Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Multi-Millionaire Players are Locked Out


The bottom line is that everybody is out for the almighty buck.  The most divisive issues that caused this lockout include revenue sharing, years to arbitration, and the luxury tax.  Someone will be getting $43 million per year to pitch 32 times a season if healthy.  Relief pitchers get millions for pitching one inning.  My feeling is that a settlement will come before the start of spring training as not to jeopardize the 2022 season,  Too much money will be lost if games are canceled.

In the end, the fans will be paying increased ticket prices.  Will it be $75 to sit in the upper deck of Citi Field?

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Nobody's Child - 2 Versions of a Very Sad Song

 Here I go again.  I heard Nobody's Child by the Traveling Wilbury's on the Deep Tracks Channel.  I vaguely recall hearing a Beatles version of this from the early 1960s.  Tony Sheridan was the singer in the latter version.  George Harrison holds the distinction of being on both versions.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Random Thoughts at the End of November

I felt I need a little time off from social networking to attend to a health issue.  I am OK, but not 100%.  I would rather not discuss health issues in a public forum.  I have not met most of my Facebook friends and don't feel comfortable revealing health problems to strangers.

So the Mets are paying Max Scherzer $140 Million over 3 years.  I am just afraid that at age 38 his best years are behind him.  Pedro Martinez signed a 4 year deal with the Mets and only had one good season.  Likewise, Bret Saberhagen at the end of his career did not perform for the Mets.

So Javier Baez signed with the Detroit Tigers.  Will Pete Crow-Armstrong become a superstar for the Cubs?  Will Robinson Cano or Jeff McNeil win the second base job?

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Bob Dylan at the Beacon Theater Saturday Night November 20


Since Dylan is now 80 years old, this is likely his last concert in NYC.  The Rough and Rowdy Tour is supposed to last until 2024. so I am guessing that he will stop touring after that.  My only "complaint" about the evening was that Dylan and his backup band were all dressed in black.  Dylan should have worn a lighter color to distinguish himself.

His voice sounded quite good for an 80-year old.  I was able to understand his words as his mumbling days seem to be over.  My favorite of the evening was an updated version of Gotta Serve Somebody.

This setlist was posted on Bill Pagel's Boblink's page within minutes after the end of the concert.

New York, New York
Beacon Theatre

November 20, 2021

1.Watching The River Flow
2.Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I'll Go Mine)
3.I Contain Multitudes
4.False Prophet
5.When I Paint My Masterpiece
6.Black Rider
7.I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
8.My Own Version of You
9.Early Roman Kings
10.To Be Alone With You
11.Key West (Philosopher Pirate)
12.Gotta Serve Somebody
13.I've Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You
14.Melancholy Mood
15.Mother of Muses
16.Goodbye Jimmy Reed
--Band introductions
17.Every Grain of Sand

Friday, November 19, 2021

A Very Kind Phone Call from Jackie of Ridgewood Savings Bank

For over 35 years Karen and I did most of our banking at the Whitestone branch of Ridgewood Savings Bank which is within walking distance of our apartment.  Jackie was one of the customer service representatives we saw whenever needed to open an account.  About two years ago Jackie left the Whitestone branch for another position within the Ridgewood Bank.

Over the last month or so I have had to change several joint accounts to single accounts since Karen passed away.  Evidently, word got around to Jackie about Karen.  Yesterday, I received a phone call from Jackie expressing her condolences.  I was very touched by her kindness.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

I Received a Nice Comment about this Blog


After writing over 4300 journal entries over 16 years, I rarely get any comments from readers.  I have gotten thousands of hits, but generally, people want to remain anonymous when they surf the web.  Anyone with a Gmail account can leave a comment about this Journal in general or about a specific entry.  I may be reached by email at or  Below is a nice comment I received from Nick from Long Beach, California:

I’ve been a follower of your blog for several years now and never knew how to reach you - until you provided your email address recently in your blog - especially to express my condolences when your beloved wife passed away.

My name is Nick (born in 1953), grew up in Pittsburgh where I USED to be a huge Pirates fan till the current ownership ruined that, and moved to Southern California in 1984, where I’ve lived since then in Long Beach.

I share many of your same interests, especially the music of our era (except Bob Dylan, sorry). But I saw this in my hometown newspaper today and thought I’d introduce myself and pass it along to you.

OK, not everybody likes Dylan.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Get Back - A Beatles Documentary is Coming to Disney+


This 6-hour documentary was made entirely from never-before-seen, restored footage. It provides the most intimate and honest glimpse into the creative process and relationship between John, Paul, George, and Ringo ever filmed.  It will be seen over three days, November 25, 26, and 27, 2021, exclusively on Disney+.

I refuse to get a subscription to this service and have to watch it on the dates they prescribe.  I pay enough for cable TV and then they want me to subscribe to various premium streaming channels.  I am almost certain that Get Back will eventually be released on DVD.  I will wait until then to watch it.
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