Showing posts from November, 2018

Remembering Mets History: (1996) Mets Fire Dallas Green & Hire Bobby Valentine As Manager

August 26th, 1996: On this day the Mets VP Joe McIlvane fired Mets manager; the 62 year old Dallas Green. Quotes: Joe McIlvane: ''We haven't done as well as we anticipated. Progress has been slower than expected. Our hope with this change is the younger players will begin to blossom some more, to come up to that major league level, to begin to make more significant contributions." Green had taken over as manager of the New York Mets, in May 1993 replacing Jeff Torborg who had taken the club to a 13-25 record. When Green took over the Mets went 46-78 the rest of the way finishing in last place. In the strike shortened 1994 season, the Mets finished third (55-58) in the newly aligned division. In 1995 they finished below .500 once again (69-75) but did end up in second place. In 1996 the club was in fourth place (59-72) at the time of Dallas Green's firing.  Green, the oldest manager in the NL at the time, was an harsh old school type of manager who was labl

Halestorm / In This Moment / New Years Day @ Hammerstein Ballroom New York City: Concert Review

November 24th 2018- Hammerstein Ball Room New York City- Concert Review: Halestorm / In This Moment / New Years Day. An exceptional bill of some of the leading ladies on the female fronted hard rock/ Heavy Metal scene. Me, being a big fan & supporter of the genre for many years, thought this was an outstanding night & a concert for the ages.  My friend Jimmy & I were pleased to see many people beyond the millennial age in attendance as well as us. Seasoned veteran rock & roll fans know good stuff & anyone who says there's no good rock music out there today, certainly doesn't know these bands exist. In a genre that has been fading with new talents, this is the crème of the crop. Ashley Costello (NYD)  / Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) / Maria Brink (In This Moment) Halestorm: The headliner was Halestorm, a hard rock outfit from Red Lion, PA. featuring sister & brother combo, the Hales- Lzzy Hale (vocals/guitar) & Arejay Hale (drums). 

Remembering Mets History: (1999) Orel Hershiser & Armando Benitez Combine On A Two Hitter

Thursday September 9th, 1999: It was always a big deal when Orel Hershiser returned to Los Angeles to pitch & tonight was no exception. This game meant more to Hershiser & his new team the New York Mets.  Bobby Valentine's Mets (86-55) were on top of the Wild Card race & just three games in back of the Atlanta Braves in the standings in the NL East. Tonight 33,954 came to Dodger Stadium, as Davey Johnson's fourth place Dodgers (65-75) hosted the Mets. Hershiser (12-10) went up against Kevin Brown (16-6). New York Mets         Los Angeles Dodgers 1 Rickey Henderson LF 1 Eric Young 2B 2 Edgardo Alfonzo 2B 2 Mark Grudzielanek SS 3 John Olerud 1B 3 Gary Sheffield LF 4 Mike Piazza C 4 Eric Karros 1B 5 Robin Ventura 3B 5 Todd Hundley C 6 Darryl Hamilton CF 6 Raul Mondesi RF 7 Roger Cedeno RF 7 Devon White CF 8 Rey Ordonez SS 8 Adrian Beltre 3B 9 Orel Hershiser P 9 Kevin Brown P In the bottom of the 1st, Hershiser served up a solo HR to Gary Sh