Happy Holidays to all my readers! I know it’s not many of you at the moment, but the few of you that do exist, I appreciate you and thank you much for your support!
My apologies for not posting much. So much has happened since I last posted here in October. As I progress, it gets harder to keep up. I really need an assistant. If anyone out there is interested in being my assistant, please let me know. There’s no pay, but there is potential and, if you like music, beer and America’s Pastime, there will be guaranteed fun times! let me know.
Anyway, like I said, much has happened since I last posted here, so here’s a brief summary of BeatsBeerBaseball since October:
Here is some music that will make great additions to your collection!
The king of independent Soul continues his reign! Check out Eric Roberson’s “Mr. Nice Guy”!
Lalah Hathaway releases her 8th album, “Where It All Begins”.
There’s a cat named Allen Stone who is representing good music hard! A pleasant discovery!
A few of nights ago while watching Letterman, this cat from Austin, TX named Gary Clark Jr. performed and left an impression.
Mark de Clive-Lowe has a killer monthly event called “CHURCH”, which has residencies in both NYC and LA! You should attend! Get more info on the event and MdCL here!
I had the honor and pleasure to play the Apollo in early December! My DJ set was the opener for a concert featuring indie Soul artists Kenny Wesley and Carmen Rodgers, two of the scenes finest artists. I implore you to explore their musical contributions. My set was recorded and is available to listen to or download here.
As you know, I love beer. That love of the suds was elevated to a very personal level when I successfully completed my very first brew in late October! Beer making has always seemed to me to be the next logical step for a person like me who loves to drink beer so much. It was a fun experience and I look forward to learning more as I continue to hone my brewing skills. Many thanks to the people at Mr. Beer for creating an excellent starter kit for folks like me to learn the craft efficiently!( I brewed the Cowboy Lager and it came out great!) Big thanks to my beer tasters/drinkers that enjoyed my end product with me: My wife, Arminda Thomas and friends Katie Piper, DJ BlackIcon1, Andre Francois, Jameka Whitten, Chuck Holiday, George Carmona and guest. We’ll be brewing again real soon!
New discovery: I’ve never really been a big fan of Corona. It works in a pinch, but if I had to choose between Corona and, let’s say, Budweiser, it’s Bud all the way! (My Budweiser example is two-fold: To show that 1, I dislike, but don’t hate Corona and 2, I am fond of Budweiser, even though there are better beers available. Budweiser is my starting point.)
So, one day while perusing the local bodega’s (For those of you that are not familiar with New York City, a bodega is small neighborhood grocery store, very common in NYC.) selection of brews, I come across a bottle of Corona, the likes of which I’ve never seen. Simultaneously, I note the size and color of the bottle is way different that your common Corona. (32oz. and brown, respectively.) Closer inspection revealed the word “Familiar” under the Corona brand. My curiosity had been piqued and I decided I will see what this unfamiliar (I don’t care if the bottle says differently) Corona is all about. I get the bottle home, pop the top, pour a glass and take a sip. Imagine my surprise when I discover the fuller body and bolder flavored taste! This is not your local bar’s Corona, no sir! If you see it wherever you buy your beer, I highly recommend you give it a try!
New Brewery Alert: I need to mention the good people at The Bronx Brewery (Chris Gallant & Damien Brown), a new craft brewery based in The South Bronx! The Bronx Brewery is one of a number of breweries that is representing beer in NYC with a strong product. Their Bronx Pale Ale is picking up steam and becoming available in more and more places in the NYC regional area. They are deserving of some support from beer lovers everywhere! Check them out!
Well, what can I say. The Cardinals are World Series Champs, just as I predicted. (See my last post for the details of my prediction.) Other than that, until the season begins, there’s really not much to say. Unless, of course, I talk about the off season news. Here are some highlights and questions regarding current moves:
MLB has agreed on a new CBA, projected to give Major League Baseball another 5 years of peace. A couple of changes to look forward to are The Houston Astros moving from the National League Central to the American League West in 2013 and an extra round of playoffs, due to adding 2 more wild card teams (one from each league), possibly starting as soon as the 2012 postseason. These changes should be interesting. Any thoughts?
Albert Pujols has left The St. Louis Cardinals after 11 years and is now a member of The Los Angeles Angels. The Angels also signed former Texas Rangers ace, C.J. Wilson. Are The Angels once again contenders?
Both The Marlins (now The Miami Marlins) and The Washington Nationals have upgraded their teams. The Marlins with the addition of SS Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell and The Nationals with the addition of starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez, making The National League East a significantly tougher division. Not good news for the Mets. Where do you see the Mets finishing in their division?
As of this writing, neither the Yankees nor The Red Sox have made any major moves on the field. The Red Sox have acquired Bobby Valentine as their new manager. Any thoughts on The Yankee/Red Sox rivalry in 2012? Where do you think each team will place in their division?
Top free agent, 1B Prince Fielder, is still unsigned as of this writing. Where do you thing he will land?
That’s all for now. I will do better at posting more regularly in the new year. Stay connected and enjoy the holidays!