New Year’s Open Thread

Holiday Mailbag: Rafael Soriano
Holiday Mailbag: The Five Tools

In honor of the New Year, here’s a video with all 252 homers (regular season + playoffs!) the Yankees hit in 2012. They aren’t going to hit nearly that many next season, so enjoy ‘em while you can. I’m sure MLBAM is going to pull that sucker down pretty soon.

Here is your open thread for the night as 2012 turns into 2013. Have a very happy and safe New Year’s.

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Holiday Mailbag: Rafael Soriano
Holiday Mailbag: The Five Tools
  • Elton Cod

    That video is (one of the) reasons we lost in the playoffs. Too many homeruns.

    The other reason – if anybody here is invited to Hal’s NYE party, they could see how the Steinbrenner kids are much more concerned with spending money on themselves than with preserving the Yankee legacy which means their wealth possible. I bet the money Hal spends tonight could have signed AJ or Russell Martin.

    • Pat D

      Like we haven’t heard this shit before.

    • Get Phelps Up

      *yawns*

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Hey codpiece, why don’t you take your troll act somewhere else?

    • Jacob

      Oh hey it’s you! I so did not miss you. I bet you watched all 54 minutes of that video too.

    • The Doctor (formerly known as G formerly known as Matt Smith formerly known as David Tennant formerly known as…etc)

      Yeah I know, Ibañez should’ve bunted those 3 times. It’s all so clear now.

    • Bob Buttons

      Please, do be a deer and play in traffic.

  • Jimmy

    That playoff section was both very exciting and very depressing.

  • jjyank

    Happy New Year to all! Hope everyone enjoys themselves tonight. I, for one, am thrilled to see 2012 go. Bring on 2013.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    I wish all of you a happy and healthy new year.

    Thanks to Mike for another great year of covering the Yankees, I really appreciate the work you put into this. Thanks to all the other writers that also contributed content. Thanks to all the readers for some great discussions. Let’s do it again in 2013.

    • RetroRob

      Agreed.

      Going by your handle, New Year’s yet where you are?

      • Bavarian Yankee

        not quite yet but only ~20 minutes for me to go here in Germany.

        • RetroRob

          I might be in that same time zone to ring in 2014 as contemplating a move, even if it’s partial, to Amsterdam next year.

          • Jacob

            O.o interesting, why so?

            • RetroRob

              Work. An opportunity that is about to be presented to me that will be good enough that I’ll have to seriously consider it. Won’t know for sure for a couple of weeks, although I think it’s quite likely. Part of it means I will have to spend anywhere from six months to a year living in Amersterdam probably 75% of the time. They’ll put me up, so that’s a no-brainer. Then I should be able to flip it back the other direction, living here at home 75% of the time, but the next year promises to be more different than any recent year if it come through!

              • Jacob

                Hey it is a nice opportunity to travel and what not, plus much things are legal there ;)

                • RetroRob

                  Thanks. We’ll see where it goes. As for the extra benefits there, there’s a balance since the goal is to keep my job! : -)

  • RetroRob

    Next year’s video should be 80-100 HRs shorter, including no post-season HRs.

    Perhaps a video with the Yankees 250+ 2013 bunts?

    I kid, of course. Maybe.

    • Anthony

      250+ bunts.. haha

  • ND Mike

    Dammit, now I miss baseball. Fantasy football over, Dolphins season over and 2 whole months before spring training starts. What am I supposed to do now? Wait for hockey to come back?

    • Austin Aunelowitzky

      College Basketball FTW.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I feel honored to have that home run montage I made featured on the last open thread of the year. Also fwiw it’s been up seamlessly since October 19 so hopefully MLB has decided to let it go.

    Happy New Years, y’all.

    • Jacob

      Well congrats too ya my friend!

  • dkidd

    my new year’s resolution:

    no matter what happens, i will remember that this season is my last chance to watch the captain, andy and mo competing together. there will never be another group of players with so many shared memories. win or lose, i resolve to savor every second

    maudlin but true!

  • Chris

    Do the Yankees have interest in the two Cuban guys the shortstop or outfielder.

    • RetroRob

      I haven’t heard anything about their interest (or lack of interest). I also don’t know much about them beyond what I’ve read. Diaz supposedly has a decent bat and a good arm at SS. Considering the state of SS’s in the Yankee system, and Jeter’s advancing age, I at least hope their kicking the tires.

    • Crink

      I don’t know the exact numbers but I’m pretty sure the Yankees have spent most or almost all of their allotted international signing budget. Though, maybe that resets in 2013? I don’t know what the exact date would be

      • RetroRob

        Based on their age and years as professionals, I think these two players might be considered unrestricted free agents, not subject to the international signing budget. Well, at least the older OFer, yet it’s possible that even Diaz is, or shortly will be in that same category.

