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“Unlimited sushi” and optional practices (!) highlight Manny Ramirez’s new contract in Japan

The details of his new contract were just made public in a recent press conference and… [it] has some very specific perks that go along with it.
Among those benefits is “unlimited sushi” for the full span of the season, a hotel suite on road trips, his own personal Mercedes (with driver) and, in a nod to the “Manny Being Manny” days of old, practicing is “optional.”

PreservedFish Posted: March 18, 2017 at 04:52 PM | 41 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Cargo Cultist Posted: March 19, 2017 at 12:00 AM (#5419445)
A shame they didn't include regular haircuts in that contract.
   2. Renegade (((JE))) Posted: March 19, 2017 at 12:03 AM (#5419448)
Will we have unlimited posts on Manny's unlimited sushi?
   3. PreservedFish Posted: March 19, 2017 at 12:11 AM (#5419452)
Did I miss a thread on this? Damn it, sorry.
   4. Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: March 19, 2017 at 12:11 AM (#5419453)
Manny doesn't strike me as a sushi guy
   5. PreservedFish Posted: March 19, 2017 at 12:17 AM (#5419456)
I remember reading a big article in ESPN Magazine about Manny soon after he signed with the Red Sox. It basically talked about how naive he was, how closeted his life had been. He had no understanding of the wealth he had access to. Basically portrayed him as an idiot savant, genius hitter but otherwise a childish space cadet. Now he's living in Japan and demanding sushi. I wonder how different a person he is now.
   6. Renegade (((JE))) Posted: March 19, 2017 at 12:22 AM (#5419458)
Manny doesn't strike me as a sushi guy
The same could be said about Homer.
   7. Hank G. Posted: March 19, 2017 at 12:42 AM (#5419463)
He’s paving the way for Pablo Sandoval.
   8. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 19, 2017 at 08:37 AM (#5419483)
If I had to eat only one kind of food for the rest of my life, it would be sushi.

That or Pez. Cherry Pez. No question about it.
   9. Styles P. Deadball Posted: March 19, 2017 at 10:06 AM (#5419493)
Nobody believes in goochers anymore, YR.
   10. chisoxcollector Posted: March 19, 2017 at 11:37 AM (#5419504)
I'm a bit of a sushi fanatic as well. My job requires near constant travel, so my expense account covers most of my meals. That makes good sushi much easier to afford, lol.

The president of the company I work for used to approve my expenses. At one of our company meetings, he commented that I was by far his most expensive employee because of all the sushi I eat. For the next year, I kept track. I ate sushi that year just over 200 times.
   11. PreservedFish Posted: March 19, 2017 at 12:16 PM (#5419519)
Wow, that's a lot of sushi.
   12. Morty Causa Posted: March 19, 2017 at 12:33 PM (#5419523)
Homer is definitely an all-you-can-eat guy, though. Goodbye belt.

Manny likes sushi? I'm still waiting to hear something positive about that guy.
   13. Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 20, 2017 at 01:26 PM (#5419977)
Sushi? I can take it or leave it.

Given any choice, I will always leave it.
   14. AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther Posted: March 20, 2017 at 02:19 PM (#5420045)
The president of the company I work for used to approve my expenses. At one of our company meetings, he commented that I was by far his most expensive employee because of all the sushi I eat. For the next year, I kept track. I ate sushi that year just over 200 times.
How much are you generally allowed to spend on dinner? Here in NY I can barely fill up on even the cheapest sushi (not including drinks or anything else) for $40 (once tax/tip are included).
   15. dr. scott Posted: March 20, 2017 at 04:07 PM (#5420132)
The $/calorie ratio on sushi makes it the perfect expense account food, but the lack of good beer at most sushi restaurants made it a rare visit in my business travels (mostly to Europe and Las Vegas so far). I will likely go to Japan and Taiwan soon, so I imagine that will change. Though i was not a huge fan of Vegas, there are much worse towns to be stuck in with an expense account.
   16. PreservedFish Posted: March 20, 2017 at 04:26 PM (#5420142)
The $/calorie ratio on sushi makes it the perfect expense account food


You're ... trying to spend as much money as possible?
   17. AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther Posted: March 20, 2017 at 04:33 PM (#5420146)
You're ... trying to spend as much money as possible?
More likely he doesn't have sushi often because the expense doesn't make it worth it, which increases its desirability when someone else is paying.

I understand that completely, except that for me to get my fill of good sushi, it usually costs close to $100, so even expensing it doesn't really work for me. (I order dinner at work most days, and I'm pretty sure $100 is more than they are expecting me to spend.)
   18. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 04:38 PM (#5420148)

For the next year, I kept track. I ate sushi that year just over 200 times.

Do you worry at all about mercury exposure?
   19. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 04:49 PM (#5420157)

I understand that completely, except that for me to get my fill of good sushi, it usually costs close to $100, so even expensing it doesn't really work for me. (I order dinner at work most days, and I'm pretty sure $100 is more than they are expecting me to spend.)

