Good Week for NYC: Beltran In, Trump Out
My home town has done well in the past week, with former Mets and Yankees star Carlos Beltran being named manager of the Mets, and former New York popinjay Donald Trump announcing he had changed his official place of residence to Florida.
Trump may soon be looking to spend more time at "home" now that many of his lackeys are having amazing memory surges, either from medication or dream sequences or advice from counsel in the Ukraine caper.
He is surely doing it to avoid taxes that he may not pay anyway. But until the process server or Roger Stone's police escort come a-knocking, he can preen in Mar-a-Lago.
Don't tell him that the Florida coast is going to be inundated sooner rather than later by the rising seas that he is increasing with his wanton scorn for the Paris environment agreement.
The part I liked best about Trump's announcement was the way it was greeted by his former neighbor, New York governor Andrew Cuomo. Trump is older, but for many years his family lived on Midland Parkway in Jamaica Estates and the Cuomo family lived on Rio Drive in Holliswood. Their homes were roughly 10 blocks apart, via Henley Drive. I know this because my family lived for a very long time on the busy 188th St., with the buses and the cabs and the lunatics, right in between those two tony neighborhoods.
Yes, Queens boys are a yappy lot -- from point guards to tennis stars to rappers to comedians to politicians -- even a few journalists. In his see-ya farewell to his former Queens neighbor, the Guv channeled his inner Gene Wilder in the movie "The Frisco Kid."
As a rabbi, a long way from Poland, Wilder refuses to allow the killing of an outlaw who is threatening him, Instead, (in heavy Yiddish accent): the rabbi shows mercy, saying: "Would somebody please show this poor asshole the way out of town?"
Now, about Carlos Beltran. Remember Carlos Beltran? The Mets made him the first Latino manager of any major New York team, not that I think they were making a statement like that. He always struck me as a proud, skilled and somewhat reticent artisan, who plied his trade in modesty. I never saw him as a manager. But the teams he served near the end of his admirable career attest to his knowledge and quiet leadership. Plus, he has the reputation of a Hall of Fame signal-stealer.
But can he manage? Never done it. There is something to be said for learning the trade in the minor leagues where the stakes and the attention are not so high. Leadership can be learned, even taught (I still remember the ROTC leadership manual we used in college;an they could pass it out in companies like Facebook and Boeing.)
Managers these days seem to have a bench coach to give them backup. (Trump could surely use one.) Managers also have to live with instructions from the Analytics Laboratory. Personally, I'd like to see Terry Collins, an old-school manager who had the Mets hustling during his regime, back as bench coach.
One thing the Mets won't have to worry about is moving expenses since Beltran already lives in a sumptuous "apartment" on the East Side of Manhattan. I know this from the collected works of a real-estate maven named Laura Vecsey:
Nobody really knows how Carlos Beltran, quiet star, will fare as a manager.
But as for the shady character who is now officially leaving New York as his official residence, may I summon the dismissive words of Casey Stengel whenever the Mets dispatched one of their early failures:
"I seen what he done."
Indeed. Buena suerte, Sr. Beltran.
11/7/2019 12:59:26 pm
Trump for Beltran is a trade I'd make every day, whether for president, CF, manager, dog catcher, etc.
11/7/2019 09:43:18 pm
Josh: agreed, but i don’t think Girardi or Showalter would have worked. Dusty great guy but been around yanks did well with Boone but then again cashman has proven himself (and The Boss for advancing him so long ago.) Beltran-Collins could work.
11/7/2019 04:30:05 pm
11/7/2019 09:51:09 pm
Hi, Altenir: you’ve written for the screen, so your words mean a lot.
11/11/2019 08:06:46 am
11/7/2019 07:23:39 pm
beltran-swing the bat
11/7/2019 09:55:52 pm
Ahron: Gotta get over it, man.
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11/8/2019 10:50:16 am
Bruce, Casey did not say that. Breslin made it up. I was standing near Casey that evening, a birthday party for him in St. Louis.
11/8/2019 10:58:11 am
11/8/2019 01:33:41 pm
Everybody picks on him.
11/8/2019 02:37:20 pm
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11/9/2019 08:25:16 am
Nothing to add, George; just want to say this is such a fine post. Very fine. Thanks for it. I especially liked "...now that many of his lackeys are having amazing memory surges, either from medication or dream sequences or advice from counsel in the Ukraine caper."
11/9/2019 08:34:31 am
11/10/2019 07:38:43 pm
Jimmy Breslin and his wife Ronnie Eldridge were customers in my appliance store located at the corner of Broadway and 98th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. I never got to talk much with Jimmy, but I enjoyed many conversations with Ronnie over the years. She knew that I enjoyed politics and was active in the neighborhood, so she often stopped by for a brief update of what was happening.
11/10/2019 08:47:07 pm
Alan, that is the general impression of the Breslin/Eldridge entry
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.