Saturday Night Open Thread

Yankees win second straight as Nova shuts out Giants
Nova thinks he may have been tipping pitches against Red Sox

The Yankees will celebrate Mariano Rivera‘s career prior to tomorrow afternoon’s series finale against the Giants, and the team has already announced that Monument Park will be closed before the game. That’s a pretty good indication they’ll be doing something out there for Mo, probably giving him a plaque and re-retiring #42. That’s my guess, anyway. I can’t wait. Should be a blast even though it’s heartbreaking Rivera’s career will be over in a matter of days and not weeks.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the evening. The Mets and Phillies are playing (Gee vs. Cloyd), plus MLB Network will air a game as well. Who you see depends on where you live, but the game will have some kind of relevance to the various postseason races. There’s also college football on as well. Talk about any of those games or anything else right here.

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Yankees win second straight as Nova shuts out Giants
Nova thinks he may have been tipping pitches against Red Sox
  • vicki

    thanks for nothing, astros.

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      just can’t expect nothing from them.

      Just hope the Yankees win tomorrow, and the Orioles win one of these two games from the Rays. I’m loathing being outside that three game boundary from the Rays.

      • Mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        I’m hoping the O’s take the next 2 that would give at least some room for A lost.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Should be a blast even though it’s heartbreaking Rivera’s career will be over in a matter of days and not weeks.

    I take this as Mike’s means of remaining realistic and not getting his hopes up again only for them to get dashed.

    • trr

      Well, it ain’t lookin’ too good

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        Of course not, but we’ll keep on watching and hoping because why the hell not. At least they got past the Orioles today, though the Rays winning is more damaging than the Orioles loss is in helping.

        One thing that is for certain, is that the Yankees need to win out. Need to win tomorrow. Need to sweep Tampa. Need to sweep Houston. 89 wins is something that Cleveland WILL reach, but if the Yankees do their business, there’s a good chance the Rays won’t get there, and the Orioles and Royals likely won’t get there, either. At that point, just have to hope Texas doesn’t have a killer homestand to finish up.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Not rooting and hoping doesn’t sound like much fun. I guess being a REALIST is mostly a solemn affair. Should we wear all black?

          • trr

            Muted earth colors will do for now.
            But not today, It’s MODAY!

  • Iter

    http://www.reddit.com/r/AskRed.....ef/cccqqe6

    Yankees. Did you know the Yankees also pay their batboys the most of any team in the league?

  • Pat D

    Yea, that video pretty much confirms I’ll be crying tomorrow. In that respect I’m happy that I’m not going to the game.

  • Pasta

    So nova was tipping his pitches in boston right!
    And every other yankees pitcher
    When is the media going to get wise to boston stealing signals.
    Just like in toronto farrell is cheating with the same system
    Not to mention the entire team is on PIDs the beards hide the acne side effects.
    Yup boston strong
    I hope the dodgers can beat them with shear talent and pitching.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Curious what readers will be at the game tomorrow. I received quite the gift today from my wife, who bought two last-minute tickets off StubHub for me and a friend tomorrow! Really can’t wait to be a part of history.

    Also, never say die.

    • Mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      Nice!!!!

      That’s a good wife dude.

    • Mr. Roth

      I’ll be there!

    • yankeeTX

      Maybe she has plans of her own. lol

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yeah, he’s two years old and playing with a fire truck right now.

        • yankeeTX

          Fire truck? Not a ball ? JK

          Have fun at the game.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Oh, I try. He takes the ball off the tee and throws it under the bed. He finds it funnier when I go get it. I’m fighting the good fight, though, don’t you worry. He yells “Yankees!” whenever he sees the logo and automatically follows up any mention of the Red Sox with “ewwwww!”

    • Chris Z

      I’ll be there. The game happened to be in my 20 game plan. I can’t wait. Weather looks like it came faster than they anticipated so it should be a nice day.

    • I’m One

      My daughter will be there with some friends. Sadly, she didn’t by a ticket for me (or the airline ticket I’d need to get there.) :-)

  • Mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Damn can the Astros at least make it a game?

    I told someone the other day that with my luck of late the Yankees would end up losing the playoff spot in Houston on Saturday. Then I would have to follow the team bus back to the hotel and beat them all in their sleep.

  • Mrs. Mattingly

    I got tickets for Thursdays game against the Rays because I figured they’d let him come out to pitch his last game at YS. I hope I didn’t screw the pooch by not getting tickets for tomorrow instead.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      There’s definitely still tickets on the secondary market. You’re not getting anything decent for under $100 a ticket, though.

  • jim p

    So watching that shortstop made me think about next year.

    And how a successful Yankee pitching staff needs ground-ball pitchers (mainly).

    And how Cano is one of the best fielders there is at 2nd base, and could one day, when he’s older, move to 3rd base. And probably be pretty good there, too.

