Father’s Day Open Thread

(Jeff Gross/Getty)

(Jeff Gross/Getty)

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. I hope you enjoyed the day with family and a much-needed/unecessarily stressful Yankees win. If you haven’t talked to your dad yet today, make sure you get on that. There are lots of us you can’t but wish we could.

Here is your open thread for the night. The ESPN Sunday Night Game is the Giants at the Braves (Lincecum vs. Teheran), plus you’ve got Game Five of the NBA Finals as well. Talk about either of those games or anything else here. Have at it.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Mickey Scheister says:

    Finally. 6-0 to 6-5. My freaking blood pressure can’t take this shit.

  2. JoeyA says:

    ya know the biggest aspect of Yankees losing streak that’s being overlooked:

    Nobody is running away with anything in the AL. Every team has been largely
    mediocre, even throughout baseball with the exception of StL.

    Hopefully Yanks can turn this W into something to build off of. Who knows. Still got more than half a season left.

    If I can live in Philly & listen to Philly fans rationalize how they’re not dead in the water, I think Yanks still have a shot this year

  3. Pat D says:

    One final note on Mattingly, so we can put the discussion to rest. As much as I preferred Winfield, I still liked Mattingly a lot.

    I was completely in tears at the end of Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS, not so much because the Yankees lost, but because I knew that Mattingly was not going to be there in ’96 and he’d never get to the World Series. A truly sucky feeling, especially when you factor in that they were robbed of being in the Series the year before because of the strike.

  4. Joe says:

    Anybody else think it was weird Mo was hitting 94 and his ball was cutting like a two seamer?

    • trr says:

      I think we were all freaking out and didn’t notice, so good observation

    • Tom says:

      He went exclusively to the 4 seam fastball against Trout and Pujols (he does this with good righties from time to time)

      The 4 seamer is generally a tick or two higher than a cutter and it only looked like it was running because folks are so used to seeing the large cutting actionon his cutter. I think he may have hit 94mph on one cutter, but otherwise was more 91-92. The 4 seamers were 93-94mph

  5. Mick taylor says:

    Wang pitched great today. Will yanks be sorry? So now as texiera continues to suck is he going to use his wrist as an excuse? There isno tear so what is his problem? Bautista is not having problems with the same injury. With the 22.5 million man it his reflexes which have eroded.

  6. trr says:

    Is it true you were playing on heroin during the “Exile On Main Street ” sessions ?

  7. Ken says:

    Finally the Yankees score some runs, so what are the YES announcers doing? Interviewing a former scam artist about prostate cancer! While the game is on! I’ve seen interviews while the other team is at bat, but not when the Yankees are up. Poor planning indicating that even the YES announcers had no expectations from the team. I’m all for prostate cancer awareness, but not while the Yanks are up…and scoring!

    • forensic says:

      Every team is interviewing him this week. The Angels had him in their booth the half inning before the Yankees did, which was also when the Angels were batting.

      I think they all actually interview him while their team is at-bat so he can sort of cheer if they hit a homerun and it’s not like he’s cheering for the other team.

    • Pasqua says:

      The Yanks announcers have no say in when that interview happens. None at all. To suggest they decided to do it in that half-inning because they had “no expectations” is just very, very wrong.

  8. Gonzo says:

    If Beachy comes back, who ya got losing their rotation spot? Teheran or Medlen?

  9. Mick taylor says:

    Tiger woods has not won a major since july2008, or two weeks before the PGA started testing for steroids. When Barry bonds hit 73 hrs everyone said it was because of steroids. Tiger woods wins 14 majors within such a short period no golfer has ever done.what he did only superman could. But no one questions how he could do that without a little help from his friends. He quit steroids so PGA would not strip him of his majors .

  10. jjyank says:

    So everyone here on RAB is rooting for Heyward to have a huge game, and for BJ Upton to shit his pants tonight? Okay? Good. That’s the game plan.

    MannyGeee and I are tied at 7 this week in fantasy, and we each only have one player going tonight. Heyward for me, Upton for him, and we’re tied in homers and RBIs.


  11. forensic says:

    Anybody watching MLB Tonight? Three very impressive throws on one play by them…

  12. Robinson Tilapia says:

    From one stomach-turning game to what I’m sure will be another one for me tonight with the Heat. A win here and all we need to do is get one out of two in Miami. COME ON!

  13. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Also, new IPad case and a bottle of Glenlivet 15 Year for Father’s Day. Not bad. :)

    • GreenArm says:

      and hey! even though it was stressful, we actually won, so you won’t be killing that bottle tonight!

      • forensic says:

        For RT, that might depend more on what the Heat do.

        • GreenArm says:

          HAHA, fair enough. i’m going spurs in this series. as a knicks fan though, it’s kind of same shit different pile.

          and well, drinking no matter what.

          • forensic says:

            The Spurs are the closest thing to a rooting interest that I have in the NBA, so I’m going that way too.

      • jjyank says:

        Don’t listen to him R-Tils. Bottoms up!

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          That’s alright.

          Outside of Miami, I don’t know a single person who doesn’t despise them.

          • jjyank says:

            I don’t despise them! But I also don’t give a crap about basketball. So I guess I don’t count.

          • SDB says:

            I don’t, but that’s partly because I can’t stand any Boston sports team, and I’m surrounded by their fans in New England. So by default I root for Miami.

            (And right now, go Blackhawks!)

    • Pat D says:

      Did the kid pick them out?

    • MannyGeee says:

      yup, when your kids are young and Fathers Day is like a real thing, you get good presents like an iPad…

      My Fathers Day gift consisted of an extension cord (albeit a 100 footer and a reel, so thats pretty cool) and a grill cover.

