Mar 1, 2024 - Sports

A doggone shame: Phillies end dollar-dog promo

Phillie Phanatic shoots hotdogs into the stands during a Phillies game.

So, Phillie Phanatic can shoot hotdogs into the stands but we can't reciprocate? Boo! Photo: Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The Phillies are eliminating Dollar Dog Night after 27 years, a decision the team says it made after fans flung weenies onto the field during last year's promotion.

Driving the news: The event is being replaced by "Hatfield Phillies Franks BOGO Nights."

  • Scheduled for April 2 and 16, it allows fans to buy two hot dogs at $5 apiece but get four with each transaction.

Flashback: The Dollar Dog Night promotion has been a hit in past years, with the team selling 58,000 franks in 2023.

  • But many fans chucked them onto the field to dog their team for playing lousy.

What they're saying: Phillies senior VP John Weber told the Inquirer that last year's shenanigans were the "tipping point" for the team to change up the promotion.

  • Some fans were distraught by the news but others welcomed it, calling the 2023 episode the "worst experience" they've had at Citizens Bank Park, per the Inquirer.

The bottom line: Doggone it! A cheap expression of displeasure has now cost Philly fans a priceless piece of history.

Yes, but: They're a committed, creative bunch and spare no expense to let their teams know how they feel.

  • Will the new price differential deter anybody from weenie-flinging if the Phillies are playing like buns?
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