Former Cubs ace Ryan Dempster releases burger with Goose Island

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Ryan Dempster releases new burger in time for Opening Day originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Ryan Dempster has an impressive résumé. World Series champion, two-time All-Star, over 2,000 strikeouts and over 100 wins too. Upon retirement he moved up to the broadcast booth, and he hosts his very own talk show, “Off The Mound with Ryan Dempster.” But now Dempster is adding a new line to his résumé: burgermaster.

On Wednesday, Dempster announced a new burger, featuring the same name as his show, “Off The Mound,” which will be available at the Goose Island Clybourn Brewhouse just in time for Opening Day. All proceeds from Dempster’s burger will benefit the 22q Family Foundation, a non-profit “dedicated to raising awareness for 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome while connecting, supporting and offering accurate information to families affected by the disorder,” according to their website. In addition to the burger, each order comes with a custom Ryan Dempster crowler, the first 100 of which have been signed by the former Cubs ace.

“Turns out you finally found your calling,” Dempster said in a video posted to Twitter, in a not-so-sneaky disguise as a White Sox fan. “All them years thinking you could pitch. Turns out, you’re just a burger maker! This is one good piece of meat right here. You nailed it son.”

The 22q Family Foundation is a cause close to Dempster, as his daughter Riley was diagnosed with the rare disease when she was born in 2009. Dempster founded a similar charity of his own, the Dempster Family Foundation.

Dempster is eighth on the Cubs’ All-Time appearances list among pitchers, at 374 games. In addition he ranks 11th in strikeouts with 1,070. He still has a link to the current Cubs roster as well. In 2012, the Cubs traded Dempster to the Texas Rangers for Kyle Hendricks.

This isn’t Goose Island’s first baseball collaboration, either. Following the Cubs’ 2016 World Series win they created “1060 Wit” a beer available solely on draft at Wrigley Field and Goose Island’s tap rooms, with a nod towards the Friendly Confines’ address on Addison. They’ve also brewed a White Sox Golden Ale for the South Siders.

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