Mets are cheesesteak champions

From the weird, gross and disgusting files…

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When rain marooned the Mets in Philadelphia last month, they reportedly busied themselves setting the record for most cheesesteaks consumed in a single day in Citizens Bank Park’s visiting clubhouse. As Mike Vorkunov writes in the Star-Ledger:

Cheesesteaks are Philadelphia’s delicacy — a greasy stuffing of beef and lining of cheese inside a sub. Visiting teams are welcome to eat as many as they want or can, with the meal made for them at the ballpark, and a scoreboard tracks their feats. There are individual and team records for a single day or series.

On April 30, over some ten hours, the Mets ate 103, they say, setting the new single-day team record. Though baseball may be a sequence of individualized events, this was the work of a collective. It was planned two cheesesteaks per person, or more for those that were willing to help out where other teammates could not eat their share.

By the time the Mets left for Denver, distended and at over-capacity, they were now record-holders, breaking the previous mark that stood somewhere in the 80s.

Though impressive, perhaps it should not have been surprising. When it comes to eating cheesesteaks, the Mets are the 1961 Yankees, and their bullpen catchers, Dave Racaniello and Eric Langill, are the Mantle and Maris.

Last season, from April 8-10, Langill set the three-game series record by eating 17 cheesesteaks. He broke Racaniello’s record of 14 — which had stood for years.

Congratulations, Mets.

This story also brought to mind the legendary tale of Diamondbacks bullpen catcher Jeff Motuzas, who will apparently eat anything for money.

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