck either, but I’ve come to accept it due to what it represents. MFIKY has done a pretty solid job justifying the untuck.

        • RetroRob

          It wasn’t so much that they had an issue with Soriano, but their inconsistency. They weren’t a fan of Soriano and Joba’s moves, but Valverde and Papelbon were okay. Huh?

          Before Swisher was on the Yankees, I never had a problem with his enthusiastic mannerisms. I actually liked them. I don’t have a problem with Papelbon’s fistpump at the end of games, nor do I have them with Joba. It’s emotion, not directed at the other team. Valverde takes emotion and turns it into an NFL dance. Contrived. That I have a problem with.

      • JohnnyC

        Believe me the top brass at ESPN are aware of the anti-Yankees bias on air. They simply believe there’s safety in numbers. More haters than fans in their national audience. These are the same people who actually think brain cells don’t die every second Skip Bayless is allowed to continue his daily smirkfest.

  • stuckey

    Not sure what game you guys are playing, but I’m a Baltimore fan whenever they play another true contender like the Rangers, Angels, etc.

    Detroit is hot. You want them to get heated up more?

    Is anyone really concerned Baltimore’s going to there in any meaningful way in late September?

    • Brian S.

      I’m actually going to be rooting for all Wild Card teams except Boston the rest of the way (when they aren’t playing the Yankees of course). I really want Boston to miss out on the playoffs a third year in a row :D

      • Kramerica Industries

        I’d love to see Boston flail away in the wild card game, especially at Fenway.

        OTOH, I really don’t want Boston to reach the playoffs, or have the chance.

        So I’ll settle for the same.

    • DERP

      I hate Baltimore almost as much as I do Boston.

      • Brian S.

        Wow really? Is it because last year they made us play in the hurricane?

        • DERP

          They just annoy me. Awesome ballpark though.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      I like seeing Showalter as miserable as possible.

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

        He and Bobby V should be dropped onto a deserted island somewhere with Jerry Sandusky.

        • jjyank

          Wow I just got a GREAT imagine. Or a terrible imagine. Depends on how sensitive your brain is.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          …and a camera crew. This would get great ratings.

  • DERP

    The Orioles lineup right now includes Endy Chavez, Taylor Teagarden, Steve Tolleson and Robert Andino.

  • Brian S.

    How are the Rays not lighting up that laptop stealing fuck?

    • jjyank

      Because the Rays’ lineup is pretty bad without Longoria and Joyce?

      • Get Phelps Up

        Pretty bad?”

        You’re too kind.

      • Brian S.

        They seem to Bucky Dent the shit out of us whenever we play there.

  • DERP

    You know who is a stupid piece of shit: Trevor Plouffe. I hope he never has any success in the bigs.

    • Andruw’s Smile

      Any specific reason?

  • DERP

    Benoit can kill himself also.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Wow, that Baltimore game just doesn’t want to end

    • Brian S.

      How many 12-15 inning games has Baltimore played this year? Seems like a lot.

      • Get Phelps Up

        2 12 inning games, 1 13, 25 and 17 inning game.

        • Get Phelps Up

          *15 not 25

  • Kramerica Industries

    I don’t get to listen to Billy Ripken that much.

    Needless to say, I’m NOT impressed at all by him. Sounds way too much like a fan in the booth.

  • DERP

    Are you fucking kdding me? Fuck you Detroit. Fucking assholes. I have more respect for Joe Paterno than those fucking pieces of shit. Fuckers

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      Let’s not get crazy. Every hour that passes exposes Paterno as more and more of a sleaze.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Taylor Teagarden hitting a walk-off home run.

    Jeez, the person in Vegas who said this game would end that way just won a ton of money.

    Ya know, remember when Texas had the “dilemma” of having Teagarden, Saltalamacchia, Max Ramirez, and some other schmuck as their prized catching depth? That fizzled out in a big way.

    • jjyank

      Depth (catching, pitching, whatever) always can disappear in an instant. That’s why you can never have enough.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Taylor Teagarden with the walkoff HR.
    Enjoy it while you can, Taylor. In the morning, your last name is still going to be Teagarden.

    • jjyank

      Well, that’s better than Tyler Flowers.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Hoegarden would be far better.

      • Erica

        Cosigned.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    We’ve got the best record in baseball and the largest lead of any division in the toughest division in baseball. We’ve done it without Mo, Gardy, Joba and other players have gone down for various periods of time and right now we’re without CC and Andy. We’ve had some inconsistencies out of our starters, some catcher concerns, a cool middle of the order and (according to some)a broken Arod.

    And now I forget why I brought this up.

    • Erica

      It’s just fun to point these things out sometimes. :)

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      I’m curious, why would anyone put Cinnamon and Raisins in a bagel? Onions…Yes. Seeds…Yes. Just the fact that in an EVERYTHING bagel, they leave out the cinnamon and the raisins should tell you something.

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

        …I’m in shock. How dare you, sir. Have you ever partaken in the deliciousness that is a cinnamon and raisin bagel toasted with melted butter? If you had I can bet that you wouldn’t be spouting such falsehoods and heresy.

