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Celebrating Independence, and Hot Dogs


Celebrating Independence, and Hot Dogs

Celebrating Independence, and Hot Dogs

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According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans will consume 150 million hot dogs on July 4. We hear from hot-dog fans around the country, including the executive chef at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, home of the famous Dodger Dog.


Fried eggs may be the big thing on the Fourth of July in Oatman, Arizona, but for most Americans the Fourth is decidedly a hot dog day. The National Hotdog and Sausage Council says we'll eat 150 million hot dogs today and what better place to enjoy one then in the ball park.

The good people at the Hotdog and Sausage Council tell us that over the course of the season, Major League Baseball parks will sell enough hotdogs to stretch from sea to shining sea. Twenty-eight hundred miles of hotdogs. Of course, some parks have their own specialty dogs, like the Dodge Dog at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The creator, Thomas Arthur, died last month at age 84. His legacy did not.

Mr. ROBERT MOORE (Executive Chef, Dodger Stadium): My name is Robert Moore, the executive chef at Dodger Stadium. There are other hotdogs, but not the Dodger Dog. We marinate it in beer, grill it off. It's 10 inches long. It's 100 percent pork product and it's a one of a kind unique to Dodger Stadium. I think a Dodger Dog is served best with mustard and ketchup and a little bit of onions and that's it. It's a Dodger game. You have a beer and a Dodger Dog and you're done.

NORRIS: Well that may be the case for Angelinos, but as our producers around the country found out, every city has its favorite dog. We'll start at Fenway Park in Boston. Home of the Fenway Frank.

Mr. TED BOWERS (Fenway Park): My name is Ted Bowers. I love the Fenway Frank. It's part of the ball game. You can't come without one right?

Mr. SAM LAMPER(ph) (Fenway Park): My name is Sam Lamper. It's just the best hotdog you can get. Don't get those Yankee things. They're just like moldy and crap like that. You know what, I found out that a Fenway Frank even tastes sweeter when the Red Sox win.

Mr. DANNY PLACHETT(ph) (Fenway Park): Danny Plachett. It seems like they got more ingredients compared to a basic one, do you know what I mean? It's got more flavor. Just ketchup and mustard. The basics.

Unidentified Man #1: Have you ever had a Yankee dog or any other.

Unidentified Man #2: No, God forbid. A Yankee dog? Come on. Is there such a thing as a Yankee dog? Does it taste bad? Does it taste like sewer?

Unidentified Man #3 (Yankee Stadium): My name is (unintelligible). I'm here at New York Yankee Stadium selling hotdogs. I cook ‘em, so they got to be the best. Special techniques. Can't have the fire on them all the time. Got to let them boil just right.

Ms. JUDY MAYO (Yankee Stadium): I'm Judy Mayo from Waxlo, North Carolina, here to see the Mets beat the Yankees. Oh the Yankee dog, sitting in the sun watching the Mets beat the Yankees and drinking it with a nice cold beer, there's nothing like it.

Mr. DAVID MARTINEZ (Yankee Stadium): I'm here at Yankee Stadium. They got that flavor, that hotdog flavor you need that nobody else got you know.

Mr. MIKE WISE (Yankee Stadium): Mike Wise, born and raised here. They're the best. Nothing better than a New York hotdog. Dirty Water Dog. They make them bigger, they're foot-long for one and you can't get the Dirty Water Dog at Shea. You only get grilled hotdogs and the first of the Dirty Water Dogs, which are served out of the dirty water carts. So I think that's what makes the difference.

Ms. AMY POOLE(ph)(Ameriquest Field): I'm Amy Poole and I'm at Ameriquest Field. I bought a corn dog because they're delicious and because they're less expensive than a jumbo hotdog. With a hotdog you don't get the breading on the outside. The breading comes separate. They're crispy. They come on a stick. All food on a stick is more fun.

Ms. DENISE WALDROF (Ameriquest Field): This is our second season. We're with the Red Oak Band in Red Oak, Texas. I love corny dogs. They're crispy. They're fresh. The hotdog is hot inside. The bread is really, yeah, they're as good as the state fair hotdogs. It's Texas. You have a corny dog, it's baseball.

Unidentified Man #4: Hotdogs! Hotdogs here!

Mr. JOHN FALTER (Wrigley Field): My name is John Falter. I'm sitting at the lovely confines of Wrigley Field. I just want to tell you about the hotdog I'm about to eat here. It is covered with mustard, ketchup, onions and relish and I'm going to love it every day of my life because I'm a (expletive) Cubs fan.

Mr. GREG HELFER (Wrigley Field): My name is Greg Helfer. I don't know if is the best hotdog in the country. Chicago hotdogs are the best hotdogs but just mustard and onions and that's it. No ketchup, no ketchup. No ketchup!

SHARON: My name is Sharon and I'm about to eat a Chicago hotdog with hot mustard, onions and unfortunately a little ketchup which is really a no, no with a Chicago hotdog, but I hope I'm anonymous on this so no one will report me.

KEVIN: My name is Kevin and I'm enjoying a Cubs/White Sox game, and I'm just about to have a hotdog with all the trimmings. We're going to have a little onions, hot peppers, mustard, never ketchup. I mean never ketchup. We're going to enjoy it and bring home a White Sox victory. It's like a circus in your mouth. It is delicious. It is well, well done. God bless.

Mr. JOSH BAIO (Wrigley Field): My name is Josh Baio and I'm at the worst ballpark in major league baseball, Wrigley Field. Go Sox and I'm going to eat a freaking crappy wiener. Wish I was at Kaminski, U.S. Cellular.

(Soundbite of baseball game organ music)

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