Sunday Night Open Thread

Sanchez homers in winter ball debut
Former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert among Hall of Fame candidates
From the 2008 archives. I have no idea why Rick Porcello and Kei Igawa were in a photo together.

Here is your open thread for this chilly Sunday evening. The late NFL game is the Cowboys at the Falcons, but feel free to talk about anything here aside from politics. Thanks in advance.

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Sanchez homers in winter ball debut
Former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert among Hall of Fame candidates
  • Get Phelps Up
    • jjyank

      Glorious.

      • Zack

        I much prefer this memory versus what happened 11 years ago.

    • Joe F

      Popped my World Series cherry.

      • jjyank

        THat’s so CUTE. I hope you didn’t bleed too much :D

  • Big Member

    Same contract. Who would you take on a one year deal, Haren or Jackson?

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Jackson.

      • jjyank

        Yep. I like Haren, but back problems can be scary.

    • Brian S.

      Haren has much more upside. He was an ace for like seven years. Jackson is good but he’s never done that.

  • Cris Pengiucci

    Anyone have information on how the Tribeca area is doing? I’m scheduled to stay there next weekend (Fri-Sun.) The hotel is open and seems to be fully functioning. Anyone have any idea how the surrounding area is? We were hoping to go to Chinatown and Little Italy for a couple of meals.

    • A

      Tribeca has full electric power and water.

      Chinatown: House Of Vegetarian (healthiest, tastiest Chinese food in Chinatown – vegetarian/vegan)

      Little Italy: Forlini’s, Paesano’s, Da Nico Ristorante (all three oldschool long-running Little Italy Italian restaurants – latter two on Mulberry Street but Forlini’s on Baxter Street is the best of the three)

      Soho: Broome Street Bar (best burgers in downtown Manhattan), Lupe’s a block west of BSB (best Mexican food in downtown Manhattan)

      • Austin Aunelowitzky

        I’m going to have to try House of Vegetarian…thanks. But as far as Little Italy goes, that is not the place to go for good Italian restaurants. Very mediocre food catered to tourists.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          Recommendations in the Tribeca area?

          • Austin Aunelowitzky

            Petrarca Vino e Cucina is pretty good. Not overly expensive. Great service and food. Far better than anything in Little Italy.

            • Cris Pengiucci

              Thanks. We’ll have time to try a few of these recommendations. They are appreciated.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Locanda Verde. One of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Both upscale and homey Italian at the same time. Legit stuff and really nice place. Deniro’s a part owner. Gets packed.

            Tamarind Tribeca. My favorite Indian place in NYC. Very inventive stuff and not your typical Tikka Masala.

            With Chinatown and Little Italy, I recommend Rubirosa, which has definitely earned raves in a stretch that has become more of a tourist trap in recent years. I love Xi’an Famous Foods in Chinatown, which is one of three locations they’ve got. Legit, hardcore, dirt cheap stuff. New York Noodle Town is still pretty damn good.

            The thing with Chinatown is that there are so many places which do one thing very well, and so many opinions, that you could have a field day doing research.

            Don’t forget the Lower East Side as well.

          • vicki

            don’t do little italy. it’s faux, a very brief disney of what was.

            my recommendation ain’t swank, but it’s legit new york. go to arturo’s, w. houston @ thompson. on a nice night walking distance from where youre staying; else a very very cheap cab ride. it’s been there forever, owned and run by the same family for a couple generations. share hot antipasto, a (coal oven) pizza and a carafe of wine. food is really good, atmosphere is the best.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        Have any non-vegetarian Chinese restaurant recommendations? While the vegetarian one sounds good, we may want some meat as well. :-)

        • NEPA Yankee

          Whenever we visit NYC for the day, we always take a trip to Sammy’s Noodle Shop on 6th Ave. Great food, big portions, very reasonable price.

          • Cris Pengiucci

            Thanks!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          See my comment above. I could do this for days, although the little guy keeps us in Brooklyn more than we’d like now.

  • Rob

    What’s with Tomlin and the fake field goal in the Giants-Steelers game?

  • JohnC

    Giants got totally outplayed today in all facets of the game. If not for a couple of favorable referee calls, they get blown out

  • nick

    i sure miss that stadium behind porcello and igawa

    • jjyank

      I don’t, actually.

      • Joe F

        There was a certain feeling to it, but the new one is way better.

        • jjyank

          I didn’t mean that I hated the old stadium. But I really like the new one.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I miss the history of the old stadium. I don’t miss the side entrance for the bleachers and not being able to access whatever I want. I don’t miss the narrow concourses one bit either.

            • jjyank

              And I LOVE the entrance hall of the new stadium. Big, grand, all the banners…it feels like I’m entering the stadium of the grandest sports franchise. I really do love it. Bitch about the pricing and whatnot all you want, but I fucking love the stadium.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                I’ll never forget the first time I walked into YS3 in 2009. We showed up at about 11 for a 1:00 PM game. Took me 15 minutes to figure out my way around the place. It’s just so easy to get from spot in the stadium to another.

                I get the stuff about the muted crowds. Sitting in the upper level is just death to me. I still wouldn’t trade the comfort of the stadium for anything.

                My only complaint will forever be the food. I even find Lobel’s to be too soggy for ballpark food.

                • jjyank

                  Sure. There are definitely better food options in other stadiums. But for watching a game? I love going to YSIII.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Speaking of food, I HOPE CRIS SAW MY RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS! I love recommending good food.

                    • nick

                      All valid points and agree about the comfort-ability and better access, but i cant help that every time I walk into the new joint i just wish it was the previous one. Color me nostalgic i guess but it just is what is it and i cant see it changing anytime soon. Anyways, this off-season speed up already lol.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    Pandora or Spotify? I love Spotify.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Spotify and it’s not even close.

