When we go to a ballpark, there are certain items that we find ourselves drawn to, and need to have even if they might be overpriced and overcooked. $16 stadium beer? Bring it on. Stale pretzels with neon orange cheese sauce? I’ll take two, thanks!
But there are few things as iconic at an MLB park as peanuts and hot dogs. With baseball pushed back and thousands of fans not attending games, Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri wanted to know if it was having an impact on the peanut and hot dog industries.
Short answer: no. Peanut butter sales have skyrocketed, meaning the peanut industry isn’t hurting, and likewise families stuck at home are buying more hot dogs with their groceries.
The craving for hot dogs and peanuts must have been going around among baseball writers this week, though, because Joe Posnanski continues his 60 Moments series at The Athletic with an ode to the two greatest baseball foods. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- SB Nation’s James Dator managed to convince Twitter (and yes, even me) that the KBO’s NC Dino’s mascot was named “Swole Daddy.”
- Enjoy this beautiful video “108 Stitches” by Jon Leonoudakis.
- No one doubts that Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game, but he tells Cody Stavenhagen it’s time for MLB to acknowledge it, too. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Howard Cole is shook that Scott Boras is making good points about baseball labor relations.
- Does former Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh belong in the Hall of Fame? Let Rob Biertempfel convince you. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Marc Topkin tries to determine which big moment was THE big moment for the Tampa Bay Rays.
- What will stadiums look like when we’re finally able to return to live sports? Bill Shea looks at the possible future of fans at events. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Do you want Trevor Bauer’s phone number? Or to know what other MLB stars are up to in their downtime? Eno Sarris and Brittany Ghiroli have a great rundown for you. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- On that note, if you — like me — have installed TikTok and wondered what the heck it all means, please enjoy this video of Hunter Pence and his wife Alexis doing the TikTok dance routine to The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights”
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.