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Resolutions for a new year in the Bronx

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 02, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few suggested New Year’s resolutions for a few of the Yankees…

Alex RodriguezAlex Rodriguez
Everything different. In every way. If it happened in 2013, try not to let it happen in 2014.

Derek Jeter
Give yourself a break. A day off every now and then won’t diminish your Hall of Fame plaque. In fact, it might improve it.

Dave Robertson
Ignore everyone. We’ve never done what you’re about to do. The comparisons are for us outsiders. Just go pitch.

CC Sabathia
Lose weight. Gain weight. Whatever makes you feel strong and durable and more like yourself.

Brett Gardner
Run. You’re ridiculously fast, and you’ve stolen plenty of bases in your day. On your mark. Get set. Go!

Brian McCann
Get the ball in the air, big guy. It’ll carry at Yankee Stadium. You’ve got a lot on your plate, but don’t overthink it when you’re at the plate.

Jacoby Ellsbury
Keep it the same. It’s going to feel different with the new team and all, but the game’s the same. Don’t have to be an MVP, just play like last year and things will be just fine.

Ivan Nova
Focus. You talk about it all the time – and sometimes admit losing it – but when you’re locked in, you’re an awfully good pitcher.

 

Alfonso Soriano
Remember those last two months of 2013? Rinse and repeat. Easy enough, right?

David Phelps
Just be ready, whatever that takes. The Yankees are going to have some pitching jobs available this spring. Pretty good ones too. Bullpen. Rotation. Whatever. You have a real chance to play a pretty big role this year. Same goes for you, Adam Warren. And you, Vidal Nuno.

Dellin Betances
Find the zone. You know your stuff is good, and pitching in relief worked last year. Throw strikes and let the pitches do their job.

There have to be others, right?

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109 Responses to “Resolutions for a new year in the Bronx”

  1. GregD January 2nd, 2014 at 9:05 am

    MTU——

    just 43 days until Spring Training too……I am planning a trip to spend a week in Tampa and go to the games….it’s a bucket list item for me……..

  2. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Tex- You used to use the whole field until you became pull-happy. Rediscover that portion of your game.

    Carlos- Just continue being you.

    Hiroki- be a standup guy and be a good Mentor to Tanaka.

    Joe G.- Throw away the book more often.

    :)

  3. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Yes Greg.

    It will go by in the blink of an eye.

  4. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Levine- STFU and stay out of baseball ops.

    Hal- rediscover your inner Steinbrenner. Finish what you started this OS.

    ;)

  5. Blojaldo January 2nd, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Bojo – “In this country, a man is still innocent until proven guilty…Barry Bonds told me so.”

    Wrong. A-Rod is not on trial in a criminal court of law and what happens to him is subject to the rules that govern his industry including the judgment of the powers that be. He’s entitled to be paid unless he’s suspended and after that if the Yankees want to pay him and fire him that’s their right. Some people unfortunately admire low life’s due to their celebrity.

  6. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Nunez- Take Fred Astaire dancing classes.

    Roberts- make believe you are Robbie Cano

    Johnson- Read a biography on Brooks Robinson.

  7. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Alfonso- keep smiling. And keep looking like you haven’t aged a day.

  8. Ys Guy January 2nd, 2014 at 9:24 am

    in a court of law a person is innocent until proven guilty, but even that is limited as we allow detentions of people not yet convicted.

    outside of court there is no such thing as a presumption of innocence.

  9. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 9:26 am

    You guys must have all liked “Perry Mason”.

    ;)

  10. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Or “Judge Judy”.

    :)

  11. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Is there such a thing as “rehash brown potatoes” ?

    :)

  12. Doreen January 2nd, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Love this post, Chad!

    On target, and also humorous!

  13. Blojaldo January 2nd, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Ys Guy says:
    January 2, 2014 at 9:24 am
    in a court of law a person is innocent until proven guilty, but even that is limited as we allow detentions of people not yet convicted.

    outside of court there is no such thing as a presumption of innocence.

