Weekend Open Thread

In honor of Giancarlo Stanton’s new record contract with the Marlins, I figure I’d liven up this weekend’s open thread with a video of every homer he hit from his rookie year through 2013, because why not? (Here are his 2014 homers.) The Yankees aren’t featured in the video — Stanton has homered against 21 of the 29 non-Marlins teams but not the Yankees! — though some of their current and former pitchers are. Anyway, enjoy. Here are some links for this weekend:

  • Jorge Arangure managed to sit down and interview free agent Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, who is expected to sign very soon. Tomas has been working out in the Dominican Republic and he’s already a legend there.
  • At the GM Meetings this week, David Laurila spoke to several GMs about baseball’s decline in offense. Specifically, he asked them it they believe this is the new norm or just part of a cycle, and how it impacts their roster-building strategy.
  • My pal Eno Sarris wrote about Giants swingman Yusmeiro Petit and what has made him so successful despite pedestrian stuff. The key is the deception in his delivery, which Eno breaks down with some GIFs and images. The piece is two weeks old now but it’s still interesting stuff.

Friday: Here is your open thread for the night. The Knicks, Devils, and Islanders are all playing tonight, plus the college basketball season is getting underway. Talk about those games or anything else on your mind right here.

Saturday: This is your open thread once again. All three local hockey teams plus the Nets are in action. There’s also a ton of college football and basketball on as well. You folks know how these things work by now, so have it.

Sunday: Once again, here is the nightly open thread. None of the local basketball or hockey teams are playing and the late NFL game is the Patriots and Colts. Talk about whatever here.

Thursday Night Open Thread

I was hoping to dig up a Francisco Cervelli highlight video for the open thread tonight, but apparently no such thing exists. Instead, here’s video of what I consider his most memorable moment as a Yankee, the solo homer in Atlanta back in 2009. The Yankees were struggling to score in a big way at the time — they scored 13 runs total in their previous seven games — and Brian Cashman flew down to meet the team and reportedly tore them a new one. Cervelli hit the homer, the Yankees went on to win that game and the next six games as well. Following the Cervelli homer game, the Yankees went 64-27 (.703) the rest of the season and won the World Series. Good times.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. The Thursday NFL game is the Bills and Dolphins, plus the (hockey) Rangers and Nets are also in action. Talk about those games, Cervelli’s homer, or whatever else is on your mind right here.

Wednesday Night Open Thread

At the GM Meetings earlier today, MLB announced the launch of Pitch Smart, which is a “series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for youth pitchers.” The website includes things like rest guidelines for pitchers in different age groups, a list of frequently asked questions, and other resources that may help cut down on the number of elbow injuries and Tommy John surgeries. Good job by MLB putting this together. Hopefully it actually makes a difference.

Here is your open thread for the evening. The Knicks and Nets are both playing, plus Game One of the All-Star Series in Japan will be replayed on MLB Network at 9 pm ET. I won’t spoil the outcome of the game for the few of you who managed to go through the entire day without seeing it, but here’s the box score if you’re interested. Have at it.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

Happy Veterans Day to all of your veterans out there. I’m just some idiot blogger, but I have some brave family and friends who have served in the military, and I thank them as well as every other veteran for their service. It’s people like you that let people like me be, well, idiot bloggers.

Here is your open thread for the night. The three local hockey clubs are playing tonight, so talk about those games, the Hal Steinbrenner interview in the video above, or anything else right here.

Monday Night Open Thread

Here’s a great little piece of open thread fodder: long-time RAB reader Jeff Fleishman interviewed Aaron Small. In addition to his time with the Yankees, Small also discussed what he’s been doing since he retired, the start of his career, and all sorts of other stuff. Make sure you check it out.

This is your open thread for the night. Panthers and Eagles are the Monday Night Football game, plus the Devils and Knicks are playing as well. Talk about those games, the Small interview, or anything else right here.

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