Jan
28

Monday Night Open Thread

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EOotZPM4x4&w=580&h=435]

But now you’ve probably seen that video because it’s been circulating through the interweb today, but it’s the greatest thing ever. We need a little more showmanship in baseball today, it’s supposed to be entertainment. We all work too hard to come and sit and watch adults taking a child’s game seriously.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the evening. The Nets are the only local sports team in action, so talk about that game or anything else here. Enjoy.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Grit for Brains

    Anyone think Dom Brown could be a worthwhile trade target? I know he’s left handed but seems like Philly has given up on him too soon.

    • Big Member

      thats pretty bad idea. hwoever you do bring up a solid point that phillies match up well in terms of trades with yanks.

      the man cash should look to aquire is ryan howard. ryan had a down year last year. howver, before that, ryan has been a constant 30+ HR 110 RBI producer. ryan will be our version of david ortiz, a feared clutch hitter who knows how to bring guys in. yanks have an openening in the DH, ryan is the perfect buy-low move. the man is clutch, just what the bombers need.

      • LK

        Forget our David Ortiz, we could have the first ever $50M platoon!

      • dkidd

        “yanks have an openening in the DH”

        big member forever!

      • DJ

        Ryan makes 20+Million a year. If Yanks couldn’t/wouldn’t pay Ibanez/Chavez, doubt they’ll fork over that much….

        • Ted Nelson

          I don’t think that they’ll pay Howard, but it doesn’t have too much to do with those two IMO. Youkilis looks like a better hit on paper than Chavez. Ibanez was serviceable, but isn’t much of a loss in my opinion.

          A team not paying a player can mean that they just don’t think he’s worth paying just as easily as it can mean that they can’t afford it or are being cheap.

      • Barry

        Strikes out just under 30% career and 33% last year. I’d rather not.

      • MannyGeee

        This sounds like the worst idea since ever.

      • Chuck

        Big Member for the win!

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike Eder

      At this point, it would make some sense to add Brown as a possible fourth outfielder type. There are three left handed outfielders at the major league level, but after that, the Yankees don’t have a ton of depth there. I think it might make sense to deal Nunez in a package for Brown. They could have him work with the club this Spring Training and stick him in Triple-A for 2013. Nunez would be a fit for the Phillies, as they could use some depth in the infield, and all they care about is production.

      • Havok9120

        And who plays shortstop Opening Day if the Cap’n has a setback and sits out April? Nix for a month?

        • Havok9120

          This sounds much harsher than the joke I meant for it to be now that I’m seeing it again. Sorry about that. :/

      • LK

        I think depth is more an issue at SS than at LH OF, even if calling Nunez a SS is a bit of a stretch.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike Eder

          No doubt about that, but Nunez is barely a short stop, and the Phillies don’t seem to know what they’re doing.

      • trr

        Certainly not in love with Brown, but if he can be had cheaply enough….

    • Ted Nelson

      Probably not much of a fit as he’s out of options and there’s not much indication that he can handle MLB pitching enough to make up for his defense.

      He’s 25 and has been in AAA since 2010, so I’m not sure they’re giving up on him too soon. In hindsight I’d argue that they should have given up on him a few years ago and traded for something useful.

      Probably a better fit for someone who can afford to carry him on the MLB roster even if he stinks, in hopes that there’s something there.

  • Havok9120

    I’m pretty sure people would die if too many guys in the MLB were using bat flips like that.

    • RetroRob

      Totally, especially if a player did it reguarly. Reggie Jackson even thinks they’re over the top!

      Seriously, I had, and still don’t, have any idea what I was looking at there, beyond the obvious: players hitting HRs while hot dogging the bat flip. Is this a developing trend in lands-afar baseball?

  • dkidd

    nick johnson retires

    what could have been…

    • Barry

      Some guys have shit luck. Proof right there. Then again I’m sure he’ll be financially comfortable for the foreseeable future.

