For decades, going to a Major League Baseball game meant buying a bag of unshelled peanuts, slathering mustard on a lukewarm hot dog, and washing it all down with a cold beer.
Indigestion be damned. This was tradition!
But if you’ve been to a ballgame lately, you’ve probably noticed that things have changed. Besides the ever increasing ticket prices, much of the food service at big league parks has gone upscale.
Gourmet Kobe burgers.
The kind of fare that begs not for beer, but rather for fine wine.
And at least a few of the parks are stepping up to the plate and improving their wine selection and service.
Interestingly, Yankee Stadium—which serves a big city populated by lots of wine savvy people—is not among them. There, a small glass of nothing-to-write-home-about wine will run you $15.
But at Fenway Park, home of the Yankees’ most hated rivals (the Boston Red Sox), they’ve hit a vinous home run, if not quite a grand slam.
At Fenway, wine fans can indulge in fine Napa Valley red blends, as well as Chardonnay.
It’s enough to turn a Yankee fan into a Sox fan.
Okay, perhaps that’s a bit of a stretch. (And that would be a seventh-inning stretch, of course.)