Monday, July 22, 2024

Kennedy Launches America Strong Vision To Unite Country


From Kennedy

Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. launched #AmericaStrong, his vision for how he will heal the country, on Monday. 

America Strong is Kennedy's plan to heal the division, restore the country's prosperity, and ensure the upcoming election does not end with half of of the country feeling alienated.

Kennedy has committed to lead a unity government — four years of truly cross-partisan governance, representing all our people, not just the victors - and America Strong is the blueprint for that.

“We’ve given the Democrats a chance to fix this country. We’ve given Republicans a chance,” Kennedy said. “What has not had a chance is a unity government, headed by an independent President beholden to no party, free from corporate influence, owing no favors to the Washington establishment, and ready to recruit the best ideas from both parties and from all those who have been left out.”

Kennedy first shared his America Strong platform on July 12 at FreedomFest Vegas, just one day before the assassination attempt on President Trump. During his keynote, Kennedy described a nation swiftly approaching a state of crisis. The crisis, he said, is a crisis of trust in government, which leads to one of national division.

To watch a video of Kennedy describing that speech and his pledge to form a unity government, please click here.

Kennedy’s America Strong platform will:

  • appoint a cabinet comprising members of the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as Libertarians and people from outside any party.

  • convene a cross-partisan advisory committee to propose and select Supreme Court judges.

  • carefully examine whether any prosecutions of public and private officials were politically motivated and I will pardon or commute the sentences of people who have been politically persecuted.

  • consider pardoning any past president and members of their families if I find any charges still pending against them next year were politically motivated. 

  • forbid the weaponization of the Justice Department, the IRS, or any other government agency to surveil or undermine political opponents or their supporters.

  • give American people a direct voice in guiding legislation and scrutinizing the budget, through direct democracy initiatives. 

Sunday, July 21, 2024

RFK Jr. Statement On Biden Dropping Out Of Race


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in Brooklyn on May 1. Photo by Jason Schott.

Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. issued a statement on Sunday after President Biden announced he will be dropping his re-election bid.

Saturday, July 20, 2024

NYCFC Ties Orlando Before Taking Part In Leagues Cup


NYCFC's Hannes Wolf after scoring a goal on Saturday night. @NYCFC.

The New York City Football Club earned another draw on the road, 1-1, at Orlando City SC, on Saturday night.

Bradley Stifles Bronx Bombers As Rays Roll


Taj Bradley got Gleyber Torres to bounce out to shortstop to end the fourth inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

After the Yankees came out of the All-Star break with a 6-1 win on Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday proved the baseball axiom that "momentum is only as strong as the next day's starting pitcher."

Friday, July 19, 2024

Kennedy Campaign, Libertarians Team Up On Fundraising


Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s campaign announced on Friday that it has made an unprecedented partnership with the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) that sets out to revolutionize how individuals can financially support the campaign with the Kennedy Victory Fund 2024.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Kennedy Beats Back DNC Challenge In North Carolina


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. From Kennedy

Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s campaign announced that, on Tuesday, the North Carolina Board of Elections officially certified the We The People party.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Books: "Wendell Berry: Port William Novels & Stories (The Postwar Years)"


Wendell Berry: Port Williams Novels & Stories (The Postwar Years) - The Memory of Old Jack, Remembering, Stories

Edited by Jack Shoemaker

Library of America; hardcover, 800 pages; $40.00; available today, Tuesday, July 16th

Wendell Berry created a portrait of rural America, as seen through the lens of Port William, Kentucky, that is one of the most fully imagined narratives in American literature. It is a river town that is home to generations of Coulters, Catletts, Feltners, and other families that was collectively known as the Membership, women and men whose stories show the richness of life in community.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Yankees Select Pair of Pitchers To Open MLB Draft


Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees selected two players over the first two rounds of the 2024 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Sunday. With their first-round selection (26th overall), the club drafted right-handed pitcher Ben Hess out of the University of Alabama. In the second round, the Yankees chose RHP Bryce Cunningham out of Vanderbilt University with the 53rd overall pick.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

What Has Made The Mets, Winners of Five Straight, A Playoff Team At All-Star Break


Luis Torrens (high socks) and Ben Gamel greeted by Francisco Lindor after scoring on Jeff McNeil's double in the second inning Saturday. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets have had one of the wildest starts to a season in their history, one that has them flying high, as they won their fifth in a row, 7-3 over the Colorado Rockies, at Citi Field on Saturday evening.

