Like turkey on Thanksgiving, hot dogs are the quintessential summer ballpark food, and the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) estimates that baseball fans will consume more than 18.5 million hot dogs and nearly 4.2 million sausages during the 2015 Major League season.
“It’s no surprise that hot dogs and sausages continue to hit a home run with fans,” said Eric Mittenthal, NHDSC vice president of public affairs. “Hot dogs remain the number one concession at ballparks, as teams offer innovative creations along with classic favorites to appeal to all tastes.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers can relish in victory as the team’s fans are once again projected to consume the most hot dogs, totaling more than 2.5 million. That is enough to round the bases at Dodger Stadium 3,551 times, and based on last year’s attendance, means that 66 percent of fans at Dodger home games will eat a Dodger dog.
That’s just one more reason to head to Dodger Stadium this month during National Hot Dog Month. Plus, catching a game by the first place National League West team is a star-studded attraction. Heading into the All-Star bream the Dodgers will play the Phillies tonight, followed by three games with the Brewers. The Dodgers have four players going to the 86th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati: first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, catcher Yasmani Grandal, right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke and outfielder Joc Pederson. Fan-based voting continues in hopes of adding Clayton Kershaw to the roster. Voting ends July 10.
Want to know who the runners-up in the hot dog eating game?
The New York Yankees have come from behind to reclaim the second spot, as fans are expected to consume more than 1.5 million hot dogs. Batting third are the Cleveland Indians at 1,252,463 hot dogs, followed closely behind by the Texas Rangers with 1,024,559 anticipated hot dog sales. The Chicago Cubs round out the lineup of top hitters, with fans expected to consume more than 855,000 hot dogs, representing a 21 percent increase over last year.
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