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Mussina to throw ceremonial first pitch

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have announced some of the details of Opening Day.

Gates will open at 11 a.m., and pregame festivities will begin at 12:40 p.m. with both teams being introduced at the baselines. As always, fans are asked to allow plenty of time to deal with traffic and such, and fans are encouraged to take public transportation.

As for the specifics, here’s the announcement from the Yankees…

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by five-time All-Star Mike Mussina. It will mark the first time that Mussina, who will be honored with the “Pride of the Yankees” award at the 2011 Homecoming Dinner on Wednesday night, will throw out an Opening Day ceremonial first pitch. He will become the 10th former Yankees player to be bestowed the Opening Day honor. Mussina was a member of the Yankees pitching staff from 2001-08, compiling a record of 123-72 with a 3.88 ERA. Over his 18-year Major League career, he made 536 combined starts (537 appearances) with the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles and went 270-153 with a 3.68 ERA and 2,813 strikeouts.

Actress and singer Haley Swindal will sing the national anthem, and a giant flag will be unfurled by 75 West Point cadets, while the West Point Color Guard will present the colors.

During the seventh-inning stretch, Michael Minarik of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages will perform “God Bless America.”

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233 Responses to “Mussina to throw ceremonial first pitch”

  1. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I dream that one day I will be able to attend a Yankee opening day…..

  2. blake March 29th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Wish Moose could have stuck around 1 more year and got a ring.

  3. Erin March 29th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Moose! :)

  4. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Blake-

    I wish AP would have stuck around another year so he could get another one too.

    ;)

  5. blake March 29th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    MTU,

    That as well…

  6. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Who knew Moose was this sentimental?

    I’m happy. I always like Mussina.

    Erica – I know, I’ll never get to a Yankee opening day. We’re hoping to go to one game at the Stadium this season.

    Our problem is we can’t really be spontaneous because of the logistics of getting there and my husband’s schedule.

    Anyway, YAY, OPENING DAY!!!

  7. Crawdaddy March 29th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Lidge out until at least June with partially torn rotator cuff.

    http://blogs.delawareonline.co.....t-3-6-wks/

  8. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Craw-

    No guarantee that it doesn’t lead to surgery.

    Some of those can be rehabbed and heal and others don’t.

    The Phils are starting to do their best Sux imitation fom last year.

    I wonder who is next ?

  9. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Doreen-

    Thats the problem.

    Opening Day and my career are really incompatable :-(

    The one year Opening Day happened to be April 16th…. was in 2009 when the new stadium opened and tickets were a bajillion dollars.

  10. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    If Moose sticks around do they sign Burnett?

  11. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Crawdaddy -

    Ouch!

    I was just checking up on my fantasy players; Ian Stewart and Stephen Drew both may start on the DL. Not to mention Kendrys Morales and possibly Jair Jurrjens.

    Yuck.

  12. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Erica-

    Is a Bajillion more than a Gazillion ?

    Just curious.

    I know you’re a CPA and would know.

    :)

  13. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    If Moose sticks around do they sign Burnett?

    Probably

  14. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    “Lidge out until at least June with partially torn rotator cuff.”

    but they have 4 aces….they won’t need a bullpen

  15. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Moose has to be one of the most underrated pitchers in baseball over his career.

    I put him in the hall for doing it, and doing it well… in the toughest division in the history (?) of baseball.

  16. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    blake –

    Ha ha. :)

  17. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Blake-

    I wonder what Lee is thinking about now ?

    :)

  18. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Doreen….Ian Stewart hit the longest baseball I’ve ever seen by a HS kid….It traveled over 440 feet at night into the heavy coastal marine layer…..He was HS teammate of Ian Kennedy at La Quinta HS in Huntington Beach…..

  19. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Face

    Who is the odd man out?

  20. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    MTU,

    I’m convinced he chose the Phillies because he likes cheesesteaks.

  21. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    “Who is the odd man out?”

    Joba.

  22. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Blake-

    I wonder what Lee is thinking about now ?
    —————————
    If I may…it’s not what he’s thinking it’s what his wife is thinking

  23. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    MTU March 29th, 2011 at 6:58 pm
    Erica-

    Is a Bajillion more than a Gazillion ?

    Just curious.

    I know you’re a CPA and would know.

    **************

    I could cheat and google it, but I honestly have no idea. I just really like the way a bajillion sounds.

    I have a little cousin named Dylan… and I always call him Dylan Bajlllion. LOL

  24. ac1 March 29th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    “Lidge out until at least June with partially torn rotator cuff.”

    but they have 4 aces….they won’t need a bullpen

    __

    Maybe they can do is without an offense too…

  25. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Blake-

    Does his eating cheesesteaks increase the Phils chances because they’re droppin’ like flies over there.

    maybe it’s comfort food ?

    :)

  26. ac1 March 29th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    and i think the phillies have an older average age, and a weaker farm system…

    good call Cliff Lee.

  27. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Joeman-

    You have a point.

    Do you think she likes cheesesteaks too ?

  28. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    if Moose had come back for 2009 I think the opening day rotation would have been

    Sabathia, Mussina, Pettite, Burnett, Wang/Joba

  29. randy l. March 29th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    “I put him in the hall for doing it, and doing it well… in the toughest division in the history (?) of baseball.”

    he could of walked into the hall of fame if he would have quit pitching like a sensitive girl for almost a decade before girardi told him he had to pitch up and in during spring 2008 or else he was going to the bullpen.

    it was no coincidence he won twenty when he went inside more. his refusal to do so earlier in his yankee career cost him and the yankees a lot of wins.

    and i hated watching him refuse to retaliate when yankees would get drilled. he’s not my kind of ball player, but no doubt he had hall of fame talent.

  30. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    # ac1 March 29th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    and i think the phillies have an older average age, and a weaker farm system…

    good call Cliff Lee.
    ———————————
    or good call Mrs Lee

  31. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    MTU,

    nope, they can manage without Lidge because he’s not that good anyway…..they are sunk if Utley misses most of the season IMO.

