Saturday Night Open Thread


Happy Saturday everyone, here is your open thread for the evening. The Rays and Red Sox are playing Game Two of their ALDS right now on TBS (David Price vs. John Lackey) while the Tigers and Athletics will play their Game Two at 9pm ET on the same channel (Justin Verlander vs. Sonny Gray). The Islanders are playing and I’m sure there’s some college football on somewhere. Feel free to talk about those games or anything else right here.

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://www.annemargaretdaniel.com Anne Daniel

    Some home run from Ortiz just now. I’ve been thinking about the Sox and Tampa Bay, 2008, these days….and the last game at the old Stadium right before the ALDS started. Hope you all like this, and thanks for taking a look: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....33092.html

    • vicki

      aw, i hadn’t thought about freddy sez in too long.

      great memories, nicely conveyed. yours is unmistakably the voice of a Baseball Fan.

      and pity the sad sack who felt like he needed to piss in your comments section. i say frequently to old-timers who proudly (defensively?) declare their having abandoned team and game, after the strike or in the face of steroids, blah blah: yeah, it’s all about money and everybody cheats. but once the first pitch is thrown i’m ten years old again.

    • ropeadope

      I hadn’t clicked the link until I saw Vicki’s endorsement – glad I finally did so. Wonderful article, heartfelt, and beautifully written. I’m now checking your archive of (varied) works.

    • Betty Lizard

      Thank you, Anne. Your article is terrific.

    • Darren


      That is some great writing (and very nice, personal photos). I hope it gets reposted again when there are more visitors than there are tonight.

      I forgot about Damon’s homerun that last night. My brother and I felt like it slightly made up for the grand slam he hit in Game 7 (the horror, the horror). Slightly.

      You made me miss the ticket kiosks and the janky foul poles. (I sat next to the left field one when Raul Mondesi ht hit a ball that just barely flicked off the pole, but it was called foul. So, Mr. Mondesi, you can add one more dinger to your total).

      I miss the site of the sky when you walked from the concourse up into the lights, either sun or artificial. It was like being born.

      I miss banging on Freddy’s pan.

      I miss The Stadium.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Thanks so much for taking the time to share this here. You get a standing ovation here.

      Like Darren said, those are the words of a true Yankee fan.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Fenway is a joke.

    • Pat D

      Don’t worry. When I take over the world, it’s coming down. With a bunch of Red Sox fans still inside.

      • Captain Turbo

        What a rotten thing to say. You really should wait until all the Sox fans are inside.

        • Pat D

          The fairweather, BS, pink-hat wearing Red Sox fans will be hunted down one by one, like the Jedi purge.

          The Fenway Destruction will get rid of the true die-hards.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I’d like a few of them spared, mister. :)

            • Pat D

              You’ll need to provide good reason as to why.

  • Pat D

    OK, it’s settled. The worst beard on this team of horrible beards definitely belongs to Mr. Awesome O’Clock.

  • vicki

    all-around gutlessness on the part of the rays so far. easier to give my full attention to sooners and cocks, i guess.

  • KEN

    Can’t the cubs be charged with tampering with Joe?

    • Pat D

      Why? What did they do?

      • Darren

        There’s been a bunch of stories that the Cubs are preparing to offer Girardi a deal that would make him one of the two best managers in baseball.

        Not sure it could ever be proven that they were the source of the leak, and I don’t know if there are tampering rules against managers the way there are with players.

        • Pat D

          I don’t think that being prepared to offer him a deal can be considered tampering. They’d have to actually do it while he’s still under contract.

      • KEN

        Sources close to the Cubs and others close to Girardi told the Sun-Times in the last week that the sides have expressed mutual interest through back channels in recent weeks.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Not tampering. You hear this about many high-profile free agents and negotiations.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I should say “not tampering” in and of itself. There’s always the possibility that there’s more (or less) to it.

        • Pat D

          Yea, that’s not tampering.

  • Tom

    Man the TBS TV production in the playoffs has been crap – they’ve missed a bunch of plays (sometimes just showing random off field or dugout shots, sometimes just trying to milk commercial time). The camera work has also been horrendous.

    • vicki

      if you think that’s bad i can’t recommend the single camera or vertigo-inducing multi-angle options on mlb.tv.

  • mustang

    This is just going to be a cakewalk for the Sox. I guess someday there could be a WC team that is clearly better then the division winners but this is NOT that year in the American league.

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

    This game has just been nuts.

  • Wheels

    Everything going the Red Sox’s way.

    • Wheels

      *Red Sox’

      • vicki

        right. we can talk about jason nix’s opinion of the red sox’ uniforms.

        i like that you cared enough to edit. and yes, they’re cakewalking.

        • Wheels

          Lol, Jason Nix’s opinion

  • Hall and Nokes

    The AL playoffs feel like a formality. Better hope Donnie doesn’t run LA into a utility pole.

    • vicki

      the dodgers have the talent to go to the ship, but i have little faith in donnie. his bizarre lineups, intentional walks, and all the bunts you can eat.

      • Pat D

        So let’s hire him when Girardi leaves!

        • Captain Turbo

          Bunt-O-Rama ’14 starring Donnie Baseball! I like it… not so much.

  • Darren

    Who the hell is Al Alburquerque?? Do they mean Alberto Jose Alburquerque? Because I know who that guy is.

    • forensic

      Al Alburquerque is the guy who did this:


      • Darren

        I totally forgot about!

        In case anyone’s familiar with it, I was referencing the now classic Mike Francesca clip.


        • Darren

          Grr. I totally forgot about *that*.
          Meaning, the Cano grand slam. Thanks for posting.

        • Captain Turbo

          Francesa sounds suspiciously like Tony Soprano.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Sigh. I remember that time we actually won a game against Detroit in the playoffs.

  • Ethan

    I don’t know who I want to win the series between Detroit and Oakland. I want the team most likely to beat boston to win, whoever that is.

    • Kevin S

      That team would be neither.