A little over a year ago, the DFW.com staff spent an afternoon at Rangers Ballpark to try out some of the concessions for a story called The Hunger Games: Rangers Ballpark edition. Yes, we’ll go to any lengths for a story, including spending an afternoon watching baseball and eating.
But we did it because the Rangers and their concessionaires are proud of what they serve at the Ballpark, which has varied concession stands. And because there was this movie called The Hunger Games that a few people saw. And wouldn’t you know it, Rangers Ballpark has come up with a sequel.
The Rangers and food/beverage partner Delaware North Companies Sportservice just added three items to the general concessions menu: the Taco Dog, introduced this week (and tied to National Hot Dog Day, which was July 23, but it’s OK to celebrate a little late); and the Mitchwich Wild and the Mitchwich Mild, both of wich — er, which — are named for Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland.
The Taco Dog is a Nolan Ryan hot dog inside a taco shell, topped with taco meat, shredded cheese, lettuce, sour cream and jalapeños — all inside a toasted sausage roll (take that, Taco Bell!). It’s available at the Casa de Fuego stand, behind home plate.
The Mitchwich Wild consists of ground buffalo and elk with chorizo, bacon, jalapeños, black-bean spread and fried onions, all on a sourdough bun with a side of potato chips. The Mitchwich Mild is still fairly wild: It’s an elk burger patty topped with bacon, tomatoes, baby arugula and colby jack cheese, once again on a sourdough bun with a side of chips.
Both are available at the 24 stand, also behind home plate.
“I saw Mitch Moreland on a local news station, discussing his love for sandwiches and wild game,” Casey Rapp, operations manager at the Ballpark for Sportservice, says in a release. “He wondered what he had to do to get a food item at the Ballpark named after him, like what we did for Nelson Cruz, David Murphy, Adrian Beltre and Robbie Ross.”
Sportservice’s other player-themed food items include The Boomstick (Cruz), Murph-A-Dillas (Murphy), The Beltre Buster (Beltre) and the Totally ROSSome Nachos (Ross).