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Hot Dogs Are a Home Run with Baseball Fans

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Baseball fans flocked to ballparks on Monday for Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, an outing that most likely included scarfing down a couple of hot dogs.

The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council estimates baseball fans will consume 20,421,361 hot dogs over the course of the 2013 season.  That’s enough hot dogs to round the bases 28,113 times.

When it comes to hot dog consumption, fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers are number one.  The council reports the Dodgers will sell an estimated 2,475,000 hot dogs this year. 

The Boston Red Sox are ranked second with projected hot dog sales of 1.5 million in 2013. 

The Texas Rangers are third with projected hot dogs sales of 1,332,668, followed by the Detroit Tigers with 1.3 million and the New York Yankees with one million in projected sales.

Boston fans lead the major leagues in sausage consumption.  An estimated 421,200 sausages are expected to be consumed this year at Fenway Park.  The New York Mets are second with estimated sausage sales of 405,000. 

The San Francisco Giants, the Washington Nationals, the Detroit Tigers and the Milwaukee Brewers are tied with projected sales of 400,000.  The Brewers are the only baseball team projected to sell more sausages than hot dogs.

And while a simple hot dog with mustard is a classic baseball tradition, vendors at ballparks are offering varieties that reflect the region.

Maryland is known for its crabcakes, so it’s no shock that the Baltimore Orioles are offering a Crab Mac N Cheese Dog, a hot dog topped with macaroni and cheese and a lump of crab meat.

The Toronto Blue Jays offer a Great Canadian Dog.  It’s a foot-long hot dog, topped with maple baked beans, crumbled Canadian back bacon and Canadian cheddar cheese.

The Atlanta Braves are selling a Dixie Dog.  It’s a half-pound, foot-long, all-beef hot dog topped with pulled barbeque pork, low-country mustard barbeque sauce and creamy southern slaw.

The Texas Rangers have taken their popular Broomstick, a two-pound monster hot dog topped with cheese, chili and onions, and turned it into the Totally Rossome Dog.  Named after Rangers pitcher Robbie Ross, the hot dog is covered with chili, cheese, jalapeno peppers, brisket and Doritos.  The Rangers are also offering a two-pound sausage, named the Sausage Slugger.

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