Archive for August, 2011

5 Borough Sports Television – Episode 3

Posted in 5BS Television on August 29, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Didn’t See That One Coming!

Posted in Yankees on August 25, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

After Phil Hughes’ debocle of a third inning, I came to the conclusion that the Yanks were going to get swept by the awful A’s. I was preparing myself for the annual Yankees week-long August slump. But then out of nowhere, this became the most absurd games of the season. Three grand slams in one game, a feat that’s never happened in baseball? In the cheesy words of Michael Kay, “History in grand style!” This was an important game for the Yanks. The Red Sox seem to have found their groove again, so the Yankees can’t afford any hiccups during the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, a game like this can get the Yanks out of this unusual slump and “back in the game.”

Giants vs. Jets Preseason Game This Weekend…Jets Act Like It’s the Super Bowl

Posted in Giants, Jets on August 24, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Victor Cruz: MVP of the 2010 Preseason

(ESPNNY.COM) FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets, whom coach Rex Ryan believes have taken control of the local football rivalry, are approaching the annual summer showdown against the New York Giants as more than just a preseason game. The Jets want to win and send a message, and perhaps set a tone for when they meet again, Dec. 24 — their first regular-season meeting since 2007. “This game doesn’t affect our year, as everybody knows, but we still want to play great, we still want to dominate,” guard Matt Slauson said Wednesday. Safety Jim Leonhard added, “I think it’s definitely going to be intense. It’s for bragging rights. You’re fighting over New York here. … How can you consider yourself a power in the NFL if you don’t own your own city?” Ryan took some shots at the Giants in his book, which was published in the spring and devotes an entire chapter to the rivalry. He says, “I know it’s going to piss off every Giants fan to hear this, but here you go: We are the better team. We are the big brother.” He also says the Jets are “going to remain the better team for the next 10 years.”

Wait. Are the Jets trying to start up this New York rivalry again? Didn’t see this one coming. It’s the third game of the preseason and the Jets are acting like it’s the game of the decade. Relax. Why would you hype this game when both teams play each other later in the season when it actually counts? Like I’ve said before, the Giants could care less about the Jets. They just want to stay healthy. I’m pretty sure every Giants fan will take a loss this weekend over any other season-ending injury. So Jets fans can brag all they want if they win on Saturday. As long as every Giants starter is alive and healthy at the end of the game, I’ll consider it a victory.

By the way, I love Rex Ryan’s claim that the Jets are the bigger brother. If you coach a franchise who hasn’t even been to the Super Bowl in over 40 years, let alone win a championship, I would stay quiet. It’s a coincidence that the Jets and the Eagles, two of the most unsuccessful franchises in NFL history, talk the most shit.

Moving Forward

Posted in Giants on August 23, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

I couldn’t be happier with the Giants after yesterday’s preseason beatdown against the Bears. The offense improved immensely after their debocle against Carolina last week. Perry Fewell’s defense was unstoppable. Unfortunately, this game felt like a devastating loss after discovering the severity of Terrell Thomas’ injury. With a torn ACL, Thomas is likely to miss the entire season. This is a huge blow given Terrell was the Giants’ best defensive back last season. Plus, this was going to be Thomas’ final year in his contract. The Giants were looking forward to a fantastic season for the fourth year pro. Now we cry about all the Giants’ injuries this month (cry me a fuck’n river NY Post). Or we can move forward…

Free Agent Cornerback Lito Sheppard Will Work Out for the Giants on Wednesday

I believe the Giants’ secondary is still strong, but only if they don’t lose any other cornerbacks. Veteran Aaron Ross is set to replace Terrell Thomas, so that should fill that void. But there’s a huge drop off when it comes to the second string – Michael Coe and Joe Burnett…ouch. The Giants need to bring in some depth, so I believe they need to sign a veteran cornerback this week. I’ve heard rumors about former Colts’ cornerback Kelvin Hayden signing with the Giants. This would be a fantastic pickup. Hayden has been a starter for the past four seasons and has put up some impressive numbers. However, he has been nagged by injuries for the last three years. Personally, I think the Giants should look to sign Lito Sheppard. I am happy to hear that the Giants are actually going to work out Lito tomorrow. Unlike Hayden, Sheppard is willing to sign for the veteran minimum. Given the Giants don’t have too much cap space, this could be a match made in heaven.

With the quiet offseason, numerous injuries and lost free agents, it seems that every one has quickly jumped off the Giants bandwagon. The last time the Giants had this quiet of an offseason was 2007. So I’m not too worried about that. Personally, I think the Giants are in a good situation to begin the season. The defense is still strong, Bradshaw and Jacobs look great, and Eli looks primed and confident to have another great year. In the NFL, it’s great to head into the season in a quiet manner. From what I saw on the sidelines last night, it looks like this Giants team is more of a family now than ever. Since everyone has doubted them, they’ve come together to prove themselves. Now let’s all pray for no more injuries the next two weeks.

Greetings from MCU Park (Home of the Brooklyn Cyclones)

Posted in Mets on August 21, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO








I’ve Officially Lost Patience With A.J. Burnett

Posted in Yankees on August 20, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

…And that’s the final straw folks – I have officially given up on A.J. Burnett. For the past year and a half, I’ve put up with his inconsistency. But since I knew his potential to have the best stuff on this staff, I’ve had a ton of patience with AJ. Plus, Burnett was a huge factor in the Yankees’ 2009 playoff run – but that’s long gone now. This year, AJ has a mediocre 4.96 ERA, but that’s not what kills the Yanks. The guy this year has been a prime example of what I call a pitcher who throws to the “rhythm of the game.” If the Yankees are on an offensive tear in his start, he manages to have a miserable start. If the Yanks aren’t swinging the bat well on his day on the bump, he manages to pitch well, but not good enough (usually giving up 1-2 more runs than the opposing starter). He hasn’t been mentally tough enough to be a shut down guy when needed to. This shows that the 4.96 ERA is actually deceiving. A few of his starts may look good on paper (7 IP, 2 ER, 6 K, etc.), but this is usually when the Yanks would lose a low scoring game.

