Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Karen

Karen's bitrthday is April 22, a day after mine.  We were not born in the same year.  So every year we have a double celebration.  It must have been in the 1980s when I sent Bob Shannon a request to play What a Difference a Day Makes by Dinah Washington.  He was nice enough to play it.  I certainly hope he is doing well.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ruben Hurricane Carter Dies at 76

There have been many fictional characters in Bob Dylan songs.  One of the few people in the title of a Dylan song is Ruben "Hurricane" Carter who died today of prostate cancer.  Dylan always stood up for his belief that Hurricane was falsely convicted of a crime that he didn't commit.

Braves 7 Mets 5

Last night was our second trip this season to see the Mets.  The bullpen didn't do too well as Jose Valverde allowed a three run homer to Justin Upton in the 9th inning.  The Braves brought in closer Craig Kimbrel who is usually "lights out".  The Mets rallyed for two runs as Kimbrel was removed for Jordan Walden who got the save.

There are two things that worry me about the Mets this early in the season:

  1. Hitting - as of now Curtis Graderson, Travis d'Arnaud, and Reuben Tejada are batting below .200
  2. The bullpen has been very inconsistant.  Can Jose Valverde be an effective closer?

I am wonder who will be the "player to be named later" in the Ike Davis trade.  Will it be a shortstop or releiver?  We'll see.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thoughts upon Being Traded in Professional Sports

It was just announced that the Mets traded Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a minor league player and a player to be named later.  Trading one person for another seems to be a phenomenon limited to professional sports.  Do exceutives from AT&T get traded to Verizon?  If a person wants to leave their current employer, they can apply for another job and hope they will be hired by another organization at a higher salary.

Just a random thought on a Friday night.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Mets Beat The Diamondbacks 3 Games in a Row

The Mets looked good as they beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3 games in a row on the road.  As of now their record is 8-7.  However, it is a long season where there will always be ups and downs.  You never know when injuries will occur as Juan Lagares will be out for at least 15 days.  Curtis Granderson is off to a slow start, so hopefully, he will not turn into another Jason Bay.  Home runs in Yankee Stadium could turn into long outs at Citifield.  Our next game is Saturday night against Atlanta.

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Car is a Record Breaker

Above is a photo of my car a 2000 Chevy Cavalier.  I have always been a Chevy man and have kept my cars a long time:

1972 Chevy Nova -bought new and kept until 1986, exactly 14 years
1985 Chevy Cavalier - bought as a used car in 1986 and kept until 2000
2000 Chevy Cavalier - bought new and now going on 15 years

I am taking a couple of days of from work for Passover, so today I brought in for a New York State inspection.  It passed inspection, but the mechanic suggested that I get replace the fan belts.

Now I have had this car longer than the other two.  Since I take public transportaton to work I usually only use the car on weekends.  In 14 years I have only 55,000 miles on the car.  Since I keep it garaged the body is in very good shape.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I am glad I didn't watch this game as the Mets Lost to the Angels 14-2

Today's Met game from Anaheim started at 3:30, but I got home at 4:15.  I decided the read the New York Times for a while and then watch the game.  At about 5:00 the Mets were losing big so I decided to listen to the rest of  Rich Appel's and Bob Radil's countdown on Rewound Radio.  I am really glad that I didn't wastch any of that game as the Mets lost 14-2.  Bartolo Colon gave up 4 home runs including 3 in a row to Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez.  The Mets are paying Colon $10 Million this season and this is what we get from him.  Another red flag is that after 12 game Curtis Granderson is hitting .159.  Let's hope he will not turn into another Jason Bay.

Game Summary

I'll try to be optimistic and say that this is only one game and that there is a long way to go.
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