The Walk Off!!!

Posted in Baseball, MLB, New York City, New York Yankees with tags , , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by mattyfresh697400

Pie In The Face

Baseball is a game of patience. All too often people complain that baseball games are painfully slow and that the sport does not deliver the same  fast paced , constant action that you might find in the NFL or the NBA. Now I certainly agree that baseball games can seemingly go on forever and without the benefit of being on a clock, you never know what time you might make it home. But as I stated above baseball is a game of patience and last night if you were fortunate enough to be in the BX at Yankee Stadium and you stayed till the end, well then your patience certainly paid off!!

The Yankees got their first walk off win last night in a game that seemed like a total wash for the Yanks being down 5 -0 , and when your team is losing and putting up no runs, well that 3 hour game can feel like chinese water torture. But this was true Yankee scratch and claw baseball, a run in the 5th , 2 in the 6th , 1 in the 7th and before you know it its 5-4 going into the bottom of the 9th and guess what..we have ourselves a ball game!!

And this is where your patience as a dedicated fans pays off and this is also where baseball separates itself from all other sports. Nothing is more dramatic than a late inning come back and Jorge Posada leading off the 9th crushed a Home Run to right field sending what was left of the crowd into a total frenzy. Game Tied.

And in the 10th Nicky Swish drove a ball to deep right and Tex tagged from third and slid safely into home…The Yankees Win and got themselves their first walk off victory of the young season , a pie in the face for Swisher , and sheer joy for me and my dad!

Patience Pays Off.

#Yankeesin2011

Royal Wedding Kicks!

Posted in Fashion, Sneakers with tags , , , , , , , on April 14, 2011 by mattyfresh697400

ONLY 10 PAIRS AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE.

To commemorate the highly publicized Royal Wedding, which is scheduled to occur on April 29, New Balance has designed this limited edition pair of trainers. Handmade-to-measure from the most regal velvet suede and mesh materials, each pair comes complete with personalized “Will” and “Kate” embroidery. With only 10 pairs available worldwide, New Balance is hosting a Facebook competition this week to give the shoes away during the London Marathon. To be eligible, running couples named “WIlliam” and “Kate” must log on to the brand’s newly created page and upload photos of themselves for a chance to win

The King’s Speech

Posted in Movies, The Oscars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2011 by mattyfresh697400

Every year when December rolls around and the awards show season in Hollywood kicks into high gear, I try to make sure that I see pretty much every film that might have a shot at winning the most awards… Golden Globes , SAGs, and of course Oscars.

The Kings Speech was pretty much the last film on my list and I have to say that it was a great movie, and a fascinating bit of World history that I can only imagine most people certainly know nothing about.

The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI and Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Speech Therapist Lionel Logue.

The Year is 1939 and the United Kingdom is on the brink of WAR.  the passing of King George V puts the empire in turmoil. George VI was never supposed to inherit the throne of the Worlds Greatest Empire. Rather it was his brother, King Edward VIII who took over the throne with the Kings passing.

But….King Edward VIII was forced to abdicate the throne when he revealed his desire to married a twice divorced American woman named Wallis Simpson.

King George VI

As the second son, King George VI never expected to have to perform the Royal duties that come with wearing the crown of the great British Empire, but when forced into this highest of Royal positions, King George VI was now forced to battle his biggest challenge; his debilitating stammer.

Prior to the advent of Radio, a Monarch only needed to look the part and perhaps speak only to a small circle of advisors ,  but now with the development of technology the King of the Worlds greatest Empire could now speak to his subjects across the globe via radio transmission.

King George VI enlisted the help of speech therapist Lionel Logue to overcome his terrible stammer .

The Kings Speech is the story of these two men and the amazing friendship they develop as the newly crowned king is forced to deal with his speech issues just in time to symbolically lead his empire into another World War, this time against the Nazi menace.

For what would seem to be such a huge slice of European history, the film has a wonderful small intimate feeling. The monarch (Firth) hardly seems to be regal at all, just a man with a serious speech impediment and his mentor and friend Geoffrey Rush. The character Rush plays (Logue) will not refer to the King as his Royal Highness but rather as “Bertie”  (short for Albert..his birth name)

The bond these two develop will last a lifetime and Logue would be at the side of the King for every major public and radio address during his time as king.

The historical time period when the story takes place, (The coming of World War 2, The Death of the King, The Abdication of the throne and the resulting ascension to the throne) merely serve as a backdrop to a wonderful story of an unlikely friendship that developed between a man and his speech therapist.