      • Bob Buttons

        MLBTR says one of them will be over 23 (the limit) by January 8th, not so sure about the other.

  • Anthony

    I get the biggest grin on my face watching those Ibanez postseason HRs. Happy and healthy New Year’s to all.

  • mustang

    Happy New Year to all enjoy and be safe.

    Seriously be careful and don’t drink and drive if you don’t give a shit about yourself think of the damage you can do to others.

  • forensic

    Merry New Year!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Well for Giants fans we got another terrible gift. Perry Fewell and Kevin Gilbride will stay for another year unless (lol) they get a a head coaching job.

    • Pat D

      Son of a fuck. Fewell had to go. Gilbride not so much, but he’s on thin ice.

      • trr

        Gilbride coaches like it’s still last century

        • forensic

          I don’t watch/remember enough from other teams, but I’d love to know how many teams still run an offense with a pretty constant FB presence. I can’t imagine it’s that many anymore.

          I just hope they commit to Wilson at RB next year. It’ll be nice to have some serious speed back there again. Seems like it’s been forever since they had that.

  • Pat D

    Everybody be smart on New Year’s. And if you refuse to be smart, then just confine your stupidity to yourself.

    • Austin Aunelowitzky

      I’ll drink to that…hiccup.

  • Cris Pengiucci

    Happy New Year everyone. Have a fun evening, but be careful. Don’t start off 2013 by bringing something bad into your life.

    BTW, are we still banned from speaking politics?

    • Pat D

      If you disagree with me, yes.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        Well, everyone should agree with me, so there shouldn’t be any issue.

      • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM))

        +1000

    • jjyank

      I don’t want to speak for Mike, but I think as long as it’s civil and some of the more controversial topics are avoided it’s cool. At least I think it is.

      I’m an IR buff, so I would enjoy such discussions.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        I’m just extremely upset with what’s going on with Congress and the President right now. I’m all for voting them all out of office next time they come up for re-election. They kicked the can down the road for nearly 2 years and now are doing it again. I’m thankful my taxes won’t go up (at least it appears that way) and that I’ll retain my job, but all they’ve done up to this point by not addressing the whole issue appropriately, is make it worse. Now they’ll have a harder time getting us out of this fiscal whole they’ve dug.

        They need to grow up, grow a pair, and realize that, yes, this is going to hurt and the more they delay, the more it will hurt. They need to address taxes and spending and stop acting like addressing only one of those options will fix the problem. It won’t.

        • Pat D

          I’m putting most of the blame on the Republicans, frankly. They don’t seem to have understood that they lost the election and that they lost seats in Congress. Translation: they’re the ones that need to give more since the electorate favored the other side. Yet they’re still being the same group of obstructionists they’ve been for for years. McConnell asking Obama and Biden to compromise is funny considering his own stayed goal

          • Pat D

            Sorry for this post. My phone was being stupid.

          • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

            Yep it has nothing to do with the President himself fucking things up. Just blame the Republicans. My God Obama has all you zombies in such trance. After 4 more years of Hell idiots like you would still vote him in for a 3rd term.

            Happy New Year everyone. Your dollar bill is worth as much as that piece of lint from your pocket you pulled out with it. Fools…

            • Pat D

              Go listen to the George Harrison song “Wah Wah.”

            • mustang

              And this why we shouldn’t talk politics because someone aways jumps off the “civil” Train.

            • jjyank

              Hey now. I guess I was naive to think we could keep in civil.

        • jjyank

          And this is why I am all for strict term limits. Congressman (on both sides) are allowed to run as long as they like. There’s a reason why Congressional support is consistently in the toilet, yet everyone keeps re-electing the same douches. Same goes for presidents. I really dislike that there is such a thing as “second term presidential policies”, and the fact that a first term president has to spend a full year campaigning instead of, you know, running the damn country. One term, 6 years.

          Sorry for the mini-rant. This is exactly why I focus on IR. Domestic politics just makes me frustrated.

          • smurfy

            I would concentrate on the value of campaign contributions. Even the Supreme Court must have to listen to logic, eventually.

          • jim p

            I’d just make it illegal for either party to put up candidates. Since bribes drive both parties they clearly fit in the CO part of RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations).

            Neither party is interested in the people. There’s a reason George Washington’s farewell address warned against factionalist parties and Eisenhower warned against the military-industrial-Congressional complex (though he edited out “Congressional” in the final draft.)

        • Pat D

          I’m putting most of the blame on the Republicans, frankly. They don’t seem to have understood that they lost the election and that they lost seats in Congress. Translation: they’re the ones that need to give more since the electorate favored the other side. Yet they’re still being the same group of obstructionists they’ve been for four years. McConnell asking Obama and Biden to compromise is funny considering his own stated goal was to get them voted out. The Democrats sure aren’t blameless and this whole “negotiation” has shown once again that Congress doesn’t actually want to work together. But I still feel that the Republicans needed to give more and it looks like they’re not giving much.

