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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Baseball’s newest rally novelty: Dominicans’ rally plantain

The Dominican Republic is hoping it can ride plantain power to the World Baseball Classic championship.

Owing at least part of their success to closer Fernando Rodney’s mystical “rally plantain” that he keeps tucked in the side of his uniform pants while sitting in the bullpen, the Dominicans advanced to Tuesday night’s title game by beating the Netherlands 4-1 in a WBC semifinal on Monday

...“It’s kind of crazy,” San Diego Padres right-hander Edinson Volquez, who was the winning pitcher Monday, said of the plantain, a yellow banana-like fruit that is common in Latin America. “It works, though. So why not?”

That’s what Dominican manager Tony Peña thinks.

“When I first saw Rodney with that banana or plantain or whatever it is, I cracked up,” said Peña, the New York Yankees’ bench coach. “In this game, you need to do whatever you can to make it fun and take away the stress. It can be a difficult game and you need to keep things loose. Rodney definitely keeps things loose.”

Thanks to BN.

Repoz Posted: March 19, 2013 at 03:56 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RollingWave Posted: March 19, 2013 at 05:53 AM (#4390998)
what exactly is the difference between a banana and a plantain anyway, we have those in Taiwan too but other than that the later is greenier a bit harder, they just look like different sub specicies?
   2. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: March 19, 2013 at 06:03 AM (#4390999)
Plantains are much starchier, less sweet.
   3. RollingWave Posted: March 19, 2013 at 06:36 AM (#4391000)
yeah i know that, i've eaten a good bunch, but from a biological POV ... (wiking.)

ok, basically same thing, same genus anyway.
   4. asinwreck Posted: March 19, 2013 at 07:33 AM (#4391003)
Is that a rally plantain in your pants, or are you just happy to be in the WBC?
   5. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: March 19, 2013 at 08:39 AM (#4391022)
said of the plantain, a yellow banana-like fruit that is common in Latin America.


I've always seen plantains with green skins. I've eaten a million of them either boiled in stew (like dumplings) or smashed and fried. The fried sweet plantains you can get at Cuban/Jamaican restaurants are great.
   6. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 19, 2013 at 08:42 AM (#4391025)
When I first moved to Florida, I had what I thought were bananas growing in my backyard, and thought, "How cool is that?". Liking my bananas on the green side, I picked a yellowish-green one and took a bite. There's not enough water in the world to staunch the dryness that comes from biting into an unripe plantain. I later learned that they are quite tasty when ripe and subsequently fried or sauteed. But it's so much less hassle to get them already prepared at the local Cuban market, so I tore them out and planted proper bananas.
   7. zack Posted: March 19, 2013 at 08:54 AM (#4391032)
Judging by the menus in my washington heights neighborhood, plantains make up approximately 75% of the Dominican diet. And 100% of the non-meat diet. It's not uncommon to get a plantain-based dish with a side of plantains. plantains:Dominicans::potatoes:Irish.
   8. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 19, 2013 at 09:05 AM (#4391039)
Judging by the menus in my washington heights neighborhood, plantains make up approximately 75% of the Dominican diet. And 100% of the non-meat diet. It's not uncommon to get a plantain-based dish with a side of plantains. plantains:Dominicans::potatoes:Irish.


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   9. GregD Posted: March 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM (#4391096)
Judging by the menus in my washington heights neighborhood, plantains make up approximately 75% of the Dominican diet. And 100% of the non-meat diet. It's not uncommon to get a plantain-based dish with a side of plantains. plantains:Dominicans::potatoes:Irish.
I miss the mofongo since we moved from the heights. You can get mofongo with a side of tostones and maduros for dessert!

I've always seen plantains with green skins. I've eaten a million of them either boiled in stew (like dumplings) or smashed and fried. The fried sweet plantains you can get at Cuban/Jamaican restaurants are great.
Some variation but you want green for tostones, yellow with black bruises for maduros.

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