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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/02 19:28:22 (permalink)
Just stay tuned for Wednesday's game between the mighty Giants and the itty-bitty Pirates at PNC Park. I'll be the intelligent person sitting behind the Pirates dugout wearing a Giants ball cap.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/03 10:48:01 (permalink)
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Just stay tuned for Wednesday's game between the mighty Giants and the itty-bitty Pirates at PNC Park. I'll be the intelligent person sitting behind the Pirates dugout wearing a Giants ball cap, ... 


... wolfing down a slice of Augustine's Pizza!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/03 10:55:13 (permalink)
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Just stay tuned for Wednesday's game between the mighty Giants and the itty-bitty Pirates at PNC Park. I'll be the intelligent person sitting behind the Pirates dugout wearing a Giants ball cap, ... 


... wolfing down a slice of Augustine's Pizza!

I'll be the one wolfing down a slice of Augustine's Pizza...........he finds it unethical to eat anything at a baseball game other than a hot dog.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/03 17:31:13 (permalink)
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Just stay tuned for Wednesday's game between the mighty Giants and the itty-bitty Pirates at PNC Park. I'll be the intelligent person sitting behind the Pirates dugout wearing a Giants ball cap, ... 

... wolfing down a slice of Augustine's Pizza!

I'll be the one wolfing down a slice of Augustine's Pizza...........he finds it unethical to eat anything at a baseball game other than a hot dog.

Mr. Hoffman's Hot Dog Ethics are above reproach!
No Sushi, no Tofu, no Vegetables other than Onions & Relish! 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/03 17:41:25 (permalink)
Oh, I wholeheartedly agree!  The hot dog is definitely the appropriate ballpark fare!  But I did promise MetroplexJim that I would try a slice of Augustine's pizza because we are both former New Wilmingtonians.  Then I'll go get a dog and a beer......now you're talkin! 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/04 09:16:21 (permalink)
Just to get that mouth a - watering ...
 

 
Note the motto on the side of the truck:  "FRESH FROZEN PIZZA!"
 
 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/04 11:33:09 (permalink)
Well, I can honestly say my mouth is not a-watering but a promise is a promise. 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/04 11:52:40 (permalink)
I'm betting it'll be one bite, only, before she goes for the hot dog and the beer. Anyway, I'll meet her at the hot dog concession.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/05 07:47:10 (permalink)
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Well, I can honestly say my mouth is not a-watering but a promise is a promise. 


Please don't let your expectations get too low. 
 
Much kidding aside, the Augustine Family has been in business for over half a century and have done quite well, despite serving an aging, depressed market that has lost half its population over the past 60 years. 
 
And, they are "The Official Pizza" of both Heinz Field and PNC Park.  I'm going to credit both the Bucs and the Steelers' organizations with some culinary sophistication.
 
I look forward to your review, especially given your credentials, experiences, and sophistication in the culinary arts. 
 
Be nice.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/05 10:41:05 (permalink)
Flattery will get you nowhere.  I'll try to be nice.
GO BUCS!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/07 18:34:44 (permalink)
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Flattery will get you nowhere.  I'll try to be nice.
GO BUCS!


And the Mighty Buccos win 4 - 3 behind King Cole and the Shark Tank!  So, I know at least one of you enjoyed the game.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/08 21:26:46 (permalink)
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I thoroughly enjoyed the game!  The day started off with thunderstorms that turned into rain and around 11AM it let up and yes, the Mighty Buccos won!! 
Now for the bad news.  I left our fantastic seats in search of Augustine's pizza.  I walked the entire 1st level and found everything but Augustine's.  During the time I was wasting looking for this, the Pirates scored a run that I missed.    At that point I did not want to miss more of the game so I abandoned the quest for the elusive Augustine's pizza which was probably on the 2nd or 3rd level.  Sorry.  I did my best.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/09 09:44:59 (permalink)
lleechef -
 
You had to get the "rich folks" seats, didn't you?  I understand perfectly.  In any case the Bucs prevailed and that's all that really matters.
 
Here's what you missed (and the poor folk enjoyed up in the cheap seats): 
 
http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/5875088/v29646115/joe-finishes-his-day-working-at-augustines-pizza/?c_id=pit
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/09 10:37:20 (permalink)
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Yeah, we had the "rich folks" seats, about 7 rows up from the Pirates' dugout on the third base line.  According to what I read on the web, they have a concession around section 123.  We were in section 25 which is in front of 125.  Well, I looked and looked and apparently the only concession is up on the 3rd level.  And like I said.......I didn't want to miss any more of the game and especially didn't want to miss The Great Pierogi Race!!!
I know this is a baseball thread but I can't help myself.......GO PENS!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/09 18:55:18 (permalink)
lleechef -
 
As there are doubtless many trips to the 'Burgh in your and Michael's future (BTW:  I think it's wonderful that he seems to appreciate and love Pittsburgh cuisine) there will be many future opportunities for you to enjoy "New Castle's Best".
 
