"I tried one this morning for the first time. I thought it was awesome," said team spokesman Mickey Graham. "I will probably eat about 22 this year."
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As someone who considers bacon one of the, er, two basic food groups (chocolate is the other), I had to taste The Baco for myself.
Graham overnighted me a few packed in dry ice. I carefully unpacked them, briefly reheated one in the microwave, then filled it with lettuce and tomato. Finally, I took a bite.
If you love bacon (AND WHO DOESN'T?) you'll love this. I also got a great sodium buzz, so I kept a close eye on the location of the nearest defibrillator.
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Is this how they eat in Michigan? The Whitecaps are a farm team for the Detroit Tigers based outside Grand Rapids. Graham said attracting fans to the ballpark has to be about more than just baseball. "It's all about the promotions and the fireworks—and the food is always part of that." He said the team has weathered the downturn in the Michigan economy by keeping "the ticket price low, the value of the experience high."
Part of that value is the annual contest to choose a new menu item.
"Every year we try a different food," said Graham. "Sometimes they're winners, sometimes they're losers." Items that failed include the "Chicks with Sticks", which consisted of sliced vegetables on a stick served with hummus.