Yu Darvish's first start as a Ranger came with mixed reviews, as did the hot dog the ballpark served in his honor.
The 25-year-old righthander, who came over from the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in the offseason, allowed eight hits and five runs to the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. Despite the shaky five and two-thirds innings he pitched, Texas got the win.
For Darvish's debut, Rangers Ballpark released the Yu Dog, a Japanese twist on the traditional frank. It's a jumbo all-beef hot dog wrapped in wonton and deep fried, then covered with beef teriyaki and wasabi mayonnaise. The whole thing is topped with a seaweed salad and sprinkled with sesame seeds, and served with shoestring French fries tossed in sesame oil.
Although it may sound delicious to some, many fans took to Twitter on Monday night to air their displeasure about the new menu item questioning whether it crosses the line. For instance, wontons are of Chinese origin, a completely different country than the Osaka-born Darvish. Several pictures of the Yu Dog posted on social media sites showed a fortune cookie coming with it, although it is not included in the official description from Delaware North Sportservice, who handles concessions at the stadium.
Darvish was signed by the Rangers on Jan. 18 and given a six-year, $60M contract. His debut was much-anticipated, but there seems to be as much buzz about his namesake hot dog as his performance.
This is the second hot dog at Rangers Ballpark to find the spotlight in the past several weeks. The team unveiled the Champion Dog or Boomstick just before the regular season started. It's gotten rave reviews and is quickly becoming a fan favorite.
It remains to be seen though if the Rangers faithful will embrace the Yu Dog in the same way.
-- Adam Watson is the food czar at ThePostGame. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamKWatson.
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