Take me out to a ball game, but don’t buy me peanuts and cracker jacks…I’ll take the 16” brisket or the Apple Pie Nachos please!
Baseball stadium food has come a long way, gone are the days where one could just grab a hot dog from a cart, these days stadiums are fully equipped with food courts offering everything from pizza to sushi and each year stadiums introduce their new spin on food and fans around the country gobble it up! Below are just a few of the interesting items you’ll find at ballparks in the 2017 season.
SunTrust Park: Atlanta, Georgia
The “Tomahawk Chop Sandwich” can be enjoyed while taking in an Atlanta Braves game. This colossal sandwich features a fried pork chop, collard green slaw and white BBQ sauce. Did we mention one sandwich serves FOUR PEOPLE?
Globe Life Park: Arlington, Texas
Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Texas Rangers are not disappointing fans this year with their “M.V.T (Most Valuable Tamale)” this two-foot-long, tamale-filled hot dog includes jalapenos, cheese and sour cream.
Guaranteed Rate Field: Chicago, Illinois
Taking in a White Sox game? Chicago is trying to give Texas a run for their money! One could go quite big and grab the “Giant Smoky Pit Baked Grilled Mac & Cheese” which is a 16” Brisket Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese.
PetCo Park: San Diego, California
If you’re feeling adventurous, The Padres have you covered with their “PB&J Wings”, yes that’s right we said peanut butter and jelly WINGS.
Coors Fields: Denver, Colorado
For those who have a sweet tooth, head out to a Rockies game and get yourself some “Apple Pie Nachos” apple pie filling over cinnamon sugar chips, topped with whipped cream and caramel. One word to describe this? YUM!
Chase Field: Phoenix, Arizona
Sweet and savory your thing? The Diamondbacks are serving up a “Chicken Funnel Cake Sandwich”, fried chicken between two funnel cakes topped with strawberry-granny apple jam.
Tropicana Field: Tampa Bay, Florida
Let’s talk about drinks for a second, if you have a hankering for a Bloody Mary, head down to a Tampa Bay Rays game and enjoy a “Brunch Bloody Mary”, served in a mason jar with a bacon, egg, chicken & waffles, and donuts kabob.
No matter who ends up winning the game you attend, you (and your taste buds) will leave the game happy with any of these treats!
Written by Kristen
It’s almost time to dust off the cleats and start swinging bats. Get your catcher’s gloves ready because baseball season is about to open up. While our favorite players are preparing with Spring Training, it’s time to start thinking how you can help your team win the Commissioner’s Trophy at the World Series. There are plenty of reasons to be superstitious during baseball season. With the curse of Bambino, the Billy Goat and Shoeless Joe, why not air on the side of caution? Honestly, what you do could affect how your team plays. So here are the top 5 superstitions for baseball fans to help their team get to the big game.
5. Wearing the Same Clothes - All sorts of superstitions begin with consistency. Wearing the same clothes to watch a baseball game could mean life or death for a fan’s favorite team. It is also recommended to not wash these lucky garments, so that the luck doesn’t go down the drain. Generally this rule only applies to visible clothing. Anything underneath can be washed. Try a few different baseball memorabilia while watching games. One of them just might have a little luck on it. But don’t switch it up too much. That could cost a team the game.
4. Always Pay Attention to the Game – Life can send a few distractions, but a true fan knows when it’s okay to look away and when they need to keep their head in the game. Looking away for too long may cause the mind to wander and could end up losing the game. This superstition says it is important for fans to always pay attention.
3. Rally Cap – For late games, a rally cap is said to really turn the game around. Turning a cap inside out and backwards could improve how well a fan’s team is playing. Another cap related trick? To break out of a tie game, simply wear a hat backwards.
2. Never Miss the First Pitch – If fans want to be disappointed, missing the first pitch is the sure proof way to losing the game. Though the superstitions does give expectations to people coming home from work or school. With the first pitch the entire game is woven out. Not being in attendance for the beginning could lead to the game ending bad for everyone.
