Today, the Arizona Diamondbacks unveiled their newest culinary creation for the 2014-15 baseball season: The D-Bat Dog.
This 18 inch long monster of a corn dog will be stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapeno, and bacon and will come with a side of fries. All for the friendly price of $25...
What was the motivation behind such a decision, you ask? For Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall, it's all about family and choice: "This is really about providing our fans with new options each year, and in the case of some of our larger items, it's really about sharing with the family. We don't have any expectations for the D-Bat, but we'll look forward to seeing if it becomes popular with our fans. Every night for us is a successful night because we offer the most affordable food prices in all of baseball."
The new D-Bat Dog would seemingly contradict Hall's last statement, coming in at $1.39 per inch of corn dog.
That being said, the D-Bat Dog is not the most expensive dog in all of baseball, so it has that going for it. The Texas Rangers offer a hot dog called "The Boomstick" - a 2-foot-long hot dog smothered in nacho cheese, chili, jalapenos, and caramelized onions. One can order such a dog for $26, which turns out to be a $0.31 per inch better value than the D-Bat Dog.
With all of this stadium food talk, one has to wonder which stadiums offer the best (or most expensive) foods. Well, here is a convenient top-5 list to feed that curiosity:
5) Dodger Stadium's "Victory Knot" - No stadium would be complete without a soft pretzel, and Dodger Stadium offers potentially the best pretzel available. Weighing in at 2 pounds and contained within a full-sized pizza box, this behemoth of a pretzel also comes with three dipping sauces: chipotle honey mustard, sweet cinnamon crème, and beer cheese.
4) CenturyLink Field "S'pacific Salmon BLT" - Seattle lives up to its Pacific-Northwest roots with this culinary creation of Executive Chef Jon Severson which features four ounces of wild sockeye salmon, a slice of beefsteak tomato, lettuce, bacon, and a dijonnaise sauce.
3) Turner Field's "The Hammer" - Named after Braves's great Hank Aaron, this sandwich is comprised of fried chicken, applewood smoked bacon, pepperjack cheese, and pecan-maple mayonnaise.
2) Toyota Center's "Surf N' Turf Nachos" - The Houston Rockets attempted to ascend to a new class of concession dining with this $48 creation featuring lobster, ribeye chili, homemade seafood bisque cheese sauce, sour cream, cilantro crème and green onions.
1) Missoula Osprey's "Bats and Balls" - While this food item may derive from the minor leagues, it is definitely a major league concession item. The "bat" part of the name refers to the fries while the "balls" aspect refers to Rocky Mountain Oysters, otherwise known as calf testicles.
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