Sunday, August 2, 2015

Jeopardy's Season Ended on Friday


Jeopardy's season ended on Friday with the next 6 weeks being devoted to reruns of tournaments aired during the past year.  I think I need a break from my favorite quiz show, so we will record Who Wants to Be a Millionaire aired at 2 PM on Channel 7 and watch them at 7 PM until the new Jeopardy season begins on September 14.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Will Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour Come to NYC in 2015?



I just checked the 2015 schedule for the Never Ending tour compiled by Bill Pagel.  It states that this leg of the tour ends in Milan, Italy on November 22.  In previous years the tour takes a break in late November or early December.  I am hoping that Dylan will do some dates in NYC in early December before the tour takes a break.

Friday, July 31, 2015

It Takes a Lot of Patience to be a Met Fan



That statement comes from someone who has been a Met fan since day one in 1962.  For the sake of this blog entry I will go back 10 years.  In 2006 we lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in game 7 of the League Championship Series as Carlos Beltran struck out.  In 2007 and 2008 the Mets lost the National League East championship on the last day of the season.  The Mets have had losing records in the first 6 years of playing in Citifield.

We were optimistic at the beginning of the season as the Mets won 11 games in a row and took the lead in the division.  As time went on the hitting went "south" and the team was hit with several injuries including the loss of David Wright.  The starting pitching has been excellent, but how can you win if you can't score runs.

Yesterday's game was absolutely terrible.  Jon Neise pitched well as the Mets had a 7-1 lead.  The bullpen collapsed as a grand slam homer by the Padres made the score 7-5.  The Mets were ahead with two outs in the 9th when a 3 run homer by Justin Upton gave the Padres an 8-7 lead.  There was then an almost 3 hour rain delay, but the Mets were out 1,2,3 and lost the game.  It has been rare this season for the bull pen to implode.

Would Carlos Gomez be a savior for the rest of the season?  We'll never know as apparently the trade fell through because the Mets didn't want to pay his salary.

We'll take the rest of the season one game at a time.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Random Comments of the Day

I  logged into my laptop at home twice today but have not received the icon on my taskbar to install Windows 10.  I guess with millions of computers out there running on Windows, Microsoft is giving out access in phases.  The general advice given is to wait as there may be some bugs in the new operating system that would have to be ironed out.  I have Windows 8.1 but always use the desktop.

I recently bought two Bob Dylan books.  For the Kindle:

Wald, E. (2015). Dylan goes electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the night that split the Sixties.

Will I learn anything new about this situation that happened 50 years ago.

I was at a professional meeting in the Union Square area and passed by the Strand Book Store at Broadway and 12th Street.  This is a bookstore like they used to be.  I just had to buy something so I got:

Egan, S. (2011). The mammoth book of Bob Dylan. London: Robinson.

It is a collection of articles written about Dylan.  For $7 how could I go wrong.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mets 15 Dodgers 2 With Bob Radil in Attendance

Bob Radil at the 2011 Oldies Meet and Greet

Most of the time when I go to a ball game it is with Lee and Karen.  Last night I felt I needed a little break from the family so I went to Citfield with Bob Radil and Mary Ellen Brown (Snoopy).  Bob was going to his very first Met game, but based on what happened last night Bob should go more often.

The Mets made a trade to acquire Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe and recalled Michael Conforto from the minor leagues.  It was hard to believe that the Mets scored 15 runs with 21 hits.  There were home runs by:
  • Lucas Duda (2)
  • Kelly Johnson
  • Daniel Murphy
The Mets were 9-16 with runners in scoring position which is a complete turnabout from what they have done recently.

Game Recap

Bob Radil is a big oldies radio enthusiast who hosts The 60s 70s show heard Friday nights on Rewound Radio.  He is a walking encyclopedia of the music and artists of that era.  I think Snoopy really wanted him to come to the game.  I didn't realize that Bob is also an avid photography as he took numerous pictures inside and outside Citi Field.

After the game there was a concert by the rock group Heart.


It certainly was an eventful night.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dodgers 7 Mets 2 - At Least I Got a Jacob deGrom T-Shirt


When we ordered our ten ticket package we picked one Friday night game to get a Mets t-shirt.  The freebee last night was one with Jacob deGrom's unique hair style.  That was the best part of the evening as the Mets lost 7-2.

Starting pitcher Jonathan Niese did not have a good outing as he gave up 6 runs in the first 3 innings.  Former Met Justin Turner hit a hme run and went 3-5 against his former team.  Yasiel Puig and Jimmy Rollins also homered for the Dodgers.  This game marked the debut of Michael Conforto who was recalled by the Mets from AA Binghamton.  He went 0-3 but drove in a run with a ground out.

After the game the Mets made a deal with the Atlanta Braves acquring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson in an attempt to improve the offense.

Game Summary
 
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