For baseball players, “the dog days of summer” holds two meanings. When they are not strutting around on the diamond in 100-degree weather, some are spending their spare time at home with their dogs. Below are just some of the many photos of baseball player (past and present) dog owners (courtesy of Sports Illustrated).
1. Former Giants outfielder Willie Mays gets some R&R while recovering form a virus during Spring Training in 1957.
2. Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz’s scares opposing pitchers with his big bat in the middle of Boston’s lineup on the field, but off the field, he shows his softer side with his Yorkie, Mikey.
3. Reigning AL Cy Young winner David Price bonds with his French Bulldog Astro before a home game against Seattle.
4. Nineteen-time All-Star Ted Williams horse plays with his Dalmation at his Florida home.
5. Former All-Star pitcher Ben Sheets poses with his Bulldog Bruiser and his wife Julie.
6. Former Yankees manager Joe Torre battles both his 11-month-old daughter Andrea and the family dog.
7. Former Astros second baseman Craig Biggio and his dog having a loving moment while looking outside of the window at his house.
8. Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton poses with his dog outside of Coors Field.
9. Former Yankees closer Sparky Lyle poses with his puppy in an Aug. 1972 issue of Sports Illustrated.