By MARK SAAL
KAYSVILLE -- It's one of those inspirational sports stories that belongs right up there with Babe Ruth hitting a home run for a sick kid in a hospital.
Call this one: "The Day Jeff Whittaker Went Yard, Won a Corn Dog, and Eventually Found His Dream Job."
The 18-year-old Whittaker, of Kaysville, is a self-professed corn dog nut. He just can't seem to get enough of the deep-fried cornmeal concoctions. Earlier this spring, at a recreation-league baseball game at Shepard Park in Farmington, Whittaker was walking to the plate for his at-bat when he happened to glance behind the backstop and saw a man holding a very large corn dog.
"Hey, mister," he asked the man, "if I hit a home run, can I have a bite of that?"
"Son, you hit a home run," the man answered, "and you can have the whole darn thing."
As the legend goes, Whittaker took the very first pitch and cranked it over the fence and out onto the highway.
"And he gave me the whole corn dog," Whittaker says proudly.
But the story doesn't end there.
Says Whittaker: "After I ate that thing I said, 'Dude, where in the world did you get that corn dog?' And he told me he got it at a little stand on Main Street in Kaysville."
Whittaker immediately became a regular at World's Best Corndogs in Kaysville. After three weeks of eating there almost every day, he was finally offered a job by owner Russ Relyea. Whittaker now cooks the corn dogs.
"I used to go to Arctic Circle and get four or five corn dogs, but with these, I eat one and I'm pretty full," Whittaker says, but then adds: "Although some days I get two."