Nov 21, 2009

Tragic Story of New York Giants Edwin Doheny

Edwin Richard Doheny goes way back to the 1800s New York Giants baseball team. He was born in Northfield, Vemont on November 24, 1873 and was a star pitcher on the sandlots. A Boston reporter turned the Giants on to him and he was signed and brought to the early Polo Grounds. He pitched for the Giants for six seasons, never having a winning recod. He did win 14 games in 1899 and went 37-65 overall never living up to his billing. He was sent over to Pittsburgh and went 6-2, followed by two 16 win seasons, (going 16-4, and 16-8).

Then suddenly he began to act strange, fighting with his own team mates and drinking heavily. He became very paranoid and believed detectives were on his trail following him. The Pirates couldn’t even find him as he was hiding out in his home in Massachusetts. He returned to pitch but his behavior became totally irrational. His brother brought him to get treatment. When he got word the Pirates had lost the 1903 World Series he beat a male nurse unconcious with a cast iron rod. He was brought to an insane asylum where he remained for 13 years until his death in 1916 at the young age of 43.

Nov 13, 2009

The Birth of the Mets Logo

On November 16, 1961 forgotten sports cartoonist Ray Gatto unveiled the circular New York Mets logo, a symbol which has never been changed since its birth 48 years ago. The original Met team colors are of course blue and orange, the colors represent the two former N.L. teams who left New York for the West Coast. The orange represents the former New York Giants & blue the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The design is a round baseball with orange stitching and the Mets script lettering across the middle, also in orange.

The blue skyline in the background also has special meanings. At the left is a church spire, symbolic of Brooklyn, known as the borough of churches. The second building from the left is the Williamsburg Savings Bank, the tallest building in Brooklyn. Next to that is the Woolworth Building and a then a general skyline view of midtown Manhattan, featuring the Empire State Building, and at the far right the United Nations Building.

The white bridge is not supposed to be one specific bridge, but rather a representation of all bridges in the area. This is to also symbolize all boroughs of the city. An interesting note is that the Throgs Neck Bridge opened up the same year, 1961. In case you’re interested the Whitestone Bridge opened up in 1939, both opened in coincidence with upcoming World’s Fair's in Queens.

In 1966 the Mets used the logo on their left uniform sleeve. It was used for three seasons and replaced in 1969 with MLB logo. It has come & gone in that spot over the years. In 1999 the Mets dropped the small orange NY on the left side of the logo, located just above the curl of the letter M. That season they also started using the black colors, an alternate logo featured the skyline in black, with the Mets in blue lettering with an orange shade. The bridge remained white & the stitching remained orange.

Nov 8, 2009

Concert Reviw: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Madison Square Garden 11-7-09

The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle!!
It was like being home again. Another great night of Bruce at Madison Square Garden, a much more cozier venue than the huge Giants Stadium show I saw last month. The New York crowd was very enthusiastic last night and were on their feet all night long. In keeping with the entire album performance theme, tonight marked the first time ever that Bruce & the E Street Band played his second album; The Wild The Innocent & The E Street shuffle in its entirety.



As Bruce always changes set lists & pulls out surprises, he kept with his form opening the show. He announced "this was an out take from that album" as the band broke into THUNDER CRACK as the opener.
As for the WILD THE INNOCENT & THE E STREET SHUFFLE set,it was incredible. The E Street band was accompanied by a five piece horn section and background singers. You could tell Bruce was totally into playing this set as he & the band rocked. They did incredible versions of The E STREET SHUFFLE, with the horns section blaring and the crowd a dancing. SANDY- 4th of JULY (Asbury Park), had the crowd all singing the chorus, doing the best version of this song I've ever seen done. Then there was a fantastic version of KITTY'S BACK that just blew the roof off, each member of the band doing different solos, and finishing off with a spectacular musical climax. Roy Bittans piano solo on NEW YORK CITY SERENADE was beautiful accompanied by Bruce's acoustic guitar work. There was also one of the best versions of ROSALITA, I ever saw. The crowd went nuts as the band simple kicked butt.

I couldn't help, missing the presence of Danny Federici who would have been playing accordion on songs like WILD BILLS CIRCUS. Roy Bittan took the spot, with Steve on mandolin, Gary Tallent on Tuba & Bruce singing. It was a great version done real well.
During the request part of the show, Bruce grabbed signs from the crowd and did another surprise, this one from the first album; DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82nd STREET? Then a great rendition of GLORY DAYS.

Early in the show we got a spectacular performance of PROVE IT ALL NIGHT & then HUNGRY HEART which Bruce jumped into the crowd and did a crowd surf back to the stage. Incredible. There was nice face to face performace of HUMAN TOUCH done with his wife Patti , although it's not one of my favorite tunes. The encore featured WRECKING BALL which was written for the Giants Stadium shows and special guest appearance by Elvis Costello for the finale.

The band was incredible as was Bruce, they are probably the best live act in rock & roll at this point, probably ever. The sound was great, and it was a great way to finish off my birthday week which began with a trip to Ft. Lauderdale and ended with a great family dinner & the Saturday night Bruce concert.

I think the Backstreets review said it best, saying that it was impossible for Bruce to keep up the level of the performance after the album set. To me I just didn't think the rest of the nights set list was everything I could have wanted. It was a great show and great to see some of the different stuff, but I did miss alot of the classics. I envy those going to Sundays show which will feature the album THE RIVER in its entirety.






Setlist:
Thundercrack
Seeds
Prove It All Night
Hungry Heart
Working on a Dream
The E Street Shuffle
4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
Kitty's Back
Wil Billy's Circus Story
Incident on 57th Street
Rosalita
New York City Serenade

Waitin' on a Sunny Day
Raise Your Hand

Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
Glory Days
Human Touch
Lonesome Day
The Rising
Born to Run
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Wrecking Ball
Bobby Jean
American Land
Dancing in the Dark
Higher and Higher (with Elvis Costello)