Sep
18

Tuesday Night Open Thread

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Well … Andy Pettitte‘s return will have to wait one more day. Such is life. The Yankees are now going to close out their season with 16 games in 15 days thanks to tonight’s rain out, which is unfortunate. Winning the AL East and securing a playoff spot wasn’t going to be easy anyway, but now it’s going to be just a tiny bit tougher.

Here is your open thread. The Mets were rained out as well, but MLB Network will air a game tonight. Who you see depends on where you live as well as the weather, which is creating problems all over the Northeast. Feel free to use this thread to talk about anything except politics. I know it’s election season and all that, but politics discussions are never pretty. Thanks in advance.

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

    Looks like Toronto is going to be w/o Yunel Escobar for the series: http://sports.nationalpost.com.....eye-black/

    • jjyank

      Good. I would love to know exactly what the fuck ran through his mind to do that anyway.

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

        Well he’s always come across as an asshole, according to just about everybody to cover him/play with him so I’m not that surprised.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      It is bad enough Escobar went out on the field wearing that, but shame on all the rest of the Spanish speaking members of the team for not speaking up either and saying “hey that’s not cool”.

      • Brian S.

        Different culture.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Wrong.

          Also, we’re not just one culture.

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

        Well the manager said that he writes on his eye black almost every game, I had a team mate who did that in Babe Ruth League, and after about halfway through the season nobody paid any attention to what was written on there.

        • MannyGeee

          Thinking about getting some eye black for my Beer League and learning some homophobic sayings in many languages….

          BTW, Not sure if it’s been covered in RAB or not, but what Escobar wrote on his eye black translates to “you are a fa**ot”… Real classy guy

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

            I think the article I posted says it, but yeah that is what it said.

          • Pat D

            I guess my second question to him, after “What the fuck were you thinking?” would be “Who were you directing that towards?”

            • Rich in NJ

              I’m not sure that thinking is characteristic of Escobar’s mental process.

            • RetroRob

              Pretty immature on his part.

              Perhaps it wasn’t even directed at gays, but he was using it as a derogatory term against everyone. He’s a tough guy and the competition are all fa**ots. Macho world of sports. Yet trying to rationalize biggoted statements just shows how stupid he is. How could he not know he was insulting a group of people? How could his teammates who understand what he wrote not say anything? Maybe he does change it reguarly and his teammates never bother to see what crazy Yunel wrote under his eyes today. Somehow I doubt it.

              Anyway, good MLB suspended him. Now if only they can search through video archives in the hopes of finding homophobic words on Edwin Encarcion’s face that would greatly help the Yankees the next few days.

          • YanksFanInBeantown

            Apparently “maricon” can also mean “p***y” which is inappropriate but nowhere near the level of the f-word

            • Robinson Tilapia

              A slur is a slur is a slur is a slur.

              It can be used in whatever context you mean but, ultimately, it means just one thing.

              • Rainbow Pinstripes

                Well said.

          • Josh

            I actually knew what it meant already, because it was my bus drivers favorite statement..Great Guy that man

      • FIPster Doofus

        It’s naive to think his teammates were even outraged by it; most of them probably laughed their asses off.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’ll assume there were a variety of internal and external reactions.

          Toronto did the right thing. There’s no place for this shit in 2012.

    • Rainbow Pinstripes

      Kudos to the organization for stepping up and saying this was not okay. Three games seems like a fitting punishment for doing something so careless.

      If he wants to be a real class act, I dare him to put something about acceptance / equality on his eye black when he comes back. That would be awesome.

      • Dan Gold

        I am a gay man, and there is nothing funny at all about this incident . What is wrong with two men having loving relations?? I hope all of the commentators are open to free gay love ..

        • MannyGeee

          Well…. “open to free gay love” to it might be a little on the nose, but I think I can speak for my experience on this site in saying “This ain’t NoMaas, to each their own around these parts…”

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    So, as of now, my MLB.tv account seems to have run into difficulty.

    Same thing happened last year when Sept. rolled around, and I only saw the Rays and nationally televised games after that. Only 16 games left this year. I better not have just been dealt another screwball.

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

      Question about MLB.tv, how’s it work come post season…will I still be able to listen to the radio using the radio package?

      • jjyank

        I would guess that you can, since you can listen to the radio when you’re in market or the game is nationally broadcasted anyway.

      • Get Phelps Up

        The radio is unchanged, it’s just the TV broadcasts that are different in the playoffs.

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

    Tropic Thunder is seriously one of the funniest movies ever, and when you consider everything that it had going against it that’s saying something.

    • Pat D

      First of all, take a big step back and literally…

    • jjyank

      I wouldn’t say “ever”, but it is freaking hilarious. It’s funny that you mention it, because my coworkers and I were joking about it at work. Some customer said “you people” to us. It was completely innocent, he was referring to bank employees. But as soon as he left, I turned to my coworker (who’s black and has a good sense of humor about it all) and go “WHAT DO YOU MEAN, ‘YOU PEOPLE’!!!???”

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

        I don’t read the script, the script reads me.

        • Pat D

          What does that even mean?

    • MannyGeee

      Great flick. High comedic value

  • jjyank

    Sorry for the political discussions, Mike. Didn’t mean to stir up trouble. Kinda hard to not have it on the brain when you spend 6 years studying political science and your place of employment has you staring at CNN for 8 hours a day.

    Won’t happen again.

    • OldYanksFan

      You work for CNN? VERY Cool!

      • Brian S.

        He works at a bank that has CNN on the TV all day.

        • jjyank

          Yep. Not nearly as cool as working for CNN haha. But I do stare at it all day, since it’s a pretty low-traffic branch.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I actually do know a guy who works for CNN. :)

        • MannyGeee

          It’s the worst, when I was in Financial Services, we had CNBC on alllllll day.

          • jjyank

            I actually don’t mind it. Like I said, I spend my entire higher educational career studying politics, it’s kind of nice to keep informed without having to try. Allows me to spend my free time doing other things.

            • MannyGeee

              Well, I’m in software now…all the flat screens in the building are turned to shameless self promotion… Shitty

              Best TV at work related situation was Comcast, where we had full control of the TVs in the cafe… Yankees day games FTW!!!!

              • Pat D

                I always wanted to find the person who constantly turned on Fox News at my old job.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  My gym used to play Fox, which was awful. They now play CNN way too much, which just serves to kill brain cells.

                  • RetroRob

                    CNN is the default for most places as too many people view Fox and MSNBC as politicized and on the extremes.

          • Dave M

            Nothing wrong with CNBC. But then again, I have a thing for Mandy Drury. :-)

    • Pat D

      Well, he’s pretty much taken away my reason for living now.