1. Changing Seats – If fans are at home or in the stadium, changing the position of where they are sitting could affect the turn out of the game’s final score. There is said to be plenty of ways to bring back a team by changing where a fan is sitting. If the team is winning, don’t move! Stay put and don’t think about winning. If that team is still winning by the seventh inning stretch, hold two pens and hold them until the end of the eighth innings. If the team hasn’t scored for seven innings, it’s time to sit on the ground. For help at home, a down on their luck player comes up to bat, fans can sit on the top of their couches to give the player a little something extra before they take the first swing.
A large question comes up in reference to superstitions and baseball. Is this just the players or is the entire game made up of superstitions? Some of our favorite players even engage in some good luck charms. Joe DiMaggio was known to always step on second base when returning from center field. Richie Ashburn would prepare for a big game by sleeping with his bat. More recently, Noah Syndergaard reportedly uses a certain foam roller to help improve his game. It also wouldn’t be baseball if the pitchers were shaving on game days.
If fans want to help their team, they should keep doing what they think helps them win. Keeping everything the same might be the best way to help your team, however more fun can be added to a routine with a few more superstitious behaviors. Regardless if any of this is true, attending a baseball game and showing a team support is appreciated by everyone involved.
Written by Kaza
The New England Patriots were down 21-3 at the half and they ended up setting two Super Bowl records.
The first quarter ended scoreless and with Tom Brady getting sacked, twice. The second quarter ended with the Pats down 21-3. In the third, things didn’t look any better after a missed a field goal kick cost them the extra point. It wasn't until the fourth where things got interesting. The fourth started with the Pats facing a 28-9 deficit. A successful field goal and touchdown brought the score up to 28-20.
With more than three minutes left in play, the Patriots were making their way down the field in an attempt to tie the game. The Falcons had the ball just out of their fingertips a few times but they could not successfully stop the drive. At the end of the fourth it was all tied up 28-28 and for the first time in Super Bowl history there would be overtime played.
As if the past 30 minutes weren’t exciting enough, the Patriots almost clinched the win when Tom Brady passed to Martellus Bennett in the end zone only to have a flag on the play. They would have to do it again, but could they get it done? The answer was yes. Though not in a flashy, catch the pass from Brady way. James White willed the upper half of his body across the end zone just as his knees dropped and with that, touchdown, 34-28 Patriots win. Also for the first time in Super Bowl history, a team came back from more than a 10 point deficit to win the game. Roger Goodell was on hand to present the trophy to Robert Kraft, through boos, and Tom Brady was named MVP.
If you weren’t watching for the game, chances are you paid more attention during the commercial breaks. There were a few familiar faces; Justin Bieber talked about the history of a touchdown dance for T-Mobile and in a double whammy, T-Mobile hit big again with Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart. In this tongue and cheek ad, Stewart tries to finish Snoop’s sentences only to fail miserably in pun heaven. The best pop music commercial moment? Has to be Christopher Walken giving a dramatic reading of one of the biggest pop songs of the 2000s, “Bye Bye Bye” for the fitting product, Bai, only to have the man himself, Justin Timberlake sitting next to him. Hashtag, BaiBaiBai.
The game, the commercials, what else makes a great Super Bowl? Oh that’s right, the halftime performance and for Lady Gaga, this was a performance more than 20 years in the making. The superstar has said she had been planning her Super Bowl halftime performance since she was 4 years old and leading up to the night there were many questions surrounding her performance. Will she make a political statement? Will she be joined on stage by anyone? Will she actually sing on top of the NRG stadium?
Never one to disappoint, Lady Gaga did just as she said she would. She opened her 13 minute solo performance with a medley of “America the Beautiful”, “This Land is Your Land” and recited “One nation, under God, indivisible for liberty, and justice for all” from the top of NRG stadium along with 300 drones (powered by Intel). Then, she was gone. Gaga propelled down from the roof top, Mission Impossible style and landed on a waiting pillar where she teased “Edge of Glory” then broke out into “Poker Face”. She then played her 2011 hit, “Born this Way” ending the song with, "I was born to be brave". Next up was “Telephone” and no Beyoncé did not show up. Lady Gaga filled the stage on her own. To prove she is not a one trick pony, Gaga played the keytar for “Just Dance” before maneuvering through the crowd to sing her new song “Million Reasons” at the piano. It was during this moment where she also gave a shout out to her mom and dad, Gaga’s new album Joanne is named after her late aunt. Gaga then closed with “Bad Romance”. When she was done she didn’t just have a mic-drop moment, she threw the microphone down and caught a football before jumping off of the stage into an unknown abyss.
