After two days off, the Chiefs are back in action tonight. Here are some links you’ll enjoy:
*Tyler Moore went bonkers in Toronto yesterday.
*The Nats young’ins are doing damage.
*Former Chief Gregor Blanco assisted in a perfect game.
*Mike Matheny wants more from the Cardinals.
*Happy Flag Day.
The Chiefs and Yankees play at 7 tonight. Catch the game on Time Warner Cable Sports with me and Steve Grilli or on The Score 1260 and thescore1260.com with Kevin.
In advance of tonight’s 5 P.M. tilt, some things you’ll enjoy:
*Last night’s highlights, via the Inside Pitch podcast.
*The game story from the Post-Standard.
*The Nats “don’t let up.”
*In honor of tonight’s LHV starter, here’s this video
*A game-seven photo gallery.
Join us at 4:45 for a chat with Tony Beasley on The Score 1260 and thescore1260.com. Game time is 5 tonight.
Here are some things you’ll enjoy this morning:
*The Nats’ game story from last night, replete with a Strasburg curveball nugget you won’t believe.
*The Mariners tied a no-hit record last night.
*A neat interview with John Waters.
*A look at today’s IronPigs’ starter, from the Express-Times.
*Not a link, but Pete Orr is back in Syracuse, this time with Lehigh Valley.
The Chiefs and ‘pigs play game one of four tonight. Our airtime is 6:45 on The Score 1260 and thescore1260.com.
It’s another edition of our look at The Beatles through the eyes of Chiefs pitching coach Greg Booker. If you’d like to see previous editions of Fab Four Friday, click the little button to the right that says “Fab Four Friday.” This week on Fab Four Friday….
Jason Benetti: Again, the lyric and title doesn’t fall very far from the tree for them.
Greg Booker: No, that goes right on with their thinking. Ringo has got a lot of Yogi Berra in him or Yogi Berra’s got a lot of Ringo in him. But, for them to take a thing like that and make a song out of it, there’s the brilliance again.
Benetti: So this song, really, on the surface what it sounds like is what it is.
Booker: I think it talks about them working and being tired and coming home and resting. To find out that it was written in a very strange key for a rock song–it was written in an Irish folk music key–how they get to areas they get to in music, that right there is basically what interests me, how they come up with all this kind of stuff. To write a song off of a sentence that somebody says then put it in a key that is supposed to be known for folk music, where do they dream up this stuff? I don’t know. The title of the movie they were making they ended up changing the name to “A Hard Day’s Night.” The name of the movie was going to be “Beatlemania” and they wanted John to write a song for the movie. He, literally in a day, wrote this song after he heard Ringo say that and then they liked it so much they changed it to the name of the movie.
Interesting tidbit from the movie–Phil Collins was a young lad and he was cast as an extra school kid in one of the scenes in the movie, but that scene got cut out.
Benetti: Was he bald and weeping?
Booker: I don’t know, but there’s Phil Collins another pretty good musician that was an extra in this movie as a little kid. To me, this song–I wish I could play any instrument–recording takes forever. They recorded this song in nine takes. Incidentally, The Beatles in their heyday only won four Grammys and one of them was for this song. This is one that’s kinda under the radar because people, I think, associate it with the movie.
Let’s take a listen to that first chord:
Booker: There it is. That’s magical.
Benetti: I’m just picturing shots of the band in concert.
Booker: Again, the stories that their good songs tell. They could actually be talking about leaving that recording session that night. The whole thing is tied into a meaning here.
Benetti: But it’s so easily brought to somebody else’s life too.
Booker: This is in the mid-60s and I can go home after the season and tell my lovely bride I’ve been working like a dog….today, it tells a story of four working lads.
Benetti: How about that scream right there?
Booker: I wonder who that was. It was probably John. Here, listen to how it ends….it just stops. At the ending, it gives you a little bit of the Irish folk feel. To me, that’s a really exciting song. If you googled the bass cover of this song, it is outstanding.
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It’s time once again for the game that’s sweeping the land as fast as a janitor who’s paid per broom-stroke…..(Third) Rate the IL Hotel!!!! Now here’s your host, the gentleman whose elevator is always waiting in the lobby…….Jason Benetti!!!!!
Thank you Charlie O’Donnell. It’s a pleasure to be here. Check out your local Toys ‘R’ Us soon for (Third) Rate the IL Hotel: the board game. Traverse faulty Internet, find your own TV-stand pizza boxes and make it so the window can’t open in your own home.
If you’ve just joined the game, we take recent lodging that the Chiefs have stayed in, give you three positives and three negatives and (somewhat) arbitrarily assign a score between 0 and 100.
Today’s challenger is the Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis. Located behind the NCAA Headquarters, this hotel has everything: Flavored water, a T.G.I. Friday’s and, look over there, it’s a front desk employee who looks like Miles from Lost.
