Sunday, October 1, 2023

Closing Day at Citi Field - Buck Showalter is Fired and the Mets Lose to the Phillies 9-1


For several years, the Slutskys have come to Shea Stadium or Citi Field for the last home game of the season. As I arrived at my seat eating a hot dog, I read a message saying that Buck Showalter was fired.  The screen in centerfield posted "Thank You, Buck".  When he brought the lineup cards to the umpires the entire team got out of the dugout and applauded him.

The team fared poorly with a record of 74-87.  I still don't know if the suspended game of last Thursday's game will have to be completed.  Anyway, you can't fire the team, so you fire the manager.  In my opinion the poor record of the team should not be blamed on Buck.  I think General Manager Billy Eppler made some bad trades that hurt the team.  When Uncle Steve Cohen bought the team, he said he would bring a world championship to Flushing in five years.  He's got two years to go.  Will David Stearns, the incoming President of Baseball Operations perform miracles.  I think he will bring Craig Counsel from the Brewers to manage the Mets.

As far as today's game was concerned, starting pitcher Joey Butto did well as he allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.    However, the bullpen faltered as the Phillies scored six runs in the ninth inning to make the game a blowout.  The offense for the Mets was weak as they made only two hits include a home run by Tim LoCastro.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Health Issues Should Be Private


Curt Schilling in a podcast announced that former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield is suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer.  Schilling made that announcement without permission from the Wakefield family.  That is a terrible indiscretion in my opinion since all medical matters should be confidential. Any information on the internet can become viral in a fleeting period.

I observe that some people are very open about health issues.  I have seen photographs on Facebook of people in hospital beds.  I certainly would never do that.  On Facebook, X (formerly Twitter) and this journal I have never discussed medical problems of my own or of my family.

I wish Tim Wakefield all the best.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Boogaloo Down Broadway by The Fantastic Johnnie C - Random Oldie of the day


Soul Town is one of the many stations on Sirius/XM that I like.  It reminds me of the short-lived Jammin' 105 that was once on the NYC radio dial.  DJ Ken Web played Boogaloo Down Broadway this morning.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Boys by the Beatles and The Shirelles


The Beatles Sang Boys on Shindig in 1964

The Shirelles recorded the original version in 1960

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Bob Dylan Makes Surprise Appearance at Farm Aid 2023 in Indiana


He appeared with The Heartbreakers and sang:
  • Maggie's Farm
  • Positively Fourth Street
  • Ballad of a Thin Man

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Random Thoughts of the Day September 23, 2023

  • Since it is going to rain all day, it would be a good time to catch up on some of the game shows that I recorded on my DVR.
  • The Mets have been officially eliminated from the playoffs.  It will be interesting to see what roster moves are made in the off-season so the team will be competitive in 2024
  • For some strange reason, my post Mumbles was My Favorite Dick Tracy Villian gets so many hits.  I remember discussing the Dick Tracy cartoons with Joe at the NJIT Library.  Most of them are politically incorrect.
  • 98.7 FM which has been airing ESPN radio for many years will be sold.  There is speculation on the radio message boards on who will buy the station and what format it will take.  I hope it will be anything but religious format.
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight has been requested on most Cousin Brucie radio shows.  Will it be requested tonight?


Thursday, September 21, 2023

Let's Honor Cousin Bruce Morrow's Birthday by Donating to St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital

 Several of Cousin Bruce's avid listeners including Leslie, Joseph, Brenda, Gregg, Dennis and myself have organized a campaign to honor Cousin Bruce Morrow on his 88th birthday;

 To show how much he means to us, celebrate seven decades of iconic radio, and to further his message of love and music, we have created a fundraiser in his honor!
We would love it if you could make a donation at, to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Your donation will help fund research for pediatric cancer and childhood diseases. No donation is too small, all donations are tax-deductible, and you can give until the end of 2023 for this particular fundraiser (however, if you donate before October 1st, we will include your name on our birthday card for The Cuz!).
To donate, when you go to the page, you will see several options of amounts you can give. Either click one of these buttons (or the one which reads "Other", to give another amount). If you have questions, leave them in the comments- please do not leave comments related to the fundraiser on The Cuz's official page.
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