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’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Michael Jackson Songs’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Michael Jackson Songs’

A very entertaining and energy-filled conversation broke out in the breakroom at lunch the other day.  And it all started with a cell phone ring tone…

One of the girl’s eating with us got a call and our ears were filled with Michael Jackson while her phone rang.  The conversation among the rest of us quickly turned to MJ and soon after the question was asked, ‘What is your favorite Michael Jackson song?’

Well, there were seven of us in there, and six different songs were named as favorites.  But we all left the conversation with the conclusion that everyone has a favorite tune by Michael.

So, without further ado, here are my ‘Top Ten Michael Jackson Songs’.

Honorable Mention:  Say Say Say, Remember The Time, This Is It, Bad, Black or White, Working Day & Night, You Are Not Alone, Off The Wall, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, and Man In The Mirror.

10 – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

9 – Will You Be There

8 – Thriller

7 – Billie Jean

6 – The Way You Make Me Feel

5 – Another Part Of Me

4 – Dirty Diana

3 – Pretty Young Thing

2 – Beat It

1 – Smooth Criminal

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WOW!!!  Great stuff from an iconic performer!

Next week, it is back to baseball…  I promise!

Remembering Michael Jackson.

I’m not trying to report this news days after the world was shocked and saddened by the death of Michael Jackson.

I, like many of you, have spent a lot more time in the last few days thinking about Michael and the incredible talents he shared with us.  I dug out my CD’s and have been glued to the constant stream of programming that has been airing about Michael since Thursday.  And while I became less of a fan of his work after his ‘Bad’ album, there is no denying the impact he has left on the music, pop, and dance industries.   He will always be remembered as an entertainer first, which is exactly how a ground breaking artist should be thought of!!!

It has taken a few days to dig out, and that is the reason this post is a few days late, but I have found a ticket stub from my very first concert.  As a 9-year old boy, my family went to the Orange Bowl in Miami to see Michael and the Jackson 5’s Victory tour.  My memories of the show are vague, but I do recall a sold out stadium of 60,000+ fans screaming for hours as the ‘King of Pop’ and his talented brothers entertained us for a few hours on that night.  I remember the screaming girls, the lights, and what stands out the most was the reaction of the crowd when Michael was alone on the stage performing ‘Billie Jean’ for all of us.

It was an amazing night, and even though I was very far away from the stage I had an awesome experience and it is one that I will never forget.

Here is the ticket from that amazing concert. jacksons

Rest in peace, Michael!!!

Ticket Stub #18 – Florida Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 06/26/2008

Ticket Stub #18 – Florida Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 06/26/2008

Dolphin Stadium – Miami, FL

Rays 6, Marlins 1

This is the most recent game that I have been to and concludes this series of posts highlighting the baseball games that I have attended.  I have offered up 18 games, but in reality have probably been to 30 or so.  Careless moments and ticket stubs in the washing machine don’t mix when you are trying to relive past events.  I hope that you have enjoyed this series and I will certainly present to you any games I attend in the future.

On to game #18…

I scored these tickets using a 2-for-1 coupon.  I was able to get seats right alongside the Marlins bullpen so I made sure I arrived extra early to grab some up-close pictures.  When we arrived, Scott Olsen was was firing away in the pen and was quickly joined by most of the Marlin’s starters and several of the bullpen players.  It was nice to be there so early with little noise.  I clearly remember being able to hear the ‘zip’ of the ball as it raced 60 feet from Olsen to the bullpen catcher.

The game was great, if you were cheering for the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Rays’ bats were hot and were led by Evan Longoria’s 3 for 5 performance which was capped off by a home run.  I have to say that it is kind of cool to say that I saw the American League Champions play.  The Marlins were terrible, both on offense as well as pitching.  The bats were cold, cold, cold…

