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Batter Up: Baseball Just Got Its Most Decorated Corn Dog

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 9:27 am

Inside the kitchen of the Arizona Diamondbacks, chef Michael Snoke has created a monster: 18 inches of meat that's skewered, wrapped in cornbread, stuffed with bacon and infused with cheddar cheese and jalapeños.

All that rests on a bed of fries. And for $25, it's all yours.

"I have created the D-Bat," he says.

The Diamondback's executive chef has wanted to get in on the culinary competition that's sprung up between Major League Baseball teams.

Last season, the Texas Rangers set a new precedent when the Rangers Ballpark introduced the Boomstick, a two-foot, $26 hot dog dubbed baseball's largest.

But Snoke says his bat-shaped masterpiece is superior for a very simple reason: "Well, it's a corn dog, man," he says. "Everyone loves a corn dog."

The first person to taste the D-Bat outside of the team's inner circle was Arizona Republic sports writer Bob McManaman, who got a sneak peak at Chase Field. And just like that, the corn dog was gone, already making its way toward his belly.

"It's going down pretty good," he tells us. "So far, no burps, and I feel honored."

As for the French fries, McManaman says he'll pass. "I'm not going to touch the fries because there's no way I'm gonna get those down," he says.

I'll be honest, I did feel left out. The dog's inventor says it's supposed to be shared, but there's something unsettling about asking another journalist for a bite of his corndog.

Anyway, McManaman is having eater's remorse. "I'll probably have to see a doctor tomorrow," he says.

Snoke didn't bother checking the nutritional value of his corn dog. If you've gotta ask, he says, you probably shouldn't eat it. But come on, you're dying to know just how much calories McManaman racked up just now.

To do that, we turned to nutritionist Simin Levinson who's got this mean little tool on her computer. Type in a food, and out comes all its dirty little secrets.

"Perhaps not surprising, there is not an 18-inch corn dog currently in existence," she says.

But the traditional 6-inch corn dog does exist in the database. Type it in, multiply by three and you get a whopping 832 calories.

Add a few slices of bacon (yum!), 3 ounces of cheddar (alright, triple yum!), three servings of French fries and voilà! Roughly 3,000 calories and about two days' worth of sodium in one package.

Regardless, Levinson says fans will eat it up.

"Hopefully they have a pocket full of statins and a defibrillator nearby so that in case they do go into cardiac arrest, help will be an arm's length away," she says.

For his part, the creator of the D-Bat says it's supposed to be fun. And he says if you want healthy, order a salad.

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Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The Arizona Diamondbacks played their first home exhibition game of the year in Phoenix last night. Final score, Chicago Cubs 3, Arizona 1. But some of the best action occurred inside the team's kitchen where they prepared a giant corn dog. This requires some serious eating. Peter O'Dowd reports from member station KJZZ.

PETER O'DOWD, BYLINE: Chef Michael Snoke has created a monster.

CHEF MICHAEL SNOKE: This thing looks like a bat.

O'DOWD: Eighteen inches of meat, skewered, wrapped in corn bread, stuffed with bacon, infused with cheddar cheese and jalapenos. All that resting on a bed of fries.

SNOKE: I have created the D-Bat.

O'DOWD: Yes, the D-Bat. Twenty-five dollars and it's all yours. Snoke had an eye on the culinary competition around Major League Baseball. Last season the Texas Rangers introduced the Boom Stick Dog - two feet, 26 bucks. Snoke says his masterpiece is superior for this very simple reason.

SNOKE: Well, it's a corn dog, man. Everybody loves a corn dog.

(LAUGHTER)

BOB MCMANAMAN: It's gone. It's in my belly.

O'DOWD: Meet the first man alive who's tasted the D-Bat outside of the team's inner circle, Arizona Republic sports writer, Bob McManaman, got a sneak peek at Chase Field.

MCMANAMAN: It's going down pretty good. Yeah, so far no burps and I feel honored.

O'DOWD: I'll be honest. I did feel left out. The Dog's inventor says it's supposed to be shared, but there's something unsettling about asking another journalist for a bite of his corn dog. Anyway, Mcmanaman's having eater's remorse.

MCMANAMAN: I'm not going to touch the fries 'cause there's no way I'm going to get those down.

O'DOWD: You worried about your heart at all?

MCMANAMAN: Yeah, big time worried. I'll probably have to see a doctor tomorrow.

O'DOWD: Chef Snoke didn't bother checking the nutritional value of his corn dog. If you've got to ask, he says, you probably shouldn't eat it. But come on, you're dying to know.

SIMIN LEVINSON: All right. So let's tally this up.

O'DOWD: Nutritionist Simin Levinson's got this mean little tool on her computer. Type in a food and out comes all its dirty little secrets.

SIMIN LEVINSON: Perhaps not surprising, there is not an 18-inch corn dog currently in existence.

O'DOWD: But the traditional six-inch corn dog does exist in the database. Type it in, multiply it by three, and you get...

LEVINSON: Eight hundred and thirty-two calories.

O'DOWD: Add a few slices of bacon, yum. Three ounces of cheddar cheese, all right. Triple yum. Three servings of French fries and voila. Three thousand calories and about two days worth of sodium in one package. Regardless, Levinson says fans will eat it up.

LEVINSON: Hopefully they have a pocket full of statins and a defibrillator nearby so that in case they do go into cardiac arrest, help will be an arm's length away.

O'DOWD: For his part, the creator of the D-Bat says it's supposed to be fun, and he says if you want healthy, order a salad. For NPR News, I'm Peter O'Dowd in Phoenix.

SIMON: This is NPR News.

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