September 30, 2013

I’m obviously biased as Mariano Rivera is my favorite baseball player ever (grew up in Milwaukee a huge Robin Yount fan, but he’s #2 to Mo). This is as good an historical overview on Mo’s career as I’ve seen. Courtesy of Joe Posnanski and NBC Sports.

Some highlights:

Mariano Rivera has been the perfect athlete in a time long after we stopped believing in perfect athletes.

Think of the pitfalls today. One misstep. One misspoken statement. One insensitive tweet. One mistranslated thought. Celebrity life in the 21st Century is the wildest of high-wire acts, a thread-thin tightrope, fire above, no net below, and all the while people shoot pellets at your legs. Rivera did not just walk that tightrope. He danced on it. He did backflips on it. He did not just pass every test. He aced every test.

People will always argue about the baseball greatness of Mariano Rivera. Much of the argument depends on the way you view baseball. If you view the ninth inning as a bomb that only the nerviest and most extraordinary people can defuse, then you probably see Rivera as an all-time great. If you view the ninth inning as just another inning, and view closers as specialists not unlike punters, then you might not see him as an all-time great. And there’s a lot of room in between.

But I do wonder if this misses the real story. How does someone close games in New York for 16 years and come out of it adored? How does someone who wears nothing but Yankees pinstripes his entire career — can you even picture Mariano Rivera without his Yankees cap on? — get honored at Fenway Park? How does someone in today’s Twittery, bloggy, First Take, Facebook, chat board, talk radio, GIF-infused world come out of a long career as universally beloved? 

See, even people who loathe Mariano Rivera love him.



September 29, 2013

Another successful Atlantic Antic. For me it’s mainly about the food. I ate:

  • Alcapurria
  • Cheddar Bratwurst
  • Roasted Corn
  • Some random Thai wrap that I don’t even know what it was, but it was delicious.
  • Jerk Chicken
  • Popcorn

Not necessarily in that order.

I drank:

But it’s not all about me. The girls had bouncy castle type events, including the flipping ladder thing (we hit these early, before the crowds):


There were random arts and crafts. One store simply had blocks out for the kids. This was Danielle’s effort:


There was face painting, Tori rode a horse (thrill for a city kid):


Danielle is now big enough to enjoy the shopping aspect of it. This artist had a stand and Danielle bought one.

With newly pierced ears, earrings are a big deal:


Full, happy and tired. Another great Antic.

The Antic

September 29, 2013

I will eat well today. It’s the annual Atlantic Antic. The largest street fair in NYC. And it’s right outside my front door. More when I’m full…

iPhone Sells More than McDonald’s

September 27, 2013

Not Apple, just the iPhone:

Courtesy of Bloomberg.

There is Crying in Baseball

September 27, 2013

I wish I could embed MLB video. Cheers and tears and a great moment with Mariano Rivera’s last game at Yankee Stadium…

No Beer for Me

September 26, 2013

I was going to grab a burger and a beer on the way home at my favorite joint. Imagine my surprise when that half of the block is full of film equipment and my bar is closed.

Apparently an episode of Hostages is being filmed there today.

Maybe I’ll watch…

Yankees 2013 RIP

September 26, 2013

It’s not like Yankee fans really thought we’d make the playoffs this year. The early unexpected good start raised expectations, but when more and more players got hurt you had to wonder how Girardi was keeping them in contention.

So it was a rough year, with watching Rivera’s last year being the only highlight. But if you are a Yankee fan can you really think, “hey, we’ll be healthy next year so we’ll be back”? Only with a series of wildly optimistic assumptions.

Let’s go around the diamond:

1B: Teixeira. Has to come back healthy and productive (wildly optimistic)

2B: Cano. The Yankees one young star. But he’s a free agent. He will command boatloads of money/years. And he can see that this team is in decline. Him signing is still likely, but no guarantee.

SS: Jeter. His contract has an option year and it’s his option. Unless a tank runs over him in the off season he will take the option year. So we have to hope he gets healthy and returns to form. Did I mention he’ll be a 40 year old shortstop next year? (wildly optimistic).

3B: A-Rod? We would have to assume that he gets healthy and avoids being suspended (wildly optimistic).

C: Cervelli. Needs to be healthy. Not a star but a solid catcher.

Outfield: Probably Granderson, Gartner and Soriano. Granderson’s injuries were two freak broken hands (both hit by pitches) so it reasonable to assume he’ll be healthy. A decent outfield.

Starting Pitching:

CC Sabathia: Yankess fans simply have to hope he returns to form. We have no compelling reason to believe he will, but seriously, without him pitching like an top tier pitcher the Yankees aren’t going anywhere. (wildly optimistic)

Ivan Nova: Good young pitcher. Rare bright spot for the Yankee’s future. Still hasn’t pitched a full season though (optimistic).

Hiroki Kuroda: Was the ace most of the season but totally ran out of gas at the end of the year. Free agent, getting old, might not be back.

Dellin Betances: Who? Pitched great in AAA last year. 6’ 8” and throws serious heat. Supposedly. Honestly, I’ve never seen the kid. But we have huge holes in the rotation so we need a new face (wildly optimistic).

Free Agent Ace: This is what Yankee fans are hoping for. (wildly optimistic).


David Robertson: Won’t make us forget Mariano, but is a great reliever.

Other than that, the bullpen is pretty bare.

Yankee fans are pretty much hoping that everyone miraculously gets healthy and young, and they go on a free agent buying spree. But with all the huge contracts still on the payroll it’s hard to see enough of a reload to really contend.

Yankee fans have been spoiled for a long time. I think it’s going to be bad for a while…