Pulled Pork Sandwich
Since I worked for a couple of summers with the Vancouver Canadians baseball club (2011-2012), I’ve had enough ballpark food to last me for a while!
However, like many people in Vancouver, I just can’t stay away from the beautiful ballpark that the Canadians play in, Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium. The game I attended on Sunday, August 10 at “The Nat” against the Tri-City Dust Devils marked the 10th sellout of the season for the Canadians in 24 home games in 2014. The club has already set five consecutive attendance records since 2009 and appear to be on its way to another new mark this summer, having already had several more sellouts for the remaining games of the 2014 home schedule.
Ironically, though, this game was only my third one back since the end of the 2012 season, but it was great to return and catch batting practice as well as speak with the play-by-play broadcasters on both sides. This particular game also marked the Vancouver debut of Matthew Smoral, a 6’8” hard-throwing left-hander who was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays (the Canadians’ parent club) in the first round (50th overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball amateur draft. Just as important on this night, both the Canadians and Dust Devils were battling for the North Division second-half pennant in the Northwest League – each club was a game out of first place with only three weeks remaining – so it was quite an exciting night indeed. What a treat indeed at the ballpark, and I got to enjoy every minute of it from their air-conditioned press box.
Since this is a food blog, however, the most exciting part of the ballpark experience was, of course, the food. The recommendation in the press box was the Pulled Pork Sandwich, one of the most popular items in the ballpark, so that’s what I ordered.
As you can see, in my sandwich I got a huge serving of pulled pork, which was dripped in some very tasty BBQ sauce and packed with a healthy dose of coleslaw right on top.
It was very filling, even more than a burger. Overall, a very delicious pulled pork sandwich. Thanks so much to the Canadians Media Relations Department for being very accommodating during my stay in the press box.
Of course, concessions at “The Nat” also features a variety of other food on their menu, including the typical ballpark food such as hotdogs, burgers, and fries, as well as sushi rolls, pizza, chicken strips, ice cream, corn dogs, and the “Fungo,” their famous two-foot hot dog.
Though the food at the stadium is pricey, tickets for each game go as low as only C$12.50 and the Vancouver Canadians always have special promotions such as souvenir giveaways, Fireworks Extravaganzas, and Superstar Appearances by former big-league players. They also sometimes hold their traditional ’Nooners at the ballpark, with a handful of afternoon games on their schedule starting at 1:05 p.m. There’s also the amusing Sushi Races that are held every home game to entertain the crowd. It’s definitely a good way to spend a summer afternoon or evening with your buddies or family members in Vancouver – catching a Canadians ballgame at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.
Thanks again to the Canadians for their hospitality.
The Vancouver Canadians players stretching out in left field prior to the game. (Photo taken from the press box.)
Tri-City pitcher Helmis Rodriguez warming up in-between innings. (Photo taken from the press box.)
A shot of the crowd at Scotiabank Field – there were a few empty seats because of the early 5:05 start. (Photo taken from the press box in the first inning.)
Item: Pulled Pork Sandwich, Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver, BC
Price: C$8.00 (item gotten free thanks to the Media Relations Department)
Final Thoughts: It’s certainly affordable to go to a ballgame in Vancouver, but if you do make it out, you might find yourself shelling out quite a lot of money for ballpark food. I will admit that some people are put off by that. If you’re looking for three hours of fun in the stands watching good professional baseball on a nice summer day or evening, though, it’s probably worth it.