Tuesday Night Open Thread

2013 Draft: Yankees get $7,957,400 in draft pool money
2013 Season Preview: The Farm System
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

After Spring Training and Opening Day, I forgot how utterly boring regular season off-days can be. There was one day game today (Orioles at Rays, yuck) and that was it. The harsh reality of the regular season has returned, I suppose.

Here is your open thread for the night. The Islanders and Knicks are playing, plus Extra Innings is in the middle of their season-opening free preview, so find the channel(s) and you can watch any baseball game you want tonight. The Dodgers and Giants (Bumgarner vs. Ryu) will be on MLB Network later. Talk about any of that and more. Enjoy.

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2013 Draft: Yankees get $7,957,400 in draft pool money
2013 Season Preview: The Farm System
  • http://secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

    Who needs baseball when we’ve got the Justified season finale? Sacrilegious, I know, but this off-day was well timed.

    • The Real me (Formerly Cris Pengiucci)

      Yes! Forgot about that. Will definitely be watching!

  • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

    I’ll take the harsh reality of the regular season than the bleak nothingness of the offseason, any day!

    • trr

      Here’s hoping it gets a little less harsher by mid-season!

  • Dalek Jeter

    So according to Brian Kenny, Robinson Cano is worth about 252 million dollars over the next 8 years. His logic is that each win in yearly WAR is worth 6 million on the Free Agent Market, and right now Cano is a 7 win player, and if he regresses at a normal rate after his prime ( roughly .5 Wins a year), so according to Kenny, Cano is a 31.5 AAV player.

    • jjyank

      I love Robbie, but I don’t buy that. Going on WAR, he’s only been above 7 once according to fWAR (7.8 in 2012) and twice in bWAR (8.2 in 2010 and 8.5 in 2012). It’s entirely possible, probably even, that he does that a couple more times. But 8/252 is too much, I think. I could get in line with an 8 year Cano deal, but 31.5 AAV? Nah. That’d be the highest AAV in history, no? He’s great, but not best player ever great.

      • Dalek Jeter

        If I’m Robbie’s agent, I say that math is sound. Even still if it makes you more comfortable let’s call him a 6.5 win player, and use the same 1 win=6 million dollars, and an 8 year deal, it would be 8/228 or AAV of 28.5…and I can see the argument being made that 8/228 is his fair market value. I’m not saying I would pay it…but somebody could/would/will.

        • jjyank

          Fair enough. I still keep coming back to the whole second baseman thing though. Is Chase Utley’s deal was the highest total for any second basemen. Double his deal and you get $170 mil. Some inflation plays a part, sure, but is Cano really $50+ mil better than TWICE Utley’s contract? That seems kind of insane, no? Ian Kinsler holds the highest AAV for second basemen at $15 mil per year. Is Cano really TWICE the AAV better than Kinsler? He’s most definitely better, but as much as I love the guy, I don’t think so.

          I get that Boras was marketing Cano as a hitter, not as a second baseman, and I’d imagine CAA will do something similar. But still. I’ve never bought into the folks so screamed to let him go because he would get 10 years simply because of his position.

          The Dodgers are kind of like the drunken sailor in the room, so who the fuck knows what kind of crazy number they’ll throw at him. But in light of today’s news, I really think the Yanks will lock Cano up before he’s a free agent, and I don’t think he’s getting 8/252 either.

          • jjyank

            Apologies for a couple of typos. Really wish RAB had an edit option sometimes…

          • Laz

            Cano is great and all, but Utley was still a better hitter in his prime. Only reason why I think they maybe should just go for it is the weakening of the free agent class. When you have $189 limit you might as well spend to the max. He will probably get overpaid, but over the next few years at least it looks like the free agent class isn’t going to be very good. Few years ago, sure let him go, but now, who are you going to spend that leftover salary limit on?

            • jjyank

              Oh don’t get me wrong, I want the Yankees to keep Cano more than most people. I was just disagreeing that he’ll get $250+ mil from anyone.

          • The Doctor

            Well last year Kinsler’s fWAR was 2.9 and Cano’s was 7.8 so depending on how you look at it, maybe he is.

            • jjyank

              That’s one year though. In 2011, Kinsler put up 7.2, which is only .6 WAR below Cano’s best year. Their career fWARs are only 4.8 apart. The career bWAR difference is only 7.8. So I say again, is that really worth twice the money?

