Written by PETA
Even if you're not
an avid baseball fan, you've probably heard of Tony La Russa,
one of the greatest managers of all time, who made headlines this week by
announcing his retirement right after steering the St. Louis Cardinals to their
dramatic victory in this year's World Series.
La Russa is also an all-star for animals who is a longtime vegetarian
and PETA supporter, as well as the founder of his own animal protection group, the Animal Rescue Foundation.
La Russa has been
defending animals for decades. When seedy Las Vegas showman Bobby Berosini
was caught on tape beating orangutans with bars and punching them in the face
in 1989, La Russa flew to Vegas with other sympathetic celebrities to condemn
the abuse. After his case wound through the courts for years, Berosini was
ultimately forced to pay PETA $400,000 in court costs and relinquished custody
of the orangutans.
La Russa also led
PETA supporters in a "fur funeral" outside the Seattle Fur Exchange
to bring attention to the fact that animals on fur farms
are kept in cramped, filthy cages and are killed by genital electrocution. In
the "eulogy" that he delivered, La Russa stated, "Fur is
something to be ashamed of." He also starred in a PETA
ad against American Express when the credit card giant was selling fur in its
catalog (the company eventually bowed to pressure and pulled the pelts).
Tony La Russa on a long and successful career and wish him the best in his
by Heather Faraid Drennan
My husband, Tim, thinks that I'm rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies to win the World Series because he's a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan (i.e., Yankee hater). It's fine with me if I get extra points for rooting "against" the Yankees, but I'm really rooting for the Phillies because of second baseman Chase Utley.
Chase and his wife, Jen, are huge advocates for animals. They've participated in "Save a Pet at the Park," and they organized the Utley's All-Star Animals fundraisers, which raised more than $200,000 for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Even if the Phillies don't win this year's World Series, Chase Utley has already proven he's top dog when it comes to caring about companion animals.
Written by Karin Bennett
My friends, this is breaking news. There looks to be a serious correlation between the Phillies' year-end season ranking and the ranking of Citizens Bank Park (home field of the Phillies) on PETA's annual list of the Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks.
If you'll take a gander at the nifty graph above, you'll see that 2005 was the first year in which Citizens Bank Park cracked PETA's Top 10, landing firmly in fifth place. The Phillies also improved their record that year. In 2006, despite adding veggie dogs to their munchies lineup—which already included flame-grilled Gardenburgers—Citizens Bank Park slipped a bit in our ratings, landing in seventh position. Subsequently, the Phillies record slipped three games. Coincidence? I think not.
In 2007, Kevin Tedesco, the head of Citizens Bank Park, took it up a notch and added a groundbreaking, delicious faux-steak sandwich piled high with grilled onions, mushrooms, peppers, and hot sauce. And Citizens Bank Park finally won the coveted title of the most vegetarian-friendly ballpark—and the players did pretty well for themselves, too, finishing with their best record in years and earning a spot in the playoffs.
During that offseason, Tedesco signed some huge free agents, including mock-chicken sandwiches and "crab-free crab cakes." (Of course, we don't want to forget the role-players, including hoagies with roasted veggies, soups, salads, "The Poppy" sandwiches—featuring roasted eggplant, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes—and PB&J for the kids.) The results? Citizens Bank Park took home a resounding victory in Veg Ballparks, and, well—you heard it hear first, folks—the Phillies won the World Series.
What will Tedesco do next year for an encore? Perhaps add pizza with soy cheese? A Gardenburger riblet sandwich on a toasted bun? We don't want to put any pressure on our favorite Philadelphian, but if he continues to stack up the protein-packed, cruelty- and cholesterol-free offerings, we're thinking that Cole Hamels and company might sweep every round of the playoffs in 2009. If you want your home team to offer more humane veggie options (and maybe win the World Series!) be sure to shoot them a note with some tasty ideas.
Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky
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