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Staff Picks – October 2013

first_imgCHRIS’ PICKBOB DYLAN: ANOTHER SELF PORTRAIT (1969-1971) THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 10 (COLUMBIA/LEGACY RECORDINGS)Released just in time to coincide with the changing of leaves from green to bright red and orange and rustic brown hues before winter winds whisk them from their branches and litter the ground, so too will this latest edition of Dylan’s acclaimed Bootleg Series brush emotional, intimate watercolor splashes and bursts across the secret canvas of your mind before vanishing like whispers, residual swirls of phantom loves and gypsies and heartache and triumph hanging around long after the songs have been sung. These 35 rarities, demos, alternate takes and previously unreleased recordings—available in both as a two-disc set or four-disc deluxe box set (which includes the complete Dylan and The Band’s 1969 Isle of Wight gig, a newly remastered version of 1970’s Self Portrait and two hardcover books of liner notes)—reveal different shades of the man who created such colorful magic, too.#TOMOTHY’S PICKMCCALL WINES’ 2010 CORCHAUG ESTATE PINOT NOIRSince this seriously sultry red wine’s reserve won the New York Wine and Food Classic prize in August, helping this Cutchogue winery earn the title of best in the state, bottles have been playing hard-to-get. The surest way to taste this plumby, world-class vintage barrel aged in French oak is to make the trip to the heart of the North Fork wine trail, where McCall’s tasting room lies in a converted horse barn on their Peconic Bay farm. The dark cherry balanced with nuanced aromas of strawberry and spice sets up a structured, elegant finish that wine lovers say pairs perfectly with another LI delicacy:Pekin duck.RASHED’S PICKI SHALL NOT HATE: A GAZA DOCTOR’S JOURNEY ON THE ROAD TO PEACE AND HUMAN DIGNITY BY DR. IZZELDIN ABUELAISHMore than 100,000 people have been killed in the ongoing Syrian civil war, thousands of whom are women and children, terror attacks are commonplace across the globe, and violent confrontations between Palestinians and Israelis shatter hope of a peaceful resolution between the two sides. Despite all this, a ray of sunlight cuts through the despair. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian physician whose three daughters were killed by Israeli soldiers in 2009, is using his anguish as a force for good instead of revenge by imploring people of different religions, ethnicities and beliefs to choose words over guns and bombs. His hope, as he writes in his book, is that other children—Palestinian and Israeli—don’t fall victim to further clashes. Get ready to be inspired.  SPENCER’S PICKNIKOLA TESLA—“THE BLUE PORTRAIT”Everybody got a postcard-sized print of the visionary inventor at a special event in Shoreham hosted by the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe last month. To spark the occasion the Republic of Serbia presented a monument where their native son had once erected a tower almost 200 feet high that he hoped would provide wireless power to the world for free. With luck and more funding, Wardenclyffe will someday soon be open to the public. Tesla dubbed this 1916 painting the “Blue Portrait” because he had the studio bathed in blue light as he posed in Manhattan for his friend, Princess Vilma Lwoff-Parlaghy, an aristocratic Hungarian artist. On Tesla’s 75th birthday in 1931, Time magazine ran a cropped version on the cover. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Alexander: Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger help SoCal corner the market on MVPs

first_imgFor what it’s worth, it’s the 12th time that players from the same market have won MVP awards in the same season. The Dodgers have been involved in six, but four of them involved Brooklyn and the Yankees.The Trout/Kershaw combination in 2014 spawned a billboard, and an accompanying social media competition, before the following year’s spring training Freeway Series. The slogan: “Is Your MVP Red Or Blue?”(Also for what it’s worth, Trout is 2 for 13 lifetime against Kershaw. Both of his hits came during that 2014 season.)There won’t be that kind of head-to-head when Trout and Bellinger share the field next season. But it will be absolutely worth watching. They might want to start working on the billboard design now.“With the Dodgers, obviously, it’s always a battle when we go up to L.A. and when they come to us,” Trout said, adding: “It’s pretty cool to bring both (MVP) trophies back to Southern California.”There’s one Dodgers-Angels event that would be even better, and it would take place in October. But let’s hold off on that wishful thinking for a while, at least until the Angels assemble the type of team that Trout deserves around [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on TwitterAt 28 years old, Mike Trout is the second youngest player to win 3 MVP awards. The only player to do it a younger age is Stan Musial, who won his 3rd at age 27. pic.twitter.com/MGMQvwF7DI— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 15, 2019 Yes, we still have no recent World Series championship banners here, and the search goes on for the cheat code to October.