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Monday Night Schmooze

The Yanks are off tonight but here’s an open thread, peoples. Have at it.

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1 Bobtaco   ~  Aug 22, 2011 6:33 pm

Funny, that picture looked like it could have been taken in 1963, until I scrolled down and saw the Picture by Bags caption...

2 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 22, 2011 7:03 pm

There's always the Sox to root against. The Sox/Rangers game is on the MLB channel tonight in the NY area.

3 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 22, 2011 7:07 pm

"The contract provides Jose Tabata with $14.75 million guaranteed money through 2016 and includes club options of $6.5 million in 2017, $7.5 million in 2018 and $8.5 million in 2019, a potentially hefty investment for one of baseball's more budget-conscious teams."

Wow... Pirates seem high on Mr. Tabata.

4 zuppph1   ~  Aug 22, 2011 7:20 pm

[3] Tabata just turned 23 and has a .287/.351/.387 line in 178 career games. Throw in his 34 steals in 47 chances, and I think you can start to see why this is a worthwhile gamble for Pittsburgh. They also have to resign Walker, who the ESPN article described as a "no-brainer", and McCutcheon, who will be much tougher. Tabata's deal shows McCutcheon that the team is serious about contending, and does not include salary numbers that make him immovable should the need arise. If he develops some more power, he could be scary good.

5 rbj   ~  Aug 22, 2011 7:32 pm

Woo hoo, got a nice rebate,refund from Best Buy over the HP Touchpad fiasco. Spent part of it on a wireless router, so now I can sit on the couch, watch the game and banter (my computer is 90° from the tv, puts a strain on the neck.)

Go Giants! (even if it's just preseason.)

6 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 22, 2011 8:53 pm

5) Woo Hoo!

7 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:16 pm

Three run homer for Napoli against Bedard. Texas up 4-0 in the sixth.


8 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:16 pm

The Rangers have Boston's number.
This makes me want to win the Division, for real.

9 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:25 pm

[8] lavarnway just walked. ya know, it's not shabbat, he didn't have to walk. he coulda just hit into a double play and call it an inning...

10 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:28 pm

Well, there ya go, Lavarnway returns to his dugout.

11 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:31 pm

mazel tov!

12 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:37 pm

btw, i totally just pulled a 'freddy garcia' in the kitchen about a half-hour ago. i won't be so surreptitious about it though...

went to go nuke a veggie burger. been sittin' in my freezer all summer, so they were icy and stuck together. wouldn't separate by simple banging (must be a drummer thing...). randomly, the only thing in the sink, was a dull butter knife. don't tell that to my pinkie! sliced right thru the patties and thru my digit. ouchie!

too bad i don't have a "non-drumming hand"...

13 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:38 pm

[12] Wait, so, you're bleeding profusely right now?

14 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:39 pm

Hey, here's a Jew we can root for, thelarmis.

15 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:42 pm

[14] elvis andrus?!

[ryan braun did homer earlier today, though he doesn't consider himself a hebrew...]

16 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:45 pm

[13] not anymore. that's why god invented anti-bacterial soap, hydrogen peroxide, first aid cream and band-aids. oh, and good old fashioned curse words. i think my mom invented lots of good ones of those!

17 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:45 pm

this is the matt albers i like. i'll be quite disappointed if no runs score...

18 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:46 pm

red birds just blew a W for carpenter...

19 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:46 pm

i'm disappointed.

20 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:52 pm

[15] No, Kinsler!

21 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:55 pm

[20] oh, hell yeah! i'm a fan of his, regardless. he now has 3 20-20 years in 3 seasons, 1 of which was 30-30!

he's from tucson, az. i played there earlier this month and there was a jewish historical center downtown. i wasn't expecting that. saw a chabad house outside boise, idaho, which also was weird...

22 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:56 pm

tex-ass did well with their back-end relief acquisitions at the trade deadline.

braves win again. they're a good baseball team.

23 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2011 10:56 pm

Hm, yeah, Boise doesn't seem like our kind of place. (I've never been there, mind you.) I guess, good latkes, maybe!

24 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:00 pm

my fam got back from the holy land late last nite. i feel better having them home and me being off tour. everyone's where they're supposed to be, in our respective homes and all on the east coast. yay! : )

25 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:04 pm

k, here we go - 3 outs to a full game lead!

26 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:06 pm

[23] Boise is surprisingly nice, and not as conservative as the rest of the state.

[21} And...I actually went to a Bat Mitvah in Tucson at a beautiful downtown temple built in the 20's. It was like the original congregation of the city and was told that it was kind of like the home temple for the entire SW. There were shopkeepers and pharmacists in every small town and city and they needed a "Jew church" using the locals terminology.

27 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:06 pm

Yes, and both games in the L column. But, the Yanks will have two extra games to play, which means fewer days off, not so good. There must be at least one double header planned, right? Tampa? Or who am I forgetting? Orioles?

28 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:07 pm

[26] Interesting. I've been to Tucson, and I know the area you're talking about, but I did not see the temple.

29 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:10 pm

Good Pony!

30 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:13 pm

next time any of us are in tucson...

Nimbus Red Ale.

hopefully, on draught. really really good beer!

