Archive for Open Thread
Here is your open thread for the final few hours of the weekend. All of the video from Old Timers’ Day this afternoon is right here. Team USA is playing in the World Cup right now (on ESPN), and following that the Rangers and Angels will be the ESPN Sunday Night Game (Darvish vs. Shoemaker). Talk about those games, Old Timers’ Day, this afternoon’s loss, or anything else right here.
I thought giving Tino Martinez a plaque in Monument Park was questionable, but it was obvious this afternoon that it meant a lot to him. He seemed to be overwhelmed by the whole thing. That made me happy and I’m glad he enjoyed the day. The videos of the ceremony are above, in case you missed them. (Here’s the link to the videos in case the embed doesn’t work for whatever reason.)
Here is your open thread for the night. The Mets are playing, FOX is airing the Braves and Nationals, and there’s both the World Cup and College World Series going on. Talk about those games, this afternoon’s loss, Tino’s plaque, or anything else on your mind right here.
Baseball lost an all-time great earlier today when Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn passed away following a battle with salivary gland cancer. Gwynn was the greatest pure hitter of his generation and I still feel he’s underrated. His career .338 average is the highest by any player who began his career after Lou Gehrig retired, he was hitting .394 at the time of the 1994 strike, and he never struck out more than 40 times in a season. If you haven’t taken a second to look at his Baseball Reference page today, make sure you do it now.
Gwynn only played two career games in Yankee Stadium, both during the 1998 World Series. He went 8-for-16 with the homer you see above in the series, never striking out once. It’s hard to believe 13 people left him off their Hall of Fame ballots a few years ago. Gwynn attributed his cancer to using chewing tobacco throughout his career, and while MLB has already taken steps to curtail chewing tobacco use, maybe this will push them towards getting it out of the game completely. Gwynn is gone way too early at age 54.
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Here is your open thread for the off-night. The Mets are playing and both the World Cup (ESPN) and College World Series (ESPN2) are being played. USA is playing their first World Cup game right now and both UC Irvine 1B Connor Spencer and Vanderbilt SS Vince Conde are playing in tonight’s CWS game. The Yankees drafted them in the eighth and ninth rounds, respectively. Talk about those games, Gwynn, or anything else right here.
Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. Hope you’ve had a kick-ass day. The ESPN Sunday Night Game is the Angels and Braves (Santiago vs. Minor), plus Game Five of the NBA Finals is on as well. Talk about whatever you like right here. Have at it.
Saturday night games on the West Coast should be banned. Yuck, this sucks. Anyway, here is an open thread until the regular game thread comes along later tonight. The Mets are playing and the World Cup is on, so talk about those games or anything else.
Only three more games left on this West Coast trip. Use this as the open thread until the regular game thread comes along in a few hours. The Mets are playing, MLB Network is airing a regional game, there’s a World Cup game still being played, and the (hockey) Rangers will once again try to extend the Stanley Cup Finals. Talk about those games or anything else right here. Have at it.
The Yankees are still out on the West Coast, so the regular game thread is a few hours away. While you’re waiting, check out the above feature on LHP Ian Clarkin, the third of the Yankees’ three first round picks in last year’s draft. Also check out this firsthand scouting report from Baseball Prospectus (no sub. req’d), which includes a link to even more video. I ranked Clarkin as the team’s third best pitching prospect and seventh best prospect overall two weeks ago.
Here is your open thread for the night. The Mets are playing, MLB Network is airing a regional game, and Game Four of the NBA Finals is on as well. Talk about those games, Clarkin, or anything else right here.
The Yankees are still out on the West Coast for another few days, so the regular game thread will be along in a couple hours. Use this as your open thread in the meantime. The Mets are playing, ESPN is airing the Red Sox and Orioles, and the (hockey) Rangers will try to avoid being swept in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals. Talk about those games or anything else right here.
The Yankees are out in Seattle to play the Mariners later tonight, so use this as your open thread until the regular game thread comes along in a few hours. The Mets are playing, plus MLB Network will air a game as well. Who you see depends on where you live. Game Three of the NBA Finals will also be on. Talk about those games or anything else right here.
The Yankees and Royals were rained out tonight, and I’m not sure that’s a bad thing for the Bombers. Both the bullpen and rotation get a little extra rest, and the struggling offense gets to spend a day away from the park to clear their heads a bit. Off-days are a good thing, even surprise ones.
Here is your open thread for the sudden Yankees baseball-less night. ESPN is showing the Dodgers and Reds (Haren vs. Cingrani), plus the (hockey) Rangers are playing Game Three of the Stanley Cup Finals (8pm ET on NBCSN). They’re down two-zip in the best-of-seven series and really need a win at home. Talk about those games or anything else right here.