More Baseball Fun

 

Who said it? Here are the answers from Tuesday’s blog.

 

1.  “Bench me or trade me!” (Chico Ruiz, after getting extended playing time due to other players’ injuries.)

 

 2. “I just want to say…”We’ve got the rings, we’ve got the money, we’ve got everything!”  (Chris Sabo in his victory speech on Fountain Square after the Reds won the 1990 World Series.)

 

 3. “Marty, do you have your shirt on?” (Adam Dunn spoofing Mary Brennaman on the Banana Phone.)

 

4. “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.” (Pete Rose.)

 

5. “Slumps are like a soft bed. They’re easy to get into and hard to get out of.” (Johnny Bench.)

 

6. “I only had a high school education and believe me, I had to cheat to get that.” (Sparky Anderson.)

 

7. “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.” (Yogi Berra.)

 

8. “Not only was I not the best catcher in the Major Leagues, I wasn’t even the best catcher on my street!” (Joe Garagiola, when asked how he compared to Yogi Berra.)

 

9. “I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.” (Babe Ruth, when asked why he deserved a higher salary than the President–$80,000 a year compared to the President’s $75,000.)

 

 10. “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” (Lou Gehrig’s goodbye speech at Yankee Stadium.)

More Baseball Fun

 

Who said it? (Answers will follow in a few days.)

 

1. “Bench me or trade me!”

 

 2. “I just want to say…”We’ve got the rings, we’ve got the money, we’ve got everything!” 

 

 3. “Marty, do you have your shirt on?”

 

4. “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.”

 

5. “Slumps are like a soft bed. They’re easy to get into and hard to get out of.”

 

6. “I only had a high school education and believe me, I had to cheat to get that.”

 

7. “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.”

 

8. “Not only was I not the best catcher in the Major Leagues, I wasn’t even the best catcher on my street!”

 

9. “I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.”

 

10.  “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break   I got.   Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

Play Ball!

In honor of the start of the 2016 baseball season, how many of you out there remember this former major leaguer? While his baseball career wasn’t long, his ‘other’ career was certainly a success. For those that may know know who this is, note his nickname.  Or perhaps you know him simply as Lucas McCain.  (Information courtesy of Baseballreference.com).  –Max

ConnersBlogPhoto of Chuck Connors

Chuck Connors

Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors (The Rifleman)

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6′ 5″, Weight: 190 lb.

Born: April 10, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY
High School: Adelphia Academy (Brooklyn, NY)
School: Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)
Signed
by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1940.
Debut: May 1, 1949 (Age 28.021, 8,189th in MLB history)   vs. PHI 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1951 season Rookie Status is lost when during a previous season or seasons
the player exceeded 130AB, 50IP, or 45 days of service.

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Teams (by GP): Cubs/Dodgers 1949-1951

Last Game: September 30, 1951 (Age 30.173)   vs. STL 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Died: November 10, 1992 in Los Angeles, CA (Aged 71.214)
Buried: San Fernando Mission Burial Park, Mission Hills, CA

It Has To Be Here

Spring that is. I should need nothing more than to look at my lawn to determine this, but every year there are sports related items that confirm spring’s arrival. The NCAA tournament, first pitch of the season, NHL and NBA teams vying for final playoff spots. I know that hope springs eternal, but there is I fear no hope for our hometown redlegs this year. I will wait however for the end of the month to see what the Bengals pick up in the draft for their run up to the Super Bowl this season.

Peyton Manning

One of the greatest players of all time, retired a few days ago, Peyton Manning.  After 18 years in the NFL Peyton is walking away from the sport he gave so much to.  I’m glad I got to watch Manning’s career as I grew up playing pee wee football, this future NFL Hall of inductee has just about every record in the book. Some records most likely will never be broken. His retirement speech was well prepared and thoughtful and you could tell who means the world to Peyton. And he could have not ended the speech any better.  His last word before walking off stage was “Omaha”.

Filet Mignon

Here’s an interesting little recipe I ran across for your Green Egg or Kamado Joe.

Ingredients

4 beef Tenderloin Steaks, cut 1-inch thick (about 6 ounces each)

1 tablespoon butter

11?2 cups assorted mushrooms (shiitake, enoki, straw, cremini, button or chanterelle), whole or cut in half if large

1?4 cup minced shallots

11?2 cups beef broth

1?2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1?4 teaspoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon water

 

Instructions:

Set the EGG to direct cooking 600°F/316°C.

Cook steaks 2 minutes, flip, cook 2 more minutes, then flip one last time and cook for 2 additional minutes. Check internal temperature with food thermometer for doneness. Remove to platter, season with salt and pepper, as desired. Keep warm.

Set the EGG to indirect cooking at 350°F/177°C.

In a Stir Fry and Paella Pan, heat butter until melted. Add mushrooms and shallots; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and browned. Add beef broth and thyme to pan, stirring until browned bits attached to bottom of pan are dissolved; bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water in small bowl; stir into mushroom mixture. Cook 2 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.

Serve steaks with sauce.

Makes 4 servings.

Tents Are Up!

Are you looking for a new outdoor patio set, a couple of chairs, or maybe just a table?  I encourage you to stop in and check out all the furniture we have in stock or what we can special order. With that said the tents are up, loaded with lots of patio furniture including closeouts, floor models, and brand new 2016 sets.  There are some ridiculous savings under the tents and in our showrooms right now.

70 Degrees Has March’ed Into 2016!

Happy 1st day of spring! With the warmer weather, but rain in the upcoming forecast, could we get an early jump to the swim season this year? I hope so! The quicker we get the warm weather and not the so rainy weather, the quicker we can start to install our backlog of new pools. But it also allows customers to get their current pool open so they can enjoy another fun and safe swimming season.  I have my fingers crossed for a nice spring and summer, not a rain filled year like it has been in the past.

Warmer Days

Well, it is only a couple of days until the first day of spring and quite frankly, I’m ready for it.  I like being warm but I like being outdoors. Wearing a down parka and shoveling snow is not my idea of fun. I look forward to nice evenings on my back deck, with something tasty cooking on the grill.  Spring—bring it on.  Please.

Brewed By Aliens?

OK maybe not, but with St. Patrick’s day being right around the corner I had to pause and wonder where green beer tradition came from? As it turns out the origins are not from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, but from up the east coast. The first recorded reference to be found leads the origin to a St. Patrick’s Day party at a New York City social club in 1914. It was found that 1 drop of wash blue dye into a certain amount of beer would change the color into the desired green hue. It is however safe to say that this was not done with Guinness, as you know the only color you can dye Guinness is into a darker shade of black. This did however lead to the creation that is loved by college kids just up the road at Miami University and the founding of their Green Beer Day in 1952.

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