In what is surely a plot by the Phillies to fatten up other teams so they’ll be easier to beat, there is a leaderboard in the visitors’ clubhouse. It tracks how many cheesesteaks teams and players have eaten. The steaks fillings and toppings and rolls are free — and since it’s Philadelphia, the steaks are probably pretty authentic (i.e., good).
According to the Newark Star-Ledger’s Mike Vorkunov, the Mets ate 103 cheesesteaks during an April game. It shattered the previous team record of somewhere in the 80s.
The Mets — who completed a 4 games to 1 series victory over the Phillies with an 11-2 thrashing Monday night — accomplished the cheesesteak feat on April 30. Last year, Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill ate 17 cheesesteaks during the three-game series from April 8 to 10, the record. Bobby Thigpen, the White Sox bullpen coach, holds the individual single-day mark with eight.
In other cheesesteak news, you can get them in Japan!
— NewsWorks (@NewsWorksWHYY) June 2, 2014
No word on what the Japanese cheesesteak eating record is.