If last baseball preseason defined itself with over-the-top menu items like bacon beer and deep-fried Oreos, than this year will be known for clubs’ all-out love of regional foods.
Take the Stockton Ports, for instance, who will rock special jerseys for a designated “Asparagus Night” to celebrate California’s agricultural history. To up the ante, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs will pay tribute to an iconic Pennsylvania sandwich by changing its name to the Cheesesteaks for one night. Talk about dedication.
According to a press release, the team’s experimenting with the name change for a “Salute to Philadelphia Night” (the IronPigs are located in Allentown, an hour and a half north of Philly). The club is also allowing fans to vote for a “wit” or “witout” hat—which alludes to Philadelphians’ often-polarizing preference for eating their cheesesteak with or without onions—at the website or through the Uber app.
As one would expect, the IronPigs’ parent club, the Philadelphia Phillies, are definitely into the idea.
Between the Ports, the IronPigs, and the Fresno Grizzlies (who became the “Tacos” for a game last season), it’s a good time to be a food-obsessing baseball fan. All three clubs have released incredibly collectible (albeit kitschy) merchandise that might fetch some serious dollars on eBay down the line. However, wearing the gear to rep your favorite foods is probably the better, more commendable route.
[H/T Darren Rovell]