Snowmageddon Open Thread Part II

Manny Banuelos has started playing catch following elbow surgery
Must-Click Link: Mark Prior's quest to get back to MLB

Yeah, that’s definitely my favorite open thread video of the year. Talk about Giancarlo Stanton’s awesomeness, the snow, the Islanders, or anything else you want here. Have at it.

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Manny Banuelos has started playing catch following elbow surgery
Must-Click Link: Mark Prior's quest to get back to MLB
  • F ur self

    Wish this dude was a bomber

    • RetroRob

      I could do without the music.

      Now before someone types “Get off my lawn,” I’ll head out to dinner!

      Have fun tonight, RABers.

      • trr

        mmm-hmmm!

    • trr

      mmm-hmmm!

  • Jimmy

    Martin Brodeur win #662 today. Cy Young of goalies.

  • Pat D

    I actually barely got any snow in PA. Hope everyone else is digging out OK.

    • Barry

      8 inches stroudsburg

      • Pat D

        Damn, I only got about 4 or so in Belfast. A good portion of it already melted.

        • Barry

          Disaster here because it’s so powdery. Roads were good by this evening but it just kept blowing back after they’d plough. Back roads another story. I think it was worse because it was mostly just freezing rain/mix yesterday. Feel bad for those who have 2 but I remember being a kid and it was a dream come true haha. Scranton was more like 4-6 today so overall I think we were lucky.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      6-8 inches? Easy to shovel. I bet Manhattan already looks like it never snowed.

      My CT family is definitely in the hardest hit area, though. They’re standing put and rolling with the punches.

      • http://Tab Ally

        36 inches here in Hamden, Ct! Street not plowed.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          You’re from Hamden? My in-laws live there. I’m there at least once a month. It’s pretty inevitable I’ll live there one day. Where in Hamden do you live?

          • http://Tab Ally

            Mount Carmel section on West Woods Road.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Ah. By the Giant.

              My in-laws are up by Hindinger Farm. The farm says the plows began to make it up there already so, hopefully, they’ll get to you soon.

              Hang in there. I know full well you got hammered.

              • http://Tab Ally

                Yeah, it’s incredible…looks like another planet. My wife and I have gotten some good produce at Hindinger Farm. We live up the hill from Quinnipiac. Nice area.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  The farmers are very good friends of mine. My wife is practically family to them. Glad you’ve been up there.

  • Bob Buttons

    Seems like a lot of people are saying the Giants will draft a TE or LB.

    Personally a LB would be nice but I never watch college football so for all I know the TE they might pick is much better than the OLB they might pick.

    • Barry

      Eli seems to make any TE look pretty decent though. I’d rather take the LB to see if we can get some outside run help to pick up the slack when the des get beat.

      • Bob Buttons

        Personally I’d like to see them get a coverage LB. Too often I see they stall our DEs long enough to throw up the middle and get first down.

        • Barry

          True but coverage is easier to teach than run stopping. Thats purely “imo” but just my personal feeling. you can always teach someone to play a decent zone.

          • Bob Buttons

            You could but IMO zone (and occasionally man) requires more physical abilities (mobility and jumping skills at times)

    • Pat D

      I’m with Dan Graziano on this one. I’ll believe the Giants will draft a LB in the first round when it’s announced. And even then I might not believe it.

      • Bob Buttons

        When’s the last time Giants drafted LB in first round anyways??

        • Pat D

          Uh………

          • Pat D

            Yep, just as I thought. Gotta go all the way back to Carl Banks in 1984. Before that it was LT.

            • Bob Buttons

              To say that it’s been a while is an understatement. Oh well, they did find pure gold here and there in the 1st round, so it’s not like they suck hard at drafting.

              • Ted Nelson

                Reese is arguably the best drafter in the NFL.

    • Ted Nelson

      I think Reese truly goes BPA. I would be surprised if it’s a TE, a bit less if it’s a LB. If I had to bet blindly on position I’d say DE or CB. They don’t have a ton of outright holes, but they can improve at plenty of spots.

