SoCal baseball team adopts autistic teen's dog as mascot

SoCal baseball team adopts autistic teen's dog as mascot

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SoCal baseball team adopts autistic teen's dog as mascot

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Someone call the Hollywood producers. We’ve got a script for them to consider.

As reported by San Diego Fox affiliate KSWB, the Sage Creek baseball team decided to honor its manager, Caleb Stranchan, by taking on his juvenile labrador puppy Brady as the team’s new unofficial mascot. Stranchan has autism, and Brady is a new service dog that he is working with following the death of his previous service dog, a similar yellow lab named Duke.

According to KSWB, the loss of Duke sent Stranchan into an emotional spiral, which caused concern among the rest of the Sage Creek squad. That’s what precipitated the team’s emotional embrace of Brady as soon as he was installed as Duke’s successor, an honorary notion that Stranchan surely appreciated.

“Brady is Duke’s successor. He’s already helping,” said Stranchan. “I wanted Duke to live forever, but I’m feeling a little better.”

Naturally, the Hollywood version would include a shocking Sage Creek run through the state tournament, which seems pretty unlikely with a 12-15 record. Failing that run, there’s still a chance to go out with a bang when the team plays its final regular season game on Tuesday against Vista, one final home game for the seniors and for Brady to continue bedding in as the team’s new mascot.

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