    Good comments.

    Even in a legal environment circumstantial evidence is allowed and there are scores in prison because of it. But this isn’t the legal system. A-Rod juiced, cheated, lied about it, got caught, admitted he lied, associated with those known to be involved with PEDs like his cousin, trainer and doctor and has been caught lying again in the Biogenesis matter. He is trying to use his wealth and batteries of high priced lawyers, pr groups and ethnic advocacy groups to try and portray himself as the victim when in reality the truth is that he has cheated and lied about it for years and mired in the quicksand of narcissism and arrogance continues to do so. He has disgraced the Yankee uniform it’s hallowed tradition and baseball. Maybe someday Jeter will reveal what he really thinks of ARod and this matter. I’m quite sure I know what that opinion would be.

  14. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Doreen-

    HNY.

    I see you survived 2013.

    :)

  15. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Please keep the A-Rod stuff off this thread.

    If you must discuss it keep it on the prior one.

    Have mercy.

  16. Doreen January 2nd, 2014 at 9:43 am

    MTU -

    HNY to you, too!

    Yes, I survived, as did you.

    Perhaps 2014 will be a little kinder, but if not, the thick skin is developing…

  17. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Doreen-

    I sure hope it is.

    Could use a breather.

  18. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 9:48 am

    A full body Callous Doreen.

    Interesting concept.

    :)

  19. RhapsodyInBlue January 2nd, 2014 at 9:54 am

    A teflon raincoat is the best idea.

  20. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 9:55 am

    RIB-

    Makes sense coming from a fisherman.

    ;)

  21. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 9:57 am

    A pair of BS protectors comes in real handy too !

    Kind of like noise cancelling headphones.

    :)

  22. Doreen January 2nd, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I like the idea of the teflon raincoat. ;)

  23. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I used to wear a Teflon hat.

    Does that count ?

  24. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 10:04 am

    It would be nice if Hal had a Teflon wallet so the money would slide out even easier.

    But I wish Levine had a mouth of molasses so his words would slow down coming out.

    :)

  25. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Wasn’t John Gotti the “Teflon Don” ?

    At least till it wore off.

  26. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Teflon.

    Courtesy of the US Space program.

    :)

  27. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Gonna slide right on outta here soon.

    Hike day today.

  28. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Sometimes I find myself acting like Teflon in here.

    Trying to reduce friction w an attempt at humor and good cheer.

    ;)

  29. Doreen January 2nd, 2014 at 10:26 am

    MTU Enjoy your hike.

  30. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Doreen-

    Thanks.

    I sometimes wish I had Teflon feet.

    They’ve logged a lot of miles.

    What’s your opinion on our Pitching staff ?

    Need more help ?

    I’d like to know what you think.

  31. GregD January 2nd, 2014 at 10:31 am

    gonna get some crappy weather here in DE the next few days…….

  32. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Want to see Saving Mr Banks…….I just think Tom Hanks is the best actor ever….I literally love everything he’s ever done

  33. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Greg-

    Just received our largest ever heating bill.

    We broke 100 yr. old records this Winter.

  34. Chip January 2nd, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Seem like reasonable resolutions to me.

    If I could add one:

    Fans: Chill the frig out. All the “sky is falling” posts when things go the least little bit hinky are weak. Just relax and try to enjoy yourselves a little bit. It’s baseball.

  35. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Blake-

    Maybe “Wilson” can tell us if we are getting Tanaka ?

    :)

  36. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 10:35 am

    In this NY I am resolved to stay resolved.

    I will endeavor to persevere.

    ;)

  37. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 10:35 am

    “Maybe “Wilson” can tell us if we are getting Tanaka ?”

    Hah….maybe.

  38. Cashmoney January 2nd, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Not my cup of tea, I would recommend Out of the Furnace or A. Hustle… depends what mood you in I suppose.

  39. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Cash-

    Blake has three little Bambinos to consider.

