Umphrey’s McGee Welcomes Dweezil Zappa For Debut Frank Zappa Cover At Red Rocks

first_imgFollowing the guitar fireworks that closed set one, Umphrey’s had no choice but to turn it up even more, and that’s what they did. Perhaps their best and truest progressive rock song, “Bridgeless” opened the second set in a huge way, as the song’s first section ended and bled into another progressive masterpiece in “2×2”. After this dream pairing of songs, the band started the funky “Bright Lights, Big City”. The song was was a great change of pace and gave fans a chance to dance after raging so hard to begin the set.Another multi-sectional classic was next, as the familiar percussive intro of “Der Bluten Kat” launched the band into outer space. The song was split into two parts, with an impressive cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s “I’m On Fire” in the middle of the song. After finishing the final section of “DBK”, the band gave fans another chance to dance with the synth-laden “Day Nurse”, which led right into the final section of “Bridgeless” to close out the second set.After a short break, Umphrey’s McGee returned to the stage for a great disco-funk version of “Booth Love,” which took a left turn and transformed into “Miss Tinkles Overture” for a raging conclusion to an excellent night one at Red Rocks. Umphrey’s McGee return to Red Rocks tonight to conclude their run at the famous venue, this time with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead filling the opening slot.Check out the full setlist from Umphrey’s at Red Rocks, as well as photos from Phierce Photo, below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Red Rocks, Morrison, CO – 7/2/16Set One: Glory > In The Kitchen, Roctopus, Speak Up > Water > Utopian Fir[1] > Muffin Man [2] Set Two: Bridgeless -> 2×2, Bright Lights, Big City, Der Bluten Kat > I’m On Fire > Der Bluten Kat, Day Nurse, BridgelessEncore: Booth Love > Miss Tinkle’s Overture[1] With Dweezil Zappa[2] debut, Frank Zappa cover; with Dweezil Zappa Umphrey’s McGee returned to Red Rocks Amphitheatre last night, for what’s becoming a yearly July 4th weekend tradition. Expanding to two nights this year, the progressive jam masters hit the stage in Morrison, CO last night for a show filled with old favorites, new songs, rare covers, and an awesome guest appearance by opening act Dweezil Zappa.Set one opened with a classic pairing of “Glory” into “In The Kitchen.” These two songs have been hallmarks of Umphrey’s catalog for years, and it’s great to see them trot out two of their best live tunes to open such a huge weekend at Red Rocks. Next up was “Roctopus”, which only just debuted at UMBowl this year in Las Vegas during its Raw Stewage segment. After that was “Speak Up”, a relatively new song that only debuted this past New Year’s Eve.Glory/In The KitchenFollowing “Speak Up”, the band transitioned from new to old with a performance of the beloved ballad “Water,” played for only the second time this year. The song led directly into “Utopian Fir,” which is where things really got interesting, as Dweezil Zappa came out and ripped it up with Umphrey’s on the jam launchpad. Umphrey’s McGee, and specifically guitarist Jake Cinninger, are hugely influenced by Frank Zappa, so a guest spot by his virtuoso son is a dream come true. The band and their guest worked their way through the jam, and landed on a wild set-closing debut cover of Dweezil’s Dad’s classic “Muffin Man.”last_img read more

