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El Guero Canelo's "big league dream"

Posted at 7:55 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 19:39:44-04

Daniel Contreras will never forget his memories from Bank One Ballpark.  

"'98, '99... I was there in 2001 when they were champions, I remember it like just yesterday."
The Arizona Diamondbacks home, now named Chase Field, was a field of dreams for Sonora-native Daniel Contreras.  
"I was a baseball player and I wanted to be an MLB player," he admits.

Contreras is now in the "big leagues" but wearing a different uniform than he had once dreamed of. 
"I'm there now as a hotdog maker, as a taco maker."
Daniel Contreras opened a small, white hot dog cart in October 1993.  Now 23 years later, El Guero Canelo is one of Tucson's most iconic Mexican food restaurants.  There are three locations across the Old Pueblo and one in Phoenix. 
Employees of the Arizona Diamondbacks began eating lunch at the Phoenix restaurant and fell in love with Contreras' famous "Sonoran hot dogs."
The franchise offered the restaurant chain the opportunity to open in Chase Field, which was a "dream come true" to Contreras.