"It is possible to die from eating. But I think to be professional means you don't die." (Takeru Kobayashi)

Saturday, August 04, 2007


Beau, Katie, Heather and I just got back from a Reading Phillies game. Say what you will about minor league baseball, but I really enjoy it. If you're a baseball fan, the intimacy of the smaller ballpark can't be beat. If you're not a baseball fan, the other perks of the stadium are great too. I especially like the $1.50 hot dogs. Same as the big league franks, but about $2.50 cheaper.

Which reminds me. I want to do my "Baseball Hot Dog Challenge" sometime this season (and there's only five weeks left on the minor league calendar). The challenge is pretty simple. Eat one dog in the first inning, two in the second, three in the third and so on. Eat through the sixth and you'll have downed 21 dogs. At that point you pray for long innings.

In the interest of getting this thing done, I've chosen the Reading Phillies game on Sunday, August 26 as the day to do the challenge. Strangely enough, Reading is one hour and eight minutes from my house in Harrisburg and exactly one hour and eight minutes from Willow Grove, PA (you listening Carey?). One that day I'll be scarfing down an obscene amount of hot dogs and catching nine innings of baseball at its finest. Who's in?


Anonymous Philly Guy said...

I might join in. I'll be doing ribs in CT the day before, so I'll see how I'm feeling.

8:24 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philly guy are you going to sign up for every single contest from now on? Geez

6:57 PM

Blogger pjaskate said...

Hey Dave,

You are in big trouble if it goes to extra innings!!!

Pete A.

10:56 PM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

The more the merrier, Philly Guy. It'd be awesome to have you.

No worries about extra innings Pete A....I just hope to make it through the 6th inning. That would put me at 21 dogs. I know some pros eat that many in 10 or 12 minutes, but I have a theory that it's just as hard (if not harder) to eat the same amount when spread out over a longer period of time (because you have to will yourself to eat through extreme discomfort for an extended period vs. just for 12 minutes).

Fighting those "reversal" urges in the latter innings can't be easy. Especially when I'll be getting up to buy my own hot dogs!

4:48 PM

Blogger Carey said...

What's strange is that I just happen to live in Willow Grove. Hmm. Maybe it is just a coincidence, but I also like to stuff myself with hotdogs.

8:36 AM

Blogger Carey said...

Dave, does it have to be at the game? We could watch on TV and cook them ourselves, save alot of money. I want to try to do the seventh inning stretch, which would cost $42 at the Reading Memorial. That isn't including all the drinks needed.

1:10 PM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

Does it have to be at the game? You're a funny guy, Carey. OF COURSE IT HAS TO BE AT THE GAME! The atmosphere is a critical part of this experience (actually it's the most important part of the experiece).

What if we do this: he who eats the least pays for the winner's ticket ($8) and a post-game beer. Wait, that actually makes it potentially MORE expensive...for me though. You'll probably outeat me.

OR we just smuggle hot dogs in. I'm down with that. Precooked and wrapped in aluminum foil. Now we have to figure out how to conceal 30 or 40 dogs on our bodies.

3:20 PM

Anonymous Philly Guy said...

Sept. 13th is a Phillies dollar dog night. I know they have $12 tickets and you can bring your own food in and when we run out we'll have enough back up. We can staple the wrappers to a sign and get on tv.

3:59 PM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

Philly Guy, your passion for cheap food and good times never ceases to amaze me. The Thursday night thing might be hard to do though.

Believe it or not, a part of me is actually looking forward to "smuggling" dogs into the Reading game (even though I don't mind the $1.50 charge for "fresh" dogs). I'll bet you and Carey can carpool if you meet him at his place.

4:34 PM

Blogger steakbellie said...

You'll be running uphill. Having done something similar, I would recommend eating the MOST dogs in the first inning and then decending amounts as the game goes on....

It will still be hard, dont worry...

5:28 PM

Blogger Carey said...

OK, Dave. Aug. 26th. I will meet you out in the parking lot before the game. What time? Pete, you want me to swing by and grab you?

5:10 PM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

Damn you and your logic Steakbellie. I thought about that scenario briefly too, but I like the idea of it getting progressively more difficult. I also liked that eating one in the first, two in the second and so one would make it relatively easy to get through four or five innings.

But you've convinced me to revisit the idea and consider both options. Decisions, decisions...

CAREY - I'll buy tickets for you, me and Pete this weekend (let me know if anyone else is in) and meet you outside the stadium main entrance at 12:30. Seriously bro, you'll thank me for talking you into doing it at the game. The R-Phils are often voted among the best minor league baseball experiences in the nation.

8:45 PM

Blogger Carey said...

Did Pete say he is in?
Give me a couple days to ask around, see if anyone else wants to go.

9:02 AM

Anonymous Philly Guy said...

I think I'm staying over the 25th at Mohegan Sun. If so I won't be back in time. If not I'm there for sure.

1:33 AM

Blogger Carey said...

Oh, now you are going for a win in Me and Dave's (ex)backyard, Pete? Good luck.

8:54 AM


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