Saturday, June 25, 2016

My Thoughts on the Mets Signing of Jose Reyes

I have mixed feelings about the Mets signing of Jose Reyes today.  People make mistakes in life and deserve a chance to earn a living in their chosen profession.  Jose made a terrible mistake by beating his wife, but since it only happened once he disserves a second chance.  If it happens again, then I say throw the rascal out.

From a financial point of view it is a "no brainer" since the Colorado Rockies  are liable for most of his salary.  The Mets have sent him to Class A Brooklyn, but what does he have to prove by playing at that level.  I presume that they will eventually move him to AAA Las Vegas before letting him play at the major league level.  But where will he play?  Asrubel Cabrera is doing quite well at shortstop  while Neil Walker is OK at second base.  That leaves third base where Jose has never played.  Can he develop proficiency at the position at the minor league level.  He could become the regular third baseman if David Wright does not come back?  When we saw Jose play against the Mets last season it was obvious that his skills eroded.

I am concerned that the Mets have several infield prospects whose development may be stifled f Reyes comes to the parent team.  They are:

  • Dilson Herrera
  • Matt Reynolds
  • Amed Rosario
  • Ty Kelly
Can an aging Jose Reyes be better than Wilmer Flores at third base?

Let's see what happens.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer of 1976 Special on the 60s 70s Show

Tonight's 60s 70s Show hosted by Bob Radil on Rewound Radio will feature the music of the summer of 1976.  Here are some of the songs that charted on WABC that summer:

 TW                                                             LW
  1. Kiss and Say Goodbye - The Manhattans (Columbia)*3 weeks #1*1
  2. Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band (Windsong)          9
  3. More, More, More, Part 1 - Andrea True Connection (Buddah)  3
  4. Turn the Beat Around - Vicki Sue Robinson (RCA)             5
  5. Silly Love Songs - Wings (Capitol)                          2
  6. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine -                  
                         Lou Rawls (Philadelphia International)  8
  7. I'll Be Good to You - The Brothers Johnson (A&M)           12
  8. Misty Blue - Dorothy Moore (Malaco)                         6
  9. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, Part 1 - Tavares (Capitol)13
 10. Shop Around - The Captain & Tennille (A&M)                 11
 11. Sara Smile - Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)                  4
 12. Got to Get You Into My Life - The Beatles (Capitol)        17
 13. Love Hangover - Diana Ross (Motown)                         7
 14. Love Is Alive - Gary Wright (Warner Brothers)              --
 15. The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy (Mercury)           21
 16. Let 'Em In - Wings (Capitol)                               HP
 17. Tear the Roof Off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk) -          
                                        Parliament (Casablanca) --
 18. Let Her In - John Travolta (Midland International)         28
 19. Moonlight Feels Right - Starbuck (Private Stock)           29
 20. Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee (Rocket)--
 23. Rock and Roll Music - The Beach Boys (Brother/Reprise)     18
 24. You're My Best Friend - Queen (Elektra)                    --
 32. Another Rainy Day in New York City - Chicago (Columbia)    HP
 39. Get Closer - Seals & Crofts (Warner Brothers)              HP
I remember the summer of 1976 was a tough time for me as I lost my job as a laboratory chemist in May and spent that summer job hunting.  There were some horror stories during that summer that I wish I could forget.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mets 2 Royals 1

I usually don't see games in the middle of the week, but I really wanted to see a rematch of last years World Series.  Bartolo Colon was the starting pitcher, but was hit in the hand by the first batter and had to leave the game.  5 relief pitchers were able to hold the Royals to just one run as solo home runs by Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes were enough to win the game.

It seems that Mets can only score by the home run and can rarely put several hits together to score several runs in an inning.  This puts a lot of pressure on the pitching staff.

Box Score

Remembering Radio Personality Dan Daniel (1934-2016)

I was at the Met game last night and as I was looking at my phone I saw the announcement that longtime radio personality Dan Daniel just passed away.  Over the years Dandy Dan Daniel (DDD) was one of my favorites.  Here are some notes about him:

  • He was a WMCA Good Guy in the 1960s and was on the air from 4 PM - 7 PM and played the Top 25 survey.  Wednesday was new survey day.  I believed he left the station a few years before it flipped to all talk in 1970
  • He had two  tenures at WHN when it was a country station
  • He was with WYNY when it was at 97.1 FM as an Adult Contemporary station in the 1980s.  He was doing morning drive for a while but the morons running WYNY dropped him for a couple of clowns named Harris and Harris.
  • He returned to WYNY when it was a country station at 103.5 FM.  He was there at the time the format and calls were changed to WKTU.
  • In 1996 he came to WCBS-FM and did fill in worked until Ron Lundy retired in 1997.  At that time he was on the air from 9 AM - 12 noon.  He stayed on that shift until the end of 2002.  For a few months in 2003 he did some weekend work at CBS-FM, but then retired.  He came back in July 2012 for the 40th anniversary of the oldies format.
I saw Dan a few times in person:
  • WMCA reunion at the Museum of TV and Radio now known as the Paley Center.
  • WYNY day at Shea Stadium in early 1983
  • He did one morning show at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.  I was working at NYPL at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street at the time.
  • He was the MC at a concert that WCBS-FM gave at the World Trade Center.
Below is a tribute produced by Radio's Best Friend Art Vuolo

Monday, June 20, 2016

Rolling Stone Magazine Names Bob Dylan World's Great Songwriter

Needless to say I second that emotion!  Thanks to the editors of Rolling Stone for making Bob #1.  He has left some legacy and hopefully he will write more songs as The Tempest released in 2012 was his last album with his compositions.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Braves 6 Mets 0

What do the years 1970, 1974, 1987, and 2001 have in common?  They were years that followed the Mets appearances in the World Series.  In those 4 years the Mets were flat and just could not repeat the good performances of the previous years.  It lools like the same is happening in 2016 as the Mets lost a three game series to the last place Atlanta Braves.  I spent my Father's Day suffering in the stands of Citifield as the Julio Teheran one-hit the Mets who lost 6-0.

Game recap

The Mets are now 36-32 and trail the first place Washington Nationals by 6 games.  The pitching is usually excellent, but the hitting has really gone south.  Will some roster moves be made?  Will Brandon Nimmo be brought out?  Will Sandy Alderson make trades that perked up the team as he did last July?  There are 94 games to go.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Mets 6 Pirates 4

 It is unusual for us to go a game during the week, but our 13 game package inlcuded last night's game against the Pirates.  Ageless wonder Bartolo Colon was the starting pitcher and actually hit a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly.  There were home runs by Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto, and Neil Walker as the Mets took a 6-0.  Colon should not have pitched in the 8th inning as the Pirates scored two runs off him.  Reliever Addison Reed was ineffective in the 9th and allowed two more runs.  Jeurys Familia came in to put out the fire as the Mets held on to win 6-4.

Game Recap

I finally met Facebook friend Joanna Ente who is likely a bigger Met fan than I.  I knew her brother-in-law Philip and late husband Bernie back in Forest Hills High School.

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