              I love Cano, and I don’t mean to shit on him. He’s the best second baseman on the planet. But he’s not more than twice the value of the second best second baseman on the planet. Not at all.

    • MannyGeee

      Don’t worry. If you’re having math problems I feel bad for ya son. I got 99 problems, getting the Yankees to pay out the ass for Cano ain’t one…

      #TheRocIsInThaBuildin’

      • Jarrod

        +1. V nice!

    • jim p

      “Normal rate after his prime”

      The normal rate for second basemen? Seems from what people say, they tend to decline precipitously.

    • MickeyP

      Brian Kenny truly believes he is the greatest baseball mind alive. Apart from Bill James of course.

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

    Ryu is going to tonight, not Grienke? That’s strange.

    • Anthony

      I thought I read that Grienke is slated to be the #4 starter

    • vicki

      greinkles’s spring schedule was off due to soreness so they pushed him back a few days.

      i call him greinkles.

  • Bo Knows

    Been a great Birthday, my mother got out the Hospital, Robbie fired boras and his chances of staying just shot up, and I just ate a burger the size of my head.

    • jjyank

      Well happy birthday! I remember you saying something about your mom late last year, so good to hear that she’s out of the hospital.

      The only time I ate a burger the size of my head was in college. There was this place that had a $20 pulled pork burger. It was 2 pounds of pork, the bun was a pound, and it came with a pound of fries. Finish it under an hour and it’s free and you get your picture on the wall.

      I couldn’t get my picture taken fast enough before I ran outside and puked on the sidewalk :P

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        We have a place like that up in Boston.

        • jjyank

          Hah, nice. Where in Boston? I don’t live there, but the friend that dared me to do it the first time goes to law school in Boston and I drive up to visit every 6 months or so. Might be nice to get some revenge.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Eagles Deli in Cleveland Circle. They have a bunch of “challenges” where they just have pounds and pounds of food.

            http://eaglesdeli.com/menu-burgers.html

            • jjyank

              Awesome, thanks.

    • Bob Buttons

      Happy birthday. Any picture of a similar burger?

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

      Happy birthday, and glad to hear about your mother.

    • forensic

      Happy Birthday!

      My mom dealt with being in the hospital for months 2 years ago but has been fine since being released. Hopefully yours follows the same path.

    • mustang

      Happy Birthday!!

      More important best wishes to your mom.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Happy birthday and best wishes to Mama Knows.

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

    What a randomly inserted off day.

    • MannyGeee

      Its the worst. I would almost rather watch them lose than not play at all… Almost.

    • jjyank

      Well it’s not really random. They do this all the time in case opening day gets rained out. Or snowed out, if you’re the Twins.

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

        For some reason I don’t remember this.

  • Bob Buttons

    Watching R.A. Dickey against Cleveland right now.

    1) So many bandwagon Jays fans in the stands, it seems. Wonder how many would be left if they miss the playoffs.

    2) The mute button is one of the most underrated inventions ever.

    • forensic

      3) People sad about Swisher being gone get to root for him for 6 straight games to start the season against the Jays then Rays.

      • jjyank

        Or in my case, the majority of the season, since Swish is on my fantasy team :)

        • forensic

          He must’ve felt something like playoff pressure in his first AB in a new uniform with a RISP. Easy groundout to 1st. :-)

          • jjyank

            Funny. In my defense, Swish is just a utility player on my team. Jason Hewyard is my actual RF.

            • forensic

              Who’s your 1B? Swisher should get that eligibility for you pretty soon I would assume.

              • jjyank

                My 1B is Anthony Rizzo. That’s the other reason I keep Swish around, in case Rizzo doesn’t work out. Though he did homer yesterday, so far, so good.

              • Bob Buttons

                I think Swish got 1B already for some sites.

                • forensic

                  Ah, I haven’t played in a long time, and typically only did Yahoo when I did. I think for them it was 10 games to get eligibility.

                  • jjyank

                    I play Yahoo too. I think it’s 5 games now, and that carries over season to season. Swish already has 1B eligibility in my league. Considering I already have Heyward, David Murphy, and Garrett Jones all RF eligible, I’m using Swish as my 1B back up.

                    • forensic

                      Oh yeah, duh, he played 41 games there last year. Guess I’ve tried to block some of that out already.

