Open Thread: 3/9 Camp Notes

The Mariano Rivera Press Conference
Cafardo: Yankees have inquired about Chase Headley
(AP)
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The Yankees lost to the Braves this afternoon, but the outcome of the game was secondary to the return of Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter. Mo struck out two in a perfect inning while the Cap’n singled and grounded out in his two at-bats as the DH. Both guys were making their Grapefruit League debuts, as you know.

Other than that, Jose Ramirez was a star of the game, allowing one hit and zero walks in four scoreless innings. He struck out four and was very, very sharp. Ichiro Suzuki singled twice while Ronnie Mustelier had an opposite field triple, which pretty much sums up the offense. The Yankees have scored zero or one run more times this spring (six) than they have three or more runs (five). That should (hopefully) correct itself once all the regulars start playing in the same lineup together. Here’s the box score and here’s the rest from Tampa…

  • Phil Hughes (back), David Robertson (shoulder), and David Aardsma (groin) all threw bullpen sessions this morning and everything went fine. There were no issues. Hooray for that. [Chad Jennings]
  • Right-handers Tommy Kahnle and Kelvin Perez were both reassigned to a minor league camp. By my unofficial count, the Yankees still have 64 players in big league camp. [Jennings]
  • The Yankees will be in Dunedin to face the Blue Jays tomorrow afternoon. David Phelps gets the start and Frankie Cervelli, Dan Johnson, Jayson Nix, Kevin Youkilis, and Brett Gardner are the projected big leaguers making the trip. That game will be on MLB.tv only.

Here is tonight’s open thread. The Devils, Knicks, and Nets are all playing, plus you’ll have USA vs. Italy in World Baseball Classic on MLB Network at 9pm ET. If USA loses, they’re as good as eliminated. Talk about those games or anything else here. Enjoy.

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The Mariano Rivera Press Conference
Cafardo: Yankees have inquired about Chase Headley
  • Jose > Pineda

    This kid is what we have been waiting for for years.

    • Havok9120

      Oh, gods. It’s begun.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Teh best pitcha eva!!!! Only he haz to be teh bullpen!!! Heir Apparent!!!

    • Cool Lester Smooth (Formerly YanksFanInBeantown)

      I mean, teh V-LO! speaks for itself, right?

      • Dellin Betances

        Indeed it does.

    • Jacob the OG

      I do agree he has been impressive….. in 9.0 ST innings against MiLB guys and scrap heap scrubs + Dan Uggla. his stiff has been very good though but don’t get too excited.

      • forensic

        Except that’s not really true. Yes, it’s ST, but he’s not just facing MiLB scrubs and all.

        BR has his opponent quality at a 9.4 (not updated to include Saturday yet) based on where guys played last season (10 is MLB, 8 is AAA, etc.).

        That number doesn’t mean he’s facing a bunch of all-stars, but it does mean he’s facing plenty of guys who are major leaguers already, and that counts for something.

  • jose ramirez”s swing & miss stuff (the once and future vicki)

    no mention of melky mesa working counts?

    • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

      Major injustice

  • Anthony

    With the Yankees luck I’m surprised Mariano wasn’t injured walking up to the podium. It’s crazy he’s leaving so soon. Here’s to hoping he walks out with one more ring.

  • Pat D

    Carolina/Duke tonight. All that matters.

    Of course it does mean having to see Ryan Kelly’s rat face. Seriously, he’s like the basketball equivalent of Pedroia.

  • Jacob the OG

    VIVA ITALIA!!!!

    • Dalek Jeter

      +1

      • Lou Reed

        Those Italians need a lesson to be taught.

  • Jacob the OG

    If carmelo does not get his ass back on the court by next game I will be ticked.

  • Dalek Jeter

    So, I just started Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, 8 minutes in…wtf?

    • Havok9120

      I have no idea what you’re referring to, but were you actually expecting sense from something so named?

      • Dalek Jeter

        Haha, apart from being nonsensical it’s pretty awesome. The concept is great Neil Patrick Harris is “Dr. Horrible,” and in between trying to take over the world he’s crushing on this girl Penny who is falling for NPH’s arch nemesis, Captain Hammer, played by Nathan Fillian. Also it’s a musical directed by Joss Wheaton.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Hahaha, I love Dr. Horrible. Of course, I also love pretty much anything and everything Joss Whedon touches.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Has Captain Hammer shown Penny the hammer yet?

