Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Books: Daniel Silva Examines a Reform-Minded Saudi Prince In "The New Girl"

The New Girl
By Daniel Silva
Harper; hardcover, $28.99; available today, July 16

In his #1 New York Times bestselling series featuring Gabriel Allon, art restorer and assassin, Daniel Silva has long placed his finger on the pulse of contemporary geopolitics. With his much-anticipated twenty-second novel, The New Girl, Silva focuses a fictional lens on one of the world’s most controversial figures.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Yankees Dominated By d'Arnaud Again

Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman battling Travis d'Arnaud in the ninth inning Monday night. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Tampa Bay Rays got a stunning 5-4 win over the Yankees on Monday night at The Stadium, as ex-Met Travis d'Arnaud led the way with three home runs.

This was just the fifth time in Tampa Bay's franchise history that someone hit three or more homers in a game, with Evan Longoria the last Ray to do it on October 3, 2012.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Red Bulls Outlast NYCFC, Who Question Refs' Actions On Game-Winner

The Red Bulls celebrate the game-winner while NYCFC protests. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Red Bulls won the first installment of the Hudson River Derby on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena, 2-1, over New York City Football Club.

Books: "Justice on Trial" On The Fight Over Kavanaugh's Nomination To Court

Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court
By Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino
Regnery Publishing; hardcover; $28.99

The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy last summer sparked a political firestorm as President Donald Trump would now have to choose a nominee to replace the swing vote on the Court.

Books: "Elevated" On The Rise Of The NBA

Elevated: The Global Rise of the N.B.A.
By Harvey Araton and the staff of The New York Times; Foreword by Jeff Van Gundy
Triumph Books; hardcover, 483 pages; $30.00

The NBA has grown into a world game, with stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Curry helping turn it into a sport that generates attention every single day. These players have become business tycoons, Hollywood celebrities, and advocates for many causes.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Judge's Four Hits Not Enough To Lift Yankees Past Jays

A member of the U.S. Army Parachute Team arriving in style on Military Appreciation Day. Photo by Jason Schott.

Aaron Judge had four hits for the Yankees, who had plenty of chances, but couldn't get the big hit as they lost a nailbiter to the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at The Stadium.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Books: On Baseball Trivia & History

Photo by Jason Schott.

The baseball season is approaching the second half of the season, making it a perfect time to brush up on some trivia and learn more about the history of the game.

Three books will help illuminate America's pastime: Incredible Baseball Trivia by Daivd Nemec; The Baseball Maniac's Almanac, edited by Bert Randolph Sugar with Ken Samelson; and Incredible Baseball Stats by Kevin Reavy and Ryan Spaeder.

Books: Janice Dean's "Mostly Sunny"

Mostly Sunny: How I Learned To Keep Smiling Through The Rainiest Days
By Janice Dean
Harper; hardcover, 256 pages; $26.99

Meteorologist Janice Dean is beloved by many people from the morning show Fox & Friends. She is well-suited to her profession because she looks for the silver lining in every cloud after weathering her share of setbacks and indignities while maintaining her infectious joy and optimism.

Books: "How to Hold a Grudge" By Sophie Hannah

How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment - the Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life
By Sophie Hannah
Scribner; hardcover; $20.00

Holding grudges is seen by many people as a bad thing, but what it out grudges, when managed correctly, are good for us?

What if they can protect and inspire us, and help us to clarify our highest values and priorities? What if they can even make us more forgiving?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Book Chat: David Cone On His Thrilling Memoir "Full Count"

David Cone, a five-time All-Star and a five-time World Champion, is a New York baseball legend, and he tells his story in the entertaining new book, Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher, written with Jack Curry on (Grand Central Publishing; hardcover, $28; E-book, $14.99; downloadable audiobook, $25.98).

Books: By Paul Tremblay

Paul Tremblay has established himself as a rising star in the literary world since the release of his seminal novel A Head Full of Ghosts in 2015.

Books: "Something Like Gravity" By Amber Smith

Something Like Gravity
By Amber Smith
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; hardcover, 400 pages; $18.99

Amber Smith has written stories about teenagers whose experiences reflect her own personal struggles while growing up.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Books: Ron Swoboda's "Here's The Catch"

Here's The Catch: A Memoir of the Miracle Mets and More
By Rob Swoboda
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press; hardcover; 256 pages, includes eight pages of black and white photos; $27.99

Ron Swoboda joined the Mets in 1965 when they were still in the franchise's early stages and not having much success on the field. Four years later, the Miracle Mets were on top of the world when they won the 1969 World Series over the mighty Baltimore Orioles.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Books: Bud Selig On A Life In Baseball

For The Good Of The Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball 
By Bud Selig
William Morrow; hardcover, $28.99; available July 9

For more than a century, the game of baseball was resistant to change, as everyone from the owners to the managers to the players, and certainly, the fans, were against it.