    ;)

  40. Ys Guy January 2nd, 2014 at 10:38 am

    mtu, i LOVE perry mason (still on around here) and ironside and dragnet.

    while the arod thing never seems to end, it is a very relevant subject at this point because the ruling is said to be coming down any day now and it greatly affects what the yankees do this month.

  41. Ys Guy January 2nd, 2014 at 10:41 am

    “Fans: Chill the frig out. All the “sky is falling” posts when things go the least little bit hinky are weak. Just relax and try to enjoy yourselves a little bit. It’s baseball.”

    ————————————————————-
    im with you wishing this for all the lohudders. life’s short and it’s only baseball! live and enjoy!

  42. Cashmoney January 2nd, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins.

    Straight from IMDB, this reads as boring as it gets…

  43. Ys Guy January 2nd, 2014 at 10:44 am

    hanks can make any boring movie watchable. but im going to see american hustle, nebraska and ‘the wolf of wall stree’t first.

    i have to give scorsese a chance despite the reaction to ‘wolf’ because he’s scorsese.

  44. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Y’s-

    I merely ask for a respite.

    Or just to keep it to the prior thread is all.

    :)

  45. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I did not like the DaVinci code.

    Thought that one was way too contrived. Even Hanks couldn’t rescue that one.

    Chip-

    Let’s go get some blueberry pancakes w Vermont maple syrup.

    :)

  46. Cashmoney January 2nd, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Hanks is not a big draw for me, but to each’s own. I think I watch 10 mins of Davinci, I find the french actress in it insufferable.

  47. mick January 2nd, 2014 at 10:52 am

    hanks can make any boring movie watchable. but im going to see american hustle, nebraska and ‘the wolf of wall stree’t first.
    ======================
    see them in this order in case the sky falls:

    American Hustle
    Nebraska
    Wolf

  48. mick January 2nd, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Hanks is over the hill.
    Christian Bale is the new #1.

  49. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Movies and Music.

    What the world runs on.

    :)

  50. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 10:59 am

    mick says:
    January 2, 2014 at 10:53 am
    Hanks is over the hill.
    Christian Bale is the new #1.

    I like Bale a lot but he doesn’t have close to the track record of great movies as Hanks does…..yet…they are apples and oranges though….Hanks can be funny or serious….he can do it all

  51. mick January 2nd, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Hanks was at his best in Bosom Buddies. The Money Pit was the last funny movie he made.
    He was great in Gump and Splash was fun. Oh yeah, Green Mile was OK, but when he stopped being funny it’s gone downhill.
    Overrated.

  52. pkyankfan69 January 2nd, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Gravity was the best movie I saw from 2013… Not often you have a movie with tremendous special effects that is actually a great movie also… Seeing Gravity in 3D IMAX was one of the best movie experiences I’ve had in awhile.

    Lot of movies that are supposed to be great that I did not see though… 12 Years a slave, American Hustle, Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen Bros), or the Wolf of Wallstreet, Captain Phillips, All Is Lost

  53. Tackelberry January 2nd, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Blake:

    Saw Saving Mr. Banks the other night. Kinda slow moving but a very good story nonetheless. I think you’ll like it. Tom Hanks is a true superstar, can play any role. Absolutely loved him in A League of Their Own. WHo could forget his “Theres No Crying IN Baseball” rant

  54. mick January 2nd, 2014 at 11:04 am

    He’s not great enough to carry a movie.
    Capt Phillips and Castaway were nice attempts but boring.
    He can suck the air out of a movie.

    That said, I loved Big.

  55. mick January 2nd, 2014 at 11:05 am

    League of their Own was a good story.

  56. Ys Guy January 2nd, 2014 at 11:06 am

    im actually out of blueberries today so we’re going with raspberry pancakes. raspberry actually pairs much better with the buttermilk anyway, imho.

    maple syrup is a given, i will never serve the fake corn syrup crap.

