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Dome Dogs out at Target Field

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH
  • Star Tribune
  • February 25, 2010 - 1:50 PM

Ejected!

The Dome Dog, the $5 quarter-pound, all-beef, grilled-not-steamed favorite of Minnesota Twins fans for 10 years, won't be called up to the bigs at the new Target Field.

Hormel, whose hot dogs have been a beloved dining option at the Metrodome, will no longer supply them for the team, Twins and Hormel officials said Wednesday. Of the 1.1 million sausages sold at Twins games last year, nearly 400,000 were Dome Dogs, more than any other single sausage product.

"Hormel and the Twins decided to part ways after a great ... corporate relationship" that began in 2001, team spokesman Kevin Smith said in an e-mail, describing the split as "an amicable parting of the ways."

The new ballpark will have the usual fare, including nachos, popcorn and peanuts. And Target Field has announced it will serve some other local favorites, including Juicy Lucy burgers, Murray's steak sandwiches, Kramarczuk's sausages, walleye-on-a-stick and pork-chop-on-a-stick.

But what about the All-American wiener? Smith said, "Hot dogs and baseball go together hand in glove, and we will be making an announcement in the weeks ahead about what the future of the hot dog is in Target Field."

The hot dog's most infamous moment at the Dome came in 2001, when fans pelted former Twin Chuck Knoblauch with $1 hot dogs and assorted debris as he stood in left field for the New York Yankees. The unruliness halted the game and prompted public-address announcer Bob Casey to scold the offenders, "Now quit this!"

The Twins will play exhibition games April 2-3 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals at Target Field, then host their first regular-season home game April 12 against the Boston Red Sox.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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