      Are you happy, Mike? Are you happy?!?

      :)

    • Nice Scheister

      It would be more fair and balanced if they had FOX News on, true story.

      • jjyank

        *pukes*

    • CP

      Are you talking about yesterday’s open thread?

      That was nothing. I mean, what kind of political discussion doesn’t include discussions of the legitimacy of William Howard Taft’s presidency?

      http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....nt-1048390

  • Anthony

    I was wondering why the called the game off… no rain in SI all day up until now, just some strong winds. Now its pouring. Don’t like it, feels like the official start of fall/winter.

    • Pat D

      Yea, it got really cool all of a sudden over the last week. Like it went from upper 80′s to lower 70′s overnight.

      I agree with what Lewis Black once said: Fall is here again and all I can say about that is ‘Fuck Fall!’

      • Anthony

        Haha, agree 100%. Hoping for a mild winter like last year. I believe it only snowed twice… and one was that freak storm in October, the same day of course my entire family went tailgating to the Army football game haha

        • Pat D

          Yep, pretty much the same here. That freak storm sucked. My neighbor lost three of his trees because of it. One of our trees is half dead right now, and my dad is worried that if we should have another one, it could fall on our garage.

          • jjyank

            That storm was terrible. I didn’t have power for 8 days. My neighborhood only had two exits, and both of them had trees laying across the road, so for 3-4 days we couldn’t even leave. Terrible. I remember it wasn’t until about 9 or 10 PM when my dad realized the night of the storm the problem this would cause. My parents have (I believe) about 70 trees on our property. We ran out frantically, drunk, at 10 PM trying to swat away snow from the branches around the yard. Still lost about 5 of them.

            • Pat D

              Luckily we were only without power for a little less than a day. My call center, may it rest in peace, didn’t have full power for a couple days, but we still had to go into work. I was starting to wonder if we were working in unsafe conditions since we’re staring at computer screens without full lighting in the building, and I’m not sure if the heat was fully on either. I was very tempted to call someone at OSHA.

            • Anthony

              Damn, that sucks! Where are you from? I remember on the way back from the tailgate that day, traveling on the highways in upstate NY… it was hell on earth. Really makes you grateful for NYC infrastructure. Branches were strewn all over the roads, basically blocking all but one lane. At one point a bunch of our cars had to stop to help some guy push his truck out of the way.

              • jjyank

                I’m from north west Jersey. Hunterdon Country, for those familiar.

                • Anthony

                  Ah, so you’re fairly close by. I’m on Staten Island.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                If you were up in Queens, it sucked massively. I’ll tell you that.

                • Anthony

                  Really now? Slow response from the DSNY? They usually joke around about SI being the neglected borough, lol.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    My favorite random thing about Staten Island is that you guys somehow have a Perkins on Hylan Blvd., which is the only Perkins I’ve ever seen outside of the utter boonies of Florida.

                    • forensic

                      There are Perkins’ in PA too. There was one about 2 minutes from where I went to College in central PA and it was always our go-to place for middle of the night eating and quenching the munchies anytime.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      I remember great muffins and preferring it to Denny’s. That’s all I remember.

                    • Pat D

                      It’s so much better than Denny’s. There are a few around where I live. There are also a few that used to be around where I lived but closed in recent years.

                      I love being able to go and get breakfast anytime.

                    • forensic

                      They had great food anytime. It was such a goldmine being minutes from a school with a huge greek/party foundation and rep.

                      Being just a couple properties down from a place called the ‘Beer Barn’ certainly didn’t hurt its traffic either.

            • Dave M

              That’s why I have a chain saw. And now a generator too. That storm did suck! I was without power for 9 days. I think I bought the generator after 6 days.

      • jjyank

        Lewis Black is one of my favorite comedians.

        • Pat D

          He came out with a new album last week. Pretty good. Goes on a 15-minute spiel about his old iPhone, the people who work at Apple stores, his current Droid phone and a trip to the Verizon store to get it working.

          Also contains a story about his invitation to Ringo Starr’s birthday, Farmville and the people who are paid to run other people’s farms, and, of course, that which we can’t discuss here.

          • jjyank

            Awesome, I’ll check it out. I have like 3 or 4 of his other ones. My parents and brother got to see him live a few years ago. I missed it because I was still away at college, but I was quite jealous.

            • Pat D

              He came to my area back in March. I didn’t feel like spending $60 for it, though.

              I think all of his albums are worth owning. For some reason I tend to like his older ones more, but that’s probably because I’ve listened to them more.

              • jjyank

                It was kind of hard to find a non-political one, but I figured I’d drop a link for those not familiar with Lewis Black.

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

                • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

                  Double guns, bitch! Tss. Tss..

        • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

          He’s so edgy. Constantly yelling about things.

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

    The Monsoon has started in NNJ

    • DM

      Got caught walking in it. Real windy, no rain — then like someone dumped a garbage can of water on me from above. Soaked in 2 seconds.

  • Pat D

    Sad to hear about the passing of Steve Sabol. He deserves a lot of credit for the NFL’s popularity.

    • Joe

      I saw the live announcing straight from NFL Network. Eisen was about to cry. I was getting chills. Almost teared up myself. I grew up watching the NFL Network on weekends when my Mom and Dad divorced. It got me through some rough times.

  • MannyGeee

    So, AJ Burnett is #1 pitching like a boss against Mil right now, #2 looking like a complete douche in his “Post Yankee Facial Hair”

    • jjyank

      Pretty sure the “Post Yankee Facial Hair” thing is like a rite of passage for former Yankees :P

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

      Haha, everybody looks like a douche with the post yankee facial hair.

    • Pat D

      I look at it this way. I’ve had a goatee for about 10 years. I couldn’t keep it if I played for the Yankees. So if I left the Yankees and went to a team that didn’t have a facial hair policy, I’m pretty sure that I’d grow it back right away.

      Then again, maybe not. I grew it out the first time because I thought I had a young-looking face. Now that I’m over 30, it might be time to reconsider that stance.

      • MannyGeee

        It’s not “THAT” he has facial hair, it’s WHAT facial hair he’s wearing… It’s a pretty scum-baggy looking beard.

        Reminds me of Melky’s god awful beard from his time with the Braves… Can’t find a pic right now, but you remember.

        • Pat D

          Oh, gotcha.

        • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

          Mixed with that yellow cap he is wearing tonight it is pretty god awful.

  • jjyank

    On the plus side for the double header, I’ll be able to watch the day game. Taking the day off tomorrow to take care of some things, but should be back by 1. Awesome, because the bank I work at gets such shitty phone service that it can’t even handle the radio through my phone, much less MLB.TV.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Bad AJ is pitching in a pennant race game, if you have MLB.tv.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      If it was bad AJ there MIL would have 5 runs by now.

