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Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner
2008-04-16 14:29
by Jon Weisman

From Michael Paulson of the Boston Globe:

The only news so far is that the White House has released the menu for the dinner tonight that the pope is skipping. Here's what His Holiness will miss: Morel-encrusted Diver Scallops, Ramp Spatzle, Angel Hair Asparagus Bisque, Duo of Veal, White Truffle-Potato Dumplings, Baby Carrots and Boletus Mushrooms, Heirloom Lettuces and Candied Pumpkin Seeds, Spring Squash Carpaccio, Styrian Pumpkin Oil Vinaigrette, Raspberry Crisp and Mint Coulis.

Even though the pope won't be there, all the Catholics on the Supreme Court will, including Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Alito, and Thomas. And the big name tonight will be Tommy Lasorda, the former Dodgers manager.

Now, does Lasorda get to meet the Pope earlier in the day, or will this be like that episode of Wings when Fay contrives to keep alive her streaking of touching every first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt?

2008-04-16 14:43:18
1.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
The former.
2008-04-16 14:43:57
2.   Eric Enders
For whatever reason, it surprises me to learn that John Roberts is Catholic.
2008-04-16 14:45:05
3.   trainwreck
Yes! A TV reference I get.

What is Ramp Spatzle?

White truffle-potato dumplings sound delicious, even though I have never had a truffle, but I do know they are supposedly the greatest thing on the face of the Earth.

2008-04-16 14:49:13
4.   Jon Weisman
1 - Well, that's no fun.
2008-04-16 14:49:17
5.   Marty
3 That's a movie reference.
2008-04-16 14:49:54
6.   underdog
Well, I {rule 5 violation) and also {rule 5 violation}.

Cool, thanks.

2008-04-16 14:50:09
7.   Marty
Ignore 5 I thought he was referring to the title.
2008-04-16 14:50:26
8.   underdog
5 Not the last line in Jon's post.
2008-04-16 14:51:17
9.   underdog
Ignore 8 then, too.

So! Baseball. When's that line-up going up?

I'm going to miss the game live, have a workshop tonight. Will catch it in the archives later. So don't blame me if they lose (but thank me if they win).

2008-04-16 14:52:49
10.   bhsportsguy
Spatzle is a type of pasta, Ramp could refer to a type of greens.
2008-04-16 14:54:25
11.   Jon Weisman

Deleted scene #2 from last week's Office is classic.

2008-04-16 14:56:11
12.   natepurcell
Is De Jesus' walk rate sustainable in the majors with his lack of power?
2008-04-16 14:58:38
13.   Bob Timmermann
I guess you weren't paying attention much to those confirmation hearings. It's a Catholic majority on the Supreme Court now.

There are two Jews (Ginsburg and Breyer) and two of some other upstart and/or miscellaneous religion (Stevens and Souter).

(Souter is listed in one source as an Episcopalian, but I don't find anything for Stevens.)

2008-04-16 15:01:19
14.   bhsportsguy
12 Like this guy.

2008-04-16 15:17:17
15.   Eric Stephen
I enjoyed Dwight's perfect dinner party guests.
2008-04-16 15:18:14
16.   RZG
If meeting LaSorda was a prerequisite of the job I'd rather not be Pope.
2008-04-16 15:25:18
17.   Jacob L
16 I asked last week in a different context - has anyone not met Lasorda?

I'm going to get to work on my other pope prereqs, such as "being Catholic."

2008-04-16 15:25:52
18.   Xeifrank
wow, that's quite a dinner. I could live without all the fancy fixings and if invited to attend would probably make sure I had a full stomach upon arrival. vr, Xei
2008-04-16 15:34:23
19.   underdog
Didn't realize Will Carroll was now a Toaster blogger, over on the Juice. Welcome to him, then.

Looks like my workshop was cancelled for the evening, so I might be checking out the game after all. So you can indeed blame me if they lose.

2008-04-16 15:35:11
20.   trainwreck
He used to blog on the Juice, but has been gone for awhile.
2008-04-16 15:39:43
21.   Eric Enders
Carroll I believe is the founder of The Juice, but left for bigger opportunities (like dire Chad Billingsley injury predictions).
2008-04-16 15:40:38
22.   underdog
Ah, thanks, missed those days, or had forgotten. (21 - Hah hah. I was thinking that but refrained from typing it.)
2008-04-16 15:40:56
23.   trainwreck
Oh great. Apparently, the whole UCLA team is announcing they are leaving tomorrow. Except Love, who everyone knows is leaving anyways.
2008-04-16 15:45:29
24.   Jon Weisman

Among the crowd of 13,500 that welcomed Pope Benedict XVI to the White House on Wednesday was Claremont resident Jerry Silva. ... While he was only able to view Benedict from a distance of about 75 yards, Silva said the event still made a lasting impact. ...

After Benedict left the White House, Silva ate lunch at the White House mess hall.

Adding to the excitement of the event, Silva said, was seeing former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who was eating at the table next to his.

2008-04-16 15:48:11
25.   Bob Timmermann
I have never met Tommy Lasorda. Or the Pope.

But Richard Riordan was in the library today before it opened. You get to do that when the building is named after you.

