Wednesday Night Open Thread

Sabathia cruises as Yanks take series from Twins
Teixeira resumes running in Tampa

Hooray for old baseball promos. It’s too bad I can’t remember anything that happened before like, 1989. Anyway, here is your open thread for the evening. The Mets are playing the Pirates (Hefner vs. Locke), and ESPN will air the Athletics at the Rangers (Parker vs. Perez) a little later on. Use this thread to talk about anything but politics. Thanks in advance.

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Sabathia cruises as Yanks take series from Twins
Teixeira resumes running in Tampa
  • Joe F

    Celebrity look alike…Go.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I really like the #6 picture on the sidebar. That said, I hope it’s gone before the end of the night.

    • vicki

      plus one. sexiest magic number ever.

  • jjyank

    I just got home from work and saw a facebook friend of mine post this. For anyone close to my age, this should be pretty funny, especially the further it goes on.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4.....ut-wanting

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

      Looking at my book case I still have all of the pictured “Animorphs” books.

    • Anthony

      Holy crap, I used to love the Oreos cereal. No mention of pokemon though???

    • jesse

      Wanted to go back to fifth grade when I saw the book fair. Thanks for posting.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      A lot more universals than you’d think there. A whole lot of that stuff was around just as much when I was younger.

      Where I did laugh out loud was at the nostalgic reference for 3 1/2 inch floppys. Feast your eyes on those bitches in the middle, baby.

      http://oldcomputers.net/floppydisks.html

    • Joe F

      OH DUDE! I remember that stuff!

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Animorphs, Math Blaster and that giant parachute from gym class?

      That just encapsulated my childhood, and most of my Elementary School was in the oughts.

    • Nice Scheister of Doom

      Sweet memories! I forgot about those orange gym thingys and the recess rain game, 7-up. I’ll be 31 in a month but I feel older than that after viewing those pics.

      The only thing missing are the wrist slap bracelet things and the old ass Oregon trail game.

  • jjyank

    Haha that Don Mattingly part reminded me of this commercial:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQQW2MlKRV4

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Melquisedec Mesa for MVP! When was the last time Trout or MIggy missed 3rd base? NEVER! HA! I win! MEQUISEDEC!!!

  • sevrox

    That promo link led me to a 1986 rain delay with Rizzuto and White calling the game. Ken Kaiser was the home plate ump – former ‘pro’ wrestler was not the best ump in his day. I remember leading a section of fans barking at Kaiser after he made a horrendous call in a Yankees/A’s game back in ’85 or so. Good Times with a great offensive team but not-so-good pitching. Was stationed in Hawaii at that time and my uncle would betamax tape games for me and mail them out. Mattingly and Henderson were poetry in motion – both of them.

    • vicki

      don’t lie. was there thunder during this rain delay? scooter woulda left.

  • Pat D

    Of course Winfield didn’t get a promo. He was always slighted.

    The no politics zone is depressing.

    Oh, and if Dan Gold is reading, since you probably didn’t see it in the game thread, thanks for you concern about me being unemployed.

    • jjyank

      I saw it. Just didn’t want to feed the trolls.

      • Pat D

        Oh, I don’t want to feed the troll.

        • jjyank

          Destroy the trolls?

          • Pat D

            Slay, destroy and disintegrate. Omega beam them into nothingness. Obliteration to the nth degree.

            Terminate……with extreme prejudice.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              …or just make fun of them and assume they’re nicer in real life?

              • jjyank

                It’s a nice thought, but I don’t believe anyone is nicer on the internet than they are in real life.

              • Pat D

                Nope. I’m the Emperor. I’m not as forgiving as Vader.

                If people are going to say random shit like that on the internet, I doubt they’re any better than that in real life.

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

    So I was listening to the end of the game on the radio…any theories as to why Aardsma wasn’t pitching the 9th.

    • Pat D

      He’s not in the Circle of Trust(TM).

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Honestly? Last thing Girardi wanted was a guy to come in the game in his first appearance back from TJS, walk the bases loaded or something, and then have the game get closer.

      I would have, and would love, to see him pitch. If he doesn’t pitch an inning the rest of the way, though, I can’t say I’d care all that much. Just win, baby.

      • vicki

        STOP SAYING JUST WIN BABY.

    • forensic

      Girardi hasn’t figured out a good way to say his name yet?

      Aardie maybe?