                    • Bob Buttons

                      I don’t blame you. I don’t remember either. Only reason I know is that I considered drafting him, but then I realized that Cleveland’s lineup still sucks.

                    • jjyank

                      Oh yeah, I wouldn’t have drafted Swish as a starter, though I do start him in a UTIL slot most of the time. At the end of the 12th round though, I feel like that’s a good pick.

                    • vicki

                      i wouldn’t say cleveland’s lineup sucks, bob. their pitching, on the other hand.

                    • Bob Buttons

                      Kipnis and Chisenhall are quite raw, while Brantley and Stubbs are not threats on most days. Outside of Swish, Asdrubal, Bourne and Santana, I wouldn’t expect anyone to contribute consistently.

                • Cool Lester Smooth

                  Yeah, I have Votto at 1B, but the option’s there.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Mine too.

          It almost makes up for losing him.

  • forensic

    Just because I missed the post earlier today, here are my random thoughts on Mike’s random thoughts:

    1. Completely agree. The lineup vs. lefties is a scary, scary sight. Anything that has Vernon Wells batting 5th is just not major league quality. Thankfully, with some downtime today I think I counted that if all teams keep their rotations in the same order without skipping anyone (which obviously won’t happen) then the Yanks will only face 10 lefty starters in their first 41 games (with one of those out of the way already). That takes them to mid-May when hopefully they’ll have some help back in Jeter, Granderson, and/or Teixeira. Hopefully they win a couple of those 10 games since there are a couple of very weak lefties mixed in there.

    2. I really hoped this had died. I wouldn’t have minded him, but no way I would’ve traded a ton for him. I just think he’s gotten so overrated at this point.

    3. Again agree. At least with an offensive team you get to see things happen and always think you have a chance to comeback and win a game. With a pitching team, things seem to boring and futile sometimes. After the 4-run 2nd inning yesterday, I just couldn’t help but feel the game was already over given the lineup and players available to them.

    4. Again agree (yikes, too much agreeing with Mike on this…). He was terrible in ST, not just results but velocity and control too. Hopefully he can sort it out because I have a feeling he’s going to be used way too often again given that he’s the only lefty out there now.

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

      On number 2, notice Mike’s language though. He’s not annoyed at the Yankees for not trading for Upton, he’s annoyed at the eneral situation since they COULDN’T trade for Upton, at least not reasonably. And that is a shame.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      I actually think that Upton’s underrated by fans at this point, if only due to fatigue from the constant trade rumours that surrounded him for years.

      • Laz

        Depends what you go by.
        If you think he is what he was in 2010 or 2012 he is way overrated. If you go by what he was in 2011, then you are about where most feel he is worth.

  • forensic

    Nice job Melky and Reyes!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Already 3 passed balls for Arencibia.

    • forensic

      Welcome to the AL Mr. Dickey. You’re not in the NL anymore.

      • jjyank

        Quick, tell the Mets to sign Doug Mirabelli!

        • jjyank

          Errr, Jays. Damn it. Forgot about the trade for a second.

        • forensic

          Heh. Well Arencibia caught him with the Mets too, but it’s just different with no pitchers batting (or even pitiful #8 hitters).

          /waitingforsomeonetomentionweakyankeeslineups

          • Bob Buttons

            You mean Thole. JPA is a classic can’t do much right Jays catcher.

            • forensic

              Ah yes, sorry, wasn’t even thinking. Just automatically assumed (wrongly obviously) that they’d be smart enough to play the guy with him who’s caught him before. Hell, that’s the whole reason Thole was included in the damn trade.

              Maybe it’s a nice sign for us about John Gibbons’ ability…

              • Bob Buttons

                I think I saw three or four balls getting away from him for the past 5 min. Granted, I haven’t been paying attention much so maybe it’s just that three or four overall.

                and I don’t blame you. Gibbons is not exactly the smartest chap. He has done a lot of bad things during his last stint.

                • forensic

                  Yeah, it’s my last day of vacation so I’m on auto-pilot. That’s my excuse for any mess-ups tonight. :-)

                  • Bob Buttons

                    Or you could say that it’s already after 5pm =)

            • Pat D

              How dare you disrespect Ernie Whitt and Pat Borders like that!

