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White Sox put ribs in a batting helmet because they can

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New food launch introduces most ambitious dining-related repurposing of souvenir baseball equipment to date

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To me, watching the Chicago White Sox' introduction of new menu items is like going to the Chicago Auto Show. My actual shopping habits are basic, but it's still worth looking.

And I suppose that makes the rib helmet the concept car of ballpark foods.

The Sox are no strangers to humbling the batting helmet for purposes of serving edibles. They started by using it to hold nachos, then took it up a notch with a three-pound, 12-scoop banana split. Then again, chips and ice cream scoops are types of foods usually found in bowls.

But ribs? Ribs don't go in bowls! But there they are, sitting right in a damn batting helmet with coleslaw and corn bread. They're calling it the rib bucket, but everybody's calling it a rib helmet, as they should.

Somewhat counterintuitively but also not, it's only available in the more exclusive sections -- the club level, Diamond Suites or Stadium Club -- along with other less ambitious items such as:

What a country.

The basic lower- or upper-level seats have their own new offerings -- less gluttonous, but perhaps more feasible to actually enjoying within the confines of a seat.

Then there's also a grilled chicken caesar wrap, which ... rib helmet.

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