The Albert Pujols-inspired "Machine" burger
The OC Sports Grill
is located only an Albert Pujols-style moonshot away from Albert Pujols' new home, Angels Stadium. So it should come as no surprise that, a mere 48 hours after El Hombre donned his new team's cap and jersey for the first time, the Anaheim restaurant has introduced a Pujols-themed burger.
Owner Behrod Ganjifard laughs good-naturedly as soon as Gut Check identifies ourselves as spurned St. Louis Cardinals fans who heard about the "Machine" burger from TMZ
"The inspiration to the burger is [Pujols'] Dominican Republcian roots," Ganjifard says.
The "Machine" is a quarter-pound of beef seasoned with chimichurri and topped with queso frito, pulled pork, cabbage, tomato, avocado and fried onion straws.
It's a massive sandwich. With a name like "The Machine," Ganjifard explains, the restaurant had to "pile it high."
The burger costs $13.99, which means that with his $254 million contract
in hand, Pujols could purchase 18,155,825 of them (tax and tip
The response so far has been great, Ganjifard tell us, noting the TMZ article. In the three hours that the restaurant has been open at the time of our call, he adds, "We've sold half a dozen."
Will the Mang himself sample the "Machine"?
"I don't know," says Ganjifard. "I would love to, but I have no idea how to get to him."