The Ripkens step up to the concessions plate

Opening Day for the Aberdeen IronBirds is still weeks away, but Ripken Baseball unveiled the new concession lineup at Ripken Stadium on Wednesday morning.

Basically, Cal Ripken Jr.and Billy Ripken have taken over the food service operation at Ripken Stadium. They've brought in a new seafood vendor, the Parkville-based Conrad's Crabs and Seafood, who will be steaming crabs live at the stadium, something the previous crab vendor didn't do.

The Charred Rib, based in Timonium, has been brought in to sell their popular ribs, along with barbecue chicken, onion loafs and their own version of bread pudding. The new Wing and Burrito Bar will let fans build their own burritos or choose from five flavors of wings. Cal's favorite? Old Bay.

The newly released Roseda Beef Ripken Gourmet Burger will be sold at the stadium's Gold Glove Grill, along with Philly Cheesesteaks and Roma Sausage.

That seafood deck, perched near the right field fence, is a gem. But fans will have to plan ahead. The seats there need to be reserved in advance. But think how cool it would be to have a crab feast while a baseball game is going on.

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