Jenkins runs with ROTC

first_imgSome students on campus take the call to “wake up the echoes” very seriously — or at least that’s how it seemed Wednesday when the sound of the ROTC cadets could be heard outside Rolfs Sports Recreation Center at 7 a.m. Members of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corp, which is a component of the Navy, had just returned from their annual Tri-Military Run. University President Fr. John Jenkins and Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves joined the cadets in the 2.7-mile run around campus. “It’s always a pleasure and a rush,” Jenkins said of the run. “It’s a great chance to remember God’s important people who have made sacrifices in our country.” Running in the annual Tri-Military Run is a tradition for the University president, and a representative from the Navy said ROTC appreciates his support. “We have a great relationship with Notre Dame and we’re glad Fr. Jenkins can come out with us,” said Capt. Dale Nees, a professor of Naval Science, Navy captain and senior commander. Jenkins told ROTC cadets after the run they “speak to what Notre Dame is all about.” “I just want to say how proud we are to have you at Notre Dame,” he said. “I want to commend you for your leadership, hard work and sacrifice.” Midshipman Matthew Zak, a senior, said the annual run is one of the best ROTC events each year. “Just running around the campus early, hearing the cadences, we enjoy it,” he said. The run also gives the different units of the ROTC a chance to come together, Nees said, “This run builds that camaraderie between the services. We’re probably just 2 to 3 percent of the student body, maybe three times the size of the football team,” he said. “The folks here are all preparing to be leaders in the military so we like running around campus all together.”  But that doesn’t mean a little friendly competition was out of the question. “It was just a good thing, Fr. Jenkins showing his support for the Navy and also the rest of the military,” Midshipman Neil Flattery, a freshman, said. “There’s definitely an ‘also’ that comes before ‘the rest of the military,’ since Navy is the best.” Freshman cadet Chris Lillie joked with Flattery, and said, “The Army is definitely better than the Navy.” But in the end, Lillie said the run showed solidarity between branches. “It was really amazing to see all the branches moving together and serving the military, and to see all of the other branches coming together and doing the same things you’re doing,” Lillie said.last_img read more

Dorms celebrate Christmas traditions

first_imgAcross Notre Dame’s campus, there’s an unmistakable feeling that Christmas is in the air. Many dorms are celebrating the holiday season with their own unique traditions. Last week, many Carroll Hall residents could be seen sporting elf costumes, advertising Carroll’s highly-anticipated Carroll Christmas, which was held Saturday, Dec. 1. Junior Garrett Rethman, who is serving as Carroll’s president this year, said he looks forward to bringing students together every year during the event.“It’s a good event to get people to come to Carroll,” Rethman said. Observer File Photo O’Neill Hall’s Christmas “O” wreath brightens the days of students during the Christmas season.Carroll’s Christmas tradition, which is a signature event for the dorm, first began with a tree lighting but has since expanded to include indoor activities. The event now offers visitors cookies, Santa’s Workshop, karaoke and a horse and carriage.“When I found out I was in Carroll, one of the things I read about was [that] Carroll Christmas is the big tradition,” Rethman said. “It’s like the last big, fun event before finals start. We put a lot of work into it leading up to the event, and then it’s really rewarding to have lots of people come from across campus to enjoy the work we put on for them.”The women of Cavanaugh Hall share many Christmas traditions, including a tree lighting and a section-decorating competition, but their biggest event is Cavanaugh’s annual Christmas pageant. Junior Emma Brady, Cavanaugh’s president, says that faculty families and South Bend residents come to watch Cavanaugh’s largely improvised and entertaining performance of the Nativity.Cavanaugh junior Emily Black says that the pageant is a great opportunity to connect with the South Bend community.“There are a lot of families that will come every year … so you get to see kids grow up,” Black said. “They come back the next year and they’re like a foot taller than they were the year before.”At O’Neill Hall, the trademark O’Neill “O” wreath glows from the dorm’s third floor. Junior John Desler, O’Neill’s president, believes the wreath is a fun way to celebrate the holidays. “I love coming back from fall break and seeing all the Christmas decorations up everywhere,” Desler said.This year, the unveiling of the O’Neill “O” was a pleasant surprise for many O’Neill residents.“One day we woke up and our B-side stairway was closed and we were like, ‘Oh, what’s going on?’” Desler said. Once he realized that the stairs had been closed for the wreath-hanging, Desler said he “was really happy with having to walk an extra minute to go around.”In the weeks before finals, the “O” wreath provides students with a much-needed boost of holiday cheer, Desler said.“It’s a good reminder of the Christmas spirit,” Desler said.Tags: Carroll Christmas, Carroll Hall, Cavanaugh Hall, christmas, dorm community, O’Neill Hall, The Nativitylast_img read more

