Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kosher Baseball Stadium Update

In 2009 I compiled a list of Kosher stands at sports stadiums. Recently, I went to Atlanta to see the Turner Field and the Braves and I was disappointed that they lacked, a kosher hot dog. So below is an update list of Kosher stands (some unconfirmed) at various baseball stadiums, their supervision, and products. I did not include ice cream stands, prepackaged goods, drinks, etc. I will try to work on other sports as well. Happy eating (or not eating)!

Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field – None
Atlanta Braves Turner Field – None
Baltimore Orioles Camden Yards – All-Beef Hot Dogs, All-Beef Sweet Italian Sausages with Peppers and Onions, All Beef Pastrami Dogs, Potato Knishes, Pretzels, Tuna Wrap, Turkey Wrap, Chicken Caesar Wrap, Chipotle Chicken Wrap, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Sliced Steak Sandwiches , Pastrami Sandwiches - (Star K)
Boston Red Sox Fenway Park – Pizza, Baked Ziti Parmigiana and Mozzarella Sticks in addition to of course the Hot Dogs, Knishes, Onion Rings, and Vegetable Cutlets = (Hot Nosh Kosher Vending Machine)
Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field – Hebrew National Hot Dogs (Unconfirmed)
Chicago White Sox US Cellular Field – None (used to serve Best Kosher hot dogs)
Cincinnati Reds Great American Ball Park – None
Cleveland Indians Progressive Field – Kosher Hot Dogs (Not sure if they are still there)
Colorado Rockies Coors Field - Serves Hebrew National Not Supervised
Detroit Tigers Comerica Park – Hebrew National Hot Dogs (Supervised?)
Houston Astros Minute Maid Park – Hot Dogs (HKA) - Unconfirmed
Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium – None
Los Angeles Angels Angel Stadium – None
Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium – Hebrew National Hot Dogs (Supervision?)
Miami Marlins Marlins Park – Kosher Korner features Hot Pastrami Sandwich, Kosher Dog, Hamburger, Potato Knish, French Fries – (ORB)
Milwaukee Brewers Miller Park – None
Minnesota Twins Target Field – Hot Dog Stand (MSPKosher)
New York Mets Citi Field – Kosher Grill hot dogs, knishes, pretzels – (Star K)
New York Yankees Yankee Stadium – Hebrew National Hot Dogs (supervised?), Kosher stands with Hot Dogs and Knishes – (OK)
Oakland Athletics Coliseum – None
Philadelphia Phillies Citizens Bank Park – None
Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park – Kosher Hot Dog (Listed unconfirmed)
St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium – Kohn’s Kosher Korner Hot Dogs, pastrami & corned beef sandwiches, knishes, pretzels - (Va’ad Hoeir of St. Louis)
San Diego Padres Petco Field – Serves Hebrew National Not Supervised
San Francisco Giants AT&T Park – List Kosher Dogs but no more information
Seattle Mariners Safeco Field – Kosher meals upon request from catering
Tampa Bay Rays Tropicana Field – None (there is a Jewish Wall of Fame to checkout but no kosher food)
Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington – Hebrew National Hot Dogs (Unconfirmed)
Toronto Blue Jays Rogers CentreCurly Fries, Fresh Fried Onions, All Beef Hot Dog, Coney Island Hot Dog, Sausage – (Olde Spadina COR)
Washington Nationals Nationals Park – Kosher Grill Kosher Hot Dogs, Knishes, Falafel and Shwarma - (Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Interview: Auburn's New Assistant Coach Todd Golden

Bruce Pearl has certainly made headlines by jumping back into the college coaching ranks. But he is not going in alone. He has brought aboard some excellent assistants to make sure the Auburn Tigers are a team to be feared. Meet Todd Golden. A former Israeli basketball player, an up and coming college basketball coach, and maybe the next big thing in Jewish sports.

1)  Tell TGR about yourself?
My name is Todd Golden, born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Just got married May 31st to my wife Megan Golden. We met in college at Saint Mary's (CA) where we were both athletes (basketball for me, volleyball for her).

