Oct
09

ALDS Travel Day Open Thread

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I don’t think the Yankees and Orioles needed a full day to travel from Baltimore to New York, but they got one anyway. Both clubs actually dealt with mechanical problems with their trains up to the Bronx last night, and Mark Feinsand says the Yankees ended up busing their way up from Charm City. They arrived home at 6:30am ET. So maybe they do need the day off after all.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the off-day. The Reds and Giants (Cincinnati up 2-0 in NLDS) are already playing while the Athletics and Tigers (Anderson vs. Sanchez, Detroit up 2-0 in the series) will follow at 9:07pm ET. Both games are on TBS. Talk about them or any other non-political topics here. Have at it.

Categories : Open Thread
  • https://twitter.com/czm26 Craig

    Imagine having Hunter Pence on this team, too. 0-10.

    • forensic

      I believe the tbs guys said the giants are still 0-fer with risp in the series. At least we don’t have to watch that on a daily basis.

      • forensic

        And I checked. They are 0-8 thus far with risp. I don’t know what’s more pitiful, the 0-fer or the only 8 ab’s through 2 1/2 games.

        Of course, being no-hit by homer bailey would top the pitiful ness of either one of those numbers.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    The Yankees should have kept Mesa on the roster instead of A-Rod. Way higher career batting average.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Swisher should start game 4 over Hughes. Career ERA of zero.

      • jjyank

        But then the O’s would counter with Chris Davis.

        • Get Phelps Up

          We may have to look into bringing back Wise, then.

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

            Bite me.

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

          Shoulda kept DeWayne Wise.

          • jjyank

            Is it too late to get Rick Ankiel?

        • MannyGeee

          There are no amounts of money I would not pay to see a Swish/Davis pitching dual in the ALDS. Selig should figure out a way to work that into the Playoff structure…

          Couldn’t be dumber than shoehorning more wild cards into the system to give the Brewers a fair(er) shake at it…

        • forensic

          At least if he’s pitching he won’t be hitting or throwing more runners out from right.

  • Nathan

    Pulling for the Reds and Tigers.

    Being a Yankees fan in the Bay, both teams fans have gotten quite ballsy the past year or two (two years ago for the Giants, this year for the A’s).

  • Eddard reboot v.1.0

    Last night’s game where the Yankees struggled to put runs on the board is what the National League would call an offensive boom. This isn’t baseball. If Selig wants to make amends for the 2nd wildcard fiasco he can implement the DH in all of MLB.

    • MannyGeee

      “How about a series of fines for good play…”

  • Get Phelps Up

    I hope the Yankees, Cardinals or Nationals win in 4 games because I really wouldn’t like Game 5 starting at 2pm local time.

  • Joe

    Where is the article on swisher sucking dick in the playoffs. Admit he sucks when it matters.

    • jjyank

      I believe that is a niche site. Someone linked to it awhile ago, but it was taken down by Mike. Kids read this stuff, man. Can’t be having videos of that floating around.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You can suck dick and be good at baseball. What is it like to be a caveman anyway?

      • FIPster Doofus

        Uh-oh, the PC cop is here. Using the phrase “sucking dick” doesn’t make someone homophobic.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          And someone not being homophobic doesn’t mean that implying that someone took part in a sex act with someone of the same sex as a corollary for being less than manly, or whatnot, has any place in 2012. Call me PC cop or whatever. I say learn some better fucking language. Just because this a baseball blog doesn’t mean we have to tolerate talking like a Sam Kinison skit in ’89.

          • FIPster Doofus

            “Just because this a baseball blog doesn’t mean we have to tolerate talking like a Sam Kinison skit in ’89.”

            Why not? It’s up to the site owners to decide what can be tolerated here. They haven’t put a moratorium on foul language, so deal with it. If someone were using hate speech, that’s one thing, but the Swisher comment isn’t that.

        • Knoxvillain

          And not liking gay people, making fun of them, or hating them doesn’t make people homophobic.

          When will people learn when to use the word “homophobic” correctly?

          • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            If this gets seen I’ll probably get in trouble, but I agree. A ‘phobia’ is an irrational fear. Most ‘homophobic people’ don’t fear gay people, they’re just fucking assholes.

  • Jose M. Vazquez

    Slight look-alikes: Lew Ford and Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy); Adam Jones and Jaime Foxx a bigger version of the latter.

