It’s been 13 year since I last stepped into Dodgers Stadium and I still have a bad taste in my mouth from a Dodger Dog.
All I ever heard was how great this frankfurter was for as long I can remember leading up to my first visit. Being an East Coaster everything on the West Coast seemed so magical and special so I bought into the hype whenever they talked about it on the TV show the Baseball Bunch and broadcasts of games from Dodgers Stadium.
Then I made it there in 2000 and the first thing I did was get in line for a Dodger Dog.
What a disappointment. Too skinny, bun was steamed long ago and became hard. Gave it a second shot in my other visit when I lived in Orange County for a bit later that season.
Same conclusion – that’s one mangy dog.
What an utter disappointment. I’ve been to 25 major league parks and it is still the worst hot dog I ever had. Just terrible.
What I do remember was having my first Krispy Kreme and the low hum of Vin Scully calling the game while people in the stands listened to the icon on their transistor radios. It was cool seeing the ‘Think Blue’ sign to the north of the outfield walls and being in one of the great old ballparks of the game.
All good things.
So I head back there today with the dilemma of whether I give the Dodger Dog another shot.
My guess is no, but it is a ballgame.
I cannot remember the last time I went to a MLB game and didn’t get a hot dog.
It would be like going to the beach and not getting sand between the toes or not standing up for the National Anthem. It’s what happens and there is nothing you can do about it and if you don’t it’s disrespectful.
Maybe if I can smuggle in some Cleveland Mustard (the condiment of choice found at all Cleveland sports venues) I could stomach it.
Then again, maybe I get there, I hear the voice of the great Scully and I’ll be drawn to the Dodger Dog stand. His voice is very hypnotic and if he mentions Farmer John I might find myself getting a hankering for the local red hot.
It’s the only reason I can think anyone would hold the Dodger Dog in such high regard.
Because if Vin Scully says so it has to be so.
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