Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright must be thrilled to be coming to Kansas City on Monday.
And its not because hes going to face the struggling Royals offense.
No, its because Wainwright loves food. And nothing makes him happier -- or angrier (as you'll see) -- than barbecue. And, as we know, there is no better place for barbecue than Kansas City.
Wainwright talked about food (among many other subjects) during an extensive question-and-answer session with Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Here is a portion of that chat:
Q: Ill continue the tortured analogy, tying your pitching to food. What meal is the Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS equivalent?
A: It would be a combination of steak and barbecue. Because I can eat good barbeque every single day of my whole life, without question, no doubt. I can tell you that right now. I love it. Im obsessed with it. Also, bad barbecue makes me want to fight somebody.
Q: Whats the difference?
A: When I have a really bad rib or a really bad pulled pork, it just makes me angry. Its such a great piece of meat to ruin.
Q: When its dry or tough, overcooked, chewy?
A: If the love wasnt put into cooking it, I dont love it.
Q: Because it falls off the bone?
A: Its not supposed to fall off the bone. The average rib-eater will tell you they like fall-of-the-bone ribs, but those are actually not competition-style barbeque ribs. They need to have a little tug when you bite into them.
Q: So thats amateur and youre talking major-league.
A: Im talking major-league, yeah. Im not saying I dont like to eat them when its fall-off-the-bone. Occasionally, Ill eat them fall-of-the-bone. Once youve had a Pappy rib its hard to look back.
Pappy is Pappy's Smokehouse, which is a St. Louis restaurant that serves Memphis barbecue.
Memphis? Ha. Kansas City barbecue is clearly superior, which Wainwright will learn if he tries one of the many wonderful restaurants here.
You can read more from the interview here.
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