Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
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As an avid fan of attending sporting events, I have had my fair share of delectable grub. From the 1-pound Home Wrecker Hotdog of the Charleston River Dogs to the best cheeseburger & milkshake I have ever had at the Shake Shack inside Nationals Park, the ballpark has become my food haven. I thought that I had tackled some of the best ballpark foods around, until the Arizona Diamondbacks unveiled The Great Bambino of all ballpark foods this season called the D-Bat.
The D-Bat is an 18-inch long corn-dog stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapenos and bacon. This deep-fried wiener behemoth is served with a side of French fries and costs a respectable $25. When I first heard about this new menu item, I slobbered like a dog and had to pick my tongue off of the floor. But after I controlled myself, I knew that this was going to be a ballpark hit. Anytime you can do something new and creative with a classic food, people go nuts for it, and as for Diamondback fans, it has become a best seller and then some.
During the Diamondback’s season opening home stand against the San Francisco Giants, Arizona sold out of the $25 D-Bats by the second night of baseball action, and that was still with 2 days left on the home stand! Luckily the D-Backs will be hitting the road on Friday until April 11th so that the organization will have more time to prepare many more of these monsters by next Friday.
The Diamondbacks are currently only selling the D-Bat at two concession locations within the confines of Chase Field, and I can understand why. You never know if a product is going to take off so you choose a small sample size to get things started and if they take off, then you expand. There is no doubt in my mind that the D-Bat has widely exceeded the Diamondback’s expectations and it will soon be sold in every concession stand at the ballpark. Shoot, I wouldn’t be surprised if the D-Bat had it’s own merchandise and mascot by the end of the season! I have never seen a ballpark food take off like the D-Bat has, and if people keep coming to the ballpark to get one; Arizona’s popularity will continue to raise sky high.
The supply of D-Bats may be running low, but that is a good problem to have. The Arizona Diamondbacks have hit one out of the park with this delicious creation, and if ball clubs across the country continue to follow suite, watch for a person’s belly to keep bringing their butt to the ballpark.
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