Footlong hot dog, pictured, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023, at TQL Stadium in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati. Fc Cincinnati Food Tasting And Practice Feb 23 1876

Baseball and hot dogs have enjoyed a long, prosperous marriage, a timeless union between America’s pastime and its favorite guilty pleasure. No stadium food, not even nachos or soft-serve in a plastic helmet, enjoys the lasting relevance or cultural cache of the mustard-dipped frankfurter, a universally beloved ballpark staple.

Turns out, our friends north of the border are just as hot-dog crazy as we are, reveling in the phenomenon known as “Loonie Dog,” the Canadian equivalent of what we in the states call “Dollar Dog Night.” Rogers Centre, home of MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays, offers this deal about twice a month, with fans turning out in huge numbers, not to see All-Stars Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and George Springer but to gorge themselves on $1 hot dogs. Cholesterol be damned!

As detailed by Sportnet’s Shi Davidi, Jays fans have shown an enormous appetite this year, consuming hot dogs at a historic rate.

So much for moderation. That’s enough glizzies to feed Ontario, Manitoba and a good portion of Quebec. Beyond the sodium and empty calories, Canada’s largest city stands united in its shared love of hot dogs, fueling an entire economy with its bimonthly “Loonie Dog” promotion.

Even Joey Chestnut would blush at this patent display of gluttony, though credit fans for getting their money’s worth, sniffing out one of the best deals in all of baseball.

[Shi Davidi]

About Jesse Pantuosco

Jesse Pantuosco joined Awful Announcing as a contributing writer in May 2023. He’s also written for Audacy and NBC Sports. A graduate of Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a master’s degree in creative writing from Fairfield University, Pantuosco has won three Fantasy Sports Writers Association Awards. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut and never misses a Red Sox, Celtics or Patriots game.