Mariners newest food offering sure to make some fans bug out

There’s nothing better than having a hot dog at a baseball game. It’s an iconic combination on par with spaghetti and meatballs, or peanut butter and jelly.

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But if the Seattle Mariners have their way, a new food craze is about to take the baseball world by surprise. To go along with their hot dogs, Mariners fans will be able to purchase a big bowl of toasted grasshoppers this season, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

The grasshoppers will be sold at a stand run by a local Mexican restaurant called Poquitos. While eating insects isn’t a common practice in the United States, grasshoppers are eaten more regularly in Mexico. Grasshoppers are high in protein, and the ones served Safeco are listed as “gluten free.” Is your mouth watering yet?

The Mariners are offering an unusual food item in 2017. (AP Photo)
The Mariners are offering an unusual food item in 2017. (AP Photo)

Fans who want to try out the offering will be able to find the stand on the concourse in centerfield, in an area of the park known as “The Pen.” A bowl of toasted grasshoppers covered in chili lime salt will cost $4. That’s not bad for ballpark food.

The Mariners are well-aware the menu item is unusual, and don’t expect the grasshoppers to be all that popular, according to Rovell.

“We don’t expect to sell a lot of them, but it’s a fun thing to offer and it’s an authentic,” Mariners spokesperson Rebecca Hale said.

Hey, that’s something we can get behind. We’re all for trying new things, and if you’re not the type of person who wants to eat grasshoppers, don’t visit the stand. There are plenty of other food options in the park.

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