        • Jacob

          I think we should all just get along, peace and love.

          • jjyank

            This is why my primary music genre is reggae. If everyone took that message to heart, the world would be a better place.

            • Cris Pengiucci

              That and, well, ya know. (Maybe JJ doesn’t. Or at least he doesn’t partake.)

              • Jacob

                Yes we all love the ya know, if your thinking of the same thing, his parents partake

              • jjyank

                I did. Major pothead in college, this guy. I know very well. But I quit after college for the job I want. I still keep the lifestyle and attitude with me, though.

                • Jacob

                  I quit, and I am debating about embracing it again. I was much too immature for that shit but I have a better mindset for it now.

            • Jacob

              Reggae, I love that shit man. My main is Conscious hip hop (I hate mainstream music) because I don’t want to hear the hate I want to hear he love. I also love Reggae though because it has such a conection to the Hip-Hop community.

              • jjyank

                I LOVE the reggae-hip hop fused stuff. If you haven’t been introduced, I suggest you check out Mos Def’s reggae album, as well as bands like Dirty Heads, Chapter 11, Clear Conscious, Close Enough, The Holdup, and The Movement.

                • Jacob

                  I love Mos Def, the dude is a great. Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common. 3 most positive and chill artists out there.

          • Pat D

            That would be nice. But I’m afraid it’s never going to happen.

            At least it won’t happen as long as there are groups like the Westboro Baptist “Church” running around.

            • Jacob

              I hate how the church is supposed to be so great but it is one of the worst things, and I don’t think it is because religion is bad I think it is because it is used to abuse.

              • Jimmy

                Are you grouping the Westboro Baptist Church with all of the other churches in the US?

                • Jacob

                  No, but I am talking about the way churches are in general, not all but a good amount abuse the power and don’t really use what it is actually for

      • RetroRob

        I’m pretty sure Mike means absolutely no politics. In fact, he has said that. In a 50-50 system, it’s basically impossible not to offend one side or the other, even during reasoned discussions, since one side’s reason can be and will be viewed as unreasonable by another. Eventually it inches further and further, then you get like-minded types talking to each other, annoying others, and then it explodes.

        So good luck, but I’ll be stepping out. I don’t want to be caught in a group-thread ban! : -)

        • Big Member

          awwwwwww how cute

  • Ethan

    Happy New Year from Copenhagen. Have a fun, safe night everyone!

  • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM))

    So, I found plans for New Years!! Hooray! Only four hours till the new year.

  • forensic

    Every so often, the Royals make a nice move or two and you think maybe they’ll start improving.

    Then they do something like sign Miguel Tejada for more than a million dollars and you remember they’re still just the Royals and always seem to end up in the same sad place.

    • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM))

      Wait, the 38-39 year old Miguel Tejada? Who hasn’t been a good hitter since about 2008 and hasn’t been a good fielder since 2005? Lmao.

      • forensic

        Yeah, that one. The same one who didn’t play at all this year and last year put up an amazing .270 OBP with the giants.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Jeff Francoeur must be happy that he won’t have the lowest OBP on the team.

      • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

        Don’t you have to add about five years to his age? I guess it’s possible you’ve already factored that in, but if memory serves it came out that he was older than he claimed.

    • Get Phelps Up

      A major league contract too.

      • jjyank

        Seriously? Holy hell.

        • The Doctor (formerly known as G formerly known as Matt Smith formerly known as David Tennant formerly known as…etc)

          No, misinformation. It’s a minor league deal.

          http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

          • forensic

            According to those reports, it’s an MiLB contract in name only and will be an MLB contract once they decide who to boot off the 40-man.

            • The Doctor (formerly known as G formerly known as Matt Smith formerly known as David Tennant formerly known as…etc)

              Seriously that’s how it is? I was interpreting it as “if you can make it through Spring Training without breaking your leg you make it… Wow. If you’re right that’s horrible.

              • Jacob

                Elton Codd thinks the yankee’s should have made that move.

                • Get Phelps Up

                  Of course. He won’t hit any homers so he’s automatically a fit!

                  • Jacob

                    Precisely, he has also sent me a series of unwanted texts saying how he thinks we should trade cano for justin smoak, move tex behind the plate, pay arod to not play and bring up ramon flores to play 1st base. Dude is a genius no?

                    • Get Phelps Up

                      He makes Big Member’s proposals look realistic.

                    • The Doctor (formerly known as G formerly known as Matt Smith formerly known as David Tennant formerly known as…etc)

                      I’d personally take Alfonso Soriano playing some combo of 2nd and RF over most of his ideas

                    • Jacob

                      ARE YOU TELLING ME THEY ARE NOT REAL?

                    • RetroRob

                      He has you mobile?

