Sunday Night Open Thread


Creepy mascot is creepy. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

The weekend is unfortunately coming to a close, but that’s life. Just five more days ’til the next one. Here is your open thread for the night. The ESPN Sunday Night Game is the Braves at the Mets (Sheets vs. Niese), plus you’ve also got the last little bit of the Olympics. It’s been a fun two weeks. Talk about that stuff or anything else here. Go nuts.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Kevin says:

    Jesus Montero homered off Weaver twice today…sure wish we had a bat like that in our lineup…

  2. Joey from Jersey says:

    Let it go Louie.

  3. Steve Kalris says:

    Here’s an open thread complaint:

    Zach McAllister
    Melky Cabrera
    Tyler Clippard
    Jesus Montero
    George Kontos
    Ian Kennedy
    Austin Jackson
    Mike Trout (Signing Teixeira cost them this draft pick)

    On and on and on. This organization handles the minor leagues poorly. Cashman = Worthless.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      So pick a new team. This is an easily correctable problem.

    • Heisenberg's Hat says:

      It’s almost as if they’ve only won 4 championships with him as GM.

    • Robert says:

      Dont forget Jimmy Paredes and Wilton López.

    • Alkaline says:

      Since Riddle is nowhere to be found.


    • jjyank says:

      McAllister: Plenty of issues as a prospect and generally a replaceable one.

      Melky: Was trending downward for a couple of years in a row, and was one of the worst players in baseball when he was released by the Braves.

      Clippard: A reliever, and not a highly touted one at that. It happens.

      Montero: Can’t exactly write that book yet. Hasn’t had a good season so far, and we don’t know what Pineda will give.

      Kontos: Stewart hasn’t been good, but really? He was barely in the top 30 in the entire organization.

      Kennedy and Jackson: Lumping them together since it was the same trade – Granderson is a pretty good player, no? Hate on the strikeouts if you want, power hitting center fielders are pretty rare. He was an MVP candidate last year. So it’d not like they gave those two away.

      Trout: LOL this one is why I know you have no idea of what you speak. The Angels had two picks before the Yankees. Even without the Teixeira pick, they would have taken him anyway. And even if that was not the case, Cashman is supposed to tell the future and just “know” what player they are giving up with the pick they are forfeiting? Even if signing Tex was the reason the Angels got Trout (and it wasn’t), how the hell was anyone supposed to know what player would get selected with that pick and who that player would turn out to be?

      “Cashman = Worthless.”

      This post = worthless.

    • pat says:

      We would have lost it for CC and Burnett too.

  4. Kevin says:

    The Tex pick would have gone to the Brewers instead. And the Angels STILL had a pick in front of the Yankees.
    I’m ticked about Montero,Jackson and others too but the Tex cost the Yankees Mike Trout myth needs to end.

  5. garth asham says:

    Phil hughes is a very fustrating pitcher to watch

  6. Steve Kalris says:

    Pick a new team? Typical homer response.

    Just keep tooting that Cashman train, robot boy.

  7. Steve Kalris says:

    jjyank, if you knew anything about the draft (which you don’t) then you’d realize that every single analyst covering it said the Yankees and Angels were the two teams targeting Trout.

    Follow more than just NY baseball, know nothing.

    • Bunt Gardner says:

      Keep talking. Eventually the hole you dig for yourself will be so deep no one will hear you.

    • jjyank says:

      If YOU knew anything about the draft (which you don’t), you’d realize that the Angels has TWO (like more than one) picks before the Yankees. And they were gonna pick Trout with one of them regardless.

      “Follow more than just NY baseball, know nothing.”

      Do me a favor, and follow your own advice. Also, try the reply button. Seriously.

      • Steve Kalris says:

        Wrong again.


        You are absolutely clueless about the draft.

        • jjyank says:

          No…I’m not wrong. They had two picks.

          • Steve Kalris says:

            Goodness. This is like explaining baseball to a child.

            They were NOT going to pass on Zach Lee. The Angels were targeting him no matter what, and he was going to be their first pick (just like it panned out).

            Try reading other sites and learning about the game before you pretend to have any idea of what you’re talking about.

            • jjyank says:

              Actually, from what I had read, it was Trout they were not passing on. This is like arguing with a child.