      • jesse

        Was thinking “Aardsie”

        • forensic

          You’re right, I think that’s better.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Not remembering anything before 1989 means only getting the tail end of hair metal. How sad.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    You young guys missed a great one in Rickey ;) Haha, I sound like Grandpa. I had a cool experience about 8 years ago. I was sipping a coffee outside of Starbucks (on 57th St.) and a car pulls up on the curb, the door opens and sure enough, Rickey walks out. I recognized him immediately (while he was about 25 feet away.) He looked over and spotted me and I had a huge shit eating grin on my face and so he knew he was instantly recognized. When he get close I yelled “Hey Hey Rickey” and he said back something like “alright man”. It was kind of cool.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      This would have been so much better if you told me he spoke in the first person.

      57th Street is a GREAT place to spot people. I’ve pretty much seen every major CNN person (Anderson Cooper getting out a cab, Lou Dobbs just staring into space.) I’ve seen Jane Krakowski hail a cab, Goldie Hawn walking around, and my wife saw Jerry Seinfeld just getting a random hot dog.

      • Austin Aunelowitzky

        True. I think he actually said…”Alright Man, Rickey’s cool.”

        • Robinson Tilapia

          NOW I LOVE IT.

      • vicki

        jane krakowski used to hang out in my bar. she’s teeny. and much much prettier in real life.

  • CUYanks

    I like “Felix is on our side” kinds of nights.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    This may sound crazy, but I think the Yankees are going to win the World Series this year.

    • The Real Greg

      Well there is that stat that every year that Kentucky has won a national championship, the Yankees have won the World Series…

      • Austin Aunelowitzky

        And a Dem in the W.H. Oh crap, that’s not a political post, is it?

      • CUYanks

        What happened to “when it’s not your year, it’s not your year”?

        • The Real Greg

          Emotion driven pessimism. I still don’t think they are going to win the Series.

          • CUYanks

            Why not?

            • The Real Greg

              I think the loss of Mo is going to really hurt them in the postseason. I don’t know if I can trust Soriano in the postseason. Also their offense can be very streaky.

              • CUYanks

                Say they make it to the final 8 teams (win the division). Do you think their chances of winning the W.S. are less than or greater than 1/8?

                • The Real Greg

                  It would depend on the matchups. Especially if they make the WS. If they face the Nationals, it will be interesting because the Yankees swept the Nationals in Washington.

                  Reds it would be a tough job.

                  • CUYanks

                    What I’m getting at is that it would be pretty ridiculous for any fan to think their team is actually >50% likely to win the World Series. I was just wondering if your pessimism actually means you think the Yankees have worse than the average equity a team would have in the W.S. upon making the playoffs.

                    • vicki

                      except maybe reds fans. that team is sick. lineup, rotation. sick.

                • dalelama

                  Definitely less as their roster is full of prime-time choke artists.

                  • jjyank

                    It’s kind of like Batman with the light in the sky. Only in this case, it’s a troll with the Yankees success at anything in discussion.

                    • Pat D

                      Batman he ain’t.

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

                      No one is worthy of Batman.

                      Except for maybe Clint Eastwood and Tom Selleck.

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            But I thought when you were going through that it was all about cutting out the emotion and accepting the inevitable with clear, logical eyes? What happened to that?

    • jjyank

      It’s not crazy at all. The Yankees have as good a shot as any team out there once the postseason starts.

      • Austin Aunelowitzky

        CC’s return is a big (no pun intended) reason.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Greg keeps his expectations low because…..ah, why do I have to keep information like this in my head….

  • this space for rent

    “You’ll never be able to steal a base until you can walk down the tunnel with a cheetah.” – Rickey Henderson

  • JimIsBored

    I like that guy who was like “OH NO The jays can’t play in Baltimore this year! The o’s schedule is so much easier than ours!”

    Judge things based off of 5 games at your own peril, people.

    • vicki

      wait, what?

  • The Real Greg

    Orioles up 3-2 in the 5th. Solo shots by McClouth, Thome, and Machado against Carlos Villenueva.

    • Accent Shallow

      McLouth, mommyeffers! His name is McLouth!

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

    Reading through the game thread, some of you guys made me feel like an ancient RABer.

    I didn’t comment much circa 2008-2009, but I can damn well remember the old format this board had, and can tell you when they switched to the current format.

