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2014-09-04 12:09:10 PM  
I loled.
 
2014-09-04 01:09:06 PM  
I don't get it.  August in Kansas City is exactly that.
 
2014-09-04 02:16:13 PM  

OregonVet: I loled.


I blew it by reading the caption, then just got bored waiting for him to spit it out.
 
2014-09-04 02:23:47 PM  
aahh ha ha ha AAAH HA HA HA
AH AH AH AHHAHAHAHAH
nice fake laugh, Bob.
 
2014-09-04 02:35:52 PM  

Smackledorfer: OregonVet: I loled.

I blew it by reading the caption, then just got bored waiting for him to spit it out.


I didn't catch it right off, I thought the first word was "honest" like "Honestly? This is my favorite expression:" so I was happy for the caption being there. I probably would have got it eventually, but it wasn't easy the first listen-through.

Also, that's outstanding.
 
2014-09-04 02:40:34 PM  
Is the expression "2 rats in a farking wool sock" or "2 rats farking in a wool sock?"
 
2014-09-04 02:46:07 PM  

buntz: Is the expression "2 rats in a farking wool sock" or "2 rats farking in a wool sock?"


Its the latter, Ichiro kinda whiffed it... but English isn't his first language, so I understand.
 
2014-09-04 02:54:08 PM  

Laobaojun: I don't get it.  August in Kansas City is exactly that.


Except this year, conincidentally. It was quite pleasant here all August.

Thank you, polar vortices, el nino, global climate change and whatever else contributed.
 
2014-09-04 03:47:38 PM  

downstairs: buntz: Is the expression "2 rats in a farking wool sock" or "2 rats farking in a wool sock?"

Its the latter, Ichiro kinda whiffed it... but English isn't his first language, so I understand.


His English is a lot better now than when this was filmed.
 
2014-09-04 03:53:59 PM  
Is Ichiro heading for the Hall of Fame? Even with him starting his Major League career at age 27, he's managed to put up almost 2900 hits, his career batting average is .317, and he's never struck out even 90 times in a season.
 
2014-09-04 03:54:18 PM  

MFAWG: downstairs: buntz: Is the expression "2 rats in a farking wool sock" or "2 rats farking in a wool sock?"

Its the latter, Ichiro kinda whiffed it... but English isn't his first language, so I understand.

His English is a lot better now than when this was filmed.


When was this filmed?  I used to tape Studio 42 when it was on (is that where this is from?  I forget the Ichiro episode)... but it taped for me on DVR like a year ago.
 
2014-09-04 03:54:54 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Is Ichiro heading for the Hall of Fame? Even with him starting his Major League career at age 27, he's managed to put up almost 2900 hits, his career batting average is .317, and he's never struck out even 90 times in a season.


I think there's no doubt he's in.
 
2014-09-04 03:56:43 PM  

downstairs: MFAWG: downstairs: buntz: Is the expression "2 rats in a farking wool sock" or "2 rats farking in a wool sock?"

Its the latter, Ichiro kinda whiffed it... but English isn't his first language, so I understand.

His English is a lot better now than when this was filmed.

When was this filmed?  I used to tape Studio 42 when it was on (is that where this is from?  I forget the Ichiro episode)... but it taped for me on DVR like a year ago.


I know it was from when he was on the mariners, I can't recall if they ever did say which mariner taught him the phrase.
 
2014-09-04 04:00:55 PM  

downstairs: Sin_City_Superhero: Is Ichiro heading for the Hall of Fame? Even with him starting his Major League career at age 27, he's managed to put up almost 2900 hits, his career batting average is .317, and he's never struck out even 90 times in a season.

I think there's no doubt he's in.


He's pretty much a first ballot lock given his international importance as well as his stats just in the USA. He won't be near unanimous though because his time in Japan keeps him away from the hits record and other major milestones. It would have been interesting to see how high a percent he could have gotten if he was in US the whole time since no one ever gets 100 percent. I would want to see how the old white brigade would vote for a Japanese player with top-tier stats in the first year. I do want to see him hang on long enough to get 3K.
 
