May 30, 2013
River Cats' Dan Dog strikes out in baseball's Food Fight

icecreamhelmet.jpg Sorry, Dan Dog; you got Nuked - and knuckled.

Four menu items - all from Triple A's International League - advanced to the finals of Minor League Baseball's first Food Fight.

In the nationwide battle of baseball chow, the River Cats' hot-dog shaped burger - dubbed the Dan Dog for club executive Dan Vistica - didn't make the cut to the Final Four.

Instead, the finalist for the "Scrumptious Sandwich" division is the Gwinnett (Ga.) Braves' Knucksie, an overloaded pulled pork sandwich and edible tribute to knuckballer Phil Niekro.

Best of the "Hogs and Dogs" was another big bite tribute: The Nuke Dog. This season, the Durham (N.C.) Bulls created the tastebud-burning Nuke Dog - named for fictional flamer thrower Nuke LaLoosh - as a 25th anniversary salute to the movie, "Bull Durham," starring Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon.

Also making the Food Fight's Final Four: The Toledo (Ohio) Mud Hens' "Gut Busters" champion Fantastic Freeze Sundae, 15 scoops plus toppings served in a full-size Mud Hen batting helmet (shown here); and arguably the one healthy choice on this all-league menu - LeHigh Valley (Pa.) IronPigs' local favorite "Aw Shucks" roasted corn on a stick. It's brushed with butter, parmesan and Southwest spices.

Fans have until June 6 to pick a winner - and enter a sweepstakes to taste it in person. For rules and entries, click on

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