  32. RayVT March 29th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    As so many of us have endured over the years, the Red Sox are the favorites again in March/April. It really is hard to believe that the pundits are so giddy about their beloved Beantown team but I guess hope springs eternal! In Beantown they have real questions at key positions up the middle. Catcher, Scutaro & Lowrie at SS, Peds ankle & which Ellsbury shows up in CF?

    Starting Pitching is a big question as well. Lackey, Beckett & Dice-K are really not very good. Buchholtz could go either way as well.

    Middle relief has improved IMO with Bard, Reyes & Jenks. But Closer is still Papelbon being Papelbon as a question at best & a flop in the making.

    Usually, Boston has their excuse before it happens. I think Papelbon & Beckett will be this year’s version. I truly would not be surprised if the Beantown crew came in 3rd.

  33. Carl March 29th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I remember back in 2008 when Mo needed surgery, but postponed it to close out Mussina’s 20th win.

  34. piney March 29th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Notice, how the yankees won the WS the year before and after Mussina ? But none with him.

  35. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Lidge is out? Coupled with the loss of Chase Utley, those are big blows to the Phillies. Not a good way to start the season. The Braves have gotten a lift.

  36. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Hey Cliff.

    That sound you just heard is your season getting flushed down the drain.

    You should have stayed in Texas. At least that was close to Arkansas.

    Too funny.

    :)

  37. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Pat M -

    That’s all well and good, but right now, he may not be hitting anything for awhile!!! LOL

    He has a hamstring issue and may start the season on the DL with Ty Wigginton getting the starts at 3B for Colorado.

    It must be quite a school out there for baseball. :)

    ***

    Stephen Drew has had an abdominal issue all spring that’s not going away. It’s not an oblique; I have no idea exactly what it might be. But he may not be ready to play.

    I knew about Morales, in fact I had no intention of drafting him, but my computer froze for two rounds of the draft and I got him by default.

    Sigh.

  38. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I’m have a scenario in my head where Moose returning would have led to…

    On second thought, it might be to scary to share.

  39. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    The Red Sox were going to win every game last year as well with their own version of the “4 aces”…… they did have lots of injuries….but their rotation overall wasn’t very good and they lost their best hitter from 2010, they replaced him with a better player but the net gain isn’t what it seems.

  40. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Blake-

    Has MLB changed the rules to allow players to bring stools onto the field ?

    Utley isn’t gonna make it. I think he’s on the fast train to the surgeon’s table.

  41. Niblick March 29th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Bring the earplugs. Actress and “singer” Haley Swindal will sing the national anthem.

  42. tyanksfan36 March 29th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    # blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    MTU,

    I’m convinced he chose the Phillies because he likes cheesesteaks.

    ___

    Ive been told that at the park in Clearwater where the phillies do their ST and where the Clearwater Threshers play, they have really good cheesesteaks. Because I can get into the games for free since im a Tampa Yankees season ticket holder I am going to use the money I saved to buy a cheesesteak. Im really looking forward to it.

  43. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Pat M -

    You know I have Ian Kennedy on my fantasy team, right? I’m very excited about that!

  44. RayVT March 29th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    If the Phils fall to injuries, they will probably sell some of those aces. LOL! Redeem them for Diamond Kings & Jacks! Oswalt would bring a good player to a pennant chasing team. Maybe Lee comes around by trade in 2012 or even 2011. LOL!

  45. vinny-b March 29th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    “the Yanks took an awful lot of grief for the AJ contract, but the Sox didn’t get any grief for the Lackey (think he’ll be better, but he’s not going to be an ace ) OR Beckett contracts. Of course, the Yankees are Wal-Mart and the Sox are the mom and pop store next door”
    ———————————–

    the Yankees are Neiman Marcus.

  46. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    this doesn’t tell the whole story…..but

    2010 WAR:

    Gonzalez : 5.3
    Crawford : 6.9

    Beltre : 7.1
    Vmart : 4.0

    again, doesn’t tell the whole story but going by that the Sox picked up about one win on that swap. Beltre and Vmart played more premium positions than their replacements.

  47. tyanksfan36 March 29th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I think all my players are still healthy, Some of them have had really good springs but some of them I am a bit worried about. I think I am going to keep Montero on my bench still because I anticipate seeing him this year.

    oh yeah, its alexei ramirez my SS who is considered DTD so luckily I have a replacement in case he doesnt make opening day.

  48. upstate kate March 29th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    my guys are looking good, except for poor Bronson Arroyo, who has mono…he still plans to start however

  49. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Chipper looking almost as good as Arod this spring also….

  50. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:13 pm
    Blake-

    Has MLB changed the rules to allow players to bring stools onto the field ?

    Utley isn’t gonna make it. I think he’s on the fast train to the surgeon’s table.

    **************

    I have heard from a personal source that knee surgery is immenent for him.

    Not sure why it hasn’t been announced yet

    And I stupidly took him 3rd round… :evil:

  51. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Actually I think you guys can handle it.

    Moose comes back for 2010, the Yankees pass on Burnett as a result, Moose retires after 2010. With a hole in their rotation the Yankees turn to…..

  52. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    …..John Lackey

  53. tyanksfan36 March 29th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    So I was watching the news tonight and it was a recap of todays Rays/Sox game and the annoying little boy that does the sports called Adrian Gonzalez, a “hired gun who is supposed to help them win 100 games” he then goes on to say “yea but he couldnt help them score more than one run today” uh, last time I checked it ended in a 1-1 tie. I cannot stand the people that do Tampa sports for my news stations.

    that didnt have anything to do with anything, it just annoyed me.

  54. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    And once again.. I love when I copy & paste blog comments into my work.

    I just copied MTU’s last comment into my billing for the day.

    Nice :-)

  55. upstate kate March 29th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    LGY
    ???
    don’t be a tease!

    the thing that sticks in my head about Moose is when they played in Japan and he sat in his hotel room eating PB&J sandwiches

  56. upstate kate March 29th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    YUK!!! now I am sorry you told us LGY

  57. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I thin you mean 2009 and John Lackey LGY.