NYCFC Scoreless In Chicago


NYCFC's Santiago Rodriguez battling Chicago's Mauricio Pineda. @ChicagoFire.

The New York City Football Club and Chicago Fire FC played to a scoreless draw on Saturday night at Soldier Field.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

RFK Jr. Update On Indiana & Colorado Ballot Access


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at a food pantry in Queens this past February. Photo by Jason Schott.

Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s campaign on Thursday announced news about their petition efforts in Indiana and Colorado.

Books: "World on the Brink" By Dmitri Alperovitch


World on the Brink: How American Can Beat China in the Race for the 21st Century

By Dmitri Alperovitch, with Garrett M. Graff

PublicAffairs; hardcover, 400 pages; $32.50

Dmitri Alperovitch is one of the leading international thinkers on geopolitcs and national security who is the co-founder and executive chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator. This think tank focuses on policy solutions in national security, trade and industrial security, and ecological and economic security. He also co-founded one of the leading cybersecutiry companies, CrowdStrike Inc. In addition, Alperovitch serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council of the Department of Homeland Security, and as a founding board member of US Government's Cyber Safety Review Board.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Kennedy’s Signatures Validated By NY State Board of Elections; Georgia Update

Robert F. Kennedy in Brooklyn on May 1. Photo by Jason Schott. 

Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy’s campaign announced on Wednesday that the New York State Board of Elections has found that it submitted 108,680 valid signatures for ballot access in the Empire State, more than double the 45,000 that were required. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Books: "Thrilling Cities" By Ian Fleming


Thrilling Cities: Fourteen Cities Seen Through The Eyes of Ian Fleming, the Creator of James Bond

By Ian Fleming

William Morrow Paperbacks; paperback, 304 pages; $18.99

Ian Lancaster Fleming is best known for creating one of the most famous characters of all time, James Bond, with the first novel on the super spy, Casino Royale, published in 1953. He went on to write 13 other Bond books, which earned praise from Raymond Chandler, who called Fleming "the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England," and President John F. Kennedy, who cited From Russia with Love as one of his favorite books. He was a natural to write a character like Bond because he worked in Naval Intelligence during World War II, which came after he worked at the Reuters news agency and a brief stint as a stockbroker. Fleming also wrote the children's classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Books: "The Longest Con" By Joe Conason


The Longest Con: How Grifters, Swindlers, and Frauds Hijacked American Conservatism

By Joe Conasonl; Foreword by George T. Conway III

St. Martin's Press; hardcover, 320 pages; $30.00; available today, Tuesday, July 9th

Joe Conason is one of the most respected American journalists, author, and liberal political commentator. He has covered every presidential election since 1980, and his articles have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The New York Observer, and the Guardian. He has authored two New York Times bestselling books, The Hunting of the President and Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts The Truth.

Saturday, July 6, 2024

St. John's Star Jenkins Signs Contract With Pistons

Daniss Jenkins draining a three-pointer against Butler on December 20, 2023 against Butler. Photo by Jason Schott.


Daniss Jenkins, one of St. John's biggest stars who made the All-Big East Second Team last season, signed a two-way contract with the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Yankees Host Red Sox This Weekend, Hoping To Reverse What Last Meeting Wrought


Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes striking out Boston’s Jarren Duran to open Friday night’s game. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees open a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox on Friday night, and the circumstances could mud be more different than when they met at Fenway Park three weeks ago.

Entering that series on Friday, June 14, the Yankees held the best record in Major League Baseball, at 49-22. The Red Sox were a scuffling team that hung around.500, as they were 35-34 and on the periphery of the Wild Card race.

The Red Sox took two of three games from the Yankees that weekend, and that - along with taking two of three from the Phillies in the preceding series - has propelled them to go 12-5 since June 14 and take over the third Wild Card spot in the American League with a record of 47-39.

Meanwhile, the Yankees have gone a near-reverse 5-13, and that has caused them to cede their division lead to the Baltimore Orioles. 

The Yankees are now 54-35, and they hold the first Wild Card berth, while Aldi still holding the fourth-best record in baseball behind the Phillies (57-30), Cleveland (54-31), and Baltimore (55-32).

