Minor League Baseball
Takeout at your local ballpark? That’s right. Minor League Baseball teams are now offering to go food at the ballpark. (Jamie Schwaberow)

This next story is something that baseball got right and I hope it’s something that stays even when the sport returns. You might be able to take baseball away but you can no longer take the stadium food away. To make up for the costs since there is no games being played, minor league baseball ballparks will now be offering stadium food to go. Yes, that’s right. Takeout can now be found at your local minor league park.

The NY Post had the initial story:

“A growing number of Minor League Baseball organizations across the country are now making their signature concessions available for curbside pickup amid the coronavirus pandemic, offering everything from hot dogs and wings to more quirky, regional favorites such as “trash cans” and loose-meat sandwiches.

“In these trying times, such endeavors allow teams to perform a community service, stay in the public eye, establish a revenue stream and unload a surplus of perishable goods,” wrote MiLB.com in a recent roundup of the Minor League ballparks now selling their treats to-go.

The idea began gaining traction as early as April, according to MiLB.com, kicking off after the Blue Wahoos of Pensacola, Fla., began offerings its “Legalize Marinara” offerings (meatball subs, spaghetti, polenta) on 4/20.

In the following weeks, several other teams began advertising their own signature dishes for curbside pickup, including: the Rochester Redwings of New York, serving their version of a “garbage plate,” among other things; the Omaha Storm Chasers, who threw in mystery merchandise with every order; and the Charleston RiverDogs of South Carolina, which not only offered traditional stadium fare and a brisket ramen bowl but also sold mystery 6-packs of beer for $12.99.”

It sounds like this is going to be nationwide. It’s really a no brainer. People miss baseball and love stadium food. I know locally where I’m at, I could really go for some of that corn and candied bacon at the IronPigs. Every minor league stadium has unique food. People are going to order that on grub hub or whatever. This is a brilliant idea by Minor League Baseball. I wonder if MLB will follow suit.