  58. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    upstate kate March 29th, 2011 at 7:21 pm
    LGY
    ???
    don’t be a tease!

    the thing that sticks in my head about Moose is when they played in Japan and he sat in his hotel room eating PB&J sandwiches

    **************

    OMG- I have been craving PB&J all day!

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    “How about we let it play out before we all crucify Molina.”

    I’m taking the over on Molina. I refuse to get dragged down into the whining, stressing, and overall malaise surrounding a catcher who may catch all of six games.

    And here’s a hint. If his hitting is at all critical to the Yankees success, the Yankees aren’t the team I thought they were, and they are in HUGE trouble…

    I think I’ll predict that Molina will be just fine while he’s with the Yanks.

    It takes nothing at all to get a good part of this forum to kvetch. Reminds me what we’re in for if something does actually go wrong for a day!

    :(

    **************

    Here’s the latest chart update. Always check to see that I get your predictions right – meaning I copy them down right.

    Predictions taken up to the first pitch of the first game. Nothing after that.

    If you want to make a prediction, please put my name in the post so I can be sure to find your prediction.

    :)

    http://members.cox.net/lsdorga.....0CHART.pdf

  60. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    LGY,

    in that case they would have been right where they are now anyway…

  61. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Spring Training 2011 interesting splits:

    A-rod hit .500 vs lefties (he was bad against them last year for some reason)
    Brett Gardner OPS’d .990 vs Righties (power surge!!)
    Jeter vs Righties .282/.317/.359/.676
    Jeter vs Lefties .353 /.353/.412/.765
    Jeter 4.43 Ground Outs / Air Outs, twice what it was spring training 2010
    Montero only got 11 ABs at home, but hit .364
    Andruw Jones hit .133/.212/.300/.512 vs righties
    Curtis Granderson this spring against lefties: .444/.444/.667/1.111 Gonna have a monster year

  62. MG March 29th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    randy l. March 29th, 2011 at 6:22 pm
    why is this blog is obsessed with the back up catcher situation when they have an infield that may end up with three hall of famers and another one close ?

    if you people were around when ruth and gehrig were leading the ’27 yankees , you’d be obsessing over Benny Bengough being behind Johnny Grabowski as the back up catcher.

    who gives a crap.

    i’m gonna enjoy watching a hall of fame infield that comes along once in a blue moon.
    ————————–
    I agree but you know the LoHud blog has a long and disturbing history of obsessing about the 24th and 25th players on the roster. Cody Ransom, Angel Berroa, Jonathan Albadalejo, Randy Winn, Shelly Duncan, Eric Duncan, and Zippy the Chimp to name just a few…

  63. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Erica-

    I like Utley. Feel sorry that his body is beginning to betray him.

    Understably, they’ve been trying to fight it.

    It looks like a losing battle to me.

    I think the surgery is inevitable.

  64. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    “A-rod hit .500 vs lefties (he was bad against them last year for some reason)”

    I think this one last year was an anomaly….just didn’t make any sense.

  65. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    MTU-

    If my info is any good… surgery isn’t an IF but a WHEN for Utley at this point

  66. Bronx Jeers March 29th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Bring the earplugs. Actress and “singer” Haley Swindal will sing the national anthem.

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————

    It’s not that she’s absolutely horrible but yeah, I’m already over Ms. Swindal. I really hope this isn’t a permanent gig for her.

    We’ve suffered enough over the years.

  67. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Could Yankee fans have handled the horrible mole face and doughy body of John Lackey in Pinstripes???

  68. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    “I truly would not be surprised if the Beantown crew came in 3rd.”

    I think that could be a good bet, Ray, and I doubt that more than one or two posters here are believing the hype about the Sux. I even wonder if the Sux fans are believing it at this point, not that ST results mean anything, cough cough.

    :)

  69. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I think the reason there are so many muscle puls and tears with pitchers and position players is weight lifting. It might make you stronger, but, it also binds you up. No or little bodu fat. The injuries happened in the begone days, but not like this. Mantle and Killebrew had these issues but they were so muscle bound naturally…mostly from hard work as kids on the farms and working around the mines.

  70. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    “It’s not that she’s absolutely horrible but yeah, I’m already over Ms. Swindal. I really hope this isn’t a permanent gig for her.

    We’ve suffered enough over the years.”

    Seriously feel the same way. There are so many wonderful choices out there but something makes me think that she’s become our Robert Merrill.

  71. Betsy March 29th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    That’s cool – it will be good to see Moose again

  72. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    There may have been a revolt if the Yankees had signed Lackey….I really can’t remember anybody on this site wanting him, everyone saw the red flags on that way……(except Theo)

  73. upstate kate March 29th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    and the weird voice?

  74. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    GB,

    I think there may be something to that theory.

  75. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I recall the 2009 WS, when Lee was asked if he would go on three days rest. His indicated that he would do what was asked, but, between the lines, it seemed he wasn’t kean on it.

    That, I think, tells you all you need to know about his competitive streak.

    Contrast that with CC when he singlehandedly pitched the Brewers into the playoffs in 2008.

  76. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    With a hole in their rotation the Yankees turn to…..

    Your alternate reality sucks. Another possibility: Yankees sign Moose for 1 more year, and Bring in Burnett to be the #2. With no room in the rotation, Cashman puts Joba in the bullpen to begin the year due to his innings limits. He is never shortened in his outings and pitches to a 3.85 ERA for the full year, remains in rotation. With Mussina throwing slightly above average, Wang isn’t rushed back and Hughes makes 20 starts for the big league club. Wang suffers a setback in his rehab and is never brought back up.

  77. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    upstate kate March 29th, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    and the weird voice?

    *****************

    What is wrong with sounding like a Muppet?

  78. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    And now I have to watch Travis Snider!who left a game with minor hip tightness, but it’s not supposed to be anything but precautionary.

    Geez!

    Dropping like freakin’ flies, I tell ya!!!!!!