      • Austin Aunelowitzky

        Good, I won’t even check out Pandora.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Spotify allows you to choose by album. It’s not just a radio station type thing. It’s not the perfect selection, but it is incredibly strong.

          It’s been a while since I’ve used Pandora. I don’t know if they’ve expanded to just letting you choose artist and album in order to keep up.

          • Austin Aunelowitzky

            Yeah, I’ve been using Spotify for a couple of years. Wasn’t sure if Pandora was worth checking out or not. Curious what the other was offering. Will stick with Spotify.

    • MannyGeee

      Spotify all day long

  • Alkaline

    JJ, if you see this, you’ll totally appreciate it. Halo 4 party this upcoming weekend with college buds. A good time will be had by all.

    For now, I just started Assassin’s Creed III. Anyone get into that?

    • jjyank

      I have it pre-ordered, I am very much looking forward to it. I love me some Assassin’s Creed as well, and I’ll play III eventually. Money’s a bit tight right now though. But I’ll be all over Halo this coming week. It’s gotten some great reviews, I’m pumped.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I liked the first Assassin’s Creed despite the weird control scheme. Did they improve on that?

        I’ll spare you another fuddy duddy video game rant tonight.

        • jjyank

          Oh be quite, Fish Fingers. Yes, they did improve on it. The ACII Trilogy was AMAZING. Gameplay wise, and historically. Machiavelli was an assassin. And if you took even 1 Poli Sci class, you’d know that this fits him perfectly. I got great joy out of that.

  • Joe F

    Cowboys need this win.

    • vicki

      aherm.

      bright side, the miserable giants held serve, so far, with eagles facing an overdue saints team in new orleans tomorrow. blue not due to gel til week 13 anyway.

  • Bo Knows

    Man, walking dead just pissed me off….T-dogg (aka the last remaining black man on earth) just got bit; what is it with horror shows/movies? Are studios contractually obligated to kill everyone with a hint of melanin?

    • jjyank

      Well there still is the black prisoner? I dunno. I feel like it had more to do with him being a secondary character than his race.

      • Bo Knows

        I don’t think its a conscious effort but it always happens, its especially bad considering they didn’t expand on his character at all in any of the previous seasons (he’s basically tertiary character) and then the one time he says more than three words, he gets bit.

        This is me venting about the whole horror genre, black characters are always underdeveloped (very rarely are there more than 2 at one time) and they are guaranteed to die (no longer in the 1st half of the show…its now the “heroic sacrifice”)

        • jjyank

          I haven’t noticed it to be honest. You could be right, but I just never had that racial distinction before.

          • Bo Knows

            It’s honestly a running joke at this point (I’m black btw, not that it matters) when it comes to horror movies/shows/commercials/etc

            if your not played by a famous rapper, your gone lol

            • jjyank

              I figured you were, but yeah, it doesn’t matter. I guess I’m just not plugged into the horror genre much, it’s generally not my thing. I’m more of the comedy type, but this particular drama grabbed me. So I suppose I’m not in on that running joke :P

            • vicki

              horror writers aren’t super kind to blondes either. fight the power.

        • Bo Knows

          and less than one minute after I post this, he goes down with the heroic sacrifice…..

          • jjyank

            Ha well it was damn heroic.

            • Bo Knows

              Can only hope Michonne doesn’t get taken out now, because she suspects the truth

  • http://www.24x7bytes.com/soccernow Soccer, Manchester United

    What is the ‘most popular team in world’ and how big a fan-base do they claim?

    There is one club that has doubled its supporters in five years. They may have been defeated by Chelsea in the chase for Europe’s hottest property, lost the league title with the last kick of the season to their bitter local rivals and crashed out in the group stages of the Champions League.

    But, according to the UK Guardian, none of that has stopped them doubling their international fanbase in five years to a mind-boggling 659 million and remaining the most popular club in world football. Read how they did it …

    • jjyank

      “Soccer” is in your handle. Now I don’t pretend to like a sport that ends with a 1-0 score consistently, but if you’re gonna pose as a real fan, call it “football” at least.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        It’s the penalty kicks at the end. Those slay me. Everything else I’m just fine with. I *should* follow it all more, yet I don’t.

        • jjyank

          Eh, I like the sport just fine, but I hate the lack of scoring. 90 minutes for 1 goal? Please. Not my style.

          Either way, I have enough respect for the sport (and have spend enough time outside of America) to not refer to it as soccer. Just struck me as funny that a fan of the sport would come into a baseball site to defend their fan base, and refer to it as soccer.

          I went to a football game between the Jordanian National team and the Palestinian National team. Shit got real.

          • radnom

            America is not the only place to refer to it as “soccer”, and its not “disrespectful” to do so. The name can be traced back to Englad in the 1800s.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N.....Background

            • jjyank

              *shrug*

              I never said it was disrespectful, just funny. I dunno, I’ve been to several countries in several continents, never heard anyone other than Americans call it soccer.

              • Pat D

                I call it the only co-ed sport where the women are clearly tougher than the men.

          • Ethan

            It is possible that he’s an american ManU fan.

    • vicki

      soccer-trolling a yankee board. random.

      i’ll say one thing for the sport: relegation. brilliant.

      relegate the marlins, for example, and promote the motherloving trolley frogs!

  • Pat D

    This weekend basically sucked.

    Notre Dame should have lost, Giants played like shit, Boardwalk Empire got blowed up, a movie I tried to DVR got fucked up because of some kind of disconnect between DirecTV and TCM due to DST ending, some other shit I’m just not remembering right now.

    I can’t wait till Wednesday. I think.

    • vicki

      no politics!

      • Pat D

        I didn’t say nothin’!

      • the Other Steve S.

        That’s the point