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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/02/10 11:00:38 (permalink)
Oh sure!  Fries and coleslaw!!
PNC is a great park.  Given the fact that the Pirates had such a great last season I figured tickets for good seats would sell out fast.  In October I bought 2 tickets, row 7 on the 3rd base line, next to the Pirates' dugout.  I checked availability the next week.........sold out! 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/02/10 18:54:33 (permalink)
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Why not whip up some home-made Augustine's Pizza right now?
  1. Lightly toast one slice of WonderTM Bread.
  2. Spritz some PamTM on the underside.
  3. Apply a thin layer of HeinzTM Ketchup on top.
  4. Sprinkle a hint of oregano and garlic salt.
  5. Top with a few shakes of KraftTM Parmesian Cheese.
  6. 12 minutes on a cookie sheet @ 350.
If that's not a glowing promotion of Pittsburgh I don't know what is!

But shouldn't it have fries on top?

Mrs. Chicken and I would like to visit PNC Park someday, probably after KC (this April), St. Louis, and Cleveland.


When I attended WAHS (New Wilmington, PA) 1962 - 65 every Tuesday was Augustine's Pizza Day in the Cafeteria: $0.20/slice.  It was quite the treat then.  Around that time they began freezing partially baked pizzas and started selling them in grocery stores, a rarity in those days as then most used the Chef Boyardee 'pizza kits' if they wanted to 'make pizza' at home.
 
BTW, I only kid the ones I love.
 

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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/02/10 19:19:58 (permalink)
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I swear I will buy one slice of Augustine's, take a bite, take a picture, throw it away and go get a hot dog and a beer! 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/02/11 07:38:42 (permalink)
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I swear I will buy one slice of Augustine's, take a bite, take a picture, throw it away and go get a hot dog and a beer! 


Don't be too hasty. 
 
Some find it quite tasty!
 
One thing for sure is that it is quite different; if what most would call pizza is "comfort food", Augustines is the "comfort food" of pizza.  (Should that make any sense).
 
The crust is thick, but very light.  The sauce is sweetish.  And Western PA has made it a nearly 60 year old enterprise.  I cannot argue with success.
 
Even though it's been half a century since my last piece, blindfolded I could pick it out of 100 random slices.  And, I'd smile after that bite.  It's a fond memory from my well-spent youth.
 
Enjoy! 
  
  
  
 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/02/11 11:06:51 (permalink)
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How about this:  I'll take one bite, send the rest to you, then go get a hot dog and a beer!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/02/27 07:47:45 (permalink)
Congratulations to the Orioles for signing Nelson Cruz for $6.5 MM less than the Rangers had tendered last fall. 
 
He's a positive force in the clubhouse and is a lock to bang out 30+ HR.
 
I believe the O's have an excellent chance for the playoffs and sure as Hell will be fun to watch.  The one thing I am sure of is that the O's will be back to drawing 3,000,000+ to their magnificent ballpark.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/03/13 09:35:12 (permalink)
I don't know exactly why I have disdain for the Braves, but it probably started with their spoiling Harvey Haddix' 12 inning perfect game. 
 
Then, there's Hank Aaron pretending he's the "HR King" after playing well past his prime and having 4,000 more AB's than Ruth (almost as nauseating as Pete Rose calling himself the "Hit King"). 
 
What really 'took the cake' though was the sight of Ted Turner and Hanoi Jane doing the obnoxious tomahawk chop as Sid Bream, dead as Julius Caesar, was called safe at home.
 
I can't wait for the Buccos to pound the pi$$ out of them in this year's wild card playoff.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/03/29 01:38:58 (permalink)
 A little Baseball Trivia!
Ted Williams was John Glenn’s wingman on F-9Fs in Korea.
 The Boston Red Sox slugger who wore No. 9 as a major leaguer, would now be assigned to an F-9 Panther jet as a pilot. Ted flew a total of 39 combat missions in Korea. He was selected by his commander John Glenn (later the astronaut, senator, and “septuagenonaut”) to fly as Glenn’s wingman.
 
