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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lefty O’Doul’s thieves do the right thing

Darlene Sularski, a cocktail waitress and hostess at Lefty O’Doul’s Restaurant and Tavern, recoiled in horror Tuesday morning when she opened a package delivered to the famed San Francisco establishment.

Inside the box was the severed left arm of Lefty O’Doul, legendary San Francisco baseball player and manager.

“To look at,” said the sergeant-major, fumbling in his pocket, “it’s just an ordinary little paw, dried to a mummy.”

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 21, 2010 at 01:36 PM | 32 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Sean Forman Posted: July 21, 2010 at 02:26 PM (#3595001)
BTW, if any of you RTFA and wonder about the bike ride. It is RAGBRAI and is a 15,000 person rolling one-week kegger across Iowa. I've never done it, but hope to some day.
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 21, 2010 at 02:33 PM (#3595009)
It is RAGBRAI and is a 15,000 person rolling one-week kegger across Iowa.

that should help narrow down the suspects
   3. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 21, 2010 at 02:57 PM (#3595051)
Andy Warhol used to periodically take everything off of his desk, box it up, and store it. He'd call the boxes "time capsules".

One of my friends used to work for the Warhol museum. They've been working to open and catalogue the contents of all of his time capsules for the last few years. It's a real mixed bag. Works of art, scraps of paper, crusty old porn mags, random household objects... even one that contained only a wad of raw pizza dough (and a large number of dead flies, which presumably invited themselves).

Anyway, they opened one of the boxes a few years back and found a mummified, severed human hand. To the best of my knowledge, they've never been able to identify the owner, or determine how Warhol acquired it.
   4. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 21, 2010 at 02:57 PM (#3595052)
that should help narrow down the suspects


Well, that and the fact that they included photos of themselves with the arm in the box when they returned it...
   5. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: July 21, 2010 at 03:13 PM (#3595070)
The shocking thing to me is that Lefty O'Doul's is still open. The place seemed to be constantly in a state of near closure when I lived in/near SF.
   6. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: July 21, 2010 at 03:16 PM (#3595075)
Perhaps I had too high of hopes (why, I don't know), but I ate there about 3 years ago and thought it was mediocre at best, though a cool place on the inside with nice staff.
   7. Dale Sams Posted: July 21, 2010 at 05:32 PM (#3595247)
“To look at,” said the sergeant-major, fumbling in his pocket, “it’s just an ordinary little paw, dried to a mummy.”


For anyone curious as to what the son actually looked like, see yesterday's photo of the day.
   8. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: July 21, 2010 at 09:01 PM (#3595521)
The Royals signed the severed arm to a 2 year, $10 million contract a day later.
   9. Steve Treder Posted: July 21, 2010 at 09:10 PM (#3595530)
The shocking thing to me is that Lefty O'Doul's is still open. The place seemed to be constantly in a state of near closure when I lived in/near SF.


Perhaps I had too high of hopes (why, I don't know), but I ate there about 3 years ago and thought it was mediocre at best, though a cool place on the inside with nice staff.

It's thriving; always seems to be busy every time I go there.

The food is hofbrau standard, nothing fancy. But they have good brews on tap, a full bar, and tons of authentic vintage memoribilia covering every wall. It truly WAS Lefty O'Doul's place; it didn't just use his name, nor was it built after he died, or anything like that.

What more do you want? It's a fun place.
   10. Van Lingle Mungo Jerry Posted: July 21, 2010 at 09:12 PM (#3595532)
I have to say that opening TFA and seeing the photograph of the item in question was about a half-step above an Albright on the disappointment scale. Maybe a half-step below.
   11. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 21, 2010 at 09:21 PM (#3595547)
The Royals signed the severed arm to a 2 year, $10 million contract a day later.


Might want to look into grafting it onto Gil Meche, once his falls off.
   12. smileyy Posted: July 21, 2010 at 10:02 PM (#3595585)
[10] Agree. If it had been a real mummified arm, it'd have been worth the double-posting. As it is...
   13. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 21, 2010 at 10:16 PM (#3595608)
Well, excuse me for not flying to San Francisco this morning so I could desecrate a corpse for your amusement. I'll try to do better next time!

Sheesh.
   14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 21, 2010 at 10:19 PM (#3595615)
Speaking of which, has anyone else ever gone to the NMHM in DC to check out General Daniel Sickles' arm?

Kind of a reprehensible guy, but he did have a certain amount of style.
   15. John DiFool2 Posted: July 22, 2010 at 12:42 AM (#3595734)
Best poster/topic combination ever.
   16. Flynn Posted: July 22, 2010 at 12:52 AM (#3595739)
Leftys is a San Francisco treasure. It's a fantastic place and a total time capsule to boot. It boggles my mind when people say the don't like it, though I have often found people to have somewhat unrealistic expectations for it (such as it bring a tourist trap - virtually everything in Union Square is).

Lefty's occasionally tenuous existence is mainly based on landlords who try and raise its rent more than any lack of business.
   17. Morty Causa Posted: July 22, 2010 at 01:31 AM (#3595764)
Was there ever a big push for Lefty to be in the Hall of Fame? He was a great hitter, likely would have had even higher rate numbers had he been in the majors as a hitter on the front end of his career. Funny, how Ruth, a very good pitcher, was too good hitter to stay a pitcher, but O'Doul had to suffer an injury in order to be allowed to reinvent himself. Although, in his early years in the majors, the stats (insignificant as they are) don't show that he was an untapped great hitter, althuogh the minor league stats are much better. I wonder what Bill James's old Brock system would have his career as a hitter as.
   18. Mr. J. Penny Smoltzuzaka Posted: July 22, 2010 at 02:13 AM (#3595792)
It is RAGBRAI and is a 15,000 person rolling one-week kegger across Iowa.


