Obama's new health craze: Baseball fans should eat kale; rarely hot dogs

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President Obama used the 2012 World Series-winning San Francisco Giants as his backdrop late Monday to call on baseball fans to eat vegan at games and for stadiums to offer kale, eggplant and strawberries.

Honoring the world champs, Obama ended his address on the South Lawn with a health pitch made easy by the Giants ownership which is installing baseball's first edible garden inside AT&T Park.

"I'm proud to announce that next season they're planning to turn the centerfield bleachers at AT&T Park into what's believed to be the first ever edible garden in a major American sports facility," cheered the president. "With rows of kale and strawberries and eggplant, the Giants are going to help encourage local youth to eat healthy — even at the ballpark," he added.

The White House website linked the garden to his wife's health initiative, calling it something "close to first lady Michelle Obama's heart — encouraging healthy eating."

But Obama isn't demanding an all-vegan diet at the park. "Even Michelle would say it's okay to have a hotdog once in awhile, though. I don't want everybody to get carried away and think they have to have kale every time they go to the ballpark."

For the record, Orioles fans will recall that former Baltimore manager Earl Weaver grew tomatoes in left field of the old Memorial Stadium.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.