1) The Detangler. Quick quiz: Which of the following is “The Detangler?”:
A) An episode of 48 Hours Mystery
B) Catwoman’s nephew
C) The conditioner at the Courtyard Indianapolis
D) A nickname given to New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz
2) Courty-art deco. The floors are deep, sanguine red. There are black-and-white photos on the wall, sharply framed in a deep ebony outline. There’s even one of these:
I’ve always wanted one of those. It’s a marshmallow plant, right?
3) Under the cover of darkness. Sometimes, the Chiefs’ travel leaves the team (and its other party members) in need of a good night’s rest. One of the major components of good REM sleep is a lack of sunlight in the room. In some hotels, the drapes don’t pull completely together. This leaves a sliver of sunlight to peek through the covering. At seven in the morning, then, the weary traveler feels as though he is being interrogated by a member of the Army Rangers with a tiny flashlight. The Courtyard’s drapes are perfect. They make the room feel like the inside of a trunk.
1) Like “the kitchen’s on fire,” but worse. Let’s preface this by saying that the T.G.I. Friday’s I’m about to reference is attached to the hotel, but is not an official part of the hotel. So, inclusion of this negative is rather like the act of auditing a class. It’s good to listen to, but accountability is minimal. I walked into Friday’s looking for a meal and a place to write the previous edition of (Third) Rate the IL Hotel. I said to the gentleman at the host stand, “table for one.” I very quickly became persona non grata. He asked me if I wanted to sit at the bar–standard, it seems. My response was no. He then yelled behind him to another waitress, “One-top.” Thanks to Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain’s rollicking expose on the restaurant industry, I know that means “a table for one.” I did not hear the woman’s reaction, but I can only assume it was negative. The man came back to me and asked for my name. It was going to be a wait. Charade. They had at least a dozen empty tables, I said. His response was that the waitstaff was “overwhelmed” right then. Yes, overwhelmed with a lack of delight about someone taking one of their tables without a group in tow. I was seated five minutes later. New rule: seat people eating alone and we, as a subset of the population, we will agree to tip well.
2) Service error. We were over this briefly last time in Indianapolis. The bank of elevators has a total of three in the fleet. Two of them are regular guest elevators. One is both a guest elevator and a service elevator. You, as the guest, have no control over which one you get. So, you may be forced to enter the module with this number grid:
I’d rather not ride with the linens. It scares me when the back door opens and I can see into the laundry area. I don’t need to know that my sheets are just one of a couple thousand sets. Makes me feel like I’m going to contract something or other.
3) AC adapter. Thanks in part to its ability to be cloaked in shadows, the room stays quite cold during the day while the team is at the ballpark. It’s difficult, though, to sleep with the unit on because of the location of the vent which spews the Icelandic air. The vent was mounted in the wall near where the window met the bed. This leaves the sleeper to feel like he’s being breathed on by Jack Frost. That’ll get you sick pronto.
Rating: 88. If we find out, though, that the restaurant is owned by the hotel, the rating may fall to 23.
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Here are some things you’ll enjoy:
*Lombo and Bryce went back-to-back, but it wasn’t enough.
*The L.A. Kings’ TV deal is worth a whole lot of cash.
*A snapshot of the ’05 Opening Day starters at Victory Field.
*A story on arcade games you might love.
The Chiefs conclude their road trip tonight at 7:05 in Indianapolis. Hope you can join us at 6:50 on The Score 1260 and thescore1260.com.
It’s time once again for the game which always leaves a mint on your pillow……
NO, NO! Guess we shouldn’t have blindfolded that studio audience from down the street and brought them here in an unmarked van. It’s (Third) Rate the IL Hotel! And here’s your host, the man whose thermostat is always on auto…..Jason Benetti!
Thank you, thank you. Time once again for (Third) Rate the IL Hotel. If you’ve just joined in on the jocularity, what have you been doing? In our game, we take the most recent hotel the Syracuse Chiefs have stayed in and (somewhat) arbitrarily assign a score from 0 to 100. This week, it’s the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.
1) Roomed as roomed can be. Open the door to a single room at the Galt House and it’s like entering a hotel pasture. The rooms are huge. I’m not expert at square footage (get me a trapezoid and I’ll give you the footage lickety split), but I think room 1934 was about 6200 square feet. The bed is in the middle of this expansive space, leaving yards upon yards of tan-carpeted emptiness. If you had a playground ball, you could set up a mean game of four square. Come to think of it, the hotel should really rent out ping pong and foosball tables. A quaint cottage industry. (Aside: Do people who sell quaint, country houses use the phrase “cottage industry” to describe their line of work? Bet it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.).
2) Three sheets on two. The second floor of the hotel contains a bourbon bar. Classy.
