Mets Channel Spirit Of ’86 In Amazin’ Victory Over Dodgers

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Let’s call it the Spirit of ’86. The Mets pulled off an amazing 3-to-2 victory against one of the most talented pitchers in the Major Leagues, Dodgers’ ace Zack Greinke, when everything was on the line in Game 5 of the National League division series.It was one for the ages, certainly propelling Daniel Murphy, the quirky second baseman, into the Mets pantheon with the great outfielder Mookie Wilson.As generations of New Yorkers know well, in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Mookie Wilson hit a dribbler up the first-base line that improbably found its way between the legs of the Red Sox veteran Bill Buckner and allowed the winning run to cross the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning. His single illustrated once again that in America’s pastime it’s the small things that can have the most impact.That lesson was repeated Thursday night. In the post-game brouhaha in the Mets locker room, with champagne spraying and players yelling, an obviously inebriated pitcher Jon Niese barged into a television interview with Murphy to proclaim that Murphy “is the hottest man in baseball!”Yes, he’d won the game with a home run off the Dodgers ace, and gone 3-for-4 with two RBIs. But more tellingly, he’d tied the game when the Mets’ best pitcher, the lanky long-haired Jacob DeGrom, was struggling just to keep the Metropolitans one run behind in the perils of Chavez Ravine, where so many outsiders’ dreams of victory have gone to die.But not this week in LA. The pivotal play wasn’t Murph’s blast to the stands—that came later, thank the gods—but his lackadaisical jog between first and second base that turned into a mad dash for third when the Dodgers had fallen asleep at the wheel. They’d just formed their exaggerated defensive shift to put more players on the right side of the field to thwart Mets’ slumping first baseman Lucas Duda, who almost always hits that way—when he hits, that is.This time, instead of striking out and looking clueless, Duda eked out a walk, but more tellingly, he lingered a moment to chat with the home-plate umpire before sauntering to first. It was just enough of a distraction, intentional or not, so the Dodgers didn’t pay attention to Murphy until it was too late. He’d noticed that no Dodger was covering third, just our third-base coach Tim Teufel, a key player on the ’86 Mets, who happened to be idly kicking the bag with his toe. In a New York minute, Murph joined him there and subsequently scored on a sacrifice fly from catcher Travis d’Arnoud.As WOR710’s sports announcer Josh Lewin enthused, it was a monumental “Murphilicious” night for our second baseman, who spent 15 days on the DL back in June, another reason for the team’s horrible July when all hope seemed lost.It’s too soon to say that manager Terry Collins will join the ’86 manager Davy Johnson in Mets mythology but he’s headed in the right direction. Sandy Koufax, the Hall-of-Fame Dodger pitcher (and New Yorker) reportedly complimented Collins to a couple of sports reporters before Game 2, telling them, “Is he the manager of the year? I don’t know. I’m not voting. But I think so.”In Game 5, Collins made all the right moves, including one he didn’t make. Four times he said he’d come close to removing DeGrom from the game, and he had our rookie starter Noah “Thor” Syndergaard warming up in the bullpen as a reliever. Usually, when the manager comes out of the dugout to visit the pitcher on the mound, he’s sending him to the showers. But not this time.Collins renewed DeGrom’s confidence, and our pitcher induced a key double-play to end the sixth inning when the Dodgers posed yet another serious threat.Many in Mets nation may have let out howls of protest and dismay—a not unheard of response when watching the team from Queens—when Collins had the mighty Thor start throwing his hammers and fireballs in the seventh. But the savvy 66-year-old manager proved them wrong, once again.Syndergaard did something that had eluded DeGrom all night: He struck out LA’s Justin Turner, the mangy red-head who’s been batting above .500 in the series—an amazing stat, and frustrating, too, since he never got the chance to prove his prowess when he was in a Mets uniform because he was a backup infielder playing behind our captain David Wright and Daniel Murphy.Yet another Collins’ decision may have caused Mets fans huge amounts of agita when he brought in our super-talented closer, Jeurys Familia, in the eighth inning. That meant our formidable closer would have to get six outs, not three, before they could “put it in the books,” as the great announcer Howie Rose says after every Mets victory.The doubters could also be forgiven their misgivings in the ninth inning when it looked like the Dodgers would come back on a deep fly off the bat of pinch-hitter Chase Utley on a 1-2 pitch. Fortunately, he’d gotten under it and the ball was caught.As Mets fans will never forget, Utley’s illegal slide into second base in Game 2 broke the leg of our short stop, Ruben Tejada. Subsequently, the Dodger infielder was suspended but he was able to play in Game 5 because his appeal won’t be heard until Monday. Now he’ll have plenty of time to spend at the hearing because his team won’t be facing the Chicago Cubs in the pennant race that begins this weekend.The cosmos has spoken. Ruben Tejada is avenged and the Mets advance.In Chicago, people say that the Cubs have the best chance in years to finally lift the Curse of the Billy Goat, which has bedeviled the club since 1945.Whether the Mets’ luck will hold up against them is anybody’s guess. But then who would have thought that Mookie Wilson’s squibbler up the first base line—that looked like a sure out when the ball left his bat—would have helped the Mets go on to win the 1986 World Series? You never know, but you always gotta believe.last_img read more

