Written by The Business Journal Staff
A rivalry involving the favorite fare of two Minor League Baseball clubs—the Fresno Grizzlies’ tacos and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs’ bacon—was named the “Promotion of the Year” by Ballpark Digest.
Though the two teams have never played against one another, the Grizzlies being in the Pacific Coast League and the IronPigs out of Allentown, Pennsylvania being in the International League, the two touted treats drew one to another during the 2016 season, inciting arguments of whether bacon or tacos were superior.
Lehigh Valley created their alternate logo in 2014, featuring a fighting slice of pork belly, and the next year, the Fresno Grizzlies came out with the taco, in honor of the food truck sensation around the Valley.
It later evolved into a feud when IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes playfully poked fun at Fresno for copycatting the idea.
“My favorite thing about it is, it truly did start with the back-and-forth between the two staffs years ago,” Grizzlies’ General Manager Derek Franks said to Ballpark Digest. “It started as real Twitter beefs over promotions.”
The fight began on the Twitter-field and eventually spilled over into a website, baconvstacos.com, where fans could vote for their favorite food.
The vote drew tweets across baseball, including Triple-A teams the Reno Aces and the Charlotte Knights.
ESPN reporter Darren Rovell also got into the fray and SportsCenter had a recurring segment detailing the promotion, according to a press release from the Grizzlies.
Both general managers for the teams also took to twitter to join in the food fight, trading barbs on social media.
In the end, bacon took the win, 53-47, and in a July game, the Fresno Grizzlies had to take the field donning the bacon caps of the IronPigs, as per the terms of the bet.