Thursday Night Open Thread


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It’s lovely out in New York, but if you live somewhere else or are stuck inside tonight, use this as your open thread. The Mets are playing the Reds (Harvey vs. Bailey) and MLB Network will air a game as well. Who you see depends on where you live. Use this thread to talk about those games or anything else. Go nuts.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Robinson Tilapia says:

    1. Game sucked. Got to watch the 8th and 9th inning. Whatever. Took 3 of 4. Go……Sox and Angels tonight? Really? REALLY??! Really.

    2. Held an incredibly successful event today in which 400 people from the community had a ton of fun at a park more known for busted basketball courts and gang violence.

    3. Somewhat read the game thread. I fucking love you, Big Member.

    4. I love how, whenever something actually crosses the line into “funny,” people think it’s TSJC in disguise.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Sooner or later, it actually will be him.

    • jjyank says:

      1. I’m actually on board with Plouf’s suggestion of Skynet.

      2. That’s pretty sweet, congrats.

      3. He’s hilarious, and if there was any doubt that he’s a fake troll, the game thread dispelled that.

      4. I want a burrito.

  2. Joba Chamberlain says:

    Why am I not in AAA?

  3. Brian S. says:

    Laptop Thief needs to steal one from the Orioles.

  4. Brian S. says:

    God dammit Salty.

  5. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Joba Chamberlain: the Yankees’ Daniel Bard.

    • Bo Knows says:

      Not even close, Joba is coming back from Tommy John; command issues are very common that first season back for them. Bard is just flat out screwed up

      • Heisenberg's Hat says:

        I’m not even talking about this season. Joba can make a pretty good case for being the most overrated player in baseball. Yankee fans think he’s awesome. Fans of other teams look at him and wonder what the fuss is. Similar to Bard.

        • YanksFanInBeantown says:

          Bard has never been a Top 20 prospect in all of baseball.

          • Brian S. says:

            Joba was an ace in 2008. He was serviceable in 2009 but faded near the end of the year. I wonder what would have happened if they allowed him to start in 2010.

          • Heisenberg's Hat says:

            Being a prospect is meaningless. I’m talking about actual performance.
            Drew Henson and Lastings Milledge agree with me.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I don’t think we think he’s awesome because he’s dominant. A lot of the Joba appeal is personality as well. That’s fine.

          • Brian S. says:

            His personality is more likable when he isn’t giving up a run every time he steps to the mound.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              I reserve judgement until 2013 on him. We’ve been spoiled by watching guys like Strasburg come back from TJS.

              • Havok9120 says:

                This. People seem to have forgotten what these guys normally look like during their readjustment period.

                • Robinson Tilapia says:

                  It’s called “not having the pain of Octavio Dotel etched into your skull.”

                  • Heisenberg's Hat says:

                    The thing that’s most annoying about Dotel is that he totally stunk for the Yanks 9 years ago, but he’s still pitching and completely owns Jeter.

                    • Robinson Tilapia says:

                      But that, to me at least, is a more likely scenario for “what the first few months coming back from TJS” looks like than Strasburg-like freakness.

                      That’s why I say I don’t read much into this until 2013. It sucks to watch, but it’s not a referendum to me on Joba as a pitcher.

                • Heisenberg's Hat says:

                  Even before the injury he was extremely inconsistent, and hadn’t been great since 2008. He has a long way to go to prove he’s not just another reliever.

  6. Kevin says:

    Great..Red Sox getting swept coming into the know they’ll be ticked off and swinging away…

  7. Brian S. says:

    I wonder if Orioles fans get tired of watching Chris Davis and Mark Reynolds.

  8. Arya says:

    The Red Sox are a bunch of dead fish. They aren’t going to do anything to help us. The only mission of the players now is to tank ballgames and get Bobby V fired.

  9. Brian S. says:

    Jose Ramirez has 5 strikeouts in 2 innings so far.

  10. DERP says:

    I am really looking forward to the Yankees going into Camden and destroying these fucks.

  11. Cy Pettitte says:

    of course the Sox will roll over and let the O’s sweep them easily. Now watch them suddenly come alive this weekend.

  12. DERP says:

    Nick Markakis bunted into a double play. Dumbass.

  13. DERP says:

    I’m not sure if the Orioles really want to win.

  14. Betty Lizard says:

    I really missed Joba.
    Not anymore.
    I know, TJS, ankle, blah blah blah fishcakes. But I’m overworked and I don’t care. :-(

  15. DERP says:

    Buchholz just intentionally hit Adam Jones in the ass.

    • DERP says:

      A brawl is coming. Jim Palmer advocating hitting Sox players in parts of their bodies that are already banged up.

