May 20, 2016
Makes 1 serving 1/2 ounce white rum 1/2 ounce rhum Agricole blanc 3/4 ounce blanc vermouth 3/4 ounce amontillado sherry 1/4 ounce amaro nonino 3 drops cinnamon tincture Stir ingredients over ice. Strain into a chilled, stemmed glass. Garnish with a flamed orange twist, green apple slice. - From Sara Justice
March 29, 2016 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Ruben Amaro Jr. stood in center field on Sunday morning, appearing to be as far as possible from his past life. The former Phillies general manager wore a uniform and carried a bat as the Red Sox finished batting practice at JetBlue Park, continuing his transition from the front office to the first base coach's box. Amaro wanted to stay in baseball when the Phillies fired him in September. He latched on a month later with Boston. And Sunday was his first encounter with his former team.
February 23, 2016 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The peculiar transition from general manager to first-base coach was bound to draw some attention during the early days of spring training, and sure enough, the New York Times and USA Today converged on the Boston Red Sox spring-training camp early Saturday morning to talk to Ruben Amaro Jr. about it. Occasionally you'll see a general manager go down on the field to become the manager - the Pope (Paul Owens) replaced Pat Corrales with the Phillies in first place in 1983 and Frank Lucchesi with the Phillies in last in 1972 - but the move from the plush front-office boxes behind home plate to the relative obscurity of the first-base box is indeed rare, if not entirely unprecedented.
February 22, 2016 |
WHEN WALLY AMARO was 8 years old, sleeping in his second-floor bedroom on Philip Street in North Philadelphia, he was awakened early on the morning of Aug. 14, 1990, by his mother and his grandmother screaming, "Don't take him! Please don't take him!" He rushed to his window. He saw Angel Morales - his beloved uncle, his mentor, the man who had replaced his absentee father in his life - being forced at gunpoint down Philip toward Ontario Street. "There was a guy with a gun to my uncle's head, dragging him down the street," Amaro said recently, between handball games at the Salvation Army indoor court on Mascher Street near Allegheny Avenue that he and his fellow players built.
October 28, 2015 |
The same morning the Phillies introduced Matt Klentak as their new general manager, the man he replaced officially landed his next job. The Boston Red Sox confirmed Monday that Ruben Amaro Jr. is their new first-base coach. The career move is a unique one for Amaro, who had been a prominent member of the Phillies front office since 1999, the year after his final season as a player. He has never coached at any level of professional baseball. In addition to his duties as first-base coach, Amaro, 50, will be Boston's outfielder instructor and help instruct baserunning.
September 17, 2015 |
David Montgomery was among those in attendance at the news conference Thursday when incoming Phillies president Andy MacPhail and part-owner John Middleton addressed the dismissal of general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. For the Phillies' former longtime president and current chairman, the news came attached with "all of the emotions you can imagine. " Montgomery, 69, has known Amaro since the former player was a teenager and worked closely with him for 17 years, the first 10 when Amaro was an assistant GM and the last seven after Montgomery appointed him GM. "On a personal note, I want to see him do well.
September 16, 2015
THE EUPHORIA over the firing of general manager Ruben Amaro seems to suggest that he is the lone culprit for the Phillies downfall. Not so fast! While no one will ever mistake Ruben Amaro for Branch Rickey, and he certainly deserves some of the blame, he might be taking too much heat for the Phillies downfall. It was management that forced him to sign Utley, Howard and Rollins to long-term deals. By the way, no one complained at the time because these players were all performing well.
September 12, 2015 |
On the June afternoon when the Phillies introduced him as their next president, Andy MacPhail looked at the standings and saw a 27-50 record, the worst in baseball. In his first week at Citizens Bank Park, he watched his new team lose four straight games to the lowly Milwaukee Brewers. At that point, he said Thursday, he did not think the decision he made this week would be as difficult as it turned out to be. But ultimately, after two-plus months of observations and analysis, MacPhail felt the Phillies needed a "fresh perspective" in the baseball operations department, and his vision for the team's rebuilding process did not include Ruben Amaro Jr. Amaro, the Phillies' much-maligned general manager, was ousted from his position after nearly seven years on Thursday with the team's announcement that his contract, set to expire at season's end, would not be renewed.
September 12, 2015 |
John Middleton wanted Ruben Amaro Jr. out. Start there. It is the most obvious takeaway from the news conference that the Phillies called Thursday afternoon to announce Amaro's firing as their general manager. The ever-louder voice of the team's ownership group, Middleton paid lip service to Amaro's successes - the three consecutive NL East titles at the beginning of Amaro's tenure, the 2009 World Series appearance, the creation of the 2011 Four Aces pitching rotation - but he could hardly hide how the failures and unforced errors ate at him. Seated next to new team president Andy MacPhail, Middleton began his remarks Thursday with an acknowledgment of and appeal to Phillies fans, and it was easy to trace a line from those words to the last four years: the Phillies' fall in the standings, the plummeting home attendance, those incendiary and foolish comments Amaro made to Comcast SportsNet in May about how many fans "don't understand the game.
September 11, 2015 |
IN ORDER TO have an honest conversation about Ruben Amaro Jr., you must accept three things: 1) The Phillies never had to become this bad. 2) Amaro might not be entirely to blame for them becoming this bad. 3) The fact that he might not be entirely to blame is why he had to go. Any Phillies fan who listened to Andy MacPhail and John Middleton talk about their vision for the future yesterday had to be encouraged. Because this was always about vision. Not trades or signings or roster moves, but the sum of those moves.