  57. Cashmoney January 2nd, 2014 at 11:07 am

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0851582/?ref_=tt_ov_st

    I have to do drugs to watch this one act, mainly Cannibis though. probably shroom for a very long engagement.

  58. mick January 2nd, 2014 at 11:11 am

    ralph sorry i missed your banning last night, something about rednecks?

  59. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 11:12 am

    “Saw Saving Mr. Banks the other night. Kinda slow moving but a very good story nonetheless. I think you’ll like it. Tom Hanks is a true superstar, can play any role. Absolutely loved him in A League of Their Own. WHo could forget his “Theres No Crying IN Baseball” rant”

    Yea he’s amazing….honestly my guess is that his most impactful role was one in which he’s not even on screen…..only his voice.

  60. Ys Guy January 2nd, 2014 at 11:13 am

    buttermilk is actually ‘cultured’ or slightly femented milk. it has all the creaminess of milk but adds a tartness to the pancakes that milk lacks

    this tartness added to the intense tart/sweetness of raspberries is a fantastic flavor combination and buttermilk also adds thickness to the batter that is lacking with milk alone.

  61. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Yanks can’t carry a movie? He literally was on an island alone without anybody to talk to for a whole movie

  62. Ys Guy January 2nd, 2014 at 11:14 am

    if you are making pancakes and don’t have buttermilk, just add a squeeze of lemon to your milk and give it a nice stir before adding it into the batter and you have a pretty good imitation of buttermilk.

  63. mick January 2nd, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Yanks can’t carry a movie?
    ==================
    He’s not the greatest actor that ever lived.
    He seems to think he is but can’t come close to DeNiro, Pacino, Nicholson etc…

  64. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Yanks can’t carry a movie?
    ==================
    He’s not the greatest actor that ever lived.
    He seems to think he is but can’t come close to DeNiro, Pacino, Nicholson etc…”

    He’s made more good movies than all those guys though

  65. Cashmoney January 2nd, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Daniel Day Lewis is my Mike Trout in today’s cinema.

  66. mick January 2nd, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Used to love Hanks in his Gump era , he had a lot of good movies, but like many he peaked and now is just too serious and can’t get back to funny, even if he wanted to.

  67. mick January 2nd, 2014 at 11:27 am

    He’s made more good movies than all those guys though
    ======================================
    The movie being good is not necessarily due to him.

  68. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 11:29 am

    The movie being good is not necessarily due to him.”

    Coincidence?

  69. Doreen January 2nd, 2014 at 11:30 am

    MTU -

    The pitching staff is weak. Needs reinforcements. But, I think there’s not necessarily any harm in allowing the arms in the system to contribute in more than minor roles.

    I’m hoping for Tanaka, but I’m concerned the contract demands will be too high. What I’ve seems some people talk about here that I’m hoping Casey Close is going to do is to aim for a mid-length contract in the hope that a second, even better one, will be there in five years, though there is risk in doing so. That would be a good scenario for the Yankees. I think they’d be more willing to pay more money for less commitment, because of the unknown quantity of Tanaka never having pitched in the MLB.

    I think DRob deserves a chance to make the closer job his and I think we need to be very forgiving and allow him to grow into it. Even the great Mariano didn’t start out as “the great Mariano.” I do think that it is a different situation for him now that Mo is not here at all. He’s not stepping into Mo’s role, because it is no longer Mo’s role. As for the rest of the pen, I do have faith in Girardi’s abilities to get the most out of his bullpen.

  70. mick January 2nd, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Do you know Jack ? Nicholson

    Academy Awards
    Best Actor
    1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    1997 As Good as It Gets
    Best Supporting Actor
    1983 Terms of Endearment
    Golden Globe Awards
    Best Actor – Drama
    1974 Chinatown
    1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    2002 About Schmidt
    Best Actor – Musical or Comedy
    1985 Prizzi’s Honor
    1997 As Good as It Gets
    Best Supporting Actor
    1983 Terms of Endearment
    Cecil B. DeMille Award
    1999
    BAFTA Awards
    Best Actor in a Leading Role
    1973 The Last Detail
    1974 Chinatown
    1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Best Actor in a Supporting Role
    1981 Reds
    Screen Actors Guild Awards
    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
    1997 As Good as It Gets
    Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
    Best Actor
    1997 As Good as It Gets
    2002 About Schmidt

  71. Doreen January 2nd, 2014 at 11:32 am

    blake -

    I loved Saving Mr. Banks. Loved Emma Thompson in the role of P.L. Travers. Really well-done by both Thompson and Hanks.