      Plenty of interesting young players on the roster who could step up. At TE there’s Adrien Robinson and Travis Beckum, and I like Jacquian Williams to replace Boley but they could still use more help at LB.

  • DR

    Would love to see him hit more homeruns over the green monster. Except in a Yankees’ uniform.

    Also, I’ve started a fantasy baseball keeper league and I’m looking for some active players. If anyone is interested, let me know and i can send an invite.

    • Now Batting

      Count me in

    • joe

      i would be interested

    • Bob Buttons

      I’m interested, but which site is it on??

    • DR

      If you guys are interested, you can either post your email address here, or email my alt at fultzy@rocketmail.com and I will send you an invite.

      A bit of info: Its an ESPN keeper league. Roto 5×5 scoring. Draft date not set. I am open to scoring suggestions, etc. since there’s plenty of time before opening day.

    • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

      Totally up for it my email on there is youngblood@windstream.net

    • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

      I have been saying for a while that we should do an RAB fantasy league, it would be great.

      • Mike HC

        RAB has done baseball fantasy leagues for about 3 years now. Usually Mike posts the info randomly and it is first come, first serve. And then other readers can set up RAB sponsored leagues based on demand. Not sure if RAB is doing it again this year, but that is how it went in the past.

      • Cool Lester Smooth (Formerly YanksFanInBeantown)

        There’s a bunch every year once the season starts.

  • E

    Man, when I read the description saying “that’s definitely my favorite open threat of the year. Talk about Giancarlo Stanton’s awesomeness” I thought the Yankees might have traded for him! Way to troll me mike.

    Overall, this was an absolute brutal offseason with almost nothing being done on the Yankees front. One “unexpected” signing as most of us expected to Yanks to resign the ones they did.

  • MannyGeee

    Holy shit, that Miami stadium keeps getting uglier every time i see it

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It is a strange looking thing even when you drive by it. I’ve yet to get used to the Orange Bowl not being there. So sad.

      • MannyGeee

        It’s fucking horrid. And I don’t like them trying to sell it to the rest of the world that it’s a “Miami Design Theme”… Yeah, everyone in Miami is Tony Montaña or Psy… Tacky shit.

        • Barry

          Agreed that stadium is pretty much atrocious.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Not Psy. Definitely Tony Montana. One of my favorite things to say about Miami folks.

          • Cool Lester Smooth (Formerly YanksFanInBeantown)

            Cougar Town has taught me to never trust a girl from Miami.

            and Dexter has taught me that they have the least competent police force in the world.

            • Barry

              Idk Miama gets plenty of extra attention and supplemental funding from the feds.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Living in Miami fourteen years taught me the same, which is why I began outsourcing dating options after a while.

              Ironic that a lot of guys would love some Miami beauty, but there I was lusting for women in Maryland and Connecticut.

              CSI: Miami should have taught you that, no matter what, Miami always has great lighting.

              • Cool Lester Smooth (Formerly YanksFanInBeantown)

                Doesn’t the “Miami beauty” consist of girls from Maryland, Connecticut and the Carolinas who went to the U for college and never left?

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  I think most people think of the Latin women as being a ton more representative of Miami.

                  I don’t know those women you speak of. Usually, UM students stick to their campus and that’s about it.

  • MannyGeee

    Holy shit, that Miami Stad…. Just kidding.

    /trollingMike’d

  • CashmanNinja

    Miami Stadium is probably the ugliest one out there. It makes the old Metrodome look amazing. I love ballparks that are done in a classy way where it’s overpowering, but not because of bright and flashy colors. One that comes to mind is PNC Park. That is just one fine looking stadium in my eyes.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Nothing beats AT&T Park to me. Fucking love that place. There’s also a certain new place in the Bronx I’m fond of.

      • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

        AT&T is a beautiful place

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’ve been to:

          YS2
          YS3
          Shea
          Citifield
          Camden Yards
          Dodger Stadium
          AT&T Park
          Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Shitstain Stadium

          I do like Citifield. I just don’t like it as much. Camden Yards feels like a former trendsetter that’s been surpassed. Dodger is just an incredibly unique experience. I enjoyed the Marlins’ first stadium only because you could basically sit ANYWHERE and I got to enjoy the type of seats I could never afford at YS3 for under #20.