    So, keep Cano not just for his bat; find someone who can actually play shortstop; we’ve likely Tex at 1st; and there’s a pretty good infield for the Yankee starters.

  • Mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    YESSSS!!!
    Beltre!!!!

    GO RANGERS!!!

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      Why Texas?

      • Mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        Puts KC behind the Yankees then tomorrow I become a Royals fan. In one day they would go from 6th place to 4th can’t pass that up.

        • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

          I don’t think KC can reach 89 wins, as I mentioned above. (Actually, yes, they play the Mariners and White Sox, both both on the road. It’s asinine to think they have a 7-0 roadtrip in them regardless of their foes.) Texas still has three games with Houston, so we have to act like they already have 86 wins. I’d rather they get swept in KC altogether, putting more pressure on them for that final homestand.

          • Mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

            Texas is on a historic slide something like 4-15 can’t assume any wins for them even vs. the Astros.

            Hey you know anything about the Rays starter tomorrow Enny Romero?

            • Mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

              Does anyone?

            • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

              I will assume wins, because they are 14-2 vs. Houston, and the Astros in general are horrifically, horrifically bad. You can’t expect them to win even a single game against Texas.

  • jim p

    Who has CAUGHT the most saves?

    • Wheels

      Carlton Fisk?

    • vicki

      you’ve got to believe jorgie. he caught 645.2 innings for mo.

      jody davis caught 499.1 innings for lee smith. terry steinback caught 346.2 for eck. nobody caught over 300 for franco or wagner. hoffman was a catcher slut.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yeah, my assumption is that it wasn’t even close with Posada. Surpised by the Smith/Davis battery, though.

      • jim p

        Thanks. Jorge was my bet, but you’ve got the statistics. Seeing Jorge so many times in the video for this post made me wonder.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      Jesus

  • Ortiz=steroid

    I am an old geezer fan. Baseball was never quite the same for me after Munson died. It will never be quite the same without Mo. I am glad I am a Yankees fan. We fans of this ball club are so lucky.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Couldn’t have said it any better.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Swisher is on his way to the playoffs, but not the Yankees.

    • Mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      And he taking his .168/.283/.305, 8 HR, 24 RBI, 46 SO in 154 AB

      so good luck with that.

      • Mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        sorry .169

      • Mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        that in 11 series.

      • WhittakerWalt

        I’d take that over Ichiro.

        • Mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

          At 4 years 56 million you can have it.
          Did you look at Ichiro postseason numbers before making your statement? small simple yes, but just saying

          • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

            You have to get there first.

            • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

              At 4 years 56 million I can find better ways to get there that might actually hit when they do.

          • WhittakerWalt

            Riiight. As if current-day Ichiro would start tearing the cover off the ball if only he got into the postseason. Is that a variation of “he could hit 40 homers if he wanted to?”

            • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

              Yep,

              But current Swisher probably can’t hit in the playoff, yesterday Swisher didn’t hit in playoffs and tomorrow Swisher probably won’t hit in playoffs.
              He also gets paid a lot more $$$$ to do so.

              You win Swisher is better than Ichiro right now, but Swisher and the word playoffs don’t exactly scream winning combination at least they haven’t.

      • Chris

        Does anyone really have any doubt that Swisher will rake in the playoffs this year? It’s too predictable. Baseball is a cold bitch

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Cashman failed.

  • Kenny

    It is POURING here in northern NJ. Hope it doesn’t affect the game at all.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Forecast looks just fine tomorrow. There’s a rather large front passing through the area tonight.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    Derek Jeter currently at the UCONN-Michigan football game.
    I’m guessing he’s not real happy about the way things are going so far.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Nobody fed him popcorn?

  • Matt Nokes

    Show a little class RAB. Stop acting like children when it comes to a non-playoff season. If you don’t like maintaining this blog then you should stop and let more level-headed fans take over such a service. You’ve made it clear that you despise your work here.

    • pat

      Lol. STFU.

    • Pat D

      Habba wha?

      I think you’re overreacting just a smidge.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’d say Matt Nokes knows a bit about decorum during non-playoff seasons.

      It also ain’t officially over yet.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Si de verdad eres Cubano entonces, te debo una disculpa. O eres Cubano-americano? Yo soy Mexicano, naci en el DF, me crie en NY. Bueno, nuevamente, una disculpa. Ves que no hay que sacar conclusiones que no son, ni juzgar mal a gente que no cnoces en persona. Saludos.

  • lightSABR

    Heavens, Mike. Don’t post videos like that. You’re going to make me cry.

    • lightSABR

      (And as we all know: “There’s no crying in baseball!”)

  • Randy A

    Only thing missing in this video was his RBI on the walk he received against the Mets in ’09. THAT was great…

    9th innings will never be the same after this year