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All I need you to do is bunt!

I love Baseball but I really love the College World Series. TCU & Coastal Carolina are playing tonight, Monday starts the Finals. To me this is real baseball. The players are not as good as the big league but the game is better. In College it's about scoring every time you have a chance. If there's a man on first with no outs, the next guy up bunts him to second to put him in scoring position. It doesn't matter how great the hitter is, he bunts.. They asked the coach of Texas about this and he said "I don't care if Babe Ruth is coming up to hit, he bunts." .. In the pro's they hope the next guy up hits a homerun. And if he doesn't, they hope the next guy does.. etc.  What usually happens is that the next guy strikes out and the next guy fly's out or hits into a double play.. In college with the guy on second base, the next guy can bunt him to third or any infield hit gets him to third or any long fly ball gets him to third.. a base hit scores him... The other thing they do is assume the defense won't make a perfect play. So if it looks like they have to make a perfect throw to get an out, they always take the chance.. close plays happen all the time ... When I become the owner of a Major League team here's what I'm going to do. First I'm going to move the outfield walls so that right field and Left field are 400 feet and Center field is 500 feet, no cheap homers. Then I'm going to get the fastest outfielders I can find to run down fly balls. Every player will be able to bunt, any time. We'll practice 50 bunts every time we take batting practice. I would have the first 5 batters bunt almost every game. This totally freaks out the pitcher and pulls the infield way in. With a freaked out pitcher and the infield in, my guy's batting average goes up at least 50 points .. Also with all these fast guys we would run like crazy, a double steal would be a standard play. A Squeeze play would happen almost every time a man gets to third. No big names, no superstars, just a bunch of players who want to play the game and love to win. It would never be boring, never be predictable, win or lose it would be fun. And tomorrow we would get to play again ...

God's like that: He doesn't need superstars or big names, just people who want to be in the game. It's not predictable, it's nor boring. And tomorrow we get to do it again..

I wonder if anybody wants to sell their team on an easy payment plan? Got to think big!!!


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

Faux Pho

If you like to eat cheap, eat fast, but eat well, Mark Bittman is your Chef to follow. He's written several cookbooks, the best is "How to cook everything". You can get it used in paperback for $5.00 on Amazon, even the book is cheap. Every newlywed couple, every single person, everybody who cooks for a family should have this book. AND the other great thing is that he has column in the New York Times Every Wednesday in the food section called "THE MINIMALIST"  ... Every week he has something easy and great that anybody can make. Here's an example:

Egg Noodles with Soy Broth
1 / 3 cup soy sauce
1 / 3 cup ketchup
1 tbl rice wine vinegar
A few drops of sesame oil (optional)
A squirt of Sriracha (Rooster sauce) or Tabasco works too
1 pound of egg noodles (fresh pasta works best) (((or 2 cups of rice)))

That's it!! The best part is that you have all of this right now. If you don't have rice vinegar, any vinegar will work. If you don't have egg noodles, any pasta will do, even rice will work..

In a pan bring 6 cups of water to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Add the soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, sesame oil, Sriracha/Tabasco .. and a pinch of salt .. Stir and let simmer a few minutes or till your noodles are ready.. Taste it.. does it need more salt? More Vinegar? Maybe a pinch of sugar? Balance the taste .. remember: Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet.

Cook the noodles or rice.. (((to cook the rice: 18 minutes covered at lowest burner setting. If your lowest burner setting is still pretty hot, get a skillet and put that on the burner and put you pan with the rice in in skillet. This creates a barrier between the burner and your pan. .. your rice should still have some bite to it,but not crunchy.)))

Divide the noodles into bowls and add hot broth .. that's it!!!!

What else could you do? Many cultures have this same kind of thing but they add things to the pot. The pot of simmering broth sits in the middle of the table. As the pot simmers the next course of meat goes in and cooks in the broth. Then the next, then the next. The more things they add to the pot the more flavor is added to the broth .. So you could add any vegetable to the broth as it simmers. Slice any meat (chicken, pork, beef) very thin and add it to the pot. Shrimp or any light fish could be added. Want thicker soup, add bread. Want it hotter, add sliced peppers….. Garnish: Chopped green onions, chopped fresh ginger, cilantro, lime juice.. You could have this everyday and have it different every time.. I wish I had known about this when I was in college, way cheaper and way better than the junk I was eating...



Posted by Mack Oates at 10:36 AM