Tuesday Night Open Thread


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.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Tmoney says:

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

  2. DJ says:

    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.

  3. Matt DiBari says:

    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.

  4. Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob) says:

    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!

  5. stu phillips says:

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

  6. mrdbag says:

    What about kaepernick he did play baseball

  7. Dan6767 says:

    No video tonight?

  8. Adam T says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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.

  9. Barry says:

    Rays added Shelley, watch out.

  10. Bob Buttons says:

    (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 says:

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

      Watch out, flying platanos!

      • Bob Buttons says:

        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.

      • Barry says:

        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 says:

          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.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        MMM. Flying platanos.

    • Havok9120 says:

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


    • jjyank says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

        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 says:

          Just in case the GOVERNMENT COMES.

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

          • Barry says:

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

            • jjyank says:

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

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

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

              • Barry says:

                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 says:

                  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 says:

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

                    • Barry says:

                      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 says:

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

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  11. Bob Buttons says:


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

    • Havok9120 says:

      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.”

  12. Bob Buttons says:

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

    Hiding guns in ovens = bad.

    • Bob Buttons says:

      Reply fail. DAMN YOU ISP.

    • Barry says:

      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 says:


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

        • Barry says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

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

                  • Barry says:

                    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 says:

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

  13. beachbum says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

    • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

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

  14. Pat D says:

    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.


    Oh, you kids and your Facebook.

  15. Robinson Tilapia says:

    “Frustrating, boring and other things” – Mike Axisa

    So which one describes this open thread thus far?

    • Pat D says:

      Other things?

    • Barry says:

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

    • MannyGeee says:

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

      • Barry says:

        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 says:

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

          • Barry says:

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

            • Bob Buttons says:

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

              • Barry says:

                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 says:

          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 says:

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

          • Barry says:

            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 says:

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

              • Barry says:

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

                • Robinson Tilapia says:

                  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 says:

                    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.

  16. Barry says:

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

  17. Barry says:

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

    • Havok9120 says:

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

      • Barry says:

        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 says:

          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.

  18. 189,189,189, says:

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

  19. Ted Nelson says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

        • Ted Nelson says:

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

        • Barry says:

          I’m confused by this good night.

          • Pat D says:

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

          • Ted Nelson says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

                  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 says:

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

              • Steve says:

                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 says:

      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.

  20. Pat D says:

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




    Thanks you, Lewis Black.

    • Bob Buttons says:

      Or as some people would say


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

      • Pat D says:

        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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

          • Pat D says:

            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 says:

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

              • Pat D says:

                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 says:

                  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 says:

      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.

  21. There's the Door says:

    $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 says:

      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 says:

      $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.

  22. MB923 says:

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


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