|Thursday, September 5
Updated: September 6, 1:20 PM ET
PETA wants 'Soysage' in traditional race
By Darren Rovell
Brat, Polish, Italian and Hot Dog could have some new competition: the "Soysage."
On Thursday, officials from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) faxed a letter to the commissioner's daughter Wendy Selig-Prieb, president and CEO of the Milwaukee Brewers, asking that a fifth sausage -- a veggie dog -- be allowed to compete in the Brewers traditional post sixth-inning race where people dressed in the various meat costumes race from the bullpen to the home plate.
"Since Miller Park recently began selling veggie dogs to cater to the many vegetarians who are part of the Brewers' fan base, it makes sense to include a soy dog in the sausage race," wrote PETA's sports campaign coordinator Dan Shannon in the letter to the club.
Shannon said the team confirmed they had received the letter and the organization is awaiting the team's response. Milwaukee Brewers officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
"If given a sporting chance, our lean, mean veggie dog might run rings around those fatty 'brats' in the Sausage Race," Shannon said. "The veggie dog would be a big hit, especially with hip, young baseball fans."
The Soysage, whose costume would consist of a white T-shirt and khakis with a backwards baseball cap, could join PETA's other current mascots including Chris P. Carrot and Colonel Corn.
Darren Rovell, who covers sports business for ESPN.com, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.