Wholesome puppy content alert. Red Sox slugger Kyle Schwarber arrived at Fenway Park for Monday’s ALDS Game 4 this morning, accompanied by his wife Paige and this very good boy.
Meet Blue, who has been a member of the Schwarber family since his days with the Chicago Cubs. The adorable Dalmatian, perhaps enlivened by Sunday’s thrilling, extra-innings triumph over Tampa Bay, was in a decidedly chipper mood Monday, wagging his tail when greeted by a photographer outside the players’ entrance.
Schwarber, who joined Boston at the trade deadline after beginning the year in Washington, has been a steady presence in the middle of the Red Sox’s lineup, batting an even .300 since his arrival this summer. The 28-year-old’s solo blast off Rays starter Drew Rasmussen in Game 3 was his second of the playoffs and the eighth of his postseason career. He also appears to be settling into his new role at first base, pumping his fist Sunday after executing a slick, underhand toss to retire Ji-Man Choi.
The Red Sox can bury their division rival once and for all with a win in Game 4, which would punch Boston’s ticket to the American League Championship Series against Chicago or Houston (their ALCS opponent in 2018). And if that happens, Blue should have plenty of tasty treats and belly rubs to look forward to when his dad gets home.