Her political statements were subtle, not overt digs at one side or another but focused on bringing everyone together. Prior to her performance Gaga talked about the possibility of making a statement to which she said, “The only statements that’ll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I have been consistently making throughout my career”. Staying true to her word, herself and her fans Lady Gaga put on a performance that will no doubt fall on the side of “best” when halftime performances are ranked in years to come.
Written by Kristen
What was billed as an exciting day of football with the leagues four elite quarterbacks all set to take the field ended with each game being decided by 19+ points.
First up, Packers vs. Falcons. A 44-21 score sees the Atlanta Falcons returning to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1998. This is Atlanta’s second time heading to the Super Bowl in the team’s franchise. By halftime The Falcons were up 24-0 and before the Packers could get up the board they would go up 31-0. The Packers went into this game with an 8 game winning streak and Mason Crosby had a streak of his own kicking 23 straight field goals. Both streaks met their end yesterday. What a way to close the Georgia Dome, the Falcons have played in the stadium since 1992 and will play in their new home for the start of the 2017 season.
Next, the Patriots took on the Steelers. Winning 36-17 this is the second time in three years New England’s team will head to the Super Bowl, the 7th time overall for quarterback Tom Brady. Pittsburgh faced a tough break in the first after Le’Veon Bell left due to an injury and like the Packers, the Steelers went into the day with winning streak only to see it end in Foxborough. The relentless New England fans started to chant, “Where is Roger?” as the Patriots made going to the Super Bowl look easy.
In two weeks, the Falcons and Patriots will head to NRG Stadium in Houston for Super Bowl 51. Game time is 6:30pm airing on FOX with country mega star, Luke Bryan set to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” and pop sensation, Lady Gaga poised to headline the halftime show.
Written by Kristen
Saturday, January 14th:
First up, the Seattle Seahawks took on the Atlanta Falcons and for the second year in a row, the Seattle Seahawks couldn’t make it past the divisional round. They fell to the Atlanta Falcons 36-20. The question that was on everyone’s mind after this game is, can an entire game’s momentum really shift in one penalty? The answer seems to be a resounding, yes. It came in the second quarter, holding on Kevin Pierre-Louis, all while Devin Hester took a punt 80 yards for nothing. If there was no penalty could the Seahawks have scored again going up double digits in the 2nd? The world may never know. After the call, Atlanta scored 17 unanswered points and the Seahawks never had the momentum again. It may not be fair to pin an entire loss on one play since there were two whole quarters left after the call but if you believe in the power of momentum than you may just believe that this penalty was a game changer.
Next, the Houston Texans faced off against the New England Patriots Saturday night, doing their best to shake Tom Brady in their 34-16 loss. The Patriots started off strong, Dion Lewis had a 98-yard kickoff return, the first ever by the Patriots in the post season. But then the Texans started to show a little force of their own. They were able to intercept Brady, twice and their defense kept pressure on the Patriots forcing them to kick a field goal two yard from the goal line. After their strong showing in the first, things sort of unraveled. The Texans suffered from three interceptions and could only come up with a field goal. The Texans fell victim to the Patriots in Foxborough, a story there were only all too familiar with already.
Sunday, January 15th:
First game of the day, Dallas Cowboys took on the Green Bay Packers coming up shy in a 34-31 loss. Rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes, more touchdown passes than Tony Romo has thrown in a single playoff game. He kept his cool to the end, throwing an 11 yard to pass to Jason Witten with 1:07 left on the clock. After that, things, well they got interesting. In an effort to save their final time out, the Cowboys spiked the ball with 48 seconds left, kicking a 52-yard field goal to tie. What did spiking the ball do? It exchanges one down for 10 to 15 seconds additional game play. It could have worked, but it didn’t. After the Dallas’ field goal the Packers got the ball and scored their own 50+ field goal for the win.