      • Hall and Nokes

        Well it _is_ the National League…

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Calling an AJ Burnett grand slam.

    …it wouldn’t be the first time I have been wrong.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      And I am.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I’m gonna miss a double header and Andy’s return tomorrow…sad day.

  • Nick

    Stannis Baratheon 2012

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Well, he is the closest thing left to

      BOOK SPOILERS BOOK SPOILERS BOOK SPOILERS BOOK SPOILERS

      THE KING IN THE NORTH!

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

        wait…if he’s the “closest thing left to” King in the North…does that mean Rob Stark is going to…

        • Pat D

          There’s this thing called Wikipedia where you can read the synopses of the books not yet filmed.

          Let me just say this. Lots and lots of people die.

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

            I want to go read it but at the same time I don’t…I figure a lot more people are going to die…but seriously how many more main characters can they kill??

            • Pat D

              I’ve really only watched the last few episodes of season 2. And I have no real interest in reading the books.

              But I don’t know how enthusiastic I am about going back to watch the first two seasons in full knowing what will happen to some of the characters.

              The other problem is this guy takes literally forever to write. They’re going to have to take their time making future seasons, or divide the existing books into multiple seasons so he can finish writing the last two books.

              But I am really curious as to who the hell is going to be left standing when it’s all over.

              • YanksFanInBeantown

                They’re already dividing Book 3 into two seasons and Book 4 and 5 are concurrent, so they could be as long as three or four seasons. And the next book will be out within the next 5 years. (God and GRRM willing)

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

                I think the episodes are well worth watching, just because they’re well made. Plus there are characters you haven’t even seen on screen because of when you started watching.

                • Pat D

                  Well I know what happens to Sean Bean. That’s one of the reasons I don’t feel I could ever fully embrace the show. Especially since I want to kill the kid who plays the boy king.

                  That’s right, the kid, not his character. Though I’d kill his character, too.

              • RetroRob

                I have no interest in reading the books. I’m already about a decade behind on other books. So I will have to wait for each new season on HBO, which brings us to:

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7lp3RhzfgI (safe)

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

            Also, I’m looking at the IMDB page…they cast(ed?) Mance Rayder perfectly. If I had to imagine what he looked like, it would be this guy. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001354/

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

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tum.....o1_500.jpg

    I figure If I have to be scared w/ this image, I should spread it to as many places as possible. Weird as hell, but SFW.

    • Pat D

      The horror…the horror………

      The horror films.

    • Rainbow Pinstripes

      And that’s pretty tame for Tumblr, haha.

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

        Haha, trust me I know, as do many of my followers.

        • Rainbow Pinstripes

          Haha what’s your Tumblr?

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

            My name is linked to my tumblr.

            • Rainbow Pinstripes

              … My bad.

    • Get Phelps Up

      That actually gave me a good laugh.

    • MannyGeee

      Creepy/awesome!

  • Rainbow Pinstripes

    So… can someone tell me who Casey McGhee pissed off resulting in him never playing for the Yankees again?

    • Get Phelps Up

      Duh Innings has secretly hypnotized Girardi into sharing his beliefs about Steve Pearce.

      • Pat D

        I’ve said this before.

        • Get Phelps Up

          You have? Well then great minds, I guess.

          • Pat D

            I will never forget the wisdom of Duh Innings.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I am so saddened to see the Sam Pearce meme run its course. It should never, ever end.

    • RetroRob

      The Yankees found out he was best friends with Francisco Cervelli, who so pissed off someone that they traded away a perfectly useful relief pitcher that they could have used during the recent awful stretch to downgrade at back-up catcher, and hasn’t been seen since, even after he was called up.

      Beware the company you keep.

  • Pat D

    Why is it whenever I turn on NFL Network, I either hear or see Tim Tebow’s name. Will the worship of this doofus never end?

    Oh, and what was the context in which I saw his name tonight? His post-career “plans,” which involve something we can’t discuss. Oh, just shoot me.

    • jjyank

      I am just so glad I’m not a Jets fan. I’ll leave it at that.

    • RetroRob

      I don’t know, but I just heard rumor that Tim Tebow might now be starting the second game of tomorrow’s double header at the stadium.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Because he’s the type of guy you’d be glad to have your daughter bring home one day…..or not.

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

    Here is some shameless self promotion. I was looking into Nova’s stellar start on Saturday, and noticed that he changed his windup during his DL stint. You can see a gif of the new mechanics in comparison to the old windup.

    • jjyank

      I didn’t even notice that, but those .gifs are pretty different. Great catch, I hadn’t seen much being made of mechanical adjustments in the media (unless I missed them).

    • Get Phelps Up

      I never caught that. Pretty interesting. Kinda like what AJ did toward the end of last year.

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

        Yea just simplifying his windup should force him to maintain eye contact with the plate and better balance. The whole hands over the head mechanic stems from the sweeping windup of old baseball. There’s a reason why it’s not taught anymore.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Great catch. Let’s hope the improvements are for real.

    • Anthony

      I read this post earlier today, actually. Great work!

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    I can’t believe Ciriaco just scored on that shallow fly ball.

  • Joe

    What’s up guys? College process is stressful.

    • Alkaline

      I would love to go back to that stress.

      • Joe

        Not fun.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Your life is already over.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Ah crap…..I actually missed the part where Mike said “no politics.” I made a couple of not-so-intense comments before seeing that, Mike. Sorry about that.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    http://dinersjournal.blogs.nyt.....p-by-step/

    Someone mentioned wanting the beer recipe yesterday. There it is.

    I actually watched the Yanks win the 2009 WS with Garrett Oliver.

    • Joe

      I witnessed it with my best friend. Then we called a Mets fan and laughed at him.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        A friend of mine who knows Garrett invited him to the bar we were at. Got so smoke a real Cuban cigar and enjoy some pretty rare stuff he had brewed afterwards. My favorite Yankee-related moment of all time was that celebration.

        • Joe

          Sounds like an awesome time!

          • Robinson Tilapia

            It was, Joe. I don’t think that will ever be topped for me.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Good job Red Sox.

    *barfs*

    • RetroRob

      I don’t want the Rays to fall too far out. We need them to be motivated for the three-game series that ends the season against the O’s.

      • Joe

        This.

      • Get Phelps Up

        The Rays get to face Dice K tomorrow and have Price in the finale. I would like to see them lose tonight.

