Jul
04

Fourth of July Open Thread

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Happy birthday, America. There is nothing more American than throwing a no-hitter on Independence Day, which is what Dave Righetti did on this date 30 years ago. Thirty years since Rags no-hit the Red Sox on George Steinbrenner‘s birthday. Time flies, man.

Here is your freedom-lovin’ open thread for this wonderful night. MLB Network will air a game tonight (who you see depends on where you live), and that’s pretty much it for sports at this time of the year. Enjoy the holiday, everyone.

Categories : Open Thread
  • lightSABR

    The Yankees’ collective record this year against the Indians, Twins, and Royals: 14-1.

    Their record against the rest of MLB: 32-38.

    Hey, Detroit. Whaddaya say we switch divisions? Pretty please?

    • Pat D

      I just Tigers fans would realize that’s the only way they’ve been making the playoffs the last few years.

      • Pat D

        Just *wish*.

        Jeez, I’m doing bad today.

      • WhittakerWalt

        I wouldn’t get too cocky about that, since they’ve annihilated us in the playoffs the past two years.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Last year yes, but they sure didn’t “annihilate” us by being outscored by 11 runs in the 5 games in 2011.

    • trr

      And 7 games next week against that Twins/Royals

  • Dalek Jeter

    Is anybody else watching this Mets game?! In both the 13th and 14th innings the Mets have come back and hit homers to retie the game.

    • forensic

      Because Gibson is a dumbass and sticking with Heath freakin’ Bell as his closer instead of Putz who had one whole chance after coming off the DL.

      Sincerely, a J.J. Putz fantasy owner

    • SDB

      Can the FO ship Joba over to Arizona, who seems in dire need of a bullpen? They seem to have a few good hitters, and a god awful bullpen that’s cost me a few games in my FB leagues (Heath Bell – ugh).

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I swear I’m for stashing him in AAA at this point if he’s not traded. Swap him for Betances – what is there to lose there?

        • SDB

          Oh, I’d love to see Betances get a chance, or someone else from the minors given a try. Nuno in relief again perhaps, if there’s no room for him in the rotation?

          But I don’t see Joba having a role with the Yankees after this winter, so I’m all for sending him elsewhere if it can net a fresh face or two.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Seriously doubt Joba would accept a demotion.

          • Pat D

            Does he have the right to refuse one?

            • forensic

              Yes, he has over 5 years of MLB service time.

              • Bob Buttons

                Time flies.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Indeed. That actually surprised me.

  • Eddard

    Phelps sure does seem to show up for these big games doesn’t he? They needed to go at least 7-4 in the Twins/Royals games and they’ve already gone 4/4. And the next 10 games are at home. If only the Sox would lose.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      BGDP! BGDP!

      *looks around*

    • pat

      You are truly, truly awful. Never encountered someone so dedicated to the troll.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Enjoy the rest of your 4th, everyone. We are fortunate enough to have friends (Yankee fans, to boot) with a beautiful view of the Hudson and will be watching the fireworks from their living room tonight.

    Great win. Wish the bullpen would have made it a bit less boring. Would love for some of these suddenly-woken bats to be the real deal once the O’s roll into the town.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      bit MORE boring.

      I type too fast.

    • SDB

      Here’s hoping that Vernon and Hafner keep remembering how to hit the ball tomorrow evening. I’d like nothing better than to see the middle of the lineup show some real power against the Os to support Cano and Ichiro.

  • Alan

    I need help. I’m travelling to NY this coming week, and going to the game Wednesday against the Royals. First time at the stadium, new or old, being from Florida and all. Seen them plenty in Tampa. but never in NY where the entire family is from. My problem is I’m staying near Times Square, and have no idea what the best way is to get to the stadium. Somebody direct me!

    • Bob Buttons

      Not sure but Yankees.com might have something on that.

    • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

      I’d say the 4 train would be easiest, you’d probably have to take a bus (M42, I believe) east from Times Square and then get off near Lexington Avenue.

      • Alan

        I’m checking into this right now, and Google Maps is telling me to take the D train from Rockefeller Center. Does this seem reasonable?

        • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

          I’m not too familiar with the D line and the west side in general, but I know the D does go to Yankee stadium, so that sounds good too.

    • Crime Dog

      You could totally take the shuttle from Times Square subway station to grand central, then take
      The 4 train uptown directly to Yankee stadium! Won’t be more than a half hour. Use google maps, their public transportation system is perfect.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      No need for buses, either walk over to Grand Central and take the 4 uptown or take the D uptown from Times Square. Both go to Yankee stadium with minimal stops. 4 is a little quicker, but the d is fast too

  • Kramerica Industries

    Amazingly, despite the fact that I was dreading having to work today, my shift was even worse than I could’ve ever imagined.

    Holy shit. Sometimes, colleagues are just the worst fucking people on the planet. Happy fucking 4th of July.

    • forensic

      That sucks. If you partake, hopefully you have a nice cold beverage waiting for you.

  • forensic

    Very quietly, the Blue Jays are on their way to their 8th loss in 11 games since the end of the 11-game winning streak. Good stuff.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Creme de la creme…

  • forensic

    It’s time for MLB to send out a memo to umpires to inform them that for a runner to be tagged out they actually have to be touched with the ball.

    They just screwed that call up again in the Mariners-Rangers game where Kinsler tagged the runner with his glove while the ball was clearly in his other hand about to throw it.

    These aren’t even difficult calls, and they constantly screw it up.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Bringing back fond memories of Jorge Posada…

  • trr

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/b.....til-august

    Cervelli out.

    Now can we get a fucking catcher?

  • Frank

    Can anyone remind me why the Yanks decided not to resign Ibanez?

    • trr

      LOL, too old!

    • WhittakerWalt

      Because he was pretty crap during the regular season last year, can’t hit lefties, terrible defender, and old.
      Having said all that, we sure could use a bat like that right now.

  • Ken

    Swisher, Ibanez, and yes, even Ramiro Pena could have helped the Yanks this year. Seems like they always let the wrong guys go…well, not always!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Martin, Chavez, Dickerson…