Nov 16, 2011

Mets 50th Anniversary

The Mets are trying to please us a with a celebration of thier 50th anniversary. There is a new 50th anniversary logo, plus an updated white pinstripe uniforms. They are dropping the black uniforms & plain whites, except for a few certain days. They will have special Mets alumni events & updates at the Mets museum. Now if they can just win some more games.

 from the Flushing Flash:
Logo
The Mets 50th Anniversary logo incorporates the basic elements of the original blue and orange skyline logo, which was introduced 50 years ago today, with gold accents in celebration of the franchise's golden anniversary. The logo will be affixed to player jerseys on the left sleeve, replacing the primary logo for the anniversary season, and on the back of blue game caps.


Uniforms
The Mets this coming season will wear new home pinstripe, white and road grey uniforms reflecting the look of the original uniforms from their inaugural season. The black dropshadow will be removed from the Mets script logo, letters and numbers. The pinstripe uniform will be the primary home uniform with the white and black alternate jerseys worn on select dates. The blue cap will be worn with the home pinstripes and white uniforms, and the road grey uniforms. The team will also wear a new blue and orange batting practice jersey.


The redesigned uniforms and a wide selection of Mets 50th Anniversary merchandise including t-shirts and patches are on sale starting today exclusively at the Mets Team Store at Citi Field, Mets.com online shop and at Mets Clubhouse Shops. Fans purchasing a new jersey today at the Mets Team Store at Citi Field will receive 50% off any Authentic Collection jacket.


Promotional Schedule
The return of Banner Day headlines a series of promotions recognizing Mets history. Banner Day, which began in 1963, will feature a Mets 50th Anniversary theme with fans parading around the warning track with signs expressing their favorite Mets memory. The Mets will announce the date of Banner Day in the weeks ahead.


The Mets will celebrate each decade of Mets history with a series of alumni bobblehead giveaways. Mets legend and Hall of Famer Tom Seaver will kick off the series in April.


The Mets full promotional schedule for the 2012 season will include commemorative items featuring the 50th Anniversary logo on caps, t-shirts and collectibles. Mets fans will get the chance to choose a commemorative promotional item through an online vote, which will launch during Spring Training.


Mets50.com Web Site
The Mets today launched Mets50.com which will serve as the hub for all Mets 50th Anniversary news and content. Fans will be encouraged to visit the site and share photos of their favorite Mets memories to enter the "FANtastic at 50" sweepstakes to win a pair of 2012 Mets Season Tickets. Other features during the season will include an interactive timeline detailing significant moments through Mets history, "This Date in Mets History," and archival footage from important Mets moments from the past 50 years.


Mets 50th Anniversary Ticket Packs
A limited number of Mets 50th Anniversary Ticket Packs will go on sale Monday, November 28 exclusively online at Mets.com. The five-game plans start at $50.


Mets Alumni Association Presented by Citi
The Mets Alumni Association Presented by Citi will make multiple appearances throughout the season in concert with the 50th Anniversary season long celebration.


No. 50 Jersey Giveaway and In-Park Elements
A lucky fan at each home game will receive an authentic No. 50 jersey embroidered with the name "FANTASTIC." The Season Ticket Holders from 1962 present for today's announcement received these jerseys as a thank you for their loyalty.


In-park entertainment during Mets games next season will feature highlights from the past 50 years, trivia and other programming on Citi Vision.


Mets Hall of Fame & Museum
New exhibits featuring artifacts focusing on the Mets 50th Anniversary will be installed in the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum in time for Opening Day, Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Nov 12, 2011

Concert Review: John Fogerty at Seminole Hard Rock Casino- Hollywood, Florida

I had a great chance to see an awesome show at my home away from home in South Florida. It began with a fantastic dinner at Matoranos (yo cuz), expensive but definitely worth the price from the ricotta gnocchi down to the unbelievable Philly Cheesesteak!!! You might know celebrity chef Steve Matarano as "the Italian American Cook" from South Philadelphia.

The 5500 Hard Rock seat concert hall is located just across from the restaurant. If you've never been to the Hollywood Florida Seminole Hard Rock Casino it's Florida at its best, an outdoor concourse leading to all the restaurants , bars & casino area.With beautifal weather & alot of kool people it was a great start to a great evening.


The show began a bit late, as we settled in to our 18th row (center) seats. An reved up John Fogerty hit the stage with a lot of energy & excitement, running all about to make sure he greeted all sides of his audience. He kept this level up all night, and never let up with any breaks. He looked as though he was loving every moment of being on stage & in front of his fans again. The Florida crowd started a bit more laid back but certainly into the show & were all fired up by the end.

Although Fogerty is from Northern California he has deep fans in America's South with his Country / Bayou style of Rock & Roll. Basically, they love Fogerty down here!


