Here are my midseason MVPs.
Cy Young: Ross Stripling
Stripling started the season in the pen, doing very well. The Dodgers rotation got hurt left & right and he was moved into the rotation & the Dodgers have no intentions of moving him back. Stripling is having a career season, he has a 8-2 record with a 2.08 ERA and 108 Ks in just under 100 innings. If LA is going to continue their success Stripling is going to be a big key to it.
Top Reliever: Kenley Jansen
Although Jansen was shaky at the beginning of the season he’s really stepped it up here down the stretch. Jansen was used a ton during the postseason and he’s primed to again if the Dodgers make a deep run. Jansen is 0-3 this season however, he has a 2.33 ERA with 48 Ks in 46 innings. Without Jansen in the pen LA could have fallen apart really early on with all of the question marks.
Offensive MVP: Max Muncy
Matt Kemp is a super close second in this. He held the team together early on however Muncy has consistently become better as the season has gone on. He leads the team in home runs with 22, he also is batting .271 with 41 RBIs which is impressive since he didn’t start the season with the big league club. Like I said, Matt Kemp deserved this just as much as Muncy did but I can’t ignore the offensive numbers coming off the bat of Muncy right now.
It’s funny how deep the love runs for some of our favorite things as kids. I remember so fondly the feeling of organizing my @pokemon cards, sharing their magic with my pals, and taking them with me on my walks and adventures. We all have those few things that we loved so dearly as children - that the love always follows us and warms up our bellies, reminding us of the whimsical nature of being small and vulnerable and open. This card is almost a gift to my inner-child, a little nudge saying “your dreams are valid, what you love is important, and you are going to be just fine”
Maybe you have something you loved so fondly as a kid, you can almost remember the feeling - what was it? Video games? Zelda? Pokémon? A television show? I love those nostalgic feelings 💌
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It doesn’t look like much, but this place changed my life. This is the Garofanellos Food Market in the 10th ward of Rochester, NY, - the neighborhood I lived in as a kid. The Garofanellos were family friends who owned and operated this deli as well as lived in the building. It was the place to go for meat, sub sandwiches, and my favorite sweet tart lollipops. This is also the place where I discovered my love for horror.
While trick-or-treating In Halloween night 1981, my parents picked my brothers, sister, and I up and took us here for a small get together. In the back of the deli, through a small hallway was the Garofanello’s living room and they sat at a table with my parents, drinking coffee and chit-chatting. Their kids were closer in age to my brothers and sister so consequently I was left to do my own thing. After counting and sorting my candy - and eating most of it - I begged my mom to go home. But she said what most moms in the 80s said, “Go watch tv”. So like a good son, I did.
I plopped down about a foot a way from the console tube television and turned the dial to one of the three stations available. All of a sudden, there it was. A black screen appeared with this strange music in the background. Then the words “John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN” appeared. I was hooked.
I didn’t look away for the next two hours. I had never seen anything like that before. I was scared, yet excited. I’m not sure how to describe it; but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Four years old is a pretty impressionable age and at a time when I had only seen things like Popeye, Charlie Brown, and Scooby-Doo…well, this was quite different.
And that was it. Something clicked that night that set me on a path. Ever since then, horror has been a part of my life. It’s a thrill I seek, a muse I chase, and a comforting blanket. It’s also been the bond that has formed many friendships, the subject of many deep and funny conversations, and source of incredible pleasure. It’s also what allows me to get up and do the work I love every day.
Garofanellos has been closed for many years now, but the love for horror I discovered that night will stay with me for a lifetime…