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Hot Dog Season is Here

Texas Rangers, Brad Newton

Baseball and hot dogs go hand in hand, and some ballparks take that more seriously than others.  It’s been predicted that the Texas Rangers will sell more dogs than any other major league team this season. Does it have anything to do with the new two-footer that has just been introduced?

If you head to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this season, you and three friends can share the 2-foot long dog, called The Boomstick, piled high with all the fixins. It’s supposed to serve four, but something tells us most guys won’t group up and cut off portions of this monster. And we doubt guys will take turns taking bites off the ends and meet in the middle. Eww! That’s worse than double-dipping chips in the salsa bowl. So perhaps fellas will be polishing off this monster dog on their own.

According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council’s 2012 report on Major League Baseball ballparks, fans will consume 20.5 million hot dogs this season. If you laid them all end-to-end, the dogs would stretch from the Florida Marlins ballpark in Miami to Coors Field in Denver.

The Texas Rangers’ ballpark is predicted to serve up 1.6 million dogs, more than any other ballpark. That might have something to do with those wildly popular “dollar hot dog” nights. They might dish up a million on that night alone. (The 2-footer will cost you $26.) Second place is a tie between the Philadelphia Phillies’s Citizen’s Bank Park and the Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park. They’ll likely serve 1.5 million.

The Rangers open the season Friday against the White Sox. Baseball, hot dogs, and perhaps a frosty beverage to wash down all that processed meat. A great excuse to hop in the car! Go Rangers.

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