I don't understand this unless you eat a lot more than I do or you're eating at fairly high end places. I mean, you can't gorge yourself on sushi in Manhattan for $25, but you can have a complete meal at a good sushi place for a lot less than $100 per person (sans alcohol).
   20. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 04:54 PM (#5420160)
Do you worry at all about mercury exposure?


He was drooling and infertile when he got there.
   21. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 04:56 PM (#5420162)
I mean, you can't gorge yourself on sushi in Manhattan for $25, but you can have a complete meal at a good sushi place for a lot less than $100 per person (sans alcohol).


If I'm going to a good sushi place in Manhattan I'm getting an omakase dinner and I ain't getting out for less than $100.

Hey, I'm going to be in NYC again in mid-April, anyone got a spare +1 for Sushi Nakazawa?
   22. dr. scott Posted: March 20, 2017 at 04:59 PM (#5420166)
You're ... trying to spend as much money as possible?


Actually trying to get a few calories with the highest taste that someone else is paying for. When I'm travelling I tend to eat way too much as serving sizes are so ginormous at most restaurants. Double that with long hours and no exercise and the pounds add up. I think i gained 10-15 my 6 months of travelling to Vegas every week, and it would have been more if I did not search out the high taste low portion stuff on menus that tend to be quite expensive. (We had no set per diem and some days I really took advantage of that).

That being said my wife and i can get suhsi to go (we would eat there, but the beer is not very good, so we take it to the bar a block away and watch the giants games... yes Sushi is a baseball season food). Its a few blocks from our house and fills us up for under $35. Not super cheap, but not crazy.
   23. PreservedFish Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:10 PM (#5420181)
There's a small chain in Los Angeles called Sugarfish that is very interesting. It's kind of a cookie cutter omakase menu - it doesn't cost too much, and there's not much choice, but you do get many different courses, and they're diverse and interesting, often with just 1-2 pieces of nigiri at a time, one handroll, a cooked dish, etc, just like you would at a fancy sushi place. The other thing that's interesting is that the rice is kept fairly warm and it's more highly seasoned than I'm used to. All in all it was delicious, and I hope they expand into other cities, or are at least are successfully copied.

Also when I had my dinner there I got a little drunk and stumbled onto an outdoor showing of Young Frankenstein, the "Puttin' on the Ritz" scene, so I was exceedingly happy that day.
   24. PreservedFish Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:20 PM (#5420190)
Also in LA I ate at a funny little place called Shunji where the chef took a live Santa Barbara spot prawn, cut its head off, placed the head in front of me on the counter, plunged the tail into ice water, peeled the shell, and had it on rice, on my plate, before the top half of the animal had stopped moving its feet. That was pretty cool, and delicious.
   25. mike f Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:27 PM (#5420195)
Since y'all are talking food again, pfish, zop, or anyone else, my (pregnant) wife and I are heading to NYC in a couple weeks. We have lunch reservations for Bouley and Gramercy Tavern. Are those good choices? Are there any cheaper places anyone would rec for breakfast or dinner? We're staying in Chelsea but can go anywhere.
   26. GordonShumway Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:33 PM (#5420200)
Since y'all are talking food again, pfish, zop, or anyone else, my (pregnant) wife and I are heading to NYC in a couple weeks. We have lunch reservations for Bouley and Gramercy Tavern. Are those good choices? Are there any cheaper places anyone would rec for breakfast or dinner? We're staying in Chelsea but can go anywhere.


What's your budget? What kind of cuisine? What other preferences do you have?
   27. madvillain Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:34 PM (#5420202)
We're staying in Chelsea but can go anywhere.


Go to Jackson Heights and just follow your nose. I'm biased as a working class fellow but the ethnic corners in the outer boroughs (and in Manhattan to be fair) beat any upscale NYC dining.
   28. GordonShumway Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:35 PM (#5420203)
For the next year, I kept track. I ate sushi that year just over 200 times.


Recommendations of where to go or where to avoid?
   29. PreservedFish Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:38 PM (#5420204)
mike f, they're both excellent restaurants. Gramercy is not the most exciting restaurant around, but it is consistently superb. I dunno, there are a thousand good places to go. I always recommend Katz's to tourists.
   30. PreservedFish Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:40 PM (#5420207)
Go to Jackson Heights and just follow your nose.


One of my favorite neighborhoods, for the food, the exoticism, the diversity - but let's be frank, only about .01% of regular travelers to NYC want to go to Jackson Heights. You can't just recommend this without explaining that it's 40-60 minutes away from everything else, it's non-scenic, etc.
   31. GordonShumway Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:40 PM (#5420208)
There's a small chain in Los Angeles called Sugarfish that is very interesting. It's kind of a cookie cutter omakase menu - it doesn't cost too much, and there's not much choice, but you do get many different courses, and they're diverse and interesting, often with just 1-2 pieces of nigiri at a time, one handroll, a cooked dish, etc, just like you would at a fancy sushi place. The other thing that's interesting is that the rice is kept fairly warm and it's more highly seasoned than I'm used to. All in all it was delicious, and I hope they expand into other cities, or are at least are successfully copied.