3) The Beautiful and the Galted. Walk through the corridors of the Galt House. Soak in the taupe-wallpapered walls. Feel the red-and-black hues of the casino-floor carpet. Sit in the green pleather armchair in the corner of your room. Tell me you don’t feel a little like Jay Gatsby. I’ve been calling people “old sport” all week. Even the insignia in the elevator looks roaring ’20s.
1) The Two Towers. Louisville’s Fourth Street ends at the Galt House. The road runs underneath a bridge which connects the pair of Galt House structures and cul-de-sacs at the terminus. As you drive up, the buildings grow and grow to obscure the rest of the skyline. The towers are not at all eyesores. The only issue is that they are towers. In a hotel typically full of convention-goers like the Galt House, it is an unpleasant undertaking to stay on, say, the 19th floor. Getting to the bottom or top can take five or ten minutes. Especially when someone wants to go–hypothetically–to floor three from floor four. Someone in an orchid dress on Wednesday, May 30th.
2) Concerted effort. The Galt House is situated on a river. So, it has a beautiful waterfront view, perfect for lovers. And outdoor concerts. There was one of these festivals after a long travel sequence on Memorial Day. I don’t know what the band was playing, but somehow the sound was quite loud on the 19th floor. Does sound rise like heat?
3) At your own risk. The last two seasons, I had a rental car for me and the coaches in Louisville. We parked the car in the garage attached to the hotel. This garage’s lights are as illuminating as your average Danielle Steele novel. It’s a little nitpicky, but I find the garage to creepier than Steve Buscemi on Halloween.
Rating: 81. A job well done.
Coming up next time, a look at the lodging in Indy. For comments about (Third) Rate the IL Hotel, email email@example.com.
Welcome to another foray into Beatles history with Chiefs pitching coach Greg Booker as our guide. This week, after navigating Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Booker has taken is more mainstream with the group’s 1963 title track Please Please Me. It’s a song that very nearly never got recorded…
Greg Booker: When they put out the single, on the label of the first American release, Beatles was spelled with two “t”s. They misspelled Beatles. You’ve gotta realize they weren’t even really big in the U.K. yet. The British Prime Minister at the time, Gordon Brown, revealed later that Please Please Me was the first record he ever bought in his life. The run-ins they ended up having with the government over there, later on the Prime Minister at the time said he really liked it and that was the first record he ever bought.
Jason Benetti: On the misspelling thing, remember when Stephen Strasburg was here, Trent had the card up outside in the tunnel and his name said “Stasburg.”
Booker: I do remember that. It reminds me when I was playing with the Padres and we had just signed Steve Garvey from the Dodgers as a free agent. The first jersey he put on, his name was spelled “Gravey.” You got this big production about signing really one of the first big free agents in Padre history and his name reads “Gravey” on the back.
Benetti: Well, they did always say he was a meat and potatoes guy.
Booker: He had Popeye arms, I know that. We’re talking today about the song itself Please Please Me, but it’s just another one of the many songs early in The Beatles days, and it changed drastically toward the end of the ’60s the length of their songs, on the album Please Please Me, the longest in time was Anna Go To Him at 2:57. Please Please Me only ran for 2:03. At least were under two minutes. They had to have filler songs because their songs were so short. I still like a lot of their later stuff, but I tend to go back to their earlier stuff as far as preference. The songs were short, they were to the point, they told something. The arrangement and the music was, instead of filling-in stuff in garbled-up instrumental stuff and weird sitars which made no sense to me. I like the short storytelling-type things.
Time to listen in:
Booker: Great harmony to begin. He’s talking about my girl.
Booker: His, I guess. My girl’s in North Carolina. If you look back, a lot of their early stuff didn’t have a predominant drum. He was just keeping beat. In here, there’s a really quick three-second thing that Ringo does on the drums that was a big hit back then and is one of my favorite parts of the song. Right here.
Benetti: Just to drive it to the bridge.
Booker: It’s simple, but that is huge in that song right there. I love that. Pete Best used to play this before Ringo came along and I think if not this song, but right in this time, is when George Martin said, “You have to get rid of the drummer.”
And they did.
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It’s the last day of May, a winning month for the Chiefs. Here’s some stuff you’ll like:
*The Nats were swept last night in Miami.
*Fans, please don’t be like this.
*Hawk doesn’t like Mark Wegner.
*Michael Morse might be back very soon.
*I’ll have a large Coke…..oh, hey Mr. Bloomberg….make it a small.
Hope you all can join in at 6:50 for the Chiefs and the Bats. 7:05 first pitch on The Score 1260 and thescore1260.com.
Here are some things you’ll like this morning:
*Congratulations to Jhnoatan Solano, who got his first MLB hit last night.
*It happened in front of his entire family.
*Michael Morse’s rehab started last night.
*Roy Oswalt is back.
*Todd Frazier saved a man’s life last night.
Hope you can join us for the Chiefs and Bats at 7:05 tonight. Our pregame coverage starts at 6:50 on The Score 1260 and thescore1260.com.