When the Mets face the Royals, appetites will grow faster than pitch counts. There’s always the late-inning agita factor, too. Adding to the competition on the field is the one over what to eat.
In this 111th World Series, just be glad the eating doesn’t pit Minnesota against Atlanta or Toronto versus Arizona.
Here’s the nine-inning play-by-play, bite-by-bite.
1. BALLPARK: Kauffman Stadium leads off with Sheboygan bratwurst. There’s chorizo at Andrew Zimmern’s stand and Polish sausage at Boulevard Grill. Citi Field starts the blowout with Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, Pat LaFrieda specialties, Catch of the Day, Nathan’s hot dogs and Mama’s of Corona.
2. BARBECUE: The ‘cue is grand at Arthur Bryant’s and Gates Bar-B-Q in Kansas City, with those “burnt ends” even better than the ribs. And the sauces are terrific. New York scores with Blue Smoke, Mighty Quinn’s, Fette Sau and others. But the NYers face heavy hitters, located on K.C.’s Brooklyn Avenue.
3. LIDIA FACTOR: Lidia Bastianich has one restaurant in Kansas City; three in New York, including the great Del Posto. And, after all, her first two restaurants were in Queens.
4. PIZZA: New York tosses a perfect game.
5. BAGELS: Panera Bread bats high in the K.C. lineup. A no-hitter.
6. STEAKS: Kansas City strip vs New York strip? Identical. K.C. often serves a bigger cut, befitting the meatpacking Midwest, where red meat reigns supreme. But New York broils the Peter Luger porterhouse and has more prime steakhouses.
7. BREWS: K.C. thins out after Flying Monkey. Power hitters in New York include Brooklyn Brewery and Sixpoint Brewery.
8. COOLANTS: Kansas City snow cones give you chills. New York’s Italian ices and gelati brace you for anything.
9. GAME SEVEN: Zantac and Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec, Tums and Rolaids.