Showing posts from December, 2010

centerfield maz's Top CD Albums of 2010

The top albums of 2010 include some great anniversary reissues with all new unreleased tracks, rock & roll movie soundtracks, female jazz vocalist & my latest favorite current genre- female fronted metal bands. Most femme metal bands are out of Europe & can be classified as gothic metal, symphonic metal, progressive metal, etc. This style is huge around the world & beginning to grow more in America. (thank goodness for itunes & youtube) * some albums may be a bit behind due to american releases or me getting my  hands on it late BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & The E. STREET BAND -THE PROMISE (THE DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN STORY) THE ROLLING STONES -EXILE ON MAIN STREET  (2010 REMASTERED with UNRELEASED TRACKS) ANSOTTICA -RISE AUTUMN -ALTITUDE

The Passing of Phil Cavaretta- The First Mets Batting Coach

This weekend Phil Cavaretta passed away after suffering a stroke. The Italian /American Cavaretta was the oldest living former Major Leaguer at 94 years of age. Here is the centerfieldmaz original posting from 7/16/10: Phil Joseph Cavaretta was born July 19, 1916 on the North side of Chicago Illinois to Italian imigrant parents. He became a star with his home town Cubs, playing there from 1934 through 1954. After a brief seven game debut in 1934 he became the Cubs main first baseman, hitting over .290 nine times, making three All Star appearances & winning the 1945 MVP Award. His best stretch was from 1943-1947. In 1943 he hit .290 with 73 RBIs posting a .382 on base %. In 1944 he led the N.L. in hits (197) and batted .321 (5th in the league) with a .390 on base %. 1945 would be his best year, he won the N.L. MVP Award and leading the league in hitting (.355) & on base% (.455). That year he drove in a career high 97 runs, scored 94 runs, hit 34 doubles with 10 triples &a

Bruce Springsteen- The Promise Five Song Set Live @ Asbury Park Caousel

Just last week Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band performed a private concert for 59 lucky people at the landmark Asbury Park Carousel. It featured songs from the great new album; The Promise. It was an incredible performance that was captured on video & now available on the Internet. The special five song video is available on line at or on youtube. The set only includes E Street Band members from The Darkness era, The Big Man, Little Steven, Gary Tallent, the Professor & Mighty Max. The awesome set list includes: Racing In the Street / Gotta Get That Feeling / Ain't Good Enough For You / The Promise & a great version of Blue Christmas. This is a must see for fans, it's absolutely great!! It only makes me want a Bruce Promise Tour even more in 2011.

Paul McCartney At the Apollo Theater

Although I did not attend this concert, i wanted to give it a quick review from the information I have gathered on it. Paul played a special once in a lifetime event at the Apollo Theater this past Monday night. It was a Sirius satellite radio event held for a private audience & some very lucky listeners. Celebrities lined the rows of seats, as everyone from Keith Richards, Ron Wood & Little Steven to Howard Stern, Tony Bennett, Jimmy Fallon, Ben Stiller, Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Rob Thomas, Patti Smyth, Duran Duran, Kevin Bacon, Jerry Seinfeld, John McEnroe & famous John Lennon photographer Bob Gruen were on hand. The concert sounded great on Sirius radio but there is nothing like being at a live event, to really capture the feel. The reviews from those who were there say Paul was great once again. I heard former Abbey Road engineer Geoff Emerick was on the sound board too! Here was the great set list: Magical Mystery Tour Jet Drive My Car All My Loving One Af
from centerfield: Here is an article from our friend Chris Jaffe at the Hardball Times: on Mets Manager Terry Collins:

Former Italian / American Player of the Day: Long Island's Craig Biggio (1988-2007)

Craig Alan Biggio was born on December 14, 1965 in Smithtown, New York. Biggio was a star athlete at Kings Park high school in Long Islands Suffolk County. There he won the Hansen Award which is given to the top football player in Suffolk County. He received a bunch of football offers but chose to play baseball at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. There he was a team mate of future Met Mo Vaughn & John Valentin. He earned All American Honors & was selected first round (22nd pick overall) by the Houston Astros in 1987. Biggio would debut in 1988 for 50 games & by the following season would be an Astro regular for twenty seasons. He began his career as a catcher, then played two seasons as a centerfielder before switching to a full time second baseman in 1992 winning four Gold Gloves at the position. He is the first player to make the All Star team as a catcher then as second baseman. Biggio would play in seven All Star Games, lead the league in plate app