White Sox-forever Buehrle to find it lonely in Toronto without his "best friend"--and, I for one, understand

White Sox-forever Buehrle to find it lonely in Toronto without his "best friend"--and, I for one, understand
Art of the Pale Hose's mascot, Happy.

Art of the Pale Hose is regularly devoted to opinions and observations about my favorite sports team. Sometimes, though, it's necessary to bring to life a story about a former member of our extended baseball family. Today, the focus is on all-time fan favorite Mark Buehrle.

Aside from the riches that came to him in free agency, Mr. Perfect has had a bit of a rough go of it since opting to leave the South Side. After signing that four-year, $58 million contract with Ozzie Guillen and the newly minted Miami Marlins, he and his teammates suffered a horrific season with their new name and new stadium. Then, Ozzie was fired and Buehrle was traded to the Blue Jays.

The time spent with Miami and the months during the season about to be spent north of the border was and will be made worse by the fact that Buehrle has had to make compromises in regard to his two-year-old pitbull Slater, who wasn't allowed in Miami-Dade County. As a result, Buehrle and his family had to live further away in Broward County.

With his trade to the Blue Jays, things have gotten even worse. With pitbulls also banned throughout Ontario province, Buehrle has decided that his family will stay at their home in St. Louis during the season instead of leaving Slater behind with another family.

"We're going to travel and see each other and make it work," Buehrle said of his wife Jamie, children and four dogs. "But those nights when we have a Sunday day game and I can go home and have dinner with the family and give the kids a bath and put them to bed, that's what I'm going to miss."

Non-dog lovers won't get this at all. Leaving your family because one of your dogs can't be with you? But Mark is quite an advocate for canines and walks the walk--something I, and others, can certainly identify with.

After all, a day without my golden retriever Happy is one day too long.

 

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