'Taco hats' or 'grass hats' add to FanFest spectacle

'Taco hats' or 'grass hats' add to FanFest spectacle

'Taco hats' or 'grass hats' add to FanFest spectacle
KANSAS CITY -- Tuesday's All-Star Game will showcase a battle between the American League and the National League, but a different rivalry was heating up Friday on the first day of All-Star FanFest: taco vs. grass.

Both everyday objects were transformed into foam hats, which quickly became the day's favorite giveaway and headwear du jour.

Friends and families were instantly torn apart and forced to take sides in the jovial civil war between Mexican delicacy and baseball playing surface, a battle that could only happen at FanFest.

Behind the taco hat -- or the taco-hawk when worn correctly -- was Taco Bell, which was sponsoring the "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" event, where fans steal bases alongside video of Major Leaguers such as Alex Gordon, Derek Jeter and Matt Kemp. Along with a free hat came a free taco, bettering the taco's chances of supremacy.

The grass hat was the doing of Scotts. Their setup featured sods from Major League ballparks, as well as an opportunity to take your picture with an All-Star jersey, which earned fans the green, foam grass hats.

Using just the eyeball test, there seemed to be more popularity in the taco-hawk, but Scotts' booth was fresh out of grass hats early in the afternoon. A more scientific approach was needed to gauge which way the public was leaning.

A quartet of Cubs fans from Wisconsin was carrying a stack of both varieties. The McDermotts -- two Dans and a Joey -- and their friend Dave Knack were visiting FanFest from the Badger State, and they voiced both sides of the debate. On one hand, they said, the taco hat's experience was much more fun: stealing a base and getting a taco. But the grass hat had a more practical use: It could be appropriately worn while mowing the lawn.

"Either way, you look like a dork with everyone else," the elder Dan McDermott said.