Mariners Fans Ate 30 Pounds Of Toasted Grasshoppers During First Three Home Games

  • Rick Chandler

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As we discussed earlier, the Seattle Mariners made what was considered a novelty move when they introduced toasted grasshoppers to their concession menu recently. Afraid the item wouldn’t be that popular, they played it up to the media to at least get people talking.

But they were wrong. During their Monday-through-Wednesday opening home stand against the Astros, they sold out of the crunchy insects. How may grasshoppers did fans eat?

Yes, that’s 30.8 pounds — or approximately 18,000 grasshoppers. ESPN’s Darren Rovell:

Starting with Friday night’s game, the Mariners will limit sales to 312 orders per game in honor of the team’s longtime great Edgar Martinez’s career batting average (.312), said [Mariners spokeswoman Rebecca] Hale.

The grasshoppers are obtained at nearby Poquitos restaurant, where they are an appetizer (they’re toasted in salt and chili lime sauce). But the Mariners sold more of them in three days than Poquitos sells all year.

Astros broadcasters tried them, and reviewed the experience here.

So, will Safeco start offering other tasty bugs?

“We don’t have plans to expand that portion of the menu,” Hale said.

I’d suggest sitting in the upper deck near the lights and grabbing what you can.

Other possible menu items:

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