2014-09-04 04:03:33 PM  

downstairs: MFAWG: downstairs: buntz: Is the expression "2 rats in a farking wool sock" or "2 rats farking in a wool sock?"

Its the latter, Ichiro kinda whiffed it... but English isn't his first language, so I understand.

His English is a lot better now than when this was filmed.

When was this filmed?  I used to tape Studio 42 when it was on (is that where this is from?  I forget the Ichiro episode)... but it taped for me on DVR like a year ago.


I'm thinking his first or second year, when he was still 'News'.
 
2014-09-04 04:07:23 PM  
I would love to get a recording, hell even a transcript, of his All-star locker room pre game pep talks.
I've heard they're legendary.
 
2014-09-04 04:17:14 PM  

TheManofPA: I do want to see him hang on long enough to get 3K.


Yeah that may be tough, but I think he'll get there.  By my estimation (he needs 175 more according to baseball reference), he could do that in 2 years at his current clip.  He'd be 42 or 43, so it may be a stretch.  But I'd love to see it happen.
 
2014-09-04 04:24:48 PM  

beerrun: I would love to get a recording, hell even a transcript, of his All-star locker room pre game pep talks.
I've heard they're legendary.


Legendarily profane, yes, count me in on wanting footage or a transcript of those pre game ranting pep talks.
 
2014-09-04 04:25:26 PM  

downstairs: TheManofPA: I do want to see him hang on long enough to get 3K.

Yeah that may be tough, but I think he'll get there.  By my estimation (he needs 175 more according to baseball reference), he could do that in 2 years at his current clip.  He'd be 42 or 43, so it may be a stretch.  But I'd love to see it happen.


He's welcome back in Seattle. He's still got the gun and set of wheels, and we have zero outfield depth.
 
2014-09-04 04:29:00 PM  

Laobaojun: I don't get it.  August in Kansas City is exactly that.


This year has been unexpectedly cool.
 
2014-09-04 04:32:19 PM  

MFAWG: downstairs: TheManofPA: I do want to see him hang on long enough to get 3K.

Yeah that may be tough, but I think he'll get there.  By my estimation (he needs 175 more according to baseball reference), he could do that in 2 years at his current clip.  He'd be 42 or 43, so it may be a stretch.  But I'd love to see it happen.

He's welcome back in Seattle. He's still got the gun and set of wheels, and we have zero outfield depth.


Eh Ackley has been decent this year, Endy Chavez has had timely hitting, they just got Austin Jackson and he's worked out. And then you have James Jones who's speedy and with a canon (just needs to remember how to hit like he was at the start of the season). And they traded for Dnofria or however he spells his name.

I wouldn't mind seeing Ichiro as a mariner again, they don't need him.
 
2014-09-04 04:35:58 PM  

MFAWG: downstairs: TheManofPA: I do want to see him hang on long enough to get 3K.

Yeah that may be tough, but I think he'll get there.  By my estimation (he needs 175 more according to baseball reference), he could do that in 2 years at his current clip.  He'd be 42 or 43, so it may be a stretch.  But I'd love to see it happen.

He's welcome back in Seattle. He's still got the gun and set of wheels, and we have zero outfield depth.


Oh I'm sure... he's loved in Seattle I assume.  Just saying, once you hit 40 there's only so much you can expect.
 
2014-09-04 04:36:21 PM  
I usually just say I'm sweating like a whore in church
 
2014-09-04 04:49:29 PM  

SenorBenedict: MFAWG: downstairs: TheManofPA: I do want to see him hang on long enough to get 3K.

Yeah that may be tough, but I think he'll get there.  By my estimation (he needs 175 more according to baseball reference), he could do that in 2 years at his current clip.  He'd be 42 or 43, so it may be a stretch.  But I'd love to see it happen.

He's welcome back in Seattle. He's still got the gun and set of wheels, and we have zero outfield depth.

