Top athletes—including slugger Prince Fielder, NFL Pro
Gonzalez, NBA star Raja Bell, MMA fighters Mac
Danzig and Dale Hart, NBA legend John
Salley, and Olympic great Carl Lewis—look to meatless meals to boost
their health and stop cruelty
to animals. And judging from the ever-growing array of delicious vegetarian
meals available at major league parks, fans are following their lead.
In addition to getting classic standbys like peanuts and popcorn,
baseball fans are enjoying mouthwatering options like fresh-grilled
veggie dogs, veggie burgers, and faux chicken as well as hearty
burritos, vegetable wraps, and tasty regional foods. Not only are these
choices full of flavor, they're also 100 percent cruelty- and cholesterol-free—talk
about a triple play!
PETA is pleased to announce the list of the Top 10
Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks for 2008. Click on each ballpark
below to learn more about its vegetarian options. And the winners are …
If there were a free agency market for delicious vegetarian
food, the Phillies would have dominated it this past off-season. CBP
added mock-chicken sandwiches and "crab-free crab cakes" to an already
stacked lineup, including Philly faux-steak sandwiches, veggie dogs,
flame-grilled Gardenburgers, hoagies with roasted veggies, tomato-basil
soup, various salads, "The Poppy" sandwiches (roasted eggplant, roasted
red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes), and PB&J. Chickens, cows, and sea
animals everywhere are putting their wings, hooves, fins, and claws
together in honor of Kevin Tedesco, the team's concession manager, who
has spearheaded the Phillies' veggie surge.
The Giants solved their problem with growth-promoting
drugs this past off-season. Fans can do the same by choosing from
the wide range of healthy, hormone-free vegetarian options at AT&T
Park. Options include veggie dogs, Gardenburger, portobello mushroom
sandwiches, macho nachos (hold the cheese and load up on beans and
veggies), grilled corn on the cob, salads, vegetarian minestrone soup,
fruit salad, grilled vegetable sandwiches, vegetarian pot stickers,
vegetarian cha cha bowls (filled with black beans, rice, shredded
zucchini, and pineapple salsa), vegetable fried rice, edamame,
vegetarian sushi (California rolls and vegetable rolls), broccoli-tofu
platters, Szechuan green beans, taco salad, and a vegetarian adobado (a
bowl filled with rice, beans, shredded zucchini, and mango salsa).
By naming Safeco Field the most vegetarian-friendly American League
park, PETA is happy to provide a bright spot in an otherwise dismal year
for the Mariners. Safeco offers veggie burgers, veggie dogs, baked
potatoes, veggie sushi, fruit salad, pasta with marinara sauce,
PB&J, edamame, veggie burritos, and veggie taco salad.
No one knows when a freak injury is going to happen—just ask Padres
catcher Michael Barrett, who broke his nose when he fouled a 95 mph
fastball into his face. But Padres fans can prevent more common
ailments, like heart
disease, various types of cancer,
by ditching meat and enjoying some delicious, healthy vegetarian
options instead. The park's meat-free menu items include vegetarian
sushi rolls, veggie burgers, veggie dogs, fruit salad, roasted-tomato
hummus with pita chips, roasted corn, fruit cups, smoothies, and a
delicious array of salads. Although PETA has serious issues with PETCO,
PETA loves the Padres and their stadium for providing healthy, humane
fare to fans in "America's Finest City.
Talk about a year of pleasant surprises on the South Side! After a
disappointing 2007, the White Sox are tops in the AL Central both on the
field and in the concession stands, touting terrific vegetarian
choices. ChiSox fans can select veggie dogs, Gardenburger, PB&J,
vegetarian taco salad, veggie tacos, nachos with salsa, fresh fruit
cups, or corn on the cob.
If Tony LaRussa weren't such a great manager,
we might offer this vegetarian dog-and-cat rescuer a job at PETA!
Nonetheless, we're thrilled that Busch Stadium has one of the most
stacked vegetarian lineups in baseball (probably thanks to Tony's
influence). Cards fans can chow down on veggie burgers, vegetable
stir-fries, fire-roasted veggie burritos, whole roasted corn,
Mediterranean tapas, fresh fruit, vegetable crudités, or mouthwatering
Harvest vegetable wraps (spinach tortilla wraps layered with grilled
portobello mushrooms, roasted zucchini, roasted red peppers, lettuce,
and diced tomatoes).
Apparently, even Tigers love veggie burgers, because Comerica Park
has cracked PETA's Top 10 for the first time ever! The Tigers are
offering veggie burgers, vegetable stir-fries, vegetable fried rice,
fruit trays, Mandarin salad, fish-free California rolls, and meatless
Deciding whether or not to trade Matt Holliday before he becomes a
free agent in '09 is a tough call, but choosing Coors Field's tasty
meat-free offerings is a no-brainer. Rockies fans can sample Boca
burgers, vegetarian burritos, fruit cups, various salads, veggie wraps,
and veggie paninis.
The only things hotter than Chipper Jones' bat in the ATL this season
are the tasty, cruelty-free food choices in the concession stands.
Braves fans who are able to Tomahawk Chop their way to the front of the
concession line can choose from veggie burgers, veggie dogs, assorted
salads, wraps, and fresh fruit cups.
Did the Rays' great selection of cruelty-free food give them enough
good karma to get to the top of the baseball heap? Maybe that's a
stretch, but Floridians who love baseball and animals are thrilled at
the Rays' turnaround and the delicious vegetarian
food available at the Trop. which includes veggie burgers, various
pastas, vegetable crudités, tomato bruschetta, grilled vegetable
platter, fruit salad, and strawberries flambé.
Considering Phoenix was ranked the 12th fattest city by Men's
Fitness, it's great that Chase Field offers D-Backs fans delicious
low-fat vegetarian food. Fans can get swimsuit-ready for the stadium
pool with tasty, low-fat Gardenburgers, fruit and veggie platters,
vegetarian burritos, and veggie subs.
Fortunately, these aren't the only ballparks that have stepped up to
the plate when it comes to serving delicious vegetarian options. Here's a
list of honorable mentions and a rundown of the meat-free items on
Get started on your vegetarian diet today by ordering a free copy of
Starter Kit." It's loaded with useful tips and information on going
vegetarian, plus mouthwatering recipes. Order
Thanks to Johanna McCloy and Soy Happy for
their hard work getting vegetarian items added to menus at ballparks
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