Now onto the big story of the game – Matt Garza!!!  This kid was awesome.  He was getting batters out at will and racked up hitless inning after hitless inning.  As the game went on, and the hits were not coming  and I started to get flashbacks of the Al Leiter no-hitter I witnessed several years prior.  4th inning – no hits.  5th inning – no hits.  Do I tell my buddy that I have seen a no-hitter before?  Do I mention thosewords?  How many people have been to 2 no-hitter in their lives??  WoW!!!  6th inning – no hits.  Oh my, it’s going to happen again; too bad there is noone at the park to enjoy this…  7th inning – CRACK!!!  Hanley Ramirez launches a deep home run to left field.  Gone is the no-hitter.  Gone is the shutout.  Gone is history.  This Marlins only accounted for 1 hit in this game.  1 pitch is what separated my second no-hitter in person from my 1 no-hitter and 1 1-hitter.  One hell of an effort by Matt Garza though…

 

Tampa Bay Rays AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Iwamura 5 0 2 1 0 0 0.274  
Aybar 4 0 1 0 0 1 0.250  
Crawford 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.279  
Upton 3 2 1 0 2 0 0.284  
Longoria 5 2 3 1 0 2 0.261 HR, (2)2B
Gomes 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.206  
Gross 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.232  
Riggins 3 1 1 3 1 0 0.246  
Zobrist 3 1 1 1 1 1 0.292 HR 
Garza 3 0 0 0 1 2 0.000  
  33 6 9 6 6 6    
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Ramirez 4 1 1 1 0 0 0.294 HR
Hermida 2 0 0 0 1 1 0.274  
Cantu 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.280  
Jacobs 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.236  
Uggla 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.290  
Gonzalez 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.272  
Ross 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.217  
Hoover 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.231  
Hendrickson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.276  
Waechter 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.167  
Helms 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.248  
  27 1 1 1 1 10    

Ticket Stub #17 – Marlins vs. Nationals – 4/21/2007

 Ticket Stub #17 – Marlins vs. Nationals – 4/21/2007

Miami, FL – Dolphin Stadium

Marlins 9, Nationals 3

We got another set of 4 free tickets to the Coors suite for this game.  It was an awesome night with perfect weather.  This was my first opportunity to see 2 of the Marlin’s talented young players – Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla and they did not disappoint!!

Washington Nationals AB R H RBI BB SO AVG NOTES
Lopez 5 1 2 0 0 1 0.308  
Belliard 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.284  
Zimmerman 4 1 2 1 1 0 0.231  
Young 3 1 1 0 1 1 0.290  
Kearns 2 0   0 1 1 0.261  
Church 4 0 2 1 0 1 0.299  
Rivera 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Schneider 4 0 0 1 0 0 0.169  
Flores 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Snelling 3 0 0 0 1 1 0.231  
Chico 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Speigner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Jimenez 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.083  
Wagner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Restovich 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.400  
  33 3 7 3 4 6    
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO AVG NOTES
Ramirez 4 2 1 2 1 1 0.364 HR
Uggla 3 3 2 0 2 0 0.235  
Boone 4 1 1 1 0 2 0.308  
Willingham 5 0 3 1 0 1 0.270  
Borchard 4 0 0 0 1 1 0.224  
Ross 5 1 2 2 0 1 0.314  
Olivo 4 0 1 0 1 1 0.224  
Wood 3 1 1 1 2 0 0.214 HR
Sanchez 1 1 0 0 2 1 0.000  
Lindstrom 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Reed 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Messenger 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.000  
  35 9 11 7 9 9    

To increase attendance, the Florida Marlins introduced ‘Super Saturdays’ during the 2007 season.  After the game, fans would be treated to fireworks and a concert.  The band that performed on our night was Cheap Trick.  Although I am not a big fan of theirs, I knew enough of the songs that they played to really enjoy the show…  and watching from the suite was an added bonus!! 

For those of you not familiar with their work, here is a video to enjoy.  For me, this band falls into the category of ‘I didn’t know it was them that sang that…’.  If you listen to their Greatest Hits CD you would probably react similarly…

Enjoy!!!

Ticket Stub #16 – Marlins vs. Pirates – 07/27/2005

 Ticket Stub #16 – Marlins vs. Pirates – 07/27/2005

Miami, FL – Dolphin Stadium

Marlins 3, Pirates 1

My buddy got 4 tickets in the ‘Coors Light Suite’ for this game.  Free ball game + free food + free drinks = ONE HELL OF A NIGHT!!!