  • King George

    Anybody want to give their official Orioles-Yankes ALDS Series predictions for this point forward? I say Yankees win the series 3-1, taking the next two games.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I’m saying the Yankees win a close, low scoring affair tomorrow and win Game 4 in convincing style.

    • forensic

      Lose tomorrow as the offense continues to fail to score for Kuroda. Win game 4 as the offense barely out-homers Hughes. Not sure on game 5 then. Head says lose, heart says win.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        They’ve scored at least 6 runs in four of Kuroda’s last 6 starts.
        Maybe the hitters decided they like HIROK now.

        • forensic

          I sure hope you’re right. There’s a lot going against that likelihood though.

    • Captain_Turbo

      I agree with a 3-1 series win… blowout tomorrow and nail-biter on Thursday.

    • Eddard reboot v.1.0

      Game 3- Hiroki Kuroda pitches 7 innings of 1 run ball. Yanks win 3-1 with the only offense coming on a 3 run HR by Mark Teixera.

      Game 4- Phil Hughes gives up two HRs to Mark Reynolds and one to Chris Davis. Os win 7-2 with the only offense for the Yanks coming on a 2 run HR by Robbie Cano.

      Game 5- CC pitches lights out. 8 innings of 1 run ball. Yanks win 2-1 with the only offense coming on 2 solo HRs by Alex Rodriguez and Raul Ibanez.

      Yanks win series 3-2 and start the ALCS the very next day against a well rested Detroit Tigers team.

    • MannyGeee

      5-3 win tomorrow, Cano hit one far far far away for 3 RBIs and Ichiro squeaks one over for another 2. Jim Thome hits his swan song home run into the 3rd shelf.

      game 4 Yankees win 9-4, Hughes gives up 3 in the 1st inning and no hits the O’s for the rest of his outing (7.2 total innings)… Boone Logan LOOGYFails to Chris Davis. Yankee offense led by Nick Swisher and A-Rod just so you nay sayers can go fuck yourselves… (You know who you are)

  • jdp

    Chavez vs. righty OPS 908
    Rodriguez vs. righty OPS 717
    [2012 stats]
    Therefore ?

  • pistol pete

    Got to change the order, Ichiro/Jeter/Cano/Tex/ARod/Granderson/Swisher/Ibanez/Martin. Arod has to go down in the order to protect Cano. Too many times Cano is pitched around or sitting in the on deck circle while the game ends with ARod making an out. Cano needs to bat in the first inning and be the centerpiece of the order.

  • Ethan

    But Mike all issues are political.

    /Political Science Student’d

  • Hall and Nokes

    Golly, can you imagine Yankee fans trying to come to grips with San Fran’s level of offense this week?

    • jjyank

      Golly, can you imagine Yankee fans trying to come to grips with San Fran’s level of offense this week?</strike every other team's (often times worse) problems/lack of consistent postseason appearances/significantly smaller world series trophy count?

      Fixed that for you.

      • vin

        So close.

      • jjyank

        Wow, I messed that one up.

        Golly, can you imagine Yankee fans trying to come to grips with San Fran’s level of offense this week? every other team’s (often times worse) problems/lack of consistent postseason appearances/significantly smaller world series trophy count?
        Fixed that for you.

        • jjyank

          Golly, can you imagine Yankee fans trying to come to grips with San Fran’s level of offense this week? every other team’s (often times worse) problems/lack of consistent postseason appearances/significantly smaller world series trophy count?

          Jesus. I went from trying to be a smart ass to completely destroying the internet. I’m gonna go chill in the corner now. But my overall (poorly conveyed) point still stands.

          • Hall and Nokes

            Egad!

            A few Melky at bats might have helped this club, by the way.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I actually thought this one was pretty funny in its openendedness.

        • MannyGeee

          This. Thought it described my sentiment exactly…

        • jjyank

          Heh I guess you’re right. I just gonna roll with “Freudian Slip” on this whole thing.

  • Wayne

    As far as kuroda goes I wonder if two days extra rest will screw him up he seems to do better with regular rest. I would pitch david phelps in game four if yanks lose with kuroda tommorrow , not Sabathia. I don’t like sabathia with short rest. He is the right pitcher to me and my gut tells me he will handle the pressure. Not that cc can’t handle pressure mentally but with injury concerns I just don’t get a good feeling about it. If the yankees win then put in Hughes for game four.

