Rangers welcome Japanese player, release wiener with seaweed, wasabi, wonton

Kalyn McMackin Contributor
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Yu Darvish’s big-league Texas Rangers debut might not have been the most impressive start to his Major League Baseball career, but a new menu item in honor of Darvish has fans questioning whether it crosses the racial line.

The Rangers Ballpark has released the “Yu Dog”, a traditional frank with a Japanese twist.

According to Yahoo Sports, the hot dog is “a jumbo all-beef hot dog wrapped in wonton and deep fried, then covered with beef teriyaki and wasabi mayonnaise.”

And if that doesn’t sound savory enough, “the whole thing is topped with a seaweed salad and sprinkled with sesame seeds, and served with shoestring French fries tossed in sesame oil.”

While that slop of a hot dog might sound delicious to some, fans took to Twitter Monday night to vent their concerns as to whether or not the frank crossed the line, highlighting that wontons are of Chinese origin,”a completely different country than the Osaka-born Darvish.”

With a six-year deal worth $60 million, the Texas Rangers secured Darvish Jan. 18 from the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, a Japanese professional baseball team.

Whether the Yu Dog will stick around, fans can rely on the $26 “Champion Dog” or “Boomstick” dog to fill their appetite. Measuring two feet long and weighing a pound, the all-beef frank includes a mountain of shredded cheese, chili and sauteed onions.

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