The Straight, Uh, Poop On The Northwest Arkansas Naturals Dog Video

by Chris Bahn  on Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2010 11:17 pm  

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Eric Edelstein admittedly has a soft spot for animals, especially shelter dogs. That is one of the factors that led the Northwest Arkansas Naturals general manager to OK the "Iams Adoptable Pet of the Game" promotion.

So imagine how happy Edelstein must be to see the promotion gaining national attention. Of course, there's a bit of a twist.

Video of the adoptable and adorable dog, uh, relieving herself on the field at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale has been viewed more than 40,000 times on YouTube. Tuesday the video - shot by the Naturals in-game production staff - saw an increase of nearly 25,000 views after mentions on ESPN SportsNation and Deadspin.

Countdown's Keith Olbermann twice mentioned the Naturals on his Monday, April 12 show on MSNBC.

"It couldn't have played out funnier," Edelstein said. "Even if something spectacular happened with a player on the field, ESPN would be the limit. When you get on Olbermann, you have transcended sports." 


On a serious note, a family that was at the ballpark on Sunday adopted Mona, the dog featured. Another three pets were adopted from the local animal shelter as a result of the promotion.

"The promotion was put together to do good things," Edelstein said. "We wanted to help homeless pets. That was the whole point. That one dog might have saved its own life and three more."

Below is the transcript from Olbermann's segment on Countdown:

OLBERMANN:  This is not the aforementioned Scott Brown story. Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Arkansas, where Saturday‘s Minor League northwest Arkansas Natural‘s game was delayed due to a dog on the field, part of an adoptable pet of the game promotion.

Eventually corralled and taken to the dugout and then it broke free again and this time rover got natural on the field of the Naturals.  Must be the reincarnation of Bump Bailey.

Yes, it jogged back out into left center field and shall we say, turned to unassisted.  That poop fly is deep and I don‘t think it‘s playable, Dan. After short chase, the field crew once again picked the dog up and ran it off the field.  It‘s not clear if the dog has been adopted.

What is clear is that this guy carrying the hot nature off the field is the rookie member of the grounds-keeping staff.




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