Wednesday Night Open Thread

Holiday Mailbag: Alfonso Soriano
Yankees sign Matt Diaz to minor league contract

Well, the White Christmas came a day late. It’s snowy and haily and sloppy in the Tri-State area, so stay safe out there if you’re driving or anything. Even walking on the sidewalk sucks in these conditions. Talk about whatever you like here, enjoy.

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Holiday Mailbag: Alfonso Soriano
Yankees sign Matt Diaz to minor league contract
  • Andruw Jones

    Seems someone didn’t have a very good Christmas.

  • Jacob

    Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

  • Jacob

    I have been looking at movies coming in 2013 and my god this summer is going to drain my wallet.

    • Pat D

      Yea, I saw a story yesterday covering just May, which is packed to the gills. And that’s just May.

      • LitFig

        What’s coming out?

        If I had to guess, there’s a Transformers movie, an Avengers movie of some sort, and Superman….am I missing anything else?

        • RetroRob

          Guess it depends on what type of movies you like. Lots of big-budget films coming in the first half, from Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Kick Ass II, Star Trek Into Darkness, etc. I didn’t see a Transformers or Avengers movie listed, but I might have missed it, or maybe they haven’t assinged a date yet. Or maybe it’s 2014. Probably is, since Avengers came out in 2012 and there’s usually a two- to three-year gap between releases.

          Like most adult males, I still have an adolescent side of me that I sometimes let out, so I have high hopes for this movie coming in January:

          • Pat D

            Saw the trailer for that last night and I was floored. There’s so many people in it. Sadly, it also looks like it’s trying to do too much, which probably means it’s not any good.

            • RetroRob

              That is quite possible. It’s a series of unrelated shorts, which could be a strength or a weakness. It could just turn into something mediocre, with some good and some bad. Probably the biggest potential red flag is the movie was shot well over two years ago. I heard it referenced a few times, but it didn’t have a title. That could mean it was having issues.

              I’ll remain hopeful. One of the Farrelly brothers is heavily involved and there is a ton of talent in the movie.

        • Pat D

          Next May alone will feature Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast and Furious 6, The Hangover Part III, and a CGI movie called Epic. There’s also a Tyler Perry movie.

          June will see After Earth (Will Smith post-apocalyptic Earth movie, which comes about two months after the similar Tom Cruise starring Oblivion), The Internship (Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson team-up), Man of Steel, This Is the End (bunch of stars playing themselves facing the apocalypse), World War Z, Monsters University, Kick-Ass 2 and White House Down (Roland Emmerich-directed flick about White House being taken over by paramilitary group).

          Then in July…you’ve got The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2, Grown Ups 2, Pacific Rim (Guillermo Del Toro’s take on Japanese monster movies), Turbo (another CGI animated movie), R.I.P.D. (Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as undead cops trying to get creatures to go to the other side), The Conjuring (another supernatural thriller), The Wolverine (yes, that Wolverine) and The Smurfs 2.

          I know I hear a lot of people say they’re sick of comic book movies. It’s getting to the point that those are the only movies I’m not sick of these days. There seems to be another supernatural thriller or post-apocalyptic movie of some kind opening every other month.

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

            So, by my math I will be wasting $112.5+tax on movies this summer. I don’t expect The Lone Ranger or World War Z to be good but I’m going to see them.

  • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

    Oh Carl Pavano that piece of shit.

    I would like to see Gardner take over CF duties this year.

    • http://Tab Aly in Ct.

      Me too!

  • Deep Thoughts

    D.J. Mitchell DFA’d:

    He’s no George Kontos, but…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’d pick him back up so quickly.

    • MannyGeee

      But wait, Jimmy McNulty just told me in the Matt Diaz thread that Cashman trades away the wrong prospects all the time. There must have been some kind of mistake in Seattle, didn’t you mean promote Mitchell to #2 behind King Felix or something?

      • jjyank

        Well I guess I have my answer if I was considering reading through that thread.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Schrodinger’s Prospect is neither right or wrong if kept in a box the entire time.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I will also admit that some of my Herby ranting may have been vodka-influenced.

        • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

          I noticed you were a lot more hostile than normal. I assumed it was just some holiday stress.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I read it back over. I thought I was being a bit dickish, sure, but this whole “well it’s my definition of the term no no donkey” stuff is so silly.

            • RetroRob

              The tone was not your normal style, but I didn’t have any issue with what you were saying.

            • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

              No doubt.
              Sometimes all the arguing around here becomes tiresome and it becomes easy to snap at someone.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

    Cashman should sign the recently released from prison Ugueth Urbina to a minor league contract.

    After all, you can never have enough guys named Ugueth who are also handy with a machete.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Hey, Oogie had quite the year for the Marlins back in the day. It wouldn’t surprise me if they actually took a look.

      • RetroRob

        Signing someone who tried to machete someone to death while also setting them on fire seems wrong, even if they did serve their time.

        Yet in Urbina’s case, I was never convinced he was guilty. Still think he was framed and probably there was attempted blackmail. Maybe he finally put up the money, which is why he was set free.

        Or maybe he’s guilty!