There's little doubt that baseball fans love to chow down at the ballpark — and early in the 2014 season it looks like a few of the new and unusual items introduced by MLB clubs are winners at the concession stands.
First things first, you should know that baseball fans will eat an estimated 21 million hot dogs at games this season, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, and another 5.5 million sausages. That's a mouthful.
Beyond the macro view, there are a couple new food items that have such a high demand that teams can barely keep up.
The Texas Rangers, for example, introduced bacon on a stick this year. It's smoked, put on a stick, dipped in maple syrup and sold for $7. The Rangers maybe didn't know much how people love bacon, because they had only 600 of these available on opening day and they sold out in a snap, according to ESPN Dallas. The team made more for Tuesday's game, and will add even more for future games.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks added one of the most extreme new eats of the season with their D-Bat dog, an 18-inch corndog stuffed with bacon, cheese and jalapenos. It's served with fries and costs $25. Fans have no problems with the price tag or beastliness of the corn dog, because sales are lapping availability.
D-backs president/CEO Derrick Hall told ESPN:
"We sold 300 on the first night. And we only sold 100 last night because we ran out. We can't make them fast enough. We have 100 ready for tonight and we'll have 100 ready for tomorrow. And then when the team goes on the road, we'll get to work to make more."
If you'd like to watch an actual human tackle this beast of ballpark treat, here's Adam Green of ArizonaSports.com attempting to eat the entire thing on opening day.
Woah. Now maybe we know why most fans opt for the regular ol' ballpark hot dogs, millions and millions of 'em.
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