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MLB 2016: The Best Food, Uniforms and Promo Nights for the Upcoming Season

March Madness might be in full swing right now, but you know what’s only a few days away from beginning? The baseball season, meaning that, for the next six months, sports fans will get to experience America’s pastime nearly every single night.

As great as the smell of the fresh-cut grass inside of a stadium is, here’s your guide to the best food, uniforms and promo nights that fans should really be excited about. Because, whether your favorite team wins or not, these are a few things that every fan can enjoy.


Lehigh Valley IronPigs Change Name to the Cheesesteaks for One Game

Playing in the shadows of Philadelphia—where cheesesteaks are like communion to locals—the Lehigh Valley IronPigs are doing something to pay homage to the delicacy and changing their name to the Cheesesteaks for one game only.

I’m not sure if this has ever been done before by a sports franchise or not, but it’s pretty awesome to see—and the uniforms are straight fire!


Milwaukee Brewers’ Jalapeno Popper Dog

The name itself makes it sound like this Jalapeno Popper Dog that the Milwaukee Brewers are debuting at Miller Park this year will be incredible—and extremely spicy. But what makes it so good is all the ingredients.

How does a local hot dog with cheese sauce, fried jalapeno and a sausage roll sound to you? If you’re anything like me, it sounds like heaven.

Sure, the dog will be a challenge to eat, but I have a feeling it’s well worth it.


Buffalo Bisons’ Star Wars Night

One of the things that makes minor league baseball so unique are the various promotional nights teams run throughout a season.

And while MLB teams do things like giveaways and other contests, it’s their minor league affiliates that pull out all the stops—and the Buffalo Bisons’ Star Wars Night is one that has become quite the tradition over the years.

Bringing actors in to reenact some of the famous scenes from the film and other cool festivities, Bisons players will don their own customized Star Wars jerseys, with this year’s being an all-black design inspired by Darth Vader.


Toronto Blue Jays’ Chicken & Waffle on a Stick

The Toronto Blue Jays enjoyed a deep run in the postseason in 2015, and they’re hoping that some extra protein and carbs will help give them the strength to go even further this year, because the team announced a new dish: Chicken & Waffles on a Stick.

Where else can a fan go to get something as good as chicken mixed with the sweetness of a waffle and take in some awesome baseball? Here’s your answer—the Rogers Centre at a Jays game this year.


Minnesota Twins’ Red Alternate Jersey

For as long as I can remember, the Minnesota Twins have always sported either white, gray or navy blue tops throughout their history. Not anymore, though.

That’s because the Twins unveiled some sick new jerseys that they’ll be wearing this season, with a whole lot of red being the emphasis. These uniforms will be paired with alternate caps during home games.

Some may think they’re a little too in your face, but, come on, it’s about time the Twinkies changed up their look a bit.


Gary SouthShore RailCats’ Top Gun Night

Much like the aforementioned Star Wars Night from the Buffalo Bisons, the Gary SouthShore RailCats are paying homage to a classic movie, too, by busting out their bomber jackets and aviators for Top Gun Night this year.

Wearing unis that are modeled after Maverick’s flight suit from the film, the team will take the field in style, with the jerseys being auctioned off after the game for charity.

It’s the 30th anniversary of the movie, so this should remind everyone to never lose that lovin’ feeling while at a RailCats game.


Kansas City Royals’ Champions Alley Burger

After winning their first World Series in 30 years, the Kansas City Royals figured they just had to give their fans something to snack on to celebrate for the year after. So that’s exactly what they did.

Creating the Champions Alley Burger—which also has a hot dog version—the Royals’ new sandwich is everything one would want to chow on while at Kauffman Stadium, as it’s tempura-battered and stuffed with bacon and cheese, then served with some slaw on top.

Anyone who can take one of these down can definitely claim to being a champion—because the thing is massive.


Rochester Red Wings’ Batman Night

Of all the promotion nights that are going on in baseball this season, the Rochester Red Wings’ Batman Night might just be my favorite—because they don’t hold anything back in making it great.

In addition to bringing in the actor who played Catwoman in the 1966 Batman movie (Lee Meriwether), the team is also rolling in a replica Batmobile—which is awesome.

Voted as one of the top 10 promo nights in MiLB in 2014, the Red Wings know that the Batman will save the day and bring plenty of fun to fans in attendance.


Pittsburgh Pirates’ Yellow Alternate Jersey

Finally, the Pittsburgh Pirates decided to bring back their yellow “We Are Family” jerseys that became so popular after the 1979 World Series team—and they’ll be wearing them for every Sunday home game throughout the 2016 season.

Originally leaked by a staffer accidentally on Twitter, once the news broke about the new threads, I’m sure everyone in the Steel City began thinking of players like Willie Stargell and Dave Parker, who helped make the mustard-colored tops so famous.

Props to the Pirates for honoring their past and breaking these out for more than just one or two games, too.