    • jjyank

      Wait…so if the Yankees lose, you turn to Phelps, a rookie, in an elimination game. But if they win, you don’t go to Phelps in game 4? This makes no sense to me. I have no problem with Hughes in game 4, CC in game 5, which is what they’re doing. Don’t get my wrong, I like Phelps, and he’s impressed me overall this year. But he got rocked the last time he faced the O’s, and isn’t exactly some blue-chip, lights out potential prospect here. This is not the time of the year to put on your “play teh kidz” cap.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        BIG GAME DA…ah, fuck it….

    • MannyGeee

      Kuroda has look cooked in his past few starts… I bet at 38, he could use the extra few days rest. I would worry less about Hirok than about other pitchers that are younger…

    • forensic

      He was great on 5 days rest but terrible on 6 (in only 3 starts). Who knows what to expect…

  • DT

    Melky is probably sitting at home and laughing at the Giants.

  • MannyGeee

    sabean: “Well, looks like Brian Wilson is out for the season with Tommy John Surgury. What do you want to do for a closer, Bruce?”

    bochy: “who else can we get with a fucking disgusting beard? Sergio Romo’s availible? PERFECT!”

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Dave Cameron wants the Mariners to sign Swisher for 7/100.

    http://www.ussmariner.com/2012.....ason-plan/

    • MannyGeee

      Yeah, because that will fix them…

      All joking aside, Swish is a good fit for their needs, not positive he’d thrive in Seattle though. He’s in a Big City state of mind, and regardless of how much we’ve all discussed his suckitude, you got to admit he’s a fit here in the Bronx…

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Seattle’s not exactly backwoods country, though. Anything is smaller scale than NYC, but there’s enough there.

        • MannyGeee

          Maybe of a county boy like me, but Seattle isn’t big enough to hold Swishers Aura!

          I just honestly feel like he’s the kind of guy who wants to play ball somewhere that people give a shit past July

          • forensic

            I guess they’d have the King’s corner and Swish’s seats? Swish’s section? They always do dumb shit like that since they can’t root for wins or anything like that.

    • forensic

      At least they wouldn’t have to worry about his postseason hitting.

      Too easy?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        I was going to add that, but didn’t want to start anything.

        Trying to think happy thoughts.

    • jjyank

      …whoa. I love me some Swish, and I’d like to see him back next year. But not if they would have to outbid that. 7/100? Wow.

      • MannyGeee

        This is a great point… That’s alot of scratch. I am a swish fan, but not at 7/100

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Yeah…..that’s sliiiightly too much.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Also interesting that he wants Montero to start the year in AAA to switch to 1B.

      • DT

        I thought he wanted Montero traded for Ike davis

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Heh, yeah that too.
          I guess this is a contingency in case that trade doesn’t happen.

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

    I will flip the hell out if I see Miguel Gonzalez Changeup shut this team down in the Bronx AGAIN tomorrow night.

    No need to let a AAAA schmuck do that three times in three months.

  • Robert Heenan

    See? Playoffs really are decided by grit and defense. Especially in the National League, which features baseball in its true and honest form, before Original Sin (the DH).

    • jjyank

      Right then. Enjoy watch the Mets.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “Now remember this, when a man sticks his hand out to you, you shake it. Then kick him really hard when he’s not looking.”

  • pistol pete

    Joquin Arias just reached on an error to give the Giants a 2 to 1 lead in the NLDS game. Arias was chosen by Texas over Robinson Cano in 2003 when the Yankees sent Soriano to Texas for ARod. Texas wanted a middle infielder added to the deal and the Yankees offered either Arias or Cano whomever they wanted. Texas chose Arias and the Yankees luckily kept Cano. Anyone who thinks they know how great a player will be when they are 20 years old are only kidding themselves. Thank you Texas.

    • MannyGeee

      Yeah but arias gets his uniform dirty.

      But in all seriousness, they woulda taken cano and we would have like Chone Figgins or some shit starting 2B for the Yankees today. Talk about dodging a fucking bullet, huh…

  • pistol pete

    Who pitches game 4 if the Yankees lose game 3?

    • forensic

      I leave it as Hughes. He’s going to have to pitch game 5 anyway if you don’t, so better to match him up with Tillman/Saunders than hammel.

      • jjyank

        Exactly. They could roll with CC on short rest, but for game 5, they would need 40 year old, recently returned from injury Andy on short rest. Or Hughes. I love Andy as much as anyone, but that would be expecting too much, in my opinion.