Nothing spells fun like combining bikes and beer.
   19. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: July 22, 2010 at 02:25 AM (#3595806)
I went to Lefty's (was hungry and it was right there). Had no expectations (though I, of course, had heard of it), was not worth the time.
(Though some of the wall swag was admittedly cool.)
   20. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: July 22, 2010 at 02:25 AM (#3595807)
Speaking of which, has anyone else ever gone to the NMHM in DC to check out General Daniel Sickles' arm?
Arm, or leg?
Where's Larry? He can confirm which limb.
   21. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 22, 2010 at 02:28 AM (#3595813)
Notable celebrity and pro athlete owned restaurants now closed. It's quite a list.

But Stan & Biggie's is still around after 61 years. And Albert Pujols just opened a new place to give The Man some competition.
   22. Snowboy Posted: July 22, 2010 at 08:22 AM (#3596038)
I've heard nothing but bad things about Leftys. When I went to SF in May (to experience warmth, baseball, and escape a snowstorm), I did not go. I even saw it from the cable car, but the many neg reviews stopped me.
But if Flynn says its a treasure, I guess I have to check it out.
   23. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 22, 2010 at 03:34 PM (#3596224)
Arm, or leg?


Huh, you're right, it was a leg. That's not nearly as topical.

I must've been thinking about Phil Kearny. Or O.O. Howard.
   24. SoSH U at work Posted: July 22, 2010 at 03:44 PM (#3596234)
Was there ever a big push for Lefty to be in the Hall of Fame? He was a great hitter, likely would have had even higher rate numbers had he been in the majors as a hitter on the front end of his career. Funny, how Ruth, a very good pitcher, was too good hitter to stay a pitcher, but O'Doul had to suffer an injury in order to be allowed to reinvent himself. Although, in his early years in the majors, the stats (insignificant as they are) don't show that he was an untapped great hitter, althuogh the minor league stats are much better. I wonder what Bill James's old Brock system would have his career as a hitter as.


Combining this with one of the other threads going now, I think there should be a place in the Hall of Fame (genuine induction, not some Spinksy thing) for the Lefty O'Douls and Buck O'Neils (to name the two most prominent types) and others, men and women whose contributions to the game may not be easily measured but in totality have nonetheless added greatly to our appreciation and understanding of the game.
   25. ?Donde esta Dagoberto Campaneris? Posted: July 22, 2010 at 03:48 PM (#3596237)
If you're in SF with the Mrs. and you can't drag her away from Union Square, Lefty's is your salvation. If you're in the city for a bit and you've got some time to spare, it's a fun place to have a drink. If you travel to SF just to go to Lefty's- you'll probably be disappointed.
   26. Steve Treder Posted: July 22, 2010 at 03:55 PM (#3596244)
I've heard nothing but bad things about Leftys.

See, I don't get it. What could people's expectations be, that they have something bad to say about Lefty's?

It isn't a sit-down restaurant, it's a hofbrau. It's a sports bar, from back before the kitschy modern mass-produced concept of sports bar was even invented. This is the genuine old-school article.

In order to find something to complain about there, you'd have to either have remarkably misinformed expectations, or just be wanting to complain.
   27. McCoy Posted: July 22, 2010 at 03:59 PM (#3596250)
I'm pretty sure the only celebrity restaurant I've ever gone to is a Ditka Dogs that was in my area at one time and I think the only reason we went there was because it was the closest hot dog place in our area. Now that I think about it that is one thing I have missed throughout my years of living outside of the midwest. I don't really recall seeing too many or any hot dog places in Philly and I can't seem to conjure up any in the NoVa area. NY obviously had Nathan's but I never really liked their hot dogs.
   28. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 22, 2010 at 04:07 PM (#3596260)
Combining this with one of the other threads going now, I think there should be a place in the Hall of Fame (genuine induction, not some Spinksy thing) for the Lefty O'Douls and Buck O'Neils (to name the two most prominent types) and others, men and women whose contributions to the game may not be easily measured but in totality have nonetheless added greatly to our appreciation and understanding of the game.

I completely agree, but that would take a lot more vision than you're ever going to get out of any Hall of Fame committee. Christ, look how long it took Bill Veeck to get in, and Marvin Miller's still looking in from the outside.
   29. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: July 22, 2010 at 04:12 PM (#3596265)
They sell food. I ate their food. It wasn't good. I really don't think that's setting the bar very high...
EDIT: In the hopefully unlikely event you remember my many food posts here over the years, you'll know I'm not super picky or high brow either.

That said, Lefty O'Doul, the player and man - very cool.
   30. Steve Treder Posted: July 22, 2010 at 04:17 PM (#3596274)
They sell food. I ate their food. It wasn't good. I really don't think that's setting the bar very high...

What in the world is your expectation the quality of sublime excellence of steam-table corned beef and mashed potatoes in a beer-hall cafeteria?
   31. Flynn Posted: July 22, 2010 at 05:45 PM (#3596382)
Yeah, I'm with Steve on this.

I've had their food a billion times. It's corned beef or pastrami usually for me and some mashed potatoes. It's pretty hard to screw those things up, and I've generally found they haven't. It's very much food for a 1950s white American male palate, but I'm cool with that.
   32. Steve Treder Posted: July 22, 2010 at 05:51 PM (#3596388)
It's very much food for a 1950s white American male palate, but I'm cool with that.

Indeed, the menu very obviously hasn't been updated one iota since about 1953. Neither has anything else in the place. (Certainly not the access to the restroom, which shall we say would not be in compliance with today's ADA standard. After about the fourth beer, that long, narrow and steep concrete stairway is not for the faint of heart.)

That's precisely the beauty of the place.

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