Sports playoffs tend to be quite divisive events, but no matter whether you're a Cubs fan or a Dodgers devotee (or don't even know what those are), you'd probably agree that the one thing that unites all people is free food. Enter Taco Bell's annual "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" promotion to save the day — and our game-day cravings! Read on to learn exactly how to score free Taco Bell during the MLB playoffs.
How to Get Free Taco Bell During the World Series
The fast food chain's promotion works like this: If a baseball player steals a base in any game during the World Series, everyone gets to celebrate with a free Doritos Locos taco. If the stolen base occurs during Game 1 or 2, customers can stop in on November 1 from 2 to 6 p.m. to grab their crunchy snack. If the stolen base occurs during games 3 through 7, customers must wait until November 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. to claim their prize.
Getting rewarded for just sitting back and watching other guys run around? Sounds like a win-win to us!
The player who steals the first base of the series is called the Taco Hero. This year, center fielder Cameron Maybin of the Houston Astros was crowned reigning Taco Hero after he stole second base in the 11th inning of Game 2. After the Astros won in extra innings, Maybin also celebrated on Twitter.
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor was Taco Hero in 2016, wasting no time before stealing a base in the bottom of the first inning of the first game. Only once during the World Series have both teams failed to steal a single base, so you can count on at least one free taco.
But Wait, There's More! Other World Series Food Deals
Fortunately, there are still other ways to get free food before the World Series ends. If your hometown team is still in the running, there's a chance local restaurants are offering deals. But even if your team is out of the series, you can still score some tasty noms: Papa John's is offering its "Papa Slam" promotion, which gets you 40 percent off a pie each time a player hits a grand slam.
So if you've never had a reason to care about baseball before, free food is certainly a good reason to start.