Co-signed.
   32. AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:45 PM (#5420212)
I don't understand this unless you eat a lot more than I do or you're eating at fairly high end places. I mean, you can't gorge yourself on sushi in Manhattan for $25, but you can have a complete meal at a good sushi place for a lot less than $100 per person (sans alcohol).
I eat a lot. I run 50+ miles per week (though these days I've been cycling as a substitute for some of those).

For $25 (once tax/tip is included), at the cheapest place near where I work, assuming no drinks or anything and no appetizers (always expensive per calorie), I can get 6 pieces of Nigiri OR 2 cheap rolls OR 1 "special" 10-piece roll. That's about half what I would normally want to eat. To fill up at a "good" place would easily cost twice that. There's the $100.

I seldom get sushi for this reason... it's usually depressing to either leave unsatisfied or part with $100. I have been eating cheap sushi and some of it is decent, but I don't really like it as much as other cheap foods.

edit: Now I'm getting hungry. I do sometimes still order sushi, but usually as penitence for having been a glutton of late, or I've already eaten dinner and just want a snack and work is paying.
   33. madvillain Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:53 PM (#5420221)
One of my favorite neighborhoods, for the food, the exoticism, the diversity - but let's be frank, only about .01% of regular travelers to NYC want to go to Jackson Heights. You can't just recommend this without explaining that it's 40-60 minutes away from everything else, it's non-scenic, etc.


Well, the train ride is part of the experience! It's mostly above ground, which is cool.

For a few years, I lived in Sunset Park, right on 8th ave in Chinatown. We'd see the the food tours from time to time. What an amazing part of the city where you could go down to 5th and get some of the best Mexican cuisine anywhere in the US and then go up to 8th and get some of the best Chinese.

The Village Voice called the Banh Mi spot on 8th and 46th street "the best hero in the city" I think in 2008 and the food tours always were in line there when I was craving a pate Banh Mi. I also used to get pork buns for $1/bun which did not help my waistline at all. Weekends were usually a few pork buns for breakfast washed down with an overly sugared bodega coffee.

The other fun part of that part of BK is that the R train stopped at 45th. Sometimes you'd see panicked tourists realize that it was not anywhere near Times Square.
   34. Nasty Nate Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:59 PM (#5420225)

For $25 (once tax/tip is included), at the cheapest place near where I work, assuming no drinks or anything and no appetizers (always expensive per calorie), I can get 6 pieces of Nigiri OR 2 cheap rolls OR 1 "special" 10-piece roll. That's about half what I would normally want to eat. To fill up at a "good" place would easily cost twice that. There's the $100.
Seems like $50 to me.
   35. AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:03 PM (#5420228)
No, at a cheap place $50, at an "good" place $100.
   36. Nasty Nate Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:09 PM (#5420233)
Ah my mistake.
   37. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:21 PM (#5420239)

There is a Sugarfish in Manhattan now, too.
   38. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:42 PM (#5420243)

I eat a lot. I run 50+ miles per week (though these days I've been cycling as a substitute for some of those).

I probably run 25 miles per week, and also eat a good portion of my meals in the office / on the road, so I can understand where you're coming from. And I feel like I've gotten pretty good at maximizing my calories per $ over the years.

For $25 (once tax/tip is included), at the cheapest place near where I work, assuming no drinks or anything and no appetizers (always expensive per calorie), I can get 6 pieces of Nigiri OR 2 cheap rolls OR 1 "special" 10-piece roll. That's about half what I would normally want to eat. To fill up at a "good" place would easily cost twice that. There's the $100.

I don't know where you work, but in my neighborhood at 23rd and 8th, there's Asuka Sushi where for $20-25 before tax and tip you can get a good sushi entree (that comes with a miso soup or salad). In other neighborhoods where I've lived there have usually been comparable options.

Or you can go to Sushi of Gari (4 locations in Manhattan), which is pretty high end without breaking the bank, and you can get an entree for $29-55 before tax and tip. If you add apps and drinks, you're probably looking at $100 per person, but you can get good value for your money without doing so.
   39. PreservedFish Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:47 PM (#5420249)
There is a Sugarfish in Manhattan now, too.


Cool!

Check out that menu people. $39 omakase - one maki roll, 8 nigiri, two handrolls, nary a California roll within sight.

edit > tip included!
   40. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:50 PM (#5420252)
I don't know where you work, but in my neighborhood at 23rd and 8th, there's Asuka Sushi where for $20-25 before tax and tip you can get a good sushi entree (that comes with a miso soup or salad). In other neighborhoods where I've lived there have usually been comparable options.

Or you can go to Sushi of Gari (4 locations in Manhattan), which is pretty high end without breaking the bank, and you can get an entree for $29-55 before tax and tip. If you add apps and drinks, you're probably looking at $100 per person, but you can get good value for your money without doing so.

Or you can hire Manny Ramirez's agent and never worry about this kind of stuff again.
   41. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:51 PM (#5420253)
Check out that menu people. $39 omakase - one maki roll, 8 nigiri, two handrolls, nary a California roll within sight.

What do we have to do to make this happen in Chicago?

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