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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Marvin Miller, who died early yesterday of cancer at age 95, was more than what Red Barber once called him: "along with Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, one of the three most important men in baseball history." He was, for almost four decades, one of the most important men in all of sports He was th ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Ladies and Gentleman, from the same people who brought you the infamous "September 11th was a joke" Public Enemy correction, it's...a new member of the Roots! Specifically, famous actor Giovanni Ribisi on bass! Or not at all! Let's parse.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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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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. Leiterw ... More >>
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