Tuesday Night Open Thread

Sun-Times: White Sox will "make a hard push" for Granderson
Austin reaches base three times in AzFL opener

A pair of Yankees showed their faces … well, made their voices heard, anyway … in the media today, though neither said anything all that interesting. They never do. First, Mark Teixeira appeared on the Dan Patrick Show to talk about a bunch of stuff, including Robinson Cano and Joe Girardi. The video is embedded above. Next, Hal Steinbrenner made a pair of radio appearances, first with Mike Francesa and then with Michael Kay. He didn’t say much either, though he did kinda sorta hint that Girardi’s contract situation could be resolved soon. We’ll see. Andy McCullough has the recaps.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. The Athletics and Tigers are playing right now on TBS (Dan Straily vs. Doug Fister) while the Red Sox and Rays will start at 8:37pm ET on TBS (Jake Peavy vs. Jeremy Hellickson). Both the A’s and Sawx can advance to the ALCS with wins. All three hockey locals are in action plus the Nets are playing a preseason game. Lots of fun stuff tonight. Talk about any of it here.

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Sun-Times: White Sox will "make a hard push" for Granderson
Austin reaches base three times in AzFL opener
  • forensic

    It’s just talk at this point, but I’m glad he said they won’t go 10 years for Cano. I was concerned they’d end up there after their offer to him started higher than I would’ve liked in the first place.

    Guess we’ll see if it’s just talk or real over the next few months.

  • JGYank

    Tex was also on MLB network.

  • forensic

    Damn A’s, hold a freaking lead…

    • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

      I’m curious, which team do you think is more likely to beat the Sox in the ALCS? I want to root for the A’s, especially cause it would suck to see them go down yet again in the ALDS to the Tigers. But I can’t help but feel the Tigers have a better shot at beating Boston.

      • forensic

        The Tigers possibly have a better shot against Boston, but I just don’t know if either one of them could really push them. It just seems like one of those years for Boston, unfortunately.

        I’m not so much rooting for the A’s as I am rooting against the Tigers. Since the Yankees seem incapable of beating them recently, I’m just hoping someone else can.

        And now, of all people, it’s Iglesias who continues the inning and then Jackson who drives in the go-ahead run. That sucks.

        • Lukaszek

          Same here, I really would hate for the Tigers to win

          Come an A’s, make yourselves useful!

        • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

          Haha. Iglesias. That dude is still annoying.

          Whoever wins game 5 now, lets just hope they can beat (presumably) Boston.

      • ropeadope

        Who says the Red Sox are in the ALCS?

        • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

          Fair enough. Gonna be real tough for the Rays to win the next two though.

  • Bob

    Did any of you guys see the Mike Francesa 1776 parody? Its hilarious

    • Darren

      I thought it had a lot of potential but didn’t really go anywhere. His impression of Francesca was sort of shaky too.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    A’s really blew it.

    Now they have Colon facing Verlander in game 5.

  • forensic

    Wow A’s, that sure was pitiful.

  • Lukaszek

    Bases loaded, no outs, three strikeouts

    Seriously A’s, WTF >_< ?!?

    The A's really rustling my jimmies right now

  • WhittakerWalt

    That was positively Yankees-like.

  • Tom

    I’m kind of rooting for Detroit mostly because if they get bounced early I think they are more likely to throw a boatload of money at Cano in the offseason.

    Also I can live without a couple of weeks of forced Moneyball comparisons to the early ’00s and think Detroit is probably a tougher matchup for Boston.

  • JGYank

    I don’t care who wins the Tigers/As series. But I did want to see a game 5 so I got my wish. Two series (possibly 3) going to game 5 is awesome. Should be pretty exciting baseball.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’d root for Leyland and Miggy Cabrera for sure over the A’s. Those old Marlins connections don’t go away easy. Also, I don’t want to see that kind of firepower go down at the hands of the A’s. Fuck the A’s.

      Would love for Tampa to come back here as well. Tigers or Rays versus the Dodgers would make for an interesting WS.

