Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bruce's Journal Reaches 300,000 Page Views

According to Bruce's Journal has received 300,000 page views.  The statistics that I get from Blogger and Google Analytics are usually different so I don't know which one is accurate.  Most of the hits are casual as those finding this journal usually stay for a very short time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Subway Series Begins Tonight

Round 1 of the Subway Series begins tonight at Yankee Stadium while round 2 at Citifield will not occur until September.  In previous years these games have taken place in May, June or July.  The Mets are red hot as they have won 11 games in a row which ties their record for longest winning streak.  The Yankees just won 3 out of 4 against the Detroit Tigers.

It seems that the best trades are the ones that you don't make.  Bartolo Colon is now 4-0.  The young pitchers on the Mets have matured and have given the team arguably the best staff in MLB.  Jeurys Familia has risen to the occasion and already has 8 save.  He is likely to stay in the closer role after Bobby Parnell returns.

This is a transitionary year for the Yankees after the retirement of Derek Jeter.

In a short series anything can happen.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bob Dylan's Ballad in Plan D Inspired Randy Bachman to Write Undun Recorded by the Guess Who

Tonight Cousin Brucie interviewed Randy Bachman who was the lead singer of the Guess Who and the Bachman Turner Overdrive.  One of The Guess Who's biggest hits was Undun, a song that tells the story of a girl whom he had seen at a party who slipped into a coma after dropping acid. Randy said that the word Undun was from Ballad in Plan D an obscure Bob Dylan song from the album Another Side of Bob Dylan.

"Of the two sisters, I loved the young
With sensitive instincts, she was the creative one
The constant scapegoat, she was easily undone
By the jealousy of others around her"

Ballad in Plain D was a very boring song that alluded to Dylan's romantic relationship with Suze Rotolo.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April 22 is Karen's Birthday

On our very first date in 1980 I noticed Karen had a knick knack on a shelf that said Taurus.  I asked when is her birthday and she said Aprill 22 which is one day after mine, but not in the same year.  I will not reveal Karen's age on the internet where anybody could see it.  She is one of the few people I know who is totally disinterested in Facebook, Twitter or any other social media tool.

Happy birthday and many many more.

Hey - Today is My Birthday

This caked was baked by Anita Bonita

This thoughtful gift was sent by Jean Prokopchuk

Here are some "hints" as to how old I am.  I think it is quite obvious

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Mets Beat the Miami Marlins 7-6 But Lose Two Players to Injuries

View from Section 516

It was our first game of the season at Citifield this season. The stadium was almost full as Matt Harvey was the starting pitcher.  The Mets scored 7 runs in the 4th inning highlighted by a bases clearing triple by Ruben Tejada.  At that point the Mets had a 7-1 and it appeared to be an easy victory coming.  Miami chipped away and scored 5 runs to make the score 7-6.  Jeurys Familia came in the 9th inning to close the door on the Marlins.

The Mets lost Travis d'Arnaud when he was hit by a pitch on his wrist. Pitcher Jerry Blevins was hit by a line drive off his pitching arm and suffered a fracture.  Kevin Plawecki, a prized prospect, and right-hander Hansel Robles will be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to help fill in.

Despite an injury to David Wright the Mets have now won 8 in a row and start the season at 10-3.  The Mets opened the 1986 and 2006 seasons with that record and went on to win the division those years.

Selfie at today's game

It's Nice to Have a Winning Team in the Neighborhood

It is really nice to see the Mets start out at 9-3.  The last several years have been tough for fans of the Amazins.  The team has had losing seasons since the opening of Citifield in 2009.  The Mets just missed out on reaching the playoffs in 2007 and 2008.  The last time the Mets made the postseason was in 2006.

Met fans have had some tough periods in their history:

1962-1968 were all losing seasons until we won the World Series in 1969

The late 1970s were especially bad after the Tom Seaver trade. We didn't win it all until 1986.

The Mets were terrible during most of the 1990s and didn't reach the playoffs until 1999 and 2000.

It is a very long season and 12 games is not very much.  So far so good, but I am optimistic about the rest of season.

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