by Steven Doyle
Today is Opening Day of Baseball at Globe Life Park (née Ballpark in Arlington) and the crowds are record breaking. Walking through the various parking lots you will see plumes of smoke as tailgaters are taking advantage of the beautiful weather and pre-game spirits. Grills are in full production to beat hunger, and possibly the high prices set inside the park for hot dogs and nachos. As many know the Ranger chefs have been busy over the past few year to set themselves apart from the past driven by sad boiled wieners and flimsy pseudo-cheese soaked chips. The birth of the Boomstick brought in a new era to the ballpark, one worthy of Texas bragging rights. The Boomstick is a 2-foot all-beef hot dog, smothered in chili, nacho cheese, jalapenos and caramelized onions, all on top of a massive potato bun. The whole thing weighs in at 3 pounds, and when introduced in 2012 the Rangers sold a half million dollars worth of the dogs that first year.
Bacon on a Stick
This year the Rangers stepped up another notch with a few new tasty additions. During a recent media gathering, we were shown some new offerings in Arlington that will most likely entice those who failed to bring their own grills from home.
This is definitely the year of the pig with the addition of a new food service cart lovingly called Triple B, as in Bacon, Boars and Beer, that is located at section 36 inside the park. Here you will find such additions as large and meaty pork chops and bacon on a stick. Both are pretty damned delicious, as you might expect. Here you will also find bacon wrapped dogs that are often called rippers.
The $26 Choomongous
Also new this year is a nod to Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo with a two foot long Korean barbecue sandwich served with spicy slaw and Sriracha mayo, the $26 Choomongous. This culinary madness can feed a family of four, or one large Ranger’s fan in the bleachers.
Another concoction that may strike your fancy once temps reach a searing 100+ degrees is a frozen beer which starts with a half mug of Kirin Ichiban and topped with a frothy frozen cap of more beer. A bit of a party foul in our estimation, but it would definitely tame the blaring sun.
Enjoy opening day of baseball. This is the one Monday we can all agree is the happiest day of the year.