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July 16, 2019

Cracker Jacks & peanuts strike out in Hartford ballpark

February 13, 2019
You won’t be able to buy peanuts and Cracker Jacks at Hartford’s Dunkin’ Donuts Stadium. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)

Take me out of the ballgame.

A Connecticut stadium is ending a century-old baseball tradition by banning sales of Cracker Jacks and peanuts.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats, won’t be selling any snack with peanuts as an ingredient to protect those with severe allergies, reported USA Today.

“Baseball games are really challenging for someone with a nut allergy because everyone’s throwing shells around, said Massachusetts dad Ben Blakesley, father to 7-year-old Henry. “For my son, if he has any kind of contact, if he steps on a peanut and takes off his shoe, he could go into anaphylactic shock.”

The decision by the Yard Goats, the double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, stems from conversations with local parents whose children have peanut allergies, said team president Tim Restall. He added that the decision will cost his franchise serious revenue. Restall claims vendors sold more than 10,000 bags of peanuts and over 2,200 boxes of Cracker Jack during the 2018 season.

“They can still eat peanuts at home,” said Restall. “We want this ballpark to be everyone’s ballpark. … If we can make their experience at the ballpark normal, but eliminate one food item, it’s the right thing to do.”

Baseball’s most iconic song, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” written in 1908, includes the lyric: “Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don’t care if I never get back.”

The ditty is such an integral part of the sport, the National Endowment for the Arts and Recording Industry Association of America named it one of the top 365 songs of the 20th century.

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