      • MannyGeee

        Carl Pavanos says hello. How did the Yankees cross stars with two of the most injury riddled players in recent MLB history? At a combined 46M in free agent money no less… Just funny is all…

        • MB923

          I wouldn’t compare the signings of Nick Johnson (1 year/$6 million) to Carl Pavano (4 year/$40 million)

          • Hoss

            Don’t compare them. Just add them together. The + sign applies.

            • MB923

              But Johnson’s contract wasn’t really for a lot of money so it’s not like they spent a fortune. Besides, Marcus Thames and Jorge (when he was the DH) did a fine job, and Lance Berkman wasn’t too shabby either

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Johnson was on a one-year deal. The only dent that made is that the team had to go to Plan B, and God forgive the New York Yankees ever have to do that.

                • God

                  No forgiveness for you, dipshit.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    *gulp*

          • MannyGeee

            Nope, just doing an aggregate. Not comparing in any way.

            Could also throw in Felicianos $8M, although that should be more on Cashman for signing a guy with those innings logged.

            • Ted Nelson

              I think that if you go league wide you’ll find much bigger wastes of money from injuries.

        • RetroRob

          Pavano’s spleen injury is weird. He had to have it removed. That’s not good. For years, doctors really weren’t sure what the spleen did. Eventually they figured it out, and it’s not something you really want to lose.

          • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

            While he’s having a splenectomy, he should have his vagina removed too.

            • WhittakerWalt

              They’d have to clean out all the sand first. That’s a two man job.

        • Ted Nelson

          I would say that they’re the most injury riddled Yankees in recent history, but that most teams have a few constantly injured guys. Probably also stick out in your mind because you were expecting more.

          Johnson is legitimately injury riddled to rival anyone else, but I think Pavano has played a decent amount everywhere else he’s been.

    • RetroRob

      He unfortunately tore an elbow ligament while dialing the phone to make the announcement, and now requires TJS.

      • MB923

        I heard he had foot surgery after he stepped on a sunflower seed

        • Havok9120

          Malaria too.

    • Hoss

      Brian Cashman must be in mourning. Hal let him sign Juan Rivera because he was so despondent. Otherwise, we were looking at a Vlad Guerrero comeback. Gotta’ love those ex-Expos.

      • MannyGeee

        I wish I knew how to quit you…

        – Hoss, to incoherent and asinine thoughts and opinions..

        • Hoss

          ‘Quit’? Do you mean ‘quiet’? You and your clown buddies do a great job of quieting the opinion’s of people who don’t share your views by insulting them just like that.

          • Havok9120

            We are always watching.

            Alllllwwwwwaaaaaaayyyyysssss.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            The day you express an actual opinion on here that’s not just some swipe at the team is the day people will give you the response you seek.

            • Hoss

              1. I don’t seek any response. A discussion about the ideas expressed would be good, except you and ‘your boys’ always resort to discrediting me (and others) personally and not the opinionsexpressed.

              2. I have expressed “actual opinions.” They’re just not the same as yours. I’ve applauded the re-signings of Andy, Kuroda, Mo and Ichiro. Those were positive moves. Not replacing the talent that was lost was ill-advised, and the team will reflect those bad decisions in its results next year.

              3. Look at how you insult commenters before making accusations about their MOs.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                “Brian Cashman must be in mourning. Hal let him sign Juan Rivera because he was so despondent. Otherwise, we were looking at a Vlad Guerrero comeback. Gotta’ love those ex-Expos.”

                Let’s discuss this expressed idea like civilized human beings. Who wants to chime in first?

                • Hoss

                  Hmmm… I guess that joke went way over your head, dicknose.

                  • Pat D

                    Once again with the name-calling. Don’t go getting yourself banned. We value your presence here.

                    • Hoss

                      He said he could be called by that alias earlier. Check it out. First time I’ve ever heard “dicknose”. Fuckface, sure, but that’s a new one.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      To his defense, I hope to God, who I pissed off already, that no one ever gets banned on here for “dicknose.”

                    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

                      There’s lots of name calling around here and I can’t recall anyone getting banned for it.

                    • Pat D

                      Sorry, Hoss, I missed that one. “Dicknose” away.

