Friday Night Open Thread

Yankees designate Russ Canzler for assignment
Brian Cashman interview with Index Universe

My grandfather and I are the only Yankees fans in the family, everyone else is a Mets fan. I got stuck going to a ton of Mets games as a kid basically because I had no choice, and as a result my all-time favorite player is Darryl Strawberry. No particular reason, he was just awesome. As you could imagine, I was stoked when he wound up in pinstripes a few years ago.

The most interesting thing about the video above isn’t Straw hitting a homer in Shea Stadium as a Yankee, it’s that the Yankees were playing the Angels. That game was moved to Shea because a giant steel beam collapsed at Yankee Stadium and closed the place down for a few days. If I remember correctly, the following series against the Tigers was moved to Detroit and played as a road series for the Yankees. Then later in the season a series that was supposed to be played in Detroit was played in New York and considered a home series for the Yankees. They basically traded a set of home series.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the night. Both the Knicks and Nets are playing, so talk about either game or anything else here. Enjoy.

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Yankees designate Russ Canzler for assignment
Brian Cashman interview with Index Universe
  • Bob Buttons

    Strawberry had a better stint on the Yanks than I thought he did.

    .255/.362/.502 for 121 OPS+ in roughly a season and a month’s work, not too shabby.

    • Jimmy

      I’ll always remember that walk-off home run he had against the Royals in the summer 1996. If I remember correctly, it was his 300th.

      • http://aol amanda

        yea strawberry was awesome seen him hit a moon shot in st pete tropicana field that may of been 500 ft if it didnt hit the roof

        • Austin Aunelowitzky

          I saw one of those in Camden yards.

        • Jimmy

          I remember that game like yesterday. Working on nail pops and replacing recepatacles in the upstairs of my new house on a sunny, cool summer day. That game on the radio all day had a great ebb and flow. Great pitching duel between Doc Gooden and Kevin Appier. One of those games that just proves that baseball is to radio what football is to television.

      • WhittakerWalt

        He hit it off of Jason Jacome, a man whose name I can never think of without getting the irritating Chris Berman version stuck in my brain.
        I won’t curse you with it.

    • Barry’s Gift Basket

      Yeah, no kidding.

      Gettin’ that line from Tex (!) this year would be good. Yankees’ middle of the order, multi millionare, first baseman.

      Not precisely meant to be a knock on Tex (plus he is the best defensive 1b out there IMO), but shows you how much offense has dropped around the league.

  • Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob)

    Strawman!

  • jkiu804

    interesting take on the state of beat writing thru a boston lens. nice insight on beat writers/team sources/negative coverage.
    pete abe gets absolutely destroyed by the writer.

    http://www.bostonmagazine.com/.....ers-awful/

    • Bob Buttons

      I read the name “Rich Levine” in the article.

      So Randy Levine must be his third cousin once removed, here to destroy the Yankees!

    • Jimmy

      I only heard of pete abe through RAB in late 2008 when I first started visiting here. He had a pretty good alternate Yankee site up until the end of 2010 whne he left for pink hat country.

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

      Interesting article. I hate most of those blow hard self promoting columnists like Shaunghnesy, Lupica and Albom who offer little insight and somehow think they’re part of the story.

      I used to think Peter Abe was OK but his reaction to the Passan story is pretty incredible. He took it up the ass and pretended like nothing happened.

      • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

        Even worse is Lupica’s current radio show. Really embarrassing. I fucking hate the guy but it’s so bad that I’m embarrassed for him. He sounds like a doddering idiot. And that’s at his best.

  • Jacob

    Future Hall of Famer Russ Canzler roster casualty?!?!

    • trr

      alas, ’tis true

  • Robinson Tilapia

    T.J. Quinn and Mark Fish? Never trust a man with a fish in his name

    • Rivera venue blues

      Trout?

