Sunday, April 20, 2014

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.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thanks Again Rich Appel for the IRS Top 104

Rich Appel looks somewhat silly in picture as he listens to a small transistor radio from the early 1960s.  Every year he asks oldies enthusiast to submit a list of records that they feel should have charted in the Top 10, but did not.  Right now on Bob Radil's 60s 70s show Rich and Bob are counting down the top 104 from that list.  I am not a "chart guy" but I appreciate all the effort that Rich puts into this countdown. It is always nice to hear songs that are rarely heard on the radio.  Here are my entries this year:

River Deep Mountain High - Ike and Tina Turner
Just Like A Woman - Bob Dylan
Hurricane - Bob Dylan
Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan
Can You Please Crawl out your window - Bob Dylan
Catch the Wind - Donovan
There is a Mountain - Donovan
Matchbox - Beatles
8 Miles High - Byrds
So You Want to Be a Rock n Roll Star - Byrds
My Back Page -  Byrds
A Hazy Shade of Winter - Simon and Garfunkel
At the Zoo - Simon and Garfunkel
Scarborough Fair (Canticle) - Simon and Garfunkel
Open the Door to You Heart - Darrell Banks
The Weight - The Band
Soul Finger - Bar Kays
Detroit City - Bobby Bare
Ain’t Nobody Home - BB King
Suite Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby Stills and Nash
Woodstock - Crosby Stills Nash and Young
Teach Your Children - Crobsy Stills, Nash and Young
Killer Joe - Rocky Fellers
Tell Me - Rolling Stones
Dandelion - Rolling Stones
Follow that Dream - Elvis Presley
If I can Dream - Elvis Presley
Kentucky Rain _ Elvis Presley
Girl Don’t Come - Sandie Shaw
Function at the Junction - Shorty Long

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Random Thoughts of the Day

Today I received my 20 year service award at NJIT.  Please see my librarian blog for more information.

I usually work late on Wednesday night but since I got home before 6 Pm Lee insiisted that we listen to Cousin Bruce during dinner instead of a CD,

One of the problem with the iPhone is that the battery goes down very quickly.  I found an article on the Huffington Post that made some suggestions:

  1. Lower the brightness
  2. Deactivate some of the notifications which eat up battery power.  Most of the notifications from Team Stream are the same as those from ESPN.  I don't need both.
  3. If I am in the subway, I should turn the phone to airplane mode
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