Toto Throws Out First Pitch
It was a perfect night for baseball — 77 degrees with clear skies overhead. This game, however, was unique. Nearly 200 of the patrons who occupied the lawn seats were roaming around with their fellow furry friends. These friends had arrived in all shapes and sizes and surprisingly got along. It was Bark in the Park at the Indianapolis Indians’ game, and guess who would be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
With 15 minutes until game time we waited on the field, accompanied by the Indianapolis Humane Society staff. As IndyHumane’s Top Dog, Toto had been asked to be a part of the festivities. But what I didn’t realize until we arrived was that he and I would be the ones on the mound.
As I warmed up my arm, I deliberated whether to go with an underhand softball-style throw or the traditional overhand toss. It took less than a minute to decide that the underhand pitch was the safer option, especially with no time to practice. A little drama or showmanship for distraction might also come in handy.
As I stepped onto the mound with Toto tucked securely in my left arm, I heard our names announced. It was showtime! I knew Toto was the focus, so I warmed up his paw first and then my arm. After a couple of big-swinging circles, I released the ball toward the plate.
And it made it! Well, sort of. It hit a couple of bounces and then rolled the rest of the way. We counted it a victory as we departed the field with a wave.
And it was a victory for the Indians as well, defeating Columbus 8-6. It was a night enjoyed by all the pooches present including Toto, who met many new friends and completed the evening under the lights with a nap on the lawn.
Thank you, IndyHumane, for a fun night out to benefit a great cause.
*Photos taken by Britnee King / King B Creative.
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