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone was asked, in his pregame press conference on Friday afternoon, if he views this series as a way that it can turn the page on the past few weeks, like bookend the Boston series, and he said, “I hope so. We’ll see; you can always look back at the end of things and say, ‘this, that, or the other,’ but we know we’ve got to play better, and the hope is that starts tonight, and that’s the expectation, but you’ve got to do it, so, in the big picture, you’ve got to play well over an extended period of time, so that’s what we’re focused on as well.”

On how concerned Boone is about his team, and if there were any specifics, he said, “I think everything, we’ve just got to play better, you know. Our starting pitching kind of has been the tone-setter for us this entire season, you know, to varying degrees. Every guy’s a little bit different, we’ve had our struggles a few times through the rotation, you know, and some of that is, you know, pitch decision, execution, some of it’s a little unfortunate, that, you know, balls that are mistakes that turn into homers, you know, slug a lot, and that’s kind of hurt us, and even in some outings where I feel like we’ve thrown the ball really well, like the long ball’s kind of wrecked an outing a bit, and sometimes that’s ‘tip your cap to the other side, they hit a pitch,’ you know, sometimes it’s, ‘did we throw the right pitch?,’ ‘we get it to the right spot,’ ‘are we making good decisions?’ - all those things you kind of evaluate.

“And then, you know, on the flip side of it, just trying to get some certain guys going that have hit a little slow patch for a few weeks, which is not uncommon, but we have everything in there to turn this around.”

In Friday night's game, Nestor Cortes delivered a solid outing, as he went six innings, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk, with eight strikeouts, and he lowered his ERA (earned run average) to 3.41.

The Yankees' offense gave him the lead in the fourth inning, as they got to Boston starter Taylor Houck the second time through the order.

Juan Soto and Aaron Judge walked to open the frame, and then with one out, Gleyber Torres beat a throw from shortstop Ceddanne Rafaela at first base to earn a single and load the bases. However, Torres would leave the game with what was characterized later as a groin issue. Oswaldo Cabrera came in to run for him and then take over at second base in the field.

Austin Wells then hit one to second baseman Enmanuel Valdez, and he threw it away at second trying to get the out there, and that allowed Soto to come on in and make it 1-0.

Anthony Volpe then drew a walk with the bases loaded to force in another run, and that was it for Houck.

Bailey Horn came out of the Sox bullpen, and he got Trent Grisham to bounce a groundout to second that brought in Cabrera to make it 3-0. DJ LeMahieu also grounded out to second to end the inning.

Boston got one of those runs back in the fifth when Romy Gonzalez blasted one to left field that hit the seats to the left of the Sox bullpen, and that made it 3-1.

It stayed right there, as Horn pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings, as he scattered two hits and no walks, while striking out three. 

Cam Booser followed him with two innings, in which he allowed no runs, one hit, one walk, and struck out one.

After Luke Weaver pitched a scoreless two innings for the Yankees, and they turned to their closer, Clay Holmes, for the ninth.

Rafael Devers opened the frame with a ten-pitch at-bat that ended with him bouncing one back to Holmes for the first out. Connor Wong then bounced a grounder to Volpe at shortstop for the second out.

Dominic Smith, the former Met, was then up as a pinch-hitter for Gonzalez,and he laced a single to right field to keep Boston alive.

Masataka Yoshida then battled Holmes in another lengthy at-bat, and on the eighth pitch, he took a sinker and deposited it in the right field seats for a two-run home run to tie the game.

Masataka Yoshida approaches home plate after hitting a home run off Clay Holmes, at the mound, to tie the game. Photo by Jason Schott.

Justin Slaten then came on for Boston, and he pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth, needing just six pitches to strike out Grisham, get LeMahieu to ground out to third base, and have Ben Rice pop out to shortstop.

Tommy Kahnle came on for the Yankees in the tenth, and practically immediately, Rafaela drilled a home run to center field, a two-run shot (thanks ghost runner), and suddenly, Boston was up 5-3. It was Rafaela's 10th home run of the season, and he now also has 49 RBI.

Ceddanne Rafaela rounding third base as the Boston dugout cheers him on after his home run. Photo by Jason Schott.

In the bottom of the 10th, Juan Soto led off with a single off Boston closer Kenley Jansen, which gave the Yankees two on and none out for Aaron Judge.

On the first pitch Judge saw, he skied one down the left field line that Boston third baseman Rafael Devers tracked down a step or two in front of the fence for the first out.