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Charter changes: The art of maintaining inclusivity

first_imgWith the rising number of financial institutions opting for community charter conversions, it’s common to find that members still want to feel like they belong. Believe it or not, members, and future members still want to be part of something inclusive and club-like. Here are a few steps to ensure your credit union maintains this inclusivity factor:Step One: Complete TransparencyNot all members will be supportive of a plan to change from a single sponsor/SEG based charter to a community charter, and many won’t even know what it means. Change is difficult, but by preparing for a degree of resistance, you can help to head off any insecurities and worries that your members may have. The best way to do this is to be as transparent as possible and communicate why your members will benefit from being a community charter as opposed to a SEG based credit union. For example, perhaps transitioning to a community charter will help your credit union diversify product offerings, or grow your geographic footprint (more branches), both of which are direct benefits to the member. Presenting these facts to your members in a clear and concise way will help to alleviate any fears or concerns that they may feel about the change, but will also make them feel included in the process. Incorporate why your credit union is evolving into any and all member communications such as newsletters, retail signage, website, and by having your front line employees talk about it with members on a daily basis. Staff can wear badges that say “Ask Me About Our Expansion” or anything that will get the discussion started with current members. Just be sure your staff is prepared to answer any member concerns that may arise. Maintaining complete transparency will ensure members that their financial institution isn’t going anywhere, and that they are still the credit union’s top priority.Step Two: Communicate Your CommitmentYou need to articulate your commitment to each member often, and at every possible opportunity. Write it down and state it wherever it is relevant; in annual reports, monthly newsletters, email blasts, and essentially any written statement that your members will see. Putting your commitment in black and white and making sure that all members know that your mission is still being upheld and without change, will remind them why they chose to join your credit union. This will put emphasis on the guarantee and security that you pledged to them when they first chose to do business with you, as well as ensure that their business with you is invaluable, and that they are a significant and necessary for your credit union to survive and flourish.The Final Step: Prove ItWhen you take action and put your charter change in motion, don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk. Talking members through each step and each change that is happening is great, but can you truly maintain the same service your members are used to? It’s important to take an introspective look at your staff, operations, and potential growth to ensure you can really live up to the promise of providing the same quality service to your members. Remember that any small errors, inconsistencies in service, or product or service downtime will be magnified in the eyes of your members during the transition to a community charter, along with the assumption that you’re turning in to “just another bank.” You won’t be able to please everyone, but remaining personable and empathetic will be crucial to maintaining the inclusive experience.As you expand and gain more members, your original members will start seeing new faces and perhaps a larger and changing branch footprint. It is important to remember that these original members have helped you get where you are today. Consistently training your staff on member engagement and building deeper relationships will undoubtedly improve your inclusivity factor and prove to members that your community charter transition will be a positive experience. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: www.empowerfi.org Detailslast_img read more

