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Counterpoint

pointcpoint.jpgRecently, this blog has been way too focused on concession stand grotesquerie, as well as the unfortunate effects of food and beverage overindulgence.

While I regret nothing — NOTHING! — I nonetheless feel compelled to point out that Minor League Baseball teams often provide food options that are not designed to kill you. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that I penned (with my keyboard) an article on vegetarian food options at Minor League stadiums. This “Minoring in Business” feature article included quotes from PETA’s Dan Shannon, the very same individual who recently authored a letter condemning the wastefulness of the Fifth Third Burger.

My point here is that reality is far more nuanced than perception (I learned to make such points as a result of fulfilling a Philosophy prerequisite in my freshman year of college).

One team that is bravely bucking current concession stand trends are the Birmingham Barons, who recently sent out a defiant, bullet-point heavy press release that touts their new “Healthy Hits” menu. Some excerpts:

? Regions Park is proud to promote healthy eating choices in 2009. The stadium’s brand-newbaronslogo.jpg “Healthy Hits Menu” will be highlighted by a menu consisting of a grilled chicken sandwich, wraps, green salads, fresh fruits and vegetables, granola bars, yogurt, milk, fruit juices and baked chips. In addition, zero trans fats will be used for fried items in the ballpark’s concessions stands.

? This addition comes in light of some staggering numbers concerning obesity, particularly related to ballpark food and our favorite demographic, children.

? Ballpark food typically offers no help to this cause. Ballpark favorites such as hot dogs, corn dogs, pizza, peanuts, crackerjacks, nachos, soft pretzels, frozen malts and chili fries offer an average of 17.1 grams of fat per option and a staggering 356.2 calories between them.

yinyang.gifOf course, the Barons do offer typical ballpark food as well — unhealthy or not, there’s always going to be a demand for hot dogs, nachos, and the like. But there’s no reason why “healthy” and “unhealthy” options can’t co-exist peacefully with one another. Together, they are the yin and yang of the ballpark dining experience.

“At Home With” Postmortem: As mentioned before on this blog, my weekly “At Home With” team profile column is no more. Up now on MiLB.com is “At Home With…At Home With”, a humorous and highly readable compilation of the column’s most insightful and amusing anecdotes. Dozens of teams are highlighted therein. Please check it out.

Thanks for reading. As always, don’t hesitate to get in touch: benjamin.hill@mlb.com

A Request

jerusalem.jpgApologies in advance for the fact that today’s post isn’t going to be
exciting. In fact, it’s directed to only a small portion of my vast
cadre of loyal readers: the “industry”.

Hey, industry. By now
you have probably noticed that each week we run a team profile column
on MiLB.com entitled “At Home With”. Here’s a sample. Here’s another
one
. Here’s yet another.

These columns highlight the distinct
personalities and operating principles of Minor League teams, and as
such I’d like to think they are a good read. However, our stockpile of
upcoming “At Home With” columns has hit critically low levels, and
needs to be replenished. That’s where YOU come in. Email me if you
would like your team to be featured in an upcoming edition of “At Home
With”, and I’ll do my best to set something up.

benjamin.hill@mlb.com

And,
jeez, now I feel bad that this post has alienated a substantial portion
of my daily readership. I have combed through my notes, and cannot come
up with anything else to talk about today. In times of crisis like
these, one must revert to the tried and true. Enjoy this classic photo
from the Ben’s Biz vault, and please do your best to enjoy the
remainder of your Friday afternoon.

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