Gabriel Ebert & More Set For Canada’s The Heart of Robin Hood

first_img Additional cast members will include Izzie Steele as Marion and Christian Lloyd as Pierre. Rounding out the company are Anna Bartlam, Richard Clarkin, Jeremy Crawford, Zachary Eisenstat, Paul Essiembre, Amariah Faulkner, Troy Feldman, Jason Gosbee, Martin Julien, Tristan Mackid, Katelyn McCulloch, Meguire McRae-King, Carson Reaume, Sarah Schenkkan, Stephen Michael Spencer, Darcy Stewart and Tate Yap. The members of Parsonsfield, Chris Freeman, Antonio Alcorn, Max Shakun, Harrison Goodale and Erik Hischmann, will perform live on stage during the show. View Comments In this twist on the classic tale, Robin Hood (Ebert) and his band of outlaws steal from the rich, but they do not share their spoils with the poor and are unloved by the people, who must also pay unfair taxes to the evil Prince John (Morton) as he plots to steal his brother’s crown. In this time of chaos and fear, Marion must boldly protect the poor and convince Robin to listen to his heart if they are to save the country. The show premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2011 and played the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts in 2013. Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, Tony nominee Euan Morton and more will star in the Canadian premiere of The Heart of Robin Hood, a humorous new take on the tale of the classic vigilante. The play is written by David Farr and features music by folk band Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine) and lyrics by the band and Farr. The show, under the direction of Gisli Örn Gardarsson, is scheduled to play Winnipeg’s John Hirsch Theatre from November 12 through December 6 and Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre beginning December 23, where it will run through March 1, 2015. No word yet on whether the production intends to come to Broadway following its stint in Canada.center_img The Heart of Robin Hood features set design by Börkur Jónsson, costume design by Emma Ryott, lighting design by Björn Helgason and sound design by Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm. Ebert won a Tony Award in 2013 for his performance in Matilda and recently appeared on Broadway in Casa Valentina. A Tony nominee for Taboo, Morton’s additional stage credits include Sondheim on Sondheim and Atomic.last_img read more

Little Shop of Horrors Will Open Its Doors for Extra Night at Encores! Off Center

first_img View Comments Little Shop of Horrors has a book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. The tuner follows a hapless florist shop worker who acquires an R&B-singing plant that feeds on human blood. An R&B girl’s trio, The Urchins, provides commentary on the action and will feature Tracy Nicole Chapman, Marva Hicks and Ramona Keller. Encores! Off-Center is to remain “Somewhere That’s Green” a little longer! Little Shop of Horrors, which as previously announced will star the sci-fi musical’s original headliner Ellen Greene, is set to play an additional date at City Center this summer. Directed by Dick Scanlan and choreographed by Patricia Wilcox, the cult fave will now play on both July 1 and July 2.center_img Little Shop is based on Roger Corman’s 1960 black comedy film by the same name and premiered off-off-Broadway in 1982 before moving off-Broadway to the Orpheum Theatre where it played 2,209 performances. It was revived on Broadway in 2003, playing 372 performances at the Virginia Theatre.last_img read more

Five easy steps

first_imgBy Paul A. ThomasUniversity of GeorgiaFour straight years of drought dashed hopes for many a Georgiaflower bed. And last year’s rainy start turned dry in the end,fading late-summer colors as if to add insult to injury. What’s agardener to do?Your colorful flower bed can use the barest minimum of water andstill be the envy of the neighborhood. However, you’ll have toupgrade the way you’ve been gardening a bit.Step 1. There is no downside toadding organic matter to native soils. Try tilling in 4 to 6inches of it and leveling the soil without compacting it. Thiswill help the soil hold water without getting mushy in wetweather.Step 2. Start with plants thatdon’t require a lot of water. You’ll save water. And you’ll saveyourself a lot of time in the garden.Lantana, Celosia, Tithonia, Melampodium, Gomphrena, Dusty Miller,Vinca and old-timey petunias are some of the many annuals that,once established, require much less water than most. Avoid NewGuinea impatiens, hybrid petunias, salvias, torenias, ageratumsand marigolds.Plant as early as you can, too, after the last chance of frost.The more cool weather annuals have to develop roots, the betterthey can withstand dry times.Step 3. Use drip irrigation. Withwater dripping slowly rather than spraying out all over theplace, the water savings are significant. It’s efficient, becauseyou put the water only where it’s needed, and very little is lostto evaporation, assuming you cover the drip line with mulch.Compared to automated sprinkler systems, it’s cheap, too.It’s not that hard to install, either. You need only some driptape, several “y” adapters to take off drip lines from the maingarden hose and the patience to spread the tape out just afteryou transplant your bedding plants.Most hardware stores, garden centers or irrigation supply dealerswill have the hardware and will probably explain how to do this.Step 4. Add more pine straw thanyou may have used in past years. If you hand-place the strawbetween the bedding plants so as not to cover them up, a 4- to5-inch layer will greatly lower your water use. That much pinestraw does two vital things.First, it cuts down on the heat from the sun, allowing the soilto be several degrees cooler. This, in turn, lets the plants useless sugars at night, saving that food for more flowers andgrowth.Second, it keeps the wind from pulling moisture out of the soil.Less heat and less wind means less evaporation. So the water youapply with drip irrigation lasts longer.Step 5. Let the annuals dry outjust a bit before watering. Don’t water every day, or even everyday you can during water restrictions. Let the plants work fortheir water by growing roots deeper in the ground.Each time you water, irrigate long enough to saturate the soilthoroughly. Then let the entire bed go dry. Let the plants get tothe point that the new growth begins to flag or droop in theafternoon.As the plants get older and more established, this slight wiltingwill take many more days to happen than newly planted annuals.The bottom line is that you’ll be watering less often, even assummer heat chugs on.This procedure has worked well for commercial landscapers inAtlanta for the past 15 years. It has been proven to reduce waterloss by as much as 30 percent.It may take another hour to set up. But the reward is havingbeautiful flowers in dry, hot weather without spending yourevenings after work watering your flower beds or sadly watchingthem perish in the heat.(Paul Thomas is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

