Jan
30

Wednesday Night Open Thread

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Happy hump day everyone. Here is your open thread for the evening, though the only local sports team in action is the Knicks. Feel free to talk about that game or anything else you want right here. Go nuts.

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  • Professor Longnose

    The Yankees played in Games 1, 3, and 5 in MLB Network’s list of greatest games of the 2000s. Unfortunately, they lost 1 and 5, but won 3.

    • Steve

      1 was Game 7, I assume. 3 must have been Aaron Boone. 5 was Game 4 2004? My guesses

      • Professor Longnose

        Yeah, you got all three. Tough to watch those losses. They were killer. But 2003 was one great moment.

        • Steve

          What was 2 though? For the life of me I can’t figure it out. Angels Giants WS game? The Rockies Padres game 163?

          • Get Phelps Up

            Game 6 of the 2011 world series?

            • Steve

              If that counts then it has to be. I figured 2000-2010 though.

              • Get Phelps Up

                Yeah, I didn’t see that part. Maybe the Mr. November game then?

              • Professor Longnose

                They did it as 2000-2009.

          • Professor Longnose

            Both of them were definitely in the show, but I can’t remember specifically what was #2.

            • Steve

              That’s cool. I’m sure it will be online eventually. Mad I missed it.

      • RetroRob

        I’ve never seen any of the games from 2004 since 2004. I’ve never watched the clip of the end of Game 7 2001. It comes on, my TV goes off. 2001 is the one that is painful. 2004 was just annoying.

    • Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob)

      i can’t lie, even though the yanks lost that game in ’01 it was an amazing game

      • Professor Longnose

        Definitely. And I didn’t feel that bad about it, eventually. You can’t really grouse about not winning 4 World Series in a row. It was a gut punch at the time, though.

        • KeithK

          Of course you can grouse! And great game or not it’s not something I ever want to see again.

        • SammySosasBleachingCream

          It took me about 10 years to stop caring about that loss, but it did finally happen.
          With hindsight being what it is, we have to admit that the 2001 Yankees were not very good.

  • Bob Buttons

    Another day, another long awaited safe haven of open thread, though it certainly is better than yesterday.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Pronk’s 2006 was a ridiculous year. 42 homers 117 RBI in just 129 games. He would be a darn good signing. Still has potential to be a .280-ish hitter.

    • Bob Buttons

      If Girardi takes him out against lefties, that might be a good bet. If some injury forces him to DH against lefties on a regular basis that’d be a pipe dream.

      • RetroRob

        It’s funny, I think many here like Hafner’s bat, especially at YSIII, with the main concern being how injury prone he is. That’s actually not in my top two. I’m more concerned about roster flexbility (can the Yankees carry a DH-only player?) with second being what you touched on. I don’t like players who can be neutralized with a weak-ass lefty reliever. That means the player will be forced to face lefty relievers. That’s why Damon and Matsui were great. It wasn’t failure-waiting-to-happen when the LOOGY showed up.

        Yet that all said, I still like the idea of him on the Yankees. There is no perfect fit right now, but he does address one key concern.

        • MannyGeee

          In fairness, you can carry a bat like Haffners if he’s right, he’s the 25th man and his RH DH counterpart can field…

          • trr

            I’m perfectly OK w/Hafner, he fits this limited role well,
            Does any one see a better (reasonable) fit?

          • RetroRob

            I’m sure. I just wonder about the roster construction. They did lose Ibanez and Jones, so right there are two open spots for Hafner and the RH’d OFer, yet the RH’d OFer (let’s say it’s Diaz) is replacing Ibanez and Jones as someone who can play the OF. Maybe Nunez takes Chavez’s spot (ughh) as backup 3B’man.

            It can be done. The roster just has to be constructed a little differently.

    • Hoss

      I think that Bryce Harper was Bar Mitzvah’ed that same year.

      • Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob)

        More like he got his first erection, seeing how a left hander could rake like that

    • Robinson Tilapia

      They’ve struck gold on guys like this before. I don’t see the harm.

    • Brian S.

      Batting average.

  • Monterowasnotdinero

    Not one Yankee HR :-(

  • Bob Buttons

    Random lists of ambiguous headlines:
    http://www.without-feathers.co...../06/25.php
    http://www.fun-with-words.com/.....lines.html

    Some fine selections including

    “Great Tits cope well with warming”
    “Violins for free, no strings attached”
    “PROSTITUTES APPEAL TO POPE”
    “KIDS MAKE NUTRITIOUS SNACKS”
    “COMPLAINTS ABOUT NBA REFEREES GROWING UGLY”
    “ASTRONAUT TAKES BLAME FOR GAS IN SPACECRAFT”
    “LAWMEN FROM MEXICO BARBECUE GUESTS”

    And my personal favorite

    “LACK OF BRAINS HINDERS RESEARCH”

  • Should I Fister or Pettitte?

