(NEXSTAR) – Taco Bell will likely be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame — kind of.
The fast-food chain announced Friday that its annual “steal a base, steal a taco” promotion will be returning for a 10th non-consecutive year, giving fans the chance to earn a free taco if any MLB player manages to steal a base during this year’s World Series.
This time around, however, Taco Bell has partnered with the Baseball Hall of Fame for another idea that comes completely out of left field.
If indeed one of the players at the 2021 World Series steals a base, that base will be sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, to be put on display, where it will “tell the story” of Taco Bell’s “steal a base, steal a taco” promotion, according to a Taco Bell press release.
“In Cooperstown, we tell the stories of the game on the field and baseball’s impact on fans,” said Josh Rawitch, the president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in a statement included with the release. “This program has grown in popularity, and as it enters its tenth year, we are thrilled that the hundreds of thousands of fans who will visit the Museum over the next year will be able to relive the exciting World Series moment this base represents.”
If history is any indication, it’s likely that Taco Bell will be getting its year-long display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. During Taco Bell’s last nine promotions, MLB players have stolen bases during the games, earning free tacos for America each and every time the promotion was offered.
Mookie Betts even did it twice, in both 2018 and 2020:
|2007||Jacoby Ellsbury||Boston Red Sox|
|2008||Jason Bartlett||Tampa Bay Rays|
|2012||Angel Pagan||San Francisco Giants|
|2015||Lorenzo Cain||Kansas City Royals|
|2016||Francisco Lindor||Cleveland Indians|
|2017||Cameron Maybin||Houston Astros|
|2018||Mookie Betts||Boston Red Sox|
|2019||Trea Turner||Washington Nationals|
|2020||Mookie Betts||Los Angeles Dodgers|
Should one of the players — or “Taco Heroes,” as Taco Bell calls them — end up stealing a base during the 2021 series, participating Taco Bell outlets will award free Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Tacos to everyone in America on a date to be specified at a later time.
The offer is limited to one taco per person, while supplies last.
Game 1 of the 2021 World Series is scheduled for Oct. 26.