      I’ll actually get around to watching one of the things soon enough.

      • JGYank

        “Would love for Tampa to come back here as well.”
        Amen. But unfortunately the way I see it it’s between the RS/Tigers in the AL and LA and the Cards in the NL. Those are the 4 best teams in the league IMO. The As and Pirates could still advance but the Tigers and Cards are better but we’ll see.

        I’ll watch some of the WS but I’ll probably skip the LCS.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Agreed.

      • Pat D

        Not even gonna consider rooting for a team that’s beaten the Yankees in the playoffs 3 times since 2006.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I can separate those things.

          Except for the Red Sox.

          Then again, my thinking is always that, if the team you hate the most is going to win it, it might as well be the season in which you’re not even in the conversation. Get it out of the way now.

          • Pat D

            Tigers have become #2 most hated for me after Red Sox since the NL teams don’t bother me that much and the Angels have gone to shit.

            Orioles are making a run, however.

  • forensic

    Heh, nice start Hellickson. He was pretty close to a guaranteed loss, not really sure why they even bothered starting him.

  • forensic

    Wow, great baserunning there, Boston.

  • Wheels

    Nice houdini act by Wright.

  • Wheels

    Rays take the lead.

  • Ethan

    Boston winning the same way they’ve won a lot of games this year: luck. Wild Pitch, broken bat single and bloop = 2 runs.

    Fucking hate that piece of shit lucky team.

    • gs3369

      Nonsense. Did you see the screaming line drive with the bases loaded that turned into a double play? That was bad luck.

      To point at a 162 season as determined by luck is comical. You have no idea what you’re talking about. I hope the Yankees watch how the Red Sox are constructed so WE can be that lucky.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    AFL starts tonight!

  • Mike B.

    It’s sort of relaxing not having an emotional stake in these games (as the Yanks are out of the picture). I sort of hope the Cards advance. The A’s have the same colors as my old NYC high school (Holy Cross), so I guess I wouldn’t mind if they can pull it out.

    Mike B.

  • Darren

    The playoffs have had a bunch of great/very good games so far.
    What’s funny is that this year’s Yankees would have been right at home with all of these games that are scoreless in the 5th or 6th. I could’ve seen us going on a run. Damn.

    • forensic

      Eh, the offense would’ve been right at home but I’m not sure the injured/struggling rotation could’ve kept up their part of the bargain.

      • Darren

        Yeah, the games would have been decided in the later innings. I’ll take that chance with Mariano.

        And we would just needed to hang in there until we got back Gardy and Jeter!

  • forensic

    I finally decided to listen to part of the Tex interview and had two favorite parts:

    1. Apparently Dan Patrick thinks five days rest is normal for starting pitchers, and four days rest is short. Nice job, genius!

    2. Tex says that starting guys on short rest sends signals of panic and desperation to your opponent and he doesn’t agree with it. I guess he forgot that the only WS ring he owns was won because of several guys starting on short rest (and certainly not because of his approximately .600 OPS that postseason).

    • mt

      Did he really say that about short rest?

      Wow, memories are short – you know there are those (Red Sox fans, I am sure) who think that the extra off days (especailly in ALCS against Anaheim) was some sort of unfair advantage for Yankees that year since we had no #4 starter.

      Also his statements show the lack of self-awareness of these players in general.

      I guess his point may be valid in that Yankees planned short rest from beginning of playoffs (whether they announced it at beginning or not) while the Dodger decision for game 4 came off as more of a immediate “no-faith” In Nolasco – really don’t want to go back to Atlanta, even with Kershaw pitching a Game 5 on better than regular rest”.

    • WhittakerWalt

      This is the problem with interviewing athletes. They aren’t smart. They are, in fact, quite a bit closer to “idiot” than they are to “functioning member of society.” If Mark Teixeira couldn’t hit a baseball he’d be working at a bait shop or a car wash.
      Granted, few athletes are as all-fired moronic as, say, Luke Scott. I’m just saying they’re a lot closer to Luke Scott than they are to Bill Gates. Mussina is a rare exception.