Jan
30

Wednesday Night Open Thread

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJXYJxjac3U&w=580&h=326]

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.

Categories : Open Thread

98 Comments»

  1. Professor Longnose says:

    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.

  2. Bob Buttons says:

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

  3. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

          • RetroRob says:

            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 says:

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

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

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

    • Brian S. says:

      Batting average.

  4. Monterowasnotdinero says:

    Not one Yankee HR :-(

  5. Bob Buttons says:

    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”

  6. Should I Fister or Pettitte? says:

    Good evening, my fellow Yankee fans!

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

  8. saf says:

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

    Only time the Marlins will win this year.

  9. Alkaline says:

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

  10. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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.

  11. MannyGeee says:

    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) says:

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

    • Bob Buttons says:

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

    • RetroRob says:

      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.

  12. Bob Buttons says:

    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) says:

      No.

      I don’t care if that guy burns.

    • MannyGeee says:

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

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Wake me when he loses an eye.

    • KeithK says:

      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 says:

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

      • Manny's BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte's Fibula) says:

        Most around here would probably blame Randy Levine.

        • Bob Buttons says:

          Thought it was George.

          • Hoss says:

            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 says:

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

              • Manny's BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte's Fibula) says:

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

                • Robinson Tilapia says:

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

                  • Pat D says:

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

                    • Robinson Tilapia says:

                      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 says:

              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 says:

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

                • Bob Buttons says:

                  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.

                • Robinson Tilapia says:

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

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Yanks were far from the only team after him.

      • MartinRanger says:

        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.

  13. Manny's BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte's Fibula) says:

    Jerry Sandusky was denied a new trial.

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

  14. jjyank says:

    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.

  15. Manny's BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte's Fibula) says:

    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.

  16. Manny's BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte's Fibula) says:

    Anyone watch Game of thrones on HBO?

    Is it worth watching ?

    • RetroRob says:

      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 says:

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

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