Friday, May 21, 2010
Acid Flashback Friday: the El Ranchero Chili Race
By Ian Hunter
They might not have be as illustrious as the famed Milwaukee Sausage Race, but three little chili peppers managed to race their way the hearts of thousands of fans in Toronto.
For this week's edition of Acid Flashback Friday, we take a look back at the El Ranchero Chili Race.
It's been a few years now since Paco, Pedro and Tico raced down the third base line at the Rogers Centre, and from what I can remember it was one of the more popular in-game entertainment segments at the ballpark.
At least there were real people (albeit inside costumes) racing, instead of what the Blue Jays currently have - the Bruce Power Electricity Race, the Turtle Island Recycling Hidden Ball, and the baseballs racing around the word.
In my opinion, there's nothing more disjointed than having the crowd cheer for a cartoon baseball on the Jumbotron.
That's what made the El Ranchero Chili Race so great - as ridiculous as it sounds, it gave the fans something real to cheer for in between innings as opposed to staring up at the scoreboard and waiting for the predetermined outcome.
So here's to the yellow, green and red chili from the El Ranchero Chili Race. Paco, Pedro, and Tico ... you will always live on in our hearts.