The New York Yankees received a special visit from one of their biggest canine fans at their Spring Training complex in Tampa on Tuesday.
First baseman Mike Ford's parents made the trip down to watch the second-year slugger work at Spring Training, but they also brought his 1.5-year-old golden retriever Carter down to the Yankees' ground.
As a general rule, we're always in favor of bringing more dogs to sporting events. Someone needs to set up a playdate with Carter and Rookie, a "bat dog" for the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees' Double-A affiliate.
The pride of Princeton, New Jersey, Ford hit 12 home runs in his first season as a pro in 2019. For a 26-year-old rookie who came with questions about how he would hit left-handed pitching, Ford was as solid a replacement for Luke Voit and Edwin Encarnacion last season as the Yankees could have ever hoped for.
In what has been a pretty rocky offseason for the sport of baseball, few things can drum up support from all corners of the MLB world like an increased golden retriever presence at Spring Training.