                    • Havok9120

                      @APF

                      It was threatened at one point when the comments got particularly unruly near the end of the season. Or during the summer slump. Can’t remember.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    I used “dicknose” in something this morning, didn’t I? Credit for continuity.

                • Havok9120

                  They’re just trying to make sure fans get their money’s worth for those $1500 seats.

                  And the Expos were in Canada, so I agree we must love them. Their futility is so cute. That and the Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve (I wish that was a joke).

                • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

                  I’ll begin.

                  I think it’s an exaggeration to state Cashman is in ” mourning” though I can’t believe he can be happy with this offseason that’s resulted in a team that’s probably not as good as last years version. I also don’t think they’ll ever be desperate enough to bring in Vlad Guerrero.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    You’re a saint.

                    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

                      ????

                    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

                      Supposed to be a smilie face.

                    • Havok9120

                      It’s best not to ask questions. He is honestly grateful though.

                      /ROVP’d

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      That was a real honest-to-God attempt to address Hoss there which, added to his attempt to make sense of Moandesi earlier today, really rises him to sainthood.

                    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

                      No, I posted a smilie face from the emoji keyboard and when I submitted it, the “?????” was the result.

                    • Havok9120

                      They probably need a better stand-in for when that happens.

                  • Hoss

                    Well put. Thank you for the translation from sarcasm to putting it blandly. :-)

                    • Pat D

                      I think everyone knew it was sarcasm.

                      Also, everyone knew it wasn’t funny.

          • MannyGeee

            Hehehe… Bless you’re soul… You really think you’re in control?

            /Gnarls Barkley’d

          • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

            He was making a broke back mountain joke that went right over your head.

            • MannyGeee

              And then I threw in a “Crazy” joke for insinuating some conspiracy to ‘quiet’ him. Figured it was worth explaining as it will also go over his head….

              Although, Hoss being quiet would be a fucking miracle, truth be told.

          • jjyank

            *drums fingers together with a smirk*

            • Havok9120

              Is it a DIABOLICAL smirk?

              • jjyank

                That’s the only kind I have.

              • Z’s 12

                2013 team will need to replace at least 105 HR’s. Even if Tex, Cano, Grandy average 35 they still will be pressed to reach last years 245.This along with Alex playing only 70 games at the most will add a great deal more responsibility on the pitchers and regulars. My view is 85-90 wins this year.

                • forensic

                  Contrary to many opinions, even on a site supposedly as well-rounded as this, homeruns aren’t the only way to score runs.

                  Of course, they almost certainly won’t match last season’s total, but if they can make up the difference in other ways, then what’s the big deal?

          • MannyGeee

            And FWIW, your opinion is “thoughtless insult about Cashman”… My opinion is response is “you are being completely ridiculous and asinine.

            Your response is calling someone a “dicknose”. And since I am to assume that you don’t know Tils personally or professionally, I would assume that is not an opinion, and merely an insult.

            No one is trying to silence or censor you, but you will get called out on this thread if your just throwing barbs… And then name calling is just plain not nice.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              The funny part of this is that this guy comes on here, at least once day, whining about how his opinions aren’t taken seriously and whatnot. He gets called out on this and, not only are we not taking him seriously, but now this was sarcasm. How are we supposed to appropriately respond to your sarcasm in order to make you happy?

              This guy wants to come on here and have his nuts tickled by everyone, and there’s only so many balls I’m going to tickle a night.

          • Ted Nelson

            It has less to do with your views than how you express them.

            • forensic

              I think this pretty well sums up you on here too.

              It almost pains me to say that I agree with many of your views on things, but you immediately become so condescending and confrontational with many of your comments that it’s hard for people to continue a rational discussion with you and even go so far to say they may agree because of your tone.

              It might be something you want to consider…

            • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

              To steal one of your lines:

              Hello Pot!

  • Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob)

    Trolls do not realize when fake trolls are trolling them for a joke.

    • Havok9120

      Wait….so we’re not always watching? And this isn’t Brokeback Mountain?

      Crap.

      • Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob)

        No no we are always watching RT AND THE BOYS 4 LYFE!

  • JayDee

    The 2:57 mark is so funny that I had to watch it 5 times.

