Tuesday Night Open Thread

Kevin Youkilis, Kevin Long, and a new stance
A way, way too early look at possible trade deadline targets

One of these days the Yankees will make a move, right? These last few weeks have been incredibly boring as a fan. The Kevin Youkilis and Ichiro Suzuki signings did nothing for me as far as creating excitement. Once they re-signed the various pitchers, it’s been a snooze of an offseason. Frustrating, boring, many other things.

Anyway, here is your open for the night. The Devils are the only local team in action, but talk about whatever you like here. Enjoy.

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Kevin Youkilis, Kevin Long, and a new stance
A way, way too early look at possible trade deadline targets
  • Tmoney

    Billy Martin wore #1 for the Yankees? What was the lowest uniform number in MLB history?

    • DJ

      Know Al Oliver wore #0. Probably a few others wore it as well.

      • Tmoney

        Close but lower than 0

        • Preston

          You realize that fractions are higher than zero right?

      • DJ

        Eddie Gaedel wore # 1/2.

      • Tmoney

        Omar Oliveras wore 00 and the lowest number not zero was Eddie Gaedel who wore 1/8

        • toad

          Um, 1/8 is greater than zero.

          Unless someone wore a negative number zero is the limit.

          • Jacob

            He said lowest number not zero.

  • DJ

    Guess Cashman didn’t get the message from Hal that they still need another bat. Not sure minor leaguer Neal was what Hal had in mind.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I guess Cashman also didn’t get the message that spring training starts tomorrow…

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    I still don’t believe that this team, particularly with its supposed defensive mindedness, is going to let Francisco Cervelli get significant playing time again. *Something* is gonna happen, maybe not soon, but before the season.

    • Barry

      Who would you suggest as an upgrade?

      • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

        I have no idea. But my brain won’t let me accept that this is the answer

  • Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob)

    Damn, I was so hyped up because I misread and thought the yankees signed oviedo but I just now saw it was the rays. FUCK YOU TAMPA BAY AND YOUR AMAZING BULLPEN BUILDING SKILLZ!

  • stu phillips

    Blame hal.he loves money. I guess he doesnt have enough.!!!

    • Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob)

      stu phillips….. stu p…… stu….. stuart…..stuart a…. oh shit

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Mind blown.

        • MannyGeee

          Boom

    • jjyank

      I love money. Do you? Or just exclamation points following a period (which is against the rules of the English language, FYI)?

    • Get Phelps Up

      Maybe he will give some of it into someone to teach you basic grammar.

    • MannyGeee

      I loves the monies too.!!&. maybe Hal can give me some of yourz.!!!

  • mrdbag

    What about kaepernick he did play baseball

  • Dan6767

    No video tonight?

    • jjyank

      Here ya go. Homage to my favorite player of all time:

      http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=mlb

      • Get Phelps Up

        Beat me to it!

      • Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob)

        Did not even have to look to know it was a Bernie clip. Bam.

      • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

        OHHHHHHHHHH that’s so awesome.

        SO awesome.

        Thank you.

        • jjyank

          And where the hell have you been? You actually came up in a RAB-related conspiracy chat on Facebook between myself, Plouffster, R-Tils, and Havok, actually. Guess your ears (fingers?) were burning.

          • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

            What!??! Do tell me!!!

            • jjyank

              I like you Erica, but apparently I now have to safeguard the secrets of the Old Guard. Facebook conspiracy chats stay on Facebook :P

              • Havok9120

                The Trilateral Commission is watching you jj. -_-

                We are always watching.

                • jjyank

                  Trilateral? Pretty sure there were 4 of us in the discussion.

                  • Havok9120

                    …..

                    It (supposedly) has over 400 members. I think we’re okay.

                    • jjyank

                      I had to Google it. Didn’t get the reference.

                    • Havok9120

                      I’m only in on it because of the Deus Ex universe, so there you go.

              • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

                I don’t like that. :(

                • Havok9120

                  You could always just fried one of us and join the Cabal.

                  • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

                    What is the Cabal?

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

                      Cabal: a small group of secret plotters, as against a government or person in authority. ;)

                    • MannyGeee

                      So much big words today. Can’t we just get back to grave rolling and Hals money, like the old days.???

