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OUTRAGE!

The healthy option won at West Michigan.  The forces of darkness have made their first breakthrough.  Walking Spaghetti was kneecapped…Meat Salad was tossed…Bologna Lollipop was licked…Meat Man Parfait was, um, parfaited.

Online voting for the Fifth Third Ballpark food item contest has come to a close, and a winner has been chosen. “Chicks with Sticks,” a healthy option consisting of fresh sliced vegetables with a hummus (made from “Chick” peas) or optional ranch dipping sauce, is the winner and will be on the menu for fans to purchase at Whitecaps games this season.

Chicks with Sticks received 31% of the votes from the top 10 finalists’ contest. Second place in the voting was the Meat Salad, a seven-meat treat, with 27% of the vote. The third place vote-getter was the Walking Spaghetti, a 16-inch loaf of Cole’s garlic bread loaded with spaghetti, meatballs, marinara and cheese, weighing in with 15% of the vote. None of the remaining seven options received more than 5% of the votes (Mac ‘N Cheese Burger Burrito, Honey Bun Burger and Bologna Lollipop – 5%; Sonoran Dog and Big O Sandwich – 4%, Meat Man Parfait – 3% and Duck Hog Frog Dog – 1%).

Lisa Baird of Jenison submitted the Chicks with Sticks entry. Her idea was inspired from her own switch to healthy eating after recently joining Weight Watchers.

“I thought, ‘What on earth could possibly be served in this type of venue that wouldn’t be heavy, and would be portable?’ I had recently switched from eating pita chips and hummus to eating healthier veggies and hummus, and it made perfect sense,” said Baird. “It’s portable, it’s sharable, it’s a win-win for everyone. I was trying to be cute and clever with the name – it’s not the most outrageous food, but it can still be fun! I know I’ll be eating my share of Chicks with Sticks at the ballpark this season!”

Just for using the phrase ‘win-win’ the winning selection should be disqualified and BOTH Meat Salad and Walking Spaghetti should be added to the menu.

And that is my opinion…

Am I serious? Am I joking? I leave it to you…the readers at home to decide.

Oh, West Michigan, youve done it again!

First they brought you the Swimming Pig.  Then, they brought you the Fifth Third Burger!

Among the food dishes that the West Michigan Whitecaps are looking at bringing in this season:

Walking Spaghetti – Love spaghetti but hate the hassle of using a plate? The Whitecaps understand your frustration, so we’ve replaced the archaic concept of a plate with the innovative idea to carry this Italian delight around on garlic bread. We smother the giant 16-inch loaf of Cole’s garlic bread with a pound of spaghetti, meatballs, a quart of marinara and a pound of cheese, and now it’s Walking Spaghetti. Magnifico! And at a ******** 5,630 calorie count, it dwarfs the relatively slender Fifth Third Burger, which weighs in at 4,889 calories.

Spaghetti.jpgOh, you want a bigger picture? Here is this one from Amanda Loman of The Grand Rapids Press.

WalkingSpaghetti.jpgI have enough carbs to run a marathon after just looking at that picture.

Then – also from Amanda Loman – there is this…

BolognaLollipop.jpg
…I…What?…I….

Bologna Lollipop – No, that’s not a misprint. And it’s exactly what you’d imagine. Bologna? Check. Stick? Check. Put the five-inch diameter, inch-thick slice of fried bologna on the stick and you’ve got a bologna lollipop.

Elvis approves. You must go to the link up to that takes you to the Whitecaps website to see the other eight items that are up for vote. It’s almost too bad that the Rattlers don’t go to West Michigan in the regular season for 2011.

Its pretty much the same at the minor league level

I am a few days late to this, but I saw this on the new Peanuts and Cracker Jack blog at jsonline.com and wanted to share this post about how the Brewers get balanced and nutritious meals from their clubhouse.

The comforting smell of bagels and Belgian waffles greets the Brewers as they open the clubhouse doors every morning.  On their way in to the locker room, they pass a kitchen stocked and ready with a hearty, continental breakfast.

Since arriving from the off-season, each player has taken special attention to diet.  They make sure to arrive at least an hour early to fill their plates with the freshly-prepared food.

Infielder Luis Cruz starts every day with a bowl of granola topped with strawberries, bananas and yogurt to keep his first meal light.  He enjoys the healthy cuisine after spending winter at home in Mexico with greasier foods.

“You want to eat the best stuff for your body,” Cruz says.

Leslie Bonci, the team nutritionist, helps plan the players’ meals.  She works with the home clubhouse assistant, Matt Smith, to provide high carb meals before games and high protein after.  She will arrive at the spring training facilities on Saturday to meet with players and staff to develop a general nutrition concept for the team.

The nutritionist on staff for the Timber Rattlers would be the trainer, the strength and conditioning coach, and the clubhouse manager.  But they do follow direction from up the ladder on healthy eating.

If you walk through the clubhouse at Time Warner Cable Field there are bowls of fruit, oatmeal packets, and various other healthy options for breakfast.  After batting practice on the evening of a night game, there are various healthy options for a pregame meal.  After the game – or after their post-game workouts, there are some good food options for players.

A little plug for the Peanuts and Cracker Jack blog.  Tom Haudricourt is the lead Brewers beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  But, since Anthony Witrado left the paper, the Journal-Sentinel needed some help.  They decided to bring seven students from the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism to complement the coverage the events of Spring Training.  So far, so good. 

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