Open Thread: Yankees & Dodgers rained out

Draft Signing Updates: Judge, Kendrick, Webb
Yankees acquire Fernando Martinez
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Mattingly’s return will have to wait one more day. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty)

Thanks for nothing, Mother Nature. The Yankees and Dodgers were rained out on Tuesday and will instead play a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. Hiroki Kuroda will start the first game at 1pm ET while Phil Hughes gets the ball at 7pm ET.  Because the doubleheader was not announced 48 hours in advance, the two teams will not be able to add a 26th man to the roster. Yeah, it’s a dumb rule, but that’s the rule. They will need to dig up a starter for Sunday, but Ivan Nova lines up nicely.

Use this thread as an open thread for the night. Zack Wheeler is making his debut for the Mets against the Braves, plus you’ve got a game on MLB Network and the College World Series on ESPN2. Game Six of the NBA Finals is on as well. Talk about any of that stuff and more. Have at it.

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  • PFOJ

    I’m not ashamed to admit that I planned my whole night around being home to hear the Mattingly ovation.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You’re now free tonight.

  • Eddard

    They need to sweep this series against a last place NL club. Show Ryu what the AL East is all about. Phil will have more of an advantage against an NL lineup.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Damn rainouts.

    • trr

      was it rained out?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        yes.
        Make up tomorrow at 1.

        • trr

          TY

        • KD

          So we get to pay $70 parking to see one game. Sometimes it just hurts to be a Yankee fan.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Donnie Fucking Baseball.

    I remember his first goddamn MLB at-bat, even.

    As a service to one of my favorite all-time Yankees, we are going to sweep his team and speed the process up by which he returns to work for the only organization he should ever be working for – although not managing it.

    Prussia? They love that idea too.

    • Jacob the OG

      SWEEP DONNIE FOR PRUSSIA!!!!!

  • Ethan

    Damn PPD games!

  • Jacob the OG

    Did not get yeezus or born sinner today and now I do not get to watch the yanks? this night blows

    • Robinson Tilapia

      If I could drop by a store tonight, I’d pick up both Yeezus and the new Sigur Ros, but I’ll probably have to try before I buy just to get them on the phone tonight.

      • PFOJ

        You buy music at something called a “store”?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Well I’m not going to pay for crap mp3s off of ITunes. That’s for sure. Never have and never will.

          I’ll probably grab some FLAC from somewhere, but I’d definitely want a physical copy of both. If there’s a hi-rez stereo of something available through HDTracks.com, then I’ll buy from there. If not, either Amazon or an actual store.

          Some old-school ways of doing things are still better.

          • Jacob the OG

            Agreed

            • Robinson Tilapia

              There is no store I miss more in this universe than Virgin Megastore.

          • Mr. Roth

            There’s some wonderful private (free) torrent sites out there that allow you to download perfect FLAC rips with all of the album art.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Oh, definitely. I can more than name a few, but I doubt that’s where Mike wants a conversation on here to go…..or where those sites want to be named.

          • The Doctor

            I buy off iTunes for the convenience of it and so the artist somehow get their due. If I really love an album I torrent a FLAC of it later.

            You’re a man of good taste RT, Sigur Ros is my favorite. Saw their show at MSG and it really defied explanation. Listening to the new album now.

      • Jacob the OG

        I trust Kanye enough that I just grab listen and enjoy even if it sucks.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Oh, I don’t doubt him one bit. No matter what, it’ll be an interesting listen.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I just looked at my radar app on my phone, and the front that’s over us has barely budged in the past hour or so. I would have thought it’d have passed through in an hour or so, but no.

    So who will the 26th man be?

    GO HEAT.

    • Jacob the OG

      Can we send the rain to the finals so it can put out the “heat” :P

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You can try, but our white hotness will kick your ass straight out of there.

        • Jacob the OG

          White hot ehh?

      • Jacob the OG

        But as for the 26th man; maybe Nova, Betances?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Betances would be my guess. Nova’s probably not available yet after 100+ pitches 2 days ago.

          • Jacob the OG

            Ahh forgot about that, thanks for the reminder

        • Ethan

          No 26th man tomorrow. DH has to be scheduled 48 hours in advance for one. Stupid rule.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Why? Do they need time to bake them a cake or something? That’s ridiculous.

            • Ethan

              Apparently it’s unfair to another team if their AAA affiliate isn’t local. I guess that kinda makes sense but still, dumb rule.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Yes, an organization with gazillions of dollars can’t find a way to fly someone somewhere overnight.

  • Eddard

    That’s ok. This will allow us to watch the Spurs put the cap on their dynasty tonight in Miami. And we’ll also get a chance to listen to the venerable John/Suzyn call the afternoon game at work.

    • Jacob the OG

      Nahh I think the series goes 7, who wins? It is a toss up

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I think we (and, by “we,” I assume you know who I mean) win tonight. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’d rather be the team that had to win one on the road than two at home, though.