        • Pat D

          I’m not much of a bagel person, but I agree that cinnamon raisin is great in bread or english muffin form, toasted with butter, so I’m sure it’s great on a bagel, too.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          No offense intended, kind sir. We shall agree to disagree about the merits of Cinnamon and Raisins on ring shaped yeasted wheat dough. I simply prefer seeds on the outer crust. To each his own.

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

            Yes, to each his own…but dude you’re missing out.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        Plain is the only choice. And H&H closed. Assholes.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          At least Zabars lives on.

          • OMG! Bagels!

            Damn straight. Eli’s Zabars is the best Zabars.

    • Brian S.

      Don’t forget Pineda, which was arguably our most impactful injury.

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

      You forgot Pineda. You also forgot according to the MSM nobody is having a ‘great year’ because the MSM apparently can’t read Cano’s numbers. You also forgot the RISPFAIL and TOO MANY HOMERS lol. Seriously though, this has been a fun season so far, hopefully it continues.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        Damn. I did forget Pineda. Didn’t even think about it. Did think about RISPFAIL and HOMERS but honestly forget Pineda.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Red Sox bullpen implosions never get old.

    • Tom

      Especially when people with ridiculous facial hair give it up.
      Albers – you have some dirt on your chin… or something…

      Red Sox announcers almost getting as bad as the White Sox guys in terms of bitching about balls and strikes.

    • captain kiwi

      i’m just glad to see ciriaco shitting the bed tonight.

  • captain kiwi

    i want the mariners to pour it on darvish tonight…

  • DERP

    Jason Hammel probably needs knee surgery that will keep him out until September.

    Thanks for playing Orioles.

    • Pat D

      Yea, that should finish them. Let’s see if they’re dumb enough to try and swing a trade now.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado for 1/2 a season of Hamels.

  • Brian S.

    The Red Sox intentionally walked Hideki Matsui. True story.

  • Tom Zig

    Boston just lost and is now back to .500 and 10.5 games back of the Yankees. What in the world is going on in Beantown?

    • BK2ATL

      Just a lovely meltdown to witness. Then, there’s been the injuries, lack of quality pitching, starting and bullpen, Bobby V, poor team chemistry, etc.

      That being said, they’re about to be back at full strength pretty soon. I’m guessing that they will turn it around and be right in the middle of the wild card mix. So let’s just enjoy it as along as it continues for now.

      That’s they’re only 10.5 back is saying something. Really should be more. I have a feeling that they’ll finish the season in 2nd place in the AL East, as Tampa has no offense, Toronto no pitching, and Baltimore will fall back to earth.

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

    How can anybody seriously root for Rodney with his cap like that. This is a god damn professional sport, not a high school dance. Your “swag” isn’t appreciated on the baseball field.

    • Get Phelps Up

      If the media is going crazy about Untuck, I’d hate to see what they’d do if Rodney was a Yankee.

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

        I’d like to think that if Rodney was a Yankee (Praying to every possible deity it never happens) that the team or one of the players(looking your way captain, and your Alex) would tell him to knock of the stupid shit and put your cap on the right way.

        • Get Phelps Up

          It’s not just that, it’s also that arrow shooting shit he does after a save.

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

            That’s whatever, It’s really nothing compared to Valverde’s seizures. The cap pisses me off to no end though.

  • BK2ATL

    Can someone clue me in to Ravel Santana and what’s needed to be known about him as a prospect so far?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    There’s a whole thread about turkey vultures out there that I’m too mentally fried to understand. It seems like Erica has quite the fondness for them…..or something.

    Today was my boy’s first birthday, so I know nothing but a box score right now. We needs a recap, Axisa. Do it for my boy.

    • jjyank

      Happy birthday to your son. Here’s to many more happy ones!

    • Pat D

      My niece turns 1 in a few weeks. Can’t believe it’s been a year already.

      Happy birthday to your son, hope it was a great day!

    • BK2ATL

      Feliz cumpleaños a tu niño!!!

      Yeah, a recap is needed. It was a pretty good team win today.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

      Happy birthday to the little Tilapia.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Thanks, everyone. Great, but tiring, day.

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

      Happy birthday to stormageddon dark lord of all.

      • Pat D

        Excellent Doctor Who reference.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    What’s wrong with untuck again? Does he untuck if he blows a save?
    I wasn’t a fan at first but don’t care second and now it’s UNTUCK!

    And anyone who doesn’t like it can get the hell over it.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Where does it end, though? He’s untucking now. In ten more saves, he’s just going to whip it out of his pants and parade around the mound. Can’t have that.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        No? Not as bad as facial hair!

      • NYCSPORTZFAN

        its his thing.. who cares if he untucks his shirt after a save? Why would if go any further?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This had me in stitches when I read the Game Thread.

    jjyank says:
    July 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Come here kids, let me show you something in my moustache…

    • jjyank

      What can I say, W.B. Mason inspires me…

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