  72. Ys Guy January 2nd, 2014 at 11:32 am

    no i dont culture my own buttermilk. we’re a very small restuaruant, we can’t ferment our own buttermilk or pickle our own cucumbers.

    maybe someday in a bigger restaurant…

  73. Ys Guy January 2nd, 2014 at 11:34 am

    “the last detail” was awesome!

  74. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Loved “as good as it gets”. I like Jack….just don’t love all his movies…..he doesn’t have the range that Hanks does.

    I think Deniro is close as far as being able to play anything….he’s great

  75. MTU January 2nd, 2014 at 11:35 am

    See you all later.

    Time to hit the trail.

    :)

  76. mick January 2nd, 2014 at 11:36 am

    no i dont culture my own buttermilk. we’re a very small restuaruant, we can’t ferment our own buttermilk or pickle our own cucumbers.
    ============
    Y’s, Randy is just breaking your balls.

  77. Doreen January 2nd, 2014 at 11:37 am

    y’s guy -

    I think buttermilk also helps the pancakes fluffiness (marries with the baking soda/powder to give them more air, so to speak).

    I made an apple pancake the other day that was out of this world, half whole-wheat flour, half all-purpose, with nutmeg. No buttermilk, just plain milk, but they were still light and airy. And fragrant and fluffy and delicious!!! (The apple was incorporated into the wet ingredients in a blender).

  78. Ys Guy January 2nd, 2014 at 11:37 am

    ” Even the great Mariano didn’t start out as “the great Mariano.”
    —————————————————-
    this is true on the level of starting out his career with 10 forgettable starts and being demoted.

    but as for taking over the closer’s job, didnt he go 2 seasons w/o a blown save to start his closing career?

  79. Howler January 2nd, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Think I’m going to Ys Guy’s place for breakfast raspberry pancakes sounds wonderful

  80. Doreen January 2nd, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Ys guy -

    Don’t know. I tend to be sketchy on details. I thought I read he also had a shaky start in the bullpen.

    Still, DRob won’t be anything like Mo. He’ll be more like most of the other closers around. Which is not necessarily a bad thing in general; just very very very different for Yankees fans, who’ve been spoiled by the consistency and longevity of Rivera. Have to be very careful to reset the bar back to mortal.

  81. Doreen January 2nd, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Also, DRob walks more guys than Mo did. So it’ll be more like when Soriano was closing. A little more sweating.

  82. bigdan22 January 2nd, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Hanks is a good actor, maybe a very good actor, but not a great actor.

    He’s never really given us a “wow” moment. Like the look Pacino gives Kate in the Godfather, or Robert Downey’s “ballet” scene in Chaplin, or Robert Mitchum’s fist scene in the Night of the Hunter, or Burt reminiscing about “that old time religion” in Elmer Gantry, or Jimmy reaching for that last lost cause in Mr. Smith.

    Hanks was very very good in Philadelphia. Easily his best work to date.

  83. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Robertson and Mo had the same WHIp last year and DRobs has been under 1.2 for 3 years. It was 1.040 last year…..he doesn’t allow any base runners really

  84. Doreen January 2nd, 2014 at 11:53 am

    blake -

    Well, that’s good, isn’t it? :)

  85. tbone1570 January 2nd, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Ys guy,

    Mo had 9 blown saves in ’97, including 3 in his first 7 appearances. After his first week and a half as a closer I guess we can say he grew into the job.