  • captain kiwi

    alright, i’m six episodes into the first season of breaking bad, and i gotta say…

    i’m a little disappoint. it’s an engaging show, for sure, but i just don’t understand why it’s garnered such a huuuuuge fanbase. it’s not a bad show – i just felt so stupid for not following it earlier, and having seen almost the entire first season, i’m okay with having waited.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It hasn’t even hit halfway past first gear yet. Season three is when it actually starts to go full steam ahead.

      • captain kiwi

        seriously? i’m actually surprised by people’s patience then if it takes 3 seasons for the show to really get going. i’m just not sure what i’m getting from the show. like, with arrested development, i knew it was just a sitcom, aloof and consequence-free – and with spartacus, it was an ass-kicking, titty-having kinda show; with breaking bad i’m still just unsure about what i feel, if that makes any kinda sense.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’ll put it to you this way: I thought I had figured out the show and, somewhere in season three, a random character flashes in the background. My wife, who had watched ahead, looks at me and says “you probably just missed it, but you just saw one of the most important characters on this show for the first time.”

          There is so much yet to be revealed. It almost makes me wish I back in season one and random thugs in basements.

          • captain kiwi

            hah, well now i feel a bit sheepish. and scared. there have been plenty of sequences so far that have made my jaw drop (SPOILERS? such as when walt slides the bucket-for-shittin back to domingo that JUST held parts of his melted down cousin, that honestly made me look around for an answer – who tf is that crazy), but again, the gravity of the series as a whole hasn’t hit me yet; maybe it won’t until it’s actually over with. but if it gets heavier than that? haha, i’m definitely a little scared.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Get ready. You’ve seen NOTHING yet.

              • Alkaline

                +1. I started watching it in the middle of June at season one. I got caught up in about 6 weeks.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Yeah, ride it out a little bit more. I thought the exact same thing when I started it. I kinda struggled to get to the point where I was hooked but once I was it was a non stop binge. It isn’t exactly a fast paced show.

      Personally I’m a Sons of Anarchy fan addict. Don’t think there is a better show on TV.

    • randy velarde, superstar

      It is an engaging show — and they really ratchet up the “engaging” aspect of it as you get into Season 2. It’s a lot like a really well-done “page-turner” detective novel or something — except pages are episodes, and the book is a whole DVD box set, and you don’t leave your house until it’s finished. It’s not art, in the way that a really well-done well-acted movie can be. But it is good craftsmanship.

      In addition to being well-crafted/addictive, it has a good hook to get people watching in the first place. Who doesn’t want to see the goofy dad from Malcolm in the Middle turn into a meth dealer? Who doesn’t feel bitter and insecure about their middling white suburban life and wish just a little that they had the balls to be like Walter White/Tony Soprano/pick your favorite recent anti-hero and go out and let all their internalized rage out into the world? Angry middle-aged white men dispensing their bottled-up wrath upon the world are very popular in TV these days, for good reason.

      But, uh, yeah, if somebody says “What? You haven’t watched Breaking Bad yet? Your life is a waste.” they are probably exaggerating its worth a little.

      • captain kiwi

        my friends like to speak in hyperboles.

        it has me hooked and i’ll definitely finish what’s available on netflix. i’ve spent all of my free time since sunday catching up. i will give vince gilligan his due though, that man has done wonders with so little so far.

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

      The show gets progressively better with each season, which is not something you can say about many shows. Season three is when it really goes into overdrive.

      The only thing I can say about that show is you better pay attention. They don’t waste shots, if you see something, it was on purpose.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Absolutely agree.

      • captain kiwi

        i get that feeling just from watching it. as if there are subtle things telling me “hey, better remember this shit right here.” i want to say it’s already happened a few times and i haven’t even finished the season.

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

      There’s a lot of character development in the beginning, but for now you can enjoy some really absurdly beautiful shots Vince Gilligan puts together. There’s a reason the show developed such a big fan base over time. The first two seasons are good, but the show will just blow you away once you get to the third and fourth season. It’s like a very long movie.

    • Bo Knows

      It’s an amazingly good show, well written, extremely well acted (and that’s an understatement) and the characters are so multi-layered. Your probably the only person I’ve ever heard who said they couldn’t get into it.

      • captain kiwi

        the first thing i noticed was the acting. top notch. bryan cranston is a revelation (he did malcolm in the middle? really?). others have pointed out that i’m still in the nascent stages of the show, so i’m going to keep at it (on season 1 finale as i type this).

        but truthfully i am stupid picky. i feel like i’m also one of the very few in the anti-TDKR camp, for example.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Just started the second season

      I get where you’re coming from, the first few episodes feel a little “exposition-y” but I was hooked at “This, is not meth.”

      • captain kiwi

        FULMINATIVE MERCURY FTW

  • CUYanks

    Rays really are taking on water at this point.

    • forensic

      5 runs, but only 2 hits with 7 walks. Very Yankee-ish performance against Doubront/Mortenson there.

  • RetroRob

    So MLBN is showing a game they called “regional coverage,” meaning it depends where one lives. Okay, so I live in NY, yet I’m seeing the Angels vs. the Tigers.

    Of course. It’s not as if Yankee fans would want to see the Baltimore Orioles play.

    • Get Phelps Up

      They were never broadcasting that game in the first place. The other game they have is the Giants and Rockies.

      • RetroRob

        …I’m not saying they had any intention of broadcasting it. I’m saying they should be broadcasting it in this region. That should be the advantage of MLBN, since they simply pick up one of the teams’ feeds. Give them game that’s of most interest in a region.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Gotcha.

        • forensic

          In fairness though, they probably had to declare sometime before the season or a couple months ago. At that point, would you think the O’s-M’s game would be more interesting or the Angels-Tigers/Rockies-Giants games?

          Not sure if this is exactly how it works, but they do probably have to decide something early on.

          • RetroRob

            I get it. There are probably committments to each team that they’ll appear a certain number of times. Yet when I see “regional game” and I’m NY and I got the Rangers and the Angels, I’m scratching my head!

  • CUYanks

    Trout vs. Miguel Cabrera. Discuss.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Can’t compare, to me. Very different players. I’ll take Trout because of youth and non-fatass-ness.

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

      It’s not even close. Trout has just about the same bat at a younger age, with speed on the bases, and plays a premium position extremely well. The only downside is more strikeouts.

      There’s actually a case to be made that Cano has been better than Cabrera this year. I’d like to see that argument.

      • CUYanks

        I am not ready to say that Trout’s bat is about the same as Miguel Cabrera’s, but this year it has been a good approximation.

        • forensic

          I agree. Trout has terrific numbers, and the risk may well be worth it given his age (depending on how long you’re getting each of them for) and position, but I’d REALLY like to see him put up similar production for more than just one year before I pick him over a guy who has proven to be one of the best right-handed hitters of our generation (when discounting his off-field dumbass-ity).

