As the Toronto Blue Jays open the baseball season on Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians at the Rogers Centre, the team is an odds-on favourite to win the American League East and move on to the World Series for the first time since 1993.
Key to a turnaround in the team’s prospects is a 12-player trade with Miami in November that netted Mark Buehrle, a four-time all-star as a starting pitcher, a World Series winner, and the maestro of a perfect game for the Chicago White Sox. For athletes, all sports trades have human consequences that many fans cannot appreciate, and in the case of Mr. Buehrle, he has decided to spend the season alone in Toronto, rather than separate the rest of his family from their beloved dogs.
The first two Vizslas, Diesel and Drake, came from a breeder and the next two, a Vizsla named Duke and a pit bull, Slater, are adopted. Slater had been scheduled for euthanization when Mark Buehrle’s wife, Jamie, pulled him and a dozen other dogs from the kill pen and brought him to the Hope Animal Rescues compound, a shelter for homeless dogs.
Lots more on the original here: New Blue Jays ace takes aim at Ontario’s pit-bull ban – The Globe and Mail