    • MB923

      By far the best one. Unfortunately I have no clue what player that is, but if someone can find it we can probably get a better clip of it if it has its own video

  • RetroRob

    Watching the Costas intro to League of their Own on MLBN, interviewing Penny Marshall. I know people get older (well, maybe not Costas too much), but Penny Marshall has totally gone to shit. I mean, she ate a horse, or something. Sounds like she has trouble breathing.

  • MannyGeee

    So much flipping… Imagine getting clubbed in the chin with a bat after every home run… Totally worth the #$1500seatz!

    • Havok9120

      Especially once the ushers come to take the bat away from you.

  • Captain’s Gift Basket

    Oh my God, am i wrong or there is a switch-hitter in Japan that flippes his bat after every homer!!!

    *Bada bum pish*

    I’ll show myself out…

    • Havok9120

      It could have worked if half the players in that video weren’t some version North American.

      /jobsnipponesejustwontdo’d

  • jim p

    If a player circled the bases, holding on to his bat and waving it in the air… now, that would be really hot-dogging it.

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

    I need baseball…

    • Havok9120

      Fifteen days until the most meaningless news event in American sports.

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

        Then another 15 until ST games start…then 31 until real baseball. Until then I will continue learning about politics and such…hooray…(rolls eyes)

        • Pat D

          Can you send me the link for your ZDT review?

        • Havok9120

          Hey now. No insulting my passtime and probable future career.

          • Pat D

            Why do politicians suck? Because all people suck!

            /Carlin’d
            /kinda sorta’d

            • Chris

              Bravo!

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

            Haha, it’s most likely my future career field as well, but that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy engaging people in it. I completely understand Mikes ‘no politics’ rule, mostly because it turns everybody into the “No Donkey,” because most people just assume you’re wrong and their right if you guys are members of opposing parties.

            Also, Pat D: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AhckBe7HoquT-KLx2jcPJKOkjgaV9T6iIe5uE2LqNrk/edit

            That’s an early edition of it, the final looks slightly different, but this is the gist of it.

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

            Haha, it’s most likely my future career field as well, but that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy engaging people in it. I completely understand Mikes ‘no politics’ rule, mostly because it turns everybody into the “No Donkey,” because most people just assume you’re wrong and their right if you guys are members of opposing parties.

            Also, Pat D: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AhckBe7HoquT-KLx2jcPJKOkjgaV9T6iIe5uE2LqNrk/edit

            That’s an early edition of it, the final looks slightly different, but this is the gist of it.

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

              Damnit, disregard, that’s my superbowl preview…https://docs.google.com/document/d/1z4H01zWBlgTHfntwvorWFFKLjv-_ldmxNMmpEE2utA0/edit

              try that.

              • Pat D

                OK, there we go.

                • Pat D

                  Wow, I didn’t even take notice of John Barrowman in the movie. Probably because his character appeared so late in the movie.

                  The movie was long, but it didn’t feel overly long to me. I thought it was admirable that it tried to depict things without taking a side or promoting an agenda, leaving it up for us to decided if the torture worked/was justified.

                  The raid on the compound probably could have been tighter. I thought it was pretty accurate in its depiction, however?

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

                    Haha, as soon as Barrowman appeared on screen, I turned to my buddy and in a way to excited way said “ohmygodit’sCaptainJackHarkness”

                    • Pat D

                      I haven’t seen him in a while, so that might have had something to do with it. I was at the movies with my dad, who also watches Doctor Who, and I don’t think he noticed either.

            • Pat D

              It’s taking me to a Super Bowl preview.

          • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

            It’s funny. I’ve been told I’d make a good politician, and people have suggested to me that I go into politics. But I refuse.

            Why? Well, because they’re right. And I don’t want that. I’m too opinionated, too emotional, and too arrogantly convinced that I’m right. I’d be a bulldog in the political arena.

            And I don’t want that. Why would I want a life path that would make me perpetually angry and would exacerbate all of my worst qualities?

            No, for me, no politics. Good luck though, my Dad was our town’s Mayor when I was younger.