        Just hedge your bets with Hughes in game 4, and CC in game 5, if it comes to that.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Ah, now I’m starting to get the rationale here. The schedule does not do anyone any favors.

          OK….so let’s, for shits and giggles, put CC and Andy out there on three days rest.

          Wed: Kuroda
          Thu: CC
          Friday: Andy
          Saturday (ALCS)becomes Hughes
          Sunday (ALCS) would become Phelps, or Kuroda on three days rest

          Yeah, that would create a minor little predicament there. The counterargument would be that you worry about the ALCS when you get there.

          • jjyank

            Yup. In a vacuum, I think you start CC on three days rest. But it’s a bit more complicated than that.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I’m not 100% sold. I may throw the vets out there on three days rest and go with 4/5 in the ALCS if we get there. This wouldn’t be an easy call for me.

              • jjyank

                I feel ya. The part that gets me, with the vets thing though, is this: Andy took a year off. He’s 40. He recently came back from an injury. Short rest? Maybe, it is Andy. I won’t bet against him. And then there’s Kuroda, who (to my knowledge) has never pitched on 3 days rest before.

                Just seems like a lot of gamble to me. Hell, we threw 2011 AJ out there in a game 4 elimination last year, and it worked. Crazier things have happened.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Sabathia. Trusting Hughes to extend the season would be a facepalm-worthy decision. I’ll take my chances with Pettitte on short rest in Game 5.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Wow, nice catch.

  • forensic

    Wow, what a catch By Coco.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Why is everyone saying that the Yanks’ game 4 starter should depend on the outcome of game 3? No matter the outcome of game 3, you want to give yourself the best chance to win game 4. Whichever choice that is, that’s what you should go with whether they’re up 2-1 or down 2-1.

    • jjyank

      Nah, just pistol pete (who merely implied it, to be fair) and Wayne are advocating that. I think the rest of us are in agreement.

      • forensic

        There are actually a bunch of people who want CC on short rest. I’ve seen it at least 2 or 3 times today.

        • MannyGeee

          Those bunch of people want IBAÑEZ starting Over Swisher. Sooooooo…. Yep

          • forensic

            Eh, some of them are level-headed regulars, I just disagree with their reasoning.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Well……but wait…….if the team is facing elimination, why wouldn’t you want your ace on short rest? Maybe I’m missing something here, but that doesn’t sound wrong on face value.

            • forensic

              Sure, but they are almost certainly not going to start Pettitte on short rest, so you’re going to have to start Hughes anyway. Better to have him against their 4th starter than Hammel.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                I’m glad it’s not my decision to make.

        • jjyank

          I thought he was talking about the “if they lose tomorrow, is it Phelps or Hughes in game 4 thing” I read above.

          Like I said elsewhere in this thread, I would take CC on short rest in a vacuum. But it’s not quite that simple. If the Yankees lose tomorrow, and CC takes game 4, either Hughes pitches, or Andy on short rest pitches. And if they get to the ALCS, we have Kuroda on short rest pitching game 1 (and to my knowledge, he’s never pitched on 3 days rest before).

          Just stick with the plan, IMO. Kuroda tomorrow, Hughes in game 4, CC if game 5 is needed.

          • pistol pete

            The problem with CC on short rest if the Yanks lose game 3 is that it jeopardizes the next round badly. That said who on this blog wouldn’t rather have CC on 3 days vs Hughes with the season on the line. Kuroda must win game 3 and take the pressure off Girardi. If the Yanks win it’s easy Hughes in game 4 and CC if necessary in game 5. On the Arod front he’s not coming out of the lineup. That’s the problem with veteran bench players on a highly paid team, they don’t play in the post season. I don’t see Chavez getting an at bat in this series unless he pinch hits for a righty and the only righty Joe might pinch hit for is Martin. He’ll never pinch hit for Arod.

            • jjyank

              And that is the point I was making. I mostly agree with this. Maybe give Chavez a start against a righty, especially if they end up playing 5 in a row. And as I said several time, CC on short rest, in a vacuum, is my preference. Unfortunately, it is not in a vacuum.

  • Camd80

    If we are looking for a win tomorrow night why is it so terrible to bench Arod and start Chavez at third……Chavez has it in him to have a GREAT Game….Arod does not…..He looks lost…..Is Girardi worried about hurting Arod’s feelings?While I am at it how about Ichiro in right…Bench Swisher and start Ibanez in Left ? I mean really. Enough already with these chokes……I don’t get it !

