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Hot Dog Sales at Baseball Stadiums Can Predict This Major Thing, Data Says

For superstitious (and hungry) fans, a great MLB season could be a few bites away.
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If you're a baseball fan and a hot dog lover, get ready to score big (for real, though!): New data from baseball stadiums around the country reveal an entertaining link between the number of hot dogs a Major League Baseball stadium sells each year, and the way the home team's season turns out.

On Thursday, the Associated Press reported the results of a five-year analysis that looked at the average number of Major League Baseball team wins compared to the number of hot dogs and sausages sold at their stadium. According to the AP, the stats don't lie: "The Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, each of whom average more than one million hot dog and sausages sold per year, are five of the seven teams with the most wins over the five-year period that the data examined."

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If the thought of a hot dog at the ball field gets you pumped up for excitement, you're not alone. The report also states that MLB fans buy an average of 20 million hot dogs and 4.5 million sausages per season, with the one-and-only Dodger dog as the reported bestseller of all.

Of course there's probably greater logic at play here: hot dog sales at baseball games also tie in with the size of the stadium, as well as fan loyalty (and ticket volumes). Also, these five winning teams call the most historic stadiums in the country home—which makes a night at the field with a hot dog in hand a fun draw for a lot of tourists, too.

With most stadiums across the country at 10% to 50% capacity for opening day on April 1, food vendor sales may take some time to tick up. But if the season has you in the mood for the best dog ever, check out 16 delicious ways to dress it, and the #1 way to cook it, according to a chef.

Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants, groceries, and more. Read more
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