Author

Craig Petraglia

Browsing

As Joel Polanco, a Hispanic Stony Brook University student, finished his musical performance at Café Con LASO, about 150 students in a packed ballroom at Stony Brook’s Center for Global Studies were singing along and burst into applause. Polanco wore a black hoodie which read “Excellence” on the front and “Never Give Up” on the back. The founder and CEO of a movement he calls “Excellence,” Polanco was one of the seven performers at the event hosted by the Latin American Student Organization on November 5 to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. https://vimeo.com/145323314 “‘Excellence’ is an idea where everybody can come together from all cultures for something greater,” Polanco said. “My way of spreading my message of ‘Excellence’ is throughout my music, sending positive vibes and strength.” The Hispanic population in the United States reached a high of 55.4 million in 2014, or 17.1 percent of the country’s total population,…

And then there were two. The Kansas City Royals have advanced to the World Series for the second consecutive season and will play the New York Mets. The Royals, whose 2014 season came to an end in a Game 7 World Series loss to the San Francisco Giants, finished the regular season with the best record in the American League. They defeated the Blue Jays in six games in the ALCS to claim the pennant. For the Mets, it’s their first pennant since 2000 when they went on to lose the World Series against the Yankees. They dominated the Chicago Cubs en route to a four game sweep in the NLCS. The Mets, behind a Babe Ruth-esque performance from Daniel Murphy and stellar starting pitching, outscored the Cubs 18 to 8 to advance. Murphy, who will likely depart from the Mets as a free agent following this season, is certainly…

The MLB Postseason is down to four teams with the American and National League Championship Series beginning this weekend. October baseball has not disappointed, as the divisional series featured three game 5’s, a 7th inning to remember between Toronto and Texas, and the first series clincher at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Toronto Blue Jays became the third ever team to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the division series and win three consecutive games. After losing the first two games at home versus the Texas Rangers, Toronto avoided elimination by winning two on the road before defeating the Rangers in Game 5 at Rogers Centre. The 7th inning of the win-or-go-home matchup between the Blue Jays and Rangers was one of the most bizarre innings of recent memory. A 2-2 tie was broken in the top of the inning after Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin hit the batter’s bat on…

October has begun, and with it comes the Major League Baseball postseason. In approximately four weeks, a new champion will be crowned and one team can achieve immortality. This postseason includes plenty of exciting match ups in both leagues, with many withstanding postseason droughts coming to an end. On July 29th the Toronto Blue Jays trailed the New York Yankees seven games in the A.L. East standings before winning 42 of their final 60 games to claim the division crown. This is the Blue Jays first postseason appearance in 21 years, breaking the longest drought in the MLB. The New York Mets snapped a 9-year drought by virtue of winning the N.L. East. The Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs finished as the second wild card in their league, snapping a 10-year and 8-year drought, respectively. The defending World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants, missed the playoffs as a result…

The drought is over! The New York Mets are back in the postseason for the first time in nine years. Mets fans have suffered through collapse and heartbreak since St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright’s knee-buckling curveball stymied Carlos Beltran in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on Oct 19 2006. The fans endured a collapse in the final games of the 2007 and 2008 seasons to cut them short. Since play opened at Citi Field in 2009, those true to the Mets orange and blue have agonizingly experienced six consecutive losing seasons. All of that pain and suffering became worth it on Sept 26 as Mets fans watched Jeurys Familia strike out Jay Bruce to seal a 10-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, thus clinching the National League Eastern Division for the sixth time in franchise history. The Mets had their ace on the mound and he…