Baseball has officially gone to the dogs — in Chicago, at least. The number of four-legged fans in attendance at tonight’s White Sox game broke the Guinness World Record for the largest number of dogs at a sporting event.
The White Sox invited fans to bring dogs to their annual “Bark in the Park” game, hoping for at least 1,000 pooches to show up to break the record. They got even more than they hoped for: 1,122 dogs attended the game, the Chