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Rangers spring break: Texas icon makes tasty addition in Surprise

A view of the left-field wall/menu at Surprise Stadium.
A view of the left-field wall/menu at Surprise Stadium. Star-Telegram

The Rangers are not the only iconic Texans in Surprise this spring.

Football legend Earl Campbell’s hot link sausage makes its debut at the Surprise Stadium concessions Wednesday when the Rangers host the Royals in their spring opener.

Earl’s hot links aren’t the only new additions this spring. An artery-scaring mac ‘n’ cheese with bratwurst bowl is new to the menu. And if all-beef hot dogs don’t satisfy your pork cravings, try the new bacon mac ‘n’ cheese dog. Apparently, somebody got a good deal on some bulk mac ‘n’ cheese.

Other new entries, all provided by food-service giant Aramark, include pork-tenderloin sandwiches, waffle fries and Italian sandwiches.

“We try to introduce new items every season,” said Tara Combs, community and recreation services director for the City of Surprise. Combs said hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and ice cream remain crowd favorites.

But the new entries, including Earl’s hot links, may rush to the top this March.

Surprise reign

Surprise Stadium, home to the Rangers and the Royals, is the only Cactus League stadium that hosts a pair of teams that have won an American League pennant in the last 10 years — the Rangers in 2011 and ’12 and the Royals last season.

Key stat

.360 On-base percentage and slugging percentage in 52 games for Prince Fielder in 2014. The slugging percentage was a career low, as was his .247 batting average.

Quotable

“It’s been nine and a half months since the last time he swung a bat in a game competitively. He’s a guy who is working on getting himself to where he feels he needs to be. This is a guy who has made a living on his ability of doing all those things. More than anything I’m looking for and I want him to be the most confident hitter he can be Day 1.” — Manager Jeff Banister on whether Prince Fielder should be expected to get off to a fast start this season

Stefan Stevenson

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