When my family goes to family goes to a Rays baseball game, there is about 15 of us carrying bags of food into Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida. The best thing about Tropicana Field is that fans are allowed to bring their OWN food into the game. Though the bags of food contain chips, candy, popcorn, and Cracker Jacks, there are three food items that are a must-eat at every baseball game.
1) Hot Dog
Nothing says baseball like a foot-long hotdog topped with ketchup, mustard, and relish. According to the famous story, in the early 1900s on a cold day during a New York Giants baseball game, concessionaire Harry Stevens was not selling any “cold” food due to the weather. He sent out a salesman to buy as many sausages and rolls as possible. Stevens was soon shouting “hot dachshund sausages!” Tad Dorgan, a cartoonist for New York Evening Journal, overheard these cries and illustrated a cartoon about these hot dogs. A hot dog is the perfect baseball food because it is inexpensive and can be handled with just one hand, allowing a baseball fan to wear a glove and catch a foul ball.
Peanuts are another popular food for baseball fans, after all the classic baseball song mentions that one should “buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks.” Peanuts are an inexpensive and filling snack. It is a guilty pleasure of mine being able to toss shells onto the ground (or at my sisters) instead of being thrown into the trash. In the Tampa Bay area, grocery stores sell peanuts in bags bearing the team logo of my favorite team, the Rays.
3) Cuban Sandwich
Since there are 15 family members that go to a Rays game once a month, it could be chaotic trying to pack everyone’s favorite food into these bags. Luckily, my father solved this problem by making Cuban sandwiches. My father once owned a sub shop so he is able to make 15 feet of Cubans in a matter of minutes. Each Cuban contains ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and mayo, food everyone loves. The Cuban is also the sandwich of Tampa since Ybor City is a town founded by Cuban immigrants working in the cigar factories in the late 1800s.
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