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      He’s this pitcher we like to call “Stairs.”

                  • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

                    If I add one of you on Facebook, will you tell me what this conspiracy is???

                    • jjyank

                      Sure.

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

                      Yeah, who ever you add (myself, R-Tils, Jj, or Havok) will just tag you into the convo.

                      HI everybody btw

                    • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

                      Send me a PM on Twittah.

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

                      I just messaged you from my job’s twitter, cause idk if Havok has one, and I know jj doesn’t have one.

                    • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

                      No message yet…

                    • jjyank

                      Yeah, no twitter for me. Just friend one of us, and the rest will follow.

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

                      I just tweeted you…because I suck at twittering. Just search Jeff Bone on FB…there can’t be that many.

                    • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

                      There’s a lot of ‘em. Oh whatever.

                    • Havok9120

                      Fine. Then just go with “Jeff Lewandrowski.”

                      I KNOW there aren’t many of those on there.

                    • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

                      Unsearchable. “Erica Kronenfeld” – FINE, just add me. >:(

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      This is hilarious, but I’m glad it finally led me to the secret life of Erica.

                • jjyank

                  Or Justin LeMoine. I’m the one with the snowboarder profile pic.

                  • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

                    You know what the issue is here? Why we’re all so hard to find?

                    TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. Rawwwwwrrrrrrr.

                  • MannyGeee

                    Not sure if FB staking or trying to take our relationships to the next level….

                    • MannyGeee

                      Oh yeah, and obligatory #nohomo

                    • Havok9120

                      It’s really not clear.

                      Better not to ask questions.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Wait…..did you just friend Havok?

                      My apologies to, really, everyone else on here. I understand this is just fucking ridiculous.

                    • Havok9120

                      It’s awesome, not ridiculous.

                      Well….okay, it’s both. But one makes up for the other!

          • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

            Also, Instagram has stolen my heart for the time being. So I’ve been there!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Holy fucknose. Look who it is. jj is right. You did come up in outside conversation.

          • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

            I’m hiding until Spring Training starts. I don’t know why. I just am. :evil laugh:

        • Havok9120

          Holy crap.

          We summoned her. S’like Slenderman.

          • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

            WHO is Slenderman? Someone I used to be friends with would always refer to him, too.

            • Havok9120

              An invented monster from the Something Awful forums.

              http://www.mythicalcreaturesgu.....lender+Man

              There is his mythos page. I remember one way to summon him being to speak of him, but apparently I botched that play.

              • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

                OH GOD. NIGHTMARES. NO thank you.

                • Havok9120

                  I dunno why, but it scares the crud outta me.

            • Havok9120

              A couple games were made about him shortly after he was invented. They were Freaking Terrifying.

      • Bob Buttons

        I got a 1990 topps Bernie Williams card for free once.

        (Well, not free. It was more like after weeks of clicking through ads for points)

        • jjyank

          I have his rookie card as well. For free. When I was about 10, I was at a summer camp and one of the guys who worked there was a huge Yankee fan, and loved to talk about it with me (even though I was 10). He knew Bernie was my favorite player and at the end of the summer, he gave me a rookie card. He said he had two of them and thought the other one should be in the hands of someone who idolized him.

          • Bob Buttons

            Sounds like a really nice guy.
            Though sometimes I do ponder about summer camp experiences, I do enjoy the indoor air conditioning and I sweat easier than the average bear, so not much of a loss for me.

    • Get Phelps Up
      • jjyank

        Ha! Oh Luis Castillo. May your misfortune never cease to bring us pleasure.

        • trr

          Oh, damn, remember that, LOL

    • Bob Buttons

      No random pile of videos could be complete without this

      http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=mlb

      • jjyank

        That was fucking awesome. I found a .gif of that the day after it happened and watched it probably 50 times.

      • Havok9120

        Between that and the “Line drive into the pitcher’s shirt” play, Ichiro (!) won Yankee .gifs last season.

      • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

        NINJA. I loved that moment so hard. Still do.

  • Robinson Tilapia
    • Daren

      Did someone mention that it was raining out?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....sults_main

      (sorry for crappy quality..)

