Despite the constant exhortations from MLB that the All Star Game matters, it doesn't. However, the game is a chance for spectacle and to roll out some new things, this year's game, to be held in Anaheim has had Angel Stadium in a tizzy getting prepared for the new visitors to the stadium.
One of the biggest changes they're making is revamping concession stands and introducing an all new menu in the private dining rooms. The Angels say that they like to introduce some new food every year, but this year they went all out to impress the new faces.
One of the best additions is sure to be the two new concession stands on the first base and third base lines. The first base side iteration will feature the best food from 6 of the AL's stadiums, and the third base one will feature 6 of the NL's best.
For the AL options there are the Halo Foot Long Dog (right) from Angel Stadium, New England Lobster Roll from Fenway Park in Boston, Kansas City Ribeye Stack from Kauffman Stadium, the Oakland A’s dog, the Maryland Lump Crab Dog from Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Old Canadian Whiskey Smoked BBQ Beef Ribs from Rogers Centre in Toronto.
The NL's entrants feature Twisted Sausage and Pepper Sandwich from Citi Field (New York Mets), the Summer Dog from Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies), the Blake Street Burrito from Coors Field (Colorado Rockies), Texas-style Pulled Pork BBQ Nachos from Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros), Pittsburgh-style Pastrami Sandwich from PNC Park and Knucksie Open-faced Southern Sandwich from Turner Field (Atlanta Braves).
High-class patrons in the Diamond Club and Knothole Club dining rooms will also have a whole new slew of delicious food options ranging from shrimp gazpacho to Angus sliders to deconstructed cheesecakes.
To appeal to the common man, the Angels introduced some five new hot dog options around the stadium. They include the Halo Dog, a bacon-wrapped masterpiece, "the Kansas City Dog (topped with smoked brisket), the Boston Dog (topped with baked beans) and The New York Coney (topped with chili and cheese)."
Oh man. Maybe it's just the munchies but DAMN I'm hungry now.
The stadium also added some new concession stands spread around the faciity, including the Major League Deli, Clyde Wright’s Bar-B-Que, Diablo’s Fierce Barbecue, Chix and Panini Cafe.
Executive Chef Dave Decker in revealing the new foods said "Baseball fans will always remember the player that hit a grand slam or the triple-play that ended the game, I hope they remember what they were eating during that memorable play and how they can’t wait to come back for more."
With options like these, that seems very likely.