Not sure what prompted this day-of-food concept but why stop now?
Those readers who happened to follow my blog back at the Daily News might remember that my wife and I once spent a year trying to go to each of the Zagat’s Top 25 most popular restaurants in Manhattan. It was a fantastic (if somewhat expensive) pursuit, but a lot of fun and I occasionally posted reviews on the old blog of the places we’d been.
I mention this only because I once spent a long car ride trying to figure out which of those 25 restaurants would best represent each Yankee on the 25-man roster (I think this was in 2005). Like, Derek Jeter would be Gramercy Tavern: Solid, reliable, with consistent excellence and a very measured demeanor. Jorge Posada was Tabla: Delicious, spicy but a little erratic (I drank too much the night we were there). Mariano Rivera was Jean Georges: Elegant and classy, and a great place to close the deal (it’s one of the most popular spots for marriage proposals in the city).
Anyway, since not everyone knows New York restaurants, I was thinking about trying to come up with particular foods that best represent some of the Yankees. Here’s just a few:
Jeter: PB & J on white bread for the All-American
CC: A super dark and thick chili – it doesn’t necessarily look like excellent food, but it works.
Joba: Salad (some people like it at the start of the meal, some people like it at the end).
Teixeira: Wienerschnitzel (no one knows how to spell it or pronounce it, but it’s actually pretty good)
A-Rod: A Kobe beef burger (usually awesome but sometimes leaves you feeling like it’s just not worth the money?)
Update, 1:30 p.m.: I’m going to eat a real lunch right now (nothing interesting – chicken sandwich, I think) but just wanted to praise some excellent creativity in the comments. The bottles of wine for Cano (some years good, others not so much) and the stick of gum for Kei Igawa (because you get nothing out of it) made me laugh out loud. Keep ’em coming.