Monday, October 9, 2017

Chorizo Sloppy Joe

THE GAME: Dodgers vs Diamondbacks

It looks like autumn, even if the temperatures don't exactly feel like autumn. The sunsets are a little more golden, the leaves are starting to accumulate on the lawn, and the baseball is full of drama. 

The Dodgers-Dbacks has been the least drama-filled series so far, but all that could change if Arizona wins tonight. (After all, all Los Angeles has done so far is win at home. That's what they were supposed to do.)

This is exactly the kind of moment for which the Dodgers acquired Yu Darvish: to take the mound in a close-out game against Zack Greinke. 

NOTES ON THE FOOD: 
  • I saw a this jar of Sloppy Joe sauce on sale at Sprouts the other day. I haven't had a Sloppy Joe in my adult life. I figured why not try one?
  • For extra flavor, I decided to use chorizo rather than ground beef. 
  • I caramelized an onion for thirty minutes, then broke apart one pound of chorizo and cooked it in the same wok, which took about ten minutes. 
  • Then I dumped in the jar of sauce and let it all simmer for twenty minutes. 
  • I used a bolillo roll - a shorter version of a baguette, popular in Mexican bakeries. I sliced it open and dumped in a generous amount of the meat and sauce. 
  • I then topped it with queso blanco and pickled jalapeños. 
  • It may have been a long time since I've eaten a Sloppy Joe, but I feel confident saying this was the best of my life. 
  • Because of the Mexican influences, I considered calling this a Sloppy José. I thought that was clever. Then a quick Google search revealed that Rachel Ray came up with that idea years ago. So... no fucking way. 

NOTES ON THE GAME:
  • I've never been to Chase Field. When it opened it was called Bank One Ballpark. In my early 20s, I moved to Colorado and opened a checking account with Bank One. They offered me two tickets to a game at Bank One Ballpark or a record player. I chose the record player. I didn't own any records but Phoenix was 800 miles away. I never really thought about what a strange promotion that was until just now. 
  • Chris Taylor leads off with a double and comes around to score after a fly ball and groundout to first. That's some old-school run manufacturing, but the run counts just the same. 
  • It takes Greinke 29 pitches to make it through the 1st. That's not good. 
  • Ketel Marte drops down an outstanding bunt to break up Darvish's perfect game... with one out in the 1st.  
  • Announcer: "Some might say [Chase Utley's] the guy who started the wheels rolling in the changes to the slide rule at second base." Yes, some might say that. Also, everyone might say that. 
  • 25 pitches in the 2nd for Greinke. 54 after two innings. That's really not good. 
  • The Yankees beat the Indians to force the deciding Game 5 on Wednesday evening. That will be fun. 
  • The Dodgers are laying off everything outside of the strike zone so far. This is some ridiculous discipline. I have to ask... is anyone in their dugout wearing an Apple Watch?
  • (Probably not - the Dodgers are 0-5 with RISP. They should be up by more than 1-0.)
  • Darvish threw seven pitches in the 3rd. How envious do you think Greinke is?
  • After 4 innings, Greinke has thrown 88 pitches... but he's only allowed two hits and it's still 1-0. You don't see a line like that very often.
  • He couldn't skate by forever, though. Cody Bellinger doubles up the lead on a crushed home run. 2-0 Dodgers.
  • In the bottom of the inning, Bellinger falls over the dugout railing to make a catch that we will be seeing on highlight clips for years to come. 
  • Greinke comes out to start the 6th - despite being over 100 pitches - and immediately surrenders a home run to Austin Barnes. 3-1 Dodgers. 
  • Darvish is done in the 6th after he hits Christian Walker in the helmet. The crowd boos loudly, as if Darvish intentionally hit a .250 hitter with a two-run lead in a playoff game. 
  • Tony Cingrani comes in, throws two pitches, gets the double play, and gets pulled. What exactly does a relief pitcher do when he's pulled after two pitches? Does he take a shower? Does he get a massage? 
  • Maeda and Jansen pitch scoreless 8th and 9th innings, respectively, and the Dodgers complete the sweep. 

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