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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Royals - DFAed Ramirez

Kansas City Royals - Designed P Horacio Ramirez for assignment.

The original plan was to put Ramirez adrift in the ocean and let God sort it out, but upon further reflection, the Royals realized that simply releasing Ramirez back into the wild could possibly result in their hitters getting to face him at some point, a shot in the arm that the 13th-ranked Royal offense sorely needs.  Also, the MLB CBA does not allow contracts to be assigned in this manner, a clause reinforced when baseball foiled Woody Woodward’s plot to have Greg Hibbard garroted at an In-N-Out Burger, his corpse then being deposited into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Dan Szymborski Posted: June 06, 2009 at 07:19 PM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: June 06, 2009 at 11:34 PM (#3208951)
According to FanGraphs, Ramirez managed to edge out Brad Wilkerson by 0.2 WAR in the competition of Biggest Disaster Traded For a Soriano.
   2. rlc Posted: June 06, 2009 at 11:51 PM (#3208979)
baseball foiled Woody Woodward's plot to have Greg Hibbard garroted at an In-N-Out Burger, his corpse then being deposited into the Strait of Juan de Fuca

There are no In-N-Out Burgers in Washington.

Which makes it all the more plausible that Woody Woodward would have made this plan...
   3. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 07, 2009 at 12:28 AM (#3209038)
I assumed there were, considering Mug's positive raves for them.
   4. We don't have dahlians at the Palace of Wisdom Posted: June 07, 2009 at 01:21 AM (#3209122)
I assumed there were, considering Mug's positive raves for them.

I think you're confusing In-N-Out with Red Robin. A Lounge search for In-N-Out finds very few references by him and those that do exist say things such as: "The [Five Guys] burgers are very good, but the fries, while copious, do little for me. It is better than In-N-Out, though, although my INO experience is limited to the Bay Area and Vegas and I’ve heard it suggested that it’s different in the Bay than LA. "

On the other hand, Mugh has a spreadsheet of every single Red Robin he has ever visited and several of them are in fact located in the state of Washington - several of which are even in his hometown of Seattle.
   5. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: June 07, 2009 at 01:33 AM (#3209130)
There are a couple In-N-Outs in Tucson and I'd have to say it's my favorite chain burger place. The fries are meh IMO but the burgers are superb.
   6. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: June 07, 2009 at 01:35 AM (#3209134)
On the other hand, Mugh has a spreadsheet of every single Red Robin he has ever visited and several of them are in fact located in the state of Washington - several of which are even in his hometown of Seattle.


Seriously? This is the best thing ever. Does he rank them or what?
   7. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 07, 2009 at 01:39 AM (#3209140)
I thought it was Mug that raved about them, but I guess not!
   8. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: June 07, 2009 at 01:56 AM (#3209149)
On the other hand, Mugh has a spreadsheet of every single Red Robin he has ever visited

Seriously? Red Robin?
   9. bookbook Posted: June 07, 2009 at 04:23 AM (#3209195)
Dicks is the local Seattle chain - if it's still in bizness. Seriously, though, if you'r living in Seattle but not living on Thai and Sushi, there's something seriously wrong with you.
   10. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: June 07, 2009 at 04:36 AM (#3209199)
Seriously? Red Robin?

Mug is a little eccentric. Plus, he REALLY hates being told he can't have any more fries.
   11. Harold can be a fun sponge Posted: June 07, 2009 at 05:22 AM (#3209213)
There are a couple In-N-Outs in Tucson and I'd have to say it's my favorite chain burger place. The fries are meh IMO but the burgers are superb.

In-N-Out is pretty much the only burger I'll eat. They're great. I didn't used to like the fries until somebody told me you can ask for them "well done", to get them nice and crisp. My standard order at In-N-Out is double-meat, no cheese, grilled onions, no tomatoes, with fries well done.

I'm sure I've described my standard order in the lounge on multiple occasions, and now it's on the mainland, too.
   12. The Ghost's Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane Season Posted: June 07, 2009 at 06:15 AM (#3209229)
You guys - let me straighten this out.