I don’t really care for the Pirates, and truth be told I was unable to name many of their players before or during the game.  Jason Bay and Freddie Sanchez were the only 2 names that the more-than-casual baseball fan would probably recognize and I was in that boat as well.  However, I left the game with a new player to keep an eye on – Chris Duffy.  This kid hit a shot to the outfield and took off on the base paths, landing safely at 3rd base with a stand-up triple.  While at-bat I wasn’t too focused on him until I heard that lovely crack of the ball meeting the bat.  My first reaction was “WHOA” followed by a “Who hit that???”  Well, it was Chris Duffy and he was on his way to a 3-hit night.

The Marlins line-up was stocked with some nice talent.  Mike Lowell was one of my favorites, and players like Juan Pierre, Carlos Delgado, and Miguel Cabrera make for a pretty well-rounded line up.  On this night, it was Juan Encarnacion and Damian Easley that provided all of the fireworks that the Marlins would need to secure the win.

Pittsburgh Pirates AB R H RBI BB SO AVG NOTES
Lawton 4 0 1 0 1 1 0.278 SB
Duffy 4 0 3 1 0 1 0.360 3B
Bay 3 0 0 0 1 2 0.293 SB
Ward 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.267  
Torres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.500  
Redman 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.259  
Meadows 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Mackowiak 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.269  
Sanchez 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.276  
Castillo 4 0 1 0 0 1 0.278  
Cota 4 0 1 0 0 2 0.247  
Wilson 2 1 1 0 2 1 0.232  
Duke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Vogelsong 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.200  
Eldred 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.154  
  33 1 7 1 4 13    
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO AVG NOTES
Pierre 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.278  
Castillo 4 0 1 0 0 1 0.310  
Delgado 3 0 0 0 1 2 0.294  
Cabrera 3 0 1 0 1 0 0.349  
Aguila 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.273  
Lo Duca 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.302  
Encarnacion 3 1 2 2 0 1 0.294 HR
Lowell 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.236  
Easley 2 1 1 1 1 0 0.244 HR
Valdez 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Vargas 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.250  
Alfonseca 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Harris 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.318  
Mota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
  29 3 6 3 3 5    

Ticket Stub #14 – Marlins vs. Reds – 04/04/1997

Ticket Stub #14 – Marlins vs. Reds – 04/04/1997

Pro Player Stadium – Miami, FL

Reds 9 – Marlins 7

This was game 4 for the Marlins’ 1997 season, and is the closest I have ever gotten to see a game on Opening Day.  Who would have thought that just a few months later the Marlins would be celebrating a World Series championship???

What stood out most in this game was the amazingly talented offensive line-ups each of these teams had.  The Reds were stacked with players like Deion Sanders, Ruben Sierra, Reggie Sanders, Barry Larkin, and Hal Morris.  The Marlins didn’t have a soft line-up either.  The roster contained Gary Sheffield, Moises Alou, Bobby Bonilla, Devon White, and Jeff Conine.  This was also the first game I ever saw Edgar Renteria play in live and he quickly became and still is one of my favorite Florida Marlins of all-time.

The biggest impression left on me after seeing this game was the obviuos talent of Reggie Sanders.  Sanders had a hell of a night going 3-for-4 with 1 home run and 6 RBI.  This is easily one of the best offensive performances I have witnessed during a live baseball game.

Cincinnati Reds AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Sanders 4 1 2 1 1 0 0.529  
Greene 2 1 1 1 2 0 0.286  
Larkin 3 2 0 0 2 0 0.100  
Sanders 4 1 3 6 1 1 0.471 HR
Morris 4 1 0 0 1 0 0.333  
Sierra 4 1 1 0 1 0 0.313  
Shaw 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Boone 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.111  
Tabuensee 3 1 1 0 2 0 0.400  
Bones 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Branson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Jarvis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Timmons 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.500  
Mercker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Harris 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.000  
Service 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Owens 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Castillo 5 0 1 0 0 0 0.421  
Renteria 5 1 2 2 0 0 0.235 SB
Sheffield 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.167  
Bonilla 5 0 2 1 0 0 0.333  
Eisenreich 3 0 0 0 1 0 0.000  
Hutton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Helling 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Cangelosi 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
White 5 1 2 0 0 1 0.357  
Conine 4 1 3 1 1 0 0.600  
Johnson 5 3 2 1 0 1 0.286  
Rapp 2 1 1 1 0 1 0.500  
Heredia 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.000  
Alou 1 0 1 1 0 0 0.462  

 

Hall of Famers in this game – Barry Larkin(???) & Gary Sheffield(???)

