Mark Buehrle may be playing for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013 but that does not mean that his family will be joining him. The veteran left-hander’s family will spend the season in St. Louis with their two-year-old pit bull Slater.
“We’re not trying to make people feel sorry for us,” Buehrle explained. “Obviously they’re going to say, ‘You make a lot of money. Boo hoo.’ I know it’s part of baseball and every person deals with it, but this is our first time being away from each other all season. We’re going to travel and see each other and make it work. 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.”
Buehrle’s wife, Jamie, said that he had offers from people willing to watch the dog during the baseball season but the family decided that they could not spend the time away from Slater.
This is not the first time that Buehrle has played for a team that is located in an area which bans pit bulls. Last season Buehrle signed a deal with the Miami Marlins and then found out that pit bulls were banned in Miami-Dade County. Buehrle opted to live in nearby Broward County.