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My first night in New York

Posted by keithosaunders on July 11, 2016

I arrived at JFK airports in New York City on April 10th, 1984.  I took the subway from the airport – read express A train to Manhattan –  but when it came time to change trains I discovered that the uptown IRT was out of service.  I emerged from the subway and immediately discovered the reason why:  a rain storm of biblical proportions. This was my introduction to the charm of New York weather.

I tried to hail a cab but this proved to be no easy task in midtown Manhattan during rush hour in the middle of a subway outage.  Finally I was able to share a cab with a couple of strangers and I was able to travel the mile and a half to 74th st and West End Ave in a mere 45 minutes.

My cousin, who I would be staying with until I found a place of my own, lived in the old Hotel Esplinade. I arrived, dropped my bags off and went in search of dinner. I walked a few blocks up Broadway until I came to The Pizza Joint.  There I ordered the best meatball hero I had ever tasted.  Of course this could have been me, fresh off the boat,  over-romanticizing New York.  Over the years, however, I would return to the Pizza Joint, as well as its cousin, The Burger Joint, and I’ll be damned if they didn’t make some of the best meatball heroes and burgers ever.

I returned to the Esplinade and my cousin still wasn’t home from work.  With nothing to do I sequestered myself in his bedroom and turned on his clock radio hoping to find a baseball game.  The Yankees had just finished and the Mets were off that night (Monday) so I was out of luck there.  Turning the dial I stumbled upon a Rangers/Islanders playoff game that was in overtime.  What luck!  Ten minutes later the game came to an end on an Islander goal.  All of a sudden, out of one of the adjoining bedrooms I heard this blood-curdling scream.  If I hadn’t have been listening to the game I’m sure I would have thought somebody was committing murder.  Later I would discover it was my cousin’s sullen roommate, Rothstein.

And that was my first of 9,490 nights in New York City.

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Mr. U-Turn works his magic. Congratulations San Francisco Giants!

Posted by keithosaunders on November 2, 2010

The data you are about to read was complied by my best friend and greatest-ever Yankee fan, Jeff, of Where’s Mazzei fame.  None of the names have been changed to protect the innocent.  That’s because nobody is innocent.

Jeff writes:

 So it occurs to me that before you came to New York, the Mets were horrible, the Yankees were in decline, the Rangers were the Red Sox of the NHL while the Devils were the ultimate doormats.  The Nets and Knicks were going no place fast, and the Giants and Jets were inconsistent on the negative side. 

While you were here, [New York] the Mets became immediate contenders and won their first series in 17 years while the Yankees eventually turned themselves around for one of their best runs since the fifties.  The Rangers won their first cup in over 50 years while the Devils followed with 3 of their own.  The Nets and Knicks made it to 4 NBA finals, the Giants went to 4 Superbowls winning 3, and the Jets at least were able to win some post season games and make it to the AFC championship game which hadn’t happened in ages.  And now you are 3 months in the Bay Area and the Giants win their first World Series in over 50 years.  And when was the last time the Raiders and 49ers won on the same Sunday? 

 It’s ironic, however, that when you arrived in New York, [1984] the Islanders were the 4-time defending Stanley Cup champions.  The first year you were here for the hockey playoffs, they set the all-time  NHL record by winning their 19th straight playoff series only to get swept in the finals.  Except for that 4-overtime game 7 thriller in 1987, it’s been all downhill for them which is why when you come to town, the sports franchises call you “Mr. U-turn”.  Expect a call from the Clippers.

And so, as we bid a fond adieu to the 2010 baseball season and turn our full attention towards the  winter sports I would like to say congratulations to the most unlikely of champions — The San Francisco Giants.  Who would have thought way back in  April — even as late as August — that this team, whose highest profile player, Barry Zito, did not even make the post season roster, would emerge on top.  We also have to give it up to the Texas Rangers, another unlikely contender.  Though they finally ran out of gas this past week, they have had by far the best season in their franchise’s history and with any luck should be able to compete in the foreseeable future.   

San Francisco, my work here is done.  I am now weighing offers from Washington D.C., as well as Seattle.  Chicago called to enquire about the Cubs but I respectfully declined saying that this is beyond even my powers.  Now…how about those Oregon Ducks?!  

Edgar Renteria

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