Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs Opening Day: Hot Dogs Galore

human scoreboardDoes anyone recall the scene in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” when Jack Nicholson’s earthiest creation Randall P. McMurphy doesn’t allow the Big Nurse to ruin Opening Day by not letting the boys watch the game on TV – so he does an imaginary play-by-play?

It works – the boys get into it as if the game were really unfolding in vivid color on that TV screen that eerily reflects the men of the mental ward in their hospital gowns. “Somebody get me a can of beer and a red hot before I die!” McMurphy shouts with glee.

So – the red hot on Opening Day. Is there anything like it?

Who cares if it is only 30-something degrees amid all that cold, crumbling concrete.  It’s Wrigley Field, and baseball, and more importantly – hot dogs – are back!

To celebrate 100 years at Wrigley, the Cubs organization is opening “Decade Dogs” next to Gate F, section 123, which will feature a variety of dogs for every decade the Cubs wore out the base paths at the Friendly Confines – or sat glumly in the dugout as their opponents did.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect:

  •  1910's Rueben Dog: Vienna Beef hot dog, sliced corn beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese. Available all season
  • 1920's Chicago Dog: Vienna Beef hot dog, tomato wedges, pickle spears, sport peppers, diced onions, mustard, neon relish and celery salt, served on a poppy seed bun. Available all season.
  • 1930's Cheese Steak Dog: Vienna Beef hot dog, shaved ribeye steak, grilled onions, peppers and provolone cheese. Available during the 1930's homestand
  • 1940's Corn Dog Nibblers: Deep-fried mini Vienna Beef corn dogs. Available during the 1940's homestand
  • 1950's TV Dinner Dog: Vienna Beef hot dog, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn. Available during the 1950's homestand
  • 1960's Buffalo Wing Dog: Vienna Beef hot dog, diced chicken, buffalo sauce, bleu cheese crumbles and chopped celery. Availably all season
  • 1970's Pulled Pork Dog: Vienna Beef hot dog, pulled pork, barbecue sauce and coleslaw. Available all season
  • 1980's Nacho Dog: Vienna Beef hot dog, tortilla strips, nacho cheese, salsa and pickled jalapenos. Available during the 1980's homestand
  • 1990's Bagel Dog: Vienna Beef hot dog wrapped in a warm bagel with deli mustard. Available during the 1990's homestand
  • 2000's Dog: The most popular hot dog from the previous decades. Available during the 2000's homestand

Make mine a Chicago style – and grind me out some extra onions on that contraption that looks like a golf ball washer.

FUN FACT: Which baseball fans consume the most hot dogs per year? It’s the Los Angeles Dodgers fans, who go through an ungodly three million hot dogs per year. The Cubs fans are not even in the top five. But then, they never are, really – except in “selfies.”

(That's Yours Truly as the Human Scoreboard at Wrigley - note the hot dog graphics along the bottom of the sandwich board.)

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