    • forensic

      I’ll take one of each.

      Just put it on my tab.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Card declined. :)

    • RetroRob

      Trout.

      It’s a blow out.

  • RetroRob

    Imagine if Mike Trout had made it to the Yankees and he was playing CF for the Yankees this year.

    Well, actually that wouldn’t happen. The Yankees would have only now just decided to give him a few ABs at AA in late August, after they tried converting him to SS or catcher, and remade his swing. :-)

    • forensic

      He would’ve been traded long before now…

      • RetroRob

        To the Mariners for Brandon League.

  • Joe

    Freakin’ Miggy! Trout is the MVP for me, but Miggy is two home runs away from the Triple Crown! In Comerica Park! Amazing.

    I’m actually not so sure Trout is the true winner. His defense is probably the only reason I feel that way because Miggy’s defense is poor.

    The power is certainly there. BOOM.

  • forensic

    When people said Desmond Jennings will just be the next Carl Crawford, I bet they were hoping for more of the Rays version of Crawford than the Red Sox version they’ve had this year.

    • CUYanks

      I’m glad they both can have one. Now if we can work on getting a Carl Crawford-like player to the Orioles and Blue Jays, we’ll be all set!

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Serious question: Does Trout still deserve the MVP if Trout gets the triple crown?

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Whoops, second name should be Miggy.

    • CUYanks

      I’m cool with a player winning the award when an extraordinary accomplishment occurs (.400 avg, triple crown, record setting hrs or something), even if he wasn’t technically the most valuable player that year. After all, it’s not like these are life or death decisions.

    • forensic

      Trout wasn’t in the majors all of April. Since then, I have a hard time giving him so much extra credit for his defense (depending on which WAR system you prefer), though his baserunning certainly helps. Cabrera has a massive advantage in slugging and is doing it in a theoretically much more difficult home park.

      Whether or not Cabrera completes the triple crown, I might give the MVP to him anyway.

  • CUYanks

    Erasmo Ramirez deserves a Jeter gift basket. If the Mariners can steal this game, they have a legit shot at stealing the series with Felix on the mound tomorrow.

    • captain kiwi

      as long as they keep it above a 1 run game…

    • RetroRob

      Yeah, some unknown Seattle pitcher gets called up or comes back off the DL to shut out the Orioles…so far. This would cause havoc in the game thread if he was pitching against the Yankees.

      • CUYanks

        Haha yeah, though fan graphs did a pretty complimentary piece on him today, calling him the next Kris Medlen.

        • captain kiwi

          erasmo ramirez? i’ve heard next to nil on this guy. but if he’s the supposed to be the next kris medlen, i’m about to be all on his nuts like pre-2000 arod.

          • CUYanks
          • forensic

            I know who Erasmo Ramirez is.

            Of course, until a few minutes ago I though it was the guy who was born almost 14 years to the day before this guy who had pitched a bunch during the mid-2000′s…

            My bad…

            • captain kiwi

              ;)

        • RetroRob

          Righty, good fastball with a killer changeup. Yup, he’d kill the Yankees first time they faced him!

  • forensic

    It seems like everytime I’ve flipped over to the O’s game Endy Chavez has been batting.

    I whole-heartedly endorse their new tactic of giving him 10 AB’s per game…

    • captain kiwi

      fuck you orioles. just… fuck the shit outta you.

      • RetroRob

        Yeah, really. Was hoping Ramirez would go right through the 9th, but no. Tie game.

        • captain kiwi

          i hope smoak hits a walk hr.

          • forensic

            Smoak sucks.

            On the other hand, if they sent up a Smoak-type bat, then they might get something going.

          • captain kiwi

            walk off* hr.

            i hope someone hits a walk hr that’d be fucking amazing to see. how would that even go down.

            • captain kiwi

              “smoak strikes out swinging, BUT ITS A WILD PITCH, AND WIETERS AIRMAILS IT INTO RF STANDS!!!!

              WTF JUST HAPPENED?!”

              sorry, bota box is getting to me.

      • forensic

        Ugh, screw you Eric Wedge and Tom Wilhelmsen.

        • forensic

          Why wasn’t Endy Chavez batting there?????

          • captain kiwi

            haha i was >this< close to saying the same thing.

            • forensic

              And of course, just flipped over to it now and guess who’s batting…

              • captain kiwi

                should this carry into the 11th, please flip back over..

  • Brian S.

    Fuck Tom Wilhelmsen.

  • Jonathan

    Unreal….I still can’t figure out how the Orioles are even good….anybody know what their pythag record is? With all this luck and 1 run wins it can’t be that good. I really don’t see this team as comparable to the 2008 Rays but who knows. Nothing has really changed from when we all expected them to fall off the cliff and the talent level doesn’t show in their record….oh well walk off win please.

    • forensic

      Prior to tonight, ESPN had their expected record (not sure if they calculate it exactly the same as pythag, but you get the point) at 72-75…

      • Jonathan

        sounds about right. They’re lucky Longoria missed most of the season, the Jays have dealt with major drop offs and injuries and Boston fell apart.

    • RetroRob

      Very good bullpen and they score the second highest percentage of their runs on HRs. Apparently this is viewed as a good thing for the Orioles, but a bad thing for the Yankees.

      Seriously, I don’t know either. I do beleive Showalter is a good manager, and he is capable of adding a few wins (maybe two or three compared to the average manager), but not this. So I think it’s a great bullpen and randomness. It was their turn on the spin of the wheel to win every possible close game. They’re return to reality…next year.

  • Jonathan

    Ladies and gentlemen Olivo has 1/3 of his season’s walks in this game alone.

    • forensic

      So? He just needed some time to get in the groove…

      Seriously though, how does that guy get 300 AB’s in a season in the majors??? Sadly, part of the answer is Montero’s play…

      • Jonathan

        I have no idea…catching is so freaking thin…no wonder they gave those huge contracts to Yadi and Miguel Montero.

  • RetroRob

    That mustache on Kawasake was imported from the Derek Holland school of I’m just entering puberty. Shave it off.

  • RetroRob

    Come on, M’s. This is Brian Matusz. He sucks. You can score. Believe in yourself.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Bring in Jim Johnson to face Montero!

  • forensic

    Come on Jesus!!!!!

    • forensic

      That was less than ideal…

  • RetroRob

    If only they had gotten that bunt down. 1st and 2nd. One out.

  • captain kiwi

    montero – embedded yankee?

    ….i’m ron burgundy?

