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    October 14, 2014

    Here Are 14 Distilleries That Will Be at Our Holiday Spirits Tasting Event

    VIP and General Admission tickets are now on sale for our second annual Holiday Spirits tasting event, a party at which you'll be able to sip spirits from New York and beyond while you cruise around the harbor on the Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship. Today, we're announcing a new batch of distillerie ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    The 10 Best Beers to Drink This Fall

    Always looking for an excuse to party, the astronomically inclined people of Earth recently celebrated another equinox. In the aftermath, many folks anticipate the changing hue of the falling leaves. Others toil under the rapidly diminishing daylight, raking away said leaves. But if the only seasona ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Cooperstown Distillery Plays Ball

    Gene Marra is the distiller, founder and self-proclaimed "chief bottle washer" of Cooperstown Distillery, which just opened up shop in October of this year. A seasoned wine maker and restauranteur, Marra decided to try his hand at distilling in the mid-2000s. After a few classes and lots of research ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    Come Party With Us at Holiday Spirits Tonight

    What are you doing tonight? Because we still have a few tickets left for Holiday Spirits, our inaugural tasting event showcasing dozens of New York's finest distilleries, and we think you should join us. This is Repeal Day, after all, and no better way to celebrate the end of Prohibition than by exe ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    More Distilleries Coming to Our Holiday Spirits Event

    The 80th anniversary of Prohibition seems like a momentous occasion to imbibe, and so we're throwing a party: Our inaugural Holiday Spirits tasting event descends on Studio Square (35-44 37th Street, Long Island City, 718-383-1001) on December 5, and with it comes a chance to taste your way through ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Announcing our Distillery Lineup for our Inaugural Holiday Spirits Event

    If you didn't catch Eve Turow's video interview with Jack from Brooklyn's Jackie Summers last week, now's a good time to go get caught up. And if you like what you see there--and you'd like to meet the maker and sample his wares--you might consider buying tickets for our inaugural Holiday Spirits ta ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    What to Do This Week: Blue Smoke & Ommegang Beer Dinner, Nordic Food Festival, Plate by Plate, and Restaurant Management Bootcamp

    Since fall harvest is a time to celebrate a job well done, it's only fair that you indulge a little yourself. Here's a look at a few ways to do that this week.

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    April 26, 2013

    How to Write a "Vinyl is Back!" Story

    Last Saturday marked Record Store Day, a global celebration that encourages folks to head down to their local record store and buy some vinyl. Pleasantly, the initiative has done wonders for local businesses. Besides boosting sales, Record Store Day also offers an invaluable service to writers: It p ... More >>

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    March 30, 2013

    Tasting the New Game of Thrones Beer from Ommegang

    Cooperstown-based brewery Ommegang has collaborated with HBO and rolled out a new beer to celebrate the third season of Game of Thrones, which premieres tomorrow. Iron Throne, as it's called, is the first in what will be a series of Westeros-themed beers. Co-branded food and drink stuff tend to be ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    What to Make of Cooperstown and The Hall of Fame No-Vote

    A friend writes: "Did you see Tyler Kepner's proposed reform for the HOF voting process in the NY Times today? I largely agree with him, with one big exception: he wants to keep all the voting secret. Sorry, we're not electing a president or a pope here. I say voters should not only have to make th ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Pettitte May Be Our Real Ace

    On October 8, 2010, the day after Andy Pettitte shut down the Minnesota Twin in the first round of the playoffs, I asked the rhetorical question, "Is Pettitte a legitimate Hall of Fame candidate?" The argument for Pettitte now is pretty much what it was then, but let me review it quickly: He's w ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Mariano Rivera: Oh, How We Miss Thee

    If, like me, you're going through a severe case of Mariano withdrawal, take a little time off and go to YouTube. Or trust my own selection of The Best of Mo. This is how I spent my Thursday night, pulling up my favorite Rivera videos so you didn't have to. But if you think you have some as good or ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Rest in Peace, Gary Carter

    ​The obits you're going to be reading tomorrow for Gary Carter, who died of brain cancer yesterday at age 57, will probably tell you everything about him except this: many New York area sportswriters laughed at him behind his back. I know -- I was there. I saw it. In their defense, Gary Cart ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Jorge Posada for the Hall of Fame: Why Not?

    Why was there so little support for Jorge Posada as a Hall of Fame player in this week's sports press? The most common phrase was "borderline HOFer," which, as I recall, I've even used in this space over the years. But let's say it: Posada is a Hall of Famer, though perhaps he won't make it on th ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Those Glorious '86 Mets — Hey, Where Are the Celebrations on Their Silver Anniversary?