      • jjyank

        For a rather marginal player, Leyritz had himself his fair share of big moments.

        http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......id=3251275

        • Bob Buttons

          A cameo appearance by the non-fat Andruw Jones (and other few Yankees) in it. I knew Jones was a great fielder but his fatty image is stuck in my head so it still surprised me when he climbed the wall.

  • Adam T

    I’m not upset the Yankees didn’t make a “big splash” free agent signing. The market was awful this season. The top two players had questions about them, Greinke and his anxiety and Josh Hamilton with his substance abuse problems. Napoli? Victorino? Not too much excitement there. If there was someone out there that made sense then the Yanks should get involved. Wait for David Price to hit free agency and then open up the checkbook

    • Barry

      For what the Red Sox paid for Napoli, 5 mil to start, 13 with time on roster/games played, he would of been a good pick up.

    • MannyGeee

      David Price may NEVER hit FA though. There are more than enough suitors out there for an ace caliber starter, and we may not get so lucky that the next team to trade for him is only looking for a run like the Brewers were.

      More than likely is that Los Doyers (or someone similar) get involved and trade with a window for an extension.

  • Barry

    Rays added Shelley, watch out.

    • Havok9120

      And they might get Farnsworth back too.

      We cannot allow this. THEY KNOW OUR SECRETS.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Ramiro Pena had to die.

      • Barry

        Farnsworth was the target of much of my anger for a while back in the day.

        • Havok9120

          Many people can say the same, methinks.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Another Embedded Yankee(TM) on a division rival.

      • Barry

        Ha, the Yanks would redefine their Evil Empire moniker if they have actually planted AAAA spies throughout the league. Heineken-gate scandal.

  • Bob Buttons

    (Since probably few people will read the topic from earlier today)

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....id=6395744 (yes I know it’s a bit old but my point is clear)

    By self admission Luke Scott had 114 guns in one household. One hundred and fourteen guns. (and there’s no reason to think that the number have gone down)

    ]Luke Scott is a nut job and probably has something wrong with his brain or suffers from paranoia. That is all.

    • MannyGeee

      Owning over 100 guns is his right, goddammit!… ‘MURICA!!!!

      Watch out, flying platanos!

      • Bob Buttons

        More of a concern is how the bloody hell can he remember all the hiding spots. Maybe one day his toilet clogs, calls a plumber, opens the back of it, and BAM.

        Mostly in jest but I really do wonder how many hiding spots does he have.

        • MannyGeee

          None. Guarantee you all but 3 of them are locked in his safe room bunker.

          #cookooforCocoPuffs

      • Barry

        Depends if he’s collecting. I would love to own a whole lot of world war rifles and other stuff like that, they’re works of art to me though, modern assault weapons=no class.

        • Havok9120

          I assume a ton of them are different styles of handgun. That used to be the most common collection, statistically, since North America has such a great history with that type of firearm.

          • Barry

            Depends, where I live I know a lot of people who collect weapons that are definitely not handguns and are definitely not legal.

            • Havok9120

              Oh, no doubt. I have plenty of friends who maintain armories of weaponry, only some of which is legal.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        MMM. Flying platanos.

    • Havok9120

      And yet, I still say all will be forgiven if he’ll just continue growing his facial hair into this:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F.....ouched.jpg

    • jjyank

      Yeeeeaaahhh. I consider myself kinda anti-gun/pro-gun control, but I don’t really force the issue with people. But 114? That seems like overkill. The things I collect can’t kill people, at least.

      For the record, I’m not trying to start a debate, and I won’t participate in one if it happens. That number just seems absurd to me.

      • MannyGeee

        I am gun impartial (not anti gun, have shot guns before, but don’t really hunt or anything)… But anything over, oh I don’t know, 12? 15? Seems like overkill at that point.

        Once you crack that century mark, that’s a different world…

      • Bob Buttons

        That was kinda my point.

        Who in their right mind needs 114 guns?
        But kinda nice to know that he knows the actual number, and not just “a lot”.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Just in case the GOVERNMENT COMES.

          Oh yeah, they’d take him down in about 5 seconds if that actually were to happen.

          • Barry

            Depends on who’s coming. Law enforcement training is a joke.

            • jjyank

              Um, I’m willing to bet my life savings that any law enforcement agency can take down Luke Scott.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                I think Rep. Peter King could take down Luke Scott.

