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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Giants’ new manager has the strangest eating habits in baseball

Gabe Kapler, the new manager of the San Francisco Giants, has some weird eating habits. He’s a very health conscious guy, and at times he’s taken that to the ultimate degree in dedication to his overall wellness.

A profile of Kapler by Ryan Gorcey of the Mercury News describes one of those weird, extreme interactions between Kapler and food. When Kapler was playing for Moorpark College in 1995, he forgot to pack his meal when the team was traveling for an away game. What happened next was something that several of his teammates would remember for a long, long time.

“Kapler credits a Moorpark nutrition class for teaching him the importance of eating right. When his team stopped at McDonald’s on the way back from a game at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Kapler, having forgotten to pack his usual tuna-on-rye sandwich, peeled the skin off of all 40 of his Chicken McNuggets.”

Imagine yourself peeling the brown, squishy skin off of 40 little chicken nuggets, and eating what’s inside. Now imagine yourself doing that, but on a bus, surrounded by other people who are likely fascinated with watching you perform a skin-ectomy on 40 entire nuggets. It must have been quite the thing to witness.

The coming season’s going to be rough on those of us who like the Giants, isn’t it?


QLE Posted: January 15, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: food, gabe kapler

Friday, December 13, 2019

‘Fourth-Grade Diet’: Welcome to the Winter Meetings, the Unhealthiest Week of the Year

SAN DIEGO — Mike Rizzo was intrigued. The Nationals GM was on the phone with Scott Boras, and the agent seemed out of breath. It had been 24 hours since Boras client Stephen Strasburg had re-signed with Washington, and as far as Rizzo knew, fellow Boras client Anthony Rendon had not decided on a team. But Boras’s gasps got Rizzo’s attention.

“I thought he had a big deal or something that he was panting over,” Rizzo said.

Rizzo later learned that the explanation was much simpler: The legendarily high-motor Boras finds the fatty dinners, ubiquitous snacks and interminable meetings of baseball’s annual convention vexing, so he walks five miles each morning, conducting negotiations over AirPods. (Rendon agreed to a seven-year deal with the Angels Wednesday night.)

Welcome to the winter meetings, the unhealthiest week of the year. Hundreds of executives and agents descend upon a hotel—this year, the Manchester Grand Hyatt—to commodify thousands of professional athletes. They do so with a smartphone in one hand and a Dorito in the other.

Well, it’s been a while since we’ve had a food thread- bring up the foods (healthy, unhealty, or somewhere in between) that you have interests in.


QLE Posted: December 13, 2019 at 12:49 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: food, winter meetings

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

NYTimes: Abuela, Chef, Boss: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s Grandmother Feeds the Majors

The brown sugar bubbled in the pan. The marinated goat meat sizzled when added. Spoonfuls of olives and capers were heaped into the mixture. Then Altagracia Alvino, who can make this dish with her eyes closed, froze.

“Did I put spice in here?” she whispered to herself in Spanish.

Alvino, 66, was careful to make as little noise as possible because it was 7:22 a.m., and her husband and her 20-year-old grandson, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., one of baseball’s brightest young stars, were asleep in their rooms of the family’s Toronto apartment. The familiar scent of cooking meat was unavoidable, though.

Silver hair in a net, Alvino leaned in to inspect the meat, decided it indeed lacked kick and reached for a package of crushed red pepper. She had plenty of time to perfect the feast of white rice, stewed beans and goat before Guerrero awakened at 11 a.m. and quickly departed for Rogers Centre, carrying bags of the food to share with both his Blue Jays teammates and their opponents.

Alvino may be the most popular and powerful grandmother in baseball. For about two decades, she has filled the bellies of hundreds of players, most of them Latin Americans far from home. Eating her comfort food is a tradition that has become especially popular among players from the family’s homeland, the Dominican Republic.

A few have come to call Alvino “abuela,” or Grandma, yet most have never met her. She was there for every step in the career of her son Vladimir Guerrero Sr., who was enshrined in the Hall of Fame last year, and now she oversees his son’s.

I knew that Vlad Sr. had lived with his mom for a long while in Montreal, but I had no clue she cooked for so much of the major leagues!

Friday, August 23, 2019

If you want to try the best food from all 30 MLB ballparks, this event is for you

Major League Baseball is giving you another opportunity to taste the most unique ballpark foods from all 30 stadiums in one place. Yep, MLB FoodFest is back and this time it’s returning to New York City.

First launched last year, MLB FoodFest is built for the Instagram generation and is meant to capitalize on all the mouth-watering (but sometimes wacky) foods that are available in modern MLB stadiums.

That means everything from Toasted Grasshoppers (that’s the Mariners’ entry) and Rocky Mountain Oysters (Thanks, Rockies) to more common fare like the Boston Red Sox’s Hot Lobster Roll or the Marlins’ Chicken & Bubble Waffle.

It’s happening Sept. 21 and 22 on Fifth Avenue near Bryant Park. Last year, the NYC event sold out in just 48 hours, which suggests this will be a hot ticket again. Since then, MLB launched a L.A. edition of FoodFest and plans to have another in London.

So, do you see anything you want to eat?


QLE Posted: August 23, 2019 at 03:02 AM | 187 comment(s)
  Beats: food, foodfest

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Jennifer Lopez Surprised Alex Rodriguez With A Birthday Cake, But He Didn’t Eat It

Alex Rodriguez was in his usual spot in the Sunday Night Baseball booth for Yankees-Red Sox when he was surprised by fiancée Jennifer Lopez and his two daughters. Saturday was his 44th birthday, and they had brought him a cake. The baked good itself was ... understated.

Perhaps A-Rod had been all caked out from earlier in the weekend. During her concert on Friday, J-Lo had brought out a big-ass fancy cake, with Rodriguez’s first name spelled out in crystals, and had everyone sing “Happy Birthday” to him. The big-ass fancy cake made a second appearance at an afterparty, this time with sparklers. It would’ve been tough for ESPN’s production crew to compete with that custom dessert, but the sheet cake they got for his on-air surprise didn’t even have his name on it. It seems that someone made a last-minute run to Market Basket.

As told from the chain of tweets from baseball writers who were at Sunday’s game, Rodriguez didn’t actually eat any of the nameless cake. Some scavenging reporters picked at it, however. That’s one of the perks of this business—sometimes, you get to eat some food a famous person didn’t deem fit to put in their body. The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham saw it when it was untouched

Should we have told her that he would prefer a few carrots and a lump of sugar?



QLE Posted: July 30, 2019 at 04:41 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, cake, food, sadness




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