          • Dalek Jeter

            “And guess what? These aren’t the Hammer. (refers to fists)”

            “My penis is the Hammer.”

  • jjyank

    Back from vacation. That shit goes too fast. I had a fucking blast though. Hope everyone had a good week!

    • Pat D

      Yea, literally nothing good happened around here. Ass.

      • Havok9120

        Lighten up, Francis.

        • Pat D

          Still finishing anthropology final. Stress level at maximum.

          • Dalek Jeter

            wasn’t your midterm like…yesterday?

            • Pat D

              This was an 8-week, half semester class. Yes, the midterm was due two weeks ago. Got an A on it.

        • Pat D
          • Dalek Jeter

            Oh, Pat I’m so happy you finally watched Archer. Please tell me you started from season 1 though because honestly so far for me the order of greatness goes:

            Season 2
            Season 3
            Season 1
            Season 4

            Not that season 4 is bad at all so far, IMO one of the best episodes happened this season, but season 2 is just incredible from beginning to end.

            • Pat D

              Well I watched the episode with the Magnum PI takeoff first, then watched all of seasons 1 and 2 from the start. So now I’m on season 3. I watched a couple new episodes this week and the first thought I had was, “These aren’t quite as funny as the ones I’ve already seen.”

              • Dalek Jeter

                Stage 2/Placebo Effect(Magnum PI reference) is probably my favorite episode of the series by far.

                • Pat D
                  • jjyank

                    I am so damn proud of you, Pat.

                    • Pat D

                      Did you see the sun rise this morning?

                    • jjyank

                      Nope. Waaay too hungover to wake up that early.

                      I did watch Regis though.

                      But not really.

                    • Pat D

                      I’m referring to this, fyi.

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXa9wipv6j8

                    • jjyank

                      I know, I saw that reference back at ROVP HQ.

                    • Pat D

                      Freeze frame on gun firing.

                      That. Is. All.

              • Cool Lester Smooth

                (..several hours later)

                Yeah, S4 has definitely been weaker than the first two. S3 needs to get on Netflix.

          • Havok9120

            Surely you, The Resident RAB Movie-Guy, picked up on the Stripes reference?

            • Pat D

              No, unfortunately I don’t remember any specific lines from Stripes. Probably because when I watched it was during one of those end-of-the-month Netflix-instant-watch purges, which means I probably watched that and like 8 other movies in a week’s time.

              • Havok9120

                That’s a shame. There are several good lines in there.

                • Sgt. Hulka

                  Who is the Yankees’ big toe?

                  • bobtaco

                    Big Toe Cano?

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

                  The entire film is good lines.

    • jjyank

      Okay, longer post now that I’m finally back in my apartment. Quick sidebar: Screw you Plouffy for not thinking DC traffic is bad. Took me almost two hours to get back from Dulles because of traffic at 8:30 on a Saturday. Should be a 40-50 minute ride even with light traffic.

      But seriously. Dude. I swam with dolphins (2 of them, domesticated and in a pool), and even rode both dolphins at the same time. Coolest fucking animals ever.

      I swam with and held sting rays (in the wild, no domestication there). Fuck you Steve Irwin. Too soon?

      I raced my brother on jet skis for 3 full hours, and those mothers topped out around 55-60 mph. Pretty sick. Considering my only other jet ski experience was the Jersey shore where the jet skis topped out around 40 mph and you have a boxed in set area to stay in, it was pretty sick to literally go anywhere you want.

      Some areas of Grand Cayman have some insane houses. Like, Beverly Hills on the water. My dad ran our 28-foot Sea Ray aground from staring in too much awe. No damage, so it was just funny.

      Also, I ate a Kangaroo Filet Mingon wrapped in bacon. Yup.

      • Pat D

        Too soon on Steve Irwin? Not anymore. Maybe Bill Maher’s costume was, but I tended to agree with Maher’s point that Irwin was probably doing something that caused the ray to sting him.

        • jjyank

          Maybe the species are different? Maybe where I was had enough tour guides around to feed them so much that they didn’t care? Either way, they were docile as hell. Pretty cool though, there were like ~50 of them swimming around and they let you just pick them up.