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Prominent Soeharto-era finance minister JB Sumarlin dies at 87

first_imgFinance Minister Sri Mulyani also expressed her deep condolences upon hearing the news.“He used to be my lecturer when I studied at the University of Indonesia. He was a very committed teacher,” Sri said. “We learned a lot through his past decisions, such as when Indonesia suffered from rising oil prices during the Iran-Iraq War.”Sumarlin was laid in repose at Siloam Semanggi Funeral Home on Thursday evening and will be buried at San Diego Hills Cemetery on Feb. 10. Former president Soeharto appointed Sumarlin to head the Finance Ministry from 1988 to 1993. He rose to prominence after issuing his famous Gebrakan Sumarlin (Sumarlin Breakthrough), a deregulation policy package in the monetary, financial, and banking fields in 1988. Sumarlin and fellow senior economists of the time such as Widjojo Nitisastro, Emil Salim and Ali Wardhana were dubbed the “Berkeley Mafia” as a result of their United-States educations.Thanks to Sumarlin’s reforms, Indonesia’s economy managed to grow by 5.7 percent in 1988, surpassing the original target of 5 percent. (dpk) Topics : Prominent New Order finance minister and member of the so-called “Berkeley Mafia” JB Sumarlin passed away at the age of 87 in Jakarta on Thursday.Finance Ministry acting spokesman Nufransa Wira Sakti confirmed the news.“The Finance Ministry has lost our role model who played an important role in improving Indonesia’s economic situation nearing the end of the 1980s,” Nufransa said as quoted by tempo.com. last_img read more

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Celebrity’s plan to bring beautiful design into the homes of everyday Australians

first_imgInterior designer and The Block judge Darren Palmer has teamed up with G.J. Gardner Australia to provide access to high end design and make the process simpler, no matter their budget.Leading Australian interior designer Darren Palmer, a judge on reality TV show The Block, has announced an innovative design collaboration with G.J Gardner Homes, making his work available across the country.RELATED: G.J Gardner Homes build in Serenity CoveThe born-and-bred Queenslander said he wanted to allow people who might not have been able to afford it to have access to his designs.“When I’m doing private homes, these are $5m-plus homes, and I am very aware there are very few people in the country who have those homes,” Palmer said.Darren Palmer said the of all the designs he had Queensland in mind when designing the Beach home.“Everything I’ve tried to do with my work, with my brand — writing for magazines, creating books, creating products — is to give people something that’s price-pointed at whatever level they are.“(It’s) so that they can enjoy a little piece of my brand, of my work, and enjoy it in their own way in their own home.”>>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK< read more

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Eight Tips for Giving a Top-Notch Wedding Toast.

