Meet Tucker, the Mariners’ new clubhouse dog
Aug 6, 2022, 5:05 PM
With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror for the MLB, the Mariners had to think “outside the diamond” in acquiring another major roster addition for their late-summer postseason push.
The team on Saturday revealed that it adopted a clubhouse dog named Tucker, a four-year-old mixed Labrador that will be a regular part of T-Mobile Park and for occasional road games.
My name’s Tucker, I’m a 4-year-old lab/retriever mix and I was just adopted by the @Mariners clubhouse from OkanDogs!
I’m gonna get to hang out at the ballpark all the time, travel with the squad and enjoy my very own unlimited supply of baseballs. Doesn’t get better than this! pic.twitter.com/F2KdirlDXO
— Tucker the Mariners Pup (@MarinersPup) August 6, 2022
Tucker was introduced ahead of a doubleheader against the Angels and has already become a huge hit with players, training staff, and fans on social media.
“He just got activated today and will be a great addition to our team,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said in an interview with the league.
Tucker comes from OkanDogs, a rescue center in Cashmere, Wash. Servais and his wife, Jill, have volunteered for the program to help migrate dogs in need of homes throughout the region.
“He got scouted very heavily,” Servais continued. “We ran people in there, and we cross-checked them. Jack ran in there. We got big-time numbers on this dog. So he went high in the Draft. We’re happy to have him as a free-agent addition to our club. Really good. This guy will fetch and play with the guys all day long. You’ll see him out here running around the field here the next few days. He’s got the clubhouse covered right now.”
Scott and Jill Servais are working with OkanDogs to relocate rescue dogs from Eastern Washington to the Puget Sound region and help them find permanent, loving homes 💙
— The Mariners Care Foundation (@MarinersCare) January 26, 2022
Animal rescue has been a passion for the Servais family for more than 30 years. The Mariners host many “Bark in the Park” nights at T-Mobile Park and in June, Jill spearheaded a campaign to invite local shelters to promote adoption.
OkanDogs would bring dogs and pups on the field during batting practice and, during the game, would have them available for adoption on the upper concourse, with the team covering the fees.