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Vegetarian Wins Home Run Derby

Written by PETA | July 14, 2009
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Prince Fielder

Last night, I was glued to the television for the Home Run Derby. I had to be there to support my boy, Prince Fielder, who was competing against some heavy hitters—including 2006 derby champ Ryan Howard. The competition was definitely fierce, but my man did not disappoint. He nailed 17 home runs in the first two rounds and then blasted six off in the championship … all to be crowned 2009 Home Run Derby Champion!

Not that I had any doubt in Prince. After all, this vegetarian is the youngest player in history to hit 50 homers in a season.

Prince’s ability to knock the socks off the crowd while knocking ball after ball out of the park got us thinking about the power of tofu and the rest of the derby participants. It’s no secret that they could benefit if they followed in Prince’s footsteps and made the switch to a vegetarian diet. Not only would they likely see an improvement in their health, they might see an improvement in their game, too—as Prince Fielder is home run–hitting proof. So, in the hopes of “beefing” up the competition for next year’s derby, we are sending a copy of our “Vegetarian Starter Kit” to each of this year’s sluggers. Hopefully, they’ll learn that by dropping the ballpark franks and picking up veggie dogs, they’ll be hitting a grand slam for baseball fans and animals.

Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • Kurt K says:

    Mike That may be true however there are thousands upon thousands of nonveghead athletes that compete at a very high level as well. When the best athletes in every major sport start going vegan I may listen up. However the overwhelmeing majority today are not vegan or vegitarian. They are your run of the mill meat eaters. I would also venture a guess that there are plenty of terrible athletes who are vegan or vegitarian as well.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Kurt His hitting ability probably does have something to do with his genes that and desire and practice. Nonetheless being vegetarian or vegan certainly doesn’t hinder anyone’s performance in athletics. I would say that in endurance sports having the cleaner arteries of a veghead is a definite plus. There have been and are scores of successful veg athletes.

  • Kurt K says:

    Is it true that Prince is a vegitarian? I never heard that before but hey whatever floats your boat I guess. I have always like Prince he seems like a nice guy. I think his hitting ability however comes from his genes and not the fact that he is a vegitarian. His father Cecil was a power hitter as well and I’m sure he taught Prince how to swing a bat. If Cecil was also a vegitarian then I will give you credit. For every vegitarian power hitter there are 100 nonvegitarian power hitters. Think about Babe Ruth he lived off hot dogs and beer and he hit 714 homers. Hank Arron Micky Mantle Albert Pujols and Willie Mayes to name a few. Were or are any of these guys vegitarians? Them seemed to know how to hit a ball as well.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Glad to see that I’m not the only hefty vegetarian in the world.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    This just goes to show that not all vegans and vegetarians are pale skinny teenagers who seem to live off of doughnuts and cocacola!!

  • s.chandrashekar says:

    To peta org sir I am qualified person eating vegeterian from my birth. I am ready to give ad for vegeterian group in the world kindly provide me an appourntity to post in your site .pls send me the mail to my emailid and mobile no 9480435838 s.chandrashekar pgdm whrd

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