Life in the Minors


Life in the Minors


Ballpark Menu Summer Recap

Ballpark Menu Summer Recap

Seven graduate students in the sports specialty program at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism traveled this summer to a number of Minor League baseball stadiums in the mid-Atlantic region. This is their report on reviewing the best of ballpark food.

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Ballpark Menu: Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Ballpark Menu: Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Grade: 3.5/5 ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The IronPigs have their own website that tells you where to go in order to buy certain foods. easy to find the “traditional” foods like hot dogs, chicken fingers and fries. It is harder to find the “specialty” items,...

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Ballpark Menu: Bowie Baysox

Ballpark Menu: Bowie Baysox

Grade: 4/5 BOWIE, Md. - The Chicken & Waffle Cone sounded better than it tasted. It ended up being what looked like three McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets sprinkled with barbecue sauce, and shoved into a waffle cone. Not terrible, but certainly lacking the...

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Ballpark Menu: Frederick Keys

Grade: 4/5 FREDERICK, Md. - With a view right off third base, the food stop Hot Dog Nation serves hot dogs with toppings such as crab meat, bacon, coleslaw and chopped brisket BBQ. The toppings, although hearty, are light enough that they don’t overwhelm...

Ballpark Menu: Potomac Nationals

Grade: 3.5/5 WOODBRIDGE, Va. - The Potomac Nationals, located in Woodbridge, Virginia were the first trip on our Minor League baseball tour. The Nationals play at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, one of the smallest stadiums we visited. The stadium had its...

Ballpark Menu: Reading Fightin Phils

Grade: 4/5 READING, Pa. - The Fighin Phils ballpark had the most creative menu. They had chicken parmesan stuffed pretzels that oozed with a tomato and cheese sauce after one bite. Add the chicken meatball to the mix--I deemed this as the best pretzel in...

Hot Dog Nation in Frederick

Hot dogs and baseball games have long been a dynamic duo, but at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium, the Frederick Keys food staff have put a major twist on the tradition.

Chicken Parm Pretzels in Pennslyvania

READING, Pa. – When rain delayed the July, 13 game between the Fightin Phils and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies for about 90 minutes, fans did the next logical thing – duck into the FirstEnergy Stadium concourse to grab some food. The ballpark cuisine offers something...



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