    :?

  79. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Blake-

    It’s one thing to pitch like a Bulldog and another to look like one.

    ;)

  80. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    CC is the man….he’s probably not the very best pitcher in baseball, but I would have a tough time trading him for anyone else. He’s just so consistent and can give you that dominant performance when you need him to…..and as Joe said, will take the ball anytime and anywhere.

  81. tyanksfan36 March 29th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Erica

    This was on the front page of today’s sport section. Thought you might be interested in it.

    http://s1039.photobucket.com/a.....C5qcGc.jpg

  82. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 7:28 pm
    “It’s not that she’s absolutely horrible but yeah, I’m already over Ms. Swindal. I really hope this isn’t a permanent gig for her.

    We’ve suffered enough over the years.”

    Seriously feel the same way. There are so many wonderful choices out there but something makes me think that she’s become our Robert Merrill.

    *******************

    Well… I don’t think being related to ownership is hurting her

  83. Betsy March 29th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I think bulldogs are adorable :mad:

  84. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    tyanksfan36 March 29th, 2011 at 7:32 pm
    Erica

    This was on the front page of today’s sport section. Thought you might be interested in it.

    http://s1039.photobucket.com/a…..C5qcGc.jpg
    **************

    :grin:

    The headline would have made a wonderful addition to my Johnny Damon pics…
    Stupid Tampa Bay

  85. Bronx Jeers March 29th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I guess the Yankees have landed. That was quick.

    Swisher tweet:

    Back in NYC baby. It’s go time!!!
    YEAH!

  86. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    No no no no, with the fire of a thousand sons and a hundred daughters, the better scenario is Moose plus yes to CC in 2009 if you must craft a cruel non-AJ scenario.

  87. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Gb-

    It’s much harder to stretch and get loose if you’re too muscular.

    Many of my fellow hikers neglect stretching before they go out.

    I always try to stretch. I take the extra time and the ridicule. I have never had a serious injury because of it IMO.

    Most of them have.

    So who has had the last laugh ?

    ;)

  88. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    What are the choices out there for singing the National Anthem? Glenn Close? Kristen (“look at me!”) Chenoweth? Christine (what are the words, again?) Aguilera?

    There are so few people who actually do a decent job singing the National Anthem anymore, what does it really matter? At least Miss Haley Swindal has a connection to this team. Most of the people they choose are more interested in the attention it brings to themselves, and it’s few and far between when someone just freakin’ sings the song.

  89. upstate kate March 29th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Erica
    nothing is wrong w/ sounding like a muppet if you are a muppet

  90. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 7:36 pm
    What are the choices out there for singing the National Anthem? Glenn Close? Kristen (“look at me!”) Chenoweth? Christine (what are the words, again?) Aguilera?

    *****************

    I like Kristin Chenoweth!

  91. randy l. March 29th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    “I agree but you know the LoHud blog has a long and disturbing history of obsessing about the 24th and 25th players on the roster. Cody Ransom, Angel Berroa, Jonathan Albadalejo, Randy Winn, Shelly Duncan, Eric Duncan, and Zippy the Chimp to name just a few…”

    you know, i stil think they brought up zippy too fast.

    a little more experience at triple a and he i think he would have made it.

  92. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Where have you gone, Juanita Gamble?

  93. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Betsy-

    I apologize.

    You’re right. I shouldn’t insult Bulldogs by comparing Lackey to one.

    :)

  94. tyanksfan36 March 29th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Ill be sure to post every Johnny Damon newspaper pic for you, im sure there will be lots once the season starts. They are actually giving away Johnny Damon bobbleheads in July when the Rays play the Red Sox. I would go to try to get one but they only give them to kids.

  95. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Leaving work now… 23 minutes ahead of schedule.. woohoo!

    And Upstate Kate… :lol:

  96. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Actually Glenn Close has done a fine job singing the eanthem, and I shouldn’t have bundled her in with the others. But that’s because she’s an actress and fan first and a singer later.

  97. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    tyanksfan36 March 29th, 2011 at 7:37 pm
    Ill be sure to post every Johnny Damon newspaper pic for you, im sure there will be lots once the season starts. They are actually giving away Johnny Damon bobbleheads in July when the Rays play the Red Sox. I would go to try to get one but they only give them to kids.

    ***************

    There is no cousin/friend/neighbor/random kidnapped child you could bring??????????

    I hope Johnny kicks some serious butt there… :-)
    (Ummm.. in meaningless game situations so it doesn’t hurt the Yankees)

  98. RayVT March 29th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    The singing Fireman from 9/11 might be nice!

  99. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Erica -

    I love Kristen Chenoweth as a singer and an actress, but lately, she is just one strange sister. She now weighs probably 80 pounds wet, for one. There is something about her, when I see her being interviewed, that just makes me absolutely cringe.

    Her voice is beyond compare. But she’s become ….interesting?

  100. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Ray VT -

    I could go for that.

  101. upstate kate March 29th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I hope Johnny D kicks some serious butt too, b/c he is on my team!!!
    (no hissing Erica)

  102. RayVT March 29th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Daniel Rodr?guez

  103. tyanksfan36 March 29th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Erica

    I am thinking of walking up to a random child and making a deal with them to take theirs and just have them go back and get another one. its really unfair that they give them to kids only, its not like they pay taxes on that stadium or for their tickets.

  104. RayVT March 29th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I heard him in concert down here in Charlotte NC. Great voice!

  105. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    GB,

    I think there may be something to that theory.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    They used to talk about how Mantle’s muscle pulls and tears always seemed to be worse than other players and the doctors said that because of his strength, the muscles would almost explode. The curse of an almost perfect body for a baseball player. If you/ve never seen him, think of a shorter version of Bo Jackson with more talent.

    Of course, Mantle didn’t help matters with poor or no rehabbing, drinking. The only two players I’ve ever seen that slid into bags almost as hard as Mantle was George Brett and al McCrae. A short, fast straight into the bag slide.

