Weekend Open Thread

As promised, the weekly link dump returns this weekend. I had been putting it off the last few weeks because of the postseason and a bunch of other reasons. Anywho, here’s a bunch of random stuff I read these last few days. Hopefully you enjoy one or two of ‘em:

  • Here’s a really great post from Ken Arneson about ten baseball things he believes without any evidence. It’s very (very) science-y, so it’s not for everyone. I really enjoyed it though, because I am a giant nerd.
  • In wake of the death of Oscar Taveras, Jorge Arangure wrote about the dangers young players face in Latin American countries. Driving is a big part of it due to poor road conditions and the general stupidity of young, inexperienced drivers.
  • Ken Doctor examined the development and economics of MLB and MLB.com’s mobile experience. The MLB At-Bat app towers above similar apps for other sports. It’s $150 total for At-Bat and MLB.tv for the year, and if they doubled the price, I’d still buy it. It’s that good.
  • My pal Jack Moore says the Wall Street mentality of front offices has sucked the joy and innovation out of what amounts to “public sabermetics,” namely fans coming up with cool stuff. I don’t necessarily agree, but it’s an interesting read. Neil Weinberg wrote a response.
  • And finally, Alex Pavlovic spoke to basically the entire Giants pitching staff and asked them what Buster Posey’s best trait is as a catcher. All of them cite an intangible, not a physical skill like blocking pitches in the dirt or framing borderline strikes.

Friday: Here is your open thread for the night. The Devils are in action and the Knicks and Nets are playing (each other). Talk about anything and everything right here. Except politics and religion. This ain’t the place for that.

Saturday: Once again, this is your open thread. The (hockey) Rangers, Islanders, and Knicks are all playing, plus there’s a bunch of college football on as well. Talk about whatever here.

Sunday: Here is the open thread one more time. The late NFL game is the Bears and Packers, plus the Nets and Rangers are playing. You folks know the deal already, so have at it.

Thursday Night Open Thread

This is your open thread for the night. The Thursday NFL Game is the Browns and Bengals. The Devils and Islanders are both playing as well. Talk about those games or anything else that’s on your mind right here.

Wednesday Night Open Thread

As you may have heard, two-time former Yankee Alfonso Soriano announced his retirement from baseball yesterday. He retires as a .270/.319/.500 (111 wRC+) career hitter with 481 doubles, 412 homers, and 289 steals in parts of 16 big league seasons. Soriano never learned to lay off the down-and-away slider but became one of the best power-speed players in baseball anyway. His go-ahead solo homer off Curt Schilling in Game Seven of the 2001 World Series is one of the most forgotten clutch homers in history because of what happened in the ninth. Soriano was awfully fun to watch when he was at his best. Hell of a career, he had.

Here is tonight’s open thread. The (hockey) Rangers, Islanders, Knicks, and Nets are all playing tonight. Talk about those games, Soriano’s retirement, or anything else right here. Have at it.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

Five years ago tonight, the Yankees beat the Phillies to win the 2009 World Series. Hideki Matsui gave New York the lead with a second-inning two-run homer off Pedro Martinez, and he solidified his World Series MVP case with a two-run single and a two-run double later in the game. Godzilla went 3-for-4 and drove in six of the team’s seven runs in Game Six. Andy Pettitte allowed three runs in 5.2 innings on three days’ rest, Joba Chamberlain threw a scoreless inning, Damaso Marte struck out both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard on six total pitches, and Mariano Rivera recorded the final five outs for the win. Marte striking out Utley with two on and two outs in the seventh was rather huge. Here’s the box score and here are all the videos from the game and post-game celebration.

This is your open thread for the night. ESPN is airing a 30 for 30 feature on Livan and Orlando Hernandez about their escape from Cuba at 9pm ET. I can’t wait to watch. The Knicks and Devils are both playing, and that’s pretty much it for local sports. Use this thread to talk about anything on your mind.

Monday Night Open Thread

On this date in 2009, the Yankees and Phillies had an off-day between Games Five and Six of the World Series, so our little nightly recap is on hiatus until tomorrow. I do remember the panic-striken chatter during the off-day following the loss in Game Five though. What happens if Andy Pettitte can’t win Game Six and the Yankees have to start CC Sabathia on three days’ rest for the second time in the series in Game Seven!? It was something else. Seems kinda silly looking back on it now.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. The Giants and Colts are the Monday Night Football game, plus the (hockey) Rangers and Nets are in action. Talk about those games or anything else right here.

Quiz!: Here’s a fun Sporcle quiz. Try to name every player who’s hit a homer for the Yankees since 2005. I got 148 out of 177 and missed some … I wouldn’t say obvious, but players I feel I should have gotten.