Texas Rangers’ Chicken & Donut Skewer

Everything is always bigger in Texas, so of course the Texas Rangers wanted to make sure they could get as many different tastes together in one dish to make the ultimate snack for fans.

Enter this Chicken & Donut Skewer, which is a 12-inch skewer with fried chicken and donut holes on it that’s then drizzled with spicy buffalo honey sauce.

It sounds like an absolute blast in the mouth, so make sure to prepare yourself before housing it.


Arizona Diamondbacks’ Cheeseburger Dog

How does a foot-long hot dog made of chargrilled hamburgers and mixed with bacon, green peppers and cheese sound? Oh, and then to top it all off, how about deep-frying it and topping it with smoked bacon and secret sauce?

If your mouth isn’t watering right now, you might not be American.

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Cheeseburger Dog might be a heart attack on a plate, but it’s worth the hospital trip, because it looks incredible.


St. Louis Cardinals’ Meatball-Filled Bread Cone

The summer is normally a time for scoops of ice cream inside of a cone, but the St. Louis Cardinals are trying to make it the time for, get this, meatballs and a cone. No joke.

Stuffing four meatballs and sauce into an Italian bread cone, the Cards are giving fans one of the most unique dishes I think I’ve ever seen at a ballpark before—and definitely one that reminds me of my grandmother.

Eating something like this on a 100-degree summer day doesn’t sound too enjoyable, but to each his own, I suppose.


New Hampshire Fisher Cats’ ‘Bipartisan’ Jersey

Having difficultly deciding which candidate you’re going to vote for in this year’s election? Maybe the New Hampshire Fisher Cats can help, because they’re wearing a “Bipartisan” jersey that appeals to both Democrats and Republicans.

Rather than deal with debates and key issues, the Fisher Cats are torn right down the middle with these Opening Day jerseys that pay tribute to the state’s primary celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Don’t think that fans are off the hook from voting, though, because they need to decide which hat the team dons with the special uniforms—a red elephant or blue donkey cap.


Atlanta Braves’ T.E.D. (The Everything Dog)

Words can’t describe the feelings I have for this new Atlanta Braves dish called The Everything Dog or, simply, T.E.D.

I say that because I can’t quite tell if I’m excited or grossed out by this foot-long hot dog topped with pretty much everything imaginable, including french fries, chili, nacho chips, beer cheese, jalapenos and popcorn. To top it off, it’s drizzled with Coca-Cola-infused sauce. Oh, and if you needed a soft pretzel bun, you’ve got that option, too.

So. Much. Food.


Frisco RoughRiders’ Throwback Uniform Collection

There are throwback uniforms and promotional nights, and then there are the Frisco RoughRiders, who have the best uniform collection I’ve ever seen from a sports team.

The minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers, the RoughRiders will be wearing a number of jerseys this season influenced by pop culture lore, including a Ghostbusters version, a Top Gun jersey and, yep, even a Game Boy top.

I want to know where in the hell I can get one of each, because these are absolutely incredible.


Arizona Diamondbacks’ New Uniform Rotation

The Arizona Diamondbacks haven’t been around for that long, but they’ve already seen quite the change in their design over the years—and the latest updates are just freaking amazing.

Unveiling seven new home and away uniforms for the upcoming season, the D-Backs’ new look is both fresh and progressive, bringing a different spin to baseball uniforms than what we’ve seen from other MLB teams before.

There are a lot of options to choose from, but each one of these versions brings heat!


Pittsburgh Pirates’ Cracker Jack & Mac Hot Dog

While the Pittsburgh Pirates may have won their fans over with the release of the throwback yellow jerseys I mentioned earlier, it’ll be interesting to see the reaction to the team’s newest food item, the Cracker Jack & Mac Hot Dog.

Served on pita bread, this foot-long hot dog is covered with macaroni and cheese and then, for some reason, topped with Cracker Jacks to add some sweetness and then jalapenos for some spice.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this, but if you try it, I’ll be interested to hear the reaction.


San Diego Padres’ Uniform Changes

As much as I love what the Arizona Diamondbacks did with their new uniform designs, I think the San Diego Padres may have even beaten them with their updated look.

Not only did the team unveil a new color scheme with the unis, but the jerseys and hats themselves are amazing. The team will also keep the tradition of honoring the Navy during Sunday home games with the camo jerseys.

Some may think that brown is a little much, but paying tribute to their old-school unis, I can’t help but like them.


Texas Rangers’ Wicked Pig

The aforementioned Chicken and Donut Skewer is a lot to handle, sure, but imagine trying to eat the Wicked Pig at a Texas Rangers game this season—which, honestly, I can’t even fathom.

While it sounds like the best thing on the planet thanks to its five types of pork—pulled pork, bacon, sausage, prosciutto and ham—seeing how it’s layered to a double-decker makes it seem nearly impossible to eat.

Doused with BBQ sauce and topped with coleslaw and pork grinds, the entire meal costs $27 and will either kill you or fill you up for a week. But, wow, does it sound like a treat.