For all my kidding around, Augustine's is a true Pgh 'original' - much like Primanti's (where I, the heathen, order my fries and slaw on the side much to the horror of my CMU-grad elder son).
 
In any case, "ditto" to your GO PENS!
 
And back to topic:  Buccos - get your green-eyeshade accountants out of your a*$ and get Polanco and Lambo up to the "bigs".  
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/09 19:21:08 (permalink)
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Yes, we will make many more trips to the Burgh.  MH absolutely loves W. PA, the food and especially the people who are always so friendly.  You order your fries and slaw on the side at Primanti's?  " />" />  That is a huge NO-NO! 
To make up for missing Augustine's pizza I brought back a Penguins T-shirt, a new Terrible Towel, some tortellini and soft gorgonzola from Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, a nice loaf of Italian bread from Mancini's Bakery and of course the Burnt Almond Torte from Prantl's Bakery
Ok, enough of that...........back to baseball.  Sorry I incorporated food into this thread.  (Not really)
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/10 08:48:58 (permalink)
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Just stay tuned for Wednesday's game between the mighty Giants and the itty-bitty Pirates at PNC Park. I'll be the intelligent person sitting behind the Pirates dugout wearing a Giants ball cap, ... 


... wolfing down a slice of Augustine's Pizza!

I'll be the one wolfing down a slice of Augustine's Pizza...........he finds it unethical to eat anything at a baseball game other than a hot dog.

No peanuts and Cracker Jacks?
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/10 10:41:40 (permalink)
Nary a taste.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/12 09:55:19 (permalink)
We spent Mother's Day at Miller Park; it just happened to be Derek Jeter's final game (regular season, at least) in Milwaukee and there was a special pregame ceremony where he was given some lovely parting gifts as well as a donation for his Turn 2 Foundation.  The fans gave him a nice ovation then and also when he returned to the dugout after fittingly grounding to short to start the 9th.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/02 10:16:43 (permalink)
Gotta love the Cubs!!
 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/05 11:17:31 (permalink)
Finally!!!
 
The soon to be Mightier Buccos are calling up Gregory Polanco.
 
I'm standing by my prediction of the Bucs finishing second to the Cards in the NL Central and playing the Braves in the Wild Card.
 
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My prediction for the Rangers has been hampered by 18 of their 25 man roster being on the DL so far and Profar & Fielder being done for the year.  Stick a fork in Harrison; Holland returning to form this year is a long shot.
 
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On the other hand, was I right about the Orioles & Nellie Cruz or what?  (The Rangers fans have cheered home runs for both Cruz and Crush Davis in the current series).  
 
I'm still 'on' the O's to win the AL East. 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/08 16:03:59 (permalink)
I don't think anybody's surprised by the Polanco callup, but what does this mean for Josh Harrison?  Does he move over to left in place of the underwhelming Marte/Tabata combo?  Does he supplant Pedro "The Latino Mark Reynolds" Alvarez at 3B or at least create a platoon situation?  I suspect contending teams are going to start inquiring about him as the trading deadline approaches and if the Pirates are in the hunt that could make for some difficult decisions.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/09 15:14:30 (permalink)
Josh Harrison is having a nice run, especially on defense.  But, as water seeks its own level, Josh is just a decent utility piece, a latter-day Ducky Schofield.  Polanco's swing reminds me of this skinny kid that came up at the end of the 1962 season.
 
And speaking of water seeking its own level, the Brewers ...
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/09 19:30:39 (permalink)
Prince Fielder, who usually misses a game every half-decade, is out for the season for spinal fusion.  Now, even Mitch moreland is gone for 3 months for ankle surgery.  There is, however, a ray of hope: 20 year old Joey Gallo was just promoted to AA Frisco.
 
Scouts report that he has 8+ power (on the 0-8 skills scale), i.e., major league parks will be too small for him.  He hit 40 last year and was well on his way to 60+ (with an OPS of 1.267!!!)  before this promition. 
 
As the Rangers' AA affiliate in Frisco is just 12 miles from us I'll be getting to a game there sometime real soon.  And, I'll get there early enough to see BP!
 
I just hope he doesn't tear an ACL stepping out of the dugout in Arlington this August!
 
Edit a few days later:  Gallo hit AA ball with a bang - a homer a game so far.  In 240 total minor league games he has, per 162 games, hit 58 HR and driven in 139, with an OBP of .400+!). 
 
And, he's still growing and maturing as a hitter.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/09 21:30:01 (permalink)
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And speaking of water seeking its own level, the Brewers ...
...just won 2 of 3 in Pittsburgh, are 10-3 against the Pirates so far this year, and continue to be a pleasant and unexpected surprise.  Whether or not they can maintain the pace for the entire season remains to be seen but it's been a nice bounceback from 2013's train wreck.
 
