Sports are about trying to beat your opponent, and that mentality does not stop on the field, as it has trickled down to concession stands as well.
With MLB ballparks serving foods such as deep-fried brisket balls, and Dodger Dog-stuffed burgers, the Seattle Mariners went with a different source of protein with their new toasted grasshoppers.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 7, 2017
ESPN’s Darren Rovell tweeted a photo of the “Chapulines” (Toasted Oaxacan Grasshoppers), saying they will be marinated in chili and lime, and sold in little cups for $4.
They are sold at a concession stand run by Mexican restaurant called Poquitos, and they’re even offering the toasted bugs in their tacos if you so desire.
Growing up in Southern California around countless taco shops, I’ve eaten meats that some consider strange, such as lengua (beef tongue), and tripas (small intestines), but I don’t know if I could transition to grasshopper tacos.
A spokesperson for the Mariners told Rovell that they don’t realistically expect to sell too many of their creepy crawlies, but they’re still a fun offering for the fans.
Over the last couple of years, baseball stadiums have really stepped up their food game, and the Mariners just threw everyone a curveball. By year’s-end, we’ll see if the grasshoppers produce a home run or strikeout.