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Snake Bytes, 11/27: Leftovers

I've almost had my fill of honeybaked ham. ALMOST...

Henry Chen was among the activists urging customers to consider vegan alternatives for their Easter Sunday dinners during a protest by PETA at the HoneyBaked Ham store in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, March 29, 2013 Photo By Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Team news

[SI] Diamondbacks 2023 Season Review: NL Championship Series - Despite being outscored 30-21 and out homered 11-5, the D-backs showed their toughness and resiliency. After the big win, Lovullo had this to say: "I think the big part of this culture is resiliency, adaptability, and understanding you're going to have some good and bad days. You got to budget for those times. I've said it many times and I'll say it again, a connected team is a very dangerous team. No matter what happened through those times of crisis, these guys stuck together. I was a true commitment and a true bond that I watched every single day."

[Razzball] Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects For 2024 - 1. SS Jordan Lawlar. The hit tool was his only question mark, but Lawlar answered that with a midseason surge that landed him in Triple-A, where he slashed .358/.438/.612 with five home runs, three stolen bases and 12 strikeouts in 16 games. He joined the big league club in September but couldn’t keep the hits coming and batted (and slugged) .129 with a 32.4 percent strikeout rate in 14 games. Would’ve been nice to see him help enough to have an obvious job entering 2024, but a couple weeks of 0-fers is no big deal for a guy his age debuting during a pennant race.

[Just Baseball] What Does Buying Big Look Like for the Arizona Diamondbacks? - On Wednesday, the D-backs acted to address their issues at third. First, they traded with the Seattle Mariners for Eugenio Suárez. Later in the day, the D-backs had signed free agent Andrés Chaparro, a recent New York Yankee who had declared free agency earlier in the month. Given that they only paid $11 million in acquiring Suárez rather than shelling out, say, $150 million for Matt Chapman, Hazen probably has much of his free-agent budget intact. This raises an interesting question: If the D-backs go all in, what would that look like? Here are some ideas.

And, elsewhere...

[MLB.com] Ohtani questions, answered: favorites, sleepers, more - Morosi: No MLB team has a better chance of signing Ohtani than the Dodgers, yet I do not believe their probability surpasses the 50% threshold. The Dodgers’ advantages are well-documented: Their status as a perennial playoff team will appeal to Ohtani, who has yet to appear in the MLB postseason. Their team physician, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, performed Ohtani’s surgery earlier this year. We know Ohtani is comfortable living in Southern California. And yet there are so many unknowns with Ohtani’s wishes that I view “the field” as a stronger prediction.

[ESPN] Free agent Kenta Maeda, Tigers reach 2-year, $24M deal - Maeda, who will be 36 two weeks into the season, joins a Tigers team that went 39-34 in the second half and had a positive run differential, matching their win total in 89 first-half games. Detroit had targeted starting depth in the mid-tier pitching market, and Maeda, coming off Tommy John surgery, posted a 4.23 ERA in 104.1 innings with 117 strikeouts and 28 walks for the Minnesota Twins.

[SI] The Perfect Thanksgiving Food to Symbolize Every MLB Franchise - Mac and cheese: Dodgers. It’s so good while you’re eating it—but it often makes you sick at the end.

Thanksgiving (2023)

Rating: C+

Dir: Eli Roth

Star: Nell Verlaque, Milo Manheim, Jalen Thomas Brooks, Patrick Dempsey

It only took sixteen years after the concept first appeared as one of the faux trailers in Grindhouse. But Eli Roth finally becomes the third such trailer to be turned into a proper feature, after Machete and Hobo With a Shotgun. Truth be told, it’s probably the least of them. It still makes for a reasonable time. But while the others did a good job of capturing the spirit of their coming attractions, this feels more like a watered-down version of it. Case in point: both have a cheerleader on a trampoline, coming into contact with the business end of a Psycho knife. But the specifics were considerably more grisly in the trailer than here, even if only implied.

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