Then, Alex Verdugo took the first pitch he saw, and he popped out to Smith, who took over at first base, and then, Cabrera (in Torres' spot) bounced one to Smith to end the game, and the Sox walked out with the improbable 5-3 win.

Dom Smith about to touch first base on the grounder by Oswaldo Cabrera that ended the game. Photo by Jason Schott.

Kenley Jansen about to shake hands with catcher Connor Wang, as Oswaldo Cabrera heads to the dugout. Photo by Jason Schott.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said of the loss, "Yeah, a tough one, I mean, obviously, you know, especially considering what we're going through right now. To have them take it and then pile on there in the extra frame, you know, it's a difficult time, we've got to dig down, and quick turnaround tomorrow, get ready to play, and find out what we're made of. You know, you're going to be tested all the time, with tough spots in the season, which clearly we are right now, and then obviously, extremely tough losses when you're going through it, and this falls under that category."

This was the fourth straight loss for the Yankees on this homestand, which started with a three-game sweep by the Cincinnati Reds, and they fell to 54-36. Boston has now won five in a row, and they improve to 48-39, just 4 1/2 games behind the Yankees.

RFK Jr. Officially On New Mexico Ballot; Nevada Victory On Access Battle


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in Brooklyn on May 1. Photo by Jason Schott.

Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s campaign announced on Friday that he is officially on the ballot in New Mexico after Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver certified the Bureau of Elections has reviewed the submitted paperwork and determined it’s “in proper order.” 

Kennedy Campaign Senior Counsel Paul Rossi, said, We appreciate Secretary Oliver’s efficiency in certifying the Kennedy-Shanahan ticket in New Mexico. It’s refreshing for a Secretary of State to avoid the partisan interference on display by election officials in Nevada and North Carolina.”

The ticket, in which Kennedy is running with Nicole Shanahan as his Vice Presidential nominee, has now officially made the ballot in ten states, with New Mexico joining Utah, Michigan, California, Colorado, Delaware, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Texas, and South Carolina.

There are 12 states that the Kennedy campaign has submitted signatures for ballot access - Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Alaska, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and now Nevada (more on that later in this report).

There are also five states that the Kennedy campaign has rounded up enough signatures for ballot access - Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, New Hampshire.

Overall, the Kennedy-Shanahan campaign has collected the signatures needed for ballot access in 27 states totaling 363 electoral votes - 67 percent of the 538 total electoral votes nationwide. 

KENNEDY SUBMITS SECOND ROUND OF SIGNATURES IN NEVADA: The Kennedy campaign also announced on Friday that it submitted the required signatures  for the second time in order to gain ballot access in Nevada after the Secretary of State attempted in March to keep Kennedy off the ballot.

“The voters of Nevada have, for a second time, demonstrated their enthusiasm and determination to place Kennedy on Nevada’s general election ballot,” Kennedy Campaign Senior Counsel Paul Rossi said. “The campaign will continue to vigorously defend the rights of Nevada voters to cast their ballots for Kennedy against the continued frivolous effort by the infirmed Biden campaign to strike us from the ballot.” 

More than 30,000 signatures were submitted on Wednesday after volunteers were forced to recollect signatures after Nevada Secretary of State, Democrat Francisco Aguilar, reinterpreted the state’s ballot access rules after the first round of petitioning had been complete. 

Nevada State Director Randall Hynes said in a statement, “Nevada voters have spoken again to put Kennedy on the ballot for President in November. Gathering signatures for a second time gave us a unique perspective. We learned many more Nevadans knew Kennedy was running. We also had hundreds of thousands of face-to-face conversations we would not have had otherwise.” 

In January, the Secretary of State’s office promptly approved Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s nomination petition to circulate without naming the vice president on the petition, but after the campaign collected over 20,000 signatures - almost 10,000 over what's required to gain ballot access in Nevada - Aguilar announced in March his office was wrong, and petitions circulated without a Vice Presidential candidate's name were invalid. 

In June, the Kennedy campaign filed a federal challenge to Aguilar’s reinterpretation of Nevada’s ballot access rules, as the campaign put it, "challenging, on equitable estoppel grounds, the right of the Secretary of State to reject any petition page circulated in reliance of the Secretary’s instruction to circulate the nomination petition without the name of Kennedy’s vice presidential candidate recorded thereon."

