The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you’re a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That’s awesome. (Unless you’re a Red Sox fan in which case it’s looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You’ll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don’t want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

“There’s playing football — and then there’s playing football in Kansas City,” Charles wrote. “The city is special…the stadium is special…the atmosphere isn’t like anywhere else in the world. It was a privilege to be able to take part in so many of those Sundays at Arrowhead, and to be able to contribute to so many great Chiefs teams.

“Things are different now, I guess. It’s nine years later — and I’m coming back to K.C. for a road game, playing for a new team. A different team for the first time in what feels like forever. But it’s times like these that make you think about how it started. Times like these that make me think about how lucky I was to call Kansas City home.”

Charles, who was selected by Kansas City in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft, signed a one-year deal with the Broncos in May following his release from the Chiefs in February. The veteran wanted to remain with the team and was even willing to take a pay cut to make it happen, but ultimately couldn’t change his fate. Still, he doesn’t take being cut personally.

“At the end of the day, I wouldn’t change a single thing about the past nine years,” Charles wrote. “I could go on and on about how grateful I am, or about what my old team means to me. But instead I’ll just say it like this: Football ends at some point. Family is forever.
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