1.66666667 Pounds

Whitecaps Primary.JPGThe idea of paying $20 for a hamburger at a Minor League ballpark seems a bit absurd, don’t you think? In this economy, fans are looking for value above all else. No one seems particularly anxious to indulge themselves, unless they have recently awakened from a decade-long coma.

But context is everything. The West Michigan Whitecaps recently announced their new concession items for 2009, and this list is indeed highlighted by a $20 hamburger. Believe it or not, this burger is actually a good value: it weighs 5/3rds of a pound, and can feed a family of four!

The “Fifth Third Burger” (so-called because the Whitecaps play in Fifth Third Ballpark) is 5/3 pounds of grilled hamburger topped with lettuce, tomato, nacho cheese, chili, salsa and crunched tortilla chips. Saddled with the heroic task of holding it all together is an eight-inch sesame seed bun.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The picture:

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(Thanks to Whitecaps promotions manager Brian Oropallo for sending this along)

In closing, I would like to ask the following question: If your life depended on it, would you rather eat the Fifth Third Burger, or the Homewrecker Hot Dog? Think hard, and choose wisely.

Update, 3/25: This post has received an absurd amount of attention over the past several days, and it is now time to move on to the next Minor League innovation. Click HERE. You will not be disappointed.


Ben – I feel like i gain a pound or 2 every time I read your posts! lol


I’d rather eat 4 or 5 a tacos in a helmet, if my life depended on it.

Gimme the burger… and having gone to school at K-College, I know the Whitecaps could work in some of that great tasting Oberon to wash it down.

How big are their crappers? They better not be some dinky 2 gallon flushers.

I would rather eat the burger…over the course of three or four days. Wow, you’re supposed to eat that during a game?

I would rather see a 1.66 OPS 🙂


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