Ticket Stub #12 – Padres vs. Marlins – 04/22/1996

Ticket Stub #12 – Padres vs. Marlins – 04/22/1996

Miami, FL – Joe Robbie Stadium

Padres 5, Marlins 3

I got the opportunity to see Rickey Henderson live and I jumped at it!!!  I had seen him play in several Spring Training games, but to watch him play in a regular season game was great.  His approach at the plate and desire to beat the competition was one of my favorite attributes of Rickey’s play.  Too bad, he went 0-for-4….

I also got to see Gary Sheffield hit a home run which was pretty impressive.  I’ve always been in awe of Sheffield at the plate, and I can honestly say that over the course of his career if I caught a game on TV in which he was at bat I stopped to watch EVERY time.  He is immensely talented, and his bat speed is out of this world.

San Diego Padres AB R H RBI BB SO BA Notes
Henderson 4 0 0 0 1 0 0.159  
Finley 4 0 0 0 0 2 0.217  
Newfield 4 1 1 0 0 0 0.395  
Caminiti 4 1 2 0 0 0 0.325  
Livingstone 4 1 2 2 0 0 0.235 HR
Reed 4 0 1 1 0 0 0.295 SB
Ausmus 4 1 1 0 0 0 0.215  
Cedeno 4 1 3 1 0 0 0.246  
Ashby 2 0 0 1 0 2 0.364  
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO BA Notes
Veras 3 0 1 0 1 1 0.254 SB
Orsulak 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.111  
Sheffield 4 1 2 1 0 0 0.288 HR
Conine 4 0 2 1 0 0 0.260  
Pendleton 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.211  
Colbrunn 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.230  
Johnson 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.214  
Abbott 3 1 1 1 0 0 0.304 HR
Burkett 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.154  
White 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.205  
Weathers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  

Hall of famers in this game – Rickey Henderson(???) & Gary Sheffield(???) 

Ticket Stub #3 – Orioles vs Red Sox – 3/11/1989

 I have tried and tried to find a box score or story about this game.  I just cannot come up with anything on the web…

My memory may be a little rusty, but here is what I remember about this game:

This was the FIRST EVER baseball game held at Joe Robbie Stadium DHL Park Pro Player StadiumDolphin Stadium.  The Orioles played their spring training games in Ft. Lauderdale and for some reason they had chosen the game against the Red Sox as the one to hold at this football stadium.

I was excited because I was getting a chance to see 2 of my favorite players at the time – Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr.  It was fun watching them play, and even during exhibition play you could see that these 2 guys took each at-bat seriously.  Unfortunately I don’t remember who pitched or even who won.

What I do recall is that they held an ‘Old-Timers’ game prior to this one and I got to see Brooks Robinson hit a home run over a very short left field wall.  Remember, this stadium only hosted football at the time and was not equipped for the dimensions of a big-league ballpark.  I am going to guess that this home run was no more than 260 feet, but Brooks Robinson is a Hall of Fame player and it was cool to see him in action even if it was 22 years after he retired from the game.

The King of Pop is 50 Years Old Today!!!

What is left to say about Michael Jackson that hasn’t already been said??  Probably nothing at all.

So I will just say ‘Happy Birthday Michael’. 

I remember seeing you in concert in 1984 when I was 9 years old.  I was in the last row of the upper deck at the Orange Bowl in Miami with my family.  I remember wearing my Silver glove to the show and staying out way past my bedtime.  At the time you were at the pinnacle of your career with the release of ‘Thriller’.

With everything that you have been through and supposedly put others through over the last 20 years, I will sit back and prefer to remember you this way and this was only…

Man I feel old!