In Celebration of Baseball: Dog Days Are Here Again!

When it comes to individual ballparks, Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, topped the survey, expecting to serve more than 1.5 million hot dogs over the 2009 season. Always boiled and grilled, the Fenway Frank is served on a New England-style bun (split from the top) and topped with a choice of mustard and relish.

Philadelphia Philly fans are expected to consumer 1.25 million hot dogs at Citizen’s Bank Park, and Dodger Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is geared up to serve 1.2 million of its Dodger Dogs. This foot-long pork frankfurter is served grilled or steamed, on a steamed bun, with mustard and relish and choice of toppings.

Other stadiums around the country offer a range of hot dog options: Turner Field (Atlanta Braves) dresses their Georgia Dog with coleslaw, chili and onion relish; Dolphin Stadium (Florida Marlins) stocks its condiment cart with banana peppers; Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays) offers “The Heater,” served with spicy chili and shredded cheddar; Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks) has a specialty concession stand called “Big Dawgs,” which features five foot-long specialty hot dogs, including the Arizona Dog with chorizo, cheese and tortilla chips, and the Wisconsin Dog with mac and cheese and bacon bits; The Metrodome (Minnesota Twins) is home to the “Dome Dog,” a grilled black angus dog with toppings made fresh daily;  and when the Chicago Cubs are in town many parks add the famous Chicago Dog to their menu for the series—a natural-casing beef frank served on a poppy seed roll topped (or “dragged through the garden, as they say in Chicago) with yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, chopped onion, fresh tomato, pickle spear, pickled peppers and a dash of celery salt.

On the sausage side, nobody holds a candle to Milwaukee’s Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers), according to the NHDSC’s data. It’s the only Major League ballpark at which sausages outsell hotdogs. The park expects to sell some 430,000 sausages during the 2009 season.


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