        • Jacob the OG

          Yes of course I know you mean the spurs ;)

        • Eddard

          Spurs will win tonight. I put the o/u on Danny Green wide open threes at 5. Spurs will just play their up tempo game led by Parker, Manu and Green and Spolstra will only be able to counter with the Birdman, who will be devoured in the low post by Timmy Duncan. It’s over for Miami.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            We’ll see.

          • Jacob the OG

            Oh I don’t doubt that they could win tonight( I do not doubt miami either) but I just don’t think it is that simple, more of a 1-1-1-1-1-1-1= 4-3 series

            • Robinson Tilapia

              It’s amazing that the team that wins this series will be the team that can pull off two in a row.

              • Jacob the OG

                Unless Miami wins tonight and the Spurs take game 7. I think the more odd stat is that Miami has not won back to back games since the conference semis

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  I’m convinced that, the moment this series ends, Dwayne Wade will fall to the floor and not be able to move for two months. He’ll be so hurt, Kevin Youkilis will have to pick him up.

                  • Jacob the OG

                    I swear to you he has a glass leg, he injures it every year and I cannot help but wonder when it is just too much.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      He’s probably going to get old quickly. However, his efforts when it’s obvious he’s half legally dead right now are absolutely heroic.

                      Lebron may be the better player, but I am a D-Wade guy through and through.

  • Jacob the OG

    Now I have absolutely nothing to do toniight…

    • Wheels

      Bummer, was looking forward to this.

      • Jacob the OG

        Only good thing about rainouts is the fact that I LOVE double headers.

  • BigBlueAL

    So Nova gets called up to start on Sunday??

    • Jacob the OG

      I was thinking as the 26th man tomorrow

      • Jacob the OG

        Nevermind he started 2 days ago.

      • BigBlueAL

        Girardi has already announced Kuroda starts opener, Hughes night game. Plus Ive read tweets saying neither team can call-up a 26th man tomorrow because the DH wasnt scheduled 48 hrs in advance.

        • Jacob the OG

          Yeah just saw that, ridiculous.

  • Reggie C.

    So … Matt Harvey … he’s perty good!

  • The Real Greg

    Thank goodness. The Yankees were going to get nothing out of that lineup

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The rain falls hard on a humdrum town
      This town has dragged you down
      Oh, the rain falls hard on a humdrum town
      This town has dragged you down
      Oh, no, and everybody’s got to live their life
      And God knows I’ve got to live mine
      God knows I’ve got to live mine
      William, William it was really nothing

      • Wheels

        Louder Than Bombs…

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Badass album.

          It’d been a while since I countered Greg with Smiths and Cure lyrics.

          • trr

            Watch out, Greg may fire back with Quadrophenia lyrics

            • Pete T.

              Every year is the same and I feel it again they are losers, no chance to win.

    • Jacob the OG

      I halfway wonder if you attend every Yankee game with a megaphone and scream at them how much they suck

  • Jacob the OG

    Might as well watch Wheeler’s debut. Earlier on intentional talk (yes I know, but I find it to be a good time eater) Chris Rose compared Harvey and Wheeler to Doc Gooden and Ron Darling in the way that Gooden and Harvey were both home grown high draft picks and Darling/Wheeler were both brought in by trades. I just hope Harvey does not get his hands on that blow.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Rating MLB Network talent

    Heidi Watney — 10

    Sam Ryan — 9

    Alanna Rizzo — 8

    Lauren Shehadi — 7

    • Jacob the OG

      Sam Ryan is my cousin no joke.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I think she’s the only name I know on that list.

        So are you and your cousin offended or happy that she was a 9 on this guy’s list?

        • Jacob the OG

          Yeah she used to do some coverage in new york (she is a mets fan though) And I’m not sure… offended he is rating them but flattered she got a 9? Not sure.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I knew I knew the name from local coverage somewhere.

            That’s probably how I’d feel too.

      • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

        Are those implants?

    • Frank

      I gotta flip Shehadi with Watney.

      • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

        she’s very very pretty, with great legs, but she’s flat chested.

  • Larch

    Maybe I’m dumb, but what’s the 3rd roster addition?

    Tiex -> Warren
    Boots -> Almonte
    Youk -> Johnson as 3B?

    Also any guesses who will be the 26th Man for the doubleheader tomorrow?

    • Larch

      Assuming Youk is put on 60-day to clear a 40-man spot.

    • Ethan

      No 26th man as DH was not scheduled 48 hours in advance.

      • Larch

        Thank you :)

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Let’s rock out and go with the underdog, will-never-happen choice: JR Murphy.

    • forensic

      Thomas Neal was the move for Youkilis when he was DL’ed last Friday.

  • Jacob the OG

    I find it a tad depressing that we do not have our own pitching phenom to wait for so we have to drool over others. CAN WE GET ONE PLEASE DADDY CASHMAN AND UNCLE DAMON??!?!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’s a Met. He’ll be dead by the fourth inning.

