Buy Me Some Peanuts & Cracker Jacks

Photo is courtesy of the Travel Channel/ Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

Edited by: Tommy Parrill (@DearTommy)


For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed every sporting event that I have ever been too.  Not only do I enjoy the competition on the field or the court, but looking forward to what I was going to get at the concession stand at the end of a period or the inning.  If you know me, I enjoy my food, and I have a specific favorite food that I like to get at every ballpark or stadium.  As a sports fan, it is safe to say that most of us enjoy sitting at a game while eating a hot dog and drinking a cold beer.  Hanging out with your buddies and eating your food of choice at a game is about as good of a combo as you can get.


Of all of the sporting events that I have been to, I will admit that there are a few that take my preference over the others, and they all happen to be baseball games.  When it comes to cheap food promotions, minor league baseball is the way to go.  This past year, I started to attend a good number of Columbus Clippers games for three reasons.  1) They are the future Cleveland Indians, 2) Most Friday night home games have $1 Ribs from City Barbeque, and 3) Dime-A-Dog Night.  The first two reasons are pretty awesome, but for $1 on certain Monday home games, you can get 10 hot dogs.  Granted, they aren’t the greatest of quality, but it is a hot dog, quality is the last thing you should expect.  For $6, you can stuff your face with hot dogs and enjoy a nice beverage at one of the nicest minor league ballparks in America. How can you get much better than that?


If any of you pay attention to some of the stuff I post, I am a die-hard Cleveland Indians fan.  I sleep, drink and especially eat the Tribe 365 days a year.  I may be a little bias that the food at the Jake taste extra delicious, but I thoroughly enjoy it every time.  When the Tribe has Dollar Dog days, I fill myself with a few franks and watch my Tribe while in a food coma, but since every game isn’t Dollar Dog day, I have a second choice.  If you ever find yourself at a Cleveland Indians baseball game, you can never go wrong with the “Super Nachos”.  Along with a massive tray of tortilla chips, they are covered with jalapeno peppers and served with cups of both hot cheese and salsa.  A simple concept and not only do they fill you up, but it seems as if you never run out! I usually mix the salsa and cheese together to make a wicked awesome nacho dip, I highly advise that you try it sometime.


Last but not least, my favorite food experience at a baseball game actually happened while I was in Washington D.C. a couple of years ago.  My friend Josh and I were traveling to Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. to cover the season opener for the Otterbein Cardinal football team and we decided to go to a Washington Nationals game.  A mutual friend told us that if we got to a Nationals game, we had to try the hamburgers and milkshakes at the Shake Shack within the park.  I am so glad that I took that advice because not only did they make a simple hamburger one of the most delicious things that I ever ate, they did the same magic to a vanilla milkshake! I couldn’t believe how good it was and it made my Nationals experience that much better.  If I ever find myself back in the nations capital, you can bet that the Shake Shack will be on my to-do list.


The experience of an appetite at a ballpark opens up many possibilities, and I think that is why it is such an important part of any game day.  Whether you prefer ballpark to yellow mustard, everybody likes something different, and because of that, I want to know what you enjoy at the ballpark.  It may not be nachos or the Shake Shack, but if you are reading this, you must have something in mind that brings the sporting event experience together every time.