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Scenery pictures June 30, 2012

Posted by Mike C. in Baseball, Personal, Photography, Sports, Travel, Weather.
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Inspired by my travel pictures post, this post is made up entirely of pictures of scenery or past landmarks that are new to the site.

I originally planned on putting in pictures I shot in April and June of this year, but then went further back to 2005.  Unless otherwise noted, the pictures were taken outside my house.

We’ll start with a few sunrise pictures.

February 24, 2005:

March 3, 2005:

March 14, 2005, overlooking the 1st hole fairway of Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead golf course in Palm Harbor, Florida:

July 3, 2005: Sunset outside Jones Beach Theater:

May 27, 2006: Memorial Day Weekend fireworks at North Hempstead Beach Park:

July 30, 2006: A series of sunset pics while on a boat ride south of Freeport:

August 18, 2006: Looking above Woodcleft Avenue in Freeport:

August 25, 2006: On the beach in Lake Worth, Florida:

Later that day, an approaching thunderstorm at The Cascades in Boynton Beach:

August 26, 2006: Storm clouds north of Boynton Beach:

August 28, 2006: Walking up Cascades Isle Boulevard:

September 6, 2006: Shea Stadium before the first game of a Mets-Braves doubleheader:

A plane for a since-defunct airline in its final approach to LaGuardia Airport:

September 8, 2006: Hicksville LIRR station:

September 11, 2006:

October 28, 2006: Back at Innisbrook, looking above Copperhead’s 2nd tee:

Part of Innisbrook’s Loch Ness pool:

November 3, 2006: Fall foliage at LIU Post:

Looking above the Duffy Avenue/Newbridge Road intersection in Hicksville, south of the LIRR station:

November 10, 2006: Sunset at Post:

August 17, 2007: The early stage of a thunderstorm:

September 12, 2007:

October 27, 2007:

March 8, 2008: Back above Copperhead:

April 7, 2012, at a surprise wedding in Freeport:

June 3, 2012:

June 9, 2012:

June 17, 2012, at a Father’s Day barbecue in Freeport:

June 22, 2012: Sunset:

June 27, 2012: Looking above the platform at the Wantagh LIRR station:

A bird in the Rockville Centre LIRR station parking lot:

And now more photographic loose ends have been tied up at MikeChimeri.com.  I hope you liked what you saw.

Where I was: Johan Santana’s no-hitter June 1, 2012

Posted by Mike C. in Baseball, Hockey, Internet, Media, News, Personal, Radio, TV.
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(Updated with additional links.)

It’s been a whirlwind 56 minutes as I type.  Here goes:

For stress reasons, I typically don’t watch or listen to Mets games until three hours after it starts.  If I didn’t check ESPN.com at 9:42 PM EDT to see the name of the winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals held last night – it was Snigdha Nandipati – I would not have known Johan Santana was three outs away from pitching a no-hitter.  But I did.

I left my bedroom, and from the top of the stairs in the top floor hallway, I told my parents down in the den to put on SNY because Santana was close to achieving that no-hitter.  This may be too much information, but while SNY was (and still is) recording on the DVR in my room, I listened to the last three outs on WFAN from the bathroom on the shower radio in there.

Mets lead radio play-by-play announcer Howie Rose was as loud as he was 18 years and five nights ago at Madison Square Garden, calling Stephane Matteau’s Eastern Conference Finals-clinching goal in double overtime for the Rangers against the Devils.

I don’t think any Mets fan, including Howie, thought tonight would ever happen.  It took 8,020 games in 51 seasons for the first no-hitter in Mets history to occur.  What a night.

An excerpt of the game recap from Steven Miller at MLB.com:

It took 50 years, but the New York Mets and Johan Santana finally have their no-hitter.

The 33-year-old Santana held the Cardinals hitless in an 8-0 victory Friday in front of 27,069 at Citi Field, who witnessed the first no-hitter in franchise history. The left-hander walked five as his pitch count climbed to 134, but manager Terry Collins could not pull his starter, who Collins said he would limit to about 110 pitches before the game.

“Wow — amazing,” Santana said after the game. “Coming into this season, I was just hoping to come back and stay healthy and help this team. And now I’m in this situation in the greatest city in baseball. I’m very happy, and I’m happy for [the fans], finally — the first one.