  106. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Off topic:

    Ray-

    If you were grading the Japanese handling of their reactor crisises on a scale of 1-10 what grade would you give them ?

  107. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    sp: “crisis”. sorry.

  108. MG March 29th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    randy l. March 29th, 2011 at 7:37 pm
    ”you know, i stil think they brought up zippy too fast.

    a little more experience at triple a and he i think he would have made it.
    ————————————-
    I think they played him out of position, Randy, he was never cut out to be a 1st baseman, not enough power.

    Plus he should have been leading off, just think of all the walks he could have gotten with a strike zone about 3″ high.

  109. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    National Anthem? I’ll loan them my Marilyn Monroe version. Not perfect, but, sure will stir the blood of the boys on the field….and in the stands.

  110. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Nick in SF……Just sent my list of team picks for the 2011 over / unders……100.00 plays on A’s, Angels, Twins, Braves, Giants, Marlins, ( overs ) Phils under & The Yanks 420.00 over….Let’s play ball

  111. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Gb,

    It just makes sense that more force on ligaments, tendons, and even the muscles themselves would increase the risk of injury…..I do think that many weight lifting exercises build up muscles unevenly which makes some muscle groups super strong and neglects others……I expect research in these areas to increase in the coming years to help avoid thing sort of thing……if you just stick to the 8 oz curls like MTU then everyting will be fine.

  112. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    So, the boys are back in town.

    Guys, with what’s been going on for me the past couple of months, I am so ready for baseball. Yankee baseball.

    Looks like the weather will be decent for Thursday. Thank goodness.

    Let’s go Yanks.

  113. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Blake-

    I never go that high.

    :)

  114. blake March 29th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Pat M,

    I like those picks.

  115. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Blake, in all the years that I saw them play, I never recalled Banks, Mays and Aaron with muscle pulls or ligament damage. Colovito, Mantle, Maris, Killebrew, Frank howard, yes. Something about the longer muscles being better for athletes as opposed to the pyramid shaped muscles.

  116. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    “Well… I don’t think being related to ownership is hurting her”

    Kind of what I meant.

    :(

    There are many beautiful voices out there. Were she not a Steinberenner, she would have been one and gone. Her voice just isn’t that great.

    I’ve always loved the Yankees pomp and circumstance and attention to detail, especially on Opening Day. The West Point cadets marching band, navy jets flying over head, Challenger flying into the Stadium, the player introductions, and uh, Haley Swindal singing the National Anthem.

    Sorry, but no. And by the way, she is flat in several places. Now could I go out there and sing a perfect National Anthem a capella? Maybe not. But then the Yankees aren’t wooing me to do it.

    Plenty of Broadway stars who could go and do it without a lot of embellishment, and have perfect pitch at the same time. This is Yankee Stadium we’re talking, Opening Day. Come one.

    Not a fan of the ever-present Haley.

  117. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Blake, a couple of beers, a baked potato and a 12 ounce steak everynight.

  118. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Come one should have been come on.

  119. blake March 29th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Gb,

    Keeps a man healthy, wealthy, and wise right. ;)

  120. RayVT March 29th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    MTU March 29th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Probably a Minus 8. They have been so secretive and selective in their status/situation. I don’t think they know what is going on to be blunt.

    Hindsight is always better than the moment, but they are not really making it easy on themselves.

  121. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    “One Bourbon, one Scotch, one Whiskey, and one beer.”

  122. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    GB – there’s a lot to be said for the classics, like that dinner.

    How’s the house reconstruction coming along?

  123. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks Ray.

    I know you know a lot about this.

    That’s even worse than I suspected.

    :(

  124. RayVT March 29th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I have worked with some Japanese Nuclear workers before. They are very intelligent as a whole of course. They also say yes they will do something & then not do it. I am not sure I’d use the word stubborn, but you get my drift.

    Their image is so much more important that their reality.

  125. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    “one bourbon, one scotch, and one beer”

    one of my favorite songs.

  126. RayVT March 29th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    MTU

    I highly doubt it is as bad as it seems, but we just don’t know right now. They released to the press an offsite radiation dose of almost 10 million times the amount it actually was. It had scientist all over the world wondering how that happened. They also had workers walking thru boiling water. It is just so hard to get a real perspective of things.

  127. RayVT March 29th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Hopefully, GE will help them out. Some brilliant folks there, IMO. (Just don’t tell them okay! LOL!)

  128. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Ray-

    I hate to say this because of the bravery and tragedy invovled but some of those folks seem to have a lot of lemming in them.

    I do not see a good end to it. You ?

    I may be wrong but I think they are being misled.

  129. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Joe, I’d rather take a beating. I’m trying to repair all of the damage from when the house was broken into when I was overseas. Every wall in every room. at least, I’ll have it finished by next spring. I’m slow, but, I want it to be as perfect as possible….like me and “Killer”.

  130. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    MTU, did you see the Bridgestone Tire commercials I put links up for this morning?

  131. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    RayVT – interesting observation. The NY Times recently ran a story about how the Japanese nuclear industry has a track record of minimizing risks, especially the environmental ones.

    Given how dependent they are on nuclear power, it makes me wonder if they just institutionalized the minimalization of risk.

  132. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    “like me and “Killer”.”

    You’re Ok but “killer” ?

    GB. I am so sorry that all that happened to you.

    And what did not happen to the parties involved.

    That was an absolute disgrace.

  133. tyanksfan36 March 29th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    # MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    “One Bourbon, one Scotch, one Whiskey, and one beer.”

    ___

    thats on my books for tonight. who cares its just the middle of the week.

  134. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    No GB. I have busy fighting fires.

    And I’m not even a fireman.

  135. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    blake…..The Miami Marlins are my sleeper team this season…..There’s always one team that makes the jump….Last season was The SF Giants and The Padres…….I did take the Chi-Sox and The Rockies at the minimum wager ( 40.00 per team ) ….I took the Royals for over 69.5…..I’m not going to bore you with all the other picks………Fantasy baseball with a twist

  136. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    TY-

    Why don’t you give our buddy Joe a ring and see if he is free ?

