For the first time in many Opening Days -- going back to the days when Mays, Montefusco and Marichal ruled my Giants memories – I'm not packing my own food into the stadium, be it a bag of peanuts or mama's homemade burritos.
But that doesn't mean I haven't had anything to eat. A couple of hours before game time (about 5 minutes before Safeco opened its gates), I came across two out-of-stadium vendors.
"Why pay $5 inside?" asked one sign at a stand on the corner of Royal Brougham and 5th Avenue. The stand was selling hot dogs for $2, hot links for $3 and Polish sausage for $3.50. Another sign noted that the foil-wrapped franks could be taken into the stadium, where the Major League Mariner Dog costs $5 and the Polish sausage $5.50.
Candy (Red Vines, Cracker Jack, Good & Plenty, etc) was a bargain at 3 for $5.
I pointed to a boiled weenie in a pot. It had some beef in it. The bun was small and cold. Condiments were plentiful: onions, kraut, relish, deli mustard, yellow mustard, ketchup and BBQ.
On the next block, Randy's Urban Grill had a batch of pre-grilled dogs, keilbasa, hot links and the Polish sausage ready. I went for the Little League Kid Dog ($3). It was bigger than the $2 dog up the street and twice as good, charry and still warm from the propane grill. Some attempt was made to heat the bun, too.
Up in the press box, News Tribune sportswriters have good things to say about the salmon in the media dining room. Corey Brock, who's blogging the game today, has a banana near his laptop.