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lleechef
Sirloin
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/02/10 11:00:38
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! 
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/02/10 18:54:33
ScreamingChicken

MetroplexJim

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.
 

lleechef
Sirloin
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/02/10 19:19:58
MJ
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! 
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/02/11 07:38:42
lleechef

MJ
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! 
  
  
  
 
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2014/02/11 07:39:50
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/02/11 11:06:51
MJ
How about this:  I'll take one bite, send the rest to you, then go get a hot dog and a beer!
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/02/27 07:47:45
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.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/03/13 09:35:12
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.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/03/29 01:38:58
 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
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/03/29 08:08:15
(speechless).

Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/03/29 16:18:59
MetroplexJim
(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.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/03/30 09:20:30
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!
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2014/03/30 09:22:24
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 04:23:39
Today was opening day of "Boring Season"!
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 10:22:51
I thoroughly enjoyed 'our' win over the Rangers yesterday. Thoroughly. Not boring to us at all!
Davebassman
Cheeseburger
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 10:51:45
Go Nats!....I also enjoyed opening day!
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 12:30:42
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.
post edited by CCinNJ - 2014/04/01 19:09:15
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 19:01:05
harriet1954

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.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 19:03:58
Foodbme

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.

CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 19:12:22
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.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/01 19:23:10
2014 Playoff teams:
 
O's, Tigers, Angels; WC's: Rays, Royals, Rangers.
 
Nats, Cards, Dodgers; WC's: Braves, Bucs, Giants.
 
"WS Champ":  Cards
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/02 02:52:33
MetroplexJim

Foodbme

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????????
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/02 07:40:50
Foodbme

MetroplexJim

Foodbme

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! 
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/02 09:48:17
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!
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/02 13:45:33
MetroplexJim
Foodbme
MetroplexJim
Foodbme
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?
post edited by Foodbme - 2014/04/02 13:47:53
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/02 18:55:13
Foodbme

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!
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/02 19:05:14
Let's go Astros...



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

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

post edited by CCinNJ - 2014/04/03 00:25:59
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/03 13:50:18
MetroplexJim
Foodbme
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!
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/08 15:26:18
It's hard to believe that it's been 40 years since Al Downing made history...
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/04/08 16:10:39
ScreamingChicken

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.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/02 18:54:29
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.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/02 19:28:22
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.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/03 10:48:01
Michael Hoffman

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!
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/03 10:55:13
MetroplexJim

Michael Hoffman

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.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/03 17:31:13
lleechef
MetroplexJim
Michael Hoffman
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! 
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/03 17:41:25
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! 
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/04 09:16:21
Just to get that mouth a - watering ...
 

 
Note the motto on the side of the truck:  "FRESH FROZEN PIZZA!"
 
 
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/04 11:33:09
Well, I can honestly say my mouth is not a-watering but a promise is a promise. 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/04 11:52:40
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.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/05 07:47:10
lleechef

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.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/05 10:41:05
Flattery will get you nowhere.  I'll try to be nice.
GO BUCS!
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/07 18:34:44
lleechef

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.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/08 21:26:46
MJ
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.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/09 09:44:59
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
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/09 10:37:20
MJ
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!
post edited by lleechef - 2014/05/09 10:38:55
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/09 18:55:18
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".  
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/09 19:21:08
MJ
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)
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/10 08:48:58
lleechef

MetroplexJim

Michael Hoffman

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?
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/10 10:41:40
Nary a taste.
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/05/12 09:55:19
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.
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/02 10:16:43
Gotta love the Cubs!!
 
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/05 11:17:31
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. 
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/08 16:03:59
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.
MetroplexJim
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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
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 ...
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/09 19:30:39
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.
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2014/06/11 09:31:38
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/09 21:30:01
MetroplexJim

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.
Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/06/16 15:42:49
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.
 
MetroplexJim
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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
ScreamingChicken

MetroplexJim

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.
JRPfeff
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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
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.
post edited by JRPfeff - 2014/06/21 10:58:04
Foodbme
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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
JRPfeff

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!!!
post edited by Foodbme - 2014/06/22 16:27:14
MetroplexJim
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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
Foodbme

JRPfeff

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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