April 1, 2013 |
As the unendurable monotony of the offseason ends, celebrate baseball's return with mental calisthenics. Everyone knows it was former Atlanta manager Dave Bristol who said, "Only trouble I ever had with chewing tobacco was that the orthodontist said my daughter was going to have to give it up because of her braces. " But do you know: 1. What pitcher in a 25-3 season had more complete games than home runs allowed? 2. What four players hit home runs in four decades? 3. What three players hit home runs as teenagers and after their 40th birthdays?
March 9, 2013 |
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - No one is hitting for more power in the Phillies camp than Kevin Frandsen, a backup infielder. Backup infielders are not supposed to have slugging percentages like .808. Frandsen homered off David Price on Friday. He is hitting .385 (10 for 26), with six of those hits going for extra bases. "He's hitting, man," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He did some real good hitting. That's big-time hitting. Big-league hitting off a big-league pitcher. " Frandsen was rewarded with an $850,000 contract for his strong showing in 2012.
March 7, 2013
* The word seder is Hebrew for "order. " The order of things for the Passover meal gets tweaked a bit as Ross M. Levy, Ken Ulansey's Whirled Music, storyteller Jos Duncan and magician Ran'd Shine, plus members of BalletX, headline The Philadelphia Seder March 17 at the Bellevue Hotel (Broad & Walnut streets) Master of ceremonies is Rabbi Eli Freedman, of Rodeph Shalom synagogue. Tix are $80 adults, $60 full-time students. 215-545-4400 or gershmany.org . * There's still room at the bountiful table - make that tableau - that is The Brewer's Plate, 5:30-9 p.m. Sunday at the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St.)
February 19, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My husband eats lunch with coworkers every day. I joined them out recently and one of his single, female coworkers began eating off his plate. When I noticed, she snatched back her hand. My husband is pretty familiar with his coworkers, but I'm sure he would be livid that a single, male coworker was eating off my plate, especially if it appeared to be a habit. I'm not worried even remotely that he's cheating on me (and wouldn't read this as evidence he was)
January 15, 2013
KATHLEEN KANE is an Invader. Well, technically she's an Invader alumna. She was a cheerleader for the West Scranton High School Invaders. Oh, and a member of the National Honor Society. Tuesday, she invades again when she stands in the Capitol Rotunda to be sworn in as attorney general, the first woman and first Democrat elected to the post. Arguably, she then becomes the most powerful elected woman in Pennsylvania history - if you believe, as I do, that an attorney general has more clout than a state judge, a congresswoman, a state treasurer, auditor general or lieutenant governor.
December 11, 2012
Senate: Dismiss filibuster suit WASHINGTON - Lawyers for the Senate are asking a federal judge to dismiss a suit by a citizens lobbying group challenging the Senate's 60-vote threshold for overcoming filibusters. Common Cause attorney Emmet J. Bondurant says the founding fathers never intended to allow a minority to block consideration of a bill. But the Senate's lawyer in the case, Thomas Caballero, said the Constitution gives the Senate the authority to make its own rules. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan gave no indication Monday when he would rule on the Senate's motion to dismiss the suit.
December 4, 2012 |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Only 12 teams in baseball hit fewer home runs in 2012 than the Phillies. In attempting to add a couple of everyday players this winter, the Phils would ideally like to find someone who can deposit the baseball over the fence every now and then. They haven't found that player yet, but there was a guy at the Opryland Hotel who was volunteering for the job on Monday. Darin Ruf received the Jim Bauman Trophy for leading the minor leagues in home runs in a ceremony held at the hotel.
November 10, 2012 |
NEW YORK - A gasoline shortage caused by Superstorm Sandy forced 1970s-era rationing on New Yorkers, adding a fuel-gauge obsession to their frayed nerves and dwindling patience. "I take passenger, I look at gas. I take another passenger, I look at gas," New York City taxi driver Shi Shir K. Roy said Friday. "Tension all the time. " Though rationing that allowed private motorists to fill up only every other day seemed to help with gas lines, it didn't answer motorists' questions about why they had been waiting for days in hours-long lines to fuel up. The confusion led some, like Angel Ventura, to panic.
October 11, 2012 |
Ricotta is having its moment. Until recently, it was that bland, one-note, workhorse cheese, bought in supermarkets by the tub, mostly used as the paste that held together layers of lasagna. But that was before it got the fresh-local-artisan makeover. Now, ricotta - along with that other fresh Italian cheese, mozzarella - is stealing the spotlight from its more complex, aged curds-and-whey cousins at restaurants around the city. And for good reason. When made by hand, with premier ingredients, the airy textures and delicate flavors can stand on their own. Cheese this good needs only a pinch of flaked sea salt and a slice of oiled toast to make for a memorable bite.
September 18, 2012 |
HOUSTON - The second time Ryan Howard watched Chase Utley draw an intentional walk ahead of him Sunday, the slugger reacted in anger. He swatted the first pitch from Jordan Lyles, a curveball, off the left-field wall for a two-run double. To show the Astros just how disrespected he felt, Howard attempted to stretch it into a triple. He failed, but his point was made. So was the point by Houston's interim manager, Tony DeFrancesco. "Howard, for me, was struggling the first couple days and wasn't even getting a good swing," DeFrancesco said.