The rivalry between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets took a left turn down the long intestine Tuesday when Philly manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters why he's been feeling ill. His team recently played a three-game series at Citi Field in New York, which also is home to a Shake Shack stand in the outfield. If you're a fan of the food there — mmm, Black & White shake — don't read this:
"Food poisoning" is a serious charge, Ryno. Legalities and such. But "six pounds" also sounds like a tough deal. Imagine the local reaction if some out-of-town manager said he got sick from a bad cheese steak he ate at Citizens Bank Park in Philly. ... Well, there probably would be applause. Never mind.
UPDATE: Slugger Lucas Duda of the Mets also says he had similar digestion problems after eating a Shake Shack burger. Sandberg said, via the Associated Press, that his coaching staff could tell something about their order was afoul:
''A couple of coaches took a bite and didn't like what they saw and threw the rest away,'' Sandberg told reporters before Tuesday's game. ''I was in a rush, so I ended up putting it away. I had one piece of toast in two days, and I'm feeling fine about that. I don't want anything in my stomach.''
Shake Shack is looking into it:
''We've served thousands of guests at our Citi Field Shack over the past week, and this is the first we've heard of any issue whatsoever,'' Shake Shack spokesman Greg Waters said. ''We take every guest concern of any sort seriously, and as such reached out to Ryne Sandberg to get more information since we have not heard from him. We stand by our food quality 100 percent.
Sandberg didn't miss any time from work, but he might have been further ill by what happened Sunday when Jonathan Papelbon wasn't available to close out what otherwise would have been a sweep of the Mets.
The closer and manager say they're both feeling better.
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