2) When did you love of basketball begin?
My love of basketball began at a very early age. I am pretty sure when my parents brought me home from the hospital there was a Fisher-Price hoop already up in the family area. My father played Freshman basketball at the University of Massachusetts and remembers scrimmaging Julius Erving when they would play the Varsity team. My father and I really bonded because of basketball as it gave us a great opportunity to spend a lot of time together. I was playing organized basketball by the age of 5 at the Jewish Community Center in Phoenix.

3) When did you realize you wanted to coach college basketball?
I realized that I wanted basketball to be a part of my life after my playing career was done during my senior year at Saint Mary's College. I simply realized all the relationships I had cultivated from the game, and the different opportunities that became available to me because of basketball. There was a time when I thought I might want to create a life outside of basketball to create the illusion that I was a more well-rounded person, but that didn't last long when I had the opportunity to go work for Kyle Smith at Columbia in 2012.

4) Was it hard to switch from player to coach?
 It has been a relatively easy transition for me going from player to coach. When I finished my 2nd year playing professionally in Israel, I was very content with my career as a player. I went from a high school senior with no division 1 scholarship opportunities to a 3 year starter on an NCAA tournament team who ended up playing 2 years overseas. I was very content with that ending. The transition to coaching was easy as well because I always considered myself a 'coach on the floor' during my playing days. I generally gained advantages over my opponents by out-thinking them, or being one step ahead. Now I have to articulate that mindset to the players I'm working with today.

5) What is it like working with Bruce Pearl?
Coach Pearl has been really great to work for, believe it or not. He definitely expects a lot out of the members of his staff, but they are fair expectations. Also, he is really good about praising his staff for work well done. He's an incredible motivator and understands the value of 'team'. He's been able to gel this staff together over the first few months’ way closer than anyone could have anticipated, and it all starts at the top with him.

6) Can this Auburn team make a run at a title? What do the new Auburn Tigers look like?
This Auburn team is not built to win the championship this year. We have some good players, but I think a more realistic goal would be to shoot for a post season tournament (NCAA or NIT). You will see a team that will play fast, and play from baseline to baseline. We will press after makes and misses, fly the ball up in transition, and really try to put pressure on our opponents. We might not be as talented as some of our opponents, but we will not back down, and we will really compete on both ends of the floor.

7) Who is the best Jewish player you have played or coached against?
The best Jewish player that I have ever played against would probably have to be Omri Casspi. I played against Omri my first professional season in Israel. He was playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv and I was playing for Maccabi Haifa. Now Omri is enjoying a successful NBA career.

8) What does the future look like for Todd Golden?
My ultimate goal is to become a division 1 head coach. At this point, I am trying to learn something new every day. I had a great experience working for Kyle Smith at Columbia who I've known since I was 18 years old. Working for Coach Pearl will give me another valuable mentor, and will also give me another perspective to learn the game from. I am really excited for the future here at Auburn, and I'm hoping we can build this program back to where it belongs, at the top of the SEC.

Thank you to Todd for his time and passion. Go Tigers!
And Let Us Say...Amen.
Jeremy Fine

Friday, August 8, 2014

Freiman Called Up

The Oakland A's have recalled Nate Freiman. Freiman had a productive year last year but has seen little Major league time this season. He joins Sam Fuld on the roster. In 36 plate appearances he is batting .282 with 1 HR and 7 RBIs.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

September Call Ups?

Which Minor Leaguers might see the Bigs in September?

Looks like Jason Marquis, who might have had a chance with the Phillies, will be seeing so DL time. Read more HERE.

Nothing yet on the Jake Lemmerman front even though he has shown flashes.

Ryan Kalish, Nate Freiman, and Josh Satin could see some time back in the Majors to help out and get another chance. The As could use Freiman's bat down the stretch.

For more news on the Minor Leaguers looking to make it to the Bigs check out

Sitting and Waiting

For the last two years the Jewish baseball world has been awaiting the call up of Dodgers top prospect Joc Pederson. But this source says the call up is unlikely. Pederson was apparently dangled in front of teams but the Dodgers elected not to trade the potential future star. So we continue to sit and wait for Pederson's arrival to the bigs.

Murray Halahkically Jewish

Turns out former Georgia Bulldog and 5th round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs, Aaron Murray has a Jewish mother. While according to this article they apparently have a Catholic family, mom still remains Jewish. So mom is Jewish, and son is... His brother appeared on this season of the Bachelorette which sparked much of the conversation.