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Boone Loves Being “Witness” To Judge’s “Growth and his evolution as a professional”


Aaron Judge at the plate in the first inning on Wednesday night. Photo by Jason Schott.

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is putting together a season that is on pace to match, if not exceed, his record-setting year in 2022.

St. John's Releases Non-Conference Schedule, Which Opens With Fordham


St. John's Head Coach Rick Pitino on the sidelines at Carnesecca Arena last season. Photo by Jason Schott.

The St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team announced its non-conference schedule on Wednesday, and it features 11 games, featuring two tournaments in the Bahamas and matchups with five opponents they haven't faced in over two decades, Delaware, Harvard, Kansas State, New Mexico, and Quinnipiac.

Kennedy Campaign Announces Partnership With Colorado Libertarians



Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.s campaign announced on Wednesday that it is partering with the Libertarian Party of Colorado. This means the Kennedy ticket, with Vice Presidential nominee Nicole Shanahan, will be on the Colorado state ballot in November.

Monday, July 1, 2024

RFK Jr. Submits Triple The Signatures Needed To Make New Mexico Ballot



Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s campaign announced on Monday that it has submitted the required signatures to gain ballot access in New Mexico. 

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Mets Having A June To Remember


Mets pitcher Tylor Megill firing one in against Houston's Yordan Alvarez in the first inning on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Jason Schott.

In recent times, even in their 101-win season two years ago, the Mets have been known to have a June swoon, but in this unpredictable 2024 campaign, it was June their fans have swooned over.

Friday, June 28, 2024

NYCFC Returns To Yankee Stadium In Style With Rout Of Orlando City


The scene at Yankee Stadium early in Friday night's match. Photo by Jason Schott.

New York City Football Club broke a three-game losing streak with one of their best offensive outputs of the season, as they beat Orlando City SC, 4-2, on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Kennedy: “Last night was a disaster for President Biden"

Robert F. Kennedy in Brooklyn on May 1. Photo by Jason Schott.

On Thursday night, Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. took part in The Real Debate, where he responded in real time to Presidents Biden and Trump in their CNN debate, and "gave Americans the debate they deserved."

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Books: "The Full-Body Fat Fix" By Stephen Perrine

The Full-Body Fat Fix: The Science-Based 7-Day Plan to Cool Inflammation, Heal Your Gut, and Build a Healthier, Leaner You!

By Stephen Perrine

St. Martin's Press; hardcover, 272 pages; $30.00

Stephen Perrine is the co-creator of Better Man, a national health and wellness TV show, the New York Times bestselling author of The Whole Body Reset, and the co-creator, editor, and publisher of the Eat This, Not That! book series. He is the former editorial creative director of Men's Health, as well as the former publisher of Rodale Books, and he currently manages all health and wellness content for AARP Publications.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Books: "Your Caption Has Been Selected," By Lawrence Wood


Your Caption Has Been Selected: More Than Anyone Could Possibly Want to Know About The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest

By Lawrence Wood; Foreword by Bob Mankoff

St. Martin's Press; hardcover, 288 pages; $33.00

Lawrence Wood is certainly qualified to write this definitive history on The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest, as he has been a finalist a record-setting fifteen times, and won eight contests.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

RFK Jr. To Host "The Real Debate" Thursday



Since Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was shut out of the CNN debate later this week with Presidents Biden and Trump, he will be holding his own event the same night.

Kennedy Submits Double The Signatures Needed For Illinois Ballot

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in Brooklyn on May 1. Photo by Jason Schott.

Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s campaign announced on Tuesday that it has submitted the signatures to gain ballot access in Illinois. 

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Yankees Bring J.D. Davis Back To NYC


Yankee Stadium's vintage facade. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees today announced on Sunday that they have acquired infielder J.D. Davis and cash considerations from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for infielder Jordan Groshans.

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Boone Confident Yankees Will Get Over "Inevitable" Bump In The Road; Saturday A Big Start


Marcus Stroman pitching to Atlanta's Matt Olson in the first inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees had as flawless a start to the season as one could imagine, as they raced out to a 49-21 record.

Friday, June 21, 2024

Books: "The Friday Afternoon Club" By Griffin Dunne


The Friday Afternoon Club

By Griffin Dunne

Penguin Press; hardcover, 400 pages; $30.00

Griffin Dunne has had a storied acting career dating to the 1970s, known for producing and starring in the classic film After Hours, and recently, he played the role of Nicky on the acclaimed show This Is Us. He also directed Practical Magic and the documentary The Center Will Not Hold, about his aunt, the legendary writer Joan Didion.

