If the Mets couldn’t improve their record during a rainout this April, they would at least aim to top another. On April 30, the Mets collectively ate 103 cheesesteaks while waiting for the rain to pass so they could play the Phillies, setting a new team record at Citizens Bank Park for the most eaten in a day (NJ.com, June 3).
The Mets now sit atop the leaderboard in the dining room of the visitor’s clubhouse, a title that wasn’t earned without some serious planning.
The Phillies home park cheesesteak competition is no joke. Visiting teams are welcome to eat as many as they can, made at the ballpark, to set single day, series or team records. Of course, as with any serious competition, there are rules. For a record to stand, cheesesteaks can only be eaten after getting to the ballpark until batting practice, from the end of batting practice until the game begins, and for an hour after the game has ended. Cheesesteak consumption is forbidden during the games – though there could be a whole other competition in there somewhere.
The Mets planned two cheesesteaks per person, though it was a collective effort from the heavy hitters who put away more than their share to crush the previous record that stood somewhere in the eighties.
The MVPs of the contest are both bullpen catchers, Dave Racaniello and Eric Langill. Last season, Langill set the three-game series record by eating 17 cheesesteaks, breaking Racaniello’s long-standing record of 14.