Regardless of whether baseball is actually America’s favorite sport, it will forever be known as “America’s pastime.” There is nothing more American than sitting at a ballpark on a spring day, drinking beer, and heckling the third baseman until the usher politely asks you to leave. Just that thought alone gets me excited for opening day.
But one minor league team has taken that perfect snapshot of Americana to another level. Yesterday, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (the AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies) decided to make a new hat with bacon on it. The IronPigs are far from the first team to have breakfast food adorn their uniforms–the Rays’ AAA team in Montgomery, Ala., is actually called the Biscuits because nothing quit sums up Alabama’s population quite like breakfast food with eyes. But with bacon, it’s hard not to instantly want to buy one of these hats.
Make no mistake, if there was a national food for America, it would be bacon. It’s unhealthy, you can put it on everything, and frankly, it should be a part of every meal as far as I’m concerned. If you disagree, you’re a communist. For God’s sake, I know vegans who like bacon.
The combination of baseball and bacon is perfect in my eyes. I’m actually stunned it wasn’t done before this. The fact that the team’s motto this season is, “Smell The Change” makes it even better. You can even buy scratch and sniff t-shirts–whoever though of that just gets me, man.
I may be a Nationals fan and therefore have a burning hatred of all things Phillies, but I can’t help but be an IronPigs fan now.