Books: "Breathe In, Cash Out" By Madeleine Henry

Breathe In, Cash Out
By Madeleine Henry
Atria Books Hardcover; $26.00; available July 9

Madeleine Henry worked at Goldman Sachs an in investment management in New York City after she graduated from Yale in 2014, where she wrote comedy for The Yale Record, America's oldest college humor magazine.

Books: The Love Prison Made and Unmade

The Love Prison Made and Unmade: My Story
By Ebony Roberts
Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, $25.99; available July 9

Ebony Roberts is a writer, researcher, and activist, who has worked in the food justice and prison abolition movements for nearly twenty years. She recently served as program director for #BeyondPrisons, an organization designed to uplift the voices of those impacted by the criminal justice system. She received her BA in Social Relations and Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University. 

Sunday, July 7, 2019

MLS Soccer Sunday: Red Bulls Draw In Atlanta; NYCFC Loses At Home

NYCFC battling Portland at Yankee Stadium Sunday night. Photo by Jason Schott.

On Sunday, the Red Bulls earned a 3-3 draw on the road against Atlanta United, while New York City Football Club lost a tough one, 2-1, to the Portland Timbers, at Yankee Stadium.

The Red Bulls are now 8-4-7, with 28 points, in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind NYCFC, who have 29 points and fell to 7-8-2.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Mets, Including Their Closer, Get Redemption Against Phillies

Mets closer Edwin Diaz reacts after striking out Jay Bruce to end it. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets got redemption on Saturday night as they came back to beat the Phillies, 6-5, on Saturday night at Citi Field.

One night after having the latest in a long line of tough outings, Mets closer Edwin Diaz earned the save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He opened it by getting Bryce Harper to line one back to him, then got Rhys Hoskins to line out to third base, and after J.T. Realmuto got a single, Jay Bruce struck out to end it.

Callaway on Mets' Bullpen & Where Diaz Fits In Going Forward

Mets Manager Mickey Callaway. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets had another bullpen meltdown on Friday night, as closer Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia combined to give up five runs in the ninth inning as the Mets went on to lose, 7-2, to the Phillies.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Phils Steal Another One From Mets Late

Jerry Seinfeld throwing out the first pitch on Friday night. Photo by Jason Schott.

If you looked at the schedule before the season and saw that the Mets were hosting the Phillies at Citi Field the final weekend before the All-Star Break, you would think this would be a series between two contenders.

Seinfeld Night At Citi Field July 5th

Seinfeld pop-up outside Citi Field on Friday afternoon. Photos by Jason Schott.

Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Hernandez will reunite for Seinfeld Night at Citi Field tonight, which is 30 years to the day of the premiere of the iconic show on NBC, when the Mets host the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:10 p.m.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

President Trump's Salute To America For The 4th Of July

President Trump speaking to the crowds. @WhiteHouse.

President Donald J. Trump held a Salute to America on Thursday, the Fourth of July.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Yankees, Led By Great Outing By German, Earn Subway Split With Mets

Aaron Judge connecting on his double in the first inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees beat the Mets, 5-1, on Wednesday night at Citi Field to split their two-game set and the four-game Subway Series for the season when you throw in their doubleheader split at Yankee Stadium on June 11.

Boone On Torres Being Left Off All-Star Team: "That's ridiculous"

Gleyber Torres getting his game-winning walkoff hit on Wednesday, June 25 against Toronto. Photo by Jason Schott.

Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres has proven to be one of their most consistent players, especially in the first few months of this season when a lot of his teammates were on the injured list and the Yankees have raced to a big lead in the American League East.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Yankees' Record Home Run Streak Ends at 31 Games

Gio Urshela approaches third base on his two-run home run on Saturday, June 22. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees' Major League record streak of home runs in consecutive games ended at 31 as they did not hit one against the Mets on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

On Tuesday, June 25 the Yankees set the record as they have home runs in 28 consecutive games. LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, and Edwin Encarnacion each hit solo home runs in their game against Toronto at Yankee Stadium.

The prior MLB record was set by the Texas Rangers, who homered in 27 straight from August 11-September 9, 2002.

