Every year, I start the season with a new hat. Now it feels like baseball season. It's Tribe Time!
I feel like George Costanza as a Hand Model... Just a Hat Model. (Puffy Shirts Next Week, haha kidding!)
Luke Bryan appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live yesterday and talked to Jimmy about his mom's Instagram Fame, his baby gift to Katy Perry, and his 3rd grade report card. Oh, and there's more, check it out:
I will fully admit, I had no idea that garbage bags were inside out, or that there is a "right" way of putting them in the can. Are there printed directions that I've just never read??? Haha, probably.
This is so simple, and I can't believe I've been doing it wrong!
Bro. Who knew?? Garbage bags have an inside out mode?? Lmaoo. My life is a changed♬ Coming of Age - Blondes
I am kidding but I like his style. Check it out his National Beer Day Workout. It will surely be mine as well.
I think the Brown's QB would be the perfect host. He is in commercials all over the quotes in his post game pressers.
He is so snappy with the comebacks... Instead of getting trolled, he usually does the calling out.
While Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers has started his 2-week run as the guest host of Jeopardy.
He is pretty monotone and laid back. I think Baker would bring a little personality to the table.
One of the Jeopardy Contestants used an opportune time to clear up a situation from last year.
Cinemasafe - Great site to see what to expect at the movie theaters (Link)
#1 -Godzilla / Kong $32.2 Million Biggest opening in a year! (Story)
Godzilla / Kong - Set all time HBO Max viewing record (Story)
Mortal Kombat - Pushed back a week (story)
American Pie – Five? Looks Possible-.... (Story) The Original was 1999! How???
Daniel Craig – Knives Out sequels – YES He's getting 100 Million (Story)
Gladiator 2 - Rumor is that Chris Hemsworth will play Maximus' son (Story)
GREAT - A Peeps Movie is in the works. (Story)
This Weekend – Check out my Country Music Memory Lane (link)
The day after Easter is the Best because of the sign above...
Also the Worst because these are what are usually left??? (unless you like them, haha!) Kidding, enjoy your Peeps!
This weeks article is different than most. Next week, we'll get back to featuring a great artist. This week we will mention three, and what they did that really propelled Country at a pivotal time. There were three big songs, released by three great women over about an 18 month span or so that introduced country to millions of new people. They were big country hits, and crossed over and showed many non fans, that country was not some twangy, stereotypical form of music that wasn't worth a listen.
There is no order here, just three songs from three amazing women and where they led us.
Dolly Parton - Here You Come Again
This came out in 1977, fed into 1978, and was a very big song that not only had a great run on the country and pop charts, but really accelerated Dolly into the brightest spotlight in the mainstream. The album was the same name, and changed her career. Yes, this song is very pop sounding, but Dolly had a nice foothold within the format already as this song was wing-spreading for her and the format. In fact, she recorded a ton of albums before this one, in an era when albums came out way faster than today. The followup song, Two Doors Down was a big hit too, and Dolly was soon known by everyone in America. We loved Dolly, this album and this song, it changed everything for her. A couple years later she was a movie star and a singing star. The album is legendary.
Crystal Gayle - Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
Again, 1977 into 1978. The size of this song is hard to explain properly. It was a worldwide hit, and it was one of the ten most played, and performed songs of the 20th century. Grammy winner. The title alone tells you it's country. This is a fantastic example of the perfect song reaching the perfect artist. This song was everywhere, and everyone knew it, and you still know this song. It was a big country and pop hit, and what this song really did was subliminally show people that they liked traditional country. Everything about this song is traditional, even though it is a bit bluesy, from the Floyd Cramer influenced piano style, (Played by the legendary Hargas "Pig" Robbins) the gentle beat, and Gayle's angelic vocal performance. It's easy to listen to, its message is timeless, and it's one of the most important 2:32 in country music history. She instantly became a star as a result of this gigantic song. BTW - Her eyes were already blue as you can clearly see.
Barbara Mandrell - If Lovin' You Is Wrong (I Don't Wanna Be Right)
1978 - This not only was a major hit song on both charts, it made people want to know who was singing it. This song is timeless and delivered by the perfect singer. It was arranged poppy as this had been a hit in 1972 in other formats, but the story of the song is country. Mandrell became an instant star, and soon a pop culture icon. New fans and old really liked her, and this song propelled her to unimaginable heights. She was not stereotypical "country" in her sound or image, and fans loved her and followed her to the country charts where she had a great run. Shortly thereafter she was a TV star, and a performing legend, where she and Dolly were among the first women to headline major concert tours.
Those three songs did us a whole lot of good in that era, as they bled into Urban Cowboy. UC gave rise to many new pop country stars, men and women, and a movement that lasted with varying levels of success until the mid 1980's, when the Neo-traditionalists came to town and changed our direction again. But these three very important songs opened a closed door and equally closed minds. They were disarming, showing many that their stereotypical notions of who were to a degree were incorrect. And they also helped change our direction. These songs really paved the way.
