With Valentine’s Day just a week away, I figured this would be a good time to write about the Valentine’s Day special offered by the West Michigan Whitecaps last year. It’s a classic: a heart-shaped Fifth Third Burger!
Why is it classic? Because nothing says “I love you” like a huge, heart attack-inducing hunk of grub shaped like a heart, right?
For those of you who don’t know what the Fifth Third Burger is, it’s a $20 concession available during Whitecaps games at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park (near Grand Rapids), Michigan. Weighing in at four pounds, it consists of five 1/3-pound hamburger patties covered with five slices of American cheese, a thick layer of chili, nacho cheese, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, salsa and tortilla chips inside an 8-inch, one-pound, sesame seed bun that’s served in a pizza box. Check out the nutritional facts for the meaty monstrosity:
Yes, there is an eating competition connected to the Fifth Third Burger, as outlined in the above photo. And apparently there are plenty of people who decide to take on the challenge every year. But something tells me Valentine’s Day is not a good time to practice for the contest.
All kidding aside, I’m sure the Whitecaps didn’t anticipate getting many orders for a heart-shaped Fifth Third Burger (which could be delivered by mascot Crash the River Rascal for an extra $70). But the offer existed last year, and I’m sure the Whitecaps got plenty of publicity for it at the time, which is really the goal of most things minor-league teams do.
By the way, the Whitecaps are offering another Valentine’s Day special this year — but they chose to go a more traditional (and romantic) route this time. People can sign up online for a chance to have Crash personally deliver a dozen roses, two game tickets and more to the winner’s sweetheart.
If you know of a unique Valentine’s Day special (past or present) offered by a minor-league team, please share the details in the comments section.