I'm watching the Cubs and Pirates right now and "Burgh Man" is juggling what look like illuminated bowling pins.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/16 15:42:49 (permalink)
Only a week after the passing of Bob Welch, Tony Gwynn died this morning.  Of all his impressive statistics the one that really jumps out at me is his lifetime total of only 434 strikeouts in over 10,000 plate appearances.
 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/16 18:38:44 (permalink)
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And speaking of water seeking its own level, the Brewers ...
...just won 2 of 3 in Pittsburgh, are 10-3 against the Pirates so far this year, and continue to be a pleasant and unexpected surprise.  Whether or not they can maintain the pace for the entire season remains to be seen but it's been a nice bounceback from 2013's train wreck.

I'm watching the Cubs and Pirates right now and "Burgh Man" is juggling what look like illuminated bowling pins.


I'm sorry. 
 
Regarding the Brewers, I was one who believed and applauded Ryan Braun's self-righteous "victory dance" after he "beat" his first PED rap. 
 
Truth is, I should be rooting for this scrappy, small market team should the Buccos fall to earth.  But Braun, Gomez, and Garza make that difficult.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/21 10:20:25 (permalink)
I didn't post about it at the time, but when flying from Cincinnati to Raleigh following the April chili crawl, there was a very young man wearing dark sunglasses sitting across the row from me in first class. I kind of grumbled to myself that it must be nice to afford first class at that age (I had a free upgrade) then got back to reading Elmore Leonard.
 
As the plane began its final descent, the gentleman sitting next to the young man asked him if he was a ballplayer. He asked because the young man had a odd tan-line from his wrist to his elbow. The young man responded that he had made his major league debut the previous night for the Rays, going 0-4, but making the defensive play of the game in center field. He was returning to join the Dur'm Bulls.
 
Since then, Kevin Kiermaier has become Tampa Bay's regular right fielder, hitting .304 with 4 homers in 24 games. More impressive to me are the multiple times he's been featured for outstanding defensive plays at MLB.com. This morning he hit the apex, making Sports Center's #1 play for Friday. Da da da. Da da da.
 
Now I wish I would've gotten his autograph.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/21 13:47:36 (permalink)
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I didn't post about it at the time, but when flying from Cincinnati to Raleigh following the April chili crawl, there was a very young man wearing dark sunglasses sitting across the row from me in first class. I kind of grumbled to myself that it must be nice to afford first class at that age (I had a free upgrade) then got back to reading Elmore Leonard.

As the plane began its final descent, the gentleman sitting next to the young man asked him if he was a ballplayer. He asked because the young man had a odd tan-line from his wrist to his elbow. The young man responded that he had made his major league debut the previous night for the Rays, going 0-4, but making the defensive play of the game in center field. He was returning to join the Dur'm Bulls.

Since then, Kevin Kiermaier has become Tampa Bay's regular right fielder, hitting .304 with 4 homers in 24 games. More impressive to me are the multiple times he's been featured for outstanding defensive plays at MLB.com. This morning he hit the apex, making Sports Center's #1 play for Friday. Da da da. Da da da.

Now I wish I would've gotten his autograph.

I thought the players for the Durham Bulls traveled by bus with Susan Sarandon, not flying 1st Class!!!!! 
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Now why in Heaven's Name would someone flag this one???????????????
Must not like Susan Sarandon or the Durham Bulls????
GEEEZE THELMA & LOUISE!!!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/22 08:55:32 (permalink)
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I didn't post about it at the time, but when flying from Cincinnati to Raleigh following the April chili crawl, there was a very young man wearing dark sunglasses sitting across the row from me in first class. I kind of grumbled to myself that it must be nice to afford first class at that age (I had a free upgrade) then got back to reading Elmore Leonard.

As the plane began its final descent, the gentleman sitting next to the young man asked him if he was a ballplayer. He asked because the young man had a odd tan-line from his wrist to his elbow. The young man responded that he had made his major league debut the previous night for the Rays, going 0-4, but making the defensive play of the game in center field. He was returning to join the Dur'm Bulls.

Since then, Kevin Kiermaier has become Tampa Bay's regular right fielder, hitting .304 with 4 homers in 24 games. More impressive to me are the multiple times he's been featured for outstanding defensive plays at MLB.com. This morning he hit the apex, making Sports Center's #1 play for Friday. Da da da. Da da da.

Now I wish I would've gotten his autograph.

I thought the players for the Durham Bulls traveled by bus with Susan Sarandon, not flying 1st Class!!!!! 


I looked through all the reasons to 'flag' a post and did not see one which applies here.
 
Is there any way to 'flag' a 'flagger'? 
 
If so, consider it thrown.
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