Milwaukee Brewers first baseman, Prince Fielder, is the latest celebrity to jump on the veg*n bandwagon.
"I tell people I don't eat meat, and they're like, 'Oh!' " Fielder said, raising his hands and making a sour face. "They forget there's so much other food out there. Beans, rice, tofu. You've got a lot of good food, baby!"
Although not a vegan, Fielder doesn't care for cheese, which seems to be the largest sticking point for most people thinking about a transition to a vegan way of eating. What made this 270-pound professional athlete change his diet? Skinny Bitch of all things. (Actually, it was his wife Chanel, who gave him the book to read.) He's only been vegetarian since February, but he already noticing a difference:
"Since I started, I feel amazing. When I wake up, I'm up. I'm not lying around anymore."
Miller Park, the Milwaukee Brewers' home stadium, currently sells soy dogs and veggie wraps, but you have to go to the concession stand to get them. Imagine the day when the stadium vendor tosses you a dog, a soy dog!
As for Skinny Bitch, I can't personally recommend it. I find the voice of the authors' outright offensive. (Here's a quote from the book: "Yes onions and garlic make your breath smell like someone took a shit down your throat..." ) And in principal, I prefer to get my nutritional advice from a doctor or registered dietitian. However, the book does do a good job touching on animal rights issues, and makes a valid case for eating vegan.
So if you can get a celebrity, Posh Spice, to carry around a book promoting veganism, and a major league athlete, Prince Fielder, to publicly talk about not eating meat, it looks like you can change the world.
The baseball season just started this week, so Lane will be keeping an eye on Fielder's stats.