              • Barry

                Ha! 90% of the cops I ever see are slobs. There are some damn fine cops out there that manage to actually do the right thing, IMO they’re the minority. In fact the kids I went to high school with that are now cops were, unquestionably the worst students in the school. I mean like scoring 700s on the NEW SATs.

                • jjyank

                  I’m not promoting specific law enforcement agencies. I don’t give a shit who you went to high school with.

                  But as a whole department (ANY department), they could fuck Luke Scott’s world up. That was the discussion.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    They wouldn’t send the guy managing traffic to get the guy stockpiling guns.

                    • Barry

                      It’s never good when any cop meets somebody using decent caliber ammunition. Most law enforcement agencies standard issue body armor will only protect against 9mm and the occasional .45. Even the body armor I’m issued by the Army is useless if the round doesn’t hit the ceramic plating.

                  • Now Batting

                    ^ This. They train for potential incidents everyday. It’s hard to be accurate with a hand gun.

                    • Barry

                      I’ve never had trouble being accurate with a handgun. There’s a lot less to account for with a smaller firearm.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Fine, then. They’d send fucking Robocop.

                    • Barry

                      Then Luke Scott is fucked.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m no longer volunteering to drive Scott anywhere. I don’t care if Barry thinks I’m a pussy for it.

      • Barry

        I wouldn’t want to be in the middle of a firefight between him and whoever either so I’ll say you’re not a pussy for just being smart.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          It did make me hungry for Dominican food, though.

          • Barry

            Damn it, see this is why I dislike you, now I want it. Oh well chicken nuggets it is.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I actually think you’re starting to like me.

              • Barry

                It’s true I am. Most people I end up liking I start off disliking. It’s my circle of life I guess.

  • Bob Buttons

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......8;c_id=mlb

    In this video, Joba looks like a lawyer or like a PR guy.

    • Havok9120

      I love the line about Mo:

      “Obviously that’s a major injury, blowing out your ACL. Especially when you’re 43. But, honestly, I don’t think Mo is 43. He’s probably, like, 26.”

  • Bob Buttons

    Well at least there’s still that clip from 1000 ways to die.

    Hiding guns in ovens = bad.

    • Bob Buttons

      Reply fail. DAMN YOU ISP.

    • Barry

      I know some rednecks that thought it would be brilliant to see what happens when you microwave some rounds, I’ll let your imagination run wild. Fortunately, no casualties.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I GOT EN IDEA! LETS DEEPFRY DA SUMBITCHES!

        Apologies to actual smart, fun and Yankee loving people who self-identify as rednecks.

        • Barry

          Rednecks are usually incredibly fun and they throw wicked parties. When you hear some bad ideas turning into the next round of drunken entertainment it’s never a bad idea to step back a good, oh idk, 200 yards.

          • Havok9120

            Having now lived down here for 8 years, this is an excellent summation of why rednecks are awesome people as long as you keep your head.

            • MannyGeee

              Truth. There are redneck games to be had up here, and it’s fun so long as you keep a safe distance and don’t lose any fingers.

              • Barry

                My favorite redneck memory was being poked in the temple by a finger stump after he cut off from his last knuckle up on his ring finger. Reasoning for it: he had an ingrown fingernail that “hurt” and his doctor refused to do anything about it, so he cut it off. Still has it in his freezer too. The instrument of choice? A hatchet.

                • MannyGeee

                  Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck… That is “114 guns” crazy right there. The aforementioned Luke Scott smiles down on thee…

                  • Barry

                    Oh yeah, he’s a Hells Angel, awesome guy actually and definitely someone you want in your corner, even on the wrong side of 50.

      • Bob Buttons

        I’d imagine it to be something like the ricocheting bullet scene from Family Guy when they were in that vault.

  • beachbum

    So Tom Brady apologizes to Ed Reed and all is good and nobody calls out Brady. Can you imagine the absolute shit storm if Alex Rodriguez had pulled something like the Tom Brady sissy-kick which actually could have seriously injured Reed? I guess Boston sports fans have a bit of a double standard . . . .

    • MannyGeee

      How dare you sir… Boston fans are very fair and non biased. They still haven’t forgiven David Ortiz for his steroid controversy and are holding his fee to the fire while he finds the real killer…. Oh wait.