    :)

  137. SAS March 29th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    There are fewer stars who sing the National Anthem traditionally. There are certain things that I have a hard time dealing with and some of these groups, individuals really mess it up badly.

  138. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    MTU, police couldn’t/wouldn’t do anything. Said there was no proof that I didn’t do it. It was cops and ministers kids around the house while I was gone. With no police reports, no insurance.

  139. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    There’s about 3 commercials you will appreciate, MTU

    1, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  140. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    GB – we recently (past two years) had a lot of work done on our home, but it was all elective surgery, so to speak. We did it on a schedule of sorts. I cannot fathom the amount of work you describe. And it’s not elective. I hope you got some insurance money to help you out, as the costs can be astronomical.

    Do you have anyone, other than Killer, helping you with design and decorating? A woman’s touch, say?

  141. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    2, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  142. tyanksfan36 March 29th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Pat. M

    I got a lot of marlins players on my fantasy team. They have all the makings of being a good team, just got to put it all together. I am going to see them when they play the Rays in Interleague play. Oddly enough my dad is wearing his 2003 Marlins World Series shirt tonight. I will have to steal it from him when I go to the game. Gotta support the road team.

  143. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I know GB. I remember. That was what had me so incensed.

    The sons of a Policeman and a Minister.

    The irony of it all;The hypocrisy;The injustice.

    What a crock.

    Just when I think Humanity can’t possibly sink much lower they seem to find a way.

    You deserve better.

    :(

  144. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    GB – I am sorry to read that.

  145. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    3, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JiPVdaJbPw

  146. RayVT March 29th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    As in every catastrophe we learn valuable lessons. The structure withstood approximately a 1000 times its design requirements from the earthquake. The Tsunami is what devastated them. Between 50 to 65 foot tidal wave wiped out their water supplies & fuel supplies for their diesels & the diesels too. (Water in the fuel)

    The design there pumps water up into the reactor & therefore needs power to work. (Note all new design Nuke Plants use gravity to cool the plants down. (From above the reactor core.)) There have been multiple design basis earthquakes along with some feeble attempts to restore power. Many brave attemps as well.

    My prayers are with them. Note, the cleanup from this I believe is the least of the issues. Note the nuke subs & atomic bomb testing in the ocean and on land too shows that areas can be cleaned up. This isn’t as bad as Chernobyl.

    It is also hard to see ones way thru all the misinformation and misguided information too from agenda minded folks. I wish we could have a truth serum required for every so called expert & even politician! LOL!

    I have to go now, but I think it will be totally contained soon and a cleanup following thereafter. Take care!

  147. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Joe, insurance wouldn’t pay without a police report (small town outside of Savannah). That’s why it’s taking so long. By the material, one room at a time. Ahh it all off, and restart it. It keeps me out of the bars. Can’t say the same for “Killer”. Lazy as a dog.

  148. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks Ray. That’s good to know.

    GB-

    :) :) :)

    Lol. I did appreciate them. Although I wouldn’t want to happen to the Mops.

  149. RayVT March 29th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    They are smart folks! They are tireless workers too. They work very long hours because of the image related to being important. They do not show much emotion as it is a weakness. I think they have cloned so much that they have become more susceptable to problems w/o a full understanding of the basis for things.

    They were prepared for the earthquake beyond any measure. They are resilient. They will overcome this & be better for it. It will take time. I believe in them, but I don’t quite trust everything. You have to filter things sometimes based on their motive or Paradigm.

  150. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:22 pm
    I know GB. I remember. That was what had me so incensed.

    The sons of a Policeman and a Minister.

    The irony of it all;The hypocrisy;The injustice.

    What a crock.

    Just when I think Humanity can’t possibly sink much lower they seem to find a way.

    You deserve better.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    It’s like that in most small towns. Daddy has connections. They’d better have connections at the local funeral homes if they ever come around here again.

  151. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    As for Hailey singing the national anthem, I guess there are perks when your family owns the team. And at least we’re not talking about the BUC :)

  152. BeholdArNo March 29th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    The Moose is loose! And I bet he’s still lookin’ like a supermodel!

  153. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    MTU, the foreign tire commercials are the best. Some of the travel bureaus would never make it past the censors

  154. BeholdArNo March 29th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Franny – Need any help with the fantasy team? ;) LMAO!

  155. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    upstate kate March 29th, 2011 at 7:42 pm
    I hope Johnny D kicks some serious butt too, b/c he is on my team!!!
    (no hissing Erica)

    *************

    :cough::cough:theif::cough::pretendboyfriendstealer::cough::cough::

  156. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    tyanksfan36 March 29th, 2011 at 7:42 pm
    Erica

    I am thinking of walking up to a random child and making a deal with them to take theirs and just have them go back and get another one. its really unfair that they give them to kids only, its not like they pay taxes on that stadium or for their tickets.

    *********

    Kids get all of the advantages :evil:

  157. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    The plane has pulled up to the YS terminal and is now taxi-ing into it’s hanger in the clubhouse

  158. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    GB-

    Very, very understandable. Sometimes we all wind up takin’ it in the shorts.

    That was a very bad instance. You would think people like that would go out of their way to make it right.

    They have piled up some really bad Karma. I suspect it will come back to them and they will deserve it.

    :(

  159. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    GB7 -

    I am so sorry for your misfortunes. I had no idea.

  160. tyanksfan36 March 29th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Fran

    I would rather spend an hour with Joe Maddon then have to filter through hours and hours of BUC drama.

    My Mac hasnt shipped yet. I am starting to get antsy. I shouldnt have bought it knowing it was going to arrive the same week as opening day for the minor league games, too many things to look forward to.

  161. MG March 29th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    RayVT March 29th, 2011 at 8:29 pm
    Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    They are smart folks! They are tireless workers too. They work very long hours because of the image related to being important. They do not show much emotion as it is a weakness. I think they have cloned so much that they have become more susceptable to problems w/o a full understanding of the basis for things.

