Yo sports fans, Sam here. Baseball and hotdogs. Does it get any more red, white and blue than that? But in this case, we’re talking about baseball and canines! Has baseball gone to the dogs? If you’re a Colorado Rockies fan the answer would be, yup…pretty much but not because us canines can attend (though there’s a date set for next month). My mom isn’t much of a baseball fan and good thing too, since the Rockies are currently in 3rd place and pretty much suck in the competitive west of the National League which is why I’m hiding my face. No self-respecting dog roots for these losers as they continue to find creative ways to blow leads and lose games. But apparently taking your dog to a professional baseball game isn’t as far-fetched or weird as it sounds.
As we move toward the Dog Days of Summer, it appears Major League Baseball offers several games where Fido can attend with their pawrents. The San Diego Padres opened the “Barkyard” at Petco Park where 6 premium box seats in left center field are available at all home games which accommodates 4 people and 2 dogs. Included with your admission is a free surprise for your dog, Petco goodie bags, shade umbrellas, a kind of artificial turf that doesn’t overheat to protect paws, and a pet concierge who escorts canines and their humans to and from “The Barkyard.”
PetSmart has partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks by offering their fans the chance to bring their dogs to and Sunday home games to a destination designed specifically for them. Guess baseball has discovered that for many folks, pets are an extension of their families and therefore now offer an atmosphere for the entire family, including us dogs.
The remaining games around the league are:
- Pittsburgh Pirates: Pup Nights at PNC Park,July 19, Aug. 9, Aug. 23 and Sept. 6
- Oakland A’s: Bark at the Park, July 22
- Seattle Mariners: Bark in the Park, Aug. 9 and Sept. 6
- Colorado Rockies: Bark at the Park,Aug. 16
- San Francisco Giants: Dog Days of Summer, Aug. 21
- Cincinnati Reds: Bark in the Park, Aug. 24 and Sept. 13
- Houston Astros: Dog Day, Aug. 28
- Washington Nationals: Pups in the Park, Sept. 8
- Chicago White Sox:Bark at the Park, Sept. 13
- Atlanta Braves: Bark in the Park, Sept. 18
The New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals hosted dog fur-iendly games earlier in the year.
So…if given the chance, will you be singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” to your pup in the stands? Will you give them some peanuts and Cracker Jacks? 🎶 Are you a fan or could you care less about the local team like mom?
Live, love, bark! <3