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    “I was stoked when he wound up in pinstripes a few years ago.”. A “few” years ago? Hah, I’m not the only one getting old. ;)

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    When all my non Yankee fan friends gave me $h1+ about the beam collapsing, my reply was “think of all the weight holding up all those banners” and they shut up fast.

    • Barry’s Gift Basket

      Yeah, seems like we’ll have that card to play until the end of our lives.

      • jjyank

        Nothing wrong with that card.

        • Barry’s Gift Basket

          Absolutely not, it’s the best.
          It’s like going to a poker game with four aces already in your hand.

          • jjyank

            It’s how I survived 4 years in Red Sox territory :)

            • Austin Aunelowitzky

              Me too.

  • Anthony

    Speaking of the Mets, apparently they are interested in Jose Valverde. Perhaps next season won’t be so bad…heh.

    • MannyGeee

      What a match made in heaven. Maybe they should look into Manny Ramirez, see how many assholes they can squeeze into Queens

      • Anthony

        Hah, imagine? I still can’t believe Alderson was laughing at their outfield situation. “What outfield?” or whatever it was he said.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’d love to watch the conundrum occur in real time on every Met fan friend’s face.

      • Anthony

        Its going to be so much fun, haha.

  • Grit for Brains

    I remember that pretty well and remember hearing jokes that Steinbrenner had loosened the beam so he’d get a new stadium…All jokes of course, nothing serious there. Still sad the Yanks felt the need to build a new park but man Straw was some special talent.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Life is so much better on a ship when you get off at 3pm and start drinking once you start wearing real clothes and have a full belly of pizza beer, and Yankees news straight from RAB.

    • RetroRob

      You’re on a ship? Where are you?

      • YankeesJunkie

        Norfolk, VA on the USS Arleigh Burke

        • Jimmy

          What do you do for a living, son?

        • RetroRob

          I think I can see you with your Yankee cap here.

          http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi.....an_Sea.jpg

        • Havok9120

          On the Burke? Good for you. Please let the modernization program last the 4 decades it’s supposed to. The frigate gap is bad enough without the last DDG’s getting phased outl

  • DC

    My father took me to see Strawberry’s minor league home debut. Place was hyped up like crazy. Free strawberry milkshakes and strawberries thrown from a helicopter (yeah, they did that). The opponent that day…Paintsville Yankees.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Love it!

    • Bob Buttons

      Good thing it wasn’t free strawberries and strawberry milkshakes thrown from a helicopter.

      • Pat D

        I recall a line from a Monty Python sketch:

        “If this were repeated over the whole country, the result would be very messy!”

  • http://Twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (Formally Drew)

    I am really surprised that Brian Wilson hasn’t been signed yet. I know the Mets aren’t interested but I think it would be a great fit. If they sign Bourne and Wilson then they might be a surprise wild card contender.

    • MannyGeee

      As much as I dislike Brian Wilson, I agree that the lack of interest hs’e drawn has me confused. Especially at his age, someone should have taken a shot by now.

      • RetroRob

        I think this was his second TJS. Success rate is not as high. Apparently the Mets gave him a workout and did not like what they saw. So much so, they’re talking to Valverde!

        Now maybe he’s looking for more than a team wants to give him.

      • trr

        I know…I loved “Good Vibrations”

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Nicely played.

          Always was more of a Dennis guy. “Pacific Ocean Blue” is a lost gem.

          • radnom

            Uh, Brian Wilson was a genius. Dennis?! Come on dude.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Oh, not arguing body of work, but not many people have heard Dennis’s “Pacific Ocean Blue.” I could imagine people who wouldn’t be caught dead listening to anything Beach Boys related living that album.

  • OldYanksFan

    http://reader.roopstigo.com/vi.....chapter/2/

    For me, the big story is that Selena Roberts is emphatic that the Yankees’ FO knew about ARod before they signed him in 2007/8. If true, this makes George and the Steinettes look very bad, and makes Cashman look smart.

