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Baseball And Bacon

Six degrees of Kevin Bacon is a popular party game where people try to link themselves to the Hollywood star. During a brainstorming session, the idea came up and all of us started laughing. We never realized that we would find not one, but four links to the Frisco RoughRiders. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Circle of Bacon.

The first chain begins with none other than Kevin Bacon. He was in A Few Good Men with Tom Cruise, which is a great movie by the way and it has a baseball tie-in because Cruise’s character loves playing baseball. Back to the chain, Tom Cruise was in Interview With A Vampire with Brad Pitt. Brad Pitt was in Moneyball with Brent Jennings who was portraying Ron Washington. Ron Washington is the manager of the Texas Rangers, which is the parent club of the Frisco RoughRiders completing chain one.

The second chain begins much like the first. Kevin Bacon was in A Few Good Men with Tom Cruise who was in Interview With A Vampire with Brad Pitt. The chain changes because Brad Pitt played Billy Beane. Billy Beane played for the Jackson Mets, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets that were part of the Texas League, from 1982 to 1984. The Jackson Mets moved to Binghamton and joined the Eastern League in 1991. The Houston Astros took over the Double-A franchise renaming it the Jackson Generals, where the team remained until 1999. Nolan Ryan and his group took over and moved the Generals to Round Rock eventually becoming the Round Rock Express where they claimed the Texas League title in 2000. The owners of the Round Rock Express acquired the Triple-A franchise in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and moved that club to Round Rock. The Double-A version of the Round Rock Express moved to Corpus Christi eventually becoming the Corpus Christi Hooks who compete against the RoughRiders in the Texas League.

Through Corpus Christi we can complete the third chain all the way back to the original source, Kevin Bacon. Hooks’ broadcaster Matt Hicks was an extra in Major League which starred Charlie Sheen. Charlie Sheen was in The Three Musketeers with Kiefer Sutherland. Kiefer Sutherland was in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon completing the circle of bacon.

Lastly, we decided to have a little fun and make another connection to the RoughRiders family. Kevin Bacon was in A Few Good Men with Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise was in Rain Man with Dustin Hoffman. Dustin Hoffman was in American Buffalo directed by Michael Corrente who shot the movie in his hometown of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Pawtucket is the home of the Pawtucket Red Sox. The lead broadcaster for the Red Sox is none other than former RoughRiders’ broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith.

These chains explain how everyone in the world quite possibly could be connected to Kevin Bacon. Are you?

Written by: Jarah Wright

Graphics by: Alex Yocum-Beeman

RoughRiders Roundtable Podcast, Episode #3

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The latest episode of the RoughRiders Roundtable Podcast is now yours to listen to and download on iTunes.  As always, a big thanks to our producer Ted Price, Jason Cole of LoneStarDugout.com, and Brian.

The three of us discuss the trade deadline, Joe Wieland, Mike Bianucci, Tomym Mendonca, Johan Yan, Renny Osuna, Jake Brigham, Justin Miller, Tanner Scheppers … and even more.

We’ve been thrilled with the early response of the podcast.  Episode 2 had over 1,300 downloads!  Thanks to all who download and listen, and remember, feel free to leave a comment with a question or future topic you’d like us to discuss.

I hope you and your iPod enjoy.  -AG

Best Burger in the Texas League

Even though we travel a lot, you might be surprised to learn that there are only so many restaurants we get the chance to eat at.  As I documented before on the blog, more times than not, we’re bound to restaurants we can walk to.  There is the occasional “lunch bus” that will take a group of guys to a local strip with some eateries, but more times than not, it’s up to you and your insoles to find lunch.

That is, unless you have a hookup, and I have one in Springfield.  My good buddy, and Voice of the Springfield Cardinals, Jeff Levering, who promised me a great lunch at a local hole-in-the-wall called Grad School.

If you’ve ever seen Dinners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on the Food Network (click the link for Guy’s visit to one of my Dallas favorites, Twisted Root), you’ll agree that this is right in that show’s wheelhouse.  First of all, here is what it looks like from the curb.  Not much.  But see that big silver exhaust jutting out of the wall?  That’s the exhaust fan for the tiny kitchen inside.  Although my camera couldn’t pick it up, there’s the most amazing smell of grilled goodness wafting throughout a 300 foot radius, begging you to go in.  Temptation being what it is, I entered with Jeff’s guidance. The following events are real.

Upon entering,  you can see pretty much the the entire dining area right away.  There aren’t many tables to choose from, and if you get there much later than noon, you’ll probably be stuck standing outside.  Immediately to your right  is the exposed kitchen – not much bigger than that of many small apartments.  They had two guys sharing real estate in this humble galley cooking pastas, fish tacos, burgers, and more.  And, before we go any further, allow me to point out that this is also home to what I have to imagine is the only Obama ’08 bumper sticker in Springfield, MO.  Just a guess.

One of the best parts about this place is how small the menu is, yet virtually everything looked great.  If you walk a little ways down the only place you can walk once inside, you find the menu up on the wall.  I might be mistaken, but I think this is a requirement to be considered a “dive.”  Needless to say, there were just enough options to choose from, but I had this suspicion that if I passed on the burger, which came standard with two patties (good sign), I’d live to regret it.  After some debate I settled on the cheeseburger and was intrigued by what was described on the menu as “soft, sharp cheddar cheese.”  As it turns out, it’s hands down the best kind of cheese mankind can possibly melt on top a patty of beef – and it’s not even close.  Behold, the best burger in the Texas League (sorry, In-N-Out), and some really outstanding fries as well.

Just when you think you know everything about the Best Burger in the Texas League, and the restaurant that serves it, there’s one more detail that, if left out, would fail to give you the full picture.

While we were waiting for our food to be served, Jeff said to me, “take a walk down to the end of the restaurant and check out what’s on the wall.”

So I did.  “Is this what I think it is?  It can’t be, can it?”  Yup.  It is.  I give you, Purple Jesus.  For many, it’s the man who for so many years has helped them win their fantasy football league, Minnesota Vikings’ running back, Adrian Peterson.  For some in Springfield, he’s the man who blesses their cheeseburgers.   And, as I learned by speaking with one of the restaurant’s employees, this one-of-a-kind piece was painted on cardboard by a local artist named Francois.  I promise I’m not making this up.  The logical question is which is more rare in Springfield, MO: an Obama ’08 bumper sticker?  Or a guy named Francois?  Your guess is as good as mine.

The final trip to Springfield was a success.  The ‘Riders took two out of three against the Cards, and I got to savor a truly unforgettable cheeseburger.  I know this much, I can’t wait to dine with the Man in Purple once again next April.  -AG

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