      Oh, and a bottle of Aberlour 12 yr that i was about to go buy myself but my wife told me to get back to work and she’d go get it. So I guess the gift was her running an errand for me?

  14. Now Batting says:

    Phil comes up short again.

    • Pat D says:

      Thankfully he has won a few majors, otherwise he’d be putting Greg Norman to complete and utter shame in the “keeps coming up short” category.

      And, yes, I know Greg Norman won that British Open. I remember watching pretty much every minute of that tournament. Always a Norman fan.

    • forensic says:

      Is it sad that I saw this and the first thing that came to my mind was, “Phil Hughes didn’t pitch today.”?

      • jjyank says:

        No. I like Hughes more than you do, but I thought the same thing. But that’s probably because I don’t follow golf, or tennis, or whatever is being discussed here.

      • Now Batting says:

        Eh it is a Yankees blog.

        • forensic says:

          It was more of a ‘Geez, what did Hughes mess up this time’ kind of thing than a ‘Who’s the Yankee name Phil’ kind of thing. I watch a little golf and knew what you were talking about, it’s just habit for me to think anything like that has to do with a Hughes mess-up, likely a crushing homerun.

  15. forensic says:

    Didn’t even realize it was Lester pitching today for the Red Sox. Very nice to see his slide continue. Just like that, in 6 starts, his ERA has gone from 2.72 to 4.37.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Hopefully Buccholz will follow him on the regression path.

    • Pat D says:

      Saw a tweet from Gordon Edes that he “glared” at the umpire when he walked off the mound.


    • Kevin says:

      All the AL East Teams have issues. Boston and Baltimore have pitching issues now but they do have offense,which we don’t have right now.

    • Gonzo says:

      Right! I was totally ready to believe he was back after the way his season started. I think Chris Davis and Nick Markakis went 4-6 off of him. Granted, Chris Davis is superhuman this year.

    • Tom says:

      Yeah he was due for regression.

      Matt Moore has also heavily regressed – Moore’s ERA has gone from 2.18 to 4.12 in just 3 starts. He had a FIP, xFIP over 4, so it was probably just a matter of time – though it was startlingly quick.

      Buchholz has a 3% HR/FB rate which is compeletely unsustainable, but his other peripherals are pretty good. His ERA should go up but he probably won’t turn back into a pumpkin.

      • Gonzo says:

        Matt Moore’s velo and strike profile was a little concerning before he blew up. Some think he’s injured.

        • Tom says:

          Could be injured, but he was going to regress no matter what.

          He had a 93% strand rate before he blew up… I think Mo is at around 80% and he’s among the alltime leaders in terms of stranding runners.

  16. forensic says:

    So, Wil Myers, welcome to the Major Leagues.

    3 games in Boston, 4 games in NY, 3 games vs. Toronto, then 3 games vs. Detroit…

  17. Bo Knows says:

    Woo, my wolfpack beat the bricks off UNC, Rodon showed why he’ll be #1 next year. I’m in a happy place

  18. Joe says:

    Should i drop Swisher and pick up Rendon?

    • Algae says:

      A lot of factors here; league type/format, needs (positional/team batting characteristics, etc). But I like Rendon because of positional scarcity (in ESPN leagues he needs a couple more starts to qualify at 2b and 3b) and 2B is probably the shallowest position in fantasy. Swisher is not producing as much out of yankee stadium/friendly lineup and has been battling injuries all year (may force him to the disabled list soon). You’re probably going to have a more volatile player in Rendon, but his minor league numbers show patience so that encouraging. And it remains to be seen if Espinosa regains his 2B job when he returns from the disabled list with no other obvious position for either of them to play when the Nationals are healthy. I like the risk, but I wonder if there is a better candidate to drop on your roster.

      • MannyGeee says:

        I would not drop Swisher for Rendon. I completely agree with you, there’s GOT TO be a better candidate to drop.

        • Algae says:

          A lot of people forget to think about whether other owners will pickup the player they are dropping. If you know the player is going to sit on waivers (you can sanity check this with add/drops and other background info) then it diminishes the risk and lets you add another ‘hot’ player. Psychology in fantasy (you see this in auction drafts). Chances are Swisher will not be picked up given his current situation. But we do not know the league (for example, if it’s a 16 team keeper that would make a big difference). I like Rendon’s potential and Swisher’s reduced production to continue. JMO.

  19. Eddard says:

    I’m just so happy for Duncan and Pop. They deserve another one before they ride off into the sunset. I love the ball movement from them tonight.

  20. forensic says:

    That first inning, with Heyward and Justin Upton both ripping the ball but having it caught and the two guys on either side of them reaching base, was rather frustrating.

  21. MannyGeee says:

    4th inning update in what we’r going to dub the ‘RAB Fantasy Invitational’ for the night…

    Heyward 0-1 with a walk, Upton 1-2 with an RBI double. And as we stand, I am up 9-6 on the uptick in slg and breaking the rbi tie…

  22. Eddard says:

    Just one more good quarter from the Spurs and they’ll be one game away from completing their dynasty.

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      Duncan, Parker and Ginobili epitomize all the is great about the NBA. Consummate professionals, no ego, cluch winners who play the game the right way. I sure hope they close this series out.

  23. forensic says:

    That was a rather disappointing game for both Heyward and Upton (Justin).

  24. Algae says:

    Braves miss Bourne. Simmons is not a good leadoff hitter. 280 OBP and not a base-stealer. That hurts Heyward and Upton.

  25. Caballo Sin Nombre says:

    Conner Kendrick tweeted that he is flying out Monday to get his “career started with the Yankees” .


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