The Yankees set the franchise record on Sunday with home runs in 26 consecutive games when DJ LeMahieu hit a three-run home run in the 5th inning against Houston's Justin Verlander. 

The Yankees tied the prior franchise record of 25 when third baseman Gio Urshela launched his two-run home run to right field in the fifth inning of Saturday night's game with the Houston Astros. Austin Romine hit a solo shot to right field in the seventh inning as well.

Five teams in Major League Baseball history had a home run in 25 consecutive games: The Yankees 1941 team homered in 25 straight games from June 1-29, 1941; the Detroit Tigers (May 25-June 19, 1994), Atlanta Braves (April 18-May 13, 1998), San Diego Padres (June 28-July 27, 2016), and St. Louis Cardinals (April 9-September 16, 2016).

The Yankees' prior record of 25 straight with a home run in 1941 was produced by some of the best players in their history, and here is the breakdown: Joe DiMaggio (10), Tommy Henrich (9). Charlie Keller (9), Joe Gordon (5), Red Rolfe (3), Frankie Crosetti (1), Phil Rizzuto (1), George Selkirk (1), Johnny Sturm (1). 

The Yankees have achieved this with two of their main home-run hitters, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Judge, out with injury until they returned the past few days.

The home runs during the home run streak have come from: Gary Sanchez (8), Gleyber Torres (7), DJ LeMahieu (7), Brett Gardner (5), Cameron Maybin (4), Luke Voit (4), Aaron Hicks (5), Gio Urshela (4), Edwin Encarnacion (3), Didi Gregorius (3), Clint Frazier (2), Aaron Judge (2), Giancarlo Stanton (1), and Austin Romine (1).

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday, June 22, of how so many of his players participated in it, "Just a lot of capable guys. You've seen our depth, you've seen a lot of guys step up, and I think, as a group, they do a really good job of making it difficult on a pitcher even when he's having his way with us a time or two through the order. I think guys have been really disciplined and focused on the approach and the plan as a group, and it's allowed us to be able to consistently score runs, and then having guys that are capable also of hitting the ball out of the ballpark."