    • Barry

      He’s a douche, but he is the rainmaker.

    • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

      I mean, that move was obviously dirty and intentional, and Brady should be fined, but “could’ve seriously injured Reed?” Come on, man!

  • Pat D

    So during my class break tonight, I check the site and see there’s only like 20 or so comments. So I figure it’s just a slow night, especially compared with last night.

    Now I get home and see over 100 comments. Naturally I assume someone got to trollin’ or started an argument with Ted.

    Then I see it’s this little cabal going hyperactive all because the resident female emerged from the abyss? And that you’re all talking about some kind of Facebook chat? Well then, you know what’s coming next.

    **sighs**

    Oh, you kids and your Facebook.

    • Barry

      An episode of Catfish?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yup. This time, it’s actually the family dog.

    • Havok9120

      I’ll take all the blame for the explosion of comments, both on here and Facebook.

      • MannyGeee

        Shit got real.. Like really really real…

    • jjyank

      Join us, Pat. We are your father.

      • Havok9120

        One of us. One of us. One of us! ONE OF US!!!

      • Pat D

        I sense that my resistance to the Facebook is slowly breaking down. But I’m going to keep it going as long as I can.

        Trust me, if I do join the Zuckerbergverse, I’ll let all you fine people know.

        • MannyGeee

          We’ll be waiting…

          • Havok9120

            One of us?

        • Bob Buttons

          Stay away from them books with faces on it. You’re old enough to enjoy books with none of them pictures in it.

          • Pat D

            I do enjoy me a good non-picture book.

            • Barry

              I like the books that have big examples of all the letters, they’re always the same length!

    • MannyGeee

      Come on in Pat, the waters warm… And there may or may not be cake.

      /Portal’d

  • Robinson Tilapia

    “Frustrating, boring and other things” – Mike Axisa

    So which one describes this open thread thus far?

    • Pat D

      Other things?

    • Barry

      other things? Nothing really baseball related but entertaining none-the-less.

    • MannyGeee

      Other things for sure. No one seems frustrated, which typically leads to boring though… So that could fit in a pinch

      • Barry

        Well I guess we all realize that none of this is in our hands and the team could care less about what we think anyway? Anyone want to start one of those internet investor johns with me to start our own publicly owned and managed sports franchise? I’m thinking we’ll call them the Idaho Potatoes, we’ll have our first sponsor immediately.

        • Bob Buttons

          I’m interested in a rival franchise called Nebraska Corn.

          • Barry

            How about Iowa? I’ve got a shirt from some distant family out there that says “Iowa: More Corn than People.”

            • Bob Buttons

              They got the AAA Cubs. We’ve got no professional competing teams in those states.

              • Barry

                Good point. I chose Idaho because Boise is supposed to be awesome if I remember an old insomniac show correctly and it’s got lots of open road to see how fast you can push whatever bucket you want to.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          We’re always spectators.

          This kind of goes full circle to the argument yesterday. If you don’t like what you see, you can either make the choice to continue supporting the team, whatever that may mean to you, or not. You’re not less of a person or fan or whatever no matter what you choose.

          I only know being a Yankee fan. I’ve been one since i was four years old. I’ve also been through worse as a Yankee fan than what i see in front of us right now. I choose to emotionally detach a bit and not get *too* upset about it all, although losing always sucks, no matter how much you choose to detach yourself.

          I’ll be there no matter what. I’ll be there at games as much as time, money, and family allow. I’m in this for the long haul.

          • MannyGeee

            Butbutbut… What about teh 189z? Teh legacy!!!! George spins in his grave as we speak… Oh the spinning!!!!!!onez111!

            • Bob Buttons

              They gots them rotating caskets already?
              I know what I’m using for my funeral.

            • Barry

              I doubt George has enough room to spin in his grave.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I DON’T HAVE AN OPINION!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Barry

            Yeah I couldn’t ever be anything but a Yankee fan. I’m strict to being Yanks/Knicks/Giants. I’ve always followed the Pirates for some reason though, they intrigue me and their stadium is awesome. I usually don’t buy that much Yankee stuff and gear, I own a couple hats, a ton of old mid 90’s batting shirts, my favorite is the Martinez by far. The only thing besides a hat that I have that isn’t that old is a 42 jersey, he’s my man crush.