  • Ethan

    Jeez Wheeler with a 90 mph breaking ball

    • Ethan

      Also wow Upton has an OBP of 260. I knew he was having a bad year but my goodness!

      • WhittakerWalt

        He’d fit right in with our Yankees.

  • forensic

    Because the doubleheader was not announced 48 hours in advance, the two teams will not be able to add a 26th man to the roster. Yeah, it’s a dumb rule, but that’s the rule.

    I don’t think it’s a dumb rule at all. Why should it be easier for the home team to get someone to the stadium than the road team? They should be on equal footing and this rule does that.

    • Ethan

      I do see the logic behind the rule especially for a team coming from LA (I assume the Dodgers’ AAA affiliate is on the west coast as well). A 6 hour flight wouldn’t get the additional player to NY until 3:30. Yes, that is enough time for the day game but a little tight. Granted, they could easily just use the 26th player in the night game but may not be ideal.

  • Ethan

    I’m not really a huge basketball fan but I would watch the NBA finals. Why are they always so late though? Seems like 9pm ET even though they are on the East Coast. Given that I’m several hours ahead of ET I can’t watch the games.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Let us all pray that LBJ and the Heat gets put down like a sick dog tonight.

  • The Real Greg

    Speaking of music, I have completed my list of the 10 greatest rock bands ever, based on longevity, legacy and hits.

    In no particular order

    The Beatles
    The Rolling Stones
    Queen
    The Who
    Led Zeppelin
    Pink Floyd
    The Kinks
    The Beach Boys
    The Clash
    U2

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’d say eight of your ten are as good a pick as any, with the Clash and, especially, the Kinks the ones I question. Clash instantly fails longevity as well, as much I respect them.

      I also know what your criteria was for all this, so no need to rehash why no Hendrix.

      I’d swap in, at least, Aerosmith for one. Too many candidates for the tenth spot to choose one (Heart? Fleetwood Mac? Countless others – all better choices than the Kinks.)

      • Pseudoyanks

        Swap out Clash and Kinks for Bob Marley and the Wailers and Grateful Dead.

        • The Real Greg

          Bob Marley and the Wailers would go under the category of “Band centered mainly around one person” so they would be out.

          I don’t think that the Grateful Dead had enough mainstream hits to be in the top 10.

          • Pseudoyanks

            “I don’t think that the Grateful Dead had enough mainstream hits..”
            – Thank goodness for that!

          • Robinson Tilapia

            ….and the Kinks did?

            “Mainstream hits” would be TERRIBLE criteria for a list like this, considering the majority of rock albums throughout history never ever formally released singles.

            Am I right that Pink Floyd and Led Zepellin only had one Top 40 hit each?

            The Dead’s an easy choice. That and either Aerosmith or Rush would close out the ten for me.

      • The Real Greg

        Well the Clash were formed in ’76 and broke in ’86 so they played the same length of time than the Beatles, so that’s fine.

        I think that both of these bands got on my list mainly based on “legacy and influence” The Clash are considered to be the one of if not the greatest punk rock band and the Kinks influence at the time of the British Invasion was very important.

        I don’t think Aerosmith has that kind of kudos with it, although they have good songs.

        They would probably go in the top 15-20 along with GNR, The Eagles, and I would even be tempted to put the Monkees in the top 20 mostly for the fact that they had a revival of their popularity in the 1980s

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

        The Four Seasons are definitely better than The Beach Boys, and as for Clash and the Kinks, Aerosmith has to be in there for one and, while I might be biased because I freaking love Journey, Journey should be there too.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          There is no planet on which the Four Seasons would have recorded “Pet Sounds.” Sorry.

          We’ve had this EXACT conversation before, including you citing Journey. ;)

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

            Indeed we have.I steadfastly refuse to budge on this one.

    • trr

      Mine:

      Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
      The Who
      The Beatles
      The Stones
      REM
      The Kinks
      Red Hot Chili Peppers
      Neil Young and Crazy Horse
      Pearl Jam
      Bob Dylan and ….anybody

      • The Real Greg

        Good choices.

        But when I came up with this I wanted no individual performers or bands that center around one person (ie Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jimi Hendrix Experience etc.)

        • trr

          Got it. Your list is pretty much right on, the only sub I might make would be the Allman Bros for Queen

          • The Real Greg

            Um, I hope you have good reasons for this move.

            • trr

              My main reason would be I’ve seen both bands live, and the Allmans were and still are one of the very best live shows to see. They’ve been doing it for 44 years and counting

              • The Real Greg

                Fair enough.

                My main problem with them is lack of recognized hits, which Queen certainly fits.

                To me they have Ramblin’ Man and Jessica and that’s basically it in terms of big hits.

                • trr

                  Big hits yeah, if so then we might have to consider Fleetwood Mac , as Robby pointed out, or the Eagles, Tom Petty, though none of those are personal faves, raised as I was under load aggressive (mostly British) rock n roll

              • vicki

                ‘they’ haven’t. duane died; the band died.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      CcR is so very very underappreciated here

      • trr

        Not by me.
        Love ‘em.

        • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

          At least there’s us…

          • Pseudoyanks

            Me too.

      • The Real Greg

        They would probably be mid to high teens or early 20s.

        I just want know who comes up with name “Creedence Clearwater Revival” for a rock band?

      • Pseudoyanks

        Steely Dan too.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I have to tell you….I’m trying with Steely Dan. I really am. Too many people I respect sing their praises. I can get through most of “Aja” at this point, but I don’t get it overall. Too much polish. Good musicians playing in too measured a style to really let loose.

    • Lukaszek

      Nice list. I’d agree with everyone except for Beach Boys, their music really isn’t in my taste

      My list:

      The Beatles
      Queen
      ABBA
      Heart
      The Rolling Stones
      The Who
      Journey
      Led Zeppelin
      Jimi Hendrix
      Elton John

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

      In no particular order, my top ten:

      1) The Beatles (Okay, they are in order as number 1)
      2) Led Zeppelin (Definitely also in order at number 2)
      3) The Four Seasons
      4) The Eagles
      5) Journey
      6) Aerosmith
      7) The Who
      8) Van Halen
      9) ACDC
      10)Rolling Stones

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

        …Also, if Billy Joel counts as rock, then I’d probably swap him out with ACDC. But then, it’s really about him more than a band. On the other hand, Billy Joel is incredible.

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

      Also, none of us have mentioned Elvis. Think about that for a moment. Is it because he’s a lone star more than a band?

      Because, not to put too fine a point on it, he’s fucking Elvis. Who’s had a bigger impact on rock n’ roll than Elvis? He almost singlehandedly made it mainstream.

      And Michael Jackson, for that matter.

      The only reason for them not to be on any of these lists is that they’re lone stars more than bands.

    • OldYanksFan

      Based on your criteria, The BeeGees and Elton John would be way ahead of the Kinks, the Clash and Queen.

      And what about Motown? Although, the Supremes and Temptations didn’t do multi decades.

      • vicki

        WRONG.

    • Wofgang’s Fault

      My Top Ten based on actual Greatness

      1) The Beatles
      2) Grateful Dead (In a class by themselves, but the Beatles paved the way)
      3) Bob Dylan with & without “The Band”
      4) Allman Brothers Band (w/Duane – just a two year+ run, but what a two year run!!!)
      5) Rolling Stones
      6) The Doors
      7) Beach Boys
      8) Frank Zappa & the Mothers
      9) Little Feat
      10) Jefferson Airplane

      Honorable mention:

      Van Morrison (w and w/out “Them”)
      The Yardbirds
      The Byrds
      Janis w/Big Brother and The Holding Company
      The Animals
      Traffic
      The Kinks
      The Who
      Creedence Clearwater Revival
      The Youngbloods
      Hot Tuna
      Santana
      Captain Beefheart
      Sir Douglas Quintet
      NRBQ
      CSN (& Y)
      & too many others to mention at present

  • Alkaline

    Some random thoughts from a random poster..

    1. These injuries are a tad ridiculous. I hope Almonte helps and we have some lightning strike.

    2. Let’s be cautiously optimistic about MP coming back. I irrationally like him from picking him up his rookie year for fantasy, so I was a bit more on board with the trade. To me, no one could argue that it didn’t make sense.

    3. CC has to continue to step up. I worry about the mileage, but he’s earned our trust.

    4. I like Judge’s swing, albeit he seems to pull with the left arm a bit earlier, but it’s quick and to the point.
    4A. I’m really liking the Jagielo pick, but that swing/stance kills me. Right from the first swing I saw, you could see he relies on his bat speed to compensate for that style. There could be some issues if he wants to hit like that and doesn’t have the bat speed to adjust to professional pitches.

    5. Why do people get so personal on this site? Do some posters who don’t post so often really view themselves as white knights against a “clique” (in-crowd)? Seems like some people are just a bit insecure around here.

    • Pseudoyanks

      How dare you bring such keen insights into an Open Thread…

      • Alkaline

        A million apologies!

        • Pseudoyanks

          Haha.

    • trr

      Hi Al, I’d say your first 3 points are all valid, post 4 is interesting and informative , and point 5…I’m kinda new here myself, and don’t enjoy the personal attacks or confrontational tone some posters take. I love that it’s a witty , informed group here ; I think sometimes people’s emotions just get the better of us

  • forensic

    Kevin Youkilis…

    Career over or will someone continue signing him in the Eric Chavez mold? I’m thinking he may get one more season, but wouldn’t be shocked if nobody bothered.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Signs with the Red Sox on a 1-year $1.5M deal next year. Then retires.

      • KD

        Yep. A Bosox, through and through.

        • vicki

          embedded as all get-out.

  • Mr. Roth

    If you only read the bold words, it says “At best very well will.”

    Is this some sort of code? It seems like the beginning of a Yoda quote.

