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American Pride , Revenge and Baseball!!

Posted in Baseball, ESPN, History, MLB, New York City, New York Yankees, NY Times, NYC, Politics, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2011 by mattyfresh697400

Long Live The World Trade

Where were you at 10:30pm on Sunday May 1, 2011??

I suspect that as time marches on most people will remember where they were when they heard the incredible news that the worlds most wanted man, Osama Bin Laden was dead!

Have Fun In Hell

Now without question you can ask anyone and I mean literally anyone where they were the morning of Tuesday September 11th 2001 and each person knows exactly where they were and what they were doing, and if you are talking to New Yorkers as I so often have, every person has a unique and fascinating story about that morning and the hours that followed. I myself was living on Christopher Street, barely a mile away from the World Trade Center. I unfortunately had a front row seat to the devastation as I watched both Towers fall with my very own eyes from the roof of my building. I along with 15 very scared neighbors watched for hours as the black smoke billowed against the crystal blue sky and eventually  the black smoke got thicker and thicker and then the towers fell.


One of my first thoughts that morning as I made my way up to the roof was ” I wonder if the Yankee game will be cancelled tonight” of course I had zero indication this was a terrorist attack and no sense whatsoever at the magnitude of what I was witnessing, but something told me it was serious but really I was clueless , as we all were at first.

Well not only was the Yankee game not going to be played that night but in truth the entire world stopped that day and we were changed as a country forever!!

The days and weeks that followed were incredibly challenging for all Americans but for New Yorkers it was a whole other level. Within hours of the towers falling pictures of missing loved ones covered light posts and street signs, make shift memorials were everywhere, candle light vigils were a common occurrence for weeks. I recall the incredible somber mood during the Jewish High Holidays where at my synagogue there was not a dry eye in the house.

But America and our citizens are defined by their courage and resilience in the face of unfathomable challenges, and in the days that followed the attacks there was a patriotic unity that I had certainly never seen or felt in my lifetime and nothing the country had experienced since perhaps when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.


So of course on the night of September 11th there was no Yankee game and in fact there were no Major League  Baseball games whatsoever for 8 days. What did Baseball really mean at a time of such unparalleled tragedy?

But 8 days later baseball did return and the national anthem that is played at the start of every game took on a new and profound meaning.  On September 25th Baseball finally returned to New York and the Police Officers that patrol the stadium were finally being treated as the heroes they were, American flags were visible everywhere at the Stadium.

God Bless America

And as the month of September marched on and the baseball season slowly crept towards the post season, The defending World Series Champion New York Yankees were giving their fans and more importantly their wounded city, something to cheer about. If only for a few hours every night, the Yankees gave hope and distraction to 8 million grieving neighbors. And as the Yankees always do, they just kept winning and winning and before anyone knew it, it was mid October and the Yankees were on their way to the World Series, playing not just for their fans but for all New Yorkers (yes even you Met fans out there)

Now New York and the Yankees in particular often take plenty of flack from every other city out there (most likely because we are bigger and better) but that is a whole other post entirely. But for 10 days at the end of October and the start of November, the Yankees were truly Americas team!

The first two games of the 2001 World Series were in Arizona, (Arizona won both) so Game three was the first in New York and once again the eyes of the entire world were on New York. I have an uncanny ability to remember baseball games but the real historic highlight of this game came before the first batter even stepped in the box.  On this night, The President of the United States would be throwing out the first pitch, this moment encapsulated all the things that make this country what it is in one symbolic moment; Strength, Pride, Resilience and Hope. George W. Bush might have a had a very tumultuous presidency but in October of 2001 , he was our leader and the entire country was unified in our support of him, nowhere was that more evident than in Yankee Stadium on that legendary evening.


As the President marched out to the mound , chest out, shoulders back, head held high ,  55,000 screaming fans began to chant “USA, USA, USA” !!! I have never and will never see or feel anything like that again, but through our National Pastime, Baseball… it was clear that America can never be held down!

The next three nights the Yankee magic continued, Derek Jeter became Mr. November and Scott Brosius and Tino Martinez achieved the impossible (2 run HRs with two outs down by 2 on back to back nights) Now the Yankees might not have won the 2001 World Series but they did captivate a nation and helped lift up a city that desperately needed some Yankee Magic and the boys certainly delivered.


Fast Forward almost 10 years to this past Sunday night, when I saw the breaking news alert on CNN I could not believe my eyes! We actually got him! President Barack Obama authorized what seems to be one of the riskiest covert missions in our countries history and Osama Bin Laden was finally dead, pierced by the bullet of a brave American soldier. Just as it should be . America Never forgets!!

Monday morning I ran out to buy the paper because I wanted to save what in many ways is the bookend to the greatest tragedy in American History. The evil face of Osama Bin Laden covered the front page with the bold text reading : “WE GOT HIM”

I turned the paper over and was surprised that there was not another image of Bin Laden where the sports section would normally be, but instead of Osama there was an image from the Mets vs. Phillies game from Sunday night. As it turns out the Mets and Phillies were tied at 1-1 and the game went into extra innings and late into Sunday night and as thes rest of the country was glued to their TV sets trying to digest the incredible news, the fans at the Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philly were getting text message and facebook updates from friends and family. And then just like in 2001 the entire stadium erupted in chants of “USA, USA, USA”

Once again Baseball somehow has weaved itself into the fabric of American History!!

Justice

and on this night there were no Philly Fans and there were no Mets Fans…There were just Americans.

Justice is Served!!!