While flying an air strike on a troop encampment near Kyomipo, William’s F-9 was hit by hostile ground fire. Ted commented later… “the funny thing was I didn’t feel anything… I knew I was hit when the stick started shaking like mad in my hands. Then everything went out, my radio, my landing gear, everything. The red warning lights were on all over the plane.” The F-9 Panther had a centrifugal flow engine and normally caught fire when hit. The tail would literally blow off most stricken aircraft. The standard orders were to eject from any Panther with a fire in the rear of the plane. Ted’s aircraft was indeed on fire, and was trailing smoke and flames. Glenn and the other pilots on the mission were yelling over their radios for William’s to get out. However, with his radio out Williams could not hear their warnings, and he could not see the condition of the rear of his aircraft. Glenn and another Panther flown by Larry Hawkins came up alongside Williams and lead him to the nearest friendly airfield. Fighting to hold the plane together, Ted brought his Panther in at more than 200-MPH for a crash landing on the Marsden-matted strip. With no landing gear, dive brakes, or functioning flaps the flaming Panther jet skidded down the runway for more than 3000 feet. Williams got out of the aircraft only moments before it was totally engulfed in flames. Ted Williams survived his tour of duty in Korea and returned to major league baseball.
 
PS: Ted missed out flying combat missions during WW II, because his flying and gunnery skills were so good that he was kept as an instructor for much of the War. During advanced training at Pensacola, Florida, Ted would accurately shoot the sleeve targets to shreds while shooting out of wing-overs, zooms, and barrel rolls. He broke the all-time record for “hits” at the school. Following Pensacola, Ted was sent to Jacksonville for advanced gunnery training. This is the payoff test for potential combat pilots. Ted set all the records for reflexes, coordination, and visual reaction time. As a result of his stunning success he was made an instructor at Bronson field to put Marine aviation cadets through their final paces. By 1945 Ted got his wish and was finally transferred to a combat wing, but weeks later the War was over. He was discharged from the military in December of 1945. Seven years later, in December of 1952, Ted was recalled to active duty as a Marine Corps fighter pilot.  
 
 
 
post edited by Foodbme - 2014/03/29 16:08:59
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/03/29 08:08:15 (permalink)
(speechless).

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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/03/29 16:18:59 (permalink)
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(speechless).


The Part I found interesting was he was tested and:
"Ted set all the records for reflexes, coordination, and visual reaction time."
That explains a lot about his batting skills. It's been said that he could actually see the threads on the ball on an incoming pitch and could determine the kind of pitch the pitcher was throwing! He was "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived".
Supposedly, his head is cryogenically frozen and out here in Scottsdale.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/03/30 09:20:30 (permalink)
Ted Williams' vision was legendary. 
 
Along with discerning the stitches on a baseball it was also said that he could read the label on a 78 RPM record.
 
These days one can purchase "Ted Williams' eyes" from a LASIK surgeon.  Ethically, how is that so very different from maximizing one's performance with state-of-the-art pharma?
 
In my lifetime I've never seen anyone, including Williams, barrel-up the ball like Barry Bonds did after he had LASIK in his late 30's.  One decent pitch a game and he'd freaking kill it. 
 
Yes, PED's probably made it go 15' further, but they don't make any individual better at laying Maple (in his case) to horsehide moving deceptively @ 95 MPH!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 04:23:39 (permalink)
Today was opening day of "Boring Season"!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 10:22:51 (permalink)
I thoroughly enjoyed 'our' win over the Rangers yesterday. Thoroughly. Not boring to us at all!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 10:51:45 (permalink)
Go Nats!....I also enjoyed opening day!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 12:30:42 (permalink)
Baseball is so much fun & with no clock to run out...anything can (& does) happen all the time to make it interesting.

Every team should play on Opening Day.

Why the Yankees are opening the season against the Houston Astros on the second day of the season @ 7 pm is beyond me. Bizarre.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 19:01:05 (permalink)
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I thoroughly enjoyed 'our' win over the Rangers yesterday. Thoroughly. Not boring to us at all!


Not surprising, considering that all five Rangers' starters are presently on the DL.  Maybe we should hope that Selig cancels April.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 19:03:58 (permalink)
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Today was opening day of "Boring Season"!

 
DVR the game.  Play on FF while watching the score box.  If anything happens, pause, rewind, and enjoy:  much my same technique with the NFL.

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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 19:12:22 (permalink)
Diamondbacks. You might wanna FF through the last 4 innings of the game last night when the Giants came around to win win win.

