The Mets are the champs! The Mets are the champs! Tell everyone in New York, the Mets are the champs.
Ha-ha, no, not of anything related to baseball, but the New York Mets recently broke a long-standing record in the Philadelphia Phillies' visitor's clubhouse. The team ate 103 Philly cheesesteaks in a single day, on April 30 to be exact, effectively making them the cheesesteak-eating champions of the world. At least they'll win something this season.
Mike Vorkunov of The Star-Ledger gives us all the greasy details on the Mets' cheesesteak-eating prowess:
Cheesesteaks are Philadelphia’s delicacy — a greasy stuffing of beef and lining of cheese inside a sub. Visiting teams are welcome to eat as many as they want or can, with the meal made for them at the ballpark, and a scoreboard tracks their feats. There are individual and team records for a single day or series.
On April 30, over some ten hours, the Mets ate 103, they say, setting the new single-day team record. Though baseball may be a sequence of individualized events, this was the work of a collective. It was planned two cheesesteaks per person, or more for those that were willing to help out where other teammates could not eat their share.
By the time the Mets left for Denver, distended and at over-capacity, they were now record-holders, breaking the previous mark that stood somewhere in the 80s.
In a not-all-that-surprising development, after April 30, the Mets lost eight of their next nine games. Though, it seems unfair to blame that on the cheesesteaks. We're talking about the Mets. They don't need any help losing.
Plus, they've been at this cheesesteak game for a while now, as The Star-Ledger notes:
When it comes to eating cheesesteaks, the Mets are the 1961 Yankees, and their bullpen catchers, Dave Racaniello and Eric Langill, are the Mantle and Maris. Last season, from April 8-10, Langill set the three-game series record by eating 17 cheesesteaks. He broke Racaniello’s record of 14 -- which had stood for years.
The cheesesteak eating competition is not without rules and calls for prior planning. To viably set a record, cheesesteaks can only be eaten after getting to the ballpark until batting practice, from the end of batting practice until the game begins, and for an hour window after the game has concluded. There are moratoriums during batting practice and the game, likely, so that players and coaches can proceed with their day jobs.
At this point, maybe the Mets should actually quit their day jobs and get into competitive team eating.
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