Mariners limit toasted grasshopper orders

Fans who want to try Safeco Field's new toasted grasshopper concession should get in line early. The team has imposed a sales limit.

The Seattle Mariners are off to a dreadful start (2-8) on the field, but things are really hopping at a Safeco Field concession stand.

A new offering this year, toasted grasshoppers (a.k.a. chapulines), has been so popular, the team will imposea per-game limit onsales the rest of the season, ESPN.com reported .

Sold by concessionairePoquitos, the novelty appetizerhas beenthe toast of social media. Thetoasted grasshoppers,which are roasted and tossed in chili-lime salt, cost $4 for a 4-ounce container.

"We've sold roughly 18,000 grasshoppers (in the first three home games)," Mariners spokeswoman Rebecca Hale told ESPN. "That's more than the restaurantPoquitossells in a year."

Hale saidhe team will limit sales to 312 orders per game for the rest of the season. That's in honor of former Marinersgreat Edgar Martinez's career .312 batting average.

"We are thrilled to see so many people stepping outside their comfort zone and trying them out," Paul Pettas, spokesman for Centerplate, the concessionaires for Safeco Field, told Omnisport. "They are pleasantly tasteful, and go great with a taco or margarita."

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