Turns out the Mariners' batting lineup isn't the only thing lacking meat at Safeco Field: Your favorite dare-to-go-bare animal activists at PETA today announced Seattle's baseball stadium is No. 2 on its list of vegetarian-friendly ballparks.
PETA gave Safeco props for its IchiBan veggie dog, the Seattle chili veggie dog, and the Bombay veggie dog, noting that just like Ichiro, these meals have "international appeal." Gush the in-house food critics at PETA:
Safeco Field's IchiBan veggie dog is topped with teriyaki-glazed onions, grated daikon and carrot, shredded nori, and a squiggle of creamy vegan dressing. Its Seattle chili dog comes with vegetarian chili and vegan cream cheese, and its Bombay veggie dog features curried garbanzo beans, mango chutney, and a splash of coconut cream. Other big hits leading the vegetarian lineup include the grilled vegetable Panini, veggie burger, pasta, and vegan soup.
Philadelphia is home to the No. 1 vegetarian-friendly ballpark; the Phillies' Citizens Bank Park snagged top marks for dishing up barbeque-pit-style vegetarian beef and "decadent" faux-chicken sandwiches. (We're not sure which is the bigger non-sequitur: the home of the cheesesteak winning top-ranking for vegetarian fare or something called "faux-chicken" being called "decadent.")
Unlike the Mariners' position in the AL West, Safeco's ranking this year from PETA is a big improvement over last year, when the ballpark didn't break the top 10.
In honor of the ballpark's accomplishments, PETA will send the Mariners a framed certificate from PETA. Maybe it can be displayed where Justin Smoak's batting title was going to go.