Wind provided record 40.2% of Oklahoma’s statewide electricity generation in 2019

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Oklahoman:Oklahoma’s use of wind energy to generate electricity continues to increase. A record 40.2% of all state’s generated energy in 2019 was powered by renewable technology, Oklahoma Power Alliance representatives announced Tuesday during a Clean Energy Day at the state Capitol.In 2018, Oklahoma’s wind farms generated about 36% of the energy created inside the state, up from 33% the previous year.“This data tells a strong story” about Oklahoma’s continued leadership in renewable energy deployment, Mark Yates, vice president of the Advanced Power Alliance and its policy director in Oklahoma, said Tuesday. He noted wind’s use to generate electricity in Oklahoma during the year only was surpassed by natural gas, which generated another 46.3%.Alliance data showed Oklahoma ranked second among U.S. states for 2019 for the amount of energy its wind farms generated, and third for the amount of wind capacity installed. The alliance estimates more than $20 billion has been invested in renewable projects within the state.It also issued data showing the industry’s completed wind projects are ranked as a top-three taxpayer in 19 Oklahoma counties and 65 Oklahoma school districts. Projects’ owners made about $51 million in land lease payments to farmers and ranchers throughout 26 of Oklahoma’s counties in 2019. “These investments continue to transform Oklahoma’s rural economies by offering new career opportunities, circulating new income, creating sales tax revenue, and providing valuable ad valorem,” he said.[Jack Money]More: Backers of renewable energy highlight industry’s growth at Capitol event Tuesday Wind provided record 40.2% of Oklahoma’s statewide electricity generation in 2019last_img read more

