National Hot Dog & Sausage Council Announces Winners of `Take Me Out to the Ballgame' Video ContestWednesday, July 1, 2009
Washington, D.C.,- As Humphrey Bogart said, “A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz.” Yet, for over 100 years, the nation’s third most sung song, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” has only referenced peanuts and Cracker Jack™, excluding the number one food at ballparks: the hot dog. Until now.
In celebration of July’s National Hot Dog Month, the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (NHDSC) conducted a new song and video contest to create an updated version of the century-old song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” that includes a reference to hot dogs. After all, according to a NHDSC poll, 63 percent of fans listed hot dogs as the one ballpark food they could not live without. Peanuts ranked a distant second with 18 percent.
So Americans donned their creative hats for the video contest and they delivered.
“We were extremely impressed with the level of participation and enthusiasm among Americans in giving hot dogs their rightful place in ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame,’” said Council President and “Queen of Wien” Janet Riley. “We had contestants ranging in age from about 18 months to 70 years old.”
A panel of judges reviewed the video entries for their originality and excellence. Judges included: Washington D.C.’s “Man About Town,” Bob Madigan, of WTOP radio; Chicago news and sports personality Bob Sirott of NBC5; hot dog historian Bruce Kraig, author of the new book Hot Dog; Agri-talk Radio Host Mike Adams; and Eric Haman, corporate communications manager at Hatfield Quality Meats.
And the wieners are*:
Honorable Mention: Robin MacBlane and Larry Whitler of Ocala, Fla., who performed an acoustic version of the song that included the lyrics “Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack™, a big juicy hot dog and condiment packs…”
Third Prize: The Giordani, Janicki and Pettibon kids of Baden, Pa., who sang a new verse dedicated to the hot dog while playing their favorite sport in the backyard.
Second Prize: Andrew Demsky and Ed Delauter of North Bellmore, New York. While playing acoustic guitar accompanied by old time baseball and hot dog photos, new lyrics included “Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd. Hot dogs with relish and mustard, too, pass me that frankfurter before it gets cool.”
Grand Prize: Our top dogs - Jeremy Kilpatrick and his dad, Eric Kilpatrick of Durham, N.C. While singing a new verse dedicated to hot dogs, Jeremy puts on quite a dance number, and we learn when it comes to hot dogs, it’s “like father like son.”
A compilation of the winning videos can be seen on the Council’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/hotdogcouncil. In a follow-up to last year’s “Hot Dog Etiquette” video, the Council recorded a short introduction to the winning videos from Prince George Stadium, home of the Bowie Baysox. In it, Council President Riley catches up with “Frank” who talks about his feelings on being left out of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
“We had a lot to live up to after the success of last year’s ‘Hot Dog Etiquette’ video,” noted Riley. “But thanks to the creativity of our winning contestants, and a certain hot dog costume, I think this year’s video will live up to the hype.”
She concluded, “If you’re eating one of the 22 million hot dogs to be consumed at MLB parks this season, consider giving the hot dog its rightful place and sing some of these new lyrics during the seventh inning stretch.”
- Honorable Mention -- Five (5) pounds of gourmet hot dogs and a $50 gift certificate to MLB.com to be used for merchandise or game tickets to select teams.
- Third place – Ten (10) pounds of gourmet hot dogs and a $100 gift certificate to MLB.com to be used for merchandise or game tickets to select teams.
- Second Place – Fifteen (15) pounds of gourmet hot dogs and a $250 gift card to MLB.com to be used for merchandise or game tickets to select teams.
- Grand Prize – Twenty-five (25) pounds of gourmet hot dogs and a $500 gift card to MLB.com to be used for merchandise or game tickets to select teams. Winner also will receive a souvenir baseball autographed by Hall of Famer Phil Niekro.