    It also makes the rush to ‘void his contract’ look pretty scummy. They loved ARod before he was caught, they should love him now too.

    In his first 4 years (pre opt-out), ARod posted close to 30 bWAR, for a cost of around $70m. In other words, a historically GREAT trade/signing.

    And then the 2nd contract.
    The Yankees greed has caught up with them.

    I love the Yanks, but I hope they stay on the hook for the $114m. If Selena is correct, the knew what they were buying. I have no sympathy for them.

    • MannyGeee

      Are you really taking the word of the person who has made thier name from professionally damaging ARods image? Seems a convenient source to get some ARod news from is all…

      NOW, dont get me wrong, Alex does nothing to save himself… but if it wasnt for a tell all book on ARod, would anyone give a shit about the name Selena Roberts?

      • OldYanksFan

        Did you read the article?
        Do you think it’s far fetched that the Yanks knew about this by then end of 2007?
        Or that any other players knew/suspected?

        Selena might be a c*nt, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t find out what was going on.

        • MannyGeee

          I skimmed it, but all I am saying is that #1: It is a fantastic time to pile up on A Rod, whether we know if this is true or a fabricated story and #2 Who better than the bitch who got famous from shitting on him.

          Right now I am having a hard time believing ANYTHING about Alex until there is something other than story tellers telling true or untrue stories.

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

            I read it. It’s basically a long rant all about how much she hates A-Rod and the Yankees. There is literally nothing of substance in that article. No new information, nothing. It’s just her throwing a hissy fit.

            Seriously, what a fucking asshole.

            • Bob Buttons

              A cartoon character once said: You can’t spell overreaction without overre

              (Stan Smith?)

          • radnom


            #2 Who better than the bitch who got famous from shitting on him.

            Wow. You’re referring to someone who broke an accurate story. Your phrasing says a lot.

        • Ralph Melish

          The Duke lacross team begs to differ with your regard for her “journalistic” skills.

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

      I’m not interested in sympathy. I’m a fan. I want A-Rod’s contract off the books because it frees up cash to buy other players.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        This.

        Also, Selena Roberts can still suck my left nut.

        • Pat D

          So you favor the right one, eh?

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

      “A howl of incredulity always has accompanied A-Rod’s daft the-cousin-made-me-do-it explanations…”

      Since when? I certainly don’t remember anybody being skeptical. He told us that he bought the ‘roids from his cousin. So what?

      …As I continue reading, what the fuck? You’re right, she is “emphatic” that the Yankees know. But she has NO proof. None. She just sounds like a colossal dick. Seriously, I’m taking her LESS seriously because of how much of a piece of shit she sounds like. She’s on a witch hunt for A-Rod and she’ll take anybody she can down with her.

      The article amounts to a giant rant about what bad people the Yankees and A-Rod are because of the steroid scandal. That’s it. What a bitch.

      • Steve (different one)

        ARod never said his cousin made him do it. At all.

        I recall it being the opposite, that his cousin was just a very loyal guy who did what Alex told him to do.

        Selena Roberts is awful, and the Duke Lacrosse thing pretty much destroyed her credibility.

    • RetroRob

      She got a lot right, but there were quite a few things from her book that were questionable, either made up, or she used poor sources, or just didn’t care. It’s a similar type of “reporting” we see from the Daily News. Find a source, doesn’t matter how credible, and run with it. She had a book and was trying to make a buck off A-Rod. Her reputation took a bit of a hit when the book came out, but now that A-Rod has seemingly stepped into it again, she gets to be dredged up.

      It’s similar to Canseco’s book. Establish the central theme is correct, and then claim all the supporting facts are correct, even if they’re not.

      I won’t read anything by her anymore than I would Wally Matthews.

  • MannyGeee

    Eddie Murphy One Night Only on Spike TV right now. dude was the funniest man on thethe planet.

    And then… The Nutty Professor.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Long before that, there was “Vampire in Brooklyn.”

