Apr
02

Tuesday Night Open Thread

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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.

Categories : Open Thread

185 Comments»

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

  2. Erica says:

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

  3. Dalek Jeter says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

          • Laz says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

      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’

    • jim p says:

      “Normal rate after his prime”

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

    • MickeyP says:

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

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

  5. Bo Knows says:

    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 says:

      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

    • Bob Buttons says:

      Happy birthday. Any picture of a similar burger?

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

      Happy birthday, and glad to hear about your mother.

    • forensic says:

      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 says:

      Happy Birthday!!

      More important best wishes to your mom.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Happy birthday and best wishes to Mama Knows.

  6. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    What a randomly inserted off day.

  7. Bob Buttons says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

        • forensic says:

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

          • jjyank says:

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

            • forensic says:

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

              • jjyank says:

                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 says:

                I think Swish got 1B already for some sites.

                • forensic says:

                  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 says:

                    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 says:

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

                    • Bob Buttons says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

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

                    • Bob Buttons says:

                      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 says:

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

        • Cool Lester Smooth says:

          Mine too.

          It almost makes up for losing him.

  8. forensic says:

    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) says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  9. forensic says:

    Nice job Melky and Reyes!

  10. Get Phelps Up says:

    Already 3 passed balls for Arencibia.

    • forensic says:

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

      • jjyank says:

        Quick, tell the Mets to sign Doug Mirabelli!

        • jjyank says:

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

        • forensic says:

          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 says:

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

            • forensic says:

              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 says:

                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.

            • Pat D says:

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

  11. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  12. Eddard says:

    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.

  13. forensic says:

    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 says:

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

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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.

  14. OldYanksFan says:

    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 says:

      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.

  15. Pistol pete says:

    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!!

  16. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

    • Anthony says:

      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.

  17. 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!

  18. dkidd says:

    darvish working on a perfect game

  19. Winter says:

    Darvish perfect through seven.

  20. heismanziel says:

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

  21. Winter says:

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

  22. Anderson Silva says:

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

    • jjyank says:

      Oh, don’t start.

      • Anderson Silva says:

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

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          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 says:

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

          • Anderson Silva says:

            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.

        • jjyank says:

          Hindsight is awesome. We get that. Go away.

          • Anderson Silva says:

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

            • jjyank says:

              M’kay then.

              Good bye.

              • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

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

                • jjyank says:

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

                  • forensic says:

                    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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

                    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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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) says:

                    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 says:

                      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 says:

                      For *not*

                    • Robinson Tilapia says:

                      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) says:

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

                      *Hand raised*

                    • forensic says:

                      I got his reference to The Spider.

                  • JobaWockeeZ says:

                    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 says:

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

    • Get Phelps Up says:

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

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      WE SHOODA BID A GAZILLION DOLLAHS

  23. heismanziel says:

    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 says:

      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.

  24. jjyank says:

    Ohhhh and there it goes.

  25. Anderson Silva says:

    oh man, that’s terrible for Yu..

  26. forensic says:

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

  27. Kramerica Industries says:

    So close, but so far away.

  28. Pat D says:

    Wow. He got Mussina’d.

    • Tom says:

      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

  29. Winter says:

    Right through the wickets…

  30. Get Phelps Up says:

    At least it was a legit hit.

  31. Bob Buttons says:

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

  32. John C says:

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

  33. forensic says:

    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…

  34. Hoss says:

    Darvish is no fat pussy toad.

  35. Anthony says:

    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 says:

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

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      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 says:

      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.

  36. The Real Me (Formerly Cris Pengiucci) says:

    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) says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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) says:

            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 says:

              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.

  37. Bavarian Yankee says:

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

    just awesome :D

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