Opening Day Eats

Happy Opening Day, Rangers fans! I cannot tell you how excited I am that my favorite sport is finally back in play. There’s just something so great about baseball that makes just you happy to be alive, and the fact that it runs through summer doesn’t hurt.

Another reason to love baseball is the food! The Rangers made a statement a few seasons ago with their introduction of a $26, 2-foot long hot dog called the “Boomstick.” This year, they’re upping the game with a few new innovative offerings. One of the new additions has been dubbed the “Choomongous,” in reference to Shin-Soo Choo. Think Boomstick, but with Asian-spiced beef, Sriracha, and spicy slaw. Rangers fans can also get their crazy food fix from…wait for it…Bacon-on-a-Stick! Pieces of bacon about an inch thick will be dipped in bacon. And when you’re done chowing down on bacon and hot dogs, you can wash it all down with frozen Kirin Japanese beer.

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In honor of Opening Day for several other teams, here are a few more strange culinary options offered at ballparks across the country!

At U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, White Sox fans can get a little taste of the south with a Chicken and Waffle Sandwich!

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Yankee Stadium will be serving a tropical twist on barbecue with their new Coconut Rum Glazed BBQ Smoked Ribs

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D-Backs fans can feast on a D-Bat Dog, an 18-inch corn dog stuffed with bacon, cheese and jalapenos.

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The Red Sox will be serving a “Breakfast Burger,” a fried egg burger with mozzarella, onions and special sauce. Mets fans can get meatball sliders, complete with whipped ricotta cheese. Pirates fans can get the innovative creation, “Tachos,” a healthy serving of tater tots topped with chili, spicy nacho cheese and scallions. And in reference to the Travel Channel show Man v. Food, The Tampa Bay Rays will give fans the chance to win free tickets and a t-shirt–so long as they can eat the four-pound burger complete with cheese, bacon, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and a whole pound of fries!

I know I would love to try some of them! Foods like these are just good for the soul, just like baseball. Although I may have to play nine innings myself to it all off afterwards!

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