Ryan Vogelsong, Jaymee Sire, & RallyEnchilada


Ryan Vogelsong, Jaymee Sire, & RallyEnchilada

Ryan Vogelsong is a superstitious guy. He revealed to CSN Bay Area that he absolutely musteat chicken enchiladas for dinner the night before he pitches, home or away.

Therefore, we know he is eating them Saturday night because he is taking the mound in Game 6 of the NLCS on Sunday at AT&T Park.

I've decided that Vogelsong won't be the only one enjoying chicken enchiladas Saturday night, as I will be making them myself.

If you want to follow suit, here is my recipe:

5-6 ancho chilis, stemmed and seeded
Boiling water
Olive oil or butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon Mexican oreganoSalt, to taste
1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
2 cups shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken from the grocery store works great)
Corn tortillas
1-2 cups shredded cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place chilis in a bowl and pour boiling water over the top until fully submerged. Cover tightly an allow to steep 15 minutes, or until softened.

Saut onions in a little oil or butter until soft and translucent. Add garlic and spices and saut another minute.

Combine chilis, half of onion mixture and tomato paste (if using) and pure in food processor, adding some of the chili water until it reaches desired consistency. Add more seasoning if necessary.

Combine other half of onion mixture with chicken. Dip each tortilla in a little sauce an fill with chicken mixture. Place in a greased dish.

Pour sauce over the top and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly!

Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs at White House


Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs at White House

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama celebrated the World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Monday and spoke about the power sports has to unite people.

"Throughout our history, sports has had this power to bring us together even when the country is divided,"Obama said at a White House ceremony for his hometown team. "Sports has changed attitudes and culture in ways that seem subtle but that ultimately made us think differently about ourselves."

"It is a game and celebration," he said, and noted that "there's a direct line between Jackie Robinson and me standing here." Robinson, a second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers, broke Major League Baseball's color line to become its first black player.

The White House event came four days before Obama hands the presidency over to Donald Trump following one of the most divisive elections in recent memory.

It also follows a weekend in which civil rights icon John Lewis said he didn't consider Trump a legitimate president because of Russian meddling in the election. Trump responded on Twitter by criticizing Lewis as "all talk" and suggesting the Democratic congressman take better care of his Georgia district.

Obama has a home in Chicago, but is a longtime White Sox fan. He rooted for the Cubs after the Sox failed to reach the playoffs.

His wife, first lady Michelle Obama, however, is a lifelong Cubs fan. She greeted Cubs players before the ceremony, which Obama noted was her first appearance at some of the roughly 50 events he has hosted for championship college and professional sports teams.

The Cubs gave Obama two baseball jerseys — home and away — with the number 44, among other gifts. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo also wears the number, and Obama referred to Rizzo as "my fellow 44."Obama is the nation's 44th president.

Obama said it will be hard for him to wear the jersey, but told the Cubs: "Do know that among Sox fans I am the Cubs' No. 1 fan."

Hours after the Cubs won the series in November, Obama asked the team on Twitter if it wanted to visit the White House before his term ends Friday.

The World Series title was the first for the Cubs since 1908, and they won it by defeating the Cleveland Indians in seven games.

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants avoided arbitration with three more veterans on Friday, agreeing to one-year deals with third baseman Eduardo Nuñez, left-hander Will Smith and right-hander George Kontos.

Financial details were not immediately available. MLB Trade Rumors' projections put Nuñez at about $4.4 million, Smith at about $2.3 million, and Kontos at about $1.7 million. The Giants reached deals with all six arbitration eligible players this offseason. 

Nunez, acquired last summer, will enter camp as the starter at third base. He posted a .269/.327/.418 slash line and 12 stolen bases after coming over from the Twins.

Smith was also acquired before the trade deadline, and he had a 2.95 ERA in 26 appearances for the Giants. He is expected to play a pivotal role in setting up for new closer Mark Melancon. 

Kontos has long been Bruce Bochy's most reliable reliever in the middle innings and he could move to a higher-leverage role in a revamped bullpen. He had a 2.53 ERA in 2016, his fifth season with the Giants.

The Giants had previously reached one-year deals with Cory Gearrin, Ehire Adrianza and Conor Gillaspie. They have not gone to an arbitration hearing since 2004, when a deal could not be reached with A.J. Pierzynski.