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It's About Time: First Dog Ejected From Game

If you've been looking for a sign that the apocalypse is nigh, well, here it is. According to the Greensboro, N.C. News-Record, Master Yogi Berra, a bat and ball carrying dog for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, became the first canine ejected from a baseball game when he was tossed by home plate umpire Jason Hutchings during Greensville's 9-6 loss to Asheville for "relieving himself" on the field.

The story goes something like this: Master Yogi was involved in one of his traditional between-innings routines, chasing down a ball that was sent deep to center field. En route to the plate, he stopped and left a momento of his trek to get the ball right on the field. Hutchings wasn't having any of that, and he tossed the pooch right after the act.

Amidst the turmoil, the Grasshoppers are sticking with their man. Or dog, as the case may be. Team owner Donald Moore said Yogi was fighting through a stomach virus, and then provided what must be one of the most sublime quotes in baseball history.

"When you gotta go, you gotta go," Moore said. "Yogi's had a tough start to his season, and I hope this doesn't get him down. He clearly couldn't control himself out there. He's such a competitor and he wanted to do his duties as he's been trained. We all hope Yogi feels better soon and he returns to us ready to entertain our fans. You know, he's volunteering his time out there, so I hope he doesn't get fined too much (for his ejection). I don't know the Rulebook like the back of my hand, but apparently a dog can't do his business on the field. Let's hope this is an isolated incident, and Yogi can learn from this experience,"

The best part of the whole episode? Yogi is now listed as day-to-day on the team's injury report. Yes, a dog is day-to-day. Something tells us he'll eat some grass and be back out there against Asheville tonight.

By Cameron Smith  |  April 23, 2009; 4:45 PM ET
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I believe that in the Puppy Bowl the late, great Harry Kalas referred to such events as personal fouls.

Hope that the pooch barked at the ump and got his money's worth before being tossed. And "do his duties"? LOL!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 23, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

He better not get suspended, how would he argue his case?

And he should have relieved himself on the umps shoe after getting ejected. Wouldn't that be the equivalent of kicking dirt at the ump?

Posted by: adampschroeder | April 23, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

That's awesome - Master Yogi Berra needs to be called up by the Nats

Posted by: mbm1 | April 23, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

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