COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. -- If you're looking for the perfect gift for the man (or lady) in your life but you think a box of chocolates is a little bit too cliche, the West Michigan Whitecaps have got you covered! The Whitecaps have concocted a one-of-a-kind gift that combines a dash of romanticism with a touch of hometown summertime baseball nostalgia (who wouldn't want a touch of summer after Snowmageddon?). The result? A true palate pleaser for your valentine....a heart-shaped Fifth Third Burger!
The original monstrous Fifth Third Burger consists of five one-third pound beef patties (five thirds of a pound, named after Fifth Third Ballpark), nacho cheese, chili, salsa, crunched tortilla chips, tomato and lettuce served on a special 8-inch sesame seed bun. It gained worldwide media attention when it made its debut at the ballpark in April 2009 and has been featured on shows such as The Travel Channel's "Man v. Food" and, just last month, Food Network's "Unwrapped." But this Valentine's day beauty is no ordinary Fifth Third Burger...it has been customized for this one special occasion with a giant heart-shaped bun to please your sweetie.
Nutritionally, you can't go wrong with this culinary piece of art. Weighing in at four pounds, the Valentine's Day Fifth Third Burger has 4,889 calories and 299.5 grams of fat. Pound for pound, that's just a little more than half of the fat and calories in four pounds of Hershey's Milk Chocolate, which contains 9,000 calories and 557 grams of fat. What a nutritional bargain! So skip the special Valentine's day 5-pound giant Hershey's bar and its 11,000 calories (and that hefty price tag of $40) and hit all the food groups with this unique burger that shows him that you're thinking of him (or her). The Fifth Third Burger heart-shaped bomb is available for just $30, but if you want a truly special unforgettable moment, opt for the $100 package and Crash the River Rascal will deliver this winner right to your special someone. He (or she) might even share this delicious dinner with you by candlelight.
Whitecaps President Scott Lane says it's truly the perfect gift for any baseball fan struggling with finding the right gift for their loved one.
"Sometimes it's difficult to come up with a unique gift for Valentine's Day," Lane said. "I know that after close to 20 years of marriage, I still have a hard time finding the right gift. I always try to find something thoughtful and memorable for her. Even though my wife's not the biggest baseball fan in the world, I think she'd love getting a giant heart-shaped loaded hamburger that we can share - it would mean we wouldn't have to cook dinner that night! And I know that, as a guy, I would love to get this as a gift. Fills my stomach and makes me think of baseball. What a great way to spend Valentine's Day!"
Those fans thoughtful enough to truly surprise their loved one on Valentine's day are asked to pre-order this tempting treat, with or without Crash's special delivery by calling the Whitecaps at (616) 784-4131. Quantities are limited, so order early to avoid a sellout. Deadline to order is Thursday, February 10 at 5 p.m. (or while supplies last).
Those timid fans who just don't think the famous Burger is perfect for their sweetie can opt for a ticket package instead; we recommend the Tiger Friday 7-pack, but you may choose from individual tickets, undated ticket books, partial or full season tickets or group tickets. All are on sale now. Complete ticket information, as well as promotional schedule information and a PDF download of the 2011 schedule with game times, are available at whitecapsbaseball.com
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.