Next, Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Kansas City Chiefs in an 18-16 win. Much like the Seahawks the day prior, The Chiefs’ season came to a close and it might just be pinned to a holding call. The Chiefs were down by two when quarterback, Alex Smith completed a pass to Demetrius Harris for what should have been a tie game, if only Eric Fisher didn’t get called for holding. The penalty took the two point conversion off the board and pushed the Chiefs back 10 yards. The Steelers were then able to pull out a win with star quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger running a passing play.
Next week's match ups are: Green Bay vs. Atlanta and New England vs. Pittsburgh.
Written by Kristen
Hartford’s favorite Hockey team scores their first win of the year against the Phantoms on January 6th, 2017 at the XL Center. This was a long overdue win from the team! Magnus Hellberg saved the day with 31 deflective blocks against the Phantom’s shots. However that was not the real win of the evening. The award for BIG WIN goes to XL Center for their crowd drawing special event: $1 Hotdog night.
Often going to a hockey game can be pretty expensive. Ticket prices are fair, but anyone can walk away feeling penniless with the prices of concessions. The XL Center doesn’t allow any outside food or beverages. So bringing a picnic basket means it will probably be surrendered to Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s mascot. Though not all is lost! From time to time the XL Center will host the $1 hotdog and $2 beer night. And for the millennials out there, no need to worry. The concession stands take card payments as well as cash! Transactions go through very quickly. No need to worry about long lines. Fans have until the start of the 2nd Period to fill up on hot dogs and cheap beer! This is a great way to attend the Wolf Pack games on a budget. Not on a budget? With such affordable prices on hot dogs, treat yo self to some of the other concessions! Between my partner and I, we enjoyed the game with 6 hot dogs, 5 beers and a cotton candy. (Total cost of food: $21.)
Calorie counting? On average a hot dog with bun is about 260 calories. A hockey game is a good night for a cheat day. Not to mention walking around the center, walking up and down stairs, sitting and kind of “coaching” your team for 115 minutes could burn roughly 230 calories. Suggestion: Use a calorie counting app to figure out the real gain.
The rest of the evening was pretty fun. The Wolf Pack scored 2-1 on the Phantoms and Sonar got the crowd going with some sweet dance moves.
Interested in attending one of these events? The Wolf Pack currently has scheduled a few of these events and would love you to come cheer them on! Check out tickets for February 3rd against the Utica Comets, February 24th against the Hershey Bears, March 24th against the Providence Bruins, and April 7th against the Springfield Thunderbirds.
Written by Kaza
The Original Harlem Globetrotters proved they are still at the top of their field, over 90 years later when they set nine Guinness World Records last week, on Guinness World Record Day.
The Globies broke two records they set last year and reclaimed four records from YouTube star, Dude Perfect.
The nine records are:
A big congratulations on this amazing feat. Ticket Galaxy is proud to be the Official Secondary Ticket Partner of the Original Harlem Globetrotters.
Written by Kristen
Let’s talk about Sports. Ticket Galaxy not only does a great job providing inventory for sold out concerts and events, but we also have a superb inventory across all price levels for sporting events too!
In America, we seem to be focused on the big four sports: Baseball, Football, Basketball and Hockey. That gives you some great options to go out year round, but in this series, we’re going to take a look at some other pastimes that are extremely well known in other countries. We’re going to start with Cricket.
“The bowler approached the wicket at a lope, a trot, and then a run. He suddenly exploded in a flurry of arms and legs, out of which flew a ball.”
― Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything
Cricket, the exceptionally polite sport that just effervesces Britishness has been around for centuries. It’s definitely from the 16th century with some (probably more than not) dubious claims supporting a date around 1301 AD. That’s phenomenal, but sports around here aren’t necessarily played due to history. I’ve elected to attempt to take a gander and actually learn how the game is played. What I’ve gathered is that there are two teams of at least 11. The 11 go out to the field while two batters (known as strikers) get ready to hit the ball with a bat that’s really more of a flat club. The Bowler (pitcher) has a goal to get the batter out by hitting the wickets (either with the ball or causing the batter to hit it with his bat) causing the bail to come dislodged.
I understand you may not understand what wickets and bails might be, but I can fix that. Wickets are three stakes that are pounded into the ground behind the batter with bails (pieces of wood or flashing electronics) held up between them. If a bail falls to the ground, the batter is considered “bowled out”. This goes on for some amount of time before the fielders now become batters. The jury is still out as to when that happens.
