Saturday, April 29, 2017

Yankees 12 Orioles 4 with 4 Homers by the Bronx Bombers

Even though I am a big Met fan, I don't hate the Yankees and like to see them in the Bronx twice a year.  The only time I root against them is during the Subway series.  The D train was really packed as we boarded it a 42nd Street for the last leg of the subway trip to the stadium. We also had to wait for several minutes to get to the security check.  I understand that it is necessary in this post 9/11 world, but it was a very slow process.

The pitching matchup was Michael Pineda against Ubaldo Jimenez.  The Yankee bats came alive with 2 home runs by Brett Gardiner.  Austin Romine and Aaron Judge also homered as the Bronx Bombers coasted to a 12-4 victory.  Through the "magic" of Facebook I found out that my brother-in-law Keith and nephew Scott were also at the game, but our seats were too far apart to meet with them.

Game recap

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Injuries on the Mets are Killing Them

So far the Mets are 8-13 at the end of April and have lost 6 in a row and 10 out of 11.  Much of the poor performance can be attributed to injuries.

  • David Wright - we don't know when or even if he'll be back
  • Steven Matz - we need a good left handed pitcher
  • Seth Lugo - he did well at the end of last season
  • Noah Syndergaard - he missed his start yesterday because of a dead arm.  We don't know how serious this is.
  • Lucas Duda - hopefully, he'll be back soon
  • Wilmer Flores - infection
  • Yoenis Cespedes - hamstring problem
Let's hope for the best.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Alternative Version of Mr. Tambourine Man Sung by Gene Clark

The hit version of Mr. Tambourine Man was sung by Roger McGuinn.  Gene Clark was the first original Byrd to leave the group to become a solo artist.  His version of Mr. Tambourine Man is out of this world.  Give it a listen.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Gridlock in Downtown Flushing Has Gone from Worse to Impossible

The population of Flushing has grown by leaps and bounds over the years.  Many private houses were demolished and replaced by apartment buildings.  Likewise in the downtown area, small buildings were taken down and replaced by high-rise office buildings.  Umpteen bus lines run in and out of the downtown area.  Obviously, this has created congestion.

I usually take the Q34, Q44 or Q20 from the end of the #7 line for one mile to my home.  Today there was gridlock on Main Street from Roosevelt Avenue to Northern Blvd.  Likewise, the traffic on Northern Blvd was at a standstill for a mile.

I think I did the wise thing by walking that last mile.  It is just aggravating to stand in a crowded bus while it is stuck in traffic.

I think this qualifies for an "Oy Vey."

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Nationals 3 Mets 1 in Our First 2017 Game at Citifield

Since this was the first weekend afternoon game of the season, we decided to come to Citifield.  There was a Matt Harvey gnome given to the first 15,000 fans, but we decided to pass on that since we already have umpteen bobble head dolls at home.  The game started in a slight drizzle, but there were no rain delays.  Our seats were covered, so we didn't get wet.

Starting pitcher Jacob deGrom and 3 relievers struck out 15 Nats, but the hitting just couldn't get going.  The Mets only had 1 run with just two hits and lost 3-1.  Tomorrow is another day.

Game recap

Happy Birthday Karen

It worked out that Karen's birthday is one day after mine.  I guess that fellow Taurean's are compatible,  I think he helped that both of us are Met fans.  We went to our first game in together in 1981and were married in 1983.

To celebrate we are going to see the Mets play the Washington Nationals at Citifield later today,
Personal-Journals blog