The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are a minor league baseball team in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
WFMZ has more:
Bacon is up to bat; the pork product is the topic of a billboard campaign launched in Allentown.
A non-profit says bacon is a foul ball at Coca Cola Park, but IronPigs officials tell 69 News they’re not going down swinging.
The meat has a leading role at Coca-Cola Park with bacon hats, bacon plushies and pins, even bacon scented t-shirts available.
“I think we are glorifying bacon,” laughed IronPigs president and general manager Kurt Landes. “In a fun way, in a very unique goofy way.”
Fans enjoy coming to pig out, but a Washington D.C. based non-profit warns bacon may strike them out.
A billboard just went up along Tilghman Street in Allentown showing slices of bacon inside a pack of cigarettes. The large sign reads, “Keep kids safe, ban bacon from ballparks.”
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says the baseball team’s promotion of bacon is excessive.
“This over the top messaging, positive messaging about a really unhealthy food is just not consistent with American values,” explained Dr. Anne Bunner, associate director of clinical research for the group.
Not consistent with American values? What cave has she been living in?
One PCRM doctor wrote a letter to the Mayor of Allentown that said, among other things:
I’m hoping you will join me in asking the IronPigs to stop glorifying bacon before they strike out members of your community – for good.
A dietitian affiliated with the group sent a letter to the team owners:
As a dietitian who has seen the toll that cancer, heart disease, and diabetes have taken on our country, I’m asking you to stop glorifying bacon before you strike out your fans– for good. Ban the bacon and hit a home run for health.
I knew the IronPigs had been “glorifying bacon” before with the uniforms and some other things but I had forgotten. I’ll have to go buy some of their items online that glorify bacon and I’ll be sure to get to Allentown for a game as soon as I can. I encourage anyone reading this to do the same. Thanks to PCRM for reminding me to eat more bacon.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.