Let’s discuss scoring. The American public is a huge fan of high scoring games, and Cricket certainly has some high scores. A bowler can “hit it out of the park” and gain 6 runs, much like a home run (with additional points). When a ball is bouncing on the ground, the batsman can score by running to the other side and back, this is called a Bye, but only if the non-striking batsman also is able to do the same. At some point the score gets tallied and a team is named the victor.
From what I’ve gathered, the purpose of Cricket isn’t necessarily to play, but to take part in the “Spirit of the Game”, an ideal of sportsmanship the like I have never encountered. This has led to the phrase “it just isn’t cricket” being uttered in dismay of a particularly underhanded or impolite faux pas. In my research on the sport, I’ve come across many rules and such a steep history, by no means is this article even a fraction of the depth that it can be.
Fans of Cricket, I ask you to chime in! Correct me where I’m wrong, and help us understand the glory that is seeing a pitch for the first time.
Written by Doug
A statement that has been one hundred and eight years in the making, the Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions. They got there in a very “Cub-like” way, after making it to the 8th inning with a lead only to end the 8th tied, many thought the curse of the goat was here to stay. With a rain delay after the 9th they went into extra innings.
The top of the 10th saw the Cubs retake the lead with a bit of small ball; a single out to right, a tag up during a pop out and a double got pinch runner, Albert Almora across home plate for a 1 run lead. The inning ended with the Cubs up 8-6 but could they hold on?
Carl Edwards Jr. took to the mound to get the save (and the ring for him and his team) after two outs, Edwards was taken out for Mike Montgomery who would then get Michael Martinze to ground out for the third and final out of the 2016 World Series.
The baseball gods couldn’t have written this any other way. A 7 game series and a win in dramatic fashion in extra innings.
The Cubs ticker tape parade hasn’t been officially announced yet though there are rumors it could happen as quickly as tomorrow! Whenever the city of Chicago decides to celebrate it is a safe bet that there will be a lot of people taking a “sick” day off to see it. Hey, maybe Bill Murray can pull a Bruce Springsteen and sign a few absence notes for kids (and adults).
Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs, you’ve waited long enough!
Written by Kristen
The Chicago Cubs ended a 71 year drought when they won over the Dodgers in the NLCS, heading to the World Series for the first time since 1945 (where they lost 4 games to 3 to the Detroit Tigers). To get to a year when the Cubs actually won the World Series one must travel all the way back to 1908.
The 1908 World Series was the first ever rematch, as the Cubs and Tigers met in October of 1907 with the Cubs coming out on top. Could they be back-to-back champions? In the 5 years the World Series had been played, no team had won more than once but a 4 games to 1 victory over the Tigers saw the Cubs set a World Series record! Albeit a short lived record, but a record none the less. The Philadelphia Athletics would go on to win back to back in 1910 (beating the Cubs) and 1911. Currently the New York Yankees hold the record for most consecutive World Series wins with 5 in a row beginning in 1949 through 1953.
Not to be out done, the Cleveland Indians have their own championship win drought, though they played in a World Series as recently as 1997, they haven’t won since 1948. Since 1948, 23 different teams have won the World Series, with the Dodgers winning for Brooklyn and Los Angeles and the Giants winning for New York and San Francisco.
Now, some may say the Cubs were cursed on a fateful day in 1945 when Billy Sianis attempted to bring his goat to Game 4 of the World Series. Presenting a ticket for the goat at the front gate, the goat was turned away and Billy declared the Cubs would not win ever again. From then on the Cubs have not made it to the World Series, let alone win a championship.
To put it in perspective let’s take a look at other events that occurred in 1908, the last time the Cubs won:
The Indians’ curse takes a cue from the Boston Red Sox’s Curse of the Bambino. In 1960 the Indians traded Rocky Colavito to the Detroit Tigers, much to their fans’ dismay, and haven’t won a World Series since.
1948 may not be that long ago (especially in comparison to 1908) but there were still significant events that occurred that will baffle millennials:
No matter how this series turns out a win for either team is one for the history books! Be sure to watch Game 1 of the 2016 World Series on Fox, Tuesday October 25th at 8:08 pm EST.
Written by Kristen
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