Friday==>My show last night down in the Chelsea area lasted much longer than expected. When it was finally over I checked the score of the YANKEES/ORIOLES game and The Yankees were leading 5-2 going into the top of the 9th inning. Damn, thought I ... I will miss seeing Derek Jeter in his last game at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed And Ego Built.
When I got off the subway at the Port Authority Bus Terminal I checked my trusty Walkman and learned that our closer, David Robertson, was in the process of blowing a save. OMFG!!
I raced the rest of the way back to the apartment and when I turned on the TV the score was tied 5-5 going into the bottom of the 9th, with Derek Jeter to be the third up. Wow, thought I==>wouldn’t it be fitting if he got the game winning hit in this final game at the stadium?
Well, the leadoff batter, Jose Pirela (who??), got a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Antoan Richardson (who??) who went to second on Brett Gardner’s sacrifice bunt. OMFG!!
The sold out crowd of 48,613 was standing and clapping and chanting.
The Captain, Derek Jeter, came to the plate and on the first pitch hit a liner into right field scoring the winning run ... and ... the stadium went absolutely crazy and The Captain was mobbed by his teammates.
Man, Derek ... what a storybook way to end your career at Yankee Stadium. You couldn’t have scripted it any better.
Thank you Sports Gods for letting me make it back to the apartment in time to watch this happen.
These are the headlines in today’s papers ...
“Jeter goes out a ... WINNER.”
front page of The New York Post
“2 PERFECT - Jeter gives Stadium fans one last thrill.”
back page of The New York Post
“2 PERFECT - Jeter pens storybook finish with game-winning hit in Stadium farewell.”
front page of The Daily News
“Storybook Ending - Derek Jeter made his final appearance at Yankee Stadium, and won the game in his final at-bat.”
front page of The New York Times
THE HERO: WHO ELSE - Jeter, in His Home Finale Drives In Winning Run in 9th.”
front page of the sports section of The New York Times
Nothing more needs to be said and this will be the last posting about the 2014 season, even though The Yankees begin a 3-game series tonight against those loathsome Boston FuckSox in that fetid cesspool known as Fenway Park. If Jeter plays at all it will be as the DH. He wants his last game as a shortstop to have been at the stadium.
Now ... moving on to Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s Off Broadway show ...
THEATER BOYS, about actors who are auditioning for a proposed gay musical and are asked to bare their souls ... and a bit more. As part of the audition process they must share coming-of-age stories - some broadly comic, some tender and heartfelt==>A-
Folks, this was a totally enjoyable evening even though it is playing at the 13th Street Repertory Company, my least favorite venue in the entire city.
The house was almost full and was 99% male.
The young cast is stellar, lead by Joseph Spitale as the Director and Michael Czyz (yeah, that’s the correct spelling) as the innocent Kipp, who is just-off-the-bus from Chilliwack, BC, and this is his very first NYC audition.
The book, music and lyrics by Chip Deffaa (yeah, that’s the correct spelling) is outstanding and the young performers nail all of the songs.
In yesterday’s posting Billi Pod said: “Sounds like a gay Chorus Line, doesn’t it?” Well, the answer is==>yes it does, because it is.
My only quibble with the show is the length. My pre-theater information was that the running time was 1:40, without intermission. Well, the actual running time is 2:30, with intermission, and that needs to be trimmed by at least 15 minutes, IMHO.
So ... Billi Pod says==>see this show if you can.
It is playing at the 13th Street Repertory Company (my least favorite venue in the city) has a running time of 2:30, with intermission, and runs on Thursdays and Sundays through October 26th.
Moving on ...
Tonight’s entertainment event is ...
8:00pm==>THE FATAL WEAKNESS - “After 28 years of marriage, Ollie Espenshade is still an incurable romantic (her fatal weakness). Perhaps discovering that her husband is a lying cheat will cure her?” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)
This show, set in 1946, has received mixed reviews, is playing in my 'hood at The Mint Theatre on West 43rd Street, has a running time of 2:30, with two intermissions, and runs through October 26th.
About the upcoming weekend ...
Your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, has an excellent weekend already scheduled with two back-to-back entertainment doubleheaders plus some face time with Dian Crystal aka My Lady, Marty Kosark aka Whatever and his boyfriend Robert. Really looking forward to it ... so ...
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!!
Total mileage for 2014==>1,097.37 miles (average 4.10 miles per day)
GO GATORS!! GO YANKEES!!
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”