THE DIAMOND — I am a big baseball fan. I've been playing for years and am one of those who love to watch the game.
I've always been impressed with athletes who have defied the odds and become baseball stars in spite of the challenges they faced. Jackie Robinson, Jim Abbott and William Hoy come to mind. These players overcame racism and physical disabilities, respectively, to become MLB players with a lasting history.
At a recent game, a chihuahua was seen trotting in the outfield. He seems a little smaller for an outfielder, but who am I to judge? I have no doubt the little guy has a lot of speed, but I can't help but assume the lack of opposable thumbs will come back to haunt the Utes. Then again, I've been wrong before.
The coaching staff must see something I'm missing. Granted, the chihuahua didn't get much playing time as he was escorted from the field promptly. I don't know if that had to do with a perceived rule violation from the umpires or if the coaching staff felt it wasn't the right time and changed their minds.
Either way, I don't think the dog is discouraged. I heard he will stop at nothing to live out his dream and make his mentor and hero, Air Bud, proud. Bud made his baseball debut in 2002 in what has been called the "Seventh Inning Fetch."