  • Dalek Jeter

    http://www.msgvarsity.com/new-.....-1.1440338

    my boy’s little brother, he’s got some good stuff. They say in the video he sits around 91-94, but he really tops out at 94 and sit around 90-92 and has a really good curveball, but doesn’t really use it a lot in games because he doesn’t need to.

    • Bob Buttons

      His team’s coach reminds me a bit of Gene Hackman.

    • forensic

      1. Why are their uniforms t-shirts?

      2. Why are players on the same team wearing different uniforms/t-shirts?

      Looks really odd.

  • Eddard

    When I hear that Pac-12 officials were offered $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if they gave the AZ coach a technical foul I wonder what other sports’ officials are compromised. If the officials are putting bounties on coaches are they doing the same with players? Officiating is already suspect. I don’t know why they just don’t go to computers and cameras. Human element is bullshit when a computer can get it right every time.

    • forensic

      The person who programmed the computer is biased…

  • forensic

    Geez, the Indians have something like a PSA with Terry Francona trying to ingratiate himself to Indians fans (not that he would need to) with stuff like “I spent the first 6 years of my life here, going to the stadium every day.” So, he never started or went to school? And he says it’s familiar, like everyone remembers stuff from their first 6 years of life.

    But then it finishes with, “Alot like being an player, being a Cleveland sports fan takes resilience”. Heh, at least that part is true.

    • Bob Buttons

      I remember like 2 or 3 places outside of my home before kindergarten. That’s it.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh, I remember a whole lot of between 3 and 6 well. I’ve said a couple of times here I remember Munson’s death and bits of the ’78 season.

        I also do remember my day care center, what was the first actual song on the radio I ever heard while at day care (Donna Summer’s “Last Dance,) just lots of stuff.

        • forensic

          An event or two sure, but you’d remember the whole city if you hadn’t lived there in 40-50 years? I find that hard to believe.

          But anyway, Swisher actually just did another one. They’re acting like some little mom-and-pop type franchise or something. It’s just so foreign after the Yankees for years, but I know many of the other franchise’s do similar things. Usually it’s bad teams and/or teams who don’t draw, for obvious reasons.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I wish there was an alternate universe one with Swisher walking around Cleveland, but still acting like he was in New York.

            I miss him.

            Agreed on your point. I was just off on a tangent.

  • OldYanksFan

    Visa-a-vi Cano’s switching agents situation, here’s a brilliant thought from Professor Goldman over at SB Nation:

    “The irony of Cano being represented by Boras was that, as much as they might have dreaded dealing with him, had he succeeded in getting Cano to test the market, he might have protected the Yankees from their own self-destructive impulses. Now that he’s gone and Cano has, presumably, more conciliatory representatives in Jay-Z and Van Wagenen, they’re in much deeper trouble.”

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Okay so when Cano leaves basically everyone sucks and when that happens I hope he doesn’t make another article asking where the talent went.

  • Pistol pete

    If the Yanks are out of it early it’ll be real interesting with what they do at the trade deadline with Pettitte, Kuroda, Granderson, Cano, Youkalis, Chamberlain, and Rivera all in the last year of their contracts. Shoe might be on the other foot this summer than it has been the past 16 seasons. Sellers!! Yikes!!

    • King George

      Back under your bridge, troll.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I think it’d be great if they found a trade partner for Youkalis and were able to keep Youkilis.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      If they could trade all but Pettitte and Mo and Cano that would be pretty good.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Don’t know if any FB users have liked “New York Yankees Memes” yet, but it’s pretty entertaining to follow.

    • Anthony

      I submitted something to them a few months back. One picture of Camden Yards empty, and one picture of it crowded, adjacent to each other.
      First picture caption: Orioles fans at the beginning of the season
      Second caption: Orioles fans in September

      Making fun of the bandwagoners from last season of course. It got a good amount of “likes”, haha.

  • http://Twitter.com/Carlosologist Carlosologist

    I haven’t posted regularly here since the 2011 regular season. Long time, wow. But I’ve been reading all throughout these last two years. Decided to make a comeback, I know a lot more about the game now than I did then.

    So how about Yu Darvish, perfect through 6 in Houston!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I remember your screen name for sure. Welcome back!

    • Pat D

      A lot of us regulars wondered where you had gone.

    • jjyank

      I didn’t comment then, but I read. Welcome back.

