Showing posts from July, 2016

Former 2015 NL Champion Mets Mets Utility Player: John Mayberry Jr. (2015)

John Claiborn Mayberry Jr. was born December 21st 1983 in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the son of former MLB slugger; John Mayberry Sr. The six foot six inch right hand hitting outfielder attended local high school & then went to Stanford University. He was a star player both in high school & at Stanford where he got to the College World Series as a freshman. He also played for Team USA in 2004 winning the University Championship. He was drafted in the first round (the 19th pick overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2005. He proved to labeled a slugger early on as he hit 21 HRs at A ball in 2006. In 2007 he totaled 30 HRs between A ball plus Bakersfield & AA Frisco. In 2008 he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies organization for Greg Golson. He got to the AAA level, hitting 16 HRs with 30 doubles at Lehigh Valley. He debuted with the Phillies in 2009 hitting a three run HR against the AL New York team, in his first game. That day the FOX cameras wrongly identifi

John Mayberry Jr's Father- MLB Player John Mayberry Sr. (1968-1982)

John Claiborn Mayberry Sr. was born February 18th 1949 in Detroit, Michigan. The six foot three left hand hitter was a star athlete in high school playing Basketball, baseball & football. In 1967 he was a first round draft pick of the Houston Astros, the 6th pick overall. Mayberry climbed through the ranks of the minor leagues, hitting 23 HRs overall in 1968 establishing himself as a slugger. He made his MLB debut with the Astros that same year, playing four games in September. In one contest he was thrilled to meet his hero Hank Aaron who was with the Atlanta Braves. In 1969 he hit 21 HRs at AAA Oklahoma, getting back for five more games in Houston at the end of the season. Mayberry was slugging but also striking out often & the Astros tried to make him hit for more contact to slow down on the strike outs. Quotes: John Mayberry- "They wanted me to cut down on my strikeouts,but all long ball hitters seem to strike out a lot, don't they? What happened was th

Concert Review: Paul Simon At A Wet Forest Hills Stadium -A Triumphant Return Home to Queens

Paul Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey. His family moved to Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, while he was four years old. So he grew up living on 70th Rd. near Jewel Ave, Main St. & Flushing Meadow Park. As a teen he attended Forest Hills High School where he met Art Garfunkel starting a brilliant career. Many of his early songs were written on 70th Rd. Tonight just a mile away from his old high school Paul Simon put on a fantastic show (the second of two sell outs) that was only dampened by the weather. There was a rain delayed late start, over an hour, followed with a brief shower during & then a heavy down pour lasting just to the end of Simon's set to his first encores. The rain was heavy, lightning was crackling in the skies as everyone crowded into the ancient stadiums underbelly below the grand stands. It was a mess but everyone survived. God forbid Forest Hills Tennis Stadium postponed the show earlier in the day, since there was even a tornado