Sports

Roughing It

You love the all-inclusive vacation right? How about the all-inclusive baseball game? As in, have a hot dog and some nachos in the first inning; a hamburger in the third; couple a Dr Peppers in the fifth; and -- sure, why not? -- two more dogs in the ninth for a night cap? All for the low, low price of -- you don't say -- free. Well, sort of.

There's a reason the Frisco RoughRiders have ranked among the Top 10 in Minor League attendance each of their four years and led Class Double-A in 2005 and 2006: creativity. Last year they installed a swimming pool in right field of Dr Pepper Ballpark; this year they've come up with an all-you-can eat buffet. Here's how it works: Buy an $18 seat in the "Teddy Section," and chow down until your belt don't fit.

While the Rangers try to get you salivating with the likes of Frank Catalanotto and Sammy Sosa -- yes, the steroid-shootin' slugger from their past -- the RoughRiders smartly appeal to your insatiable hunger.

"At most sporting events, you'd pay more than $18 just to get in the door," says RoughRiders p resident and general manager Scott Sonju, whose daddy used to run the Mavericks. "We knew we wanted to do something incredibly different. Our thought is that when people read about or hear about this, they think it's such a good offer that it has to be a mistake. This is something that you can't get anywhere else. It's never been offered."

An eight-game, $144 package features tickets to seven games, as well as reserved stadium seating for the exhibition between the Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers March 30. Best of all, after your third burger you'll stop missing John Danks. --Richie Whitt

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Robert Wilonsky
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