“It was a crazy night, trying to command my fastball, moving all over the plate. But I was able to locate it, command it and get some quick outs and get out of there.”

When asked how he felt after throwing the final pitch, Santana could hardly contain his excitement.

“That’s the greatest feeling ever,” Santana said, just as he received a celebratory pie to the face.

WFAN audio/SNY video via Deadspin

New York Daily News:
Anthony McCarron: Johan Santana tosses first no-hitter in NY Mets history during 8-0 victory against St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field
Mike Lupica: On Johan Santana’s magical night at Citi Field, NY Mets fans finally see a no-hitter

Newsday (subscription required):
Roderick Boone: Johan Santana pitches Mets’ first no-hitter

ESPN New York:
Andrew Marchand: Johan Santana tosses no-hitter

WFAN/Associated Press/1010 WINS:
UNBELIEVABLE: Santana Throws First No-Hitter In Mets History

Steve Somers of WFAN (who now sounds years younger thanks to dental surgery last Monday):
Show Open
Interview with Mets catcher Josh Thole
Interview with Ron Darling, former Mets pitcher and current analyst for Mets games on SNY
6/6 UPDATE: Monday night’s Show Open and interview with Jerry Seinfeld


8/18 UPDATE: In recent days, Steve Somers’ speech has returned nearly to what it was before his surgery.  He no longer sounds like he ingested helium.

Unfortunately, Johan hasn’t been the same pitcher since the no-hitter.

Back and forth with Bernie Williams August 20, 2011

Posted by Mike C. in Baseball, Books, Internet, Jazz, Music, Personal, Sports.
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Recently, a friend of mine gave me a copy of former New York Yankees center fielder, and past-and-present guitarist, Bernie Williams‘ new book–written with Dave Gluck and Bob Thompson–Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Musical and Athletic Performance.

One day after receiving the book, I started to read it.  I’m currently up to chapter 7.  After seeing a post-#FF (Follow Friday) tweet from Bernie in my Twitter feed, I figured I’d tweet to him what I just wrote in this post:

I meant every word.  I’ve been taking piano lessons since October 2006.  I don’t have an actual piano to practice on, but I have the next best thing: a Yamaha YPG-625 Portable Grand keyboard.  The lessons and practice are challenging, but fun.  That’s especially true after I finally get the song I’m learning down.

I’ll update this post after I complete Rhythms of the Game.

9/30 UPDATE: I finished reading two days ago.  My considerable liking of the book carried through to the end.  It’s a great read.

Tim McCarver auto-tuned July 19, 2011

Posted by Mike C. in Baseball, Commentary, Media, Music, News, Personal, Politics, Sports, Technology, TV.
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During the last commercial break for the 8PM Eastern airing of last Friday’s The O’Reilly Factor, there was a promo for the MLB on Fox.  In the promo, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver are to be auto-tuned during their broadcasts to appeal to a younger demographic.  Tim follows through, but Joe refuses:

This promo has been running since the start of the season, but Friday was the first time I saw it.  I initially posted it to my Facebook wall, but decided to post it here, too.  As I said in my previous post, I find auto-tune hilarious and always get a kick out of it, especially if spoken word gets the auto-tune treatment.

Tony Snow: 1955-2008; Bobby Murcer: 1946-2008 July 12, 2008

Posted by Mike C. in Baseball, Media, Personal, Sports, TV.

Tony Snow in 1996; Courtesy FOXNews.com/AP

I didn’t wake up for the day until 1:30 this afternoon and didn’t have internet for a few hours because of a branch in the way of the cable wire to the house.  The problem wasn’t fixed about a half hour ago (it’s 4:48 as I post this).  Then, I checked my e-mail and was told by a friend on my private Topica discussion list that Tony Snow had died of colon cancer at the age of 53.  I immediately put on Fox News Channel to watch their coverage of his passing.

This is very sad news, but I could sense it was coming.  Among the many things I liked about Snow was he remained highly positive and upbeat to his final moments.  May God rest Tony Snow.

Mark Koldys, of the cable news discussion site Johnny Dollar’s Place, has posted several links to coverage of Snow’s passing here.

11:15 UPDATE (Picture and links updated on 7/14):

Bobby Murcer; Courtesy AP

Another great in his field lost his battle with cancer today: former Yankees player and play-by-play announcer Bobby Murcer died of brain cancer at the age of 62.  He, too, will be missed.