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EARN IT

EARN IT. YOU HAVE TO WORK, SWEAT AND BLEED FOR IT.

And this my friend is the ‘Stros’ slogan for this season.

Who holds the ‘Stros record for the most starts at catcher on Opening Day?

Apparently, Donald Trump is not happy with his press secretary, Sean Spicer. Check out this story from CNN:

Washington (CNN) The White House is ramping up its search for a new communications director in an effort to lighten the load of embattled White House press secretary Sean Spicer, multiple sources told CNN.

A source familiar with internal communications said President Donald Trump is disappointed in Spicer’s performance during the first two weeks of the administration.

Spicer has served as both White House press secretary and communications director for the new administration. Those roles are typically filled by two staffers.

Former Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller was originally tapped to serve as communications director for the White House, but Miller stepped aside before Inauguration Day to spend more time with his family.

A longtime Republican operative, Spicer is a close ally of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. According to the source close to the hiring process, Trump is upset with Priebus over the selection of Spicer for arguably the administration’s most visible position, next to the President.

“Priebus vouched for Spicer and against Trump’s instincts,” the source said.

The President “regrets it every day and blames Priebus,” the source added.

But a senior administration official says Trump supports Spicer “100%.”

A separate West Wing source pushed back on the notion that Spicer is suddenly unpopular with Trump, saying “nothing could be further from the truth.”

Multiple sources have told CNN that Spicer was not Trump’s first choice for press secretary. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was offered the position but turned it down. Other candidates including Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle were interviewed for the job during the transition.

Spicer did not respond to a request for comment on this story.

Spicer has come under withering criticism during his first two weeks. In his first appearance in the White House briefing room on the President’s first full day in office, Spicer berated reporters, accusing them of intentionally downplaying the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration.

But in his criticism of the media, Spicer used incomplete data and dubious assertions in making his case. Conway later brushed off criticisms of Spicer, saying the press secretary was utilizing “alternative facts,” a phrase that went viral in social media.

Over the weekend, Spicer was played by comedian Melissa McCarthy in a scathing skit on the daily White House press briefing on Saturday Night Live.

The President, sources say, was not amused by the performance.

The White House is looking at outside candidates to serve in the role of communications director, the source familiar with the process said.

“Needs to be filled more than ever,” the source said.

Commentary has said it before. Trump is the biggest liar ever and folks agree. Even his supporters know he lies and are ok with the lies.   It is not Spicer’s fault. Spicer may last or be fired or whatever. They can add a communications director or a spin doctor but it is not going to work. You just can’t spin lie after lie. You just can’t. If Trump maybe told an occasional lie, you might be able to get away with it. But when you lie on a regular basis, your spokesperson is going to get nailed – period.

Here is from Politico on CNN having an issue with Kellyanne Conway’s credibility:

CNN quickly rebuked White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday for suggesting that the network did not have concerns about adviser Kellyanne Conway’s credibility.

Spicer, taking questions from reporters at Tuesday’s daily briefing, was responding to a report that CNN had declined an offer to interview Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump and his most prominent on-air surrogate, last weekend because of concerns about her credibility.

“My understanding is they retracted that, they’ve walked that back or denied it, however you want to put it, I don’t care,” Spicer said at about 2 p.m. “But I think Kellyanne is a very trusted aide of the president and I think … any characterization otherwise is insulting.”

“If they choose not to work with someone that’s up to them, but I think we’re going to continue to put out key leaders in this administration, including Kellyanne, that can articulate the president’s policies and agenda,” he added.

About 10 minutes later, CNN’s communications arm released a statement saying that Spicer was wrong.

“CNN was clear, on the record, about our concerns about Kellyanne Conway’s credibility to the New York Times and others. We have not ‘retracted’ or ‘walked back’ those comments,” the statement said. “Those are the facts.”

I don’t know what you can say about Miss Bowling Green. Yesterday, a journalist who was on CNN said Conway looked exhausted.

I am really disappointed that my tax dollars are being used to find Tom Brady’s shirt. HPD’s executive assistant chief said this yesterday:

“The Houston Police Department is the lead agency in the search for the missing Tom Brady jersey.”

That is embarrassing. Hard to believe. Messed up priorities. One would think that NFL Security or the Patriots’ organization could figure this out. Shame on HPD.

What are you going to do with the jersey anyway?  Wear it?

Brad Ausmus of course has nine starts behind the plate as a ‘Stro on Opening Day.

Footnote has a story on the new grub they will be serving at The Yard this season. Have at it here:

HOUSTON — The Astros on Tuesday introduced several food items that will be available at Minute Maid Park this season, confident their food options will be as appealing as the team they have put together for 2017.

At a casual pre-Spring Training gathering on Tuesday, the Astros and Aramark gave local media a sneak peek at several new menu options that will be available to fans this season. Among the mouth-watering dishes are Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Chorizo Loaded Fries, French Toast Patty Melts and Pulled Pork Teriyaki Spam Sandwiches.

“In the offseason, we see what’s going on in the social media world as far as food trucks and things like that,” said Minute Maid Park executive chef Dominic Soucie. “Other stadiums … we look at their menus as well. We see what’s popular and then put our own Houston twist, our own Houston flavor on it.”

“Flavor” being the key word. The Chorizo Loaded Fries are topped with chorizo, queso, chipotle mayo, cilantro, green onion and tortilla chips. This dish will be added to a French fry stand that will also offer brisket fries, Frito pie fries and shrimp fries.

The Italian Grilled Cheese is topped with basil pesto sauce, salami, pepperoni, ham and mozzarella cheese and served on charbroiled sourdough bread.

Soucie described it as warm and salty — the perfect “comfort food.”

“We want people to be comfortable here, and what’s more comfortable than grilled cheese?” he said. “It could be good on a hot day, it could be good on a cold day.”

When deciding on menu items, the culinary staff looks for tasty options that are easily transportable and won’t create a mess. Although the occasional dribble of mustard from a hot dog may make it onto a fan’s shirt from time to time, when it comes to the more outside-the-box creations, the goal is to offer items that are both delicious and easy to eat.

“We’re looking for something that people can move around the ballpark with and not totally make a mess of their food,” Soucie said. “No one really wants to have a mess on their jersey. You just spent a lot of money on a jersey; you don’t want to ruin it by staining it with food. It’s something that has good flavors, that can fit in your mouth easy and has a sense of quality.”

Two items that will likely appeal to the wider masses are two versions of tacos: Green Chile Chicken Tacos and Tacos Al Pastor, which feature pulled pork, pastor-style pineapple, cilantro and onions, served on corn tortillas.

The French Toast Patty Melt has a unique taste given that the Nolan Ryan beef patties, peppers, onions and mustard are served on traditional French toast.

For those looking for some adventure, here’s a chance to try something that is all the rage: Spam.

Yes, Spam.

Aramark created the Pulled Pork Spam Sandwich: teriyaki seared Spam, pulled pork, sliced pineapple, pickled carrots, caramelized onions and hoisin mustard.

Clearly, this isn’t your mother’s Spam. Things have progressed since the 1970s.

“Spam is a very hot commodity right now,” Soucie said. “There’s restaurants where their entire menu is based on Spam.”

All items introduced on Tuesday will be available on the main concourse this season.

I am sticking with hot dogs.

BTW: They are also making changes at the Saint Arnold hangout in left field.

Be there!

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