If I were Girardi and the Yankees ended their season today, it wouldn’t be a question that Burnett would be out of the starting rotation for the postseason. So here’s my starting four if the season ended today:

1. C.C. Sabathia (obviously)

2. Bartolo Colon (even though he has struggled lately, he has been the second most consistent pitcher on the staff)

3. Phil Hughes (he’s getting hot at the right time)

4. Ivan Nova (will be between Nova and Garcia – whoever is the hotter pitcher at the end of September will get the fourth start)

You guys agree with this rotation?

Greetings From Behind the Dugout at Citi Field

Posted in Mets on August 19, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO








Jeter is Batting .291…Still Think He’s Overrated?

Posted in Yankees on August 18, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Remember when the baseball world was complaining about how Derek Jeter was so overrated? Two months ago, almost every baseball writer in the country was bashing Jeter about how he was “washed up” and his offense was “atrocious.” Where are the shitty New York Post and Daily News journalists? Where are the Red Sox fans now?

For all of the Jeter-haters out there, here are some stats:

  • Jeter is hitting .326 since his return from the Disabled List
  • Derek is third in the majors with a .373 batting average against lefties this season
  • Since his return from the DL, Jeter is batting .341 with RISP…Captain Clutch
  • In his last 35 games, Jeter has 13 multi-hit games

So for all of those baseball “experts” who thought Jeter’s career was dwindling, you’re fuck’n wrong. According to these stats, it seems that Jeter is headed for a strong finish this season…sorry, truth hurts. With another win tonight, the Yanks continue to hold the best record in the American League. As for the Mets, the red-hot Milwaukee Brewers come into town for a three game series at Citi Field. In other news, Alex Rodriguez was back with the Yankees tonight after a six week stint on the DL with a torn meniscus in his right knee. So to welcome A-Rod back to the team, here’s an interview with him and Jeter from 1998:

Is Eli Manning in the Same Class as Tom Brady?

Posted in Giants on August 17, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Eli Manning = Elite Quarterback

( The omission of Giants quarterback Eli Manning for the player-generated Top 100 list compiled and presented by NFL Network during the lockout raised plenty of eyebrows. Eli puts himself on the list.  He puts himself high on the list. Asked by ESPN 1050′s Michael Kay whether Eli puts himself in the same class as Tom Brady, Eli said this:  “I consider myself in that class and Tom Brady is a great quarterback, he’s a great player and what you’ve seen with him is he’s gotten better every year and he started off winning championships and I think he’s a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships.  It’s funny, you say well he won championships, but the team, but I think know he’s grown up and gotten better every year and that’s what I’m trying to do.  I kind of hope these next seven years of my quarterback days are my best.” 

First of all, every Giants fan should be ecstatic about this Eli quote. While the Eagles have been making a ton of noise this offseason, the Giants have been extremely quiet. It’s finally nice to hear some sort of confidence come out of one of our players. Eli has been known to stay away from controversy in the media, so this was a nice surprise. Of course the New York media twisted this quote into saying that Eli claimed he’s just as good as Brady. By no means, he didn’t say this at all. All Eli said was that he considers himself in the same class. What do you want the guy to say? “No, I don’t deserve to be in the same class. I’m not as good as him.” Who can fault a guy for answering a question with some confidence?

What does being in the same class mean anyway? I’d say this means being a top five quarterback in the league, and I’m confident to say that Eli is a top five quarterback (Brady, Peyton Manning, Vick, Rivers, Eli Manning). Eli has quietly thrown over 4,000 yards the past two seasons. Plus, we all know he defeated Brady head-to-head in Super Bowl XLII. Apparently Patriots fans are fuming about Eli’s answer. Why are they? He didn’t even come close to saying he’s as good as Brady. I believe Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all-time. But right now in 2011, I think Eli Manning is an elite NFL quarterback. Therefore, he’s in the same class as Tom Brady. Argument over.

Best Team in the American League

Posted in Yankees on August 16, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO


It seems that everyone this summer has been raving about the Red Sox and the Phillies dominating baseball. Don’t want to disappoint any Yankee haters, but the Yanks are leading the AL East and have the best record in the American League. Remember back in February when every baseball “expert” claimed the Yankees had no chance of winning the division this year? Sucks for all the Yankee haters…again! I find it hilarious that the Sox stole the show in the offseason acquiring Adrien Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, while the Yanks signed washed up pitchers Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. I guess it’s not about the money after all. No lie – I’ll take this Yankees squad over the Red Sox any day. I know according to the WAR stat (whatever the fuck that is), Dustin Pedroia is better than Cano. If anyone told me they would rather have Pedroia than Cano, I would lose all respect for their baseball intelligence. Unlike other sports, you can’t always go by the books in baseball. According to those same bullshit WAR stats, Nomar was a better player than Jeter in the late 90’s. Hilarious right? To be honest, the Red Sox have by far a better team on paper than the Yankees. But who cares? The Yanks are currently in 1st place…and that’s just baseball.

Speaking of Cano, did anyone see that at bat he had tonight in the 4th inning? It was undoubtedly the best AB of the year. In a 13 pitch at bat, Cano fouled off seven straight foul balls…then hit a go-ahead three run bomb to deep center. Any of you baseball nerds have an answer for that stat? Fuck WAR.