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Mudville: July 29, 2021 9:39 am PDT
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Chase Field

“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.”
―Le Petite Prince Antone De Sant-Exupery

 

The name in this week’s quote was a mouthful, but nothing compared to the selection of food and the amount of calories this stadium snack savant indulged in this week. There is such a thing as “too much” although throughout my life I’ve struggled to shut it off when I have a clear ability to see the line.

Maybe it’s a gift that helps me cover more ground (or eateries) in each episode and maybe it’s a human flaw that I’ve turned into an advantage- I haven’t figured it out yet. What I do know is this week’s episode of “Behind the Dish” is chock full of food from all over the spectrum. Nachos. Hotdogs. Philly Cheesesteaks. Candied Apples. Pretzels. Ice Cream.

Chase Field

Stop it. I’m starting to worry about your health.

My wife says the same thing, too often. I wonder if one day I’ll be laying there reminiscing if it was the Boomstick that did me in or was it my ability to bounce back and find more calories, more flavor, and more cheese sauce after surviving it.

Are the miles I run enough to stave off the meals I consumed for BallNine.com or will it be the death of me?

That’s morbid.

Better than morbidly obese, I guess, but as usually we are off the tracks and into the woods. Let’s get focused on what’s important – the ballpark I visited, Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. Now I lived in the desert for 14 years and I love Chase Field. It might be one of the most cost friendly, family friendly food selection plenty parks I’ve had the chance to visit.

They do TONS of family days, kids promos and fan access stuff. The eateries are elite with everything from Gadzooks Mexican, to Streets of NY Pizza, both local favorites to traditional fare and then some really fun bonus treats and eats.

The Short Rib Nachos.

The seats are great no matter where you decide to plop your tush down and the venue it beautiful. It has a swimming pool in the outfield, a retractable roof and great sound and audio features.

Aside from stealing the 2001 World Series title from the people still healing in NYC, the Arizona franchise has been a great addition to MLB. They are extremely inclusive of the Hispanic culture in the Valley and make a HUGE effort with their Los D-Backs series and gear. There are a lot of small market teams who can take a lesson from the franchise out here in Phoenix.

You sound a little biased.

It’s true, I am a little biased. I called the Valley of the Sun home for over 14 years and still comeback once a month. We’ve done some of our best episodes of BTD here, especially when we were all in Covid lock down and didn’t have any baseball or ballparks to attend.

Clay Dawgs, Short Leash, Ted’s and Caldwell County BBQ to name a few. We have friends here and I still have family to this day. My father lived out his last few years of retirement here and they were the best three years of his life. Arizona will always have a place in my heart from Spring Training to the AZ Fall League and all baseball in between. We ate a ton this week and I should probably wrap it up so you can do what you came here to do- Watch me eat.

#staytuned #stayhungry #thefoodguy 

The MONSTER candied apple.

Chase Field: 401 East Jefferson Street in Phoenix AZ

Rating: Fancy Pants – Sushi, Steaks and monocle wearing worthy menu options. Fancy.

What a selection! So many different options we ran out of time and stomach space! We ate more than we planned too and didn’t touch all of the options. We’ll be back, we have work to do!

Major League Teams: Arizona Diamondbacks

Minor League Teams: AZL Mariners, AZL Padres and Peoria Javolinas

Other Baseball: The Arizona Fall League and MLB Cactus League (Spring Training)

Shout Out: To the “Sports Dudes” @sportsD24733772 for sending in a cameo video from Citizens Bank Ball Park this week! We love to see it!

 

The “Stadium Food Scale” for ballparks in 2021 (from worst to first):

  • Dumpster Fire – On the menu or in the bowl- this shit stinks.
  • School Fair – Everything is greasy, everything is fried — Limited options.
  • The “Take me Out” – Traditional food, but nothing special.
  • Fancy Pants – Sushi, Steaks and monocle wearing worthy menu options. Fancy.
  • The Babe Buffet — Everything you need and a bunch of things you didn’t. This is the end all be all of stadium food. Limitless options and so much food, even George Herman Ruth would tap out.

Father, husband, runner, and food guy. Baseball traveler, stadium food connoisseur, and podcast fill-in. Just here for the hot dogs.

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