It’s Opening Week for Major League Baseball, a time when fans feel a new sense of hope and optimism that this year will be the year for their favorite team. As exciting as it is to hear the crack of the bat again, for a foodie like myself, it’s just as exciting to see what new items are being offered at the concession stand! While the classic hot dog, beer and peanuts will always be a ballpark staple, a recent trend has seen teams introduce unique and sometimes extreme concession offerings to their customers. This year will test the stomachs, as well as the wallets, of the curious fan.
It’s hard to go wrong with the classic stadium hot dog. A little mustard, some relish and you’re set! If classic is too simple for you, have no fear — there is no shortage of dynamic hot dog options being offered this year.
In Detroit, the Tigers are offering several new twists on the original. The Poutine Dog is topped with fries, cheese curds and gravy. Another option is the Late Night Dog, topped with a fried egg, cheddar cheese and bacon. Cardiologist appointment not included.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are upping the ante this year by unleashing two monstrous wieners. The Venom Dog is a foot-long habanero sausage topped with black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream, and will run you $10. If you consider that a kid’s-size portion, then you should try the D-Bat, an 18-inch corn dog stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapenos and bacon, served with fries. This behemoth is a whopping $25, so only serious appetites need apply.
Sandwiches and More
Of course, if hot dogs aren’t your thing, there are plenty more choices out there. The Pittsburgh Pirates are serving up “The Closer,” a double decker grilled cheese sandwich with nine, count ‘em, NINE–types of cheese and finished with candied bacon!
Out to prove that things are bigger in Texas, the Rangers introduced the Choomongous, named after their outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. This Asian beef sandwich is topped with spicy slaw. No big deal, right? Did I forget to mention that is two feet long? You’ll want to bring some friends to share!
In Cincinnati, the Reds are challenging fans to take on their new sandwich, simply called “The Bacon.” This porcine delight features a one pound slab of bacon topped with shredded lettuce, tomato and black pepper mayo, served with chips, half a pickle and potato salad. Anyone brave enough can try the “Bacon Challenge.” All they have to do is eat four “Bacon” sandwiches, with all the accoutrements, in one inning. Do so, and all four sandwiches are free, and the winner gets a t-shirt that says, “I Conquered the Bacon Challenge.” Fail, and leave with a lighter wallet and a lifetime of regret.
Ice Cream, Anyone?
Sitting through a three hour game in the middle of summer can be tough without something to cool you down. The Chicago White Sox have you and your family covered, as they introduce a Banana Split Sundae Helmet. Served in an actual-size baseball helmet, this whopper includes 12 scoops of ice cream and weighs in at a belt-busting THREE pounds!
Meanwhile, the minor-league Akron RubberDucks are catering to the over-21 crowd with the 32 ounce “Ugly Duckling.” 16 ounces of Irish stout beer are poured over three large scoops of vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles.
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