Kennedy Submits Signatures To Make Ballot In Pennsylvania


Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s campaign announced on Friday that it submitted over 9,000 signatures — nearly twice the required amount — to gain ballot access in Pennsylvania.

Yankees HOPE Week Day 5: Dance To Unite


Aaron Judge leads the way dancing outside Yankee Stadium. Provided by New York Yankees.

On Friday, the conclusion of HOPE Week, the Yankees made a dance video and honored Dance to Unite, a non-profit organization founded by Galit Adani, which utilized dance and guided conversations about values to teach and celebrate respect, cultural diversity, and kindness.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Yankees HOPE Week Day 4: MDMotivator


HOPE Week honorees Zachery Dereniowski and Jacob Cohan. Provided by New York Yankees.

On Thursday, the fourth day of Yankees HOPE Week, the team welcomed Jacob Cohan and Zachery Dereniowski (MDMotivator) to Yankee Stadium for a pregame tour, a Hands on History experience in the Yankees Museum, and were honored in a pregame ceremony before their game against Baltimore.

RFK Jr. Says CNN "Illegally" Kept Him Out Of Debate, Biden & Trump Acted "Undemocratic, un-American and Cowardly"


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in Brooklyn on May 1. Photo by Jason Schott.

CNN announced on Thursday, not surprisingly, that their June 27 debate will be a head-to-head matchup between Presidents Biden and Trump, keeping Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. off the stage. 

NYCFC Starts Road Trip With Loss In LA


The Galaxy celebrate Dejan Joveljic's (9) first half goal. @LAGalaxy.

New York City Football Club's hot streak has ground to a halt, as they dropped their second straight game, this one on the road to the LA Galaxy, 2-0, on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Yankees Ace Cole Makes Long-Awaited Season Debut


Gerrit Cole firing one in to Baltimore’s Ryan O’Hearn in the fourth inning Wednesday night. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees entered Wednesday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at The Stadium with the best record in Major League Baseball at 51-24.

What makes it all the more remarkable is they did it without their ace, Gerrit Cole.

The 2023 American League Cy Young Award winner suffered nerve inflammation in his elbow in spring training, and missed nearly the first three months of the season.

After three rehab starts, Cole will be making his season debut on Wednesday night against the Orioles, who enter with a record of 47-25.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, in his pregame press conference on Wednesday, was asked how much adrenaline Cole would have taking the mound, and he said, “Yeah, I mean, a good bit. You know, one of the things he does very well is, you know, control that. I feel that’s something he’s done better and better over the last, you know, two since we’ve had him. I feel like that’s been an area that he’s really improved at, just managing himself, managing game situations, managing success with a bump on the road on the mound. That’s where I feel like he’s grown so much, you know, obviously being one of the great pitchers of this generation, but I feel like his maturity on the mound should put him in good position to handle what should be an exciting, emotional day getting back on the mound.”

Boone said of the feeling that he would have Cole back in the rotation, “I think it’s been building the last few days, you know, when he showed up in Boston, kind of got through that, you know, the day after pitching his last time (in the minors), and kind of that realization that he’s joining our rotation even though not fully built up yet. You know, there’s been a lot of building excitement towards that, but at the same time, I don’t want to over, like, I just want him to, you know, build properly, get off to a good start, and not, you know, overhype one start. You know, it’s a step along the way for him and for us, and I look forward to him getting back out there.”

Cole was still a part of the team in the time he was out, as he would always be seen in the dugout counseling his fellow members of the starting rotation, which performed superbly in his absence.

Boone said of the boost Cole will give the rotation, “I mean, he’s reining Cy Young (award winner), enormous part of our team, and enormous part of our culture, you know, so to have him kind of work his way back to this point, to be ready to go out and compete at this level is exciting, certainly, for all of us, but also don’t want to get, you know, too emotionally invested in all of that as well. It’s like, you know, it’s a process still here of getting him where we need to get him, but feel like he’s in a really good spot and throwing the ball really well.”

Gerrit Cole warming up. Photo by Jason Schott.


TOP 1st:

1. Gunnar Henderson led off with a double down the right field line. The liner went off second baseman Gleyber Torres’ glove.

