The Empire Strikes Back

Failing to make the playoffs, the New York Yankees watched their archrival Boston Red Sox win The World Series. The question was would the Evil Empire strike back? The Empire surely struck back when Jacoby Ellsbury signed a contract with the New York Yankees for a seven year, 152 million dollar deal. This isn’t good for the Yankees because Jacoby Ellsbury tends to get injured a lot. But this is good for the Red Sox because they won’t have to worry about his injuries.Image

With Derek Jeter injured who could miss the start of the season and A-Rod who may have his career come to an end after cheating, can the Yankees depend on Ellsbury? In all of Ellsbury’s time with Boston he hit .297, with 64 home runs and 314 RBIs. Also, Jacoby lead the MLB with the most stolen bases: 52. Could he continue the same sort of stats with New York? It looks very unlikely.The reason is because Jacoby was injured many times during his time with the Red Sox. Based on the history of his injuries he may get injured again. Also, Jacoby recently turned thirty. He is aging. Could he still play well as he ages? His stats may be all impressive now but things can change. Which is very likely to happen in the next 5 years.

Between 2010 to 2013 Jacoby missed 256 games due to injuries. In 2010, he hurt his rib cage causing to miss a lot of the 2010 season, which resulted in him playing only 18 games that season. He dislocated his right shoulder in the 2012 season which cost him to miss 79 games. Most recently, in the 2013 season he had a compression fracture in his right foot which cost him 19 games. This puts a lot of pressure on him since he will be playing a star role with the bat and on the field throughout the season. If he gets another injury and is out for long term, the Yankees may need to rethink their decision.

Many fans took it to the heart when they heard the news. The Red Sox and Yankees will meet on April 22 at Fenway park and the fans will give Ellsbury a load of boos for his betrayal on Boston. On the other hand many people will give him ovations for his time in Boston. It surely will be a mix of emotions towards him on that day.

Jacoby Ellsbury was 5th person to go to the New York Yankees after being on the Red Sox. The previous four were Babe Ruth, Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs and recently Johnny Damon.

Many people saw this coming but, what people did not see coming was the money.

People are saying Jacoby Ellsbury isn’t worth 153 million dollars for seven years. The main reason why is because of his injury problems. The Yankees may need to rethink on Jacoby’s salary because its way more than what he deserves.

Will Ellsbury continue his legacy from Boston to New York? Will he step up as a Yankee? Or will injuries and his age catch up to him? Can New York once again top Boston?

History of Food: Pasta

The first form of food similar to pasta was in the writings of Horace where thin strips of dough were fried and served with spices in the 1st century B.C.E. A few centuries later, we see an ancient ancestor of modern day lasagna come out in the form of lagana. It was described to be consisted of sheets of dough with meat filling in between. In the second century, the dough started to be made with flour and water instead of juice from lettuce. Later, Arabs adopted a similar form of noodle in the 5th century and lead to the Italians making thin strip noodle pasta.

 

If we jump to the 15th century, dried pasta was very valued because it could be stored for very long periods of time.That’s why many exploring ships brought dried pasta to the New World. Believe it or not, tomato sauce was only invented in the 18th century! Before this, people would just eat pasta with their hands. Now, people eat it with forks because the tomato would get too messy without it.

 

Today, the average Italian eats about sixty pounds of pasta per year, while the average American eats about twenty pounds of pasta per year. Writings suggest it originated in Italy, but why is it popular in North America? It’s because Italian immigration to the Americas that we love pasta so much. Italians have also had a mass immigration to South Africa, making spaghetti and meatballs a major part of Italian cuisine.

 

Do you like pasta? How do you eat yours? Comment, if you want, I guess.

 

Angkor Wat: The World’s Largest Religious Monument

Angkor Wat, located in Siem Reap Province in Cambodia, is the world’s largest religious monument. “Angkor” comes from Sanskrit and means “city” while Wat is Khmer for “temple.” Cambodians are usually referred to as Khmer people and Thai are referred to as Siem. So, the name Siem Reap means “Thai Defeat,” but that’s another story. Angkor Wat also appears on the national flag of Cambodia.

Angkor Wat was originally built in the 12th century by king Suryavarman II as a Hindu temple. It was a dedication to Vishnu. Later, in the 16th century, Buddhism took over and Angkor Wat was converted to a Buddhist temple. The Buddhists tried to paint the giant wall mural depicting several scenes from Hinduism and in some parts, you can actually touch the carved stone on the mural.

Angkor Wat lies on an island 1km x 1.5km with a 1 km wide moat on all sides. There are two entrances: the front in the west and the back in the east. Angkor Wat, unlike most temples, faces to the west instead of the east to signify that Suryavarman was intending to be buried there. Inside the temple, there is a central point where you can see in all four directions, many intricate and sometimes unfinished carvings, and a big central tower which was the king’s tomb. The central has really steep stairs that you could be afraid of going up and down.

Overall, Angkor Wat is a great place and has a lot of extra history and details to it, and it is also a great tourist destination.

Hehe, It’s a Lizard!

I took this picture of a really cool lizard in Cambodia.

Gods Versus Demons

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Khmer BBQ

I took this picture in Cambodia of a Khmer hot pot barbecue. They give you all the raw ingredients and you cook them yourself.

The History of Food: The Best of the Best: ICE CREAM!

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The History of Food: Escargot

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Red Sox or New Sox?

At one time in our lives, we all loved the Boston Red Sox. The last few years the lackluster team  could not scrape out a winning season. Do the Red Sox really even try anymore? Has their time come to start over with a entirely new crew of players and coaches and owners?   They did get a lot of new players and a new coach.

The regular season begins after pre season.  This is a time for the veteran players on the  teams to lounge around.  The only players that work hard are the new rookies, for they have to do their bests to prove that they are worth it. Beginning a season after not trying hard for a few months must be hard and could also be included to why they aren’t doing so well.

As of last season it seemed that the Red Sox really did not care about the season. This was clear when Jon Lester one of the best pitchers for the Red Sox admitted to drinking beer and eating chicken in the clubhouse. Not only was it in the clubhouse it was during a game! Take that for not caring about the team. Other players most likely drank and ate in the clubhouse also, but they probably were scared to admit what they did.

I believe that the Boston Red Sox should get a entirely new fresh start with the team. I think that because the old Sox proved that they could not be mature enough to try hard every game for a couple million dollars a year. So if they won’t do it get players that will. Maybe the new manager will be more strict and get them back in place.