Sunday Night Open Thread

NYDN: A-Rod sought legal supplements from Victor Conte in 2012
Murphy reaches three times, Mesa homers in SWB loss

Between his five big league games and 15 minor league rehab games, Alex Rodriguez now has many homers (four) as every other Yankees third baseman this season. A-Rod‘s second inning solo homer off Justin Verlander was the first the team got from the hot corner since David Adams went deep against the Orioles on May 22nd. Almost three full months ago. That’s nuts.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the evening. The ESPN Sunday Night Game is a good one, the Rays at the Dodgers (Hellickson vs. Kershaw). The midseason premier of Breaking Bad will be on as well. Talk about the game or Breaking Bad or anything else. Go nuts.

NYDN: A-Rod sought legal supplements from Victor Conte in 2012
Murphy reaches three times, Mesa homers in SWB loss
  • trr

    All I can say is….Phew!

    That, and looking forward to Breaking Bad tonight…

    • Pat D

      I’ve always preferred Fixing Good.

  • Alkaline


    • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

      “I’m in the empire business.”

      That’s his best line.

  • Andrew Brotherton

    Jose Abreu just defected- I think the Yankees should be all over this.

  • Steve (different one)

    Last ever WWWMW….sniff

  • Pat D

    So I just read that Curt Schilling had a heart attack two years ago.

    • RetroRob

      He still looks pretty unhealthy. My brother had a heart attack when he was in his early 30s. More than twenty years later he is shape to such a degree a Marine would be put to shame. Schilling still looks out of shape, overweight, and heading for another heart attack. And, no, as much as I think he’s full of it, I certainly would not want anything bad to happen.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Most of you live in NY and thus don’t watch the Yankees on TBS every few Sundays, but it does seem like Mo blows an awful ton of saves on TBS regular season games. I’ll do an analysis later on when I have time to do this.

    • Pat D

      You know it’s best not to make promises like that. We’re still waiting for somebody’s report on something or other.

      Ask RT, he knows what I mean.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Trust me, I have laser memory of when the Yankees were on TBS since 2009 (less-so beyond that). This will be easy for me.

        • Kramerica Industries

          Unless they were playing the Rays, I should add. If they were playing the Rays, I would’ve either been watching the Rays broadcast or been at the game itself. So there might be some fuzzy interpretation if I don’t remember if they were a TBS game or not.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Kramerica’s good for it. I trust him…….unlike others.

        • PED’s

          Nice of you to actually make an attempt and watch the game today numbnuts. I suppose now you can brag about what a die-hard fan you are for a week.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Alright, year by year per post. Here’s 2010:

      (The lines are courtesy of B-Ref, but the notes in parentheses are directly from memory)


      4/11 vs. TB – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

      5/16 vs. MIN – 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR (Thome grand slam)

      6/20 vs. NYM – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

      7/04 vs. TOR – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (allowed a game-tying hit with two outs; forget the Jays hitter)

      8/29 vs. CHW – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

      9/19 vs. BAL – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 BB (Luke Scott led off the 9th with a HR to tie the game at 3; this was also during the absolute midst of the Yankees August-September 2010 RISPFAIL-ness, and was punctuated by wasting a bases loaded, 0 out chance in extras; Lance Berkman ended the threat with a wimp, grounding into a 5-4-3 DP, and the O’s won in the bottom-half)

      2010 as a whole:

      5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 1 SV, 3 BSV

      (before I continue, it would appear that 2010 has probably shaped this notion of mine and why it continues to rear its head so easily for me.)

    • Kramerica Industries


      5/01 vs. TOR – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, Sv

      6/26 vs. COL – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, Sv (yikes!)

      7/03 vs. NYM – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, BSv (Mo had a 3-2 count on Jason Bay, I believe, with none on and two out. Walked him, the next two guys singled, including Ronny Paulino to tie the game, and then the Mets should’ve won on a Ramiro Pena error, but the baserunner was nailed at the plate. Mets won in extras anyway.)

      8/21 vs. MIN – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, Sv

      2011 totals: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3 Sv, 1 BSv

    • Kramerica Industries

      Mo did not feature on TBS at all in 2012.


      4/07 vs. DET – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
      4/28 vs. TOR – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
      7/07 vs. BAL – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR (Adam Jones with the two-run HR to turn the game around; lets not forget Markakis narrowly missed a HR himself just before that.)
      8/11 vs. DET – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 HR (really)

      2013 totals: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 HR, 1 Sv, 2 BlSv


      2010-2013 totals:

      13.1 IP, 15 H, 9 ER, 5 BB, 13 K, 5 HR, 5 Sv, 6 BSv

      So, there you have it. Mo has actually blown more saves than converted saves in TBS games over the past four seasons. As I said, it’s truly uncanny.

      • mt

        Great work – when you said it, the TBS blown save thing resonated with me.

        The Thome grand slam game – didn’t that also have a Jason Kubel HR somewhere?

        I remember that Mets disaster with the Nunez (or was it Pena) throw straight into the ground.