Sunday, July 18, 2010

PNC Park 7/10/2010

On to the next one. We met up with the Roberts' in Pittsburgh which was surprisingly a beautiful city, one that I wouldnt mind spendning more time in. Right on the water with the two rivers and that ballpark is one of the best in all of baseball, its too bad their team isnt as good.

Saturday July 10th
PNC Park

You Might Die Trying
Grey Street
Stay or Leave
Big Eyed Fish
Why I Am
Dancing Nancies
Eh Hee
Shake Me Like A Monkey
I'll Back You Up
Funny The Way It Is
Lying In the Hands of God
Jimi Thing
Ants Marching

Some Devil
What You Are
Two Step

This show was much better than the previous night due to the energy of the songs, the venue, and of course the people you enjoy it with which is the biggest DMB lover Mr. Roberts. Highlights of this show were to me definitely What You Are, I'll Back you Up and Two Step. What you are was high energy and a great encore song. I'll back you up is very rare, but a beautiful song that I had never heard live. Two Step just keeps getting better everytime I see and hear it. Carter is the best Drummer that I have seen and does some crazy techno type drumming on this that is insane. Cannot say enough about this venue as it was my first DMB show in a ballpark. Ended the night with Denny's which is never a good choice. Great weekend, great show, great city. On to the next one...............DC Nationals Ballpark 7/23!!!!!!!!

DMB at Hershey Park 7/9/2010

Dave Matthews Band has been central to my summers since the night of my first show was also the night that I first kissed my future wife on a hot July 2005 night. Since that time this band has been a part of our summers, dates, and engagement. In 2006 we saw them twice at SPAC, in 2007 we saw them 3 times(1 at SPAC, 1 in Charlotte and 1 in Raleigh), in 2008 we saw them 3 times(1 in Raleigh, 1 in Charlotte, and 1 in VA Beach) and 2009 we went crazy seeing them 7 times (2 in Charlottesville, VA, 2 at SPAC, 1 in Raleigh, 1 in Charlotte, and front row center at Bethel Woods). This year we plan to see them alot as well but we work real jobs now and do not have that kind of time. We decided to take a road trip up to Hershey Park and Pittsburgh for the July 9-10th weekend.

Friday Jul 9 2010
Hersheypark Stadium

Everyday *
Pig *
Stay Or Leave *
Big Eyed Fish *
Say Goodbye *
Grey Street *
Gravedigger *
Lying In the Hands of God *
Still Water
Don’t Drink the Water *
You and Me *
(Water Into Wine)
(Recently) *
Corn Bread *
(Recently reprise) *
Eh Hee *
Warehouse *
Stay (Wasting Time) *
Ants Marching *

Some Devil +
So Damn Lucky *
Shake Me Like a Monkey *

Show Notes:
* Jeff Coffin
+ Dave Solo

This was a very solid show with the highlight for me being Recently->Cornbread->Recently. Due to the heat the shows beginning was very slow and mellow. Other highlights were defintely Lying in the hands of God which is my favorite off of the new album. Also enjoyed Warehouse with the old passion intro and Stay was pretty sick. Been to better shows at better venues but it was alot of fun and a new experience.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Boss

“It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing,” the Steinbrenner family in a statement said. “He passed away this morning in Tampa, Fla., at age 80. He was an incredible and charitable man. First and foremost he was devoted to his entire family – his beloved wife, Joan; his sisters, Susan Norpell and Judy Kamm, his children, Hank, Jennifer, Jessica and Hal; and all of his grandchildren. He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again.”

Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees in 1973, when he and a group of investors acquired the team from CBS for $10 million. On his watch, the Yanks won 11 American League pennants and captured seven World Series titles. He took the team from an AL has-been to a billion-dollar global enterprise, revolutionizing baseball economics along the way. For better or worse, the sport hasn’t been the same since Steinbrenner took over. This, too, despite one of the most understated introductions in baseball history. “We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned,” George said nearly 40 years ago. “We’re not going to pretend we’re something we aren’t. I’ll stick to building ships".

I was aware of George Steinbrenner most of my life as my Grandfather was a devout Red Sox fan because he hated Steinbrenner so much and my father was always a die hard Yankees fan. I grew up in the era when Steinbrenner not only had the Yankees winning but was a funny character on one of the greatest shows ever Seinfeld. As a fan of baseball and the Yankees I was spoiled and grateful to have an owner that wanted to watch a winning team as much as I did and I could count on the fact that every Holiday season my team would land a big free agent or make a blockbuster trade that would keep us in the hunt for another postseason. Throughout my life the Yankees have been in the playoffs more than half of the years I have been alive including 5 World Series Titles and 7 World Series appearances. There is no other team that can say that. There will never be another Steinbrenner, another "Boss" the way that he was. He represented old school ethics with progressive business tactics that every other owner can only try to duplicate. He took an $8.7 million dollar investment and turned it into much more. I am glad I dont root for Pittsburgh or Cleveland where the owners keep Big Stein's money instead of reinvesting in their team. The Boss will be missed. The best, greatest owner that sports has ever known. Go Yankees!!!!