Dairy Steps to the Plate

Author: Greg Paone | March 25, 2019


Dairy Steps to the Plate

When you think of food at a baseball game, your mind naturally goes to fan favorites like hot dogs, pretzels, peanuts and Cracker Jack.

But that could change this summer as baseball will cross paths with… dairy?

Yes, that’s right, dairy will step to the plate this summer, highlighted by a promotional night hosted by the Syracuse Mets.

For one night only on July 13, the Mets will become the Syracuse Butter Sculptures for their game against the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

The festivities are part of a promotion with the New York State Fair, which is held every summer in Syracuse. Dating back 50 years, one of the most popular exhibits at the fair is the Butter Sculpture, which American Dairy Association North East plays a role in creating the theme for each year.

The Mets, excuse us, the Butter Sculptures will dress the part that night as they will wear special uniforms and hats that feature a custom Butter Sculptures logo. The special uniforms will be auctioned afterward, and the proceeds will benefit a local childhood cancer research charity.

Extra Bases

This will not be the only time a team will take the field with a dairy-related brand.

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Triple A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies based out of Allentown, Pennsylvania, became the Lehigh Valley Cheesesteaks for a night in 2016.

The Staten Island Yankees, a Single A affiliate of the New York Yankees, were the Staten Island Pizza Rats for a night back in 2016. The promotion and name became so popular among fans that the team permanently became the Pizza Rats in 2018!

This coming August 8, the Lakewood BlueClaws, a Single A affiliate of the Phillies, will hold Pork Roll, Egg and Cheese Night! The festivities will feature food specials, fireworks and the BlueClaws’ famous Pork Roll, Egg and Cheese mascot race.

If you could name your baseball team after something dairy-related, what would it be?

Let us know!


American Dairy Association North East is one of 19 state and regional promotion organizations working under the umbrella of the United Dairy Industry Association. It is the local affiliate of the National Dairy Council®, which has been conducting nutrition education and nutrition research programs since 1915. For more information, visit www.americandairy.com.