            ( Although I would let DJ impregnate my future wife.)

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Yanks and Heat are set in stone. I’ve struggled in my life with hanging my hat with an NFL team.

              • Barry

                I’m pretty set with my dad’s teams. How I was brought up I guess.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Yanks are definitely dad’s team. Heat are simply as a result of growing up in Miami and seeing the team through from day one. It’s why I also flirted with the Marlins briefly but, really, I just can’t.

                  My dad’s a Giants fan and I grew up as one until I became a Dolphin fan as a teenager, but I seem to have lost my bond to either team. Flirted with the Jets, but that’s not an easy road.

                  • Barry

                    No offense but just based off of personal experience, Jets fans suck. They always annoy me. It’s the whole J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS thing. I don’t know how the Marlins maintain any fans, they are just terribly managed. Every time they get something good going they tear it apart. If you’re looking for a fun team with good history you could go with the Chiefs, they’re my favorite madden team.

                    • Barry

                      Oh and the Heat are on my shit list because I really really wanted Lebron on the Knicks.

                    • Bob Buttons

                      On the bright side, Nets fans never had their own NETS chant. (Do they?)

  • Barry

    An ounce of gold can be stretched into a wire 50 miles long.

    • Bob Buttons

      Over 3/4th of Americans live 50 miles away from their birthplace.

      • MannyGeee

        A Roadrunner’s top speed is about 20 MPH – A coyote’s top speed is about 43 MPH.

        • Barry

          I once clocked a golden retriever running 45 next to my ATV.

          • Bob Buttons

            +45 is the telephone dialing code for Denmark

            • Barry

              For the most part the Swedish air force is set up to operate all of their attack and interceptor aircraft from rural roads to make them the worlds only true guerrilla air force. Oh and their jets are all pretty awesome.

              • Barry
              • Havok9120

                The Gripen is a cool little aircraft.

                • Bob Buttons

                  And why don’t they call stuff seacraft and landcraft?

                  And starcraft certainly ain’t about stars as transportation.

      • RetroRob

        Related, 3/4th of Americans live within 20 miles of where they will be buried. They also live within 20 miles of a Starbucks. Not sure if there is any relation.

  • Barry

    I’m one of them, for now. Hope to be in Louisiana soon.

    • Havok9120

      Really? Whyfor? That’s where I am at the moment.

      • Barry

        I have a lot of student loan debt and I want to hit the rigs. Plus I love Cajun food. I also just love the south, people down there are just, welcoming? I hate how I walk around saying hi to every stranger I see up here and getting like a 10% positive response rate. I’m jovial in real life.

        • Havok9120

          The rigs will definitely help with your loans, especially if you have enough history with welding to get certified. That’s where the money is down here, if for no other reason than because the shipyards and rigs are constantly competing for welders.

          • Barry

            I’m a mechanic so hopefully that will help. Thats solid advice though I’ll definitely put more into my welding skills. GI Bill/Welding google search begun.

            • Barry

              Thanks for the good insight btw. Much appreciated.

              • Barry

                And I’ll be getting called by a ton of annoying recruiters thanks to your advice. Hopefully it’s to my benefit.

                • Havok9120

                  They may be annoying, but at least they’re better than sitting around with no prospects.

                  And no problem on the “insight,” such as it is. Lots of people forget about the shipyards. I hope things go well for you.

                  • Barry

                    Anything to get out of PA, thanks bro.

  • 189,189,189,

    just do not forget next years team will be even worst…………189,189,189,189,189,……………..!

    • Barry

      And 1,2,3.

      • Havok9120

        I’ve always wanted to know if this guy is a regular or semi-regular poster and, if so, who it is. This handle has been around for awhile now.

        Only The Axisa Knows.

        • forensic

          I believe it’s Dan Gen. He’s a somewhat regular poster, but was one step away from getting the banhammer because he put 189 in every comment (like he did in this one), so he changed his name so 189 shows up every time, whether he posts it or not.

          • Barry

            Put these forensic abilities to the test.

            • Bob Buttons

              CSI:RAB

              Pilot: The man who only said 189

              • Barry

                S1:E2 Where’s the calzone?