    Good evening, my fellow Yankee fans!

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formally Drew)

    Any idea who a potential RH DH would be? Nunez?

    • Get Phelps Up

      Carlos Lee would be nice.

    • jesse

      Bet they sign Pronk as the DH against RHP, then have Jeter/Nunez DH against LHP.

  • saf

    http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor.....like+that/

    Only time the Marlins will win this year.

  • Alkaline

    Oh man. There’s been some solid gold (and HIV) in these past couple threads.

    • Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob)

      I have been quite scared to look at them. What has went on?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Other than “Amanda” sneaking in a gay slur and the rest of us going straight to hell for making “the HIV,” seems like the same old.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          going straight to hell for making “the HIV” a meme, I mean…

      • jjyank

        You should at least read the Derek Jeter’s girlfriend stuff from the A-Rod thread. That is the stuff memes are born from. At least b(B?)arry contributed something.

        • Ted Nelsons Mom

          You troll biatch

          • jjyank

            Whoever this really is, it schtick sucks. Get over it.

            • Barry

              totally over it

            • jesse

              I bet it’s “AMANDA”

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Mike….shhh….the Nets are playing the Heat tonight. I know this because I’m currently killing myself for not being at the arena for it.

    • Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob)

      The only moment I will chant GO NETS!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        *duct tapes Jacob’s mouth*

        What’s that you said again?

        GO HEAT.

        • Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob)

          You going to keep saying that when they get beat in the playoffs this year?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Of course I will.

  • MannyGeee

    A couple of thoughts after watching that video:

    – Wow, Prince Fielder is an absolute gorilla. A lot of guys hit the ball hard, but no one muscles a ball out quite like Prince does. We haven’t seen that kind of bat aggression since the Sheff himself..

    – my iPad is smarter than me because it auto fills Sheff with Sheffield. Steve Jobs, you mad genius.

    – how does Josh Hamilton get ZERO suspicion for PEDs? He has tree trunk arms (which weren’t there back in the Prospect and Tampa days) and has a head the size of a coconut.

    - very topical tape, as Nelson Cruz shows up a little bit.

    • Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob)

      But compare them to McGuires arms, the guy could not close his arms

    • Bob Buttons

      Hamilton has a strong body is because he takes Ol’ Gramps’ Magic Bug Juice

    • RetroRob

      When the guy was drafted out of high school he already was 6’4″, 200lb as a seventeen-year-old. He’s regarded as one of the most gifted players the past 25-years. He’s now in his early 30s and works out. He’s a natural mesomorph, that annoying classification of people who can add muscle with ease. Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Fred McGriff, etc. As long as they keep fat off their bodies have a build everyone else tries to lift weights (or take steroids) in an attempt to mimic, and they get ripped with a fraction of the effort of most, maybe by doing a few extra lifts of their beer bottles!

      Doesn’t mean he doesn’t do PEDs, but considering how often he’s drug test (I believe it’s daily because of his past issues), he is actually the least likely person to take PEDs.

  • Bob Buttons

    http://web.yesnetwork.com/news.....;oid=36019

    Apparently Pavano had a lacerated spleen and needed to have it removed.

    Am I a horrible person for not feeling any sympathy towards him?

    • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

      No.

      I don’t care if that guy burns.

    • MannyGeee

      That’s about $8M worth of Pavano parts, in Yankee money.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Wake me when he loses an eye.

    • KeithK

      Only if I’m horrible person for bursting out laughing when I heard he ruptured his spleen. I’ve known guys who were as fragile as Pavano is but they were physics grad students not professional athletes.

    • Hoss

      Whose idea was it to bring Pavano to the Yankees anyway?

      • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

        Most around here would probably blame Randy Levine.

        • Bob Buttons

          Thought it was George.

          • Hoss

            From 2008; “He’s not the villain he’s cast as,” Cashman, who signed Pavano to the contract, said Monday. “Carl Pavano has worked his butt off. He’s always tried. He just hasn’t stayed healthy. No one is trying to avoid him. When he’s healthy, he can pitch. He’s one of the hardest workers we’ve got. People don’t want to realize it or look at it, but that’s true.