  • Jonathan

    gee good thing they didn’t get the bunt down……just give Montero a chance to GIDP or walkoff

  • Jonathan

    u-g-l-y

  • Jonathan

    in play run(s)…that’s all i want to see right now

    • RetroRob

      …and you will not.

  • Jonathan

    That was a Yankee inning right there…couple guys on. failed small ball. middle of the order chokes with runners in scoring position. Of course Montero/Saunders isn’t quite Cano/ARod or Tex.

  • forensic

    Gary Thorne sure is fond of saying that a win to allow them to ‘overtake’ the Yankees. Should someone try to explain to him that they’d actually still be tied?

  • RetroRob

    The soft underbelly of the M’s pen shows up. Although in fairness, Furbush is a good arm. I’d take him on the Yankees.

  • captain kiwi

    wait… i missed that aug 7 game entirely, and am only just now hearing/seeing the controversy. quintanilla was out, right??

  • Zack

    If the one guy had gotten the bunt down correctly,the game would have been over.
    And there’s no nice way to spin it..Montero might be able to mash lefties but his righty splits are downright awful.
    As for the O’s..yes they have talent but I still don’t see them winning it all. That bullpen that helped them get this far is starting to show chinks in their armor..and once they face a team that has actual offense in the postseason,I don’t think they’ll make it.
    Of course, I’ve been saying that all year too.

  • captain kiwi

    and how was that a ball to mclouth!!! i need stop drinking..

  • RetroRob

    BTW Yeah to the Seattle broadcast. They show inherited runners scored, first pitch efficiency and other non-traditional stats when the reliever comes in.

    • forensic

      I can’t watch too much of their broadcasts. Sims is near the Hawk realm of homerism and well beyond that in terms of overreacting to everything and Bordick is near the Flaherty realm of boring.

  • Zack

    Eric Wedge left his one pitcher in way too long..and was made to pay for it.
    The rest of this game is on Seattle’s laugh of an offense. All due respect to the O’s..no way would they get away with this playing the Rangers,Reds or Angels or even the Yanks fully healthy.

  • RetroRob

    If anyone is watching this M’s game, I’m confused. The Orioles, I thought, had runners on 1st and 2nd, no outs and the batter bunted. Next thing I see if only one runner on base, and one out, and the batter trying to bunt is gone.

    • captain kiwi

      runner on 1st, mcclouth with the “sac bunt” to move the runner to second. “sac bunt” in parentheses because the bunt came off his foot, should’ve been foul/strike two. home ump/2b ump missed it, runner advanced. this must be how o’s win xtra innings.

      • captain kiwi

        uh… sorry, i didnt address your actual points. there was only one runner, and the play above explains how it was one on, one out

      • RetroRob

        Thanks. I don’t know what I was seeing, but I swear I saw the first two runners get on base, and then thought they were trying to bunt both runners over. So I couldn’t figure out how there was an out on the “bunt”, but only one runner on base.

        Perhaps it has something to do with me having to get up at 4:30 this morning for a conference call, and 21 hours later I’m still awake. Fortunately I don’t have to get up too early tomorrow…err, today.

    • forensic

      Ah, the glory of DVR.

      It was only man on 1st, 0 out (Tolleson single). McLouth bunted him to second. Hardy (yes, Hardy!) walked, Avery K’d, Jones HBP, Wieters K’d.

      • RetroRob

        I’m watching on my computer and flipping between screens. I bet I flipped back and saw the replay of the first single and thought it was a second hit. The volume is very low, so can’t really hear the announcers.

  • Zack

    The Mariners don’t know how to bunt either it seems. Second straight inning they’ve wasted an out.

  • Jonathan

    Are you fucking kidding me? You’d think if you had a team full of guys that couldn’t hit they’d at least be able to get a bunt down…unreal….

  • RetroRob

    You would think on a team like the Mariners that all their suck hitters would know how to bunt. Apparently not.

    • forensic

      I love how even at this time of night (whatever time zone you happen to be in), that multiple people can make basically the same comment about a game on the opposite end of the country from NY.

  • captain kiwi

    jonathan and retrorob owe each other a drink..

  • Jonathan

    how did Olivo get on 2nd?

    • forensic

      Stolen base. Guess that explains our question about how he gets 300 AB’s. Clearly it’s the speed threat with that being his 3rd steal already…

  • Zack

    At the very least..the O’s bullpen is starting to get overworked.

  • forensic

    I really need to get some sleep, but I can’t seem to leave this game while it’s unresolved right now.

    I say again, screw you Eric Wedge and Tom Wilhelmsen.

    • RetroRob

      I’m already sleep deprived for the day. I keep thinking, what’s a few more minutes…but the game goes on.

      • forensic

        Sadly, I’m just starting my week when I get up in about 5 1/2 hours. At least it’s a short week of 3 instead of 4 days.

        • captain kiwi

          hope for the east coasters that need sleep? ackley with a lead off double…

  • forensic

    Endy Chavez batting with 2 outs. Strop coming in who’s been so good to the Yankees this year.

    I smell walk-off in the 12th…

    • CUYanks

      Vote for Pedro!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Time to watch the Mariners attempt to bunt again!

    • forensic

      Damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

  • RetroRob

    Damn it. So close.

    Get this run in.

  • forensic

    Come on Jesus!!!

    Better than last time please!!!

    • RetroRob

      Was it known that Montero could not hit RH’d pitchers when he was with the Yankees? Seems odd.

      • forensic

        Not necessarily as far as I know (though I don’t bother following the minors overly closely with splits and all), but it does make you wonder since Girardi was so married to only using him against lefties last September too.

      • Laz

        With the Yankees
        V LHP : .500/.556/.625
        V RHP : .216/.310/.568

        Small sample, but when he came up and was mashing it was only vs lefties.

        • Laz

          was mostly luck that half his hits vs rhp were hr.

          • RetroRob

            I guess it depends on what he did down in AAA. I just don’t remember hearing about substantial lefty/righty splits. I’m sure he can adjust, but he looked quite bad those last two ABs.

  • forensic

    He took a ball. Just give him the damn RBI. He deserves it!

    • forensic

      Yikes…

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Come on, score here.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Mariners and Os combined 1-17 with RISP.

  • RetroRob

    All Mariner innings seem to end the same way. Batter striking out.

  • captain kiwi

    cant hang on. too much wine/too late on the east coast. fuck you o’s. mariners, you better get this shit done. let the yankees wake up at least still up by 1/2 a game. dammit.

    • RetroRob

      I’m running on fumes. Perhaps wine would have helped.

  • forensic

    Wow, the Yankees offense can get crazy frustrating to watch during some of their RISPfail performances, but at least we don’t have to watch the Mariners on a nightly basis.