                • Bob Buttons

                  S1 E3 The Tale of Two Stus

                  • Pat D

                    S1 E4: Finding TSJC

                    • Bob Buttons

                      S1 E5: Will The Real Eddard Please Stand Up

                    • MannyGeee

                      S1 E5: Mass Grave robbings Rollings

          • Havok9120

            Dan Gen is a good bet. Almost anyone from that crew shares this particular….style of writing,,…………………!!!

            • Get Phelps Up

              The stuart a evolutionary line of commenters…

    • Bob Buttons

      *to the tune of YMCA*

      The damn payroll’s set at one-eigh-ty-nine
      The damn payroll’s set at one-eigh-ty-nine
      We got holes in right, and behind the plate
      But Hal doesn’t care at allll

      • Barry

        This is clever, props.

        • Bob Buttons

          Thanks. Currently trying to think of lyrics for the first verse.

  • Ted Nelson

    Mike, I don’t think that the frustration is warranted. It seems like every offseason you throw a little hissy fit when they don’t get the fixes you want. You often ignore some of the available evidence in the process, like Garcia’s Chicago performance.

    You are a huge fan of Tampa’s front office, right? Did you notice that they gave Jaso away for a mediocre RP prospect last off-season to insert at C… wait for it… Jose freaking Molina. The God of pitch framing who can’t really hit and is old enough to be a Yankee. (Also happens that the Yankees and your other favorites the Jays have also signed lately.) For someone who has spilled a lot of ink waxing poetic about how you wish the Yankees were as smart as the Rays, it’s odd to have a panic attack when they actually follow the outside the box philosophy of the Rays instead of just throwing money at their problems in free agency and using what is now traditional logic for how the market values players. While it won’t be reflected in traditional WAR stats, I would not be surprised if Stewart actually outproduces your mancrushes in AJP and Kottaras this off-season by whatever standard for measuring Cs the Rays and Yankees seem to use.

    Check out the Rays corner OFs, as well. Certainly they don’t have the financial resources to necessarily get and keep their ideal fits, but outside of Joyce they haven’t really loaded up on power hitters.

    • Barry

      I find Mike to be extremely level headed and RAB with him at the helm has been extremely well run. I really don’t remember Axisa to have a man crush on AJP so if you want to prove that that’d be cool.

      • Ted Nelson

        Good for you, first name only poster who showed up yesterday and has been making mostly illogical points ever since.

        • Ted Nelson

          How’s that theory that ticket prices are based on payroll working out for you, Barry?

          • Ted Nelson

            Oh, I forgot… you recanted it 30 minutes later after a dozen people explained to you why it was baseless.

        • Barry

          I’m confused by this good night.

          • Pat D

            Yea, just move along. For everyone’s sake.

          • Ted Nelson

            Clearly I disagree. He says right there he’s frustrated, and I think it’s showed up very clearly in his writing all off-season. Similarly to the way it has in previous off-seasons.

            I’ve never seen you comment here before last night. When you did comment, it made little sense. You went on about how payroll drives ticket prices, then later changed your theory around. Now you are an authority that I should be explaining myself to? Why don’t you show some evidence to back up your points if you think that’d be cool for people to do? My comment has a decent amount of evidence in it. Yours has none.

            • Ted Nelson

              I don’t disagree that he does a good job running the site, by the way, and never even came close to saying I did.

              It’s possible for him to run the site well and still get emotional in his writing on the site. It would be pretty difficult to devote a good chunk of your life to a team, and not get emotional when writing about them.

              • Now Batting

                Not intending to get involved, but after reading all that you still haven’t addressed his comments. Also, everyone should be welcome to post here and not be attacked for being new.

                • forensic

                  Exactly, and also…

                  Pierzynski has over 13,000 career innings behind the plate and is well past the point when most catchers turn into pumpkins. He’s very unlikely to repeat that offensive performance and when you add in the fact that he’s an all-time jerk, there are several reasons why the Yankees are right not to have much interest.

                  That is among the things Mike has said about AJ, and he’s certainly called him worse than jerk in other places. Hardly sounds like a ‘man crush’ to me.

                • Barry

                  I’m not even new I just haven’t commented since like 2008

              • Steve

                So Mike does or doesn’t have a crush on AJP? As the self appointed bullshit detector, you seem to have tried to sneak that in there and got called out.