    ::Yoda voice::
    “At best very well will the Yankees do in October.”

    • Mr. Roth

      Reply fail

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    For the fantasy guys among us, I wanted your opinions on a trade I made yesterday.

    I picked up Will Myers as a FA sunday night as soon as I heard he was being called up and traded him and Tommy Milone for Cole Hamels.
    Hamels has had a tough first half but IMO, he’s just too good not to turn things around significantly.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      You got the better end of the deal. Wil will produce, but not like a world-beater. He’s no Trout or Puig impact for sure.

      Cole is due for a market correction after the ASB.

    • forensic

      Hamels has been much better so far in June (it’s just 3 starts, but still). Myers will likely hit ok, at least for power, but there are questions about his plate discipline and that could become an issue at the Major League level.

      Keeper league or no? That could affect Myers’ value too.

      How about I throw one at you? I’m being offered Nick Franklin for Ernesto Frieri. I could use a MI like Franklin and have several closers, but I don’t know enough of his history to know if he can continue hitting at a level similar to what he’s doing now. His MiLB numbers aren’t all that terrific (other than this season). I may just try to lower the level of closer, maybe Andrew Bailey instead of Frieri (it also gets rid of one of my Red Sox)?

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        10 team or 12 team? 5×5 or head to head. I picked up Franklin 3 weeks ago and have been happy. My general rule is I never trade to receive a closer. Never ever.

        Franklin has eligibility at 2b and SS and has a good eye and decent pop.

        I say reject the trade.

        • forensic

          12 team, head-to-head, keeper league.

          You say reject it? I’m getting Franklin and giving up the closer. It sounded like what you started with would mean I should take the deal?

          • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

            Then yeah. I would definitely have to consider taking that. Sciosia is maddening with his bullpen management. And eventually Madson will be back. I probably would pull the trigger.

            • forensic

              Cool, thanks for the advice.

              • Manny’s BanWagon

                I agree.

                You can always find saves somewhere. Decent MIs are more valuable.

          • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

            and FWIW, most of the “experts” will tell you that Franklin is really underowned right now

      • LK

        How bad is your MIF situation? Franklin probably isn’t a great hitter (especially this year) and is in a tough ballpark, not to mention a bad lineup for R/RBI.

        • forensic

          Not great, not terrible. I have Zobrist and Everth Cabrera (who is dealing with a hamstring issue right now) for 2B and SS. But, we also have an MI spot and I’ve had to play Jimmy Rollins there, so Franklin would step right in as the starter ahead of him. I have no other MI’s.

          • LK

            If it’s a keeper league, I’d take it. Franklin should give you more value down the road for sure, and he’s got a decent chance to be more valuable this year too.

            • forensic

              Thanks!

    • LK

      Is it a keeper league? If not, I’d say you made a great deal, assuming your OF situation is decent.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Not a keeper league. Its a 10 team 5 x 5 league.

        My OF is Cargo, Carlos Gomez, Austin Jax and Allen Craig with Adam Lind as utility.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    So you decide to demolish a cathedral. An iconic, holy place of baseball history and nostalgia. And what do you replace such a historic edifice with ? With a billion dollar mega palace that’s missing the fucking roof !!! (A rectractable one at that). Baseball purism schmurism, you just pulverized an iconic, baseball church. Fucking stupid.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Then don’t go there.

    • KD

      I do like the way you can walk around the Stadium and view the games from all angels and linger. Could not do that in the old Yankee Stadium.

      • vicki

        that’s why people were in their seats during games at the old stadium. it ain’t supposed to be six flags.

    • vicki

      i don’t want a roof but the rest of what you say is smart.

  • LK

    Well, at the very least this ought to be a very fun trade deadline. The Yankees have needs all over the field. Right now Cervelli is 3rd on the team among position players in fWAR having played in 17 games. 5 guys on the entire team have wRC+ over 100, with Cervelli and Boesch being 2 of them. There are upgrades to be had on this roster without mortgaging the farm.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    “Ivan Nova lines up nicely…..

    …..for me to poop on?”

    …..for me to throw up in my mouth?”

  • forensic

    Justin Verlander vs. Zach Britton is not supposed to be 5-0 O’s in the 5th inning.

    • Pseudoyanks

      “you know Suzyn…”

  • Posada2020

    I’m heading up to the stadium for the first time for old timers day, and was wondering how stern security is on allowing bags/ back packs into the stadium?? Responses would be greatly appreciated.

    • vicki

      no backpacks. seriously, don’t even chance it. small ladies’ purses are fine, they are not fucking around security-wise. also, superjealous. probably the best day of the year to go to the stadium.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Y’all should try this: http://espn.go.com/sportsnatio.....-mlb-rules

    I got 5/10 correct.

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

      0 of 10. Wow, I suck.

      • Bob Buttons

        You certainly made me feel better about my 1/10.

        Too bloody confusing and the names don’t make them simpler.

        Of course I’m just using the excuses. I understood the point but really didn’t know most of them.

