Friday, August 28, 2015

Let's Go Mets - Statistics Tell The Story

I must repeat myself at the risk of being crude, sometimes the best trades are the ones that you don't make.  The statistics above tell the story.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I Will Have the Opportunity to Buy Tickets for Mets Postseason Games

Since I have a 10 ticket plan for Citfifield I received an e-mail from the Mets stating that from September 2 to September 4 I will have the opportunity to buy tickets for the postseason.  It obviously did not say how much the tickets will cost.  I am guessing that they will be at least $75 per ticket.  There are 3 rounds: Division series; League Championship Series; World Series.  They will likely require that you buy an entire strip for the maximum number games the Mets will play if they reach the World Series.  I'll have to decide what I will do next week.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Paul McCartney Says Let it Be 36 Times

This was the answer for a question I saw today on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Paul McCartney says Let it Be 36 times. Does anyone want to listen very carefully and verify that?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Confessin' The Blues by the Rolling Stones

I heard this about 50 years ago when I bought the album The Rolling Stones 12 X 5.  I just heard it again today on Brian Matthew's Sounds of the 60s.  This is the early Rolling Stones at their finest.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Mets Must Sign Yoenis Cespedes

The ball really flies at Coors Field in Denver, but Yoenis Cespedes put on a clinic last night as he hit 3 home runs with 7 RBIs in a 14-9 victory over the Rockies.  Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Conforto also homered for the Mets.  They are currently 5 games ahead in the National League East with 41 games to play.

This season reminds me of 1985 when the Mets got their act together, but fell a little short.  I think that barring a collapse the Mets should take the division, but after what happened in 2007 and 2008 I can't count my chickens until they hatch.  It will be very tough to get by the Cardinals or the Dodgers in the division series.

By next year the team should be more mature, but to dominate the division and move ahead in the playoffs they must sign Yoenis Cespedes as they signed Mike Piazza in 1999,  Will 2016 be like 1986?  Only time will tell.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Remembering FM Radio in NYC and the 1960s and 1970s

I fondly remember FM radio in the 1960s and 1970s before the consultants took them over.  I welcome readers of Bruce's Journal to listen to this 6 minute scan of the FM dial that was posted by Bernie Wagenblast who works as a traffic reporter for 1010 WINS.  I had the pleasure of meeting Bernie at the first Oldies Meet and Greet in 2006.  A few years ago he sent me an audio birthday greeting on Facebook.

As I listened to this short recording it brought make memories of radio stations that have changed formats and/or call letters over the years.  Only the frequencies remained the same.  Back then there were four beautiful music stations:

  • 93.1 - WPAT
  • 100.3 WVNJ
  • 103.5 WTFM
  • 105.1 WRFM
The radio stations that I miss the most are:
  • 102.7 WNEW-FM
  • 97.1  WYNY 
  • 95.5 WABC-FM
  • 98.7 - WOR-FM
Those were the days.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Yvonne Craig Who Played TV's Batgirl Dies at 78

The Batman TV series of 1966-68 years starring Adam West and Burt Ward was somewhat silly.  In the third season Batgirl played by Yvonne Craig was introduced.  In her secret identity of Barbara Gordon she was a librarian.  Somehow she was able to get off work to turn into Batgirl.  Today we found out that Yvonne died at age 78.  IMDB biography of Yvonne.

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