Touch 'Em All: Hot dog fit for Texas: $26 one-pounder

Posted: March 25, 2012

On the long-established theory that everything is bigger in Texas, the AL champion Rangers have come up with the majors' largest hot dog.

Called the "Boomstick" it's 24 inches long, weighs a pound, and costs a Texas-size $26.

Actually, the mondo-dog is called the "Boomstick" only in the stands, where the real fans sit. In the luxury boxes, the name is a tame "Champion Dog."

No word on what it'll cost in the tony restaurant named the Captain Morgan Club.

"We're getting some kind of exotic bread flown in from France," Rangers president Nolan Ryan told Yahoo Sports. "And I don't know what kind of condiments you put on that. But I do want to look at it."

Notice, he didn't say he actually wanted to eat it.

Yes, I write it out!

Terry Collins is 62 and proud of it. The Mets manager logs every at-bat by every player in his spring camp by hand, written out in long rows on a yellow legal pad.

Asked why he didn't use a computerized spread sheet or just read the numbers online, he was incredulous.

"A computer?" he asked the New York Times. "Why would I want to use a computer?"

Bush being held

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Bush is being held on more than $1 million bail in Punta Gorda, Fla., on charges that he left the scene of an accident that seriously injured a motorcyclist.


The Braves said former MVP Chipper Jones needs arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee. The 39-year-old is expected to miss only the first six games of the regular season.

Twins GM Terry Ryan said minor-league pitcher Aaron Thompson, a 25-year-old lefthander, is facing a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.

Houston lefthander Sergio Escalona will have ligament-replacement surgery on his left elbow, the team said.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed that reliever Joba Chamberlain dislocated his right ankle bouncing on a trampoline.

GM Brian Cashman visited Chamberlain in the hospital and said the 26-year-old pitcher said he could be back with the team in June.

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This article contains information from the Associated Press.


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