    • forensic

      No comment on my score… :-)

      Some of them were really poorly worded though.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      6 of 10.

    • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

      7. The fact that it was 50/50 probably helped a bit, heh.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      1 out of 10. Can’t tell if I’m more embarrassed or impressed with myself.

  • Duh Injuries

    Let’s have some fun on this rainout night, shall we?

    2014 Yankees starting nine:

    C – J.R. Murphy under control through 2019 making $500K
    1B – David Adams under control through 2019 and making $500K
    2B – Corbin Joseph under control through 2019 making $500K
    3B – Eric Jagielo under control through 2019 making $500K
    SS – Eduardo Nunez under control through 2018 making say $700K
    LF – Zolio Almonte under control through 2019 making say $500K
    CF – Brett Gardner making say $8.4M (triple his salary) in his walk year
    RF – Melky Mesa under control through 2019 making $500K
    DH – Ronnier Mustelier under control through 2019 making $500K

    Total 2014 Yankees starting nine salary is $12.6M with Gardner making $8.4M or two-thirds of that.

    Cervelli is the backup catcher for $800K, Overbay is re-signed to be the backup/veteran mentor 1B for $1.6M, Nix is re-signed as the veteran backup 2B/3B/SS for $1.6M, and Wells is kept as the backup LF/RF (as Mesa could back up in CF) for $2.4M, a total bench salary of $6.4M, and a total position player salary of $19M.

    WHAT HAPPENS?????

    Jeter, Cano, Granderson, Youkilis, Hafner, Stewart, and Brignac are let go of ($60.415M PLUS Brignac’s salary cleared.) Jeter is too old to play SS and doesn’t have enough power to be the DH but signs with Detroit for two years and $20M ($10M a year) the Yanks would never give him to be their new 2B, Cano signs with the Dodgers for 10 years and $200M ($20M a year and $20M more than what 2001-2010 Jeter made) with the Dodgers trading Kemp or Ethier to make room for his salary, Granderson signs with whoever for five years and $65M ($13M a year) the Yanks would never give him, Youkilis retires, Hafner, Stewart, and Brignac sign with whoever.

    Teixiera and 60% of his salary are traded for prospects ($40.5M / $13.5M a year eaten but $27M / $9M a year cleared.)

    Suzuki is released ($6.5M eaten, big deal.)

    Rodriguez is bought out for $71M ($43M or half his remaining salary plus $28M the Yanks collect in insurance for not playing him in 2013) paid out $17.75M a year (“The A-Rod Tax”.) Rodriguez makes the $15M he loses in guaranteed salary from signing a decade-long $15M ($1.5M a year) player and team services contract with Seattle (the first three years as a player) he may terminate after 2016 if he chooses to continue to play.

    Romine starts in AAA.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Rotation:
      Ian Clarkin under control through 2020 making $500k
      David Phelps under control through 2019 $500k
      Adam Warren under contol through 2019 making $500k
      Ty Hensley under control through 2020 making $500k
      Andy Pettitte making say $36M (triple his salary) in his final year

      Nova starts in AAA.

      Phil Hughes is re-signed to a 4 year, $40M deal and then traded along with Sabathia and 75% of his salary to the Dodgers for prospects.

    • forensic

      I know this is kind of in an alternate reality anyway, but, I don’t see any way Jeter doesn’t pick up his option after the way this season has gone.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      We have very different ideas of what fun is. That lineup would probably not even be a top 5 lineup in Triple A.

    • Pseudoyanks
      • Pseudoyanks

        I guess I had no comment.

    • Crime Dog

      That team would probably win like, what, 45 games? Maybe?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That wasn’t fun.

      Also, 3/4 of New York would be wearing Mets hats.

      • Get Phelps Up

        3/4 of comments on RAB would be by Dalelama.

    • ExitCashman

      Can we trade Cashman to the Cubs for a PTBNL so he can spend the rest of his career as Theo’s bitch?

  • Crime Dog

    Watching 5+ hours of Wheeler/Harvey today gets me pretty excited for our next crop of young studs, whenever that may be. Hoping it could come from Austin/Williams/ManBan/DePaula or any of the 1st round guys this past year. A guy can dream

  • Wayne

    When do José Ramírez and Rafael depaula pitch again. Depaula last pitched on june12,2013 it is june 18 2013 already what is going on with them?

    • Crime Dog

      DePaula just got promoted, so he probably starts this week with Tampa. And I believe Ramirez is the starter tomorrow at AAA

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Pink Floyd
    Led Zeppelin
    Radiohead
    U2
    The Grateful Dead
    Rolling Stones
    Beatles
    Queen
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Fuck it…..Nine Inch Nails

    That’s probably a different list than the one I posted a few weeks ago. We can track changes over time and….yeah, no one gives a shit.

    • Pseudoyanks

      Drop Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails. Add Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bob Marley and the Wailers. Done.

      • Jacob the OG

        Can’t we just keep those two and add RHCP and Bob Mar?