  • dalelama

    I can’t believe you Aroid lovers are still su**ing his crankshaft. How many times does this douche bag have to screw you over before you recognize how big a piece of human fecal matter he is.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      supping?
      sumning?
      sujqing?

      • Bob Buttons

        Surfing

        • Pat D

          Surging, summing, sunning, sudsing…

          • Bob Buttons

            Sulking, sun king, subbing, sumzing

            • Robinson Tilapia

              JUST TELL US ALREADY.

              Also, why go with “crankshaft,” but then choose to self-censor “sucking?”

              • Bob Buttons

                Logic and dalelama mix as well as lemon juice and milk.

    • Bob Buttons

      Go play with stuart a.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I don’t know if I’d wish that on stuart.

        • Bob Buttons

          He can always ask for help from his fellow Mets fans hiding in Shake Shack

    • WhittakerWalt

      That footage of Shea made you feel pretty nostalgic, eh dale?

  • YankeesDH: Huge Hafner

    Can anyone explain to me why dalelama still visits this site?! By the way…why did we DFA Canzler and keep Cabral, Logan, Rapada AND Rondon on the roster? Is Rondon or Rapada worth more than Canzler?

    • Bob Buttons

      1) dalelama is a troll and he loves attention since in real life everybody else ignores him like the episode of Friends when Phoebe was a telemarketer.

      2) Actually, yes. You can never have too many effective LOOGYs for spring training, and Rondon is actually younger than Canzler. Plus, all of these guys either never got a remote chance in the majors or has proven to be successful in the majors, unlike Canzler, who’s more or less an uncertainty.

      • Steve

        What a reference! Wasn’t George Costanza the guy who was going to kill himself?

        • Bob Buttons

          Haha wouldn’t surprise me if it was.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Rapada definitely would be. I’m guessing they feel they’ve got enough guys with this skill set that they’d risk losing one in Canzler.

      For all we know, maybe he clears waivers and this is all for naught.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Rapada and Logan, I meant.

    • WhittakerWalt

      So he can pretend to be a Yankees fan, while doing nothing but talking shit about them. It’s a free country.

      His Mets aren’t worth a damn, so I guess it makes him feel like a bigshot to go after the Yanks.

  • Roba Has No Innings Limit (and needs Tommy John)

    Pretty fun being a Knicks fan right now, eh? Feels good to say that after, what? 20 years?

  • xmx

    Clearly, Mike Trout was not playing cf thatgame. He woulda brought that baby back!

  • Fin

    Ive always hated the Mets and everything about them, including Gooden. But damn I always loved Straw, and when he came to the Yankees as a shell of himself, I was still happy. The fact that he was good with the Yankees only made it better. I did see Gooden pitch his rookie year in a rain soaked game, and he struck out something like 14. He was amazing, but never liked him.

    • Fin

      Even then, the Mets didnt draw, we moved down behind home plate by the 5th inning. It got better for the Mets though…they were more popular than the Yankees for awhile in NJ. In the days George was running the show and signing every old man he could find, or trading a young man for and old one. The only time George was a good owner is when he invented signing FA for big money, and then when he was kicked out of baseball. Whatever you think of Hal, he has a long way to go before ruining a team like George could.

  • JRod

    The first Yankee game I went to was played at Shea while Yankee Stadium was being renovated in 1974.
    I remember the guy behind us drank 14 beers. We knew this because he stacked the empty cups in a n impressive tower and got kind of loud, as people who drink 14 beers tend to do, proudly proclaiming the beer count to his buddy and everyone in our section. He was chain-smoking Kools and we all knew this because he launched into an hour long tribute on the merits of Kools, trying to get his buddy to switch to menthols. The stirring, irrefutable conclusion of his paean to Kools was “because they taste like…minty shit.” It became an absurd tag line for me and my brother. I was 8 years old and I was like, so this is New York. I don’t remember anything about the game.