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Ballpark Franks, Frankly Speaking

Posted at 10:06 AM on June 10, 2008 by Than Tibbetts (2 Comments)

Being that it was a weekend feature, this NY Times article might have flown under your radar.

Times food writer Peter Meehan hoped around to a dozen ballparks to sample food for an article that, perhaps, is a little too high-minded. If a "large" Cubs fan wants to throw his head back and guzzle spicy curly fries from a cup, who are we to judge?

The real treat here, though, is the interactive tour of ballpark food. At the Dome, Papa John's pizza gets panned as being "soggy" and "rubbery."

What brought a smile to my face, however, was this review:

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All this food talk got me thinking (as well as hungry) — what's your traditional Metrodome feast?

And, if you've been to Chicago, is the food really that bad?

When I get to a Twins game, I can usually count on two trips to the concourse, once for nachos and once for a Dome Dog, a tradition held since the 2002 ALDS, where a fourth inning nacho run lead to seven Twins runs on the bottom of the inning against the Oakland A's.

Yes, it's a superstition.

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Not-so-splendid splinters

Posted at 2:35 PM on June 10, 2008 by Chris Dall (2 Comments)

A majority of major league players might enjoy the sweet swing of maple bats, but it looks like the league is starting to sour on them.

There's a big debate going on around the league right now about the use of maple bats, big enough that representatives of the players' union, the commissioner's office, and major league teams will meet on June 24 to discuss the situation. One of the options being discussed is a ban on maple bats.

Players have traditionally used bats made of white ash, but a lot of players started switching over to maple bats in the 90s, mostly because of their density, strength, and durability. It's also believed that the ball travels farther off maple bats. It's no wonder that more than 60 percent of player's now use maple bats.

The problem? When they break, they really break. As in explode, in the direction of players, coaches, and sometimes fans. Ash bats tend to crack, while maple bats become flying projectiles, and the league is hoping to avoid a tragic accident.

But one potential factor that could prevent a ban on maple bats is the Emerald ash borer, a disease that's killing white ash trees throughout parts of the United States and affecting the production of ash bats.

The players' union has already given in on steroids and amphetamines. Will it give up its maple bats?


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