2. Adley Rutschman popped out to shortstop Anthony Volpe, who made a running grab - ONE OUT

3. Ryan Mountcastle grounded to second - TWO OUTS

4. Ryan O’Hearn doubled the other way to left field to bring in Henderson and make it 1-0 Baltimore.

Ryan O’Hearn connecting on his double. Photo by Jason Schott.

5. Anthony Santander flew out to center field - THREE OUTS - 1 run on 2 hits in the frame 

Bottom 1st - Yankees tied it as they loaded the bases and Gleyber Torres hit a sacrifice fly.


1. #6 in lineup - Colton Cowser popped out to shortstop - ONE OUT

2. #7 in lineup - Cedric Mullins flew out to center field - TWO OUTS

Cole firing one in to Cedric Mullins. Photo by Jason Schott.

3. #8 in lineup - Ramon Unrias grounder to shortstop, Anthony Volpe made a nifty backhand on the one-hop liner - THREE OUTS


1. #9 in lineup - Jorge Mateo struck out swinging - ONE OUT

2. #1 in lineup - Gunnar Henderson walked, then stole second base 

3. #2 in lineup - Adley Rutschman struck out looking - TWO OUTS

4. # 3 in lineup - Ryan Mountcastle struck out swinging - THREE OUTS


1. #4 in lineup - Ryan O’Hearn lined out to center field - ONE OUT

2. #5 in lineup - Anthony Santander struck out swinging - TWO OUTS

3. #6 in lineup - Colton Cowser struck out swinging - THREE OUTS


3. #7 in lineup - Cedric Mullins singled.

That was all for Cole’s night, and as he exited he tipped his glove to the crowd. 

Ron Marinaccio came on for Cole, and he gave up a two-run home run to the first batter he saw, Ramon Urias, and Baltimore was up, 3–1.

That closed the book on Cole, whose final line was: 4 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs (both earned), 1 walk, 5 strikeouts. He threw 62 pitches, 40 for strikes.

Baltimore eventually went up 5-1 in the top of the seventh, but Giancarlo Stanton crushed a three-run homer off Yennier Cano in the bottom half of the frame to bring the Yankees within a run.

Stanton delivered again in the ninth when he laced a single down the left field line off Baltimore closer Craig Kimbrel to bring in Anthony Volpe and tie the game at 5. This took Cole off the hook and gave him a no-decision, of which he had plenty last season.

Baltimore plated two runs in the top of the 10th off Yankees closer Clay Holmes, as Cedric Mullins got an RBI single, then came in to score when he stole third base and came into score on a throwing error by Yankee catcher Jose Trevino to make it 7-5.

The Yankees got a run back in the bottom of the 10th against Dillon Tate when Ben Rice - in just his second game at first base for the injured Anthony Rizzo - got an RBI on a sacrifice fly to pull the Yankees within a run.

The rally was short-circuited when Oswaldo Cabrera was thrown out at second base on a stolen base attempt by Baltimore catcher Adley Rutschman, and they held on for the 7-6 win.

Yankees HOPE Week Day 3: Experience Camps


The Yankees and children from Experience Camps took part in a sharing circle. Provided by New York Yankees.

On Wednesday, the Yankees HOPE Week event honored Experience Camps, a national no-cost program that transforms the lives of grieving children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver through summer camp programs and year-round initiatives.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Yankees HOPE Week Day 2: Jon Becker & Mike Sole, Honoring Donate A Life


Jon Becker and Mike Sole throwing out the ceremonial first pitches on Tuesday night. Provided by New York Yankees.

On the second day of the Yankees annual HOPE Week, the team honored Jon Becker and Mike Sole, two former Yankees minor league athletic trainers who formed a strong bond while both served as intake testers for the team at Yankee Stadium during the pandemic.

RFK Jr. Ballot Access & CNN Debate Update


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Courtesy of the campaign.

Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced on Monday that the We the People party will nominate him in Mississippi, and Tuesday afternoon came the news that his campaign sumbitted the required signatures to make the ballot in Nebraska.

Monday, June 17, 2024

St. John’s Moves On From Mike Cragg


Carnesecca Arena, the home of St. John's basketball. Photo by Jason Schott.

St. John's announced on Monday that it has mutually agreed to part ways with Director of Athletics Mike Cragg, who has been with the school for six years, and he will be serving until June 30.