Monday Night Open Thread

What Went Wrong: Kevin Youkilis
J.R. Murphy cracks Baseball America's list of the top Double-A Eastern League prospects

This Sunday, FOX will broadcast a 90-minute feature called “Being Mariano Rivera,” which will look at a side of Mo none of us ever get to see. That’s pretty much everything away from the baseball field. Chad Jennings has all the details, and the video above is a deleted scene from this year’s All-Star Game. There will be an encore presentation next Tuesday, just in case you forget to set your DVR.

Here is your open thread for the night. The Dodgers and Cardinals are playing Game Three of their NLCS at 8pm ET on TBS (Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Adam Wainwright), and the Monday Night Football Game is the Colts and Chargers. Talk about either of those games or anything else here. Go nuts.

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What Went Wrong: Kevin Youkilis
J.R. Murphy cracks Baseball America's list of the top Double-A Eastern League prospects
  • Darren

    Maybe it’s because Donnie Baseball is my favorite player, but the amount of criticism he’s getting seems utterly ridiculous. I mean, the decision to start Kershaw on 3 days rest WORKED and people are still giving him shit.

    Some clown from the News wrote an article that the Didgers series is OVER. I really, really hate these absolute declarations that are by their nature, utter bullshit. If the Dodgers come back, then what? Is he going to apologize for lying to me? Total lack of accountability amongs these assholes.

    Also Dirk Borckhurst or whatever the fuck that guy’s name is can eat a big fat minor league dick. David Price was right, that guy has no moral authority to be criticizing a Major Leaguer.

    • Darren

      The Didgers series is over, but the Dodgers series is not.

      /typo’d

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Nuance is boring.

    • SDB

      nothing went wrong with Kershaw. everything went wrong with the Dodgers’ offense.

  • KEN

    If the Yankees sign any Free Agents will they lose their 17th draft pick?

    • forensic

      Only if that free agent had been offered a qualifying offer by their prior team.

    • RetroRob

      I suspect the Yankees will not sign any player this offseason with a QO. They’ll focus on pitchers like Tanaka, Garza (who can’t receive a QO), perhaps a position player like Beltran if he doesn’t get a QO. I think they are intent on both getting below $189M, while also maintaining their first-round draft pick, as well as perhaps adding more with Granderson and perhaps Kuroda. They are in some type of rebuild plan, which means they want to hold/increase their picks, limit signing players into their mid-30s (hence letting Swisher leave and now probably Granderson), and resetting the luxury tax.

      • jjyank

        I agree, and think that this is the best strategy to both try to compete and try to rebuild at the same time.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          It’s more picking where you strike than throwing caution completely to the wind. They’ve been doing some version of this for a while now. The difference to me is that it’s easier said and done when you don’t need a whole lot.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    Do I hate David Ortiz or do I hate that he doesn’t pull that magician shit in a Yankees uniform?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      For me, it’s definitely the latter. We’d be licking every centimeter of his ass if he was a Yankee.

      • WhittakerWalt

        That’s not entirely true. I’d still hate the Cadillacking after a homerun and I’d still hate the bitching about every strike call. Can’t say that I’d be bothered about the PEDs, but then nobody’s PED usage really bothers me.

        • jim p

          I’m bothered by the fact that he hasn’t yet caught the real PEDs-user. And that nobody mentions that in the media.

          • Nick Social

            It was the milkshakes!

    • forensic

      Both…

    • Pseudoyanks

      Yes

    • forensic

      Do I hate Yasiel Puig or do I really hate Yasiel Puig?

      • RetroRob

        The latter.

  • The Thumb

    It sounds like someone says “what the fuck?” at about the 1 minute mark in the video.

  • Bob Buttons

    RIP Wally Bell.

    Don’t recall any games he umped. Maybe that just means he’s not too bad.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ryu is pitching some billiant baseball in this ALCS GAME3.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Must be pretty brilliant if he’s already scoring outs for tomorrow’s game.

  • Darren

    I said it before, but AWWW YEAH! plays at the plate in the NLCS are the SHIT!

    great playoffs so far!!

  • Darren

    If you haven’t watched the clip that Mike embedded of Mo taking photos with the All Stars, I defy you to watch it and not break out into a big grin. Everyone loves Mo.

  • Andrew Brotherton

    I’d love to see us pick up Tanaka, Abreu, Jesse Crain, and Jose Peralta and bring back Granderson on a 2yr 26 deal, Kuroda for 1yr 14, Reynolds, and Cano for 6yr 150.

    Gardner-CF
    Jeter-SS
    Cano-2B
    Tex-1B
    Soriano-RF
    Granderson-LF
    Abreu-DH
    Peralta-3B
    Romine-C

    Bench
    Ichiro
    Reynolds
    Nunez
    Murphy

    Rotation
    CC
    Kuroda
    Tanaka
    Nova
    Pineda

    Pen
    Crain
    Betances
    Warren
    Claiborne
    Kelley
    Cabral
    Phelps

    • ropeadope

      Who’s your closer?

      • forensic

        I would assume/hope with that list of guys that it’d be Crain.

        • ropeadope

          Agreed. I was just trying to make him realize (as you did) he failed to include Robertson.

    • forensic

      Who is Jose Peralta and why did they release Robertson?

      I do like that you got somehow got them to release Wells and non-tender Stewart. Not so sure about non-tendering Cervelli too though.

      • forensic

        Actually, it’s non-tender Robertson too, since I was being specific.

    • Darren

      Granderson is gonna get 4 years for $60mm and Cano’s gonna get $185mm for 8 years. I’d do both.

      • ropeadope

        I’d do both.

        That’s really none of our business, but yeah, if it gets you in tight with guys making that type of money, who could blame you?

        • forensic

          if it gets you in tight

          icwudt

          • ropeadope

            lol, had to look up the acronym (icwudt) – I’m pretty clueless on those. Was kind of unintentional – call it a happy accident.

        • Darren

          C’mon you guys!

          Hahah,come on you guys.

          • ropeadope

            lol, all in good fun. No harm intended.

            • Darren

              None intended! But you DIDN’T see what I did there.

              “C’mon on you guys” Request
              “Come on you guys” Description

              • ropeadope

                I fully admit I did not see that cumming.

                (Believe I’ve reached my quota of juvenile humor for the month – and it’s only the 15th!)

  • Barry

    I want Brian McCann and James Shields for Christmas and a healthy Tex and Jeter for my birthday.

    • forensic

      How do you plan on getting Shields, since there is absolutely no chance of the Royals declining their option on him?

      • RetroRob

        Details, details…

        Yup, Shields will totally be back in KC in 2014 and, I’m sure, they will try and sign him to a longer-term contract in an effort to maximize the perception of the Myers deal. Not that the two are related, but they will think that way and so will their fans.

      • MannyGeee

        Trade all teh prospectz!

  • Darren

    Stupid comment by the agent. Boras would’ve said

    “Curtis is a one of a kind talent that has demonstrated incredible durabiity over the course of his major leage career. This year’s fluke injuries do nothing to diminish his value as a top-tier, power hitting center fielder. Curtis will sign a long-term deal comensurate with his talents and proven ability to lead the league in home runs over an extended period of time, play gold glove defense in center, and exhibit patience at the plate.”

    Oh, hello 4 years/$70mm deal.