Cubs next opponent eats more cheesesteaks than any MLB team

Cubs next opponent eats more cheesesteaks than any MLB team
June 2, 2014, 11:00 pm
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A leaderboard is positioned in the visitor's clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, but it doesn't track the type of stats you may be thinking.

The scoreboard tracks the visiting team's record for eating cheesesteaks for a single day or series.

Cheesesteaks, a delicacy in Philadelphia, are served to the visiting team and players are welcome to eat as many of them as they want or can, according to Mike Vorkunov of The Star-Ledger.

The MLB team that holds the current record is the New York Mets, who ate a whopping 103 cheesesteaks over a 10-hour period during a trip to Philadelphia in late April.

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Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello set the single-game record during the trip, scarfing down seven-and-one-half cheesesteaks on his own.

Bobby Thigpen, who is currently the White Sox bullpen coach, thought he broke the record a few weeks later after inhaling eight cheesesteaks, but he did so during a double-header which is against the rules.

Vorkunov outlines the rules for the cheesesteak eating competition:

To viably set a record, cheesesteaks can only be eaten after getting to the ballpark until batting practice, from the end of batting practice until the game begins, and for an hour window after the game has concluded. There are moratoriums during batting practice and the game, likely, so that players and coaches can proceed with their day jobs.

With the Mets in Chicago on Tuesday to begin a three-game series with the Cubs, could a deep dish pizza-eating competition be the new tradition at Wrigley Field?