That man just happened to be the KING OF ENGLAND!!

Colin Firth Must Win The Best Actor Oscar for this role!!

Literary Crack Dealer

Posted in Books, James Patterson, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2011 by mattyfresh697400
  • Thats Chris Rock..Smokin Rock!

  • It came to me in a flash, James Patterson is a literary crack dealer.

    I repeat. James Patterson is a literary crack dealer. So how did I start my new year on the reading front in 2011, with a nice healthy serving from the dope man.. “CROSS FIRE” the latest fix from Mr. Patterson was my first read of the new year. And as with any good crack fix, the high came quick , fast and strong and before I knew it..it was gone.

    The latest release!

    So I am gonna roll with that analogy for a while and in so many ways its perfect. The latest James Patterson offering “Cross Fire” was released in December of 2010, just in time for the heavy shopping season and holidays. So say if we were talking about John Grisham for instance, that would have most likely been his lone release for the year, at most his second.

    The Product

    But not my boy JP. No, when Patterson released “Cross Fire” last month, it was his 9th release of the year. NINTH! I do not think I am going out on a limb when I say that most people dont read 9 books in any calendar year of their lives, so how the hell is this dude WRITING 9 books in a year.

    Nino Brown

    But much like Nino Brown in New Jack City, you change the product and in turn you change the market place. When the Cash Money Brothers switched from cocaine to crack and Wesley Snipes took over the Carter, well..lets just say the drug habits of those Harlem Residents changed forever.

    Dope Man

    James Patterson is no different. He writes page turners with small words, huge fonts and story lines that read like nursery rhymes. You would be hard pressed to remember any details of any patterson book not 2 minutes after you have completed it, and lets be honest..you dont remember your last hit of the rock either.

    So with this new product, Patterson fans can get their fix almost monthly with a new release. Patterson has three flagship franchises  with characters ALEX CROSS, LINDSAY BOXER and most recently MICHAEL BENNETT and he even spatters in a few other releases just for good measure..including an annual BEACH SPECIFIC book.

    Crack.

    So at 350 pages per book and 100 words per page, your pretty much in and out of the crack house in two to three hours max, that is easy reading. And that is why James Patterson is by far the most successful author on the planet. We live in a short attention span world now and Patterson is the author that is slinging the most product.

    Alex Cross

    “Cross Fire” the latest Alex Cross novel was fun and of course quick. Detective Cross certainly has an active career catching criminals and seems to have bad luck (in every book) but thankfully manages to live on and fight another day, and thank G-D for that!

    James Patterson Dot Com

    Steroids : The Hall Of Fame Era

    Posted in Baseball, ESPN, MLB, New York Yankees with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2011 by mattyfresh697400

    GUILTY!

    The Steroid era in Major League Baseball is long since over. No more 70 home run seasons, no more 50 home run seasons by 10 guys who never even came close to knocking 40 out of the park. No more ballooning biceps and comic book like cap sizes.

    No , once the Federal government got involved with Congressional hearings Major League Baseball was forced to clean up its act and for the most part it did.

    So a few years have passed and with the exception of the A-Rod revelation, all has been quiet on the roids front. You do get the occasional idiot offender but it is safe to say that the Steroid Era is over.

    But at the Baseball Hall of Fame..the steroid era is really just getting started!

    BIG MAC!

    The first test case was Big Mac , All American hero Mark McGwire. Statistically McGwire was a non brainer 1st ballot hall of famer. He has 583 Career Home Runs and captivated the entire country in 1998 when he broke the single season home run record held by Roger Maris for over 35 years. And of course battled Sammy Sosa homer for homer for the entire month of september. It was Maris and Mantle all over again and the nation was hooked.

    So needless to say Big Mac knocks 70 dingers and he is a national hero, fast forward a few years and McGwire is sitting before a congressional committee and basically sunk his own ship by refusing to discuss the subject of steroids. GUILTY!

    Fast forward another two years and Mark McGwire is up for introduction in the hall and it’s not even close. He has now been eligible for three years and despite the fact that he is back in baseball as the cardinals hitting instructor , his votes keep going down.

    Palmeiro.Guilty!

