Hey you! Yeah, you, reading this! Do you like baseball? Of course you do, it’s the American pastime! Do you also like hot dogs? Again, of course you do, this is America, after all.
If you’re indeed one of the many Americans who enjoy both baseball and a hot dog…a condition known as “Having a Brain”…might I draw your attention to the baseball field of Brooklyn, NY.
The Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York Mets’ Short Season Class A affiliate, will pay their utmost respects to the ultimate ball park snack on Sunday, temporarily changing their name to the “Coney Island Franks” and donning this old-timey whizbang uni for their home game against the Connecticut Tigers.
Here is the jersey and cap the team will wear on Sunday to celebrate 100 years of Nathan's 🌭🌭🌭🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/TJXCbqW6Dk
— Brooklyn Cyclones (@BKCyclones) July 1, 2016
The jersey set is meant to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Nathan’s Famous, the popular hot dog chain whose first restaurant still stands in Brooklyn today. Since 1972, the company has gained notoriety via the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, an Independence Day tradition that has made celebrities out of competitive eaters like Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi.
Fans will also get in on the wiener wackiness, as they’ll receive a variation of the Franks’ hate when they walk through MCU Park’s gates on Sunday late afternoon, shown above.
This isn’t the first time that a Minor League Baseball team has paid tribute to culinary delights of the ballpark. The Leigh Valley IronPigs, AAA affiliates of the Philadelphia Phillies, were dubbed the Leigh Valley Cheesesteaks for a day earlier this season, while Houston’s AAA affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies, went loco with a temporary rebranding of the Fresno Tacos.
Play ball…and let’s eat!
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490