Vegetarian Wins Home Run Derby

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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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