      • Heisenberg's Hat says:

        Seriously? What a dick move.

        • DERP says:

          He said something like “I’d be aiming for the Achilles.” (I don’t think he realized that Ortiz isn’t playing.) He then said something to the effect of “The Red Sox are four games under .500. Who are they to take offense to a clean baseball play?” (The HBP was in response to Jones barreling over Salty yesterday trying to knock the ball loose.

      • Brian S. says:

        You see Jones talk shit at the Red Sox when the inning was over?

  16. Kramerica Industries says:

    The non-Robertson and Soriano relievers kinda torpedoed the chance at the sweep, eh?

    At least Phelps or Hughes will be in that 7th inning spot come October, so that should help, at least in theory.

  17. Brian S. says:

    I want to see a brawl. You gotta think Gonzalez or Pedroia is the one to be plunked.

  18. Brian S. says:


  19. DERP says:

    Kevin Gregg warming up. It is on.

  20. Brian S. says:

    Haha right in your face Wieters.

  21. Brian S. says:

    Surprised the Melky story is still going strong but not the Felix one.

  22. Brian S. says:

    Tillman, Arrieta, Matsuz, Britton…you guys think the Yankees pitching prospects suck.

    • DERP says:

      Loewen, Penn, Cabrera as well

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        How many of those would have succeded in an organization where they weren’t rushed to holy hell?

        • Brian S. says:

          What would Hughes and Chamberlain look like if they weren’t rushed?

          • Heisenberg's Hat says:

            Joba looked otherworldly when he came up in ’07. ERA+ of 1221. I think he set the bar too high with that flukey performance.

            • Brian S. says:

              He did it as a starter in 2008 too. 3.3 WAR in 100 innings, 2.60 ERA/2.65 FIP.

            • jjyank says:

              He did set the bar high, but how flukey was it considering his prospect status? You said above that prospect status is meaningless, and I admit that it is certainly overvalued, but Joba’s problem have been injuries, not really performance. How he pitches in 2012, fresh off TJS and a devastating ankle injury literally mean nothing about his ability as a pitcher going forward for me. Like when I say nothing, I mean literally zero.

              If he pitches well, great. If not, that proves jack squat for 2013 and beyond. He has the ability, and he’s flashed it plenty.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            Compared to some of the O’s guys, they were left to die in the minors.

  23. Brian S. says:

    Huge days for Zoilo Almonte and JR Murphy and it is only the 6th inning.

  24. Brian S. says:

    Hurry up and brawl already so I can go on the treadclimber!

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Is that one of those Nautilus machines that has a treadmill for each foot, THEN moves up and down? Haven’t been on one in a while. Very strange.

  25. Brian S. says:

    How many drug tests do MLB players take? Couldn’t someone just start roiding once they take a clean test?

    • Brian S. says:

      And how did Ellsbury pass a drug test last year?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      They all get tested at least twice per season. One early in spring training and one randomly timed later in the season. They can also be selected at random for additional tests.

    • jjyank says:

      It’s probably like it was in my high school. They say it’s “random”, yet my flamboyantly guy friend who is very, very hyper got tested like 4 times in a year, while I never got tested a single time all four years. They probably thought he was on speed or something.

      • Big Member says:

        Let me tell you something about real schools with real teams. Professinal high schools used to test us after each win and oh boy did I piss in a cup a lot. Cause that’s baseball, a fair mans game. We did not have any “flamboyantly” players either. There was a soccer team for the ” flamboyantly ” types.

  26. DERP says:

    I’m convinced that this will be a season ending loss for Baltimore (obviously that have to lose for that to happen).

  27. DERP says:


  28. Kramerica Industries says:

    Total bullshit inning for the Red Sox here.

  29. DERP says:

    Tyler Austin is such a beast.

  30. Kramerica Industries says:

    Embedded Yankee Luis Ayala at work.

  31. DERP says:

    I love that Buck brought in his two worst relievers (besides the fill-in Romero) in a tie game.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      You don’t understand his brilliance. It’ll be years before we appreaciate the greatness of John Habyan.

      Typical MIT Nerd

      • jjyank says:

        My favorite part about that whole thing is that Pasta Stumbling Sojo (I think it was him) completely debunked his theory about Buck and Pythag records. And TMITN continued to rage on in the comments above, but ignored the evidence that made him look like a fool.

  32. Kramerica Industries says:

    I re-iterate – some of these commercials are absolutely grating to watch.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW) says:

      “Hey jobless people! Come watch spoiled brats stand around for 3 hours – for a LOT of money!”

  33. DERP says:

    Buchholz had an immaculate inning in the sixth. Don’t know how I missed that.

  34. Cuso says:

    Hey Mike, I live somewhere

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