  86. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 11:55 am

    “0He’s never really given us a “wow” moment”

    Forest gump? Might guess movies are like ice cream flavors

  87. bigdan22 January 2nd, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Or Terry saying he’s going to ‘take it out on their skulls.” Or like about 5 other scenes from that movie by Lee J Cobb, Steiger or Karl Malden’s speech in the hull of that ship. It’s just nuts how many great scenes there are in On the Waterfront. The first time he saw that movie, Pacino said he couldn’t physically get out of his seat after the last scene.

    Best movie of all time.

  88. mick January 2nd, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Chief Bromden: Ah, Juicy Fruit…

  89. Bronx Jeers January 2nd, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Christian Bale is an amazing actor but he seldom, if ever, is asked to “carry a movie” the way Tom Hanks does. By that criteria, American Psycho and The Machinist are his best.

  90. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Robertson used to walk a lot of guys….:but his walk rate has been under 3 the last 2 seasons. It was 2.4 per 9 last year. That’s not elite but it’s pretty good for a reliever than Ks over 10 per 9 and doesn’t give up many hits. DRob is really good and come that say he can’t close are basing that off like 3 games

  91. mick January 2nd, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Go see Out of The Furnace and American Hustle if you like Bales.
    He carried both of those as well as American Psycho as you well know.

  92. bigdan22 January 2nd, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    blake January 2nd, 2014 at 11:55 am
    “0He’s never really given us a “wow” moment”

    Forest gump? Might guess movies are like ice cream flavors

    ——-

    He was very good as Forest Gump. But I see that as a director’s (maybe writer, but would need history for that) movie and an excellent one at that. Philadelphia is an actor’s movie. He was superb there. I think Castaway is one of the worst movies of all time and his acting was painful there. But lots of great actors have made terrible movies. Pacino, De Niro. et al.

  93. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Another guy that is a really great actor that sometimes gets overlooked is Dicaprio……I think sometimes folks don’t want to give him his due because of titanic but he’s a great method actor

  94. bigdan22 January 2nd, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Bronx Jeers January 2nd, 2014 at 11:56 am
    Christian Bale is an amazing actor but he seldom, if ever, is asked to “carry a movie” the way Tom Hanks does. By that criteria, American Psycho and The Machinist are his best.

    ________

    That’s the difference between a movie star and an actor. Clooney is a movie star. So is Hanks. Bale is a great actor. Clooney is an average actor. Hanks is a good actor. Neither remotely approach Bale, or Downey, or Norton, or Depp. Bale might be the best of that bunch.

  95. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I think clooney is really overated…..Pitt is a way better actor IMO

  96. bigdan22 January 2nd, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    blake January 2nd, 2014 at 12:02 pm
    Another guy that is a really great actor that sometimes gets overlooked is Dicaprio……I think sometimes folks don’t want to give him his due because of titanic but he’s a great method actor

    ——

    I think he’s a bit under-rated because of his looks the way Redford was and Cruise is. Gatsby was a crap movie but Leonardo just nailed Jay big time. Seriously, if you are into Gatsby, that performance was picture perfect. Daisy sucked.

  97. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Downey is amazing …..

  98. Chip January 2nd, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Blake -

    DiCaprio is overrated – he always plays the same confused looking character. His three best movies (Departed, Catch Me if You Can, Gangs of New York) were supported by much better actors (Jack, Hanks, Daniel Day Lewis)

  99. DONNYBROOK January 2nd, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    - Actors I Pay To See -

    (1) Tom Hanks – Great due to versatility. Big screen, small screen, no matter. The Jimmy Stewart comparison holds. No “Wow” moment required. That’s PR clap-trap.

    (2) Robert Redford – Once he got away from the “Pretty Boy” stuff, A-OK. “3 Days Of The Condor” is classic stuff.

    (3) Sandra Bullock – Once she got away from the “Pretty Girl” stuff, A-OK. Breakout Movie= “Incredibly Close And……”. Showed serious range in that flick.

