Wednesday Night Open Thread


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.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Joe F says:

    Celebrity look alike…Go.

  2. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  3. jjyank says:

    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.

  4. jjyank says:

    Haha that Don Mattingly part reminded me of this commercial:

  5. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

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

  6. sevrox says:

    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.

  7. Pat D says:

    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.

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

  9. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  10. Austin Aunelowitzky says:

    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 says:

      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.

  11. CUYanks says:

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

  12. Austin Aunelowitzky says:

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

  13. this space for rent says:

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

  14. JimIsBored says:

    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.

  15. The Real Greg says:

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

  16. 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.

  17. The Real Greg says:

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

    The lead will probably stay 1.5

  18. 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.

  19. Jon Lester’s Fenway worthlessness continues tonight.

    • 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.

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

  21. The Real Greg says:

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

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

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

  23. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    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!

    • 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 says:

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

    • Pat D says:

      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.

  24. CUYanks says:

    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.

  25. The Real Greg says:

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

  26. 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.

  27. jjyank says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          No twitter Robinson?

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            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 says:

          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 says:

        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 says:

      Oh, you kids and your Facebook.

      But, hey, a step forward! Awesome!!

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

      FB is dead.

  28. Dale Mohorcic says:

    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 says:

      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.

  29. dc1874 says:

    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…

  30. The Real Greg says:

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

  31. Joe F says:

    Twitter people…

  32. Baltimore with another two run home run?


  33. River Ave Bipolar Disorder says:

    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 says:

      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)

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

      Michael Kay’s or Michael Axisa?

  34. Jim Ross says:

    I thought I’d share this:

    The Rays rookies dancing to “Call Me Maybe”.

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