J.P. Howell credits playtime with his dog for his run-saving play
A lot has factored in to the Rays’ increasingly intriguing bid to get back in the playoffs. There has been a noticeable improvement in the offense. More dazzling defensive plays. A string of quality pitching performances.
After Sunday’s 3-0 win over Toronto that ran their winning streak to five, add J.P. Howell’s Portuguese water dog Rosie to the list.
Howell credited his rec time with Rosie for being able to make the remarkable running, and throwing in midair, play his teammates said saved the day, and maybe the season, keeping the Blue Jays from scoring what would have been the tying run in the seventh.
“That’s the play of the year,” manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s an impossible play to make and he did. You win the pennant because of that play right there.”