    • MannyGeee

      Ted, for the record, I would absolutely unequivocally give my right testicle to have Jose Molina as an option at Catcher this season. Without hesitation.

      Like, give me a bottle of single malt and point me in the direction of the testicle extractor.

  • Pat D

    Oh, by the way, in case everyone didn’t already know this, I’d like to point it out.

    FUCK, IT’S COLD!

    Or

    IT’S COLD AS FUCK!

    Thanks you, Lewis Black.

    • Bob Buttons

      Or as some people would say

      IT’S TOO COLD TO FUCK!

      In all seriousness, my hands were hurting within 5 seconds when I took off my gloves to check my watch.

      • Pat D

        Walking between my car and my class tonight was almost inhumane.

        Just checked my AccuWeather app. Says that its 9 degrees where I am, but the “real feel” temp is -7.

        Once again, to quote Lewis Black, well THEN IT’s -7, ASSHOLES!

      • Barry

        Never too cold for that. There aren’t many environments I won’t consummate in, and country girls love to mix it up. Ever do it in the snow? It’s interesting.

        • Bob Buttons

          Reminds me of the episode of friends where they compare weirdest places they had sex in.


          Monica: Okay, I’ll go. Okay… senior year of college… on a pool table.
          Everyone: Whoa!
          Ross: That’s my sister.
          Joey: Okay, my weirdest place would have to be… the women’s room on the second floor of the New York City public library.
          Monica: Oh my God! What were you doing in a library?
          Ross: Phoebs, what about you?
          Phoebe: Oh… Milwaukee.
          Rachel: Um… Ross?
          Ross: Disneyland, 1989, It’s a Small World After All.
          Everyone: No way!
          Ross: Uh, yeah… the ride broke down, so Carol and I went behind a couple of those mechanical dutch children… then they fixed the ride, and we were asked never to return to the Magic Kingdom.
          Phoebe: Oh! Rachel?
          Rachel: Oh come on, I already went.
          Monica: You did not go!
          Everyone: Come on!
          Rachel: Oh, alright. The weirdest place would have to be… oh, the foot of the bed.
          Ross: Step back!
          Joey: We have a winner!

          • Barry

            Ha, mine has to be on interstate 81 doing 75 northbound. What a rush.

            • Bob Buttons

              I see what you did there.

          • Pat D

            Is it sad that I immediately find fault with the fact that they don’t realize the Magic Kingdom is a part of Disney World and that Disneyland is an entirely different park?

            • Bob Buttons

              Nothing wrong with knowing your Disney parks. And Magic Kingdom has some damn nice fireworks.

              • Pat D

                I am a Disney fanatic, never afraid to admit that. My parents, sister and brother-in-law are going for a 5 day trip to The World in two weeks’ time. It’ll be my 18 month old niece’s second trip to Disney, but the first one where she’ll be interested in things. She loves Minnie Mouse. Hopefully she won’t be terrified by the characters.

                • Bob Buttons

                  Kids usually love bright colours and shapes, so as long as those things are present kids are usually happy.
                  Creepy sounds however, might be a concern.

    • Barry

      This. My wood fire is roaring and the house is barely 65. Just can’t beat the cold. Plus my neices had 2 hour delays by like 5. To top it all of my dog is a Boxer and he is quite stubborn, he won’t go out and is farting like a banshee.

  • There’s the Door

    $5 million (plus incentives) for Napoli? Couldn’t Cash at least have made a one-year offer, if only to drive up the price?

    • Barry

      Yeah I would of really loved Napoli, and that deal is a steal. Plus he can fake C well enough when you factor in the bat.

    • Ted Nelson

      $8 million in incentives. I would have been for it if the Yankees made a play, but the incentives are 160% of the base salary.

      He should also have a monster year playing 1/2 his games in Fenway and getting to play the field rather than DH, which could boost his trade value in 2014 considerably compared to playing DH for the Yankees. So, it might have taken a decent premium to get him to NY.

      • Ted Nelson

        *FA value, not trade value…

  • MB923

    Saw some of the videos people posted. Great picks. This would have been mine:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......id=2685717

    • Bob Buttons

      Chuck Knoblauch, he’s the man
      If he can’t do it, Scott Brosius can. (throw to first accurately)