        • Pseudoyanks

          I don’t think the math works.

          • Jacob the OG

            Haha I was reading the thread backwards and assumed this was just a list of tills faves

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Faves of all-time, sticking to bands? That’d look mightily different.

              Something like…

              Roxy Music
              Pink Floyd
              Queensryche
              White Stripes
              Jellyfish
              Depeche Mode
              Grateful Dead
              Nine Inch Nails
              Suede
              Garbage

              I have no clue. I could swap those out with about ten other bands easily.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                ‘Ryche, Roxy, Jellyfish, and Floyd would stay no matter what.

    • Jacob the OG

      I like I like

  • Darren

    I’m at the stadium and it’s barely sprinkling. What a joke

  • forensic

    I flip on NESN just in time to hear Peter Gammons recite a love poem on Jose Iglesias.

    That was painful.

    • ExitCashman

      Gammons is always painful to listen to. Delusions of adequacy.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    “while Phil Hughes gets the ball at 7pm ET”

    Damnit. I was looking forward to seeing Kuroda again.

    This, not so much.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    2015 Yankee lineup (just for shits and giggles)

    CF Brett Gardner
    SS Derek Jeter (one year deal)
    2B Robinson Cano
    1B Mark Tiexiera
    DH Alex Rodriguez
    LF Shin-Soo Choo
    RF Tyler Austin
    C JR Murphy
    3B David Adams

    Rotation
    CC Sabathia
    Michael Pineda
    Jake Peavy
    David Phelps
    Manny Banuelos

    Bullpen
    CL Johnathan Papelbon
    SU David Robertson
    LOOGY Cesar Cabral
    RP Mark Montgomery
    RP Dellin Betances

    Depaula, Hensley, Heathcott waiting in the wings in AAA.

    • forensic

      Jake Peavy? No thanks.

      Papelbon? Double no thanks, and what are they gonna trade for him?

      Betances? Don’t see it happening.

  • Pseudoyanks

    If I want to get a new Laptop, but don’t want a Mac, what should I get?

    • Pseudoyanks

      No really. What laptop should I get?

    • forensic

      I’ve become a fan of SONY Vaio’s.

      • Pseudoyanks

        hmm. I suspected that would be the choice and right now it seems to be pulling in 100% of the votes, albeit SSS.

      • Pseudoyanks

        TY

    • Dalek Jeter

      Pseudoyank, if you’re still around, do not. DO NOT. DO NOT get windows 8 unless you’re getting something with a touch screen I just got an Asus laptop last October. I love it, but I cannot fucking stand windows 8.

  • Eddard

    This is the night the Spurs cap off their dynasty, I can feel it. Miami is staying with Green and the shooters so Pop says pound it into Timmy Duncan and he’ll dominate the weak Heat centers.

    • Crime Dog

      Dynasty is such a subjective term, but I really feel like its tough to justify calling the Spurs a dynasty. 5 championships spread out over 14 years is really really good, but I wouldn’t call that a dynasty. Great, yes, but no dynasty IMO.

      • FEED.ME.MORE!

        Yeah, you need a repeat for me to consider it a dynasty.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Mattingly isn’t Mattingly without the ‘stache.

    • vicki

      this.

      no.

      THIS.

  • forensic

    The Boston crowd seems to be turning on Bailey a little bit. Guess they didn’t enjoy the homerun he allowed on his second pitch of the night to tie the game at 1.

  • Tom

    Andrew Bailey getting it done.

    And by getting it done, I mean blowing another save! 3 blown saves out of 11 chances – is that good?

    • forensic

      is that good?

      For us in real life? Yes!

      For my fantasy team? No.

      Unfortunately, no one seems to want to trade for him from me.

  • Jacob the OG

    Okay we have the top ten rock bands…. how about COUNTRY!?!? YEEHAW

    • Pat D

      Uh, no.

      Country bands? There are no country bands. It’s all single acts.

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

        Little Big Town, The Dixie Chicks, Rascal Flatts…off the top of my head.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I can’t wait to knock the Rays under .500 this weekend.

    • forensic

      That would certainly be enjoyable.

  • jskwrite

    How come the yankees haven’t put this up on their secondary market site yet? I want to go tomorrow damn it.

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

    So, update for those who care on performing Godspell in July:

    I went my second rehearsal yesterday (as a producer they’re really the director’s job so we, meaning the other Chairmen/producers only visit occasionally) and saw them run through act one in full.

    The consensus – it is an ultra-talented group of people, with the men standing out in particular due to their singing, surprisingly. Judas in particular is awesome both in singing and acting. But they’re all great.

    Some of the skits are really hysterical, and the cast shines. And some are clearly works in progress. Also, a couple of the songs they performed were clearly still being worked on.

    But my overall consensus opinion: Very excited. This is a talented bunch.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Congrats dude, you should tape it and put a copy up here :)

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

        It depends on how comfortable the actors are. We have a very young, mostly college age cast, with the youngest even being below 18 and still in HS.

