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Baseball’s Gone to the (Soy) Dogs

No soybeans were harmed in the making of this veggie dog.

No soybeans were harmed in the making of this veggie dog.

Recently, a friend invited me to a Mets game. When I told him why I didn’t want to go (absolutely no interest in sports), he said it would be more like a picnic, with everyone hanging out and eating…oh yeah, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. Um, thanks anyway.

But apparently, you can find veggie dogs at a lot of Major League Baseball stadiums these days (of course, they may be at only one or two stands, so prepare to do a little—or a lot—of walking to find them). They now sell Lightlife Smart Dogs at Citizen’s Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. You can find veggie dogs at three locations in the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park. The Toronto Blue Jays’ Sky Dome boasts the first branded veggie cart in an MLB stadium, serving all sorts of yummy Yves Veggie Cuisine fare. And talk about supply and demand: During opening week in 2005, as soon as they started selling veggie dogs at RFK Stadium (the Washington Nationals) and PETCO Park (the San Diego Padres), they sold out and had to rush-order in some more!

This week, veggie-dog lovers were dismayed to find that the “top-notch soy dogs” had disappeared from Dodger Stadium in L.A. It seems the park’s primary food supplier had stopped carrying them, so the dogs were thought to be gone for good. But fear not: The stadium’s concessions department is hunting down an alternative, which they expect to be selling in time for this weekend’s series versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.

To find out which ballparks carry veggie dogs and burgers, check out AnimalConcerns.org. And for a DIY version, check out this post from Jennifershmoo at Vegan Lunch Box. She put this treat together for her son (check out the baseball cupcake!) and even remembered to include the Cracker Jack.

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