Pictures of Ballpark Food, West Michigan Whitecaps Edition

Harbingers of baseball season are everywhere these days. It will soon consume us entirely; we are the Jonah to its whale. One of today’s most prominent harbingers involves that which will be soon be consumed. The West Michigan Whitecaps, perpetual culinary innovators, have unveiled their new 2015 concession items.

Leading the list of additions is the winner of this season’s Food Contest, as voted on by the fans. Among a field of 10 items, the “Hot-to-Tot” nabbed 17% of the votes en route to victory.

Hot-to-Tot, which I assume is a reference to the best movie within the “stock market-savvy talking horse” genre, is described as “Buffalo tater tots with pulled chicken topped with blue cheese.”

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Hot-to-Tot was an exercise in democracy, but the Whitecaps acted unilaterally as well. The following items will also be added to their array of 2015 concession items:

Nutella Poppers: “Nutella-stuffed sweet dough fried to a golden brown and rolled in sugar.”

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Oreo Churros: “Oreo cookie pieces made into a churro served with Oreo frosting.” In my opinion, the team should have named these Choreos.

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Pretzel-Breaded Italian Sausage: (Self-explanatory)

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Beer-A-Misu: “Tiramisu gelato with local stout beer.”

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Chicken and steak quesadillas will also be served at the Whitecaps’ home of Fifth Third Field in 2015, but I do not believe that photos of this item will excite the masses and therefore I will not post it.

Getting back to the “Hot-to-Tot,” the Whitecaps note that “previous winners of the food contest include the Auger Dogger (2014), Baco (2013), Westside Po’ Boy (2012), Chicks with Sticks (2011), the Cudighi Yooper Sandwich and the Declaration of Independence (both 2010). All have now been retired from the menu.”

It was a good run while it lasted, Baco. I got to enjoy one of those when I visited the Whitecaps in 2013.

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The “Fifth Third Burger,” which is 5/3rds of a pound, lives on. Think you can eat one in one sitting?

026Have at it:

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Finally, I would like to commend myself for continuing to celebrate the ballpark food items that I cannot eat due to my 2012 celiac disease diagnosis. Yeah, I suffer for my art. Don’t we all?

benjamin.hill@mlb.com

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4 Comments

Ben:

Thanks for the continued great coverage of the Whitecaps and MiLB.

Sorry to hear that you cannot try the Fifth Third Burger due to celiacs. Before I discovered my gluten intolerance, I became the 6th man to defeat the Fifth Third Burger and the 2nd man to do it twice.
This also probably caused my gluten intolerance haha

Is the 6th item, Burger Reversals, what I think it is?

Yes, Paul. It means exactly what you think it means and it’s a very real risk.

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