Nothing like Opening Day of the baseball season and the final evening of college basketball–a real sport-filled day with so many food options. Baseball grabs the day’s early headlines as excitement surrounds the Big Day. With all the weeks of spring training, nothing prepares you for record crowds like having the President of the United States ready his pitching arm to throw out the first pitch. President Obama continues a tradition that dates back 100 years, and the Washington Nationals are ready for his appearance.
The Nats meet the Phillies in what promises to be not only a good game on the field, but one the concessionaires will truly enjoy. There are some new foods gracing the corridors. Let’s start with one of the city’s top food destinations, Ben’s Chili Bowl, a must-visit for newcomers with several locations at the Park. For the traditionalists, there are no shortage of burger, hot dog, and pizza possibilities and then a carb world away are a few places that list “healthy options.” Somehow a baseball stadium and healthy options used together in a single sentence sound like a work of science fiction, but that is old school. Now there are choices including hummous, gluten-free pretzels, and even grilled chicken sandwiches minus the bun!
Ice cream stands will probably experience long lines to match the weather. Last year it was coffee stands that were doing a brisk business as the temperature was more fitting for an indoor sport. Not this year. It’s a sunscreen experience.
Other days; other parks. The healthy food option seems to be a sign of the times. When the Nats visit the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, vegetarian options lead the field. The Park earned the title as top vegetarian choice for baseball dining. Maybe this was the tie-breaker: A crab-free crab cake sandwich! Hmm.
Can’t wait to hear that famous magical phrase, Batter Up as #44 throws out the first ceremonial toss.