Saw this earlier this week on Deadspin.
It’s not quite as dramatic as the header suggests (never is, is it?) but basically, MLB pitcher Mark Buehrle was traded from the Miami Marlins to the Toronto Blue Jays.
If it wasn’t already depressing enough to be relocated from South Florida to Canada, one of his dogs is an American Staffordshire terrier which is banned in Ontario and, therefore, can’t come with him.
So the rest of the family isn’t either.
It might seem a little extreme, but I get it. Pets are family. You can’t just get rid of them or send them away when they’re inconvenient (and as a new puppy owner, I sometimes wish you could!)
It breaks my heart when I hear about people giving their dogs up because they have to move to a different housing situation that doesn’t allow pets. Would you leave your kids behind? Probably not - you’d find a way to keep them with you.
In Buehrle’s case, he’s still splitting up the family, but he’s the one who’ll be in Toronto while the rest of the family - wife, kids, and all the dogs, will split the summer between Florida and St. Louis.
I actually like this decision. He’s an adult making a conscious decision; he knows what the situation is and can prepare for it and handle it much better than a beloved dog who is suddenly sent away and can’t comprehend why, or what he did wrong, or where his family went.
Plus, Buehrle’s a ballplayer so he’ll be on the road about half the season anyway and would be without the rest of the family on all the away trips, so it’s much less of a strain than it would be for someone relocating for an office job.
Bottom line: When it comes to family, you do what you have to do to make it work. And dogs are most certainly family.
Someone has to find me the video of this. Please. PLEASE.
Yes, I’m begging. But this headline is too good and the still photos are too unsatisfying. Help me out, internet!
List reblogged from sportspage:
- Invite a slugger from the home team and the worst hitter from their rival.
- The last place player has to buy the Dodgers.
- Cut the outs per round from 10 to 7. It’s way too long.
- Make one of every ten balls rubber so it flies longer.
- Make one of every ten balls chalk so it explodes to a cloud of smoke when hit.
- Soak one ball per batter in kerosine and light it on fire prior to throwing it
- Make sure the batter doesn’t know which ball is coming. I guess the fire ball will be noticeable, so they have to swing at that one.
- Instead of choosing who throws your pitches, make the pitcher with the highest ERA in MLB throw to the batter, they can pick the 8 worst and have a lottery.
- Hire NCAA bball athletes (yeah, they need $) to rob home runs. For each home run they rob over the fence they get $1000
- Make parts of the fence break away so when the guys try to rob a HR, the wall will crumble and they will fall.
- If they decide to keep kids in the outfield, I’d like to see them also release a lion into the park, gladiator style. Tell the children that if they don’t still try to catch the balls that Santa will be ground into hamburger meat and fed to CC Sabathia.
- Allow inside the park home runs. If you hit one and can get home before the lion catches the child with the ball, the home run counts.
- A moat would be nice, but would detract from the HR robberies. I haven’t figured this aspect out yet.
I’ll keep working on this before I submit it to MLB. Suggestions are encouraged.
Awesome ideas, especially the random rubber & chalk balls thrown in.
I love the Home Run Derby anyway - probably more because it almost always falls during my annual beach vacation than because of the actual event - but it could certainly be a little more exciting. Releasing a lion in the outfield might do the trick.
Anyone have any additional suggestions?