Knowing what kind of impact trade speculation has had in New York and Boston, the AL East rivals expected to be vigorous in their pursuit of him, Johnson offered a joke. Asked what he recalled about a past visit to Boston, Johnson said: “I was really torn between Manhattan clam chowder and Boston clam chowder. Really torn.”
We’d love for you to come to Boston. I just wanted to clear something up. Manhattan Clam Chowder is NOT Clam Chowder. It’s god-awful watery tomato soup with clams. Real chowder is made with cream, potatoes, bacon. Only in New England can you get the rich, thick, buttery, smoky, and creamy stuff. Like at Davy’s Locker in New Bedford, or the heavenly mix conjured up by Paul McCormick at the Ebb Tide in Dennisport. If you come to Beantown, the first bowl’s on me. And if you end up NYC, stay away from the soup and stick to the Pizza.