The most notable addition to the menu at Rangers Ballpark this season has been the Boomstick -- a 2-foot-long, $26 hot dog that often requires two people to carry it to their seats. There are YouTube videos paying tribute to it, and, of course, of people trying to eat it solo. We spotted a guy who turned his into a beautiful Chicago dog, and others who brave the Boomstick also indulge in artistic preparations.
"If the toppings are available, they will do it," Casey Rapp, Metroplex Sportservice's operations managerS, says of the variations he has seen. The topping options may be fairly traditional -- chili, cheese, grilled onions, diced onions, jalapeños, mustard, ketchup, relish and sauerkraut -- but customers are inventive with them. And although some brave souls take on the thing themselves, it's usually a meal for two. "It's usually couples that share," Rapp says. "Father/son, wife/husband, boyfriend/girlfriend, brothers/sisters."
Sales of the Boomstick (which is named for Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz's bat) have been better than expected, Rapp says, and its younger sibling, the Great Bratbino is also doing well, although it's not as popular. The Bratbino (named in honor of Josh Hamilton and his four-home-run game earlier this season) is a 2-foot-long brat on a bun that comes with sauerkraut and can be garnished with toppings similar to the Boomstick. It was introduced in late May, and Rapp says he believes its popularity will grow as more people learn about it.
If 2-foot-long hot dogs and brats aren't enough to fill your iron gut, the Ballpark also has an All You Can Eat Porch (Sections 246-252), where $47 for an individual game ticket ($53 during "premier" games) will also get you all the hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and grilled chicken sandwiches you can shove down your gullet, along with the soft drinks to chase them. Food service ends at the end of the seventh inning or 21/2 hours after the first pitch, whichever comes first. The Boomstick is not available here, but it doesn't matter -- Rapp says this has been the best year ever for the All You Can Eat Porch.