Sunday, August 28, 2016

Phiilies 5 Mets 1

The Mets were playing well after winning 6 out of 7 including a 12-1 thrashing of the Phillies last night.  However the hitting went south today as Robert Gsellman made his first major leagure start.  He did well for 6 innings, but the visitors got three straight singles in the top of the 7th which eventually lead to 3 runs which put the Phillies ahead to stay.  Neil Walker and Yoenis Cespedes missed the game with nagging injuries.  The Mets also lost shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the first inning with soreness in his left knee.  They have 4 games coming up at home against the Miami Marlins in their quest for the second wild card.

Game recap

Friday, August 26, 2016

Getting to Dylan - A Rare Documentary for Diehard Dylan Fans



A few days ago a signed on to my Youtube account and found a recommendation for a documentary called Getting to Dylan which was done at the time of the filming of  Hearts of Fire.  In my opinion this film was one of the worst things that Dylan ever did.  It was so bad that to save money it was never released to theaters.  I did rent the VHS from Blockbuster video in the late 1980s and agree that it stunk.  Even the Beatles failed with the Magical Mystery tour as it presented good music in a bad film.

It is very rare when Dylan gives an interview, but there he speaks at length in Getting to Dylan.  I would recommend it to diehard Dylan fans.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ma Belle Amie by the Tee Set - Random Oldie of the Day


Cousin Brucie just played it on tonight's show.  An old Dan Ingram joke was "What did the actor Ralph Bellamy call his mother?"  A ten-year old just requested Strawberry Fields Forever on the Cuz's show.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Just Got a Tecsun PL-880 Short Wave Radio

I guess I need a new high tech toy.  I have been a radio enthuisast for many years, but my interests have been most in AM/FM and recently internet radio.  I have been more involved in following trends in music radio formats.  Some years ago I bought an inexpensive short wave radio and dabbled with it for a few years  This time I am going to try to be more serious about it.  The reviews I read about this Tecsun PL-880 radio were very positive, so I will have to take time to learn how to use it and find broadcasts from all over the world.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Wrong Weather Forecast Messed Up My Plans for Today


When we turned on the news radio this morning the forecast called for a possibility of showers in the evening, but nothing for the afternoon.  We wanted to go to a CD and Record Fair at West 57th Street and 9th Avenue.  Several times over this past month we took umbrellas when the forecast was for showers, but they never happened.  Since there was no forecast of rain for this afternoon, we did not take umbrellas.

Our plan was to take the N Train to 57th Street and then walk to 9th Avenue.  When we arrived at train station we saw that it was poring.  We waited for over 35 minutes, but the rain did not stop or let up.  At that point we went back to subway and went home.

While we were on the 7 train we saw that the rain stopped, but started again when we arrived in Flushing. We were able to run and wait in the lobby of Citibank until the Q20A bus game.

The only thing that we lost was the subway fare going both ways.  I would have liked to peruse records and CDs, but I believe this organization comes to the same location every month.

Oh, well.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Commissioner Rob Manfred is Considering Changes to Baseball Rules


The photo of a fan sleeping at a game seen above is somewhat an exaggeration but in my opinion changes must be made to speed up games.  Some of these changes proposed by Rob Manfred are outlined in this article in USA Today.

I just hate it when pitchers are brought in to face just one batter.  I remember one recent game when Joe Girardi took a pitcher out after one batter when the Yankees had a 4 run lead in the 9th inning.  That is really overmanaging.  Years ago teams would only carry 10 pitchers and a reliever would go 2 or 3 innings to get a save.  It is very uncommon today for a reliever to pitch more than 1 inning.  I think a solution may be to limit a team to 11 pitchers on the active roster.  Another possibility would be to require a pitcher to stay for at least 2 batters.

We'll just have to wait and see as a new basic agreement must be signed soon.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Random Comments of the Day

It is unusual when both the Yankees and the Mets are home or away at the same time.  Last weekend both teams were home as the Mets played the San Diego Padres while the Yankees played the Tampa Bay Rays.  This coming weekend both will be away on the west coast with the Mets playing the SF Giants and the Yankees playing at Anaheim.  There will be no games on TV until 10 PM.

Best of luck to NJIT alumnae Lisa Kardos who is expecting her second child (girl) in February.  She also taught as an adjunt in the chemical engineering department.

On Friday we will have a retirement luncheon for Maria Denaro and Yacie Enos at Luigi's in Newark.  The NJIT Library will not be the same without them.
 
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