          • Barry

            Have to totally disagree with you about Camden. It’s a nice simple ballpark that’s not too flashy and just feels like an old school park with upgraded seating.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Yes, but once you’ve been to AT&T Park and, even, Citifield, you realize that blueprint’s been improved on since the 90’s.

              I will always trash anything Baltimore due to my ex-girlfriend being from there, which I admit is somewhat silly considering I’ve now dated my wife for 13 years. Old habits die hard, I guess.

              • Barry

                I’ll never judge a man for holding a grudge based on old love. I’ll have to go the ATT at some point. Citi is awesome too but I still love the fans and simpleness of camden.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  It’s not even a grudge. I trashed them when I was dating her – made things more interesting.

                  • Barry

                    Always does, my current is a Mets fan. I don’t have to say anything.. They have us beat at 3b and that’s it.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Safeco Field and Dodger Stadium are my favorite parks. I’ve also heard great things about Petco Park, but have never been there. Since I live on the west coast, I’ve never actually been to YS3, but we’re thinking of going to the east coast this June, so that would be the time.

        • Barry

          I feel like safeco is a hate it or love it. A lot of people hate it, yet others will love it. Petco is a place i’ve always wanted to go to.

        • forensic

          Safeco was pretty nice, but it was a nightmare (at least for us) trying to get around the city back to our hotel after the game (we didn’t bother renting a car the whole time).

          Also never been to YS3 for the same reason, and probably still won’t happen this year either.

          We’re certainly planing to do a game or two of the Petco series this year though, so that should be pretty cool. We’re trying to throw a Dodger Stadium game in too, but that probably won’t happen.

    • Mike HC

      Camden Yards is my favorite, but I have only been to a couple of stadiums other than Yankee Stadium II and III.

    • Barry

      PNC park is quite nice and is a friendly place, plus it just sits beautifully in the city with an awesome view. To me it’s second to Camden Yards. Then, out of stadiums I’ve been too I would say old YS, Citi-Field. YS3 just isn’t for me. Feels to much like king of prussia mall or something.

      • Mike HC

        Not a big fan of YS3 either. I appreciate it for what it is, but I definitely like other stadiums layouts and atmosphere better. YS2 I loved.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          See, I love YS3. It has its warts, and I think you really are zapped right out of the game if you’re up on the 400 level, but the level of comfort I felt with that stadium within 15 minutes of going in there for the first time was just awesome. No matter where you are, you are never too far away from any food or drink item you want.

          Section 203 feels like the bleachers of old, only that you’re now pampered with real options after years of being the stadium’s stepchild.

          • Barry

            I hate that stupid restaurant. I wish they’d remove that and just go with a classic batter’s eye. That’s one of the main detractors from that stadium for me. I just don’t like it. I hate how bleached it looks and so many flashing lights.. Then again I worked at best buy for a short time in college and quit because the lights gave me headaches. To each his own but I just don’t like it.. miss the grimyness of the old place. I also don’t value the food choices as much because I usually get a couple hotdogs, a big soda, and some crackerjacks.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I find grime overrated.

              Another thing I love about YS3 is that the concourses have a ton more room, which makes the bottlenecks out of there never as bad.

              I love food. Love love love it, so food always matters to me. To that end, while I’m glad I can get to anything at YS3, the food still is abysmal overall. I’m with you – I usually go with a Hebrew National footlong. I find Lobel’s impossible to eat. MAYBE I go with some Brother Jimmy’s sometimes. Haven’t done the Parm yet, but probably will next time.

              • Barry

                You are blowing my mind with your food knowledge haha! YS3 is cool and I’ll go again many times in the future I’m sure but it just didn’t retain any of the old character I was hoping they would. Maybe it’ll grow on me as it ages and gets dirty :). Again YS2 was all about nostalgia for me, plus you can’t argue that it wasn’t the most electric venue ever in a big game. YS3 doesn’t have that imo.

