The last time I wrote, the NHL regular season was still in session, and the baseball season wasn’t even in diapers yet. At this point, however, the sports world has ramped up the energy and it is by far the best time to be a sports fan – especially for me. While my hockey brethren give me plenty of crap for it, I will always admit – baseball is my first love. I was never very good at it, and it definitely took a back seat to hockey, which i found I had much more of a knack for. Yet, every once in a while I will comment on how I would give up playing hockey if I could go back, take baseball more seriously, and have kept playing through high school.
But that isn’t the focus of this post; no, its on something even better about the upcoming summer and all the baseball and hockey yet left to play. For those of us who are fans of the minor leagues and all it’s glory, I am talking about ballpark food! Yes indeed, there is fewer places on earth then a minor league ballpark to try some twisted delicacy. In fact, I am probably writing this two months too soon, as I will be going to a White Caps game on my birthday, and I will most definitely be ordering the 5/3rd Burger with my brother. If you have never seen this beast, watch Man vs. Food – Baseball Edition for details. I will not be attempting the challenge, but I want to try to finish that thing with a couple other people helping!
This is just one example of things you find in minor league stadiums. That previously mention M vs. F episode also centered in on Charleston, SC, and their team, the Riverdogs. Honoring the “dog” in that name, the stadium has 3 different concession stands dedicated to various forms of hotdogs – and they are quite various. Chicago style, Pittsburgh style, New York style, chili-cheese hotdogs the size of – nope, not giving you an opportunity to make this gross!
Recently on MiLB.com, Ben Hill wrote an article on the Richmond Flying Squirrels and their year-long promotion with the Eastern League. The team will honor their opponent’s home town by offering a delicacy from that area. The range of things served includes funnel cake with marinara sauce (yuk), crab cake sandwich’s (yum), and The Pittsburgher: roast beef, coleslaw, french fries, and cheese on a burger bun (AWESOME).
I wrote last year on the intricacies of the minor leagues, and this is just one example of the fun you can have their. At any given park, there is something unique and interesting to find, which is half the fun of going to the game. I know I will visit at least one White Caps game this year, but if at all possible, there are five other teams within driving distance I can go see, which begs me the question: what other things can we find? More to come this summer!