SB Nation Bay Area launched this past week with a feature on the top 5 most popular Bay Area athletes. In a complete brainfart, I did not include Joey Chestnut, resident of San Jose by way of Vallejo. I felt bad about it, but made sure to make up for it today with some info on his continued run as the greatest hot dog eating champion of all time.
It was a crazy day with Kobayashi electing not to participate because of his contract dispute. Even more amazing was that he showed up to watch the event, and then was detained by police when he tried to climb onto the stage after Chestnut cruised to his victory.
Chestnut didn't break the record, as he was hoping, but without Kobayashi to push him to new heights, he had an easy run to victory. It's safe to say he's the most dominant athlete in the Bay Area!