    • ArchStanton

      Honestly, I’ve been thinking this over all day and it seems so obvious that Chavez should start. I’m not one of those knee-jerk A-Rod haters, but we usually don’t have an option like Chavez in these scenarios. If Boggs can sit for Charlie Hayes, then A-Rod can sit too.

      I know he hit his first two balls pretty hard, but he looked so ungodly bad on the other other three…

      • pistol pete

        Get over it Arod is not coming out of the lineup I just hope Joe shakes up the lineup, he’s killing Cano batting between Arod and Swisher both who are cold.

    • MannyGeee

      Did you come up with all this stuff all yourself? I mean, it all seems pretty simple, why didn’t anyone suggest these changes yet today?

      You should submit a tip on Yankees.com, Cashman reads those, you know.

      (I know, im being a dick.. Just kinda over the “choker” meme already)

      • jjyank

        I don’t blame you for being over it. We’ve been reading about it all damn day.

        • MannyGeee

          It was certainly a day ut on the threads

  • forensic

    Am I the only one saying ‘Who the hell is Avisail Garcia?’?

    Talk about a mega fall for Brennan Boesch.

    • jjyank

      I guess I can laugh about it now, because I won my fantasy league this year. But I drafted Boesch fairly high, thinking he would have a big year hitting in front of Cabrera/Fielder. Boy was I wrong.

      • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

        JJ you on? I got to shorten my essay up by 1,000 characters.

        • MannyGeee

          Take out every word that’s starts with a vowel… That should get you there.

          • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

            This is going to suck.

        • jjyank

          I’m on. 1,000 characters is kind of a lot on an essay that short. You need help?

          • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

            I actually deleted a paragraph. Combined some sentences and got it to just work out.

            Want to check it over quick? I’m applying tomorrow.

          • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

            Email sent.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I like how they’re comparing him to Miguel Cabrera because they’re both from Venezuela and have similar batting stances.

      • forensic

        Yeah, that’s pretty bad. I actually kind of like Orsillo, but can not stand Martinez at all.

  • MannyGeee

    predictions on this Detroit&Oakland game/series?

    • forensic

      I just want it to go five. I can’t choose one I’d want the Yankees to face, they both have things I don’t want them to deal with, but at least go five and use the #1 starters again.

  • MannyGeee

    Also, Gerald Laird looks less like an athlete and more like a longshoreman…. That is all

  • John R.

    So the Rangers are gonna let Hamilton test free agency. I know it’s sort of a long shot, but does anyone else think he’d be a pretty good fit with the short porch? (also assuming his terrible finish isn’t a sign of things to come)

    • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

      NO. NO. NO.

      • John R.

        Haha why not?

        • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

          1. He has weird issues.

          2. He’s going to be commanding a contract similar to A-Rod. Who wants that times two. Especially with Tex to follow Alex in bad contract land.

          3. He gets weirdly injured.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            They tend not to like #3 in New York.

            Love,
            Carl Pavano

    • Hall and Nokes

      I guess the Yankees have an okay track record with reformed addicts, but I’m not sure this one is reformed.

    • forensic

      I want nothing to do with him.

    • jjyank

      One thousand times NOOOOOOO. He’s a great player for now. But I want no part of signing a 32 year old outfielder who has put his body through that much on a long term deal. Don’t we have enough aging vet, long term deal sort of players to bitch about? Do we really need another?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      No more than two years, which isn’t happening.

  • Darren

    Off days in the playoffs are tense, man. I’m basically waiting holding my breath until tomorrow. let’s play!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m kind of enjoying a night without baseball on the TV. I must say.

      • jjyank

        I am too. I actually kind of want baseball to be over. As blasphemous as that may sound, now that I live on my own, I feel like I would be far more productive without planning my weekends around baseball games.

        That said, I sure as hell hope this doesn’t happen for another 4 weeks or so.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I have a DVR full of stuff to watch anyway that’s getting short-changed.

        • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

          Word. Once the season ends I can go ham on everything college.

          • forensic

            Geez, I’m not even that old but I totally had to google ‘go ham’. Why can’t people just speak normally anymore?

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              I just assumed it was a typo.

              These kids with their newfangled expressions.

            • jjyank

              Dude I’m only 24, and I have never heard that before. Don’t feel too old. Or I might start too.

              • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

                You don’t listen to Jay Z?

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  What track?

