No matter how well-trained a dog may be, there are moments when their natural instincts to run wild kick in and all their practice sessions go out the window. Of course, moments like these always seem to happen at the worst possible time!
Rookie is a golden retriever who works as the bat dog for the Trenton Thunder, a Minor League Baseball team.
The team usually hosts their home games at Trenton Thunder Ballpark or Rider University’s Sonny Pittaro Field in New Jersey, but this season, they’re playing a few games at Sahlen Field in New York, home of the Buffalo Bisons.
So Rookie traveled to Sahlen Field in order to do his thing: retrieve dropped bats during games. During a Wednesday night game between the Buffalo Bisons and the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs, Rookie got a little overexcited about being in a new place, so he decided to run right onto the field during play!
The whole thing was captured on video and went seriously viral on Twitter.
The players had to pause as Rookie ran around the field, inspecting the pitcher’s mound and wagging his tail happily. Fans cheered, and for a change, the announcers weren’t quite sure what to say!
Eventually, Rookie meandered back to where his handlers beckoned, but not before everyone had a good laugh.
The next morning, an unspeakably adorable Rookie issued an apology from his official Twitter page.
I want to apologize to my fren Cavan Biggio, for running out on the field last night during his at bat in the @BuffaloBisons game. I was just so excited to be retrieving bats again. I hope Cavan and @BlueJays are not mad at me.#sorry pic.twitter.com/BDeYnCHOAV— Rookie (@BatdogRookie) September 23, 2021
I want to apologize to my fren Cavan Biggio, for running out on the field last night during his at bat in the @BuffaloBisons game. I was just so excited to be retrieving bats again. I hope Cavan and @BlueJays are not mad at me. #sorry.
Apology accepted! Even though the Bisons lost the game that night, their fans couldn’t have been disappointed thanks to Rookie’s debut at Sahlen Field!
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