Oftentimes when we talk about animals in sports we’re mentioning them in a negative light. Whether it’s a kangaroo interrupting a round of golf or a water hazard full of deadly sharks, animals usually don’t bring joy to the sporting world. That is not the case in Portland, Maine. The Portland Sea Dogs, a minor league affiliate of the Red Sox, have adopted a squirrel as a member of their family. More specifically, he or she is a sunflower-eating squirrel that hangs out in the bullpen and keeps relievers company. Check out the Portland Sea Dogs squirrel video, courtesy of Off the Bench:
Over the years, bullpen boredom has led to some interesting antics. These minor leaguers, however, have it made. Rather than sit and watch the game waiting for their numbers to be called, the Sea Dog relievers get to eat sunflower seeds with a domesticated squirrel. Winning.