    In the latest voting that came out this past week, it was Rafael Palmeiro who got the shaft. This guy was a 1000 percent lock to get into the hall first ballot. 500 home runs and 3000 hits…the only other guys in history with those numbers are named Mays and Aaron…. But of course this idiot also testified in front of Congress.. and in what would become a pretty historical soundbite, Palmeiro indignantly points his finger at the Senators and states “I Have never used steroids”

    5 months later Rafael Palmeiro tested positive for PEDs while still an active player. GUILTY!

    So the trend has started, Players with Hall Of Fame stats will not be getting into the Hall if they have been suspected of using steroids.  This is a slippery slope for the entire game of baseball…fans, players, journalists, all of us.

    The Hall

    If you are a true baseball fan then you truly must have the utmost respect for the Hall Of Fame. Cooperstown New York is hallowed ground for all baseball purists and I am comfortable saying that of all the professional sports leagues in our country , it is Baseball who has the most respected and most important Hall of Fame. The National Pastimes best of the best!!

    Palmeiro and Big Mac might be able to fly somewhat under the radar in terms of popular debate regarding whether or not they should be in the Hall… but what will happen in two years when the names on the ballots are Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa?

    Well forget Sosa because without steroids he hits 450 dingers tops.

    Rocket Man

    But Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were guaranteed Hall Of Famers way before they ever hit the juice, see 3 Cy Youngs and 3 MVPs…..but then they started using steroids and they ended up with 7 Cy Young Awards and 6 MVPs….6 MVPs??? Are you kidding??

    73 Home Runs in a Season, 300 wins, 4000 strikeouts…the numbers are earth shattering!

    The Baseball writers association of america are the body that casts the HOF votes..  They are in the un-enviable position of deciding how to handle this dilemma. But it seems like most of the writers have drawn a line in the sand with Mac and Palmeiro, one can only assume that Bonds and Clemens are certainly not going to get in on the first ballot and perhaps never at all.

    The world knows these guys cheated but by excluding them from the hall, the writers are in some ways attempting to erase an entire period of time, something that despite their best intentions is just not possible.

    Hmm...

     

    If I was a voter, for starters I would put Don Mattingly in the Hall immediately ..but that’s another story..if I was a voter I would put them all in. I hate Barry Bonds and he certainly used PEDS (as evidenced by his massive dome..the guy wears a size 14 1/8……HAT!!!) but it’s not like someone else was hitting those home runs, stealing those bases and scoring those runs. Roger Clemens is far from the most likeable Yankee, but he was certainly the most feared and most dominant pitcher for almost two decades. And Palmerio, you just cant ignore the numbers.

    I say the games have been played, the records have been set, the stats are in the books.

    Home Run King

    If the history can’t be changed I am not sure ignoring it and in turn ignoring the players that made that history is really the right move for the game of baseball.

    Yankees in 2011!

    The January Myth

    Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 6, 2011 by mattyfresh697400

    I have not posted to my blog since August 5th 2010.

    That is a nice , solid stretch of time. But the truth is that I thought about posting to my blog , I just never did. In fact I think it would be fair to say that I actually thought about posting almost daily. The beauty of blogging is that the entire world is your subject, there are no boundaries. But it is just that freedom that can drive a keen life observer like myself… MAD!!!… and in turn lead to that dreaded foe that we all face…Procrastination.

    To Procrastinate is : to defer action ; to delay.

    So as I struggled to choose one topic to kick start my blog and more to the point, kick start myself into writing again, the very thing that was keeping me from writing, my own crazy bout of procrastination would serve as my subject.

    And the timing of my literary rebirth is no accident, like so many other people I wholeheartedly buy into the myth we all call JANUARY.  January 1st, the new year, a new start  a new start at work, at the gym, a new start on your relationship etc etc.

    When January rolls around the calendar and society and that little voice in your head tells you..its time to face the music.

    Time to work off the holiday weight..both mental and physical. Time to sharpen the mind and reduce the waist line.

    Simply put its time to get your shit together.

    And it is truly in the spirit of getting my own shit together that I return to the warm embrace of my blog. My New Years Resolutions are pretty standard..you know hit the gym, lose weight, go back to karate, time with family etc..

    But I must say that my blog was really high on that list, maybe the tops. I have missed writing a lot and thankfully the myth of January and the end of my procrastination has given me the strength to get back after it.

    So hopefully this will be the first of many posts in 2011!!

    I mean I spend almost every waking hour of my life admiring the sound of my own mental voice, I might as well share that with the ones I love!!…lol.

    Happy New Year!

    AROD # 600 and The Hall Of Fame Debate.