                  The irony, of course, is that Jay-Z is a forty year-old dad.

                  • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

                    Watch the Throne. Came out a while ago.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      I thought “that shit cra” was the big pop culture phrase there. :)

                      That song was the only thing that made my colicky infant laugh at four months.

                    • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

                      Hahah I don’t say cray. Ham is just cool to say.

                • jjyank

                  Nope. I more of an underground rap sort of guy. Tribe, Jedi Mind Tricks, Army of the Pharaohs, old school Nas, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Classified, Common Market, Tech N9ne, Big L, Biggie Smalls, Immortal Technique, old school Eminem, Mos Def, The Roots, Zion I…

                  That’s my style. Jay-Z was always too…mainstream for me.

                  • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

                    I like Nas, Biggie, Tech N9ne, Immortal Technique, Eminem.

                    • jjyank

                      Kudos for known Immortal. But you didn’t say Big L. Ruins your credibility right there. I hope that’s just because you don’t know better.

                    • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

                      Don’t know better! haha.

                      Immortal flooded my ipod in 8th grade.

                    • jjyank

                      This, and many more. Also, forgot to add Gang Starr to my list. RIP Guru, and RIP Big L. May your music live on.

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQw-98NLrKc

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      DJ Premier was one of the best producers ever. Love old Gang Starr.

                      I’ll admit to Rick Ross being a ridiculously guilty pleasure of mine. The production is just so damn good.

                    • jjyank

                      Premier and Guru were legends. Well “are”, for Premier. He’s still around.

                      One of my favorite reggae bands is Slightly Stoopid, and they did a song with Guru. I saw Slightly Stoopid live after Guru died, and they played his song anyway, and instituted a moment of silence for his verse. It was pretty touch and emotional. You could tell those guys really loved Guru.

                  • Darren

                    Nobody mentioned The D.O.C.?

                    Damn.

            • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

              I speak normally enough on here. Plus, you said geez…

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Wait….that WASN’T a typo?

              • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

                I have all off-season to teach you the ways of ham.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  I need to know the origin of this. I MUST know.

                  • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F
                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Oh. I know that song.

                      Like I said, that album didn’t hold my attention past about the first five tracks. It all felt like a cash-in.

                      I’d probably call it genius if Kanye West farted on record.

                      I’ve lost track of “underground” hip-hop over the years. I do have Mos Def’s “The Ecstatic” basically on repeat all the time.

                    • jjyank

                      Try this on for size, R-Tils. The marriage of hip-hop and reggae is fucking beautiful.

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FDkr2BY6VY

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      I promise I’ll check out the dub tomorrow. Too sleepy. Mr. Fourteehatthesametime is doing a number on our nightly sleep.

                    • jjyank

                      You do that. The whole “Mos Dub” album is great.

                  • forensic

                    http://www.the-coli.com/locker.....-come.html

                    I was lost with about every 3rd word there, but have at it…

  • forensic

    Josh Reddick not enjoying his expected freefall back to his expected level/mediocrity.

  • forensic

    Yay Seth Smith.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

    Brett Anderson has ace stuff.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This is kinda hilarious. A family friend of my mother’s posted this on my timeline:

    “your old buddy AROD reverting to usual post season form. wasted a gutty performance by pettite.
    i hate spell check. kept trying to change “pettite” to “petite”.”

    If I didn’t know any better, and if this wasn’t the man who got Jeter to sign a card for me that I keep in a safe, I’d say he was stuart a.

    • MannyGeee

      That is goddam funny. Stuart a has the wit of a 60 year old friend of you mom! This makes my life

  • pistol pete

    Three outs from Balfour and the A’s push Detroit to a game 4 and hopefully a game 5 that will use Verlander twice in the series, here’s hoping.

  • CUYanks

    This is a great article that all the A-Rod haters of the world should read:
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....d-october/

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I think if we lose tomorrow we start CC on short rest Thrsday.

    Fuck future plans. If we lose game 3, we’re out-in a win or go home situation you try and tread water for as long as you can, and that means your Ace needs to be out as soon as possible. You can’t plan for the future in a must-win.

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    Thoughts on catcher for 2012 and resigning Russell?
    Take a peek at the final defensive ratings for 2012 catchers. I wasn’t surprised with the top five, I was a little surprised at the NYY rankings:
    http://blogs.thescore.com/mlb/.....2-edition/

    • Mandy Stankiewicz

      *I meant to write, backstop for “2013”