first_imgLifestyleRelationships Eight Tips for Giving a Top-Notch Wedding Toast. by: – June 1, 2011 32 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share by DivineCarolineGiving a toast at a rehearsal dinner or wedding reception is supposed to be an honor. So why does it cause so many bridesmaids to ruin their $300 taffeta terror-of-a-gown by breaking into a cold sweat? Because there’s a lot that can go wrong. I’ve seen more wedding toasts derailed by a drunken uncle or botched by a nervous maid of honor than I, or the happy couples, care to remember.With emotions running high and wine flowing like water, it’s all too easy to get long-winded, overly sentimental, and even inappropriate. The last thing you want is to make your lovely hosts wish they had one of those giant hooks to pull you offstage.Before you take the mic, remember a wedding toast is not the time to make any of these mistakes.1. Resurrect all—or any—of the happy couple’s old relationships.Everyone is happy the groom didn’t marry his obsessive ex with trust issues, but the bride and her family don’t want their special day to be overshadowed by the ghosts of girlfriends past. The focus of a wedding toast should be the present and the future of the two people sitting in front of you—and if the past, only their past.2. Try out your comedy routine.A few jokes go a long way in a toast and are better when frontloaded; otherwise, you’ll come off as insincere. Stay away from dirty jokes—if in doubt, leave it out—and remember your audience. This is a family event, not Def Comedy Jam.3. Roast the couple.You may find it hilarious to rehash your friend’s most embarrassing moments in front of her 200 closest friends, but she will rue the day you RSVP’d. I attended a rehearsal dinner where the groom’s cousin thought it would be funny to share the story of a drunken high school trip to New York City that involved details even Andrew Dice Clay would blush to repeat. Luckily a fellow groomsman recognized where he was going and stepped in before the grandmother-of-the-bride could stroke out. Save any stories that involve overindulgence in alcohol, strippers, sex, or arrests for the bachelor or bachelorette party. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.4. Divulge secret information.If the news involves the couple, they could be waiting to tell friends and family privately. (If it doesn’t involve the couple, you’ll be stealing their thunder.) It’s not yours to break unless they’ve asked you to and specifically in this forum. If it’s not happy news, you don’t want to mar the occasion by dropping a downer bomb. A toast such as, “Bob, we’re so sorry you lost your job, but congrats on finding a wife” isn’t exactly upbeat.5. Bring up their faults.Maybe you see it as a testament to how right they are for each other that the bride and groom (or bride and bride, or groom and groom) are both conceited tightwads, but a toast is not the time for a personality assessment, whether yours or others’. A friend recalls a wedding where a toaster declared she didn’t understand why everyone said the bride was cold. The response: crickets and one mortified bride. Put on the rose-colored glasses—lie if you have to—because wedding toasts are not the time for brutal honesty.6. Chronicle your lifelong friendship.Stories that tell other wedding guests about the people getting married certainly have a place in a toast, but this should be a celebration of the marriage, not of your friendship. I’ve sat through countless toasts that were little more than a laundry list of inside jokes and “remember whens.” Personal memories are great, but let everybody in and always come back around to the couple.7. Cry it out.Carry tissues and get a grip. Like jokes, a few tears go a long way in a toast. Something about snot and sobs just doesn’t say “celebration.” If you’re the overly emotional type, keep it short or avoid speaking altogether and write your toast in a private letter for the couple to read later.8. Wing it.Even the most eloquent speakers need notes. Think about what you’re going to say at least a few hours in advance. If you leave it until you’re at the table or grabbing the microphone, chances are you’ll get distracted (this is a party, after all) and forget. You don’t have to write down every word, but a few jotted notes will be a helpful lifeline if you find yourself suffering from stage fright.Unless you’re the bride, groom, parents of the bride or groom, maid of honor, or best man, keep your toast short (three minutes or less) and sweet. Don’t drink too much, introduce yourself, say thank you, and don’t forget to raise a glass. Cheers.last_img read more

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Ripley Chamber Hosting CPR Class Next Week

first_imgVERSAILLES – The Ripley County Chamber of Commerce will host a CPR Class Wednesday, August 27.Interested participants can register by contacting the Chamber at (812) 689-6654. The class is held at the Ripley County Welcome Center in Versailles, beginning at 9 a.m.It lasts approximately two to three hours and the attendance cost is $5.00.Ripley County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Thomas said this is the second class offered due to high demand and spots are filling up quickly.last_img read more

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Red Roof Inn offers military recognition program

first_imgBatesville, In. — In an effort to honor the sacrifices made by those who serve our country Red Roof Inns has introduced the “Home for the Holidays Military Discount Program.”Any room booked from now to December 31, 2018 for a stay through February 28, 2018 will be discounted 20 percent. All purchases must use coupon code VP# 623095*.The program is offered to active duty and military veterans. The is only offered by booking online here or by calling 800-RED-ROOF (800-733-7663).last_img

