Umpire Ejects 'Bat-and-Ball' Dog From Baseball Game
A quick potty break got Master Yogi Berra, pictured above, thrown off his baseball team's field during a game last Tuesday. (Photo Courtesy of the Greensboro Grasshoppers)
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Grasshoppers weren't the only ones that took a major hit during last Tuesday's 6-9 loss to the Asheville Tourists.
The baseball team's mascot, Master Yogi Berra, a bat and ball fetching dog, was ejected off the field during the fourth inning. The male mutt was reportedly shamed after he relieved himself on the field.
"When you gotta go, you gotta go," Donald Moore, the Grasshopers' general manager, told the Greensboro News and Record.
Trouble started when Yogi was fetching a ball launched to center field in between innings. When he was running back to homeplate, he stopped and squatted. Homeplate umpire Jason Hutchings reportedly did not look lightly on the incident.
Yogi is thought to be the first dog ever ejected from a professional game. He made his first appearance at NewBridge Bank Park in June 2008, at the ripe age of 8-weeks-old. An active interest in baseball apparently runs in the family -- Yogi is the little brother of Miss Babe Ruth, another Grasshoppers' canine mascot.
Though Yogi has been scorned by some, Moore expressed sympathy for the embarrassed dog.
"Yogi's had a tough start to his season and I hope this doesn't get him down," said Moore, who also owns the team. "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 ... Let's hope this is an isolated incident and Yogi can learn from this experience."
Moore also jokingly said that Yogi had been feeling under the weather last week, which could have accounted for his momentary lapse of bladder control. Yogi is now being listed as day-to-day on the team's injury report.
The Greensboro News and Record and The Wall Street Journal contributed to this report.
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