Ted’s famous steamed cheeseburgers have been a fixture in Meriden for more than half a century, the Yard Goats are about to start their second season in Hartford. But these two institutions will be getting together at 5:05 p.m. on Aug. 12 as the Goats rename themselves the Hartford Steamed Cheeseburgers for a day.
For that one game — against the The Bowie Baysox, of Maryland — Ted’s will be serving steamed cheeseburgers at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, the Goats’ spanking-new stadium, and players for the Double-A baseball team will wear special steamed cheeseburger-inspired caps and jerseys for the game. Ted’s will also be serving steamed cheeseburgers during other select games throughout the season.
Why? Why not? It’s a promotion for both enterprises, and a chance to bring a little Silver City cuisine to the capital city. The promotional schedule this season also includes "Whalers Alumni Weekend," July 27-29, when the Yard Goats will host the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Yard Goats President Tim Restall said many minor league baseball teams are featuring local food specialties at their ballparks. “We’re excited for the opportunity,” said Ted’s Restaurant owner Bill Foreman. “I think it’s going to be great for them and us.”
Attempts to contact the Yard Goats mascots — neon-green Chompers (#00) and electric-blue Chew Chew (#0) — were unsuccessful, but Restall said he expects that at least one of them will be partaking of the signature sandwiches from Meriden. There’s also word that a third mascot will be joining the team this season.
But no matter who prevails on Aug. 12 — the Colorado Rockies-affiliated Yard Goats or the Baltimore Orioles-affiliated Baysox — Steamed Cheeseburger Night sounds like a win-win to us.
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