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Ari Chi3fs
07-24-2008, 06:27 PM
Top O' The Order: DON'T buy me some peanuts and "The Man" Jack

By 'Duk
http://f3.yahoofs.com/ymg/ept_sports_mlb_experts__9/ept_sports_mlb_experts-410364310-1216904426.jpg?ymrDhv_CAS8_lL465 quick baseball links to start your day ...
1. If you're allergic to peanuts and my sympathies for that tragic misfortune, if you are Seattle's Safeco Field will be the place to be on Aug. 5 and Sept. 9. The stadium staff there is planning to make two sections "peanut-controlled" zones, cleaning each before the game and banning the sale of peanuts at nearby concession stands so those afflicted by the food allergy can watch the game without worry.
The Cardinals also held aside a peanut-free section (http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/8FEFFF8010BB49978625748E0012AB5F?OpenDocument) earlier this week (the Twins, last month, too (http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/06/buy_me_no_peanuts_and_)), but the concept isn't limited to the bigs. A minor league team in suburban Chicago made its entire stadium peanut-free (http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=221130) earlier this month and the Nashua Pride in New Hampshire have been peanut-free all season (http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3614849).
Though it might seem sacrilegious to some of us shell-cracking folk to not be able to buy peanuts at a baseball game, I don't have much of a problem abstaining for a game or two a year. Peanuts can be potentially deadly (http://www.forbes.com/2006/03/06/allergies-anaphylaxis-peanuts-cx_ag_0307health_ls.html) to some people and if a little sacrifice on my part means that they can attend and enjoy a game, then I'm all for it.
Making the entire season peanut-free, though? Now that might be a little too much.
UPDATE: Just received an email from Justin Firesheets, the media relations director for the Birmingham Barons, a team that also went peanut-free (http://birmingham.barons.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080612&content_id=416203&vkey=pr_t247&fext=.jsp&sid=t247) for a game in '08: "It was the first time we had undertaken such an endeavor, and we had a tremendous amount of positive response in the community. It is likely something we will repeat in the future."

kstater
07-24-2008, 06:28 PM
I want me some cracker jacks.

:)

blueballs
07-24-2008, 06:31 PM
you sound more like a jayhawk

Demonpenz
07-24-2008, 06:32 PM
this must be after they banned such time old traditions as hitting, fielding and pitching at safeco

Deberg_1990
07-24-2008, 06:33 PM
How many people are allergic to peanuts?

Interesting that they would cater to such a small minority of people?? How much of a $$$ impact are they losing by not having them??

RJ
07-24-2008, 06:46 PM
I never buy peanuts at baseball games. I'm a beer and a hot dog guy, myself.