Then Bayonne-native Joe Borowski on the Diamondacks postgame will console you.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 19:23:10 (permalink)
2014 Playoff teams:
 
O's, Tigers, Angels; WC's: Rays, Royals, Rangers.
 
Nats, Cards, Dodgers; WC's: Braves, Bucs, Giants.
 
"WS Champ":  Cards
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/02 02:52:33 (permalink)
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Today was opening day of "Boring Season"!


DVR the game.  Play on FF while watching the score box.  If anything happens, pause, rewind, and enjoy:  much my same technique with the NFL.


What's DVR????????
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/02 07:40:50 (permalink)
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Today was opening day of "Boring Season"!


DVR the game.  Play on FF while watching the score box.  If anything happens, pause, rewind, and enjoy:  much my same technique with the NFL.


What's DVR????????


DVR:  I checked; they are available most everywhere, even in Phoenix! 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/02 09:48:17 (permalink)
If the game starts while we're at work or out, one or both of us might watch what we missed on Comcast Sportsnet later on when they show the game again. I do like that At Bat app on my phone and my iPod, as well!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/02 13:45:33 (permalink)
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Today was opening day of "Boring Season"!

DVR the game.  Play on FF while watching the score box.  If anything happens, pause, rewind, and enjoy:  much my same technique with the NFL.


What's DVR????????

DVR:  I checked; they are available most everywhere, even in Phoenix! 
 
This a foreign language?
"A digital video recorder (DVR), sometimes referred to by the merchandising term personal video recorder (PVR), is a consumer electronics device or application software that records video in a digital format to a disk drive, USB flash drive, SD memory card, SSD or other local or networked mass storage device. The term includes set-top boxes (STB) with direct to disk recording facility, portable media players (PMP) with recording, recorders (PMR) as camcorders that record onto Secure Digital memory cards and software for personal computers which enables video capture and playback to and from a hard disk drive"
None of these words existed 25-30 years ago did they?
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/02 18:55:13 (permalink)
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This a foreign language?
"A digital video recorder (DVR), sometimes referred to by the merchandising term personal video recorder (PVR), is a consumer electronics device or application software that records video in a digital format to a disk drive, USB flash drive, SD memory card, SSD or other local or networked mass storage device. The term includes set-top boxes (STB) with direct to disk recording facility, portable media players (PMP) with recording, recorders (PMR) as camcorders that record onto Secure Digital memory cards and software for personal computers which enables video capture and playback to and from a hard disk drive"
None of these words existed 25-30 years ago did they?


No, they did not.
 
And, it seems that I committed one of my 'pet peeves' above both by using an acronym as a noun and then compounding the slaughter of the Queen's English by using it as a verb!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/02 19:05:14 (permalink)
Let's go Astros...



Beat the Yankees again!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/03 00:20:13 (permalink)
Go Astros!

...and thank you precious little <<<Hoboken>>>

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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/03 13:50:18 (permalink)
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This a foreign language?
"A digital video recorder (DVR), sometimes referred to by the merchandising term personal video recorder (PVR), is a consumer electronics device or application software that records video in a digital format to a disk drive, USB flash drive, SD memory card, SSD or other local or networked mass storage device. The term includes set-top boxes (STB) with direct to disk recording facility, portable media players (PMP) with recording, recorders (PMR) as camcorders that record onto Secure Digital memory cards and software for personal computers which enables video capture and playback to and from a hard disk drive"
None of these words existed 25-30 years ago did they?

No, they did not.
And, it seems that I committed one of my 'pet peeves' above both by using an acronym as a noun and then compounding the slaughter of the Queen's English by using it as a verb!

Don't feel too bad. Kids today don't even know the difference between a noun & a Verb. All they're interested in is their dangling participle!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/08 15:26:18 (permalink)
It's hard to believe that it's been 40 years since Al Downing made history...
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/08 16:10:39 (permalink)
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It's hard to believe that it's been 40 years since Al Downing made history...


I always heard that an infinite number of monkees banging on an infinite number of keyboards could produce all the works of Shakespeare ... but, it took Aaron only 4,000 or so more at-bats to "break" the Babe's record.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/02 18:54:29 (permalink)
It's way past time for the Mighty Buccos to call up Gregory Polanco:  he's batting .398 and averaging an RBI/game in AAA.
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