      • Dalek Jeter

        http://www.environmentalgraffi.....ns?image=0

        Dolphins are the humans of the sea. (and I don’t really mean that in a good way.)

        • jjyank

          And fact number 7:

          If you stick your legs out straight, two dolphins will push each push one of your feet and propel you forward and upward until you literally are completely out of the water. Just too freaking cool.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          “on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”

          -Douglas Adams

  • trr

    I’ll skip over what type of week I had.
    ’nuff said

  • Pat D

    So what’s this I heard about a brawl in the Mexico/Canada game? Aceves caused it or something?

    After a brawl like this, I guess it’s a good thing these two countries have us between them. Otherwise, ya know, things could get ugly along the border…

    • Barry
    • MannyGeee

      Too funny, because the pitcher (NOT Ace) plunked the batter, and then the benches cleared, and then Tyson Gillies tackled Aceves. And when Ace went back after Gillies, he was completely engulfed in Canadians.

      And somehow throughout all this, Ace was considered the instigator.

      • MannyGeee

        Like, literally, he was under a fuck pile of Canadians, and the color guys were saying that he was an embarrassment to the Red Sox and the league… I thought I was being punked.

        • Pat D

          Well because I’m pissed at what’s going on in the Carolina/Duke game right now, I went back and found the video from a few years ago where Duke’s Gerald Henderson pretty obviously cheap-shotted UNC’s Tyler Hansbrough in the face. And for the next five minutes all that fucking idiot Billy Packer did was deny that it was a dirty play by Henderson and say that Hansbrough shouldn’t have been in the game anymore. While the latter was true to an extent, it was also completely missing the point because Henderson clearly threw his elbow into Hansbrough’s face.

          So, yea, announcers are fucking idiots.

      • Barry

        The solidly built Walker also tried to restrain Aceves.

        “I had a hold of him and I thought I saw Satan in his eyes,” Walker said

        Did you see this piece of gold?

  • MannyGeee

    Team USA is flat out not hitting… like Yankees in October not hitting, amitire?

    • Mickey Scheister

      Someone needs to tell this USA team these are no longer exhibition games. Pretty sure the first base ump is on Clitality’s payroll. (I’m Italian-American FWIW)

  • Pasta

    Team usa sucks!

  • Pasta

    Italy leftfielder named a vagina lol

    • MannyGeee

      Yeah, they also have Labio Clitorini warming in the pen…

      • Dalek Jeter

        …that’s a joke right?

        • MannyGeee

          I wish it wasn’t.

    • Pasta

      Hey they got one by a vagina

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ryan Fucking Voogelson is the best we can come up with in a pseudo-must-win?

  • Mickey Scheister

    Seeing Trout with Wells is one extreme to the next. Wells 21MM for 0.5 WAR then you have Trout with his gaudy 10.7 WAR for $510,000. So Wells makes 41 times Trout but Trout out produced Wells by over 10 WAR or 21 times as better, according to value. Crazy shit. With all that said WHY isn’t Trout PLAYING?!?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Because he’s doing things…stuff.

      (yes, Mike Trout is secretly Rick Grimes)

      • Mickey Scheister

        Rick Grimes > Mike Trout

        • Dalek Jeter
          • jjyank

            Why does Rick have a penis coming out of his head?

            • Mickey Scheister

              My question too. Carl > Rick

            • Dalek Jeter

              It’s my friend’s visual interpritation of Rick’s “CARL NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!” Right in the poor kids face, right after he shot his mom in the face. Also, Mickey, Darryl>Glen>Carl>The Governor>Rick.

              • jjyank

                Darryl is the shit. I put Rick above the Governor though. At least Rick as a reason for being so crazy.

                • Dalek Jeter

                  The Governor has reasons too, trust me. Read Road To Woodbury and Rise of the Governor, they’re novels that take place in TWD universe that chronicle the creation of Woodbury.

                  • jjyank

                    I’m sure. But just going off of the TV show, Rick is far more likable as the tragic hero.

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      Yes, but The Governor is a much better leader and just overall much more badass. The TV’s Governor is also much more likable than the graphic novel’s Governor, who is much more comic-book evil and a much more one dimensional character.