Eh Ackley has been decent this year, Endy Chavez has had timely hitting, they just got Austin Jackson and he's worked out. And then you have James Jones who's speedy and with a canon (just needs to remember how to hit like he was at the start of the season). And they traded for Dnofria or however he spells his name.

I wouldn't mind seeing Ichiro as a mariner again, they don't need him.


Ackley is a farking disaster in the field, and doesn't hit well enough overall to justify that. And I'd take a shadow of the former Ichiro over Endy Chavez any day of the week.
 
2014-09-04 05:15:57 PM  
All I heard was 'Tourettes somethinsomethinsomethin'
 
2014-09-04 05:34:01 PM  
I'll feel kind of bad for him if the Mariners make the playoffs this year and the Yankees don't. Not bad enough to wish for the Yankees to make the playoffs under any circumstances, but kind of bad.
 
2014-09-04 05:36:01 PM  

MFAWG: Ackley is a farking disaster in the field, and doesn't hit well enough overall to justify that. And I'd take a shadow of the former Ichiro over Endy Chavez any day of the week.


Say wha? Fangraphs rates him as a plus defender this year. And for the last two months he does hit well enough to justify pretty much any level of defense.
 
2014-09-04 05:39:42 PM  
Sadly since Elias is pitching tonight I know the mariners will lose. Not because of Elias, no the farking hitters apparently forget how to hit when he's pitching.
 
2014-09-04 05:43:16 PM  

TheManofPA: downstairs: Sin_City_Superhero: Is Ichiro heading for the Hall of Fame? Even with him starting his Major League career at age 27, he's managed to put up almost 2900 hits, his career batting average is .317, and he's never struck out even 90 times in a season.

I think there's no doubt he's in.

He's pretty much a first ballot lock given his international importance as well as his stats just in the USA. He won't be near unanimous though because his time in Japan keeps him away from the hits record and other major milestones. It would have been interesting to see how high a percent he could have gotten if he was in US the whole time since no one ever gets 100 percent. I would want to see how the old white brigade would vote for a Japanese player with top-tier stats in the first year. I do want to see him hang on long enough to get 3K.


He should be a lock onbthevfirst ballot, but I wouldn't be surprised someone left him off the ballot because of steroids, even though there's no evidence he ever juiced.

Then again, they did get Frank Thomas in, so they're at least getting some of them right.
 
2014-09-04 06:40:51 PM  

Super Chronic: MFAWG: Ackley is a farking disaster in the field, and doesn't hit well enough overall to justify that. And I'd take a shadow of the former Ichiro over Endy Chavez any day of the week.

Say wha? Fangraphs rates him as a plus defender this year. And for the last two months he does hit well enough to justify pretty much any level of defense.


The difference between me and Fangraphs is I've actually seen the guy play. He's terrible in the field.
 
2014-09-04 06:44:12 PM  

downstairs: Sin_City_Superhero: Is Ichiro heading for the Hall of Fame? Even with him starting his Major League career at age 27, he's managed to put up almost 2900 hits, his career batting average is .317, and he's never struck out even 90 times in a season.

I think there's no doubt he's in.


His best comp is Roberto Clemente.  Ichiro's a lock.  Both of them are/were:

1) In the discussion for the best defensive right fielder ever to play the position.
2) High-average guys, usually among the league leaders over a long span.
3) Pioneers for their respective cultures breaking into MLB in a big way.  Clemente wasn't the first Latino player, and Ichiro wasn't the first Asian player, but they were each the first superstar who completely obliterated whargarrbl like "Players who came up through the ____ leagues just can't compete in professional baseball.
4) Boosted by a good secondary skill (Ichiro's speed, Clemente had some pop in a massive pitcher's era) to round up above-average (though not amazing) offensive value.
5) Guys whose career was cut short for reasons other than talent -- Roberto's at the beginning by racism, and at the end by tragedy;  Ichiro's by his late start in MLB.  In either case, you can easily imagine a couple more good seasons to round out the counting stats.
6) Beloved by fans and their peers.
 