    • forensic

      I definitely remember you from back then, but thought you had been around last year too. Guess not, it all just blends together at this point.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Welcome back. 2011 was my first season commenting regularly so I remember you.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Carcillo remembers.

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

      Nice to see you here again. It’s Rocky Road Redemption, not sure if I was posting in your season or not but I do know I was here on and off since 09′.

      • forensic

        I don’t know how people always remember when they started commenting. I have no idea what season it was, but I guess that means it was awhile ago.

        • Bob Buttons

          As a drifter who settled at RAB (and changed my name quite a few times before I settled on this), I share your view.

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

      Definitely remember your handle. Welcome back.

  • dkidd

    darvish working on a perfect game

    • Winter

      Also on pace to thrown 123 pitches through 9.

      • dkidd

        santana part two

        • Bob Buttons

          Them Japanese can take abuse. And I’m not trying to be racist.

          • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

            That’s why they’re always completely done when they’re young.

            • vicki

              you say that to hiroki’s face.

              • Bob Buttons

                Pretty sure he’ll think that it means “can I have your autograph”

      • forensic

        Houston’s trying to help him out these last couple of innings though with some really quick AB’s.

        • forensic

          Speaking of which, Brett Wallace is now 1-7 with 6 strikeouts on the season. Yikes.

    • Anthony

      I have Verizon but can’t find any channels with it. MLB is showing Dodgers vs. Giants.

      • Winter

        I’m sure they’ll switch to it if it gets into the later innings.

      • forensic

        Do you have channels with the MLB Extra Innings free preview?

        • Anthony

          I’m really not sure to be honest. I NEVER watch TV so I’m just going through the hundreds of channels looking, lol.

        • Anthony

          Found it! Thanks all. It was really far down the channel guide.

      • Tom

        There’s an MLB Extra Innings free preview on most cable companies the first week.

      • Bob Buttons

        MLB.com right now is giving free look-ins.

  • Winter

    Darvish perfect through seven.

  • heismanziel

    Hope Darvish gets the Perfect game. Sure would be a nice way to start the year for my fantasy team.

  • Winter

    For those curious, the Darvish game is now on MLB Network.

  • Anderson Silva

    Darvish perfect through 8. We could have had him.. but oh well.

    • jjyank

      Oh, don’t start.

      • Anderson Silva

        I wont. I’ll just say that the FO has made some questionable decisions regarding talent evaluation.

        • Get Phelps Up

          In Darvish’s case, the Rangers big much more than anyone else so it’s not like the Yankees were the only team to have doubts about him.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’m sure you’d get them all right if you had the job.

          • Anderson Silva

            No, probably not. I just wish we could have gotten him after watching him pitch last year. Let’s hope we can get the next ones right.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I wish we had Clayton Kershaw, Matt Cain, and an exhumed Dizzy Dean.

        • jjyank

          Hindsight is awesome. We get that. Go away.

          • Anderson Silva

            I’m sorry, didn’t mean to piss the comment’s police. I’ll try to think like you from now on. Jackass.

            • jjyank

              M’kay then.

              Good bye.

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

                He has a point. What’s with the hostility?

                • jjyank

                  The Darvish stuff is almost entirely hindsight. I’m tired of it.

                  • forensic

                    I can’t speak for the other guy, but I wanted them to bid big for him. How is that hindsight at all? It’s the only money they could’ve spent to not have it add to their luxury tax.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Didn’t Texas double everyone else’s bid, IIRC? I remember it feeling like they werel going to be impossible to beat.

                      I wasn’t for Darvish at the time. Just felt like money thrown at an unknown quantity.

                    • jjyank

                      Actually, so did I. But considering the other bids, there was a lot of doubt there. The transition isn’t always a smooth one. Texas bid big. It’s really easy for us fans to say “hey, it’s not our $51.7 mil!”. But that’s a lot of fucking money for an unknown quantity.

                    • Get Phelps Up

                      RT-Yes they did, at least according to this:http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....asily.html

                      It was also incorrectly reported at first that the Blue Jays just missed winning the bid.

                    • forensic

                      Sure, they way outbid everyone and so there was likely doubt there for teams.

                      That doesn’t mean people still can’t keep and voice their opinions. You did get kind of short with him for one little snippet of a comment.