                • Barry

                  You can’t possibly like that batters eye restaurant though do you? Hate that shit, really the first time I saw they were doing that, I said “are you fucking kidding me?”

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    I’m fairly ambivalent about it, to be honest.

                    • Barry

                      OH man you’re a YS3 cool-aid drinnker haha. To each their own, as always.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      I don’t know about that. I just find myself defending it often when people trash it. It definitely has its warts.

                    • Barry

                      Yeah, it’ll grow on me. I don’t hate the place, just don’t love it. Maybe a nice 4 out of 5 WS run will make it more special to me lol.

          • Mike HC

            True. The open concourse definitely adds a lot convenience and you still can see the field even when you are not in your seats. The Mohegan Sun bar is also cool to hang out in for a little and still watch the game. Never been across the moat, but I’m sure the secret bars and restaurant is cool to hang in too. But all that also adds to the biggest detractions for me in terms of atmosphere and people not really focusing on the game.

        • Barry

          Yeah YS2 was amazing. Great atmosphere, still had that old time feeling even though I only ever knew it in it’s post renovation state. Loved to go there with my dad and listen to his old stories about Mantle, definite nostalgia there.

          • Mike HC

            Definitely with you.

            • Cris Pengiucci

              From a game excitement and feel perspective, yeah, YSII was great, better than YSI (from what I remember. I was only about 12 at the time of the remodel. That really felt old to me.). I do enjoy the creature comforts of YSIII however. Wrigley is a unique experience. Old time stadiums … Coors field also has the nice creature comforts without removing you too much from the game excitement.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                I’m starting to feel like “creature comforts” are something for the over-35 crowd. :)

      • CashmanNinja

        Camden is gorgeous as well. To me that one just feels very “homely”. It’s a comfortable atmosphere. PNC just looks amazing to me, though. Everything about that stadium — especially the wall in RF being 21 feet (in honor of Clemente). That is just classy as hell to me. It’s kind of like their version of Monument Park when you consider what Clemente did for that franchise and the sport itself. You can see the city of Pittsburgh and it’s built right on the river — love it. So I think PNC and Camden could probably be considered the top 2 non-Yankee stadiums out there. Definitely my favorites.

        • Barry

          Yeah they’re both great. I think for me I like Camden more because everytime I’ve been there they’ve been great games, last one was a pretty good Verlander start. Plus the fans there are always into it even though the team rarely is. PNC I have less experience with but I did rate it #2 to me haha.

      • Cool Lester Smooth (Formerly YanksFanInBeantown)

        I’ve only been to Fenway and YSII, and I’d put YSII on top.

        • Barry

          Never been there, my dad was there way in the past(70s). He said it was a dump, so there’s my feelings for it too.

          • Cool Lester Smooth (Formerly YanksFanInBeantown)

            Apparently the Henry group really fixed up Fenway when they came in (they added the Monster seats, etc.) I’m sure it was awful in the 70s, but it’s quite nice now.

            • Barry

              Yeah, I’ll go one time some time. Plus I do love drinking with southies, great places to go out and get random. Just don’t let them know you’re anti-sox.

    • Ethan

      I’ve been to Candlestick Park, AT&T (although it was Pack Bell when I was there), YSII, Miller Park, Busch Stadium.

      Loved YSII but I think there’s some bias there. I was there the year AT&T Park opened and it really was gorgeous. Plus, seeing Bonds play will still be one of my favorite baseball memories.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      The new Target Field makes up for the Dome. Awesome baseball venue.

  • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

    I would love to see Jamie Moyer giving up scoreboard breaking homeruns in a yankee uniform. Wait….

  • Mike HC

    Red Sox player accidentally shoots himself:

    http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/.....ts-himself

    If this is our competition, we can probably win with a $20 payroll.

    • Pat D

      /Plaxico’d

      • Mike HC

        haha … New York is even better than Boston at shooting themselves.

        • Cool Lester Smooth (Formerly YanksFanInBeantown)

          Well Plaxico did a couple years in jail, so I wouldn’t say that.