His six piece band was tight & sensational. Its all about Fogerty though, as he sang all vocals & played most lead guitar with some harmonica mixed in as well. There was a brief fiddle solo & drum solo which were the only times John wasn't leading the band. He changed guitars for almost every song and was wearing his classic plaid shirt. At one point he yelled out "who was wearing a plad shirt ?" And to his delight found a young boy in the crowd with the same shirt he had on & he stopped the show to give him a few guitar pics.  

He looks good, fit trim & his voice sounded real good. Get ready for a couple of huge shows next week at the Beacon in New York where he plays The Green River album one night & Cosmos Factory the second night. If your keeping score at this show we got six songs from Cosmos Factory to just three songs from Green River.


Tonight's show was a 25 set song list of hits, mostly from his Creedance Clearwater Revival days. I didn't get a few of my favorites ( " Suzy Q" -" I Put A Spell On You" -&  "Run Through the Jungle") nor his solo Fogerty "Rock & Roll Girls" but other than that I can't complain.  He pretty much kept te songs short & straight forward like on record. No mention of his brother or other members of CCR. A few surprises were the two cover songs listed below. By the time he played Bad Moon On the Rising the crowd was up on its feet singing & dancing never sitting down through the next seven songs, until the end of the show.


John Fogerty: South Florida Set list 11/10/11:


Hey Tonight
Green River
Who'll Stop the Rain (Fogerty noted "everyone thinks I played this one at Woodstock but it was what I brought home from Woodstock instead")
Lodi
Hot Rod Heart
Looking Out my Back Door
Born On A Bayou
Ramble Tamble (great solo & jam with the band)
Midnight Special
Don't You Wish It Were True
Long As I Can See The Light
Big Train From Memphis
Have You Ever Seen the Rain (dedicated to his daughter)
Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison cover)
Keep On Chooglin'
Bad Case of Lovin You (Robert Palmer cover)
Going Up Around the Bend
Good Golly Miss Molly (Little Richard / CCR cover)
Down On the Corner
Centerfield
The Old Man Down the Road
Bad Moon On the Rising
Fortunate Son
Encores: Traveling Band
Proud Mary

Nov 2, 2011

1954 World Champion NY Giants Second Baseman: Davey Williams (1949-1955)

David Carlous Williams was born on November 2, 1927 in Dallas, Texas. The right handed hitting Second baseman was signed by the New York Giants in 1946. He made a brief appearance as a September call up in 1949, going 12-40 in 16 games.

He hit his first career HR driving in three runs on September 19th in a 6-4 victory at Pittsburgh. That off season the Giants acquired Eddie Stanky a favorite of manager Leo Durocher, landing Williams in the minors. Williams played minor league ball at AAA Minneapolis in 1950 &1951 with a young kid whom he knew would be a franchise player named Willie Mays.

Williams was brought back up during the incredible 1951 NY Giants comeback stretch, heading to the pennant win beating out the Brooklyn Dodgers. He batted .266 in 30 games behind Stanky at second base, with two HRs & 8 RBIs. In Game #2 of the 1951 Playoff Series, he got to pinch run in the 9th inning of the Dodgers 10-0 win at Ebbetts Field. He then got a pinch hit appearance (0-1) in the last game of the 1951 World Series.

When Stanky left New York went to finish his playing career in St. Louis, Williams became the Giants regular second baseman. In his first full season he had career highs in HRs (13) doubles (26) & RBIs (55) while batting .254.

In 1953 although his power numbers dropped; 3 HRs & 11 doubles, he hit a career high .297, making his only All Star appearance. He was inserted in the 9th inning of the ’53 All Star Game, catching the last out of the game, a pop up by Yogi Berra.

In the Giants 1954 Championship season Williams led all second baseman in fielding percentage (.982) keeping the infield solid up the middle. He played in 142 games, batting .222 with 9 HRs 18 doubles & 46 RBIs. In the World Series sweep over the Cleveland Indians, he went hitless in all four games.

1955 would end up being the last season of Williams playing career. In a game against the rival Brooklyn Dodgers, Giants pitcher Sal “the Barber” Maglie threw at a few Dodger batters. He hit a couple including Jackie Robinson. Later in the game Robinson was out for revenge, he laid down a bunt on the first base line. Maglie, was too slow getting off the mound so first baseman Whitey Lockman had to field it. Williams came over late to cover first base with no momentum behind him.

Robinson originally wanted to run over Maglie but since Williams was there instead, he had to get knocked down. As the collision occurred Williams held on to the ball for the out, but he got injured on the play. He missed almost two weeks of action then soon suffered from spinal arthritis & his career was cut short. Although he batted .251 through August he lost his job to Wayne Terrwilliger, and was released at the end of the year, ending a six year career.

A lifetime New York Giant, he played 517 games over six seasons, hitting hit .252 with 32 HRs 61 doubles & 163 RBIs. At second base, he recorded a .978 fielding percentage with 52 errors in 2323 chances.

Retirement: After his playing days, he was a Giants coach for the 1956-1957 seasons, and then managed at the minor league level. Williams was elected to the Texas Hall of Fame in 1998. He passed away on August 19th 2009 at his home outside Dallas, Texas at age 81.