Astorino Blasted for Likening Cuomo to ‘Mafia Boss’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Italian American political group, ticked off at Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino for comparing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a “mafia boss,” wants him to apologize to all Italians as well as the governor himself.The New York State Italian America PAC, which Huntingtown Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, a Democrat, serves as honorary chairman, sent a letter to fellow Italian-American Astorino this week expressing outrage that the Westchester county executive would “perpetuate the stereotype of Italian-Americans as Mafia.”Astorino was responding to Cuomo’s first public comments to a New York Times story detailing how people within his office, including former Suffolk County Deputy County Executive Regina Calcaterra, intervened whenever the Moreland Commission—made up of prosecutors across the state, including Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice—began looking into groups politically linked to the governor.Cuomo denied any interference, using a statement—released the same day the governor responded to the story—from one of the commissioners in defense of the administration to bolster his point.Astorino took issue with Cuomo’s rationale. “To suggest that he was suggesting to the commission members where they should go with an investigation is like a mafia boss coming forward and saying that he wants to make a suggestion, an offer you can’t refuse,” Astorino said. “That clearly is intimidation and that’s what he and his staff did.”The “Godfather” reference was too much, apparently.“Your characterization is an affront to all of us who have fought long and hard to combat the harm stereotyping causes to persons of all ethnic groups and who have tried to highlight the accomplishments of Italian Americans in our society,” NYS Italian America PAC wrote in its letter, dated July 29. “Your comment is offensive not just to Italian-Americans, but to all those who believe the hallmark of a good public servant is the capacity to bring persons of diverse backgrounds together and not resort to such hurtful name-calling.”The group, in a blistery tone, wrote that Astorino’s comment has them questioning the county executive’s ability to maintain the moral high ground.“Your flippant use of such a derogatory reference calls into question whether you have the necessary character, temperament and integrity to hold the office you seek,” the group wrote.“NYS IAM PAC is requesting that you, County Executive Astorino, issue a public apology to all people of Italian heritage, as well as to Governor Cuomo for your insensitive and offensive reference.”When asked for a response, the Astorino campaign did not apologize.“He was reciting a line from ‘The Godfather,’ one of the most quoted movies on the planet,” an Astorino spokeswoman said in a statement. “Governor Cuomo is at the center of the worst corruption scandal in New York’s history—let’s have a little perspective please.”Astorino, who has so far been unable to chip away at Cuomo’s double-digit lead in the polls, has seized on the Times report, painting the governor as a corrupt hypocrite who failed in his campaign promise to clean up Albany.Cuomo’s Democratic primary challenger Zephyr Teachout and her running mate, Timothy Wu, have also aggressively attacked Cuomo. On Wednesday, the pair accused the governor of possibly breaking four state laws.last_img read more

What the Wegner Awards dinner means to the credit union movement

first_img 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lacey Yasick Lacey is the Communications Manager for the National Credit Union Foundation. She works to develop and execute all communication efforts that support the Foundation’s national programs and engagement strategy.Lacey … Web: Details The CUNA GAC is right around the corner, and with that comes our favorite day of the year at the Foundation – the Wegner Awards Dinner! Each year we spend months preparing for the awards gala, making sure that every detail from the staging to the red carpet is perfect. While it is a great opportunity to break out the black-tie affair and network with credit union professionals from around the world, the awards dinner is about so much more than that.It is about that feeling you get when you are surrounded by over 900 like-minded individuals who are all filled with passion and hope for the financial futures of their credit union members. It is about the four award winners who will share their life stories with us and leave us humbled and grateful to be part of such a powerful movement. And this year, we are gearing up to celebrate 30 years of the Wegner Awards Dinner. 30 years of incredible leaders, organizations and programs in the credit union movement who have inspired us to go out and make a difference. The Wegner Dinner embodies everything that the credit union movement is –passion, purpose, and most importantly, people. You don’t have to take my word for it. Hear what this dinner means to some of your credit union peers live from the red carpet at the 2017 awards:2018 Wegner Dinner promo from CUNA on Vimeo.There is still time to purchase tickets and sponsorships for this year’s event! Click here for more information on how to do so.By attending the Foundation’s dinner, you are not only supporting our amazing winners and their accomplishments, but you are contributing to the primary fundraising event for the Foundation. Your support of this inspirational evening allows the Foundation to sustain and expand initiatives to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions.We hope to see you at the 30th Annual National Credit Union Foundation Dinner Presenting the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards on February 26th in Washington DC!last_img read more

