Opinion: Even the frickin’ Dodger Dog can’t win

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Some news from the (yes) National Hot Dog and Sausage Council: Even the Dodgers’ hot dog can’t win first place. Read it and weep (emphasis mine, and notice the ‘Dodger’s Stadium’): ‘Yankee Stadium tied as home of the best stadium hot dog. Boston’s legendary Fenway Park came in second, Detroit’s Comerica Park took third and Dodger’s Stadium in Los Angeles ranked fourth.’

Fourth place? Our beloved Dodger Dog? It’s bad enough that the Dodgers are nearly halfway into another disappointing season (and given the team’s 20-year World Series drought, disappointing seasons are coming dangerously close to becoming so common they no longer disappoint). Even worse is when the extras that keep Dodger fans coming back (think the stadium, game-caller Vin Scully and, until recently, the Dodger Dog) get knocked off their perch of excellence. Vin Scully’s contract is up at the end of the season; if the 80-year-old announcer doesn’t sign on for a few more seasons, what’s left for us to call the best?

As for that Washington-based special interest group dedicated to the wiener, I’d apply for a job there just to have my name printed on a business card with the words ‘National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.’