Citing concerns over limited supplies due to the recent debut of Burger King's flame-grilled hot dogs, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced this morning that fans should expect severe hot dog rationing in advance of the team's Opening Day on April 12. Guests will be encouraged to limit their hot dog intake to "two or three at most" over the course of a game, stadium officials warned.
"Although we've been selling large amounts of hot dogs on Opening Day for decades, this year truly has us concerned," head concessioner Buck Fredrickson says. "Even as we've raised prices, the average number of dogs eaten per fan has been increasing at a rate that just isn't sustainable."
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Officials plans to double the price of Dodger Dogs from $5 to $10, hoping to discourage ballpark patrons from doubling up on the trademark steamed wieners. The team also announced plans to stop selling dogs after the seventh inning and has encouraged staff to only partially fill mustard and relish dispensers in hopes of restricting consumption.
Further complicating the situation is the arrival of newly acquired Dodgers pitchers Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda, two players who are reportedly known to consume several trays of hot dogs before each pitching start. When asked for comment, star center fielder Yasiel Puig admitted that the team had recently begun scouting possible replacement hot dog suppliers in Cuba. Fortunately, Vin Scully — the legendary Dodgers announcer who plans to retire after this season — has already been allotted his season-long supply of Dodger Dogs, per contract stipulations.
"We're simply asking fans to consider different options this year when it comes to ballpark food," Fredrickson says. "Maybe try a churro? Or garlic fries? Or those nachos that come in a souvenir bucket?There's just not going to be enough Dodgers Dogs, or Doyer Dogs, to go around this year."