Mug raves about In-and-Out, though there are none in Washington.

Mug visits Red Robins in various places he travels, though I don't think I'd call it a passion, much less an obsession.

Mug is a native of the Spokane area, not Seattle.

baseball foiled Woody Woodward's plot to have Greg Hibbard garroted at an In-N-Out Burger, his corpse then being deposited into the Strait of Juan de Fuca


Greg Hibbard was quite useful in 1995.He was the guy who the M's erplaced on the postseason roster with Bob Wolcott, who then won the first game of the ALCS with the Indians. I believe it was the first use of that silly rule that lets you replace someone on the 60-day DL with someone who wasn't on your 40-man.

There are no In-N-Out Burgers in Washington.

Which makes it all the more plausible that Woody Woodward would have made this plan...


Gold.
   13. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: June 07, 2009 at 02:09 PM (#3209290)
Mug visits Red Robins in various places he travels, though I don't think I'd call it a passion, much less an obsession.

He's never gotten to the tri-state to activate our plan to visit the Clifton, NJ location.
   14. pv nasby Posted: June 07, 2009 at 02:58 PM (#3209311)
Some of you need to go over your Lounge history. Mug's following of Red Robin is purely ironic, a continuation of an undergrad project. He has raved in the past though about In-N-Out, and how he's made road trips just for his favorite burger joint. Mug has subtled you again.
   15. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: June 07, 2009 at 03:01 PM (#3209312)
Some of you need to go over your Lounge history. Mug's following of Red Robin is purely ironic, a continuation of an undergrad project. He has raved in the past though about In-N-Out, and how he's made road trips just for his favorite burger joint. Mug has subtled you again.

That level of adoration for the Whiskey River burger cannot be faked.
   16. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 07, 2009 at 03:04 PM (#3209314)
Ah, good, I did see Mug rave about In-N-Out then!

I'm a Five Guys guy. Who doesn't love when an order of large fries gives you enough awesome fries to fill up a garbage bag?
   17. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: June 07, 2009 at 03:07 PM (#3209316)
Szym, next time you are in Ohio you need to drive up to Wooster and get the Farmer Boy Deluxe 1/2 burger from Farmer Boy. That is a fine burger, I would put it up against any burger in America.
   18. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: June 07, 2009 at 03:19 PM (#3209320)
Who doesn't love when an order of large fries gives you enough awesome fries to fill up a garbage bag?

People who like good fries?
   19. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: June 07, 2009 at 03:32 PM (#3209327)
Five Guys fries are decent for fair fries but I like shoestring fries.
   20. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: June 07, 2009 at 03:38 PM (#3209330)
Everyone does. That's why good shoestring fries are so prized in the culinary world, and why everyone and their hick carney uncle can open a trailer selling county-fair fries. Just like 5 Guys did.
   21. pv nasby Posted: June 07, 2009 at 06:47 PM (#3209458)
It's funny we know so much about certain Loungers.

My question about Mug now: was he a big fan of REM or Crowded House?

I remember he's the resident Lounge Zeppelin superfan, and everyone of course remembers all that time he argued that Wings was a much better group than the Beatles. He even convinced a few people I think.
   22. We don't have dahlians at the Palace of Wisdom Posted: June 07, 2009 at 08:33 PM (#3209636)
Are there actual recorded instances of Mug raving about In-N-Out. On a Lounge search, the only references I find (in addition to the one already mentioned are in this vein "I’ve never understood the big deal. I’d much rather live in the land of Five Guys."

Perhaps, Nasby's subtelty has been his undoing.
   23. a bebop a rebop Posted: June 07, 2009 at 09:07 PM (#3209657)
Szym, next time you are in Ohio you need to drive up to Wooster and get the Farmer Boy Deluxe 1/2 burger from Farmer Boy. That is a fine burger, I would put it up against any burger in America.


I was in Wooster all last summer and evidently I missed this place. :(
   24. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: June 07, 2009 at 09:09 PM (#3209658)
I was in Wooster all last summer and evidently I missed this place.

It's a high-quality burger, but the fried chicken basket is the waitress's mother's favorite.

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