2008-04-16 15:52:52
26.   Jon Weisman
From the press notes:

"BIRTHDAY BOY – The Dodgers would like to wish General Manager Ned Colletti a happy 54th birthday. The Chicago native became the 10th GM in Dodger history on November 16, 2005. He shares a birthday with Giants manager Bruce Bochy (1955), Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (1952), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947), and Pope Benedict XVI (1927), who today was visited by Tommy Lasorda in Washington D.C."

2008-04-16 15:54:12
27.   capdodger
Bloody foreign dignitaries blocking up all the roads....

Grumble, grumble, grumble

2008-04-16 15:54:21
28.   El Lay Dave
14 Good one. This is the first guy I thought of:
2008-04-16 15:54:54
29.   Bob Timmermann
What's the deal with sports teams naming the number of people who have a held a position before?

In 26 , the Pope was the only person who had a job worthy of being numbered.

I've grumbled about this on the Griddle and I will now cross-grumble.

2008-04-16 15:55:10
30.   trainwreck
Richard Riordan owns a house just a couple streets from me. I jog past it a few nights a week.
2008-04-16 15:57:06
31.   Bob Timmermann
Richard Riordan owns a lot of things.
2008-04-16 15:58:38
32.   bhsportsguy
26 Martin Lawrence, Ellen Barkin and this guy also celebrate their birthday today.

2008-04-16 16:04:27
33.   underdog
29 But it is kind of impressive that the Dodgers have had only 10 GMs, since it feels like they've had ten in the last decade or so alone (obviously they haven't).
2008-04-16 16:07:04
34.   Eric Enders
One of the problems with that statement is that the term "general manager" didn't come into use until the 1940s and '50s. Someone like Branch Rickey, who clearly fulfilled the tasks of a general manager for the Dodgers, was not actually called a GM. So how many there have been depends on how you define the term. I'm too lazy to go back and count to determine whether or not they're including Rickey in the 10.
2008-04-16 16:08:43
35.   Bob Timmermann

That's my 10.

2008-04-16 16:10:35
36.   Jacob L
Antonio Villaraigosa owns a house a couple of streets over from me, and I've met him. That's about as rare as having met Tommy Lasorda.
2008-04-16 16:12:16
37.   Jacob L
If either of my kids was a boy, I'd have named him Fresco.
2008-04-16 16:16:28
38.   Bob Timmermann
Fresco's parents painted his body in rich colors before the doctors cleaned him up in the hospital.

Hence the name.

2008-04-16 16:19:57
39.   Eric Enders
Actually, now I'm not sure about Rickey. He was almost always referred to as just the team president, but the New York Times article about his hiring, and a few others, call him "President and General Manager." His predecessor, Larry MacPhail, was also referred to as General Manager.

I believe Cleveland's Billy Evans, in 1927, was the first executive to be called a "general manager." I assume this was a result of the gradual removal of personnel decisions from the field manager and putting them in the hands of the front office. Back in 1900 or 1910, pretty mcuh every manager also performed the player personnel duties.

2008-04-16 16:23:04
40.   LAT
Never met Lasorda, Riordan, or the Pope but there is a good chance I will met Cardnial Mahoney in the next couple of weeks (but it won't be under very favorable circumstances.)
2008-04-16 16:26:14
41.   ROC
Nomar up, who's down?

Furcal, SS
Martin, C
Kemp, RF
Kent, 2B
Loney, 1B
Jones, CF
Nomar, 3B
Pierre, LF
Penny, P

2008-04-16 16:26:34
42.   underdog
It's bizarre to think that Peter Billingsley is only a year younger than me, since he perpetually lives on as a little kid thanks to Christmas Story. So it's weird to look at present-day pictures of him.
2008-04-16 16:27:02
43.   underdog
41 Whoa, already?

I'm gonna guess Troncoso. Anyone care to bet against me?

2008-04-16 16:28:26
44.   Jacob L
38 According to wikipedia, his parents named him Lafayette. It must have been someone else who painted him while suspended from scaffolding.
2008-04-16 16:29:20
45.   Bob Timmermann
If you're going to meet the Cardinal where I think you are, remember then that his last name doesn't have an "e" in it.

He's also very tall. Don't try to post up on him.

2008-04-16 16:30:16
46.   Michael Green
Never met the Pope or Lasorda, but I met Vinnie, and that's good enough for me.

35--I think Branch Rickey was president of the Dodgers and held the title of GM. If I remember, Walter O'Malley gave Bavasi, Thompson, and Campanis the title of vice presiddnt and director of player personnel because he disliked the title of general manager--it reminded him of Rickey. That was the rumor, anyway.

38--Fresco Thompson's first name was Lafayette. Maybe he was French. Anyway, Buzzie's real first name is Emil. Emil and Lafayette. We're an odd team.

By the way, Tommy Lasorda continues his streak: another dinner he won't be paying for.

2008-04-16 16:36:16
47.   Jon Weisman
2008-04-16 16:37:25
48.   Bob Timmermann
I think the Dodgers were going by the list that Baseball America uses:

2008-04-16 16:38:41
49.   ToyCannon
Ask these guys

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