    They were prepared for the earthquake beyond any measure. They are resilient. They will overcome this & be better for it. It will take time. I believe in them, but I don’t quite trust everything. You have to filter things sometimes based on their motive or Paradigm.
    —————————–
    Having worked in a senior management role as a token gaijin for one Japanese company for a couple of years (a very unpleasant experience) you learn how to interpret what they are saying. The don’t know how to say No so it’s done in other ways, like ‘this could be very difficult’ or ‘not so easy’ or no answer at all. The most important thing for every professional there is to never lose face, to never admit they are wrong, because it will be the end of their career and any chance for advancement.

    They do work very hard but so much of it is spent getting a consensus decision made through endless discussion (if the group decides then one person can’t be blamed) you wonder how much time they actually spend working and how much time just repeating themselves. The absolute worst day of my professional career came on a day long meeting outside Tokyo where about 5 of us met with about 10 of our Japanese counterparts. Each presentation (the meeting ran about 12 hours) had to be read in Japanese or English and then interpreted in the other language. That, plus the room temperature (about 80 degrees) made it difficult to stay awake after lunch.

  162. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Nothing can be done about it, MTU. I’ll work around it. Have 2 more rooms to do, not counting bathrooms.

  163. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 8:37 pm
    GB7 -

    I am so sorry for your misfortunes. I had no idea.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Thanks, Doreen. Always wanted walk in corner showers. That’m my next project. The two bathrooms.

  164. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Tyanks,

    I’m sure it will ship in the next day or so. It will be worth the wait.

  165. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Doreen-

    It’s not bad enough to have to go off and fight a war.

    You might at least win those battles.

    But to come home to that ?

    Unbelieveable.

    Something bad is gonna happen to those families. I’m sure of it.

    Of course that won’t rebuild GB’s home. He’s left to do that himself.

    The sons of a Policeman and a MINISTER.

    Can you believe it ?

    :(

  166. West Coast Yankee Fan March 29th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Ray VT and Jerkface I think we discussed this a week or two ago – you underestimated the severity of the problem at the nuclear plant in Japan.

  167. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    GB,

    I hope everything works out for you.

  168. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    MTU -

    I wish I could say I couldn’t believe it…

  169. blake March 29th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Pat M,

    The Marlins pick is a good one that migbt work out. They have a lot of talent and a good young rotation.

    The Royals though…..I think they could be historically bad this year……but that’s why they play the games.

  170. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Doreen-

    Like I said above it always amazes me the new lows some people can sink to.

    I should definitely know better at my advanced age.

    Time for a drink.

    I’ll catch you all in the morning.

  171. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Fran, do you think that I should check for water pipe leaks before I put sheet rock up? It’ll be alright. I’ll finish this and next spring, have the house resided. Thinking about having a pool installed and stealing Pat M.’s pool girl.

  172. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    G’nite MTU. See you in the am.

  173. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    GB-

    I think he should offer her to you willingly after what you have been through.

    See you tomorrow.

    :)

  174. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    MTU March 29th, 2011 at 8:56 pm
    Doreen-

    Like I said above it always amazes me the new lows some people can sink to.

    I should definitely know better at my advanced age.

    Time for a drink.

    I’ll catch you all in the morning.

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    My trouble is nothing. Another 11 year old girl was attacked and abused by a gang, out in California. If I’m the father, that’s where vigilante justice comes in. Save the tax payers the costs of trials and housing.

  175. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Ray VT and Jerkface I think we discussed this a week or two ago – you underestimated the severity of the problem at the nuclear plant in Japan.

    ??

    Did I miss something? The site is going to be junked, which was always going to be the case once they pumped in seawater, but last I checked the rest of Japan is going to be just fine.

  176. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Fran, do you think that I should check for water pipe leaks before I put sheet rock up? It’ll be alright. I’ll finish this and next spring, have the house resided
    ************
    GB,

    I wish I knew enough to help out.

  177. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I see there’s an Indian cobra loose in the Bronx. Wonder if I should offer my services? Of course the cobra had better watch out for the rats and roaches.

  178. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Ooops. Not indian, but, Egyptian. Luckily, it’s an adolescent. Those kids are nothing but trouble…no matter what species.

    Check your toilets before sitting down, unless you have very good friends.

    http://www.aolnews.com/2011/03.....bronx-zoo/

  179. Bronx Jeers March 29th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    That cobra’s a big time celebrity here.

    It’s on Twitter and has over 70,000 followers.

    Seriously.

    Bronx Zoo’s Cobra
    @BronxZoosCobra Bronx Zoo’s Cobra
    It’s getting pretty cold out. I think it’s probably time to crash. Oh look, an apartment window someone left open just a crack. Perfect!

    ————–

    @BronxZoosCobra Bronx Zoo’s Cobra
    On top of the Empire State Building! All the people look like little mice down there. Delicious little mice. #snakeonthetown

  180. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    The news reporter who reported it on Channel 4 was upset because the cobra had more twitter followers than her.

  181. Niki March 29th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    YAY to Cervelli getting the boot off. I hope Joe is right and he’s back May 1st. Love that kid.

    Thanks for the info Chad!

  182. West Coast Yankee Fan March 29th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    You don’t know that Jerkface. They think there is a breach of the containment vessel and that radiation is leaking into the environment. There are high levels showing up in the earth, the ocean, the air,he food supply.

  183. pat March 29th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    An anthem singing heir a couple of times a year seems a small price to pay for a $200M payroll.

  184. Tom in N.J. March 29th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    The city should hire this guy. Snake problem, solved:

    http://www.travelpp.com/india-snake-charmer/

  185. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Well, guys, that’s it for me. Early day tomorrow. (Going to have problems once the season starts :) )

    Have a good night, all.

    GB – My wife does a lot of work with former military types. She always referred to the former Rangers and Special Forces guys as “snake eaters”. That cobra better stay away from you.

    Good luck. Keep us posted on your progress.