Ruben’s Revenge! Mets Chase Utley, Dodgers in 13-Run Rout to Keep Despair at Bay

first_imgI think it’s safe to say we can now stop worrying about whether the Mets would win Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers, or more specifically, against Chase Utley. He was enough of a thorn in the Mets’ side when he played second base for the Phillies before his sinister slide took out our spirited shortstop Ruben Tejada Saturday night in LA.At first glimpse, it looked to me like Tejada had kneed Utley in the head since his helmet flew off as they collided, and I assumed he’d be on the receiving end of a concussion. But the damage was much worse for our side. Tejada had broken his right leg, the out at second was overruled, the run counted, and the Dodgers were suddenly on the rebound as our player was carted off the field and headed for the DL.Now in the twilight of his career, the 36-year-old Utley has always played the game hard. As a second baseman he’s been on the receiving end of more than a few take-out slides himself. When he’s been in the batter’s box, he’s been plunked so many times he’s earned a hit-by-pitch ranking in the record books—right up there with Alex Rodriguez, who’s also “taken one for the team” many times in his Yankee Pinstripes.Like our version of the Roman Games, Mets fans wanted blood. Had I been at Citi Field Monday night, I’m sure I would have loudly joined in the Greek chorus chanting “We Want Utley!” until my throat hurt. I’m glad Joe Torre, acting as the Majors’ chief baseball officer, suspended him for two games because he went into the slide rather late.Through the players union, he’s appealing his suspension, and the process could drag on for a while. So be it. Just having Utley around was enough to motivate the hometown crowd. But would it be enough to focus the Mets? By the second inning, doubts were on the upswing in New York as Los Angeles had a 3-0 lead.Before the game, the Mets manager Terry Collins, an infuriating master of understatement to those passionate fans who liken him to “an empty bag of balls” or “a hood ornament,” had assessed the situation this way: “Broke my shortstop’s leg. That’s all I know.”The Mets players were seething, hungering for revenge—as were legions of fans. Collins reportedly discouraged our Game 3 starter, the Dark Knight himself, Matt Harvey, from seeking retaliation because Collins knew that Harvey would have been ejected immediately—and our bullpen is shaky enough in long relief—except for that amazing 42-year-old Bartolo Colon, who can shake it and not break it—and he has a whole lot to shake when he mounts that mound.What was the matter with the Dark Knight? We wanted revenge! Harvey gave up four consecutive singles. Had Collins been a downer?Not to worry! Of course, being a true Mets fan means never not worrying. The team did roar back, thanks to Dodgers starter Brett Anderson, one of the weak links in their strong rotation. In the bottom of the second inning, our hyper right-fielder, Curtis Granderson blasted a three-run double that just missed being a home run. Before we could exhale, our team had not only tied the game, they’d taken the lead. View image | View image | What hit was sweeter in Game 3? Some may claim that Yoenis Cespedes’s three-run homer to the upper deck—431 feet from home plate—took the cake. I loved that, too, but I think Travis d’Arnoud’s two-run shot was the icing. Until then, he’d been in a bad playoff slump, 0-for-7. We need his bat to come alive and it finally did. Somebody always seems to step up on this 2015 team—when they’re hot, that is. One day it’s David Wright—and to me, his two-run single, which turned out to be the game winner, in Game 1 was just such a tribute to his inspiring work ethic, his constant pain, and his valor. Another time up comes Daniel Murphy or Lucas Duda to make a difference. You never know.The Mets scored 13 runs in all—a franchise playoff record. But no lead is ever enough for the Mets, as far as I’m concerned.After Harvey put the Mets in a three-run hole, he told Collins it’d go no deeper. He had a tough game but he proved his worth. Harvey had thrown 97 pitches through five innings, nearing his do-no-harm limit. With typical flourish, Colon came in and struck out the side. The next inning Colon gave up a run, so Collins had our great rookie phenom Michael Conforto pinch-hit for him, and he came through with a deep sacrifice fly.Could we begin to relax? Are you kidding me? We’re coasting into the ninth inning, 13-to-4, and the next thing we knew a forgettable pitcher named Erik Goeddel—and the sooner the Mets forget him the better—had given up a three-run homer and a single. That comfy cushion the Mets had built up didn’t feel so comfortable.Certainly some fans had departed the stands or switched off the game because they actually had to show up for work Tuesday morning, and they are blameless, but those who could afford to stick it out knew the truth: It ain’t over til it’s over, as the great philosopher of baseball, Yogi Berra, used to say. Just beyond the base paths lies the abyss.Here we were, Game 3, a must-win for the Mets given all that had transpired in Game 2. There were no outs. The Dodgers were threatening. The skies were darkening. So when Collins motioned to the bullpen and brought out our closer, Jeurys Familia, to finish what Harvey had started, it all made perfect sense. Of course, it wasn’t a save situation—the Mets had a six-run lead. But give Collins credit. He has embraced the Mets’ existential condition. Watching the lead shrink by another run or two (or three, god help us!) would have let all the good feeling of revenge and triumph slip away. Who let the dogs out? Defeat, which had seemed so improbable, suddenly seemed plausible. Just like that, it began to feel like the worst day in July when the Mets couldn’t do anything right—and our captain, David Wright, was nowhere in sight. Oh, let us rejoice that the mighty Familia was on our mound Monday night. With his command, the inning was soon mercifully behind us and victory was ours.So now we can start worrying about Game 4. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more