You know how it is. One minute you are cramming tacos down your gaping maw and the next thing you know you are assuming room temp. on a metal slab.
FRESNO, Calif. —
A man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game in California, authorities said Wednesday. Sponsored by Taco bell?
Dana Hutchings, 41, of Fresno, died Tuesday night shortly after arriving at a hospital, Fresno Sheriff spokesman Tony Botti said.
An autopsy on Hutchings will be done Thursday to determine a cause of death, Botti said. It was not immediately known how many tacos the man had eaten or whether he had won the contest. Poor bastard. Can’t even get recognized at his moment of ultimate triumph!
Fresno Grizzlies spokesman Paul Braverman said in a statement that the team was “devastated to learn” of the fan’s death and that the team would “work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested.” I’m a little skeptical that they care that much.
Tuesday night’s competition came ahead of Saturday’s World Taco Eating Championship to be held at Fresno’s annual Taco Truck Throwdown. The team on Wednesday announced that it was canceling that taco-eating contest, though a “taco truck throwdown” featuring food trucks and musical entertainment would go ahead as planned. I see what happened here. With so much at stake with this prestigious title on the line, foul play had to become part of it. It’s a high pressure game with so much to win or lose. It’s clear some one attempted to rig the game by knocking out the odds on winner.
Matthew Boylan, who watched Tuesday’s taco eating contest from his seat in Section 105, told the Fresno Bee he quickly noticed Hutchings because “he was eating so fast compared to the other two (contestants).”
“It was like he’d never eaten before,” Boylan said. “He was just shoving the tacos down his mouth without chewing.” I knew it! A fine athlete struck down in his prime over money. It’s really not surprising.
He said Hutchings collapsed and hit his face on a table about seven minutes into the contest, then fell to the ground. The eating contest ended immediately. Suppressed .22 Hi Standard to the back of the head from under the bleachers?
During the 2018 Taco Eating Championship in Fresno, professional eater Geoffrey Esper downed 73 tacos in eight minutes, KFSN-TV reported.
Competitive-eating contests have become major attractions at festivals and other events. Among the most popular is the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest on New York’s Coney Island, where Joey Chestnut this year’s champion ate 71. Esper finished third.
When will we end these eating contests? Death, illegal betting, lives and careers ruined, performance enhancing steroids. Our children look up to these heroes of the arena. I for one say it’s passed time congress take a look at the big money, high stakes world of competitive eating.