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Friday, May 27, 2022

Baseball’s underground cheesesteak-eating contest

“It wasn’t even a dare,” Young told me in a recent call. “I was just hungry.”

But after eating 11 cheesesteaks over a three-game series in Philadelphia some time in the early 2000s, the Detroit Tigers All-Star unknowingly launched a competition that would continue on for two decades: An underground, cheesesteak-devouring contest in the bowels of Citizens Bank Park—beyond the cheering crowds and behind the double doors of the visitors’ clubhouse. Players, coaches and, most notably, bullpen catchers, have come into town raring to set a new sandwich-eating high.

Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello took down 14 in 2011. A second Mets bullpen catcher, Eric Langill, topped that with 17 in 2013. Two years later, Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel ate 18, and, just this year, a new champion has risen from the beef and onion ashes: Rockies strength coach Mike Jasperson inhaled 21 1/2 in three days.

“I went up 9 [pounds],” Jasperson told MLB.com’s Thomas Harding.

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