Is there a sport more appropriate for leisurely noshing on food and slowly drinking a frosty beverage than baseball? There’s something about the pace of the game, the way it unfolds at its own rate that creates a relaxed atmosphere conducive to enjoying good food and good drinks. A baseball game can last well into the night as it turns into a chess match of substitutions and strategy, each manager and player attempting to outthink the team on the opposing side. When a game stretches into the fifteenth inning on a hot summer night there is nothing better than being able to grab a box of salty peanuts to satisfy your hunger so you can finish the game. Even the 1908 song, long the unofficial anthem of baseball, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” notes that if you “give me some peanuts and Cracker Jack” then “I don’t care if I never get back.” The viability of existing solely on snack food aside, it is clear that the link between baseball and food is a long one.
It is beneficial then that the Community Maritime Park offers an abundance of food and drink choices for the discerning customer. During a recent game, I sampled some of the finest food the stadium had to offer and indulged in what, I assure you, was a very responsible number of alcoholic beverages. From my own analysis, as well as a sampling of my fellow fans, it is clear that the Italian sausage hot dog served at the park may be the most popular option. It’s such a large hot dog that I’m pretty sure Barry Bonds used it to hit his 73 home runs in 2001. If there can ever be a hot dog accused of being on steroids this would be it. Other popular options are the nachos and the pretzel. Both items are perfect snacks to entertain you while you wait out an interminable pitching change.
The beer choices are also excellent. While you’ll be paying a little bit more than market price for a cold one, holding a cold Coors Light in your hand while sitting on the outfield grass enjoying a perfect sunset over the water is one of the sublime pleasures the park can offer. For those with more refined tastes you can purchase higher content 24-ouce beers from such makers as Rogue and Southern tier. Of course, after the seventh-inning beer sales are cut off. The rule is unfortunately necessary because fans can sometimes get a little carried away after a triumphant victory, or a crushing defeat. We don’t need drunken hooligans storming the park after a walk-off homer. It’s such a pretty park, let’s keep it that way.
Regardless of your diet or drinking preferences, Wahoo stadium offers plenty of choices sure to quench any thirst and satisfy any craving. Just remember to “root, root, root for the home team.”