(Then again, maybe we should rephrase that in honor of the Houston Astros.)But Thursday afternoon’s Most Valuable Player announcements, honoring the Angels’ Mike Trout and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, offered a reminder: Southern California baseball fans are blessed. We in this region are treated to individual brilliance on a nightly basis.Trout again reigns as American League MVP, and I’m not sure what’s more striking: That he’s only the sixth three-time winner in the history of the AL award, that since 2012 he’s finished below second only once, that the only guy with more MVP plaques is Barry Bonds with seven … or that in all this time, Trout has participated in one postseason series. Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone [email protected]’s career is off to a pretty good start. pic.twitter.com/CBMZ8qS7Sw— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) November 15, 2019 [email protected]_Bellinger is the 1st @Dodgers player to win Rookie of the Year & MVP since the team moved to Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/naNdVEUpbu— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) November 15, 2019 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He confirmed Thursday, by the way, that he will be as active as the front office needs him to be in recruiting free agents (and if GM Billy Eppler is smart, he’ll have Trout lobbing a call to free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole ASAP).Trout can, if he wishes, encapsulate his pitch in this sentence from Thursday’s conference call: “I wouldn’t have signed the (12-year, $426.5 million) extension if I didn’t think we were going in the right direction.”Trout won this MVP despite not playing after Sept. 7, requiring surgery on his right foot; he verified that he expects to be 100 percent for spring training. But ask yourself how many more games the 72-90 Angels might have lost without him? His bWAR was 8.3, but double digits might be a more reasonable estimate.And he addressed the question that I’m sure some voters and more fans ask: How can you be Most Valuable if your team finishes fourth in the five-team AL West?“I come in every year to try to be the best,” he said. “At the end of the year, if I’m in the conversation, that means I worked hard and had a good year. Obviously, people say you need to make the playoffs. I’m doing everything I can to try to help the team win. … I let other people decide this. I go out there and just put up the best numbers I can.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger has won the MVP, Rookie of the Year award and a Gold Glove, and he’s just 24. He’s the 4th player to collect all 3 awards before turning 25, along with Johnny Bench, Fred Lynn and Dustin Pedroia. pic.twitter.com/yZilAcXYwb— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 15, 2019 Mike Trout has won the third MVP award of his career. He joins Barry Bonds, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez and Mike Schmidt as the only players in MLB history to win three or more MVP awards. pic.twitter.com/0ec64vcNpg— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 14, 2019 Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Gold Glove. Silver Slugger. MVP.What a year for @Cody_Bellinger. pic.twitter.com/s2elv7I64R— MLB (@MLB) November 15, 2019 Meanwhile, up the 5 Freeway, Bellinger’s reinvention in 2019 won him the National League award. And the difference between Bellinger and the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich might have been summed up in something that I said at midsummer, but something that was far from an original thought: Wherever Bellinger played – center field, right field, first base – he was the Dodgers’ best defensive player.“I definitely think that helped,” he said on the MLB Network’s awards show. “I don’t know exactly what goes into the votes, but I’m glad that I had the opportunity to show off what I can do this year out there, for sure.”This awards haul for our region is not unprecedented. Trout shared the SoCal spotlight when he won the award for the first time in 2014, because some guy named Clayton Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and added the NL MVP to his third Cy Young Award.That was five years ago, and it is a reminder that nothing is guaranteed, given the process of reinvention Kershaw has faced the last few years. He was then 26. Trout is 28.Bellinger is 24. He’s going to be a factor for a while, you’d think.“I’m extremely happy for Bellinger,” Trout said. “He had an incredible year. It seemed like we really couldn’t get him out when we played him. The way he handled his adjustment made it pretty special. … I talk to Dino (Ebel) a little bit, and he says a lot of great things about him.”Ebel, of course, was on Mike Scioscia’s Angels coaching staff for 12 seasons, then moved over to Dave Roberts’ staff with the Dodgers last year. He, too, has been pretty privileged.“The American League (announcement) was after us,” Bellinger said during his conference call, “and my dad (Clay) said, ‘Dude, you won the same award as Trout, and he’s the best player in the history of the game.’“To even come close to that is amazing. He’s an unbelievable player, and it’s cool playing against him (two series) a year.”Related Articles Angels manager Joe Maddon questions defensive metrics that rate Mike Trout poorly last_img read more