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Ballpark stadiums are selling special takeout food

Minor League Baseball teams across the country are offering their exclusive bites at the curbside.

46w ago

By now, everyone should be fully conscious of the devastating effects that COVID-19 has had on public health and the economy. Even people living in Alaska have probably heard the news.

There are so many areas of normal life that have been impacted, but perhaps one of the worst is team sports. If you have a love of repeatedly throwing a ball against a wall like Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, then you may not have noticed much difference – but for baseball teams up and down the country the situation is a little bleaker.

Of course, baseball’s big hitters will have greater financial firepower than smaller teams, which leaves Minor League Baseball sides in a particularly tricky spot with the widespread restrictions imposed on group sports.

The good news is that the boom in coronavirus-related problem solving is being fully embraced by minor league ballparks, with many introducing the novel step of selling their specialized food to hungry customers in their local neighborhoods.

One of the first offerings became available in April. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos in Florida kicked things off by selling curbside meals of its “Legalize Marinara” (meatball subs, spaghetti and polenta). It also happens to be the best named food in history.

The trend took off. Soon, the Omaha Storm Chasers were adding mystery merchandise to every food order and South Carolina’s Charleston RiverDogs started selling a $12.99 epic combination of stadium fare, a brisket ramen bowl and a secret six-pack of beer.

While supporting themselves, ballparks have also been backing local community heroes. The Clinton LumberKings in Iowa, for example, offered discounts on its signature meals for National EMS Week. This included its original “Garbage Pail”, which contains fries, mini corn dogs, chicken strips, onion rings, fried pickles and more. It has been described as an “iconic bouillabaisse of breaded items”. Fried food addicts rejoice!

There’s no definitive way of knowing quite how much these takeout services will shore up stadiums’ finances, but a full list of ballparks offering similar opportunities has been published. To save the country’s ballparks, everyone needs to eat – and eat a lot.

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