Very Good Bat Dog Interrupts Minor League Baseball Game After Getting A Bit Too Eager To Do His Job

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  • A minor league baseball game was briefly delayed after an overeager bat dog ran onto the field
  • Rookie the golden retriever was working a game for the Buffalo Bisons when he decided to take a tour of the diamond in the first inning
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It’s not a secret that minor league baseball teams aren’t exactly the most lucrative business endeavor on the planet, and while the players that take the field are technically the product, the marketing department tasked with dreaming up ways to lure in fans to watch them is arguably a franchise’s most valuable asset.

Over the years, minor league baseball teams have attempted to drum up hype by hosting nostalgia-inspired theme nights, selling some particularly intriguing concessions items, and giving a roster spot to a retired NFL quarterback who has no real business being on the diamond. However, none of those have anything on a simply delightful publicity stunt that has made the world a better place to inhabit: bat dogs.

The humans traditionally tasked with retrieving equipment (and the world’s most heartless umpire) may not be a fan of the canines who’ve found employment as a bat dog, but you’d be hard-pressed to find many people who view the addition of these very good employees as a downgrade.

In 2018, a golden retriever named Rookie debuted as the bat dog for the Trenton Thunder, but on Wednesday, he swapped dugouts by offering his services to the Buffalo Bisons during the team’s contest against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Unfortunately, Rookie’s stint in Buffalo got off to a bit of a rocky start, as the game was briefly delayed in the bottom of the first inning when he decided to take a quick trip around the infield in the middle of an at-bat.

However, Rookie managed to bounce back and spent the rest of the game doing what he does best.

Good bat dog. Very good bat dog.