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Could A Rescue Rivalry Be Brewing Between Milwaukee and Tampa Bay?


Hank, Milwaukee Brewers. Bailey, Tampa Bay Rays


THERE WAS A LOT OF HOOPLA earlier this year in Arizona when the Milwaukee Brewers adopted a stray dog to be their unofficial team mascot. Third base coach Ed Sedar found the dog hungry and scared at the team’s Phoenix spring training ballpark on February 17. “I gave him some scrambled eggs and sausage in the clubhouse,” said Sedar, who then arranged to take the dog to a veterinarian. The doctor found minor injuries, pos- sibly from being hit by a car. They cleaned him up, and the team named the dog Hank after baseball legend Hank Aaron. He’s been traveling with the team everywhere. “He’s


awesome,” said pitcher Yovani Gallardo. “He can take ground balls, field bunts, and he’s great at running the bases.” During spring training, players took turns taking Hank


home each night. Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said Hank will likely be adopted by a Brewers staffer. “Our priority is Hank’s welfare, but we’d like him to


continue with the team, particularly to bring awareness to shelter dogs that need homes,” said Attanasio. “There are a lot of Hanks out there.” Yes, Mr. Attanasio, there sure are. And dogs like Bailey.


Anyone in the Tampa Bay Area has seen our gal channeling Joe Maddon, manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Her picture has appeared in THE NEW BARKER with Joe Maddon glasses and Tampa Bay Rays gear. She is also the Doggie Dining Diva for THE NEW BARKER, visiting and reviewing Florida dog- friendly restaurants. She is living a wonderful life, now with her humans, Suzie and Jerry. But it wasn’t always that way. Like Hank, Bailey was found wandering the streets and was


in bad shape. She was picked up and taken to Hillsborough County Animal Services. Bailey was just 12 hours away from being euthanized when a volunteer from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay discovered her, shaking at the back of her cage. She was so severely matted, she had to be completely shaved down. But, Bailey, like Hank, was one of the lucky ones. Someone believed in each of them to give them a second chance.


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Then others stepped up to the plate to help out. Sometime later, the Humane


Society of Tampa Bay’s mobile unit arrived in a Tampa neigh- borhood to promote some of their adoptables. Bailey, who had cleaned up pretty good, was in the mobile unit. “When I stopped to see the dogs, Bailey ran right up to me


and jumped on my lap. The rest, as they say, is history,” said Suzie Archibald, who understandably has become a huge animal advocate for shelter dogs. “Every time I tell Bailey’s story to someone new, their response is always, next time I’m adopting for sure," said Susie. It’s well-known that the Rays’ have been strong animal


advocates for shelter dogs too. They have been big supporters of Pet Pal Animal Shelter over the last couple of years. Evan Longoria donates $100 for each home run he hits. Pitcher David Price, often brings his own dog, Astro to the ballpark. And Rays’ Days at the Ballpark always sells out with baseball loving fans and their dogs partying on the tbt Party Deck. No bones about it, though, Maddon’s goal is to steer the


club back to the World Series for the first time since 2008. Fans believe the Rays can go all the way. But, watch out. The Brewers could surprise everyone and make some noise too. There are bigger questions that beg to be asked. Who


would win the Wagging World Series if Bailey, as the American League Puppy Pennant Race Representative — met Hank — the National League Puppy Pennant Race Representative? We may find out this summer. The Brewers are scheduled to play the Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on July 28, 29 and 30. Will it be a sweep? And if so, who will carry the broom to the mound on July 30? The National League’s Hank? Or the American League’s Bailey?


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Anna Cooke at Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill, St. Petersburg.


Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club.


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