            • Kevin G. says:

              So when Cashman was on the verge of signing Teixeira you wanted him to be like “Oh wait this means our pick will be going to the Angels and they’ll take Mike Trout six months from now using our pick.”

              I didn’t know Cashman had a crystal ball.

            • Bunt Gardner says:

              Except they did pass on Lee.

            • Mike Axisa says:

              They were NOT going to pass on Zach Lee. The Angels were targeting him no matter what, and he was going to be their first pick (just like it panned out).

              Lee and Trout weren’t even in the same draft. I wasn’t even 100% sure of that and it literally took me less than five seconds to look it up.

              You need to stop telling people to “Try reading other sites and learning about the game before you pretend to have any idea of what you’re talking about” because you’re approaching most clueless commenter in RAB history status.

        • Heisenberg's Hat says:

          I’m just wondering who you think the Yanks would have used as a first baseman these past 3 years if they hadn’t signed Tex?

    • Alkaline says:


  8. Steve Kalris says:

    This site has been infiltrated with Cashman ball washers and know nothing clowns that have no idea that baseball exists outside of New York.

    What a sad, pathetic disgrace.

  9. Kevin says:

    The Angels still had a pick in front of the Yankees no matter what due to K-Rod signing with the Mets. They were going to get him regardless of what happened with Tex,end of story.

  10. Kevin G. says:

    Now would be a bad time for Phil Hughes to start sucking. Hopefully he turns it back around and Nova build off of his past start.

  11. DERP says:

    This is shaping up to be a thread that will include plenty of intelligent discussion.

  12. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Isn’t there some way we can blame Cashman for trading away Fred McGriff?

    • jjyank says:

      I blame Cashman for not drafting Willie Maze. What a failure.

    • Gonzo says:

      I heard Cashman was behind the Lindbergh kidnapping!

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        If it wasn’t for Cashman, Jack Chesbro would still be winning 40 games a season for the Highland…..Yanks today.

    • Bo Knows says:

      blame him for

      not drafting Pujols
      not drafting Votto
      not drafting Strasburg when he was still a fat High School pitcher

      Also let’s blame him for not drafting the potential 2014 #1 pitcher Carlos Rodon while he was in High School (just to get a preemptive jab in all this hindsight crap)

  13. DM says:

    Another dinger for Corban Joseph; Whitley got the start in the nightcap.

  14. dc1874 says:

    …and Cashman traded Buhner also..!!!

  15. The Real Greg says:

    I should have known that Hughes would struggle today. What do minor leaguers hit well and look for? Fastballs. What does Phil Hughes throw almost exclusively? Fastballs.

  16. Brian S. says:

    All other AL East teams won today :(

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      The ultimate “shit happens.” You can go on a four-game winning streak, but they all win. Then you lose one, but they don’t.

  17. Brian S. says:

    I just got a new Black and Decker coffee maker for 18 bucks. I don’t even care how racist the brand name is.

  18. Drew says:

    The whole bashing Cashman for not drafting Trout guy is entertaining to read, but who is the babe in the picture?

  19. Mike N says:



    That was me “go[ing] nuts”, as instructed by site management.

  20. Nathan says:

    Carrie gives me underwood.

  21. Brian S. says:

    What happens if LA, Oakland, Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, and Tampa Bay all finish with the same record?

  22. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    I can’t tell Carrie Underwood from Jennie Finch. Oh well.
    I thought it was Jennie because she was signing a baseball.

  23. DERP says:

    I am pretty sure that there is not a more overrated movie than Step Brothers.

  24. Mick taylor says:

    Why does andruw jones get a free pass ? He is the least clutch hitter on this team for 2 years. He has never won a game with a hit .(thinkdetroit playoffs, today’s game, July angels game, and many more). The yanks should have better options than this 220 hitter.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I’m sure that will be under consideration in 2013. For now, I can’t exactly see who in the organization would do a better job or would be available to the team through a waiver deal.

    • JohnnyC says:

      His hitting is disappointing but it’s his slow-motion outfield play that irks me. It doesn’t matter how strong his arm still is since it takes an hourglass to time his pursuit of batted ball.

