Dogs are awesome! And so is baseball. So it makes sense that players in an awesome sport would also be the proud owners of the most loyal animals in the world. Baseball has always had a special relationship with these four-legged mammals. From “Bring your Dog to the Field Nights” being a common occurrence in the game to batboys being replaced with bat dogs at some Minor League teams, here are just a few professional baseball players that love their dogs as much as they love the game they play.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig had a tough end to the 2017 MLB season. After his Dodgers fell in game seven of the World Series at home, he discovered that while he was away playing baseball, his home was robbed and his two German shepherds had gone missing. Neighbors were able to find both dogs and return them to Puig, leaving the Cuban star happy at the return of his boys.
An A list celebrity couple, supermodel Kate Upton owned a box named Harley before marrying the Cy Young pitcher. Harley Upton has an Instagram following of 14.9k and “canine” be seen looking adorable at @therealharleyupton.
Who is David Price?
- One of the best pitchers in baseball since entering the league in 2008.
- The top pick in the 2006 MLB Draft
- Five-time All-Star.
- World Series Champion and Cy Young Award winner.
- Holds a net worth of $85 million and in the midst of a 7 year, $217 million contracts he signed in 2016.
Who is Astro?
Astro was Price’s French bulldog he has owned since his first full professional season in 2009 when Price said he “needed a friend.” The two become inseparable, as Price has traveled around North America, pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, and Boston Red Sox.
Being the dog of a star athlete has come with some perks for the doggo. While in Tampa, Astro was awarded the key to the city. He also has over 5,000 followers on Twitter and has been featured in a few commercials with his owner/best friend. This past summer, Price and the baseball world had to say goodbye to Astro, leaving memories and moments, as all dogs leave their owners.