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Ribs? At a Baseball Game?

Coinciding with Food Week at the MLB Fan Cave, MLB.com reporter Mark Newman wrote a pretty fantastic article for MLB.com on Wednesday. Within the piece, Newman discusses how ballpark food entails a lot more than just a hot dog and a beer in today's day and age.

Baseball has long been a mecca for not only lovers of the game, but also those who enjoy an interesting take on food. The staples of ballpark food are obvious ones: hot dogs, crackerjacks, and maybe a nacho here and there. What we've seen recently is a more aggressive approach by teams to satisfy those of their fans who consider themselves gastronomes, or in the vernacular, "foodies":

"Fans are looking for more than hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jack when they come to a game nowadays," said Mike Plant, Braves executive vice president of business operations. "We are always adding and upgrading our food and beverage items based on our fans' input."

As a kid growing up going to Oriole games, the shift was apparent when the team moved into Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The hot dogs were still there, but so were more unique options. A lot of times, and this is certainly true of Oriole Park, the team makes an effort to incorporate local flair in the stadium cuisine. I wouldn't be surprised if Camden Yards was the only stadium in the country where you can get a crabcake sandwich. And why shouldn't it be? A lot of places around the country have tried to replicate this Maryland staple, but few can come close.

Mike and I will be getting a taste of what Target Field now offers its fans when we sit down to enjoy Michelbob's Ribs tomorrow. Ribs? At a baseball game? We are living in a new era of baseball, and one thing is for sure, going to baseball games just got a whole lot more delicious.

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Coinciding with Food Week at the MLB Fan Cave, MLB.com reporter Mark Newman wrote a pretty fantastic article for MLB.com on Wednesday. Within the piece, Newman discusses how ballpark food entails a lot more than just a hot dog and a beer in today's day and age.

Baseball has long been a mecca for not only lovers of the game, but also those who enjoy an interesting take on food. The staples of ballpark food are obvious ones: hot dogs, crackerjacks, and maybe a nacho here and there. What we've seen recently is a more aggressive approach by teams to satisfy those of their fans who consider themselves gastronomes, or in the vernacular, "foodies":

"Fans are looking for more than hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jack when they come to a game nowadays," said Mike Plant, Braves executive vice president of business operations. "We are always adding and upgrading our food and beverage items based on our fans' input."

As a kid growing up going to Oriole games, the shift was apparent when the team moved into Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The hot dogs were still there, but so were more unique options. A lot of times, and this is certainly true of Oriole Park, the team makes an effort to incorporate local flair in the stadium cuisine. I wouldn't be surprised if Camden Yards was the only stadium in the country where you can get a crabcake sandwich. And why shouldn't it be? A lot of places around the country have tried to replicate this Maryland staple, but few can come close.

Mike and I will be getting a taste of what Target Field now offers its fans when we sit down to enjoy Michelbob's Ribs tomorrow. Ribs? At a baseball game? We are living in a new era of baseball, and one thing is for sure, going to baseball games just got a whole lot more delicious.

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