  • Laz

    C’mon Mariners…

  • CUYanks

    Is anyone getting sick of Bob’s furniture ads on mlb.tv?

    • forensic

      I get tired of them just during the couple hours of watching YES during games.

      I just hope they’re not generally on all the time on regular channels in NY.

      • CUYanks

        I’m literally getting the same commercial in between every half inning for the past 8 innings.

    • Laz

      Come On Down!

  • forensic

    Why did Figgins even bother carrying the bat up there???

  • Zack

    Next time someone complains about the Yankee offense..tell them to watch this game and be grateful.
    And I’m sorry..Montero looks horrific against right handed pitching.

  • CUYanks

    And we’ve entered the every-single-Mariner-who-bats-strikes-out-or-pops-out portion of the broadcast.

  • forensic

    And again, Thorne with his ‘Orioles trying to overtake the Yankees’ bit…

    • Laz

      Sure does seem like a O’s win another 1 run game situation.

  • RetroRob

    This game is taking on the feel of forever leading to the road of disappointment.

    • forensic

      Yeah, but despite Wedge being a dumbass and Wilhelmsen sucking, gotta give the rest of them credit. Noesi gave them about 4 minutes of pitching yesterday and they’re still hanging in there. Expanded rosters or not, that’s not too shabby.

      (Cue their implosion to make me look stupid…)

  • Zack

    Truly is amazing how many chances they had to put this game away. The O’s bullpen in late August to now HAS started to show sighs of wear and tear..any team with decent hitting (not the Rays or Mariners) would have made them pay by now.

  • forensic

    However this game ends, since there can’t be a morning post analyzing the prior games pitcher, I say RAB’s opening post should simply be:

    The Baltimore Orioles:

    WHAT THE F#@%!?!?!?

  • CUYanks

    Does someone have the link to the home plate ump tonight?

    • Laz

      HP Jordan Baker
      1b Ron kulpa
      2b wally bell
      3b chris guccione

  • Laz

    I want another inning just to see if the O’s got another pinch hitting 2b. Their 3 ph-2b are 2/2 with a bb.

  • CUYanks

    Will Nunez play both games tomorrow?

    • forensic

      I have to think so. Double headers hurt the Yankees overall because Girardi feels he has to rest everyone. I assume Jeter won’t play the field and Nunez will play SS both games (though I guess with 2 days off he might try to push Jeter playing the field in the first game), with Nix playing 3B in one of the games with A-Rod sitting.

      • Laz

        I don’t see arod sitting, he has been hot. He probably goes to dh for one game and jeter either sits or plays the field.

        • forensic

          Maybe, I’d be pretty surprised if A-Rod played both though (but I hope I’m wrong).

          With the lefty in the 2nd game, that’s the one Girardi would love to get Nix into 3B for and there’s no way Jeter plays the field in the second one (unless he sits out the 1st one, which is very unlikely). So, I think he tries to put a reasonably regular lineup out there in the 1st game and then we’re all frustrated with the lineup in the 2nd game.

  • Allie

    Late to the party, but is anyone else still hanging in there with this O’s and M’s game?

    • forensic

      Hell yeah, but it’s getting close to the end of my night…

      • Allie

        I’m lucky, I’m on the west coast, so it’s not too late, and I’m still in undergrad, so I don’t have “real” responsibilities (although this isn’t conducive to studying for a test).

        But seriously, this is just getting ridiculous. I know the Yankees suck with RISP, but these guys are making us look good.

        • forensic

          I’m out west too, but I gotta get up in 4 1/2 hours now for work… Can’t help myself though, should sort of be my easiest day of work in a few months so I’m milking this for all I can. :-)

          • Allie

            Absolutely! Hope the M’s make it worth your while and pull this off – it would be nice to have the extra half game on the Orioles.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Still here. On the west coast, but might fall asleep soon.

      • RetroRob

        Come on, man. There are some here on the east coast. You can’t go down yet!

        I got up at 4:30 this morning. I’m 1 1/2 short of 24.

        • Laz

          I got up at 4:30 pm, im fine still.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Seattle, just fucking run into a HR and end it.

  • RetroRob

    Has the game thread for today’s Yankee game started yet. I believe Andy Pettitte is warming up for his start.

  • forensic

    Come on Jesus!!!

    Third time’s the charm??? Please…

    • forensic

      Wow, pop-out to 2nd is contact at least.

      You’re forgiven Cashman…

      (Ok, not really, but boy does he look bad sometimes)

    • RetroRob

      Well, he didn’t strike out.

  • RetroRob

    Is this Johnson’s third inning?

    • forensic

      Yup, they were talking like he was a starter though, so he’s probably still doing ok at this point.

      • RetroRob

        I do know he was a starter, but he’s been relieving for some time now.

      • RetroRob

        I see he has pitched six innings within the last month, but mostly two to three since. He might have another inning in him. Not sure I do!

  • dkidd

    glad to discover i’m not the only lunatic still following this game

  • forensic

    Wedge channeling his inner-Girardi. Mixing-and-matching in the 16th inning…

  • Tom

    A bit off topic for the M’s/O’s game thread; but how did Miguel Cabrera get nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award?

    Gifted player on the field, but he has 3 significant off field incidents in the last 3-4 years and it’s not how clear how he embodies the off the field portion of the award.

    And can the Mariners just score a run already?

    • RetroRob

      He was recognized for his HR-hitting powers, which would have ended a game like this hours ago, letting people get back to their lives and do good things.

      That’s the only thing I can think of.

    • forensic

      I guess when part of your competition is Delmon Young who was busy getting arrested for anti-semitism, it’s not that difficult to make the final round…

    • Laz

      anyone even still at the Park?

    • Bo Knows

      All that court mandated community service time has to pay off somewhere

  • forensic

    If the Orioles win this thing after a balk in the 16th inning, everyone else might as well just pack it up because it’s just meant to be…

  • RetroRob

    Did anyone else just lose their MLB.tv feed? It’s telling me I now need to download Adobe? Huh? I’ve been watching the game for hours.

    • CUYanks

      Another Orioles conspiracy to allow them to win one-run extra inning games with no witnesses.

      • RetroRob

        It returned.

        Not sure if that’s a good thing since it was my perfect exit point.

  • captain kiwi

    i dunno whats worse. having the the loudest roommates on the planet, or this game still going on.

  • CUYanks

    I think it’s time to update that Olivo % of BB’s on the year.

    • forensic

      4 all season, 3 tonight. That’s kind of crazy.

      Meanwhile, what happened to Ackley? Wasn’t he supposed to be good or something???

