Oct 29, 2011

Former Mets Outfielder: Darren Reed (1990)

Darren A. Douglass Reed was born on October 16, 1965 in Ojai, California. He attended high school in Ventura California getting drafted by the AL New York team in the third round of the 1984 draft.

In 1987 between AA & AAA he hit 28 HRs with 95 RBIs, making him look like a desirable prospect. That winter he was traded along with Phil Lombardi & Steve Frey to the New York Mets for Rafael Santana. He never matched those power numbers again, hitting just9 HRs in 345 at bats at AAA Tidewater the next year.

In 1990 he hit 17 HRs with 21 doubles & 74 RBIs getting him two call ups to the Mets. After hitting just .126 in six games in May he was sent back down returning in mid August. His average fell below .100 by September 30th when he hit his first career HR in a game at Shea against the Chicago Cubs. He finished the year hitting .205 with four doubles one HR & two RBIs in 26 games played.

At the start of the 1991 season he was traded to the Montreal Expos for two minor leaguers. He would get traded to the Minnesota Twins during the season batting a combined .185 in 56 games. In his two year career Reed batted .183 with 23 hits 6 HRs 16 RBIs & 8 doubles

Oct 10, 2011

Paul McCartney Weds on John Lennons 71st Birthday

On what would have been John Lennon's 71st birthday, Paul McCartney chose to get married. As a die hard Beatles fan, "maybe I'm amazed" (or not) at some of the decisions & comments Paul has made since Johns tragic passing so many  (31) years ago. Most notably wanting to change the song writing credits to McCartney/ Lennon changing the pact the two had made "all those years ago" as kids.

Of all days to wed, why pick John's birthday? And not for nothing why pick the same place (Old Marylebone Town Hall Registry Office)  he married Linda Eastman back in 1969?

Don't get me wrong I love Paul & wish him "all the best" with his new lovely American wife Nancy Shevell. I just feel his timing is sometimes off, many of us Beatles fans consider John's birthday a special day which we remember in his honor. I know fans still gather at Strawberry Fields in Central Park in Johns memory, I did so for twenty years.

I still don't understand why he wants to wed for a third time at his age, or at any age for that matter. I don't think he plans to have anymore children, but what do I know. At least we know Nancy isn't after his money since she is very successful & wealthy.

Paul met Nancy in the Hampton's & have been dating for four years. She is an heiress & executive V.P. to a freight trucking conglomerate, Administration of New England Motor Freight, Inc. (NEMF) and the Shevell Group of Companies.

The ceremony was low key although there were many fans on hand & alot of media attention. A small reception followed at Paul's home in St. John's Wood with family & friends. Among those in attendance were Ringo Starr & his wife Barbra Bach, Rolling Stone Ron Wood, Twiggy & guitarist Jeff Beck. Paul's children were all on hand I believe & much happier than his last nightmare of a marriage to Heather Mills.