                      I understand it’s well in the past, but still, it’s not like it was a treatise or comment after comment about it.

                    • jjyank

                      Eh. Like I said below, I can never hold the not “spending $50+ mil just to talk to an unknown quantity” against the team. Also, again, I wanted to sign Darvish at the time. But I will not criticize the FO for not doing so, given the price.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Meh. It looked like the type of crap we see posted here every night. There are ways to express an opinion that are going to encourage discussion. It didn’t come off as that, to me, in the least.

                    • forensic

                      Heh, I didn’t get that at all. It was topical and one little aside, at least as I took it.

                      I was actually going to post a little something about it but decided, apparently wisely, against it.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Yeah, my fuse can be a bit short with Darvish, Cespedes, and Soler? All feel/felt like overreaches on the part of the team signing them at the time. Real easy to want everyone good who was once available to sign or bid on.

                    • forensic

                      I really, really wanted Darvish.

                      I was less into Cespedes and Soler but if I had to pick one it would’ve probably been Soler simply because the Yankees didn’t seem like they had an immediate enough need in the outfield for Cespedes.

                    • jjyank

                      Would you have given Soler 9 years? Or more, if that’s what it took to take him away from the Cubs? The contract seems crazy to me.

                    • forensic

                      The 9 years isn’t such a huge deal for me. The $30 million is tougher because he was 20 and a bit of a distance away. The 9 years isn’t a big deal because if he does anything in his career, you’re going to have him under control for much (all?) of that time anyway. After a couple (at least) years in the minors, you have his prime bought out.

                      Even thinking about it like that, $30 million doesn’t seem that absurd, but that’s only if you think he’ll reach that total in the majors during his control years.

                    • jjyank

                      9/30 seems a bit excessive for an unproven 19 year old. If he was born in America, he would have gotten, like a $2 mil bonus and then minor league salary. Again, too much.

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

                    Really, you could use that to shut down any discussion that starts with criticism of something the Yankees did or didn’t do in the past

                    • jjyank

                      Darvish had more of the unknown than any other MLB player. So that’s really not the point.

                      Again. For the record, I wanted the Yankees to sign him at the time. But Texas bid huge. So whatever. I can’t begrudge my team for now spending $51.7 mil just to fucking talk to a guy.

                    • jjyank

                      For *not*

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Being that one line sparked this much conversation about the one line itself, how people reacted to it, etc., I think we should all shake Anderson Silva’s hand right now….and hope he doesn’t put us in some sort of submission hold in the process.

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

                      Now raise your hand if you got RT’s reference without using google.

                      *Hand raised*

                    • forensic

                      I got his reference to The Spider.

                  • JobaWockeeZ

                    Did you not see the hundreds of comments clamoring for him? Just because they were against the main opinion doesn’t mean it can be ignored.

                • jjyank

                  And, if you can see, I’m not the only one that thinks that.

    • Get Phelps Up

      It took longer than I thought for a comment like this to appear.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Same considering people actively baits for it.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      WE SHOODA BID A GAZILLION DOLLAHS

  • heismanziel

    People in my league are going to hate me if Darvish gets this Perfect Game. Had Matt Cain and Johan Santana last year. Lol.

    • Kramerica Industries

      There was one match last year in my fantasy league where one guy had R.A. Dickey and the other had Matt Cain.

      The night Cain threw a perfect game, he posted 46 points. Dickey posted 43. I also had a perfect game with Felix on my staff.

  • jjyank

    Ohhhh and there it goes.

  • Anderson Silva

    oh man, that’s terrible for Yu..

  • forensic

    Can’t say I’m too sad about that. I find it hard to hope for good things for the Rangers.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Same. I really didn’t give a shit.

      • Bob Buttons

        Only reason I feel bad is because it reminds me of Moose.

    • Anderson Silva

      Agreed about the Rangers. But I think Darvish is cool, it would be nice for him to get a PG.

  • Kramerica Industries

    So close, but so far away.

  • Pat D

    Wow. He got Mussina’d.

    • Tom

      That was the first thing I thought when there were 2 out.

      Though I did think the Astros were going to get it done… I think the last 4 hitters took 1 pitch combined

  • Winter

    Right through the wickets…

  • Get Phelps Up

    At least it was a legit hit.

  • Bob Buttons

    So close, yet so far. Looks like he took it pretty well.