    Posted in Baseball, ESPN, History, MLB, New York City, New York Yankees, NYC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

    AROD # 600!!

    I have a new love in my life and her name is TWITTER.  Fine ,  I might very well be a little late to the tweet party , but that is all good! At some point this summer I figured out the amazing beauty of twitter and I dove in headfirst. But rather than detail the workings of the super-social network that is twitter, I would prefer to talk about Baseball , and the milestone that occurred when Alex Rodriquez of my beloved New York Yankees finally clubbed career home run # 600.

    In typical Arod fashion he hit # 600 during a day game (of which I could not attend) , He hit it in the first inning when there were zero dramatic implications (although the 2 run shot did turn out to be all the Yankees needed for the W) and in very typical Arod fashion, it took him a while to hit it. He might be one of the greatest to ever play the game but  the dude is just not great with milestones.

    The Real HR King

    But as sure as the sun rises each day Arod was going to blast # 600 and he did! And just as soon as the ball landed in monument park , the great sports debate of our time jumped right back to the front page of every paper, the top of every blog and of course to the greatest sounding board of all…TWITTER.

    Baseball is all about history and stats, plain and simple. The game is defined by its history and the numbers that make up that history. Any real baseball fan is at heart a statistics person, perhaps not in the sense that you like to sit around and bang out ill computations like Matt Damon in “Good Will Hunting” , but you know the single season HR record , you know that Rickey Henderson is the all time stolen base king and you know the mother of all statistics….you know who the all time Baseball Home Run King is….or do you?

    # 600 for Arod has quickly resurrected the Steroid era debate or what is now cutely known as the PED debate (Performance Enhancing Drugs). Do those admitted and or accused ROID users belong in the Hall Of Fame, Do the Home Runs actually count, should all the numbers be tossed?

    Alex Rodriquez is only the 7th player in Baseball history to knock 600 career bombs, the club he joins is beyond exclusive and some members beyond reproach. The Babe , Hank Aaron , Willie Mays and even Ken Griffey JR. are all safely and cleanly in the record books..no asterisk required, they are all in the Hall of Fame (with the exception of Jr. , and he is a first ballot shoe in with out question. Its the other two members who make things interesting.

    Always a KING!!!!

    Sammy Sosa, who along with Mark McGwire captivated the nation in 1998 with the great single season home run chase as they both smashed the record of Roger Maris (61 dingers) Sosa has 610 career home runs and before the PED debate would have been a no brainer for the HOF. In fact pre -2003 when the house of cards started to unfold, the rule of thumb was, if you hit 500 career home runs you basically get into the Hall Of Fame automatically.

    Thats about right!

    Well when it became terribly obvious that Barry Bonds was a freak of nature whose cap size grew like 10 sizes in two seasons and at the age of 38 started banging out 50 plus homers a year and then in 2002 broke the already obscene single season record of 70 held by McGwire , the jig was up. Major League Baseball could no longer look the other way and before you knew it  a slew of incredible home run hitters and perhaps the games greatest pitcher were lying before congress and labeled , well , cheaters.

    Back to yesterday , again Arod goes yard and Twitter is burning up.  “Does Arod belong in the HOF?”  “Bonds and Clemens will never get in” “Sosa and McGwire stand no shot ever” “Rafael Palmeiro is a doucher” (Agreed..what up coop)

    The Future King?

    So just being at Cooperstown two weeks ago , and  having a pretty solid handle on what it means to be in Cooperstown from a fans perspective.. I chimed in on twitter…. “If The Hall is willing to recognize Bonds  statistically as the all time HR King and displays his record breaking home run ball as well, why should he not get his plaque too” ( I want to note that I despise Barry Bonds , but he was going to the Hall prior to his cheating so… go fish)

    Well this turned out to be a great question ,  because before I knew what was happening I was being retweeted by espn bloggers and well-known sports columnists and I am thinking , damn this twitter thing is pretty freakin cool.

    And for the next few hours, the debate raged and I came to a few conclusions.

    1. There is a consensus that Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are dirt bags and are never getting into the Hall of Fame.

    2. The Jury is still out on Arod as far as the public is concerned although my money is on him getting into the Hall because time is on his side.

    3. and finally….That twitter might be the single greatest blow to worker productivity modern man has ever seen.

    Congrats AROD…looking forward to # 700 and eventually # 763 and looking forward to continuing the great STEROID debate….on TWITTER of course!