If Tim Anderson had written the song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” he probably would’ve asked for more than peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
Instead, that line might have gone something like “Buy me some smoked wings and cold craft beer” or
“Buy me a pizza and milkshake, dear.”
Anderson, 52, who is in his second year as food and beverage manager for the Salem Red Sox, understands the appeal of standards such as nachos and popcorn. Nevertheless, he wanted to start this season with the most varied food options the ballpark has boasted since it opened in August 1995.
“We just want to make it better,” he said. “We want for people to be able to get what they want.”
Anderson, a graduate of Staunton River High School and Radford University, was the food and beverage manager for the Roanoke Civic Center for 12 years. He said he spent the first year in his new job “laying the groundwork” for this year’s concessions changes.
This season just began April 12, but Red Sox Vice President and General Manager Todd Stephenson said fans have been pleased about the new offerings.
“The reviews we’ve been getting are very good,” he said. “You always want options. We like to tell people we have something for everyone.”
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