Friday, June 21, 2024

Thank Goodness I Don't Have to Be Concerned About Amtrak/NJ Transit Overhead Wire Problems


For the third time this week, overhead wire problems caused massive delays for riders of Amtrak and New Jersey Transit.  Whenever I feel down, I am grateful I don't have to commute from NYC to Newark as I did for 25 years.  One of the reasons I decided never to revisit my former employer was the fear of getting caught in a miserable train delay.

Can Amtrak solve this problem?

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Remembering Willie Mays 1931-2024


Last night we got the terrible news that Willie Mays passed away at 93.  There is nothing that I can add to the tributes that have come in over the last day.  Above is a tribute video narrated by John Miller.

SABR Biography by John Saccoman

Willie Mays' statistics from Baseball-Reference

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Heat Wave by Martha and the Vandellas - Appropriate Oldie for the Next Several Days


You don't need a weatherman to know that the next several days will be hot.  This oldie never appeared in Bruce's Journal

Sunday, June 16, 2024

My Father's Day Present Mets 11 Padres 6

The Mets are surging as they won their 5th in a row, 9th out of their last 11, and 11 out of 15.  There is a very long time to go in the season, but the Mets are only 1 1/2 games out of the last wild card spot.  Francisco Lindor led off the game with a home run while Pete Alonso had five RBIs.  I just hate reading stories that the Mets will trade him before the deadline at the end of July.  J. D. Martinez was 2 for 3 with a pair of walks to continue his hot streak.

There was a scare in the eighth inning as the bullpen faltered allowing the Padres to score 4 times to make the score 7-6. The offense answered back in the bottom half as Alonso capped a four-run frame with a two-run single.

The Mets now travel to Texas to play the Rangers and Chicago to play the Cubs.  They will return to Citi Field on June 25 to play the Yankees.


Saturday, June 15, 2024

Pat A. Riley, an Avid Listener of Cousin Brucie, Has Passed Away


Back in the day one had to live near NYC to hear Cousin Brucie on WABC radio.  I guess there were some dxers that could pull in the station, but reception could be spotty.  When Cousin Brucie returned to WABC in September 2020 he could be heard on the internet worldwide.  One of his most avid listeners was Pat A. Riley from Texas seen above with the Cuz.  He actually drove to New Jersey from Texas to meet him.  He phoned Cousin Bruce quite often.

His sister announced today on Facebook that Pat passed away.  It is a shame that my last two journal entries announced passings.  Last December, Pat asked me to send him a file of his recent conversation with the Cuz.  As a big Buddy Holly fan he requested Rave On.

My condolences to his family and friends.

Friday, June 14, 2024

My Uncle Simon Wagman Passed Away at 101


I found out this week that my Uncle Sy passed away in Washington, D.C. at 101.  I remember him best for his kindness and generosity to the family.  I am grateful that he lived a long and wonderful life.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Mets 10 Marlins 4


My 20-game plan included a few mid-week games including Wednesday night's matchup vs the Miami Marlins.  The Mets' offense featured home runs by Harrison Bader, Starlin Marte, and Franciso Lindor.  At the end of five innings, the Mets were ahead 6-4 when starting pitcher Dave Peterson was removed.  I crossed my fingers that the bullpen could hold the lead.  Dedniel Núñez, Jake Diekman, and Reed Garrett held the Marlins scoreless over the last 4 innings as the Mets' hitting helped by some sloppy defense by the Marlins won 10-4.

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