Thursday, April 9, 2009

Planet Andruw and Dodger Dogs

Because I know y'all like reading about fatties, here's an amazing bit of sports journalism from Brad Evans at's Fantasy Baseball Weekly Rundown:

Last season, Andruw Jones' days in Dodger Land were highlighted by numerous whiffs and Pink's hot dogs. Many worried the once cherished outfielder's ballooned body was bound to float out into space, becoming a celestial entity the likes of which astronomers had never viewed before. Jupiter and Saturn feared they would become moons of Planet Andruw. But substituting bananas for burritos this past offseason, a slimmed-down Jones is on the brink of fantasy relevance again.

“I love home games. When I’m home, I go for the Super Dodger Dog
because it’s 20% larger.” -Andruw Jones, 2008

Over-elongation aside, what's the big deal about Dodger Dogs? Having never been to L.A., I guess I'll just have to trust statistical data, such as Wikipedia's assertion that Dodger Stadium was the #1 hot dog consuming ball park in 2005. Here's the complete list of parks, ranked by number of hot dogs purchased:I checked the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council's website to see if any updates were available, but got too distracted by this press release to continue:

Stadiums around the country offer a range of options to hot dog-hungry fans. Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, dresses their Georgia Dog with coleslaw, chili and onion relish. Dolphin Stadium, home of the Florida Marlins, stocks its condiment carts with banana peppers. The Tampa Bay Rays’ Tropicana Field offers “The Heater,” which is served with spicy chili and shredded cheddar. Arizona Diamondback’s Chase Field has a specialty concession stand called “Big Dawgs,” which features five foot-long specialty hot dogs including the Arizona Dog with chorizo, cheese and tortilla chips and the Wisconsin Dog with mac and cheese and bacon bits. The Metrodome, stadium of the Minnesota Twins, is home to the “Dome Dog,” a black angus dog served hot off the grill with toppings made fresh daily. When the Chicago Cubs are in town, many teams will add the famous Chicago Dog to their menu for the series: a natural casing beef frank, served on a poppy seed roll topped, (or "dragged through the garden" as they say in the Windy City), with yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, chopped onion, fresh tomato, pickle spear, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt.

Oh boy. This is a plea to anyone who attends a game this year: BLOG THOSE DOGS! For groups of 20 or more, $16/person gets you unlimited hot dogs at Staten Island Yankees games. A re-staging of Grinnell College's epic hot dog eating contest may be inevitable.

1 comment:

  1. I have never heard anyone in chicago say that our hot dog's were "dragged through the garden". It is true though that only cubs fans put katchup on a hot dog... In Chicago this is a big NO NO! Cubs fans do it cause most of them live in the burbs or Iowa.