EL BARRIO, EL BRONX – It has been a crazy last few days for me. Driving upstate for the July 4th holiday then getting back and being busy with helping my brother with some of his jobs. Now without much prep or rest, I have been called on to pinch hit. Time to make it do what it do, so here’s my usual formula meets an alternate edition: a Song of the Week before we get to the Sports Stuff. The alternate edition places a bit of Political Stuff or current events – then the sports. Here we go re Defending de Blasio, Conforto Succeeds & The Gold Cup.
Song of the Week: Ever been driving and for some unknown reason a song pops into your head. Well that happen to me this week. I was driving and for some unknown reason Queen popped into my head. So I went and played Somebody to Love. I am not sure why that popped into my head but it is a great so take a listen and share your thoughts.
In defense of Blas: Is Bill de Blasio the best mayor the city has ever scene? Unlikely. I know because I am part of two separate groups fighting gentrification of the Bronx. However, I think people are too harsh on him. I finished my undergrad in 2000, was 21 and in 2001 Mike Bloomberg became mayor. I have several issues with Bloomy, not least of which was his forced third term. But if you add up the Bloomberg reign that is 12 years. I was 33 and out of my first marriage by then. That is a long time for one way of things to be done. City agencies had a totally different mission for measuring success. The City Council had to fund and re-open the Office of Women and Minority Owned Business. Even how Business Districts dealt with the city was different. So, essentially it has been 4 years with mixed results which is common, because regime change is not easy, especially after over a decade of power from the other political group.
Congrats Mr. Conforto: I always liked the kid. It was at Opening Day where I was lamenting to Short Matt about how it is a travesty that he isn’t starting or being given enough chances. Matt reminded me that Comforts had opportunities last year and in spring training but hadn’t taken them, so it was his own fault. Well this season, opportunity came knocking again and Mikey didn’t play around. From the 1 spot in the batting order, Conforto has built up an impressive .281 BA, 14 Hrs and 41 RBI. This solid performance earned him the right to be the Mets lone All-Star at this year’s All-Star Game. Unfortunately, because it is the Mets, Conforto is fighting an injury and may not make the game. With that Mets staff of physicians and their poor record of diagnosis, I recommend he gets a second opinion.
For those that don’t pay attention to Soccer, the Gold Cup kicks of this weekend. The Copa de Oro is a battle between all the te teams of North America, Central America and the Caribbean as they batte to become the best team in the region. With an eye towards qualifying for the World Cup, the US team has opted to end out their second side so they can get a good look at the guys battling for 12-23 on the final roster. With Mexico doing the same this opens up the tournament to some great matched and results.
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