The Yankees' home runs that have made up this historic streak (Date/Opponent/Game Result/who hit it and HR number of season/inning/type of HR/score at time of game):
  1. May 26 at Kansas City - 8-7 L - Torres (13) - 6th inning - three-run homer - 7-4 KC
  2.  May 27 vs. San Diego - 5-2 W - Frazier (10) - 2nd inning - solo - 2-1 SD; Gardner (8) - 2nd - 2-run - 3-2 NYY; Sanchez (16) - 8th - solo - 4-2 NYY
  3. May 28 vs. San Diego - 5-4 L - Sanchez (17) - 4th inning - solo - 4-1 SD
  4. May 29 vs. San Diego - 7-0 W - LeMahieu (5) - 1st - solo - 1-0 NYY; Voit (14) - 1st - 2-0 NYY;  Urshela (3) - 2nd - solo - 3-0 NYY; Torres (14) - 7th - two-run - 7-0 NYY
  5. May 31 vs. Boston - 4-1 W - LeMahieu (6) - 5th - solo - 4-1 NYY
  6. June 1 vs. Boston - 5-3 W - Sanchez (18) - 5th - two-run - 5-3 NYY
  7. June 2 vs. Boston - 8-5 L - Voit (15) - 4th - solo - 3-1 BOS
  8. June 4 at Toronto - 4-3 L - Frazier (11) - 4th - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Hicks (2) - 8th - solo - 4-3 TOR
  9. June 5 at Toronto - 11-7 L - Sanchez (19) - 4th - solo - 3-1 TOR; LeMahieu (7) - 6th - three-run - 7-4 NYY
  10. June 6 at Toronto - 6-2 W - Hicks (3) - 2nd - three-run - 4-0 NYY; Urshela (4) - 4th - solo - 5-0 NYY
  11. June 7 at Cleveland - 5-2 L - Hicks (4) - 3rd - solo - 2-0 NYY
  12. June 8 at Cleveland - 8-4 L - Gregorius (1) - 1st - two-run - 2-0 NYY
  13. June 9 at Cleveland - 7-6 W - Gardner (9) - 2nd - two-run - 2-0 NYY
  14. June 11 vs. Mets - Game 1 - 12-5 W - Urshela (5) - 4th - two-run - 4-4; Voit (16) - 4th - three-run - 7-4 NYY; Sanchez (20) - 8th - 12-5 NYY
  15. June 11 vs. Mets - Game 2 - 10-4 L - Gardner (10) - 9th - solo - 10-4 NYM
  16. June 13 at Chicago White Sox - 5-4 L - Gardner (11) - 4th - two-run - 4-0 NYY
  17. June 14 at Chicago White Sox - 10-2 L - Voit (17) - 1st - solo - 1-0 NYY
  18. June 15 at Chicago White Sox - 8-4 W - Torres (15) - 4th - two-run - 4-0 NYY; Maybin (2) - 7th - solo - 6-0 NYY
  19. June 16 at Chicago White Sox - 10-3 W - Maybin (3) - 7th - solo - 9-2 NYY
  20. June 17 vs. Tampa Bay - 3-0 W - LeMahieu (8) - 3rd - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Maybin (4) - 5th - solo - 3-0 NYY
  21. June 18 vs. Tampa Bay - 6-3 W - Maybin (5) - 7th - solo - 5-3 NYY; Encarnacion (22, first as Yankee) - 8th - solo - 6-3 NYY
  22. June 19 vs. Tampa Bay - 12-1 W - Sanchez (21) - 1st - three-run 0 3-0 NYY; Torres (16) - 7th - grand slam - 12-1 NYY
  23. June 20 vs. Houston - 10-6 W - Sanchez (22) - 4th - solo - 1-0 NYY; Torres (17) - 4th - three-run - 4-0 NYY; LeMahieu (9) - 4th - 6-0 NYY; Encarnacion - 7th - two-run - 10-3 NYY
  24. June 21 vs. Houston - 4-1 W - Sanchez (23) - 3rd - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Torres (18) - 7th - two-run - 4-1 NYY
  25. June 22 vs. Houston - 7-5 W - Urshela (6) - 5th - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Romine (2) 7th - solo - 5-5
  26. June 23 vs. Houston - 9-4 L - LeMahieu (10) - 5th - three-run - HOU 9-3  
  27. June 24 vs. Toronto - 10-8 W - Hicks (5) - 5th - three-run - 3-2 NYY; Stanton (1) - 6th - three-run - 10-2 NYY
  28. June 25 vs. Toronto - 4-3 W - LeMahieu (11) - 1st - solo - 1-0 NYY; Judge (6) - 1st- solo - 2-0 NYY; Torres (19) - 2nd - solo - 3-0 NYY; Encarnacion (24; 3 with NYY) 8th - solo - 4-2 NYY
  29. June 26 vs. Toronto - 8-7 W - Gregorius (2) - 1st - solo - 5-2 TOR; LeMahieu (12) - 4th - two-run - 5-5
  30. June 29 vs. Boston - 17-13 W - Hicks (6) - 1st - 2-run - 6-0 NYY; Gardner (12) - 3rd - 2-run - 8-6 NYY; Judge (7) - 4th - 2-run - 14-6 NYY
  31. June 30 vs. Boston - 12-8 W - Gregorius (3) - 8th - solo - 12-4 NYY

Books: "The Volunteer" On A World War II Hero Battling Nazis In Poland

The Volunteer: One Man, An Underground Army, And The Secret Mission To Destroy Auschwitz
By Jack Fairweather
Custom House; hardcover; $28.99

The Auschwitz concentration camp was the epicenter of Hitler's Final Solution, and it was a living horror. Incredibly, one unsung Polish patriot orchestrated his own arrest and incarceration in the death camp in order to establish a resistance network against the Nazis.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Books: Beach Reads For A Holiday Week

The 4th of the July is upon us, and it is the perfect time to dive into summer reads, perfect for a day at the beach or while having a picnic. Some thrilling reads out this week are The Peacock Summer by Hannah Richell; Growing Things by Paul Tremblay; Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin; and Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear.

LeMahieu Named American League Player Of The Week

D.J. LeMahieu.

Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu, who was just named an All-Star Game starter in his first year in New York, has been chosen the W.B. Mason American League Player of the Week.

2019 All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals has been named the W.B. Mason National League Player of the Week. 

Books: "Stars in His Eyes"

The Stars in His Eyes
By Martí Gironell
Amazon Crossing; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $14.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99

Ceferino Carrión is desperate for a new life—one of opportunity, fortune, and fame. But he knows he’ll never find this life in war-torn Spain. With his home country under the heel of the devastating Franco dictatorship and call-up papers on his doorstep, Cefe knows there’s only one thing he can do: run.