                    • jjyank

                      Eh, I lost anything I felt about the Governor when I saw how he kept heads as trophies. That’s a special kind of crazy that I can’t get behind. Ditto the whole gladiator fight thing.

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      Oh, he’s absolutely a special kind of crazy, but it was completely made by the apocalypse.

                    • jjyank

                      Fair enough. Though I think (again, going just on the TV show) that Rick’s means are both less extreme and better justified.

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      Less extreme? Absolutely.

                      More Justified? Debatable. While The Governor has much more extreme methods, he’s looking out for the safety and well-being of 40 plus people, including children. Also, until tomorrow’s episode he’s never met Rick. For all he knows, Rick is the raving lunatic described by Tyreese’s people, not the nice guy described by Andrea.

                    • jjyank

                      True. And it’s also true that I don’t know as much about the Governor’s back story. But with Rick, I totally get him losing it after he woke up in the hospital to the apocalypse, his best friend tries to kill him, and his wife dies rather suddenly. I’m more willing to give him a pass on shit based on what I know.

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      Also remember, The Governor knows that Rick is housing Michonne, the woman responsible for killing his daughter(in his eyes) and taking his eye, as well as The Governor’s Brutus in Merryl.

                    • jjyank

                      The killing his daughter thing is another reason why he’s too crazy for me liking. I doubt Rick would have kept a walker prisoner like that.

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      That wasn’t really a “prisoner,” he truly believed that Milton was going to come up with a cure. Pretend it isn’t the Governor for a second, is it any more crazy than Hershel keeping walkers in the barn? I’d argue it’s less so because the Governor was actively searching for a cure or some kind of cognitive connection with the zombies.

                    • jjyank

                      Herschel was crazy for that too, I won’t defend that. He was a lot more isolated and understandably naive than the Governor was though.

                      On another note, I’m just watching last week’s episode now. I didn’t get AMC in the Caribbean :P Never saw them bringing Morgan back.

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      Very powerful, very sad episode.

                    • jjyank

                      It is indeed.

                    • Cool Lester Smooth

                      Let’s be real, Tyreese>Everyone else

                      Of course, that’s solely because Chad Coleman is the shit, not because of anything he’s done so far in the series other than be T-Dawg take 3.

  • Pasta

    Where is
    Verlander
    Kershaw
    Halladay
    Weaver
    Wilson
    Johnson
    Sale
    Etc

  • Jersey Joe

    Jose Ramirez. Nice.

  • Pat D

    Ha. The space guy wouldn’t oblige Archer and say “Danger Zone.”

    • Dalek Jeter

      Just wait Pat D. *Laughs diabolically*

      • Pat D

        Well I’ve seen some clips from these episodes in some YouTube best of character videos.

        Smoke bomb!

        • Dalek Jeter

          There are a few great Star Wars and The Warriors references in that two-parter, keep your earballs open.

          • Pat D

            Got the Alderaan one. Ooh, it was a swerve.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Whenever I hear Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide I think about the episode of South Park it was in, when I seriously thought that Stone and Parker were going to walk away and then thought they were going to change the dynamic of the show completely. (triggered by that Budwiser commercial about a man and his horse having a…close…relationship)

  • Pasta

    Rollins shits the bed Next

  • Pasta

    Tora tora tora

  • Pasta

    Come on juice boy braun you cheat get one.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Grandslam for Wright, he crushed that.

  • Mickey Scheister

    David Wright! USA….USA…..USA!!

  • Pasta

    Usa usa david wright goes deep

  • forensic

    Nice to finally see some signs of life from USA’s offense. Awesome Wright! Hopefully that jump starts them.

  • Dalek Jeter

    For anybody still awake, Pat Vinditte is coming in for Italy!

    • Anthony

      Damn, must have missed it by a few minutes. I rushed to the TV as soon as I saw this lol

  • forensic

    Watching part of Saturday’s game on DVR right now.

    Let me just say I’m so glad Dan Uggla isn’t on the Yankees. It’s like watching Granderson’s insanely one-dimensional offense at a more important position while playing defensively with Jeter’s range and Nunez’s accuracy.

    YIKES!!!

  • John c

    it’s Selection Sunday! Get ready to pick your NCAA brackets