    Strawberry!Did I miss it, or has someone written tributes to the 1986 Mets that I didn't see? October 18 marks the 25th anniversary of the first game of the great 1986 World Series, and we just passed the 25th anniversary of perhaps the greatest division series ever, the one with the Houston Astros ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Manny Ramirez: No Chance for the Hall of Fame?

    ​If it hadn't happened while Barry Bonds was on trial, Manny Ramirez might have made the Hall of Fame. As you've heard by now, Manny's career is over. Late last week Major League Baseball released a statement confirming what many had been whispering about: Ramirez was in some violation of bas ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Hall of Fame Push for George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin?

    ​Clearly there's a push to sweep George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin (and possibly Ron Guidry) into the Hall of Fame in one package. We'll deal with Guidry later. In fact, we'll deal with the case for Steinbrenner later. Right now, we'll say about Martin that he was a mediocre player - 102 ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Come On, Get Marvin Miller into the Hall Already

    ​Marvin Miller established the Major League Ballplayers Association, made it the most effective union in the country, and in the process became what former Dodgers broadcaster Red Barber called, "along with Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, one of the three most important men in baseball history. ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    Jockbeat: Some Jocklit to Tide You Over Until Game Six

    ​The First Fall Classic: The Red Sox, the Giants and the Cast of Players, Pugs and Politicos Who Re-Invented the World Series in 1912 By Mike Vaccaro Doubleday, 290 pages, $26.95 Game Six -- Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series: The Triumph of America's Pastime By Mark Frost Hyperion ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    Jockbeat: The Book Clemens Slimers Should Have Read

    At the end of Zev Chafet's incisive Cooperstown Confidential, he points out that there is "No proof at all that steroids ... improve baseball performance in a way that challenges the competitive balance of the game .... I didn't say there were not anecdotes, urban legends, theories, supposition or a ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    Live: The Felice Brothers Do Guns, Vagrants, Wild Chickens at Webster Hall

    "This song's about baseball..." Only three tunes into their Friday set, and the Felice Brothes cut straight to "Cooperstown," the nearly seven-minute ballad about an 18 year old Ty Cobb's first ever at-bat. The band's ramshackle slow numbers probably sound better live from a meadow near their Cats ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Damn Yankee: Alex Rodriguez confesses (kinda), and naturally he wants to now 'help kids'

    So Alex Rodriguez finally confessed to having used steroids. What a shocker. He had no choice, because he had so clearly lied previously when he absolutely denied using the muscle-enhancing drugs. But, then, they say that steroids can shrink your balls, so his previous lack of courage is really no ... More >>

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    May 8, 2007

    World Enough and Time

    Far-flung, close-up, and absolutely doable fun for all

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    February 20, 2007

    Can Cooperstown Save Baseball?

    The Hall of Fame's mountains of memorabilia might not be enough to salvage the sport's tarnished legacy

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    July 28, 2006

    Al Leiter Pitches for Dubya

    What has 1,974 strikeouts, a career ERA of 3.80, and likes Republicans? Well-liked former Mets and Yankess slinger Al Leiter, that's who! Today the retired pitcher is taking questions about tee-ball as part of the regular "Ask the White House" series on the Bush administration website. Leiter—w ... More >>

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    September 2, 2003
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    July 29, 2003

    The Era of the Darn Good

    Where Have You Gone, All You Young Joe DiMaggios?

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    June 10, 2003
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    May 13, 2003

    Not the Retiring Type

    Rickey Fits Into New Jersey

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    February 11, 2003
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    December 17, 2002
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    October 29, 2002
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    April 30, 2002

    Gorillas in Our Midst

    They're All Going to Cooperstown. Which Ones Will Have to Pay Admission?

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    December 11, 2001

    The Numbers Game

    New-School Baseball Stats From A to Z

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    August 7, 2001
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    June 19, 2001

    Meet the Yets

    The Best of New York Baseball

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    April 3, 2001
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    August 15, 2000
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    January 25, 2000
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    November 2, 1999

    Sweeping Questions

    The Yanks Are Champs Again. So What?

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    August 10, 1999

    Chucking It Away

    Chuck Knoblauch's Bronx Backslide

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    June 29, 1999
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    March 30, 1999

    The Great American Opera

    The vast increase in operatic venues reopens an old unsettled question

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    December 8, 1998

    Winterball Heats Up

    Grading baseball's off-season moves

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    August 18, 1998

    Ghosts 2, Yankees 1

    The '98 Yankees' Place in the Pantheon

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