“Father Knows Best” – Fathers Day 2010

Posted in Family, Music, NYC, Restaurant, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

I had a very nice fathers day this past weekend , and of course not being a father myself, the day was all about my pops. First I caught a few minutes of the rubber match between the Yanks and the Muts on TV, in just enough time to see TEX hit a granny at my dads house before departing for a sunday matinée of JERSEY BOYS (very great musical , well at least the parts I was awake for.)

Fathers Day 2010

For those that don’t know “Jersey Boys” is the story of legendary singer Frankie Valli and his group the Four Seasons. I consider myself  a huge music fan and pretty knowledgeable about the history of the business, but clearly I did not do my homework on Mr. Valli and his Four Seasons. The numbers are actually staggering, Mr. Sean Carter aka Jay Z would be impressed. 29 top 40 hits as a member and lead singer of The Four Seasons and 9 top 40 hits a solo artist…Incredible.

Now of course I did know a lot of the songs, I just never knew Franki Valli was the man behind them. These songs are so legendary that at this point they are American Standards covered by everyone from Lauryn Hill to The Spinners. I mean when I hear “Ill Be Working My Way Back to You Babe” I think the Spinners from 1980, and when I hear “Cant Take My Eyes Off of You” I think Ms. Hill…ahh the generation gap.

The Spinners

(Click for a listen)

Grease

Cant Take My Eyes Off Of You

And the Video for “WALK LIKE A MAN” is priceless!!

But in retrospect that’s why the show has the staying power it clearly has, because the music is timeless.

Look at the list of Number 1 Hits…

Sherry,”

Big Girls Don’t Cry,”

Walk Like a Man,”

Rag Doll

December 1963 (Oh, What A Night).”

My Eyes Adored You

Grease Is The Word

Grease.” (Shout to my sister Cortney on Grease, its a family favorite)

So Jersey Boys is not only great classic music from the 1960’s but also a nice little musical history lesson!

So what do you do after a Sunday Afternoon matinée on Fathers Day..well you have a huge steak dinner at Capital Grill, where the calorie listing on the Potatoes Au Grautin is actually a mathematical equation it’s so heavy.

I have little to say about Capital Grille other than it was delicious but made me want to sleep for three days it was so filling, proceed with caution.

Happy Fathers Day Dad, We Love You!!

I KNOW WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE HERE RIGHT NOW THAT I DIDNT KNOW LAST YEAR…..LOVE A GOOD HIP-HOP RIOT….

Posted in CELEB GOSSIP, Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop History, Music, New York City, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , , on June 16, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

DRAKE…..G-D Bless you my man!!!

Hip-Hop is Alive and Well..SOUTH STREET SEAPORT…..oh DRIZZY!!!!

Posted in Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop History, Music, New York City, NYC, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , on June 16, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

I wanna be a ROCK STAR… Jay & Kanye in the UK…..Holy Shit!!!!

Posted in Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop History, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , on June 15, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Just watch the video…….

Aziz and Diddy : Ciroc Smooth Campaign

Posted in Comedy, Comics, Hip-Hop, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , , , on June 7, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

When Ciroc enlisted Diddy to take a piece of the company and become the face of the brand and Chief Marketing officer, they clearly knew what they were doing.

Diddy is fully back in the public conciousness,  he has  a new album with his group DIRTY MONEY, the cover of the latest issue of XXL, a starring role in the new Jonah Hill movie “Get Him To The Greek” Diddy also recently got back in the management game and took over managerial duties for the teflon don RICKY ROSS…and of  course this wildly insane new ad campaign  for CIROC with my main man Aziz Ansari.

Now I have I yet to see “GREEK”  but all the reviews say Diddy is in top comedic form and if this commercial is any indication, Diddy might be doing stand up before too long.

Pure Genius!!

Hootie and The Blowfish..Thank You Pandora.

Posted in Music, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

I feel compelled to write a post to state clearly that my blog is not simply about Hip-Hop music, or music in general for that matter. That being said I am just loving music right now and can not get enough so in fact this particular post IS about music.  So I am seemingly contradicting myself as I touch each letter on my keyboard.

But I digress again…

Spring is certainly in the air and there is something about this time of year, as the mercury rises and the warm breeze blows through the streets of NY, all music just sounds better. I don’t care what you are listening to!

So right now rather than listening to some Drake, Or Jay Z or Ice Cube or my man Jay Electronica  guess what I am bumping??  A little band called Hootie and the Blowfish. …

Thats right Hootie and The Blowfish. Perhaps the worst name ever for a band , but let’s be clear their first album “Cracked Rear View Mirror” was a monster and it still sounds great. The Album sold 16 MILLION copies.  Put Jigga, Kanye and Weezy together and they still could not touch that number. Lead singer Darius Rucker has the voice of  the angels and although now he is fully entrenched in country music, his time with Hootie was special.

16 Million Sold

I can grasp that you might not want to admit that you liked Hootie, but you know you did.  Hard not to like 3 white boys in cut off dockers and collegiate hats and a Black leader singer that is more Dave Matthews than Corey Glover (shout out to the band  Living Colour )

The debut album that garnered the band a BEST NEW ARTIST Grammy in 1996 had 4 top 20 hits, cmon you know the titles…

“Hold My Hand”

“Let Her Cry”

“Time”

“Only Wanna Be with You”

So why Hootie and why  today, I really cant say,  Probably because I was listening to Pandora at my desk and there they were.

But I think that’s what  Pandora and YouTube and Itunes are for. To remind us that music is not always about whats new and hot  and whats coming next, but that in fact we already have tens of thousands of classic songs at our fingertips twenty-four hours a day seven days a week…. go get em!