    River Ave. Blues – “Because we won’t tear down Yankee Stadium”

    If you still have that image, Mike, I would love to take one last gander at it. It’s been too long.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa
      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        Excellent.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        That’s awesome. The Joba watch, the fact that Wang was pitching, the FireJoeMorgan post, the fact that FireJoeMorgan still existed.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        That’s awesome.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        uhhh….

        Stuart says:
        September 3, 2007 at 5:10 pm

        man they are in a funk. they really need hughes Weds to pick it up.. I know he is 21 but I expected more from him..

        Wang needs to do his thing manana..

        I really am more concerned by detroit and believe it or not toronto then seattle..

        all the good feelings from 4 days ago are gone. WOW

        • Pat D

          If that is stuart a, he definitely became more cynical, eh?

          • Get Phelps Up

            He must really want that parade.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          I’m really disappointed that there were no parades………

        • forensic

          He must still be using the same keyboard. It used to only stick for two periods each line. Now it sticks for about four.

        • jesse

          So, he’s been around that long, huh?

    • jjyank

      I remember that stuff. I only started commenting 10 months ago or so, but I’ve been a lurker/avid article reader since RAB’s inception. I used to read the comments from time to time for fun, but it wasn’t until this past offseason I thought I would join in on the fun.

      • vicki

        don’t be shy; give us the long version.

  • The Real Greg

    And now a 3 run homer by Chris Davis makes it 6-2 O’s.

    The lead will probably stay 1.5

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

    The Jays taking three of four in Baltimore was always too good to be true.

    A split is better than I expected. Hopefully the Yankees can procure three W’s this weekend, minimum.

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

    Jon Lester’s Fenway worthlessness continues tonight.

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

      And now back-to-back home runs.

      I really wish the Rays would die already. Not because they’re a threat to win the division, as there’s next to no chance of that happening.

      But I don’t want them anywhere near the playoffs. And now they’re in line for their 7th straight win.

      • The Real Greg

        But we need them in it at the end of the year because they play the Orioles to end the season.

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

          Their pitching can still be vicious even if the playoffs are out of the picture for them. And with the Yankees playing seven games against two teams well below .500, I would like to think that the Yankees will help make that O’s/Rays series as worthless as possible, in relation to them.

          I want those Red Sox games next week to be determining #1 or #2 in the AL. Not #1 or #2 in the division.

          • The Real Greg

            Well the Red Sox can help with that cause themselves.

        • vicki

          just stop it.

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

    Why does the “too many homers!” narrative always seem to be conveniently ignored in regards to the Orioles?

    • The Real Greg

      What percentage of the O’s runs come off home runs?

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

        #3 in the AL in home runs, coming into tonight (197). They’ve hit five in this game.

        I’m having a devil of a time trying to find the splits of how many runs are scored directly off HR’s.

  • The Real Greg

    And now a 2 run homer by Reynolds. 8 runs on 5 homers

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Thanks for nothing, you filthy Bleu Jays! (get it? LOL!)

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    It’s amazing how many people from years ago are actually still here.

    I started in 09′, I believe, and took a nice long absence until I came back this year-which is why I still hold out hope for TSJC. Don’t give up yet!

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

      I once named myself after Daniel Carcillo.

      On a blog where most hockey fans would despise a Flyer, especially a pesky schmuck like Daniel Carcillo.

      Of course, Mike himself doesn’t like Seinfeld at all, but I still pester him with every comment I make by using this handle, so I guess some things never change.

      • vicki

        wait, does mike axisa not like seinfeld? i thought i was the only (sane) college-educated person on earth who hated seinfeld.

    • Pat D

      I can’t remember when I first started posting here. I didn’t become aware of this site till either 2009 or 2010, when it was a link in Rob Neyer’s ESPN blog.

      I don’t think I began to post until 2010.

  • CUYanks

    Maybe this thrashing at the hands of the Orioles will be just what the Jays need to send them reeling in time for their series with the Yankees.

  • The Real Greg

    And another Chris Davis 2 run homer. 10 runs on 6 homers

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

    Another two-run home run for the Orioles.

    Six home runs has accounted for all ten of their runs.

    Somewhere, John Smoltz has a ridiculously hypocritical smirk on his face.

  • jjyank

    This is directed primarily at R-Tils and Pat D:

    I had the balls to get her name today, at least. Baby steps, right?

    This post will be redundant to R-Tils, as I couldn’t resist flaunting it on Facebook for my Ex to see. I know, Pat, I know. Us kids and our Facebook.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Ah now I see it. So what’s her name?