                    • Jacob

                      I love Big Member’s posts! +1 to whoever he really is, I also think his idea of Fonsie playing 2nd/RF combo is a pure genius

                • jjyank

                  Good thing his mom won’t give him permission to leave the house. I heard he’s grounded for cheating on his English test.

                  • Jacob

                    I would believe it

                  • Big Member

                    I’m actually sitting home, sick in the sole company of a 12 pack of Heineken, watching and laughing at the idiots standing in Times Square. This is the shittiest New Years ever.

    • RetroRob

      I suppose we should look at this positively. By the Royals signing Tejada, it eliminates the chances the Yankees will sign him!

      Supposedly the Royals scouts like what they saw from Tejada in winter ball. Reminds me of a couple years back when the Yankees were getting positive reports on Bartolo Colon. Knowing now that Colon added some chemical enhancements to his training, and knowing that Tejada has been rumored to have taken PEDs in the past (actually, wasn’t he in the Mitchell Report?), have to at least wonder if Tejada is juicing again. I know that’s not fair, but, hey, it’s a blog!

  • Kevin G.

    No pre-season home runs? Shame.

  • John S.

    Happy New Year everybody! Hope 2013 treats you guys well.

  • The Doctor (formerly known as G formerly known as Matt Smith formerly known as David Tennant formerly known as…etc)

    Well I had plans, but they fell apart so I’ve ended up staying the night in with my parents. No real problem with it, I haven’t seen them a ton since I’ve been away at school and even since getting home I’ve just been seeing friends more than them. Anyway, know that’s probably not most people’s idea of a good time, so I hope you all got out and had a good time. Happy New Year!

  • forensic

    Happy New Year to, and from, those of us out west!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Happy New Year to everyone.

  • Cris Pengiucci

    A toast to 2013! May it bring memorable and enjoyable surprises.

    BTW, Mimosas at my house if you can make it over. Left over Champagne (good stuff) and fresh squeezed OJ. Going fast! :-)

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We have a completely unopened bottle of cava!

  • Jacob

    Not even 12 hours into 2013 and I already have recieved my first dissapointment, there will be no baseball sim for the 360 in 2013. While I despise 2K baseball it was still the only one out there and was at times very enjoyable. I need my baseball fix.

    • jjyank

      I stopped buying the 2K games a few years ago, so I’m not broken up about it. Still, it does piss me off that nobody wants to make a decent baseball game for the 360. It’s literally the only thing that makes me wish I had a PS3 sometimes.

      • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM))

        Dude…also BluRay player. I didn’t think there was a difference until I watched Avatar on DVD at a friends house and on BluRay at home. It went from being, you know a visually good movie, to a mind blowing visual experience telling the story of Dances With Wolves with aliens.

        • jjyank

          That doesn’t do it for me. It’d be a nice perk for sure, but hardly a reason for my to buy a PS3. It’s a moot point really, we’re close enough to the next gen that I can’t justify spending money on a new console regardless of the benefits. My 360 slim and its HDMI port and 250 GB harddrive is plenty to hold me over till then.

          • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM))

            See, when both were newer and I was deciding that was a deal breaker for me. It was the same logic as people had back when PS2 came out, a relatively affordable DVD player and gaming machine, only with the PS3 it was a relatively affordable BluRay player and gaming machine. Don’t get me wrong, in retrospect there were a lot of reasons to have gone with the XBox(looking at you Bethesda) but I’m happy with my purchase 3 years later.

            • jjyank

              I probably would have gotten a PS3 in a vacuum. I had a PS1 and a PS2 after all. But my PS2 died on me, and as a spur of the moment decision, I bought an Xbox (original) instead of a new PS2. And then the 360 came out before the PS3 did, so I didn’t really have a decision to make there. And yeah, the 360 has better game exclusives than the PS3 does, IMO.

  • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM))

    So after lamenting the fact that I might be stuck staying in on New Years, I found plans at the 0 hour for both me and my buddy who is an active marine, home on leave. Met up with some people I haven’t seen in a while, found an awesome bar, found out how awesome yet girly a Sex on The Beach is, and wingman-ed my marine buddy into hooking up w/ the hottest girl in our group. Sadly, 23 years running w/o a kiss at midnight, but you know…part of my New Years resolution is to be less of an introvert, so maybe next year? However, very upset I missed out on the Congressional discussion last night here…apart from one girl there my group wouldn’t be mature enough to carry on such a conversation, plus it would have given me an excuse to read up on what’s going on as the holidays have done a great job of keeping me firmly out of the loop.

  • Magical Mystery Team

    Watching that video made me realize that those bombs Ibanez hit were just as majestic as I remembered. That guy is strong like bull.

    Thanks for packing a truckload of memories in one season, Raul.

    • Vern Sneaker

      Raul. Unreal. Really fun to see that again. Thanks for posting.