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  1. Eddie Gaedal is one of the few players in MLB history with a 1.000 OBP, having walked in his only major-league at-bat. A slash line of .300/.400/.500 (Batting Average / On-Base Percentage (OBP) / Slugging Percentage) represents a superb season; an OPS (On-Base Percentage + Slugging Percentage) of 1.000 represents a Hall of Fame-caliber season. Gaedal had both an OBP of 1.000, and an OPS of 1.000, both Hall of Fame-level numbers, had he been able to maintain them for a career. He also holds (or shares) the all-time Walks / Appearances mark of 1.000, and I believe him to be a legitimate Hall of Fame candidate.
  2. Walrus

    Chicago, IL

    We'll be in Chi-town for one, and only one, nice dinner in September -- so where should it be? It's been years since I lived there...are Everest and Charlie Trotter's still the creme de la creme? Or has Tru taken their place? How's Aubriot faring these days? We haven't been to Topolobampo yet -- is it worth making it our one nice meal? I think that Ray's is better than any steakhouse I ever visited when I lived there, and I'm not really looking for a "different" restaurant like the Green Zebra, etc. We'll be doing "regular" restaurants (read: my old haunts) with friends -- I'm looking for a special place for just the two of us
  3. I was watching a baseball video from the Dead Ball Era, and noticed a brief glimpse of a vendor (presumably in Chicago) selling "Red Hot" sausages. You can catch a glimpse of this at around the 5:18 mark (look at the bottom-center of your screen, but don't blink, or you'll miss it). (I think it's pretty safe to say that Barry Bonds would have hit about 9,000 home runs had he played in the 1920s.)
  4. It's easy to use Potbelly as a symbol of corporate sandwich chains in the area, given their whiplash expansion, cookie cutter atmosphere, and non-local ownership. The faux-homely appearance and ad copy make Garrison Keillor look like a modernist, the name falls short of being inspirational, and the lines make it look like an airport security checkpoint. But the sandwiches are pretty damn good. The menu is concise, the meat quality is much better than Quiznos/Panera/Subway/etc., and the toppings are more flavorful than all but a handful of more upscale places. They're all served properly warmed - not half toasted/burned - and the Wreck and the Italian are things of beauty. They're an efficient operation, something that's easy to take for granted until you're waiting in a slow line at High Noon. Their employees move people through with a quick but unfailingly polite manner that BreadLine staff should be taking notes on. And all the sandwiches are $3.79, people. Are there better bargains around? Not easily accessible to most office workers. If this a bloodsucking, exanimate corporate chain, sign me up for zombiedom.
  5. Gee this poor guy is in basketball limbo. Jahlil Okafor has only played in 2 games this year and is awaiting a trade or buyout... Just waiting With lots of turmoil in his career he played decently in his rookie year. Playing time diminished in his second year and now he is a guy awaiting a new team. For a micro second I was thinking the Wizards....but nah. He needs playing time to see if he has a decent career ahead of him "76ers' Jahlil Okafor Remains Hopeful for a Quick Resolution" by Adrian Wojinarowski on espn.com
  6. I just finished watching "Annihilation" by Patton Oswalt, and it was fantastic - it was as good as any high-dollar stand-up video I've ever seen. Oswalt is clearly influenced by Louis CK, but he's Louis CK on steroids. How this man was able to go from Trump, to audience-teasing, to an extended skit about his wife's death, to pitching a film, to spending Halloween with his daughter, and make the entire thing not just funny, but *hilarious*, is almost incomprehensible - the "Polish lady of doom" was the thread that helped him do it, and I honestly thought she'd make an appearance in the last sketch, but he did it without her. This is currently on Netflix, and I cannot recommend it highly enough - it is truly *great* stand-up comedy, a level which makes me ask myself, why on earth have there only been perhaps 10, perhaps 20, of "these" well-funded productions in history? When they work, they're as entertaining as any film or sporting event, and "Annihilation" works in a big way. I cannot recommend this any more enthusiastically! I also recommend watching the show first, and then enjoying these articles afterwards: "Patton Oswalt's 'Annihilation' Is Funny and Profound" by Alison Herman on theringer.com "Patton Oswalt Returns to Stand-Up: The Comedy of His Life" by Dan Snierson on ew.com "Patton Oswalt's 'Annihilation' Review: Humor Meets Heartbreak" by Evan Valentine on collider.com "In His New Standup Special, Patton Oswalt Makes a Triumphant Return from Annihilation" by Dennis Perkins on avclub.com "Patton Oswalt Gets Personal about Wife's Death in New 'Annihilation' Netflix Comedy Special" by Ashley Boucher on thewrap.com "Patton Oswalt Faces Wife's Death with Jokes, Heartbreak, and Body Fluids in New Netflix Special" by Maeve McDermott on usatoday.com "Patton Oswalt on Surviving Trump's Tweets and Surviving Annihilation" by Andrew Husband on uproxx.com "Patton Oswalt on Chaos, Kindness, and 'Annihilation'" by Isaac Kozell on splitsider.com "What's on TV Tuesday: 'Patton Oswalt: Annihilation' and 'Hit the Road'" by Sara Aridi on nytimes.com "Patton Oswalt Works through the Void on 'Annihilation'" by Audra Schroeder on dailydot.com "In 'Patton Oswalt: Annihilation' on Netflix, the Comedian Uses Dark Humor To Cope with His Wife's Passing" by Taylor Maple on bustle.com ... and there are many more.
  7. "United Airlines: Passenger Forcibly Removed from Flight" on bbc.com
  8. I suspect a lot of people here are too young to remember this (it only went to #13 on the American Top 40), but might find it interesting in light of the fact that it's over 40-years-old. I loved this song when I was a teenager, except I always wished it took itself a little more seriously - when it gets hurdy-gurdy, it loses some of its gravitas, and that's a shame - don't forget, this was released shortly after Richard Nixon resigned.
  9. Rashaan Salaam had two *major* football achievements: 1) He won the Heisman Trophy in 1994 2) He was the youngest NFL player ever to rush for 1,000 yards in 1995 Tragically, Rashaan Salaam passed away today. May you have found peace, sir.
  10. I stupidly put off planning for a trip to Chicago this weekend and would love any dining recommendations where it won't be impossible to get a reservation. Can be ethnic, off the beaten path, etc. Only criteria is that it be in the city (or lyft-able) and not be too expensive (more than $35/entree).
  11. There was never any doubt. Nope, No sir. Never. None. Aug 28, 2008 - "1908: The Year the Airplane Went Public" by Tom D Crouch on airspacemag.com Apr 28, 2016 - "World's Fastest Jet MIG-3 Intercepts U.S. Spy Plane near Russia's Far East" on rt.com
  12. Indeed. I hope this doesn't leave anyone Monon, but: TO REMOVE THAT MUSIC FROM YOUR WEBSITE! (Doesn't anyone see how cool this website is going to be? Help me get it started, by posting as much as you can, about as many different topics as you can, while I'm still around to point everything in a general direction. I already know it's going to be big (so if I get hit by a train, you don't need to say, "I wish he could have been around to see it"), but it *would* be nice to see things start growing during my lifetime.) Cheers, The Atomizer
  13. Interesting article in The Atlantic about a man selling mason jar salads out of vending machines in Chicago. It's especially impressive that he's selling the salads at a deep discount in a low-income area. (They're day-old but still within their safe sell-by time.)
  14. So good we went twice. You can easily zip around and view the many blockbuster pieces of Western art: Grant Wood's American Gothic Edward Hopper's Nighthawks George Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte Vincent Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's At the Moulin Rouge Mary Cassatt's A Child's Bath or escape the crowds and explore their excellent Asian collection (the side galleries were practically empty). or the cool furniture and design collection. or the multitude of collections we didn't get to. We did find their modern/contemporary collection to be underwhelming...as the gf said, a lot of second rate work from big name artists. Cool building especially the new(ish) modern wing. Expect to pay a heft $23 entrance fee, we get spoiled in DC!
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