The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is being played today at Citi Field here in New York, and man have the New York media been beating the drum for this thing.
For an event that’s pretty meaningless, it sure has gotten a lot of attention. Hey, it’s good that there’s some excitement going on at the ballpark there; when the Mets play it’s usually not that exciting.
But you probably have heard of their new phenom pitcher, Matt Harvey. On Monday, Jimmy Fallon thought it would be funny to send young Mr. Harvey out on the streets of New York to interview Mets fans about … Matt Harvey.
It’s hilarious; my favorite is the guy who says “my wife likes your butt.” Although the guy at 1:59 is pretty great too.
**Next up, I’m a sucker for those old “look what the Internet looked like in the olden days” stories.
Well a friend pointed me to this gem; it’s a look at what major companies’ web pages looked like in their first incarnation.
I remember the Yahoo! page talked about here, and this Amazon.com page looks vaguely familiar, too.
Web design sure has come a long, long way.
**Finally, a very cool little story from the New York Times’ Ben Shpigel today. I know from experience as a sportswriter that when you’re covering a team, and it’s the offseason, you look for any “different” angle you can find, and do your best to pull it off.
It’s hard, but Shpigel does this brilliantly. He found out that Jets coach Rex Ryan used to be a huge fan of Strat-O-Matic baseball (you remember, the dice game where you make players do things based on your roll?), and Shpigel was a big fan, too. (Me? I used to spend hours playing Micro League Baseball, the very early Apple II computer baseball game).
So he convinced Ryan to sit down and play a game of Strat-O-Matic with him last week.
Really fun, really well-written story, and it shows a side of Ryan we rarely see.