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Ex-Eagles captain Mikel debunks link to Biafra agitation

first_imgFormer Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has debunked media reports linking him to the Biafra agitation in Nigeria. It was reported earlier in some publications that the former Middlesbrough and Tianjin TEDA midfielder made some comments on the Biafra nation agitation. Loading… Read Also: VIDEO: Tyler Adams’ goal sends RB Leipzig to UCL semifinal“I’m fully focused on what has made me who I’m today (football); it’s been a very tough season and I’m just enjoying time with family and focusing on the next step for my career,” Mikel summed up.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisementcenter_img Speaking with AOIfootball – Mikel said he has never been involved in the politics of Nigeria and that he would never do anything to jeopardize the peace of Nigeria. “I was as shocked as you are to see the video that I supported a Biafra government. I never spoke to anybody about such and would never get myself involved with such things, especially matters that have to do with the politics of the country. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Best Cars Of All Time10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live In9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Irresistibly Beautiful Asian Actresses6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?last_img read more

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Dunne injury not career-threatening

first_imgAston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists centre-back Richard Dunne’s long-term groin problem is not career-threatening. He added: “Richard has been trying his utmost to get back fit. He’s been to the best people (specialists) on the other side of the world. “He feels good at some points, but not so good at other times. He can’t play through the pain barrier with that injury.” Dunne has barely tasted any action for the past 12 months. He suffered a shoulder injury last February and only returned for the final two games of the 2011-2012 campaign. Press Associationcenter_img Dunne has been sidelined since suffering the setback while on Euro 2012 duty for the Republic of Ireland and a trio of operations have failed to cure the problem. Lambert would welcome the availability of the former Manchester City player, whose contract runs out this summer, but the Scot says Dunne cannot play through the pain barrier. Lambert said: “It’s been really complicated that injury. Richard has been over to the United States a couple of times to try and get it sorted. But there are little niggles that aren’t clearing up. That’s a real frustrating thing for him. Is it career-threatening? No, nothing like that. You can’t say that.” last_img read more

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Future uncertain for Suarez

first_imgStriker Luis Suarez admits he does not know what his future holds and while he insists he is very happy to be at a “spectacular” club like Liverpool he also considers the time may be right for “change of environment”. With the Reds’ failure to qualify for the Champions League again, the Uruguay international’s future has been the subject of much speculation. That increased when the 26-year-old gave an interview to a radio station in his homeland in which he suggested he could not ignore approach from Spanish giants Real. His agent Pere Guardiola has intimated the striker was content at Liverpool and the player has reaffirmed that himself, although he has far from ruled out an Anfield exit. “I do not know when I’m going and I do not know if I’m staying,” said Suarez at a national team press conference ahead of a friendly against France on June 5 in Montevideo. “Obviously the club want me to stay, but I’ve talked to the coach (Brendan Rodgers) and he knows what I want. He was a player and my team-mates understand that my situation is difficult. It’s a good moment for a change of environment because of all I’ve been through in England, where I haven’t been judged as a player but based on other things. “I have only words of thanks to the club, the fans of Liverpool, but the treatment I received from the rest of England in recent weeks has been tough. It (Liverpool) is a spectacular club, but they are aware of the way that the press treats me”. In his radio interview on Wednesday, Suarez complained about what he perceives as harsh treatment by the British media. He has rarely been out of the headlines since his move to Anfield in January 2011 – but it has all been of his own making. Firstly for his eight-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, then after admitting diving to try to win a penalty and then in April his bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic which resulted in a 10-game suspension, six of which must be served next season. “I had a hard time, very hard, in the things that have been said are lies. One has limits and the family also suffers,” he added. “They treated me bad and it would be understandable if one day I go to my club (and the media are waiting) but I cannot walk my baby, the paparazzi are always there.” Madrid would obviously offer an escape from that but Suarez insists his reference to Real was an understandable but not yet tangible one. “England and Spain are the best leagues in the world,” he said. “It is normal that it is impossible to say no to big teams for which one always dreams. Yet I have nothing, I have not spoken with Real Madrid nor with Liverpool.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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