          • Mike HC

            Go big (house) or go home

    • forensic

      It never ceases to baffle me how many schmucks try to clean loaded guns and then are shocked when they ‘accidentally’ fire…

      • Barry

        Lack of training. I hate government intervention but I wouldn’t be opposed to a mandatory 1 hour safety course before you could buy a firearm. It’s common sense things that people usually just don’t do. Check the chamber. Wow, hard.

        • forensic

          I’d make them all do something nearly on par with an 8ish-hour CCW class, but no way that would ever happen.

          If they want to be dumbasses and shoot themselves, then I’m not going to have pity for them afterwards. But unfortunately, there are way too many innocent victims who pay for their stupidity instead.

          And it’s not even these ‘accidental’ shootings, it’s the ones where they mean to shoot but have no good/qualified reason to.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....bled=false

    We’re at the point of beyond senile with Madden, aren’t we?

    • Pat D

      I stopped reading once I saw that he got the number of wins for the ’93 Yankees wrong. I mean, if you can’t even get something right that is so easy to verify, I don’t care what else you write.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I also don’t think David Adams is 27. Am I wrong?

        • Get Phelps Up

          He’s 25. I noticed that little oversight too.

          • Get Phelps Up

            He also said that he played in Tampa last year which is not true according to his BBref page.

    • This Guy

      wow

    • forensic

      Is it bad that as soon as I saw senile and Madden in the same sentence I just assumed it’d be John Madden?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Completely understandable.

    • BigLoving

      I got to the point where he said the Yankees should have matched the A’s offer for Lowrie. I painfully kept reading after he claimed the Yankees had a better chance finishing last than first. Between the Daily News and Newsday I can’t remember the last time either posted a decent story on the Yankees.

  • http://Www.redicecreations.com Radar

    Just watched Delmon young take a foul ball off his cup on Yankee classics. Classic indeed.

    • jesse

      Too bad he was wearing a cup.

      • Bob Buttons

        As someone who have been hit in the groin by a tennis ball (obviously without a cup), have to say that if you ever experience that pain, unless they really wronged you you wouldn’t wish that upon anyone.

        • Pat D

          Delmon hasn’t really wronged us?

        • Barry

          Some people enjoy that level of pain. :D. Operation Immagination.

          And there were the endless balltap wars in my highschool. Nothing quite like the enjoyment of the stealth balltap attack back in the day. Pure comedy. Ah we were a small class. I’m guessing if it wasn’t just 25 dudes in the class there would of been more fights over it but we were all pretty close friends.

          A hard foreign object moving anywhere from 50mph to well over 100 would have to crown that level of pain. Hope to never know.(ridiculousness skateboarding ball pain videos come to mind.)

  • tyrone sharpton

    i’ll take mike over giancarlo

  • Vic

    Yanks need Stanton in pinstripes …. Trade cano in a three team deal …. Obviously Miami is rebuilding …. Luv cano

    but the contract situation is bother sum !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Vic

      A star right handed young power bat …. Mike make this happen !!!!!!!!!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        So this is what happens around “last call” here on Saturday nights…

    • jjyank

      Drugs are bad, m’kay?

  • Phil “Commish” Selig

    Hey guys,

    Big Yanks fan from here in the Big White North…

    Heading to Tampa for a few spring training games in a few weeks.

    any advice about the stadium, best value in seats, how’s the bar etc…

    Thanks,

  • Chris

    There is no musician worse than Lil Wayne. If the CIA ever wants to torture me for intel just blast that garbage.

  • Pinstripes in Cali

    This video appears to contain copyrighted content. Has MLB Advanced Media loosened up?

  • Pistol Pete

    If Cashman has to give up the entire farm for this guy so be it, we’ll start over, this guy needs to be in Pinstripes. Even all of our best farm hands may not pry Stanton from Miami. It might require trading Cano and or Granderson for top prospects and send them to Miami in a three team deal. Would hate to lose Robbie but Stanton’s better. He’s the best young right handed hitter since Pujlos.