2014-09-04 06:53:26 PM  

MFAWG: Ackley is a farking disaster in the field, and doesn't hit well enough overall to justify that. And I'd take a shadow of the former Ichiro over Endy Chavez any day of the week.


1) Ackley this year: .255/.302/.406.  MLB-average left fielder: .258/.324/.406.  That's pretty solid given that Ackley plays in frickin' Safeco.

2) Ackley's a decent defender.  He makes more plays per game than the average LF (he's 5th in the AL).  He has sure hands.  He doesn't have a great arm, but for LF I'd take his range.

He's not a bad player by any stretch.  He's also 26 years old, still likely to improve, and he cost the Mariners $1.7M this year.  Ackley's not going anywhere.
 
2014-09-04 07:18:40 PM  

TheManofPA: downstairs: Sin_City_Superhero: Is Ichiro heading for the Hall of Fame? Even with him starting his Major League career at age 27, he's managed to put up almost 2900 hits, his career batting average is .317, and he's never struck out even 90 times in a season.

I think there's no doubt he's in.

He's pretty much a first ballot lock given his international importance as well as his stats just in the USA. He won't be near unanimous though because his time in Japan keeps him away from the hits record and other major milestones. It would have been interesting to see how high a percent he could have gotten if he was in US the whole time since no one ever gets 100 percent. I would want to see how the old white brigade would vote for a Japanese player with top-tier stats in the first year. I do want to see him hang on long enough to get 3K.


MFAWG: downstairs: MFAWG: downstairs: buntz: Is the expression "2 rats in a farking wool sock" or "2 rats farking in a wool sock?"

Its the latter, Ichiro kinda whiffed it... but English isn't his first language, so I understand.

His English is a lot better now than when this was filmed.

When was this filmed?  I used to tape Studio 42 when it was on (is that where this is from?  I forget the Ichiro episode)... but it taped for me on DVR like a year ago.

I'm thinking his first or second year, when he was still 'News'.


This is correct.  It was his first season from Bob's HBO show.  The clip predates youtube by a few years.
 
2014-09-04 07:25:54 PM  

chimp_ninja: MFAWG: Ackley is a farking disaster in the field, and doesn't hit well enough overall to justify that. And I'd take a shadow of the former Ichiro over Endy Chavez any day of the week.

1) Ackley this year: .255/.302/.406.  MLB-average left fielder: .258/.324/.406.  That's pretty solid given that Ackley plays in frickin' Safeco.

2) Ackley's a decent defender.  He makes more plays per game than the average LF (he's 5th in the AL).  He has sure hands.  He doesn't have a great arm, but for LF I'd take his range.

He's not a bad player by any stretch.  He's also 26 years old, still likely to improve, and he cost the Mariners $1.7M this year.  Ackley's not going anywhere.


Have you ever seen Dustin Ackley play the outfield?

He gets by on being a pretty good athlete, but he can't play a ball hit over him to save his ass, and he's not fast enough to play deep and run in to any great effect.

The BEST he's ever going to be is average in the field, and he'll struggle to get there.
 
2014-09-04 07:45:49 PM  

SenorBenedict: downstairs: MFAWG: downstairs: buntz: Is the expression "2 rats in a farking wool sock" or "2 rats farking in a wool sock?"

Its the latter, Ichiro kinda whiffed it... but English isn't his first language, so I understand.

His English is a lot better now than when this was filmed.

When was this filmed?  I used to tape Studio 42 when it was on (is that where this is from?  I forget the Ichiro episode)... but it taped for me on DVR like a year ago.

I know it was from when he was on the mariners, I can't recall if they ever did say which mariner taught him the phrase.


That would be Jay Buhner.
 
2014-09-04 08:30:53 PM  

Krustofsky: TheManofPA: downstairs: Sin_City_Superhero: Is Ichiro heading for the Hall of Fame? Even with him starting his Major League career at age 27, he's managed to put up almost 2900 hits, his career batting average is .317, and he's never struck out even 90 times in a season.

