Ladies and gentlemen, now warming up in the Westminster dogpen, the Bronx Bowser.
Meet sweet Mitch, a 5-year-old yellow Labrador retriever. He's a rookie at America's top dog show, yet he comes with a pinstripe pedigree: His co-owner is New York Yankees President Randy Levine.
"He's like Derek Jeter. Very calm," Levine said.
So on the week baseball spring training begins for pitchers and catchers, Levine will be among the pinschers and cockers. The Westminster Kennel Club show starts Monday, with Mitch set to walk the show ring on Tuesday morning.
"I don't think Randy would be half as excited if it was the World Series," fellow co-owner and breeder Tom Flaherty said.
Mitch is following a long trail of Yankees pawprints. Lou Gehrig, one of the original Bronx Bombers, brought his German shepherd to Madison Square Garden. Former ace Mike Mussina sent his Irish setter. Jacob Ruppert, the team owner who acquired Babe Ruth, showed St. Bernards.
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