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Published:March 25th, 2009 19:17 EST

Would You Buy A 4-Pound $20 Burger At The Ballpark?

By Robert Paul Reyes


"Well, at least the salsa is low-cal. The West Michigan Whitecaps, a minor league baseball team, will be offering up major league cholesterol, carbohydrates and calories in an enormous hamburger being added to the menu this year at the Fifth Third Ballpark.

The 4-pound, $20 burger features five beef patties, five slices of cheese, nearly a cup of chili and liberal doses of salsa and corn chips, all on an 8-inch sesame-seed bun. That`s a lot of dough!" The Associated Press

In these hard economic times many families are eating Spam for breakfast, Top Ramen for lunch and a frozen meal for dinner. If they eat out at all it`s a trip to McDonald`s, and they select only items from the value menu.

Taking into considerations the tough economic times, it`s an obscenity for a baseball team to sell a 4-pound $20 burger. Surely the West Michigan Whitecaps can come up with a publicity gimmick that`s not a slap on the face to Americans who are struggling to get by.

A four-pound burger is too much for one person or even for a couple, fools who buy the monster burger will throw away a good portion of it.

I don`t know what would be more entertaining, watching a baseball game or watching a greedy pig trying to take a bite out of a colossal burger with five beef patties and five slices of cheese.

I love baseball, but I wouldn`t patronize my home team if it sold a giant $20 burger.