Atlanta Braves’ New Menu, Which Includes the ‘Burgerizza’

Ladies and gentleman, prepare yourself for something that only drunk college kids have probably ever even thought about trying to eat—a burgerizza.

Instead of poor 20-somethings making this in their dorm room, though, the Atlanta Braves are actually selling it to fans this season, as a 20-ounce beef patty is covered with five slices of cheese, topped with bacon and served between two eight-inch pepperoni pizzas.

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, any of the other items that the Braves are releasing for their final season in Turner Field might do the trick, as the menu includes things like the aforementioned T.E.D., a sandwich called “The Punisher,” some more-than-loaded nachos and a concoction called “The Tater Tot Chop.”

Eat at your own risk at Atlanta games, guys.

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

10 Things That Happen After a Team Wins a Championship

Oh, the elusive championship. Teams spend countless seasons hunting for it. Some make it to the top while others are left clamoring in the dust, looking like a character out of Mad Max.

When a franchise finally is able to nab a championship, things tend to change.

Our goal here was to analyze 10 changes that happen and explain each element in detail. Whether it’s how these wins affect a city’s economy or how coaches are suddenly given more slack, these changes are evident.

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Top 20 Athletes in the History of the Bay Area

The Bay Area is one of the most beautiful and important sports areas in the country. Covering three major cities—Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose—the Bay Area has played home to some of the most prestigious franchises around.

By now, you know the drill. The point of this slideshow is to hone in and talk about the top 20 athletes in the history of the Bay Area.

Deciding who makes the cut comes down to statistics, championships won and overall legacy. With all of that info seeping into your cranium, let’s get right into it and start the countdown.

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Best and Worst MLB Promotions of the 2015 Season

A day at the ballpark doesn’t really need a perfect sales pitch. Baseball season is the flag-bearer of springtime, and there’s no better way to spend a warm summer night than sitting in the stands, watching your favorite MLB team while sipping on a cold beer.

But being an inherently good thing doesn’t mean it can’t be even better.

Everybody loves to get something for free, or get more of something for less money, so special promotion and giveaway events can turn an already great experience into an awesome one. Bobbleheads, games honoring those who serve, concerts and the always popular fireworks night are some of the ways MLB teams treat their fans.

However, just because a home game on the schedule is given the magical designation of “promotional” doesn’t mean that what’s being promoted is a good idea, much less worth the bigger crowd of promotion-crazed fans. People may love free stuff and extra perks, but everyone has walked away from a “free” giveaway (at least once in their life) wondering, “Why did I just do that?”

The 2015 MLB season is just around the corner, and with it a new slate of special promotional events and the coveted giveaways that, on a whole, are why spending a day or night at the ballpark is restitution for the winter that preceded it.

These are the best and worst MLB promotions of the 2015 season.

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People in Sports Who Had the Best and Worst Year Ever

In life, and in sports, nearly everyone experiences prolonged periods of both success and failure. Of course, the 2014 sports year was far from different, as fans were treated to some truly memorable performances, of both the good and bad sort.

Madison Bumgarner, for example, had a downright iconic year, establishing himself as one of baseball’s all-time greats with the type of postseason pitching we’d never seen before.

In a similar vein, Russell Wilson led his Seahawks to the mountaintop and, in so doing, catapulted himself into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.

In contrast, however, Tiger Woods battled injury all year long and lost his spot atop golf’s world rankings, while Robert Griffin did the same and lost his stranglehold on the starting quarterback spot in Washington.

So, with these guys and others in mind, we’ve done our best to highlight 10 People/Teams in Sports who had the best/worst year ever.

We should note, we’ve dodged the heavier side of sports in 2014, excluding from our list major violators like Donald Sterling, Jameis Winston, Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice and Roger Goodell.

Instead, then, we’ve explored those who struggled for non-legal reasons, and exalted the athletes who had a dream 2014.

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How to Throw a Terrible First Pitch

Although getting the chance to throw a first pitch is an amazing honor, the excitement can quickly turn to nerves once a person realizes that thousands of people will be watching their attempt.

Sure, there have been really good first pitches before, but, more often than not, we’ve seen ones that prove that throwing a baseball can be harder than it looks.

So how does one throw a poor first pitch? Keep reading and you’ll see some examples.

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10 Fan Catches Better Than in the Actual Game

Are you too cool to bring your glove?

That’s what most people say, which is why 99 percent of the time when a ball goes into the stands, an all-star-like display of clumsiness ensues.

No matter the excuse for unpreparedness, though, every fan wants to make a spectacular catch and hand the ball to the little kid next to them.  Darn societal conscience.

It’s the hole-in-one of fandom, a cementing of team loyalty, and a complete crapshoot.  Some fans have risen above the fray, though, and into our hearts through impressive displays of athleticism and trickery.  Here is the handful of fans out of millions who inspire us to wield beers instead of gloves at the ballpark.

We thank you.

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