31 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:13 pm

[28] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Emanu-El_(Tucson)

My dates were a little off, here is the wiki. The original temple became the historical center Thelarmis was referring to and dates ftom the 1910's.

32 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:15 pm

could it be the off day Wed Sept. 22nd that got booked up? i wanna say we're playing tampon that day. the balltumor double dip is this saturday.

33 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:15 pm

[30] I think I'm going in January, actually. Red Nimbus.

34 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:16 pm

lavarnway is not a good name.

35 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:17 pm

[32] I dunno. Too sleepy to look it up. My kid has soccer try-outs early all week, and I have to get up at 6. :-(

36 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:17 pm

[33] much more schmarter than being there for a frickin' week in august. and having the fairest skin this side of edgar winter. the sun completely destroyed me there.

the yankees bar and Nimbus Red Ale saved me. unfortunately, the Nimbus was not available at the Yanks bar...

37 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:18 pm

[34] I believe it's the French name 'Livernois', but Murcinized.

38 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:18 pm

1 game lead!

[35] oof. better you than me! ; )

39 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:18 pm

And... that's all, folks.
I don't dislike Carl Crawford, but I love the fact that he sucks this year. Very cool.

40 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:19 pm

Ian Kinsler prevents the tying run from coming to the plate on a great play for the final out.

Full game lead!

41 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:20 pm

[31] jewish heritage center of the southwest. yes, i wanna say that's what i saw!

good job, ken boyer

42 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:21 pm

Buenas noches, everyone.

43 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:21 pm

[39] exactly. agreed.

[40] thanks for the details! i haven't been able to actually watch the games, as much as i'd like...

44 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:22 pm

[42] sov gott!

[sleep tight...in swedish]

45 briang   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:35 pm



what band you touring with?...i play drums and tour a bunch too....and i know a little, a very little swedish.



46 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:40 pm

hej brian!

ah, i just freelance. and i generally try not to tour; i'm not much of a fan. that said, i am hoping to eventually get onto the worldwide clinic/masterclass circuit. i'd have zero problems traveling the globe and doing clinics at music conservatories, and such! touring with bands isn't so much my scene, anymore...

cool you play for a living! greatest job ever of all-time!!! : )

hejda kompis,

ps - let me know if you're ever playing in atlanta...

47 briang   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:49 pm

well i can't say i play for a living play but it certainly has been the main objective over the last 15 years. i'm a barber now and semi retired from touring..at least the US. always willing to listen to offers that take me to europe....hahhaha. usually just rock type stuff but like i said, working full time as a barber these days and digging the hell out of it...

i was just in atlanta...for a wedding though. last saturday. one week ago. it's where i got married too....deep friend connection there and serious affinity for the place in general. i've lived in san francisco for th epast 16 years though...another good place...

folks born in queens...lived as a child on long island....lifetime yankees fan....

48 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:56 pm

[47] nice! okay, i remember your first day here at the banter, or so. you had just gotten the barber license. alex was asking about the barber pole and you explained the 1st aid stuff. i actually thought about that a coupla times on the tour, when i saw a barber shop.

i'm in dire need of a haircut. it's approaching my waist and really dead. i just do it myself (sorry) and do a terrible job. last time i went to a place was half a life ago. well, save for the 1 time i did 'locks of love'. that was a mitzvah, but traumatic, so never again!

i'm similar - born in queens, eventually moved to the island (very close to queens. all right by jfk), lifelong yanks fanatic. my whole fam is stuff up there.

atlanta RULES! i love SF, too! i played with the symphony there this summer! that hall is *unreal*!!! super cool percussionists, too. oh, i had a local Eel River porter; it was excellent. but i'm jealous, as you can get Alaskan Amber Ale on tap. best beer in the world, perhaps!

a NY buddy of mine lived in SF for about 15 years, playing/teaching/recording drums for a living (like i do here). sounds like things dried up there a good bit and it's expensive, but what a wonderful place! insanely good music from there and many different styles, as well.

i got called to do 4 tours this summer. all the calls came within a week of each other. 1 was overseas, which is cool. but the logistics are tough and the money isn't there. i don't take work just to go to a cool place...

this is a good motto: "if they're payin', i'm playin'!!!" : )

49 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2011 11:58 pm

hey brian -

wrote you a long reply. for some unknown - and very frustrating - reason, it's awaiting moderation. i don't even think i cursed! NO idea why it's happening. word press sucks!!! hopefully it'll go thru soon; if not, maybe remember to check it tomorrow...


50 briang   ~  Aug 24, 2011 2:05 am

i like it. i like the connecting. i definitely great thing about the internet.

two words: ANCHOR STEAM. they brew it up the street, literally. i'm on sixteenth, it's just off 18th. alaskan amber is a fine one too....and everywhere. i'm a creature of habit so anchor steam is usually my jam though.

it's fun, i read the banter for awhile but never commented. just didn't feel a need. never even read the comments, just like alex's taste. i started scrolling through comments fairly recently and decided that i like the tone of some of the folks too so i started posting...it's the most well rounded group of yankee fans out there. kudos boys.

russian jews with new york roots. we are everywhere!

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