Then in 1980, after the stage had been set, this happened - Reba McEntire - Up To Heaven
When Up To Heaven broke through, it was the first hit song for a young singer named Reba McEntire, as she took the first step towards to becoming the dominant woman of the decade. She then would become as influential as any performer of her era. Her popularity, though different today, is still a part of our pop culture, along with Dolly. These four women inspired a whole new era of country singers and stars and helped make us mainstream.
Thanks for reading, and listening!
Today the Tribe opens thier home season after a weekend series at Detroit. And about 4:10 this afternoon the first pitch will be thrown to the Kansas City Royals batter, Whit Merrifield. I've had it with Whit Merrifield already!
We play the Royals 19 times during the season and we see a lot of the same players year after year. This guy, first of all is great! I wish he played for us, but he doesn't - but he kills us! He's always up to bat! How is it Whit Merrifield hits in every inning? Seems like he does. What is the algorithm he uses? How it is Whit Merrifield is always up with the bases loaded, or when the game is on the line? Or when there's two outs in the 9th and we need an out? Why is Whit Merrifield always hitting when the wind is blowing out, or when all of our great pitchers are out of the game?
We're up by 4 in the 9th, here comes Whit with 2 outs and two strikes and he hits a grand slam to tie the game! We have a 1 run lead with two outs and we make an error to extend the inning. Who's always up next? Whit Merrifield! The guy drives me nuts! Then he makes the big defensive play that saves the game as we are making a comeback. How does he play every position? Seems like he does. Dude's everywhere!
In his first two games this season he is 5-9 with 4 runs scored, driven in 6, and has two home runs! So he can play. Through those games, he has driven in more runs than the Tribe has scored.
Look, I'm sure he's a very nice guy, probably comes from a good family, but he's like an itch that we are always scratching as Tribe fans. The Tribe had the same problem with Eddie Rosario from the Twins, and now he plays for us - thank GOD! So we should get Merrifield next! And why does it seem we play the Royals 132 times a season? Whit Merrifield!
Watch the Tribe and Royals games this year and tell me I'm wrong, the guy is always there, always a problem. But here we are a number of hours away from the first pitch of the home schedule and I've already had it with Whit Merrifield!
Go Whit.....er I mean GO Tribe! See??
The new baseball season is here, and right up front I love the Tribe and baseball. There's already whining about this season a few games in. I get some of it, some I don't.
We can't hit so far and that stinks. There's nothing wrong with complaining about millionaires that can't hit at the professional level. It's our right as fans. But whining about the owners is a total waste of time and energy. It's howling at the moon. Yes, they have their problems about that there is no doubt. But they've hired and maintained the best manager in MLB, Terry Francona, to run the Tribe and he has done the job. From 2013-2019 NO team in the American League has more wins than the Tribe. They've been to the playoffs a ton of times and the World Series in 2016. They've had three Cy Young Winners in that same window, and 5 since 2007. ANY small market team would love that.
What else can they do? Only one team wins the World Series each year, and it's a very hard thing to do. How hard is it? The spend hog Yankees have not won it since 2009, and the way over the top spend hogs, the Dodgers won it last year after a 32 year drought and billions upon billions of dollars. And our very hard reality is, the owners here didn't give up a 3 games to 1 lead in our World Series in 2016, and they didn't give up a 2 games to none lead on the Yankees the next playoff season. Harder truth too? They were right there to win BOTH titles those two seasons, and should have - and didn't.
Lots of whining about not paying Frankie Lindor this year. I wouldn't have given him 341 million and tied myself up for 10 years either. Interesting to think of it this way, if you have house worth $100,000, would you spend $30,000 on a couch and pay for it for a decade? No? Even if it's a good couch you really liked and was really comfy? That is the exact math for the Tribe with Lindor. This is a big MLB problem. The Tribe is like about 25 other teams in the league, they will always be outspent by the big boys. MLB should fix this, but they won't.
BTW - If they would fix this issue and make it a relatively even playing field, it would restore baseball's extreme popularity. Fans in many markets are fed up with being farm teams for the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers..blah blah... The NFL has understood this, and the salary cap (which is high) makes it possible for all markets to compete.
So what's left? What about the Tribe 2021? They have they best young pitching staff in the entire league. They have games BEST manager, and probably the best front office in baseball who has been making great baseball player decisions for years with money always an issue. A beautiful newly renovated ball park with affordable ticket prices and a fan base ready to erupt. Not a bad scenario.
When you're built on pitching, the 162 game schedule is to your favor, as it always rises to the top. The Tribe will pitch well, they will score enough over time to win their fair share of games. And in the end will contend for a playoff spot. Let's just play some games (more than four) here and see how things go.
And remember, those other 25 teams mentioned? They would love to have left - what we have left.