      Unfortnately, I currently notice my MOTHER going through my FB and liking things like when I graduated from HS on my timeline.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Also, you now have proof my boy wore his Yankee attire to Citifield. Now I need to get a pic of the suite up for Plouffy.

        • Joe F

          No twitter Robinson?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Yeah, but I don’t really tweet much other than side conversations on here with Erica and trying to get on either the Kay radio show or the scrolling chyron on The Ed Show. There’s only so much of my schtick to go around.

        • jjyank

          I do, and that’s all that really matters. I need to confirm this with my dad, but I think my first baseball game may have been at Shea (when I was about 3 or so).

      • RkyMtnYank

        I graduated HS is ’87 so this whole thread has been a nice trip down memory lane. Amazing all the shit I forgot for one reason or another. hehe I had been reading this site for years before ever starting to post not that long ago, guess that’s what age and too much time does to you.

    • Pat D

      Oh, you kids and your Facebook.

      But, hey, a step forward! Awesome!!

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      FB is dead.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    After all the drama of the second half, Yanks have the second best record in the AL, 2 games back in the loss column to Texas who is currently behind against Oakland.

    • vicki

      i have it on good authority oakland will sweep the rangers. i can only assume the yanks will finish the season with the best record.

  • dc1874

    Did anyone else listen to Jeff Nelson on the radio ?? He was GREAT!!! Not only was Sterling under control with his blabbering…but Nelson KNOWS what he is talking about…hope he stays around…

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      We can only pray for a John or Suzyn death. Soon!

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        ..throw a parade…

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

      Nelson is surprisingly good co hosting on MLB network radio. Kinda bland but it works next to Sterling.

      • dc1874

        I will take bland over…” oh my god its ROGER CLEMENS ” hysterical hystrionics…

    • forensic

      He was much better than Suzyn. But a little less 1996 and a little more current game talk would be nice. 1996 was awesome and all, but it doesn’t need to be discussed or compared to during every AB.

      • robert heenan

        You must have missed the part where they talked about 1995 for a while.

      • vicki

        1996 was effing AWESOME.

  • The Real Greg

    Nick Markakis joins the fun with a 2 run homer. That’s 12 runs on 7 home runs.

    • The Real Greg

      Correction. It was Manny Machado. His 2nd of the game.

    • Steve

      Didn’t the Yankees end Markakis’s season like 3 or 4 weeks ago?

  • Joe F

    Twitter people…

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

    Baltimore with another two run home run?

    Yowsa.

  • River Ave Bipolar Disorder

    The fact that nobody remembers watching games before 1989 goes far in explaining the sense of entitlement and panic that gets voiced over a first-place team.

    Also, after chipping in for the Labor Day MLB.TV $10 special, I can see how much of Michael Kay’s bullshit, primarily speculative and accusatory, gets parroted here verbatim. It explains volumes.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Nobody? Some of us remember the 80’s quite well. There are plenty of guys here who go back much further as well.

      Someone born in 1984 will be 28 this year. While that makes me shake my born-in-1974 head sometimes, time passes.

      There are teenagers who don’t take first place for granted. There are guys who claim to be over 50 that complain more than my son after you turn off “Yo Gabba Gabba.” It ain’t age.

      (that originally read “more than a cakeless fat boy,” but that was bound to piss off someone on here)

      • Joe F

        Teenager who doesn’t take winning for granted. <—-

        • jjyank

          You’ll have you’re own dynasty, I promise.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          And you shouldn’t. You’ve witnessed quite the awesome run, but you could have just as easily grown up a fan of any of the other teams. Cub fans have just as much passion and intensity for their team, and they haven’t won shit since before my grandmother was born.

          • robert heenan

            Actually, most Cubs fans just want an excuse to get drunk in front of some nicely-mowed grass on weekdays.

            • vicki

              i laughed.

              and you know that’s right.

      • RkyMtnYank

        I was born in ’69 and can still have memories of the late 70’s teams when the world was just a big and wonderful place!

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Michael Kay’s or Michael Axisa?

  • Jim Ross

    I thought I’d share this: http://www.telly.com/G5GCV?fromtwitvid=1

    The Rays rookies dancing to “Call Me Maybe”.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Yikes!
      Yankee rookies get off easy.

    • forensic

      Bobby Heenan and Jim Ross? How long till Gorilla Monsoon and Jerry Lawler make an appearance?