  25. Have Frankie Cervelli or Eduardo Nunez made any progress (hitting in the first case, fielding in the second) while down in AAA, and — if not — then aren’t we wasting them there? It seems to me that at this point they would each either benefit from access to the coaches on the big club, or else they should / should have been traded. Obviously trickier after the non-waiver deadline, but can we at least consider them mortal locks for September call-up? Are they both even healthy and playing right now? (I freely concede that I should’ve known the answer to that last one before posting, so if one or both are hurt I apologize to the room.)

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Both are healthy. I’m sure we’ll see them both in September. Nunez’s season was pretty much lost due to injury. Cervelli didn’t do much in AAA for most of the season to push the Chris Stewart issue.

      • Heisenberg's Hat says:

        I heard Cervelli’s defense has been pretty bad in AAA.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I think it’s time for both of us to change the channel.

        • I heard the same thing — and Nunez’ too — and I thought they were both good-to-dynamite for the big club last year. Is it possible that they’re languishing down in AAA and won’t get better until they get back with the team? I know that’s dangerous thinking and I wouldn’t advocate it for, oh, I dunno — IVAN NOVA — but these two players seem to me to be shockingly under-performing right now, relative to what they showed me in ’11.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            The other side of that coin would be that a scorned Cervelli would hit his way back onto the big team and take his job back from Stewart, but he just didn’t.

            I get the Nunez demotion. For the position he was being asked to play, the defense had to be demonstratively better. He then got injured. Just a lost season. I still think he’s better off on one of those teams who believe him to be starting caliber.

  26. jjyank says:

    I’m sorry that Steve Kalris stopped commenting. I feel like he was stuart a’s brother, only with better grammar skills. Also “Kalris” sounds like the beginning of “Lando Calrissian”, and that’s always fun.

  27. Robert says:

    Montero is hitting .270 with 12 home runs What would that translate in Yankee stadium with him in our line up.

    I would say .300 and 20 HRS by now!

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      It would translate to the Seattle Mariners wondering what the hell their starting catcher was doing in the Yankee lineup.

      • Bravo! Pineda’s torn labrum makes Montero’s performance for the Mariners a much easier target for GM-bashing. (Though I will say that I wish Cash had been more sensitive to the Verducci effect, which — whatever else one says about it — has been right in recent years about Hughes, Chamberlain, Nova and Pineda, and that’s just on our team.) At all events, when Pineda is back next year the Montero issue will die the quiet death it deserves. He was never everyday-catcher material and the last thing the Yankees need is a traffic-jam at DH.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I wasn’t a fan of the trade. It happened. You can’t go back. This rehashing of the same old shit is so old. He’s a Mariner. Get over it or go root for them. The salmon’s great.

          • jjyank says:

            Speaking of which, I saw a Golden Corral commercial yesterday that made me think of you.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              That is the most fucking bizarre thing anyone’s ever said to me.

              • jjyank says:

                The commercial mentioned tilapia specifically. You said “salmon”, and I thought “fish”, and then I thought “Golden Corral’s tilapia”.

                • Robinson Tilapia says:

                  Now this is kinda strange…..we were at Bahama Breeze today (by Willowbrook Mall for you Jersey folk) and my son actually HAD tilapia for the first time AND I named the fish “Robinson.”

                  I don’t think I’ve ever been at a Golden Corral. I have been to a Bob Evans… Kentucky.

                  • jjyank says:

                    Oh Willowbrook Mall…sore subject, my ex was from about 5 minutes from there.

                    I’ve never been to a Golden Corral either, but their commercial of “try our tilapia” makes me chuckle. Did your son like it?

  28. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wow, this was in interesting open thread to come home to. Steve Kalris is like Duh Innings 2.0

  29. pistol pete says:

    Texas, LA, and Detroit got better at the deadline and Tampa got Longoria back for the stretch run. We’re left with Phelps/Freddy/Hughes/and Nova starting and trying to hang on to a five game lead with 50 to go. Do you think those 4 scare anyone and if the yanks do limp into the playoffs do think we scare anyone, NOT. These are not the Yanks that George owned. We continue to lose out at the deadline and are left praying CC is ok and Andy returns. Looks like a pipe dream right now.

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