March 30th, 2011 Heather Kovar
The New York Yankees open the season at home Thursday, March 31 against the Detroit Tigers. April 1st the Mets kick it off away with the Marlins and the Red Sox at Texas Stadium facing the Rangers.
We have a week of build up until the Mets home opener April 8th against the Washington Nationals, but the hot ticket is the Red Sox home opener on the 8th– against the Yankees.
Of course it’s sold out- but tickets second hand are reported to be the most expensive of the home openers in MLB, with an average price of $250.00. (Plus hotdogs.)
These prices keep many cheering for the home team (or adopted team) from home. But you can still have your hot dog- and save money there as well! Here is a picture from Citi Field showing dogs cost nearly six bucks- but with a surprising low calorie count of 260. (Just don’t have the healthiest item on the menu, peanuts at 960 calories!)
You might not save on calories eating hot dogs at home, but who’s counting? Let’s leave the stats for the players– and not disappoint the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.
According to the council’s website, hot-dog.org, consumers spent more than $1.6 billion on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets in 2010.
(That’s ten times the combined yearly salaries of Yankees Alex Rodriguez, (33 million), CC Sabathia ($24.3 million), Derek Jeter ($22.6 million) and Mark Teixeira ($20.6 million).)
Stay-at-home fans can even pay tribute to their team via hot dog.
A man who has his own line of hot dogs, sells hot dog carts and calls himself the “Hot Dog King” has the Yankee/Red Sox rivalry recipe.
For Yankee fans, he says top a hot dog with onion sauce and spicy yellow mustard on a toasted plain bun.
For Red Sox fans, grill the hot dog then smother with baked beans and coleslaw.
If you are out looking for a dog, a few years back my dog Willamena helped put together a tour of New York’s finest hotdogs.
Hope it helps you enjoy the 2011 season.