Minor-league bat dog ‘Rookie’ had some first-day jitters in his Buffalo debut


Rookie, a longtime fixture at Trenton Thunder home games, was summoned to Sahlen Field (where the Blue Jays took up temporary residence during the COVID pandemic) Wednesday night, serving as “bat dog” for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons against visiting Lehigh Valley.

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Whether he was hopped up on Milk Bones or simply misread Colton Eastman’s 0-1 pitch to Cavan Biggio (who was in Buffalo on a rehab assignment) as an invitation to play fetch, the seven-year-old retriever went maverick in the first inning, interrupting play with detours to the pitcher’s mound and home plate before finally retreating to the Bisons’ dugout.

Rookie’s entertaining—albeit completely unauthorized—infield romp predictably went viral, instantly capturing the attention of baseball fans and dog lovers everywhere.

Delightful as his shenanigans were, the loveable pooch (or whoever runs his Twitter account) seemed to regret his intrusion, profusely apologizing to Biggio after the game.

Could it have gone smoother? Sure. But at least Rookie made his Sahlen Field debut a memorable one.

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