        I consider this a good thing. Godspell is a vibrant, energetic show and a perfect show for a young, talented cast like this. I’m all for showing them off to people, but if they don’t want to be put online that’s really up to them.

  • Dalek Jeter

    That rule seems sort of backwards; “you don’t know you’re going to have a double header 48 hours ahead of time and have no opportunity to line up pitching for it because it rained, and now you’re looking at 8 games in 7 days with no off days? Too bad, you don’t get an extra roster spot.”

  • Wheels

    Spurs blew it.

    • Pat D

      Parker fucking blew it.

      • Wheels

        Yup, he was pissing me off.

        • Pat D

          If he just blew the possibility of my boy Danny Green winning the Finals MVP, I’m going to be REALLY pissed.

  • forensic

    Watching a couple minutes of the NBA game tonight just reminded me of how terrible the officiating there is. Almost makes baseball umpires look great in comparison.

  • Eddard

    Manu gets mugged by Ray Allen on the way to the hoop and Joey Crawford swallowed his whistle. That was the championship right there and the refs stole it from the Spurs.

    • Wheels

      The Spurs had a 13 point lead very late in the 3rd quarter, and a 5 point lead in the last minute of regulation. Yes, the officiating is terrible, but they had their chances.

      • Eddard

        The Spurs have no one to blame but the refs for that loss. They played like champions and if Manu goes to the line like he should he probably knocks down 2 clutch FTs. Then who knows what happens but the Spurs were robbed of that chance.

        • Wheels

          No one to blame but the refs? Hey, I was pulling for the Spurs, but I don’t know what game you were watching.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Fuck Manu. He looks like a spy.

          It also couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the best player on the planet being on he other side of that, plus some nice veteran help from Bosh and Allen.

      • forensic

        I bet the ref’s would do a better job if the league consolidated some of their rulebooks, rather than having one for star players, one for regular players, one for the first 46 minutes of a game, one for the last 2 minutes of a game, etc.

        • Wheels

          The legacy of David Stern.

    • dkidd

      i hate the heat as much as anyone, but manu took nineteen steps before he was fouled

      • Eddard

        He took that many steps BECAUSE he was fouled. Allen was holding his arms down what was he supposed to do? It was a foul.

      • Dalek Jeter

        There is traveling on every single drive to the rim in the NBA. I didn’t see the play in question, but I can guarantee that he walked all over the place.

  • Pat D

    Damn you people for re-hashing the rock bands discussion when I was in class.

  • Evan3457

    Let’s just eliminate the refs for game 7.

    And put a steel cage around the court. Only one team walks out.

    =====================================
    In all seriousness, this is the first time in a number of years that I’ve watched the NBA Finals intently. It’s a good series, and I’d hate to think that calls or non-calls will decide.

    But they will.

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

    After reading Skip Bayless’s Twitter I am now rooting for the Heat. He is having a crazy, stupid meltdown right now (“the refs saved Lebron from being a G.O.A.T. GOAT”…What a moron), and it is glorious.

    • Pat D

      “…Crazy, stupid…”

      Well, yea, that describes Skip Bayless to an absolute T.

      Why you would listen to him in the first place is beyond comprehension.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Heat won it. Spurs didn’t lose it. The Heat were absolutely heroic in victory. They were, dare I say, Jeter-like.

    I’ll raise the ante here. I don’t see any reason why fans of the New York Yankees aren’t just automatically Miami Heat fans. The Heat embody every quality, as an organization, we all claim we love about the Yankees. Mickey Arison is, like, the best Steinbrenner child imaginable.

    Instead, most New Yorkers whine like a bunch of Mets fans and waste their time on a terrible organization like the New York Knicks, who are more a bad post-Subway Series Mets team that anything else.

    I’ll never understand that.

    I hate the New York Knicks. I may even hate them more than the Boston Red Sox.

    GO HEAT! FINISH THEM!!!

    • forensic

      I see you’ve already opened that bottle your son got you. :-)

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Nah. I love digging it deep with the Knicks whenever I have the chance. :)

    • Pat D

      I don’t hate or dislike the Heat. I just prefer the Spurs. To me, their organization has always been run the way we’d like to think the Yankees have been in their best days.

      But after watching the second half of that game, I tend to disagree with you. I think the Spurs did lose it as much as the Heat won it. More specifically, I think Parker and Ginobili lost it. They played so horribly in the last few minutes of regulation and especially in overtime. I blame Parker more. He pretty much stopped passing the ball.

      I’m bummed that Green was pretty invisible for the whole game. I guess the Heat backed up Bosh’s promise that he wouldn’t be open.

      Now, of course, history smiles upon the Heat.

  • vicki

    if you ever wonder why this place gets trolled so hard just read this comments section.

    • Pat D

      I didn’t read/participate much in this thread, so I’m not sure what you mean.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yeah. I have no clue what she’s referring to. Same randomness you’d find on an “open thread” on any forum out there.