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For the past 25 years I have sat in baseball press boxes and watched young pitcher after young pitcher walk onto a mound and try to strut their stuff. Some have more talent than others. Some have more desire than others. Some have the intellect to make up for sub-standard stuff. But the true litmus test is on the nights they do not have their best stuff and during those games how they alter their game plan to get themselves to the finish line.
In many ways, the Mets could not have asked for a better first week--winning 4 of 6 with superb starting pitching right throughout the homestand punctuated by a walk -off come from behind win on Sunday. Critics of the Mets might point to the fact the competition was not exactly the '27 Yankees but don't expect the Mets to share that opinion.
The natural gas industry has underestimated the resolve of the environmental activist community in New York state. For the better part of a decade, the state’s gas industry has continued to lose the messaging war while jobs and industry move to nearby Pennsylvania and Ohio. The problem has many causes, not least of which is poor coordination and understanding of the state’s subtleties by the gas industry. In order to reach Gov.
Illustrator and art instructor Janet Hamlin has followed the Guantanamo military tribunals since 2006, paying close attention to what unfolds in the courtroom. Rather than a TV remote, she keeps pencils and pastels within reach to detail what few can observe firsthand. As the only sketch artist covering the trial of a confessed "mastermind" of the Sept. 11 attacks, major media outlets such as CNN, ABC News and The Associated Press, as well as Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report feature Hamlin’s illustrations worldwide.
Here in the Federal Courtroom of Judge Shira Scheindlin, week number three has been no better than the first two for the NYPD. One has to wonder out loud, what is the strategy for the nation’s best police force. Something has to give for the City of NY.
Case in point.
Congress is on spring break through the end of the week, having balanced our budget, ended partisan bickering once and for all and forged compromise to solve all of our Nation’s problems.
Okay, only the part about “spring break” is true.
But with Congress out of the way and a quarter of 2013 already in the books, it’s a good time to take a look at the mood of our Nation. And with spring finally in the air, you might think that the national mood is ticking up. You’d be wrong.
With Frank Francisco on the disabled list yet again, Mets Manager Terry Collins gave fire-balling Bobby Parnell the closer job early in spring training. Is Parnell ready for this? Rich Coutinho goes one on one with the newly appointed Mets closer to talk about the challenges ahead as he enters the most pressurized of all assignments in the fishbowl that is New York City.
The New York Mets cruised to an 11-2 Opening Day Victory over the San Diego Padres giving the Amazins their 34th Opening Day win in their last 44 tries but the story of the game was Collin Cowgill who crushed a Grand Slam homer to seal the victory. Rich Coutinho had a chance to talk to Cowgill after the game about his Met debut.
Yahoo! scored big with the mobile start-up, Summly, freshly acquired from a U.K. programming wunderkind. The announcement ignited immediate buzz between tech and social networking circles around the globe, and for good reason. At 17, Nick D’Aloisio now faces balancing his last year of high school studies with a new dream job worth millions.
Opening Day is one of my favorite days of the sport year--the slate is clean, everyone is in first place and it is a day to dream. For Met fans, it has been tough sledding the past few years. But in 2013, with the Madoff scandal clearly in the rear view mirror, Sandy Alderson is assembling a core of young players that will lead the Mets out of the wilderness. We all got a taste of Matt Harvey who showed he has great stuff coupled with a work ethic that will make him a top of the line starting pitcher.