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Dog days of spring aren’t always boring

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Feb. 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm with 7 Comments »
February 26, 2010 12:58 pm

Lots of new drills in camp today, with infielders and pitchers working on bunt plays, pickoffs and rundowns – and quite a few fans watching through chain link fences.

Sophie the wonder-weiner

And of course, there’s the off-the-field entertainment: Infants decked out in Seattle Mariners gear, old geezers wearing Mariners t-shirts from the ’80s, lots of kids hoping for autographs.

Dogs drop in, too. Today there was a golden retriever on campus, a terrier of some kind and Sophie, the wonder-weiner. On a leash held by young Riley Balche of Phoenix, Sophie was clearly the best-dressed pooch of the day.

She had on a Mariners warmup jacket and a Seattle cap – complete with holes for her floppy ears.

Are there more exciting things to blog about? Sure – but when you haven’t laid your hands on an animal in a couple of weeks down here, good-looking, well-dressed pups catch your attention.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. wabubba67 says:


    That’s a lonely, desperate cry for help at the end. Should head over to a Scottsdale drinking hole and look at all the tan skin…AZ can be an incredibly beautiful place to have a beer!

  2. Larry Larue says:

    bubba – it may indeed be a pathetic cry, but my wife would rather have me drink a beer and chase dogs than look at the young ladies of tempe.

  3. Homedinger says:

    He could check out the ball girls. Maybe we could sign one for cleanup hitter? One so sexy the pitcher gets distracted and lobs one over the backstop to allow a run to score. Okay, it’s spring, time to dream about ways to win

  4. Skysport says:

    Look at the focus in that dogs eyes. If the M’s have that focus this year they’ll be unbeatable. Woof.

  5. “wonder-weiner”? Larry, that’s hilarious. You need to copyright that one!

  6. wabubba67 says:


    I know that you are a Springsteen fan (as am I)….the song “You Can Look” from The River applies in this situation.

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