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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: July 12, 2012

Noise?

At a recent Mets game at Citifield, the Mets were trailing by a score of 5-4 in the ninth inning to their avowed enemies from “the city of Brotherly love,” Philadelphia. The crowd then got into the action. Forty thousand Mets fans, egged on by the visuals and sounds coming from the scoreboard starting chanting, “Let’s go Mets!”

In addition, as the rally increased, the fans got out of their seats simultaneously and continued their incantation of “Let’s go Mets.” The cheering got louder and the opposing pitchers seemed to be affected by the mob’s desires. When David Wright blooped a winning Texas Leaguer in front of the Phillies right fielder, the crowd went berserk. It was a true New York moment. It reminded me of the old Madison Square Garden throng’s reaction at a Knicks game in the early 1970s. I was proud to be a New Yorker and the trip home was delightful. The multitudes had “willed” the victory.

I recently read an article by Jim Kaat, a former major league pitcher. He was asked to name his one wish for today’s baseball and he replied, “I wish that at some point they would have a real turn-back-the-clock-day. There would be no rock and roll music. It would be nice and quiet, and you could hear the ball hit the bat. You could hear the vendor two sections away say ‘hot dogs.’ We could just sit and watch the game on a lazy afternoon.”

These are two diverse points of view on the desired sound level while watching a baseball game. The purist baseball fan thinks the play on the field in front of him is enough and perfect. Other fans relish the hijinks that go on at the stadium, like “The Kissing Camera,” which catches pictures of two fans kissing. The military music that winds up with a call to “CHARGE!” is too much, in my opinion. “The Quiz Games,” which ask some clever and some inane questions, is not necessary. Even “the Wave” sometimes just annoys me.

Baseball is something like a chess game, played with bats, balls and gloves. No one needs shouting and schtick at a chess or tennis match. But if the fans can cause their team to win, I am in favor of it.

News

Thousands of Long Islanders streamed into Burn Park in Massapequa recently for the Town of Oyster Bay’s annual Salute to America concert featuring Dean Karahalis and the Concert Pop Orchestra with fireworks by Grucci.

The event paid tribute to veterans, past and present, and honored three deserving honorees: Guillermo Torres, Plainview’s Robert Reahl and Barbara Tortorice.

Torres is the winner of the Town’s Veteran Lifetime Achievement Award. A Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Torres was wounded while on maneuvers.

The kids may be grown. The marriage may have not worked out. Perhaps retirement affords more free time than was anticipated.

Enter The Transition Network, an national social group featuring an active chapter on Long Island that meets regularly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.

Judy Forman, Plainview resident and program co-chair, noted that The Transition Network is an organization of women ages 50 and over who are ‘transitioning’ into the next phase of their lives — whether it be retirement, divorce, losing a loved one or so on — and helping them to meet new people while expanding their horizons.  


Calendar

Movie: Last Vegas

Wednesday, July 23

Women Artists You Should Know

Thursday, July 31

Adult Summer Reading Club

Through Aug. 7



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