  186. Ys Guy March 29th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    the day the tsunami happened jerkface was trying to blame the ‘alarm’ on the media and kept saying how safe nuclear power is.

  187. kd March 29th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    i’m really happy that moose is coming back. i really hope he gets in to the hall of fame.

    by the way, that bonds trial is out of control. why on earth did he agree to this? is his ego really that big?

  188. pat March 29th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Ain’t this the truth….

    jimbaumbach Funny how five years ago this headline would have had us all wrapped up in such hysteria: “Jason Giambi: Bonds’ trainer sent me steroids”

  189. Bronx Jeers March 29th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    The news reporter who reported it on Channel 4 was upset because the cobra had more twitter followers than her.

    ————————

    That snake is going to have it’s own reality show before this is over. :wink:

  190. Ys Guy March 29th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    they found signs of fresh plutonium in the soil (since they last checked) showing that the fuel rods are likely still melting down and will need to be cooled for months to prevent full meltdown (which is still possible)

  191. DocTodd March 29th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Cervelli is like an Amish home…..no power…..bada boom……..

  192. West Coast Yankee Fan March 29th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    That’s exactly right Ys Guy. Thanks.

    Now Japanese officials and international experts believe there’s been a partial meltdown at three of the six reactors.

  193. Ys Guy March 29th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    but its the media. theres no need for alarm. nuclear power is safe, a meltdown in nearly impossible…

  194. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Can you imagine somebody laying in bed and reaching to get their toyand grabbing that cobra?

  195. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Tom in N.J. March 29th, 2011 at 9:24 pm
    The city should hire this guy. Snake problem, solved:

    http://www.travelpp.com/india-snake-charmer/

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    That guy had better hope the snake doesn’t prefer Egyptian music more.

  196. West Coast Yankee Fan March 29th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    . . . and the apologists for the nuclear industry. A five year old would know not to build and operate nuclear reactors near subduction faults. I feel so badly for the people who live in the area and the workers who are heroically fighting to prevent an even worse disaster.

  197. Ys Guy March 29th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    i had some experience in the navy working on steam turbines and electrical generators in the engine room. last week when they kept talking about finally getting power to run the cooling pumps i was thinking ‘what the hell are they talking about, if the containment is cracked, and they’ve been spraying the whole plant with water, theres no chance they will be able to run the cooling system even when they get the electric.’

    but they are ‘experts’ and what do i know.

    turns out i was right, they were pretty much wasting thier time trying to get electricity into the buildings.

  198. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    the day the tsunami happened jerkface was trying to blame the ‘alarm’ on the media and kept saying how safe nuclear power is.

    Nuclear power is very safe. What exactly has happened to suggest otherwise? Coal can kill you in way more ways than nuclear power. An ash slurry breaks containment and entire towns get wiped away and you dont even need an earthquake for that. Coal releases more harmful chemicals and carcinogens and other bad things into the earth and atmosphere than Nuclear. An underground coal fire has rendered an entire town in pennsylvania uninhabitable.

    Did you guys even read about the plutonium readings or just freak out because you’re chicken littling the nuclear plant issue?

    ‹Results of the analysis›
    -Plutonium was detected in the soil of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power
    Station.
    -The density of detected plutonium is equivalent to the fallout observed
    in Japan when the atmospheric nuclear test was conducted in the past.
    -The detected plutonium from two samples out of five may be the direct
    result of the recent incident, considering their activity ratio of the
    plutonium isotopes.
    -The density of detected plutonium is equivalent to the density in the
    soil under normal environmental conditions and therefore poses no major
    impact on human health.
    TEPCO strengthens environment monitoring inside
    the station and surrounding areas.

    WOW.

    Why don’t you guys focus on the real tragedy, which is the damn tsunami that has killed thousands upon thousands of people and destroyed entire towns? Fukushima is going to be around, not irradiated, but Kesennuma is gone forever.

  199. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Radiation, radioactive material, and elements exist naturally or artificially in the environment all over the world in safe amounts. What the media is missing in all their reporting is making sure they understand exactly what is being reported, making sure to qualify their statements with some kind of grounding point, and not to simply sensationalize the news.

    PLUTONIUM FOUND IN THE GROUND! is a huge headline… if you didn’t understand that you can find plutonium all over the place…

    GOod article here: http://www.scientificamerican......2011-03-19

  200. Ys Guy March 29th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    someone just got back from the ‘safe, secure, vital’ website…

  201. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Enjoy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K.....urry_spill

  202. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Energy Source Death Rate (deaths per TWh)

    Coal – world average 161 (26% of world energy, 50% of electricity)
    Coal – China 278
    Coal – USA 15
    Oil 36 (36% of world energy)
    Natural Gas 4 (21% of world energy)
    Biofuel/Biomass 12
    Peat 12
    Solar (rooftop) 0.44 (less than 0.1% of world energy)
    Wind 0.15 (less than 1% of world energy)
    Hydro 0.10 (europe death rate, 2.2% of world energy)
    Hydro – world including Banqiao) 1.4 (about 2500 TWh/yr and 171,000 Banqiao dead)
    Nuclear 0.04 (5.9% of world energy

  203. West Coast Yankee Fan March 29th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Jerkface does sabermetric analysis of nuclear tragedy. You can’t make this up.

  204. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    There’s been a nuclear tragedy?

  205. West Coast Yankee Fan March 30th, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Uh yeah. Japan, heard of it?

  206. Mr. Faded Glory March 30th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I love that they call her simply “actress and singer” and not “Steinbrenner family member.”

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  207. Yankee Musician March 30th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Hey Trish, did you lose an audition to Haley? You guys need to open your EARS. Haley is an incredibly accomplished actor and singer, she has a beautiful voice, and she has performed Broadway shows and in concert halls across the country and the world. I am a professional musician, and Haley’s pitch is right on. Her merit is her talent, not the family she was born into. You should really think before spewing out meaningless crap. Envy is not attractive.

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    Thanks for setting the record straight about Haley. She is a wonderful person and talented young woman who is singing from the heart in memory of her grandfather.

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