Max Scherzer is known to sound a bit like a wild animal when he grunts on the mound. But before he could toe the rubber in the Nationals' series opener with the Braves on Friday night, another beast took the field for the ceremonial first pitch.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 14, 2019
Clint is an assistance dog in training with the Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization based in California that breeds, raised and trains assistance dogs for the handicapped.
He didn't reach Air Bud status by actually pitching the ball, but Clint was a good boy and carried it in his mouth up to Adrian Sanchez at home plate.
There's no word yet on whether Scherzer will start barking on the mound when he gets fired up.
This story has been updated from a previous version to accurately reflect that Clint is an assistance dog in training.
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