Times Staff Writer

Eat your veggie dogs and grow up strong

If you’re going to a major league game and you plan on hitting the concession stands, it’s probably good to have a scouting report on what to expect. So, automatically, you turn to . . . PETA?

Because baseball is America’s game, everyone’s voice should be heard, so why not PETA’s?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have been rating the top 10 vegetarian-friendly ballparks since 2002, and the best one this year is Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies.


PETA cited faux Philly Steak, meat-free subs and wraps and veggie dogs and burgers. And new this year: crab-free crab cake and a mock-chicken sandwich.

The rest of the top five on the list are AT&T; Park (San Francisco Giants), Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners), PETCO Park (San Diego Padres) and U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox).

“Cholesterol-packed, meaty fare makes fans feel fat, so if you want to stand up for the seventh-inning stretch, give the vegetarian foods a try,” said PETA assistant director Dan Shannon.

eanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a “Dollar Dogs” promotion for their last four Wednesday games at PNC Park, where regular hot dogs cost $1.


Trivia time

What year did the seventh-inning stretch begin?

Manny, Manny

Bye-bye, Manny, and don’t let the door smack you on your way out. That’s probably just the kind of spirit you’d expect to see in the print media in Boston, but the Manny Ramirez trade stirred up emotions even in New York.


Friday’s Boston Herald headline read “Sox Bid Bum Adieu,” while the New York Daily News and the New York Post had the same headline: “Good Riddance.”

Good call

“Terry in Atlanta” was on the phone for Randy Cross, host of his Sirius NFL Radio show. It was Terry Crowder, who coaches Randy’s son, Brendan, a quarterback at Chattahoochee High in Georgia.

Crowder asked Cross how he would feel if Brendan were to go to Wake Forest. Cross was enthusiastic.


“Well, I hope so, because he just committed,” Crowder said.

Trivia answer

According to legend, 1882.

And finally


Morgan Pressel, 20, from Boca Raton, Fla., is finding the food options challenging in England at the Women’s British Open in Sunningdale:

“I like good old American food. They put different sauces and different things on and you usually say I’ll get the plain grilled chicken. I’m not quite ready to try the shepherd’s pie yet.”