    (4) Tom Cruise – He’s currently in that phase that Paul Newman went through. Just doing pictures he wants to do. He absolutely commands the screen and always exudes an ethos that extremely few possess. Even in Schlock stuff like Spielberg’s “War Of The Worlds”, the guy manages to carry it off.

  100. bigdan22 January 2nd, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    blake January 2nd, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I think clooney is really overated…..Pitt is a way better actor IMO

    _________

    Pitt is an excellent actor. Seriously underrated. Better than Hanks in my opinion.

    Clooney is a cool guy. I’ve actually met him a couple times. He knows he’s not a very a good actor but he works hard at it and makes really really good choices which is super important in Hollywood. He also gets a million bucks a commercial in Japan lol.

  101. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Cruise is nuts but you put a movie camera in front of him and he’s magic a lot of the time…..example of this is the new mission impossible…..I went into that with 0 expectations and left wanting to see the next one immediately…..

  102. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Pitt is an excellent actor. Seriously underrated. Better than Hanks in my opinion.”

    He really is…..his acting gets overlooked

  103. Ys Guy January 2nd, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    seems like mo as a new reliever was in a different lifetime it was so long ago.

    drob is great and absolutely deserves the job and some patience to grow into it.

    in walks/9, k/9 and whip he is every bit as good as bailey and any of those other options.

    but he’s ours and we covet what we don’t have and underappreciate what we have.

    i’d rather see another loogy than another closer.

    deepen the bullpen, sure, but we’ve already got our closer.

  104. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Daniel Craig is good too…..he needs more movies under his belt though but he’s an awesome bond

  105. bigdan22 January 2nd, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I’m a Redford fan. He’s one of the most interesting people you could ever meet. Not a great actor, but has done some excellent work and the arts owe him a great debt for his Sundance stuff.

    If you like Redford, See the Candidate and Three Days of the Condor. I think Pollock may have directed both but I could be wrong. Anyway, great movies.

    Reviews say he’s excellent in his most recent flick. May get a nomination. Kind of like to see him win.

    Blue Jasmine is a must see if you haven’t yet.

  106. bigdan22 January 2nd, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    blake January 2nd, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    Cruise is nuts but you put a movie camera in front of him and he’s magic a lot of the time…..example of this is the new mission impossible…..I went into that with 0 expectations and left wanting to see the next one immediately…..

    ________

    I have a bunch of acting friends and they will tell you his work in Rain Man was much more difficult than Dustin’s. It’s very hard for actors to play off someone who’s not giving you anything back. Cruise was awesome in Magnolia.

  107. blake January 2nd, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    DiCaprio is overrated – he always plays the same confused looking character. His three best movies (Departed, Catch Me if You Can, Gangs of New York) were supported by much better actors (Jack, Hanks, Daniel Day Lewis)”

    I disagree….

  108. J. Alfred Prufrock January 2nd, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    The greatest living actor is actually on Broadway right now, performing Richard III and Olivia (from Twelfth Night).

    Mark Rylance is another species of actor altogether. He is the most human, accessible, audience sensitive, alive, in-the-moment, unpredictable, empathetic performer I have ever seen.

    My view isn’t unique on this either. If you can get yourself to the Belasco Theater, where the two Shakespeare plays run in tandem until Februrary. Do. It’s a stiff ticket price, but you will never forget his performance.

    Rylance routinely makes big “stars” gush and wonder aloud “how does he do what he does?”

    There’s this quaint little warning to actors: “Never get caught on stage with animals or children.”

    I say, don’t get caught on stage with Mark Rylance, even though he is apparently a very generous scene partner who can only enrich your own work.

    But his childlike openness, honesty and changeability, along with his sheer animal magnetism, would make him thoroughly at home on stage with animals and children.

    Rylance is “realer” in his role playing than the audience member is in being his/herself.

  109. vc 11 January 2nd, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Mark Teixeira – Put the bat down, son. Put it down and walk away….


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