When it comes to on-field, in-game dog defecation at Minor League Ballparks, we are truly living in a golden era.
Last year, a pair of canine mascots relieved themselves on the playing field: Master Yogi Berra in Greensboro and the appropriately-named Deuce in Myrtle Beach. This illustrious duo is now joined in the Minor League dog poop pantheon by Mona, who made a memorable “relief appearance” during Sunday’s Northwest Arkansas Naturals game:
Mona was part of the team’s “Iams Adoptable Pet of the Game” promotion, which showcases an animal in need of a loving home. The team is offering two tickets to May 23’s “Bark in the Park” event at Arvest Ballpark to anyone who steps up and provides one.
Naturals GM Eric Edelstein reports that in addition to copious coverage in the local media, the above video got some play on ESPN’s “First Take” this morning. The pet-friendly GM was also kind enough to send along a series of shots that chronicle Mona’s on-field exploits:
And, in an example of a good story getting better, Edelstein wrote in on Monday evening with the following update:
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the dog was adopted! And, she actually drew in two families [to the shelter] today. The family that didn’t get her ended up taking two other shelter dogs. So, three dogs were saved thanks to Mona’s dash across the diamond!
Let this be a lesson to all dogs who find themselves on a Minor League Baseball field: take the time to defecate. Only good things will result.
And finally, I would like to thank the Naturals’ production staff for using music from the Benny Hill show in the video clip. That’s a perfect example of unintentional synergy right there.
I am ready to embrace the offseason. I really and truly am. But if I come up with a blog post idea that will let me re-visit a time when Minor League Baseball was actually played every day, then you best believe I’m gonna do it.
And today, that idea is this: to present my favorite photos that appeared on this blog during the 2009 season. I did not apply any specific criteria when making these selections, other than to ask myself “Does this photo make my inner-most being cry out in rapturous wonderment?.” If the answer was in the affirmative, then you will see it listed below. Hopefully, your innermost being will respond similarly.
What follows are my top 10 pics of the year, listed in the order in which they appeared on this blog.
Master Yogi Berra Lets Loose — On April 21, Greensboro Grasshoppers canine mascot Master Yogi Berra had a bit of an on-field accident. The following is one of two pictures I obtained of the incident (the “clean version”, if you will):
Ceremonial Centenarian — On April 24, Round Rock Express season-ticket holder Chris Nocera threw out the first pitch. She is 102 years old — and very determined:
Cream Stick Gets Creamed — The Akron Aeros nightly “Cream Stick Race” was, by all accounts, a chaotic free-for-all. Here, Vanilla feigns innocence immediately after pushing Maple to the ground:
A Moo-ving Image — A key component of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers’ “Salute to Cows” was a mooing contest. The following picture depicts the eventual champion as he readied himself for the moo of his life:
An A-peel-ing Photo — As part of the Idaho Falls Chukars’ “Potato Night”, so-called “Spuddy Buddies” were thrown into the crowd. It was a thing of beauty:
Belly Quickly Busted — This guy couldn’t even make it out of the first round in the Williamsport Crosscutters’ annual “Belly Buster” contest:
If you have any photos from this past se
ason that you think are worthy of inclusion in this blog, then by all means get in touch. I’ll be waiting patiently for your correspondence.
Readers of this blog will no doubt recall the April incident in which Greensboro Grasshoppers’ dog mascot Master Yogi Berra used the playing field as his personal toilet.
Believe it or not, on-field canine mascot defecation has occurred yet again — this time in Myrtle Beach (home of the Pelicans). The culprit was the appropriately-named “Deuce“, who dropped one in the outfield before completing a victory lap around the bases.
Doody compels me to post the video of this occurrence, which is both hilarious and disgusting (kudos to the MC, who came up with some appropriate ad-libs). I promise to be back tomorrow with more high-brow fare, but for now sit back and enjoy this season’s most recent scatological lowlight:
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The specifics of this contest will soon fade from memory, but one event from the evening will live forever: Master Yogi Berra, the Grasshoppers canine mascot, was ejected from the game after using the playing field as his personal toilet.
From the press release (yes, there was a press release):
“Battling a stomach virus and fever, Yogi attempted his usual between inning promotion of fetching a ball shot to deep center field. Sprinting back to the home dugout, he inexplicably stopped and let nature take its course. [Home plate umpire Jason] Hutchings immediately tossed him, and in doing so, it is believed that he made Yogi the first dog to ever be ejected from a professional baseball game.”
Being the well-connected individual I am, I have obtained photographic evidence of this momentous event. I have two pictures to share, the second of which may be considered in poor taste. But share it I must. After all, an informed citizenry is the bulwark of democracy.
Here’s the wind-up:
And now, the pitch:
(Photos by Dano Keeney)