The New York Mets are officially the best team in baseball at something — eating. Earlier this year, New York’s other team dominated the rest of the league in eating greasy, calorie-packed sandwiches.
When teams travel to Philadelphia to face the Phillies, they are given the luxury of having unlimited access to made-to-order Philly cheesesteaks. As a result, a competition has emerged that tracks how many cheesesteaks individuals and teams can down in a single day or series. Results are kept on a scoreboard in the visiting locker room. The Mets are now at the top of it.
According to Mike Vorkunov of The Star-Ledger, the Mets ate a total of 103 cheesesteaks as a team on April 30. They did so over a 10-hour span on a day in which their game against the Phillies was rained out. The plan was for each member of the organization to eat two cheesesteaks, but some people ended up picking up the slack for those who ate like pigeons.
The Mets didn’t have to eat as much as they did, but they weren’t going to be outdone. The previous team record was somewhere in the 80s.
This is a sick, sick game teams have created, and the Mets are masters of it. Last season, Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langil banged down 17 cheesesteaks in a single three-game series, breaking the previous mark of 14 that was set by fellow bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello.
“We were going for it together,” Racaniello said. “Then I did that and, alright, I’ll hold the single day record, you can have the three day record.”
Someone’s going to die out there. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.