Dave Stieb

David Andrew Stieb is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. A seven-time All-Star, he won The Sporting News' Pitcher of the Year Award in 1982. Stieb won 140 games in the 1980s, the second-highest total by a pitcher in that decade, behind only Jack Morris. Dave Stieb was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. Born in Santa Ana, Stieb played varsity baseball at Southern Illinois University as an outfielder. Scouted by Bobby Mattick and Al LaMacchia of the Blue Jays as an outfield prospect in a varsity game, Stieb's performance failed to impress until he was pressed into service as a relief pitcher, his pitching convinced the Blue Jays to draft him. He played for the Blue Jays from 1979 to 1992 and again in 1998. On September 2, 1990, he pitched the first no-hitter in Blue Jays history, defeating the Cleveland Indians 3–0. On September 24 and 30, 1988, Stieb had no-hitters broken up with two outs and two strikes in the top of the ninth inning in two consecutive starts.

He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning in a 1985 game. On August 4, 1989, he had a perfect game broken up with two outs in the ninth, it was the third time in two seasons that Stieb had lost a no-hitter with two out in the ninth inning. After an excellent 1990 season, a series of shoulder and back injuries early in the 1991 season ended his effective pitching years, culminating in a 4–6 season in 1992 that resulted in his release. Despite this, he was awarded a World Series ring, after the Blue Jays won their first championship that year. In 1993, he played four games with the Chicago White Sox, before retiring due to lingering back problems. In 1998, after a five-year hiatus from baseball, Stieb returned to the Blue Jays and pitched in 19 games, he recorded one win and two saves, started three games. In 1985, Stieb signed with the Blue Jays what was one of the richest contracts in baseball; the contract, including options exercisable by the team, was for a term of ten years and specified a salary that increased to $1.9 million in 1993, $2 million in 1994, $2.1 million in 1995.

While this was seen to be generous at the time the contract was signed, by the time the years of the contract came around this was a bargain, considering that several players were receiving several times the amount per year. The Blue Jays voluntarily renegotiated the last three years of his contract to pay him a higher amount in recognition of his years of service. During his career, Stieb won 176 games while losing 137. Only Jack Morris won more games in the 1980s. Stieb holds career records for Toronto pitchers in wins, games started, strikeouts, complete games and a variety of other categories. Stieb appeared in seven All-Star games a Blue Jays team record. On August 29, 2010, Stieb threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Rogers Centre, celebrating the 20th anniversary of his no-hitter game, with the anniversary coming four days after the celebration. Stieb's number 37 was engraved on the pitcher's mound for the game. Stieb entered the league as a power pitcher, relying on a high, inside fastball to strike batters out.

The brushback pitch was an integral part of his repertoire to back batters off the plate, was tough on right-handed hitters in this respect. As a result, he led the league in hit batsmen a few years, but arguably his best pitch was his slider that had a late and sharp break difficult for right-handed batters to handle. On in his career he developed his breaking ball repertoire, he became effective with a "dead fish" curveball that would break into the dirt as the batter swung. Stieb was known as a fierce competitor on the mound. Whereas with other pitchers this would be seen as a sign of weakness, with Stieb it was perceived as the best way to motivate himself to get out of a jam. Early in his career, Stieb would frequently yell at his teammates after errors, for plays that he thought they should have made. In years, Stieb mellowed somewhat, although a fierce glare after a botched play was still not uncommon, he was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, located in St. Marys, with the Class of 2005.

Stieb is still involved with the Blue Jays spring training camps and resides in Reno, Nevada. Stieb's older brother Steve was a catcher and pitcher in the minor leagues from 1979 to 1981. Stieb's autobiography was titled Tomorrow I'll Be Perfect, was released in 1986. List of Major League Baseball annual ERA leaders List of Major League Baseball career hit batsmen leaders List of Major League Baseball no-hitters Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference Boxscore from Stieb's no-hitter at Retrosheet

Caffè d'orzo

Caffè d'orzo shortened to orzo, is a type of hot drink, originating in Italy. Orzo is a caffeine-free roasted grain beverage made from ground barley, it is an espresso-style drink, when prepared from the roasted barley directly, it can be made in typical espresso machines and coffeemakers. In Italy it is available in coffee vending machines. Although traditionally considered a coffee substitute for children, it is an common choice in Italy and other places for those who choose to eschew caffeine for health reasons. In Italy caffè d'orzo is made in traditional Italian espresso machines in cafes. Italian families tend, instead, to make it using an orziera, a special moka pot adapted to barley. During World War II and in post-war times, caffè d'orzo and chicory became the most popular drinks in Europe, they were both used as substitutes for coffee, expensive and hard to find. In European countries with a long post-war period, like for instance Spain, this image of barley as a cheap surrogate of coffee still remains in the memory of the population.

Thus, from having dozens of Spanish producers in the 1950s and being a popular drink in the Spanish Mediterranean coast, now Spain only has two roasters of barley. In Italy, there are dozens of roasters making caffè d'orzo and it is a popular drink. Outside of Italy the consumption of caffè d'orzo as a healthy drink is increasing especially in Germany. A variety called café de cebada in Spanish and Cevada in Portuguese is available in Latin American markets, though it is more of a roasted barley tea than a coffee-like beverage. Instant roasted barley drinks are sold under various brand names such as Caro and Barleycup, among others. Actual Italian ground roasted barley has begun to be imported into the US by Café Orzo and UK by Orzo Coffee. Postum List of barley-based beverages

Jim Pla

Jim Pla is a French racing driver. Pla began his formula racing career in the 2007 Formula Renault Campus France season, he finished sixth overall with one win and 70.5 points. The following season, Pla competed in the Formula BMW Europe for DAMS, he finished seventeenth in standings. For 2009, Pla remained in the series, staying with DAMS, he finished fifth behind Danish driver Michael Christensen in the championship with four wins in row at Valencia Street Circuit, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. 2010 saw Pla move to the Formula 3 Euro Series, competing for multiple champions ART Grand Prix, joining Valtteri Bottas and Alexander Sims at the team. He finished 10th in the championship with one win and four points finishes out of 18 races. For 2011, Pla was set to switch to the Signature Team. Pla made his debut in GP3 Series at Istanbul Park round replacing his fellow Formula Renault Campus rival Jean-Éric Vergne, he is no relation to fellow French driver Olivier Pla. Pla list his hobbies as skiing, quad biking and soccer, while his favourite circuit is Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, where he won twice during the 2009 Formula BMW Europe season.

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