  • forensic

    This is probably pushing it, but is Showalter still a genius if he loses this game in 16 innings with Tommy Hunter on the mound while his closer and best reliever have warmed up 4-5 times without pitching?

    • CUYanks

      Was thinking this same thing. He’s had multiple tight spots in bottoms of sudden death innings too.

    • RetroRob

      All moves Showalter or Maddon make are assumed genius, even when they are not.

  • CUYanks

    Let’s have a balk off.

  • CUYanks

    The Orioles 4-8 hitters are a combined 0/30 in this game. That is amazing.

    • forensic

      Yikes.

      Add in the relief in the 3rd spot and the starter in the 9th spot and it’s 0/35.

      • forensic

        Well, there goes that 0-fer. And now they’re PH’ing for Chavez, that sucks…

  • RetroRob

    I tuned this game in during the 8th just to catch the end. I did not want to watch 9 innings of Mariner-Oriole baseball. That’s exactly what I’ve now done.

    • CUYanks

      No person wants to watch 9 innings of Mariners baseball unless its part of a plea bargain to commute a long, long prison sentence.

      • RetroRob

        This is a long, long prison sentence.

    • forensic

      Heh, I was flipping on and off it earlier than that (somehow seeing many Endy Chavez AB’s), and certainly didn’t plan on this either.

      At some point, I just need to give up on it…

  • captain kiwi

    now that im awake again… who pitches next for mariners… gutierrez?

    • RetroRob

      Your nap was longer than you thought. This game started two-and-a-half days ago.

      • captain kiwi

        oh what a relief… at this point we should be 2 games ahead…

  • Brian S.

    Need a strikeout here…

    • Brian S.

      lol two lineouts

  • CUYanks

    I’m pretty sure a team without bats who just tried to crouch down and draw walks would have scored the winning run faster than this.

    • forensic

      Eddie Gaedel FTW!

      • CUYanks

        Yes! Give Montero a plastic bat!

  • RetroRob

    The M’s better win it this inning. That last pitcher didn’t look good. Even the outs were line drives.

  • forensic

    Come on Jesus!!!

    4th time’s the charm!!!!!

    • forensic

      Just wow… So depressing…

  • Tom

    I say bunt twice here.

  • RetroRob

    Lead-off double. Montero up to strike out.

    • Tom

      Nah, he doesn’t want to make the pitcher waste that many pitches.

    • RetroRob

      You have got to be kidding me.

      I am now glad the Yankees traded him for a pitcher with no shoulder.

      • DT

        After tonight he’s officially worse than Martin at hitting.

        • MannyGeee

          yiiiiiikes. I remember the bridge jumpers like it was yesterday

  • captain kiwi

    who’s on the west coast? you lucky bastards.

  • Brian S.

    Montero is awful

  • yankees=warriors

    Wow, this game started when I started work this morning, and it’s closing in on the time I get off work…crazy!

    • RetroRob

      Where the heck are you?

      • yankees=warriors

        Taiwan.

  • forensic

    Just call it fair and be done with it.

  • Kevin

    Jesus 0-8 on the night..OUCH!

    • MannyGeee

      well, I guess its obvious we won that trade…

  • Tom

    Where’s Jerry Meals when you need him?

    He would have said “F— this, I’m going home” and called that ball fair

    • CUYanks

      Tim Welke would have actually honestly thought it was fair.

  • Jakeish

    Wow, Montero out to kill my BA in fantasy as well as the Mariners today.

  • captain kiwi

    FUCK YOU 18TH

    AND FUCK THE REST OF THE EAST COAST WITH CONSIDERATE ROOMMATES/SINGLE APTS

  • Kevin

    I really hope the O’s don’t get too much credit at the end for this. Any team with actual offense would have beaten them a long time ago.

  • forensic

    Well, I got to see Montero go 0/100 tonight, so that’s about all for me.

    Enjoyed killing some time with you all. Good luck to those of you trying to deal with the rest of this game. I think I should be able to fall asleep pretty quickly with it in the background thanks to all the exciting offense.

    • CUYanks

      The pinch hitters in this game have now qualified for the batting title.

    • forensic

      Ok, so I still got to see the end of the meaningful AB’s too, that’ll do it.

      • forensic

        And I should say, clearly Showalter is a genius for saving his closer as he knew this situation would present itself in the 18th inning…

    • RetroRob

      Sleep will provide no escape and repair the lost time tonight.

      Come back with me, so we can be young men together again.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5R3_ToFRGg

      • Pat D

        Awesome.

  • RetroRob

    This is like a Twilight Zone episode. We’re actually all dead, this is hell, but we don’t know it. This game will never end.

  • DT

    After watching this game, I now feel Montero will be the most overrated prospect ever.

  • Zack

    O’s win…and please spare me the O’s magic or any other garbage tonight. Montero and the joke of a Mariners offense could have been shutdown by my father’s softball team.

  • Tom

    How many damn popups do the Mariners have?

  • CUYanks

    For all of those loss-column fanatics, we are still 1 up in the loss column.

    • CUYanks

      We could be up or down by 1.5 games by the end of tomorrow night. Lets hope it’s up.

      • Zack

        Me too..but you know what? This is one of those games where whatever praise Buck and the bullpen get..they don’t deserve.
        I’m sorry but when they played Oakland,they lost two out of three because the A’s actually had players that could hit the ball.
        If they had still been playing Oakland,I have no doubt this game would have ended a lot differently then it did.

  • Deep Thoughts

    Screw you Montero and your pop-ups, screw you Mariners and your 0-17 with RISP. Only good thing is O’s pitchers had to throw around 275-300 pitches tonight, the day before facing King Felix.

    • Laz

      18 innings is rough, but they play wednesday and then they have an off day.

      • Zack

        THat may be true but the articles Axisa been writing about the Yankee bullpen also apply to Baltimore’s bullpen as well. The Oakland series took a lot out of them but in the past two weeks..Buck has had to go to them more and more.
        I won’t deny what the O’s have done but from what I’ve seen the past few games with them..they have serious flaws of their own and a gassed bullpen will soon be another one.

  • DT

    Mariners need to fire their entire team except for the pitching staff and just start over.

  • Jose M. Vazquez

    I would like to talk about protecting pitchers from suffering serious head injuries. Back in the fifties(I think it was the fifties) when they suggested that helmets be worn, you’d be surprised how many players thought that that was chicken to wear one. Mickey Mantle hated the idea and so he wore a protective liner under his cap. He only wore the helmet when it became mandatory. So, going back to the protective liner is not a bad idea to protect pitchers as it can be worn without hindering movement and today can probably be light enough that the pitcher will not notice it after a while.