While baseball fans were in celebration of Aaron Judge’s rise to the status of an all-time great, passing Roger Maris for the most home runs in American League history Tuesday night and the Mets after an unsatisfactory series in Atlanta (one which would eventually cost them their division title) held the Annual Bark at the Park festivities which invited pets owners to come with their pets at Citi Field.
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In the midst of the elements in a dark, gloomy evening at night in Queens (Hurricane Ian, or what’s left of it has finally made it to the northeast) one dog stood out over the others, with the six-year-old golden retriever Renegade fast gaining fame. While playing together with his brother Doak and owners Chris Howland, Chris Howland, Renegade left Citi Field with a prized souvenir. He retrieved (no joke intended) the solo homer of Francisco Lindor. shot into deep right field. the third of three consecutive homers for the Mets in the opening innings.
Lindor’s shot from the upper deck was all an offense New York would need on the night that the visiting Nationals heading for their third place finish in the span of three years they were left scoreless, slipping to a MLB-low 55-106 in the regular game (.342 win percentage). Renegade was a player who traveled to Florida to attend the penultimate contest of the season (if there was any way that the names of his pet companions weren’t enough to tell and let it be known that Howland is an proud FSU Alum) was slightly sloppy in his merchandise (notice the look of concern on his face when the ball flies away from his face) however, the dog still came out victorious, taking home a prized possession that which he’ll cherish for the remainder of his life, or at the very least, until the next time he eats.
However, the ball of Renegade that is adorned with genuine tooth marks as well as a thick coating of canine slobber will not be as popular as Judge’s 62nd hit which could fetch the lucky person who saw the ball, Corey Youmans of Dallas the state of Texas, a modest sum.