I think there's no doubt he's in.

He's pretty much a first ballot lock given his international importance as well as his stats just in the USA. He won't be near unanimous though because his time in Japan keeps him away from the hits record and other major milestones. It would have been interesting to see how high a percent he could have gotten if he was in US the whole time since no one ever gets 100 percent. I would want to see how the old white brigade would vote for a Japanese player with top-tier stats in the first year. I do want to see him hang on long enough to get 3K.

He should be a lock onbthevfirst ballot, but I wouldn't be surprised someone left him off the ballot because of steroids, even though there's no evidence he ever juiced.

Then again, they did get Frank Thomas in, so they're at least getting some of them right.


That always drives me nuts. How is dianabol going to suddenly make you see a baseball well enough to hit singles and doubles on a regular basis? It's not like he was belting them into the parking lot or running fast enough to turn singles into triples. And of course the automatic guilt due to success argument.
 
2014-09-04 09:48:16 PM  

MFAWG: Have you ever seen Dustin Ackley play the outfield?

He gets by on being a pretty good athlete, but he can't play a ball hit over him to save his ass, and he's not fast enough to play deep and run in to any great effect.


And yet, he gets to more balls per game than most left fielders.  (And systems that look at where the balls are hit agree that he has above-average range.)  If it's because he's a good athlete with poor form, why would I care as long as the net result is catching lots of fly balls?  If anything, it suggests he can be coached to a higher level, compared to a guy who is just slow.
 
2014-09-05 01:44:42 AM  

chimp_ninja: MFAWG: Have you ever seen Dustin Ackley play the outfield?

He gets by on being a pretty good athlete, but he can't play a ball hit over him to save his ass, and he's not fast enough to play deep and run in to any great effect.

And yet, he gets to more balls per game than most left fielders.  (And systems that look at where the balls are hit agree that he has above-average range.)  If it's because he's a good athlete with poor form, why would I care as long as the net result is catching lots of fly balls?  If anything, it suggests he can be coached to a higher level, compared to a guy who is just slow.


He misses a lot of fly balls that he should get to, and when you pair that with a questionable arm and no better than average bat he's a 4th outfielder on a good day.
 
2014-09-05 10:52:08 AM  

MFAWG: chimp_ninja: MFAWG: Have you ever seen Dustin Ackley play the outfield?

He gets by on being a pretty good athlete, but he can't play a ball hit over him to save his ass, and he's not fast enough to play deep and run in to any great effect.

And yet, he gets to more balls per game than most left fielders.  (And systems that look at where the balls are hit agree that he has above-average range.)  If it's because he's a good athlete with poor form, why would I care as long as the net result is catching lots of fly balls?  If anything, it suggests he can be coached to a higher level, compared to a guy who is just slow.

He misses a lot of fly balls that he should get to, and when you pair that with a questionable arm and no better than average bat he's a 4th outfielder on a good day.


dWAR has him as an exactly average defensive LF..
 
2014-09-05 12:50:59 PM  

gwowen: MFAWG: chimp_ninja: MFAWG: Have you ever seen Dustin Ackley play the outfield?

He gets by on being a pretty good athlete, but he can't play a ball hit over him to save his ass, and he's not fast enough to play deep and run in to any great effect.

And yet, he gets to more balls per game than most left fielders.  (And systems that look at where the balls are hit agree that he has above-average range.)  If it's because he's a good athlete with poor form, why would I care as long as the net result is catching lots of fly balls?  If anything, it suggests he can be coached to a higher level, compared to a guy who is just slow.

He misses a lot of fly balls that he should get to, and when you pair that with a questionable arm and no better than average bat he's a 4th outfielder on a good day.

dWAR has him as an exactly average defensive LF..


So our starting left fielder is exactly average. Meanwhile, we don't have a consistent starter in right, because it looks like Dinofria isn't gonna cut it.

So there's room for improvement in this outfield.
 
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