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

              You don’t allow it to actually get you angry. Sure you argue your conviction with all your heart, but you walk away and kind of leave your baggage.

              • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

                I know. I’m just not sure I could do that. So I won’t try.

                The qualities that people say would make me a good politician also make me act like a jerk, and I’ve paid for it. I don’t want to live off of that, you know?

  • Havok9120

    Meanwhile, does it surprise anyone else to discover that Freddy Garcia threw over 100 innings for the 2012 Yankees? It did not seem to me he pitched that much.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Wait a moment…is Hoss the new Ted?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’d say he’s headed to Boville pretty quickly.

    • Havok9120

      With fewer statistics and positions I agree with. Just as entrenched though.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

      Just as batshit crazy, just the other side of the coin.

      • Ted Nelson

        That’s rich coming from you.

    • Ted Nelson

      Yes, because I make a habit of making incoherent remarks with no supporting evidence.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        Hey, I’m referring more to people’s reactions to you than anything else. I’ve never really gotten into it with you so there’s no bad blood.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    So, in my theater company/Godspell news, tomorrow is a big day-really big. A make or break kind of day. We’ve finally started fundraising last week and got no responses yet, which is normal. I’ll be checking in on the businesses I visited in a couple of days.

    What’s so big is that I have a meeting with my old HS. If this meaning goes well, we might-MIGHT-be able to get a theater for free.

    Better, it’s a Catholic school. Looking up past numbers, if we have a two dollar dress down day in school we can earn up to 1,000 extra dollars.

    In other words, we can get the rights to the show. Which means we’re on.

    The discouraging news is that another Summer theatre company is doing Les Miserables. Considering that the movie just came out it’s wildly popular, and we’re worried it’ll steal away auditioners. That could be a really serious problem. So we’ll see. But depending on how tomorrow’s meeting goes we can have GREAT news.

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

      …….

      Uhhhh….*clears throat* uhhhh….

      *attempts to respond, pukes instead*

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      I’m calling total bullshit. No way that’s real.

      • Havok9120

        I concur.

    • Pat D

      Like I said on FB, I can’t believe that’s real. If those people really are that stupid, then they need to repeat grade school.

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

        The first comment as of 10:53 “Whenever you’re ready, Darwinism…” I snorted out loud.

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

      I like seeing the dregs of society as much as the next guy to make me feel even better about my life, but this is a big part of why I don’t join so many of these social media sites. Too much is just an overdose of stupidity and a reminder of how concerned we maybe should be about China/Japan easily overtaking us in so many things in the coming years…

      • forensic

        My weekly dose from The Soup is just fine for me.

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

    John McCain’s Cheeks always look like they’re full of something

    /political fire starter…please don’t make this into something it’s not.

    • Pat D

      You evil, good, evil man.

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

        Haha, well done sir. Well done. I mean I have video proof too, it’s incredible.

  • Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob)

    Off topic of everything but: I think Tyler Austin could be a really solid player for a good while at the MLB level, I now see why everyone thinks he has the best chance to stick between the top prospects. I also really like his personality and think he would be a great fit in New York. Crossing our fingers for the farm system!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      +1

    • Ted Nelson

      He has a beautiful swing. But don’t you know the rule against discussing anything positive about the Yankees on this blog? Austin can’t possibly work out for them, because they are doomed.

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

        Taking the polar opposite view that everything’s perfect isn’t much better than the “we’re doomed” position.

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

    I’m sorry for being all over the place tonight, but there might be nothing better in the universe than Dan Rather saying completely seriously “This mouse is definitely high.”

  • forensic

    MLBN Top 10 Right Now Countdown’s that don’t even have a Yankee on the screen among their top 15 options or so just make me sad for some reason.

    Random thought while now watching Top 10 Leftfielders Right Now. The Gardner injury certainly brings big questions, and they’re not counting the likely switch of Gardner and Granderson, but it’s still disappointing…

    • forensic

      Ugh, now I’m watching the Rightfielders Right Now and again the Yankees have no one on the consideration list.

      I know I’m higher on Ichiro than most, but he couldn’t even make the top half of RFer’s for the Shredder?