            “He hasn’t laid down on us, he just hasn’t been healthy. People lose their objectivity and make it things it’s not. The bottom line is, he’s had every intention of helping us, but between all the injuries, we’ve had a lot of stuff that hasn’t worked physically. When he’s healthy, he can do what few can do.”

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Yes, because Brian Cashman is so likely to say, “that guy’s a real turd.”

              • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

                He might say that if you asked him what he thinks of Arod.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Only in his memoir when this is all said and done.

                  • Pat D

                    That could be a very fascinating book. Surely it will be more intriguing than The Yankee Years.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      I actually never got around to reading that. Guess I didn’t want to hear Joe trash talk like that.

                      “The Bronx is Burning” is still my favorite Yankee-related book. “The Bronx Zoo” is a ton of fun as well.

            • Bob Buttons

              Yes, because badmouthing his injured players will discourage some players from signing with them.

              You don’t know how much discouraging effect it will have but better to have none.

              • jjyank

                It’s Hoss. Cashman ran over his dog or something.

                • Bob Buttons

                  Actually seems like he first ran over his dog, then backed over it, and then released a cage full of vultures upon the carcass and threw the bones into the open mouth of a big fish in the Atlantic Sea or something.

                  And just to make sure he had the vultures thrown into an incinerator and then put the incinerator on a boat and sank it while it was in the middle of the ocean.

                  • jjyank

                    Hah. This makes more sense.

                  • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

                    Jeez, Cashman must really hate Hoss’ guts.

                    • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

                      Or his dogs guts.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      He knows that, if Hoss were have to applied for the GM job, Cashman would be here on this comment section, whining like a one year-old, every night.

                    • Pat D

                      Heh. One-year olds. I think my one-year old niece might be smarter than Hoss then, since apparently she knows when she’s running for a fever and how to ask for medication.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  It’s Hoss. Actually, that’s all there is to say.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yanks were far from the only team after him.

      • MartinRanger

        I actually think that one *was* Cashman’s. He liked the idea of a young sinkerballer, and truth be told, if Pavano hadn’t been Pavano,it was a reasonable deal. Of course then because that didn’t work (or Wright, which was all George HE BEAT US BACK IN THE DAY), Cashman gave Burnett his contract. Which I’m still astounded wasn’t a waste because of injury, but ineffectiveness.

  • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

    Jerry Sandusky was denied a new trial.

    What I wanna know why Schillinger hasn’t shanked him yet.

    • Pat D

      I thought I read he’s been pretty isolated.

      • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

        That never stopped Vern before.

        • Pat D

          I don’t think my fair state’s penal system includes that particular prison.

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

            I laughed when I read “penal”. Am I immature?

            • Pat D

              Do you find the word “pianist” funny? If so, that’s your answer.

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

                …No, that one doesn’t make me laugh.

            • Bob Buttons
  • Bob Buttons
    • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

      Now that just sucks.

  • jjyank

    Mike, that video, more than any other, makes me miss baseball so much. Not that the other ones you posted were bad, but watching those moonshots…can’t wait for some new baseball.

  • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

    No one mentioned it but it was nice to see Tiger win at Torrey Pines this week. I hope he gets his mojo back and wins a major or two after the fucking media eviscerated him.

    • Pat D

      Eh, I really don’t give a shit about Tiger.

      • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

        Without him, golf is pretty much unwatchable and irrelevant IMO.

        • Pat D

          I’m hot and cold with golf. Tiger’s involvement doesn’t raise or lower my interest.

        • Austin Aunelowitzky

          With him too, IMO.

          • jjyank

            Yeah, I never got it. My 3-time college roommate and one of my best friends LOVES golf. Both playing and watching. Because I lived with the guy so much, I say it on our TV plenty. Just puts me straight to sleep, to be honest.

            • Austin Aunelowitzky

              Playing it is fun.

            • Jim Is Bored

              That’s part of the allure to me. Beautiful lazy sunday afternoon, open the door to my deck, let the cool breeze in while I lay on the couch and have golf on TV. Best kind of nap.

  • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

    Anyone watch Game of thrones on HBO?

    Is it worth watching ?

    • RetroRob

      I’m a fan, although fell into it accidentally. I generally stay away from shows that are serial and require a bit of committment. In this case, oh it likes like about a decade of committment since the final novels haven’t even been finished!

      I don’t know if you could just start watching it in mid-stream. Takes a while to figure out the characters, but once you do, they all start building on each other. I’d recommend watching season one, get to know the characters and plot, and if you love it, stick with it. It’s certainly different than anything else on TV.

    • Barry

      You’d be better served reading the books. They tried to fit 1000+ pages into 10 episodes.