When the Hartford (Conn.) Yard Goats take the baseball field this year, something will be missing from the concession stand: peanuts (and Cracker Jack).
The old ball game's traditional fare is being banned from Dunkin' Donuts Park after a plea from a mother whose son is allergic to peanuts.
Kerry Adamowicz told the Associated Press she hoped that a meeting with team officials might lead to a few peanut-free days or a peanut-free section at the Double-A baseball team's stadium, so her son and other children with food allergies could enjoy a game. But the team decided to go a bit further.
The Colorado Rockies affiliate announced this month it is going completely peanut-free—no more food that could put kids with the potentially deadly peanut allergy in anaphylactic shock.
“Our biggest worry is would he even be able to go to a game? Now we know, stress-free, he can go to the games with his siblings and we don't need to worry about it,” said Adamowicz, whose 2-year-old, Sam, has a severe peanut allergy.
Lisa Gable, CEO of advocacy organization Food Allergy Research & Education, said the Yard Goats are the first team affiliated with a major league to simply ban the nuts, rather than offering peanut-free sections or days.
But what about “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” whose opening lyrics famously reference peanuts and Cracker Jack? The Yard Goats are running a contest on social media, asking fans to rewrite the key lyrics. The winner will get to lead fans in the revised song on opening day, April 11, when the Goats take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.