  • John C

    HAHAHAHA!!!! Fuck YU!!!!!

  • forensic

    According to the Rangers announcers he should learn from that and try to do it again.

    Oh, like he didn’t know that he should try not to give up hits in the bottom of the 9th when working on a perfect game. Good thing he learned that now…

    • Bob Buttons

      I think (Astros?) the free look-in broadcast mentioned something about “Now’s the time to learn some English” “At least the obscene parts anyways”

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I laughed, then I hugged my picture of John & Suzyn.

      • forensic

        Eddard told me to never question their baseball wisdom and acumen…

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

        I keep mine under my pillow.

        You all get your minds out of the gutter, you bastards.

  • Hoss

    Darvish is no fat pussy toad.

  • Anthony

    Any shot the Yanks can offer up a few prospects (sanchez, heathcott, banuelos) to Texas for Profar? They just locked up Andrus and who better to be Jete’s heir than the top SS prospect in the game

    • Dalek Jeter

      I think it’s more likely the Rangers see if he can take over at 2nd and move Kinsler to first.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      A few of us talked about this yesterday. My take was “sure, but at what cost?” Am I draining the farm system again, with the shape this franchise is in moving forward, for any one guy? I’d rather have the multiple better-than-lottery tickets than the one “almost, but not, quite” there ticket.

    • Guns

      Prospect for prospect swaps are rare. Plus, you have to look at it from Texas’ perspective. I would think they would rather trade Profar for an established young player. Or they could keep him around for a few years for insurance.

  • The Real Me (Formerly Cris Pengiucci)

    How’s the weather look for tonight’s game? My son and daughter will be there in section 129 (son wearing a Jeter jersey and daughter wearing a Rivera jersey, both unofficial with the names on the back). My son is visiting Ny and taking his little sis to the game as her 20th birthday present. Nice!

    BTW, how long till it’s appropriate to drop the “Formerly…” from my handle? I’m guessing sometime between now and 2 weeks from now. It’s been about 2 weeks (I actually think I used this handle before for a short time. Pretty sure it’ll stick for a while this time around.).

    • The Real Me (Formerly Cris Pengiucci)

      Oh, and just to make some of you jealous, I went skiing this weekend at Keystone, in Summit County, CO. One of 4 resourts in Summit County (along with Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin) along with my son and grandson. Very good spring conditions with about a 4′ base. Haven’t been skiing in years, but it all came back very quickly. I’ll definitely be going more next season, as many of the resorts in CO are less than 3 hours away from me (including the ones I mentioned above and Vail, Winter Park and a lot of other smaller, but still excellent areas). Got a slight sunburn on my forehead. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite nice enough weather for girls to be out in their bikinis. :-(

      • jjyank

        Forecast looks great here in DC, I can’t imagine it’s much different up north a bit.

        Also, you suck. You know how bad I want to get out west :P

        • jjyank

          And by “great”, I mean clear. It’s probably gonna be chilly tonight. Supposed to get below freezing down here, actually.

          • The Real Me (Formerly Cris Pengiucci)

            Thanks for the forecast from afar (both from NYC & where I am). I’ll make sure they have something with them to keep them warm later in the evening.

            Yeah, skiing was great fun. Can’t wait for next season. Lift tickets are $100 each(!!!), but you can discounts all along the Front Range (just east of the mountains, in Denver & Colorado Springs) or, they sell a season pass for like $500 that allows access to most, if not all, of the major resorts. I can definitely see myself going more than 5 days next season.

            I’ll be shopping for some new ski clothes this weekend. Sales are at their best now, if they have what you want in your size. Really just looking for a new Spyder sweater (to go with the Spyder jacket I got at the end of last season, in anticipation of going skiing this year), new goggles, and possibly gloves and some undergarments to ensure I stay warm during the real winter months.

            • jjyank

              Yeah, prices have gotten outrageous. Last time I was in Vermont, lift tickets were in the $80-$100 range as well, and that’s not even the same caliber of mountain.

              If you’re deciding between goggle brands, I highly recommend Oakley. I’ve had the same pair of goggles for about 8 years now, and they’re still great.

              • The Real Me (Formerly Cris Pengiucci)

                I’ll definitely look at them. I like their styles.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    did anyone see this? http://www.fangraphs.com/not/i.....-mountain/

    just awesome :D