The Mariners will have a special guest on hand for the second annual Safeco Field Charity Hot Dog Chow Down before Wednesday's game: Mr. Kobayashi.
No, not competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi. This would be Nobuyuki Kobayashi, a reporter who covers the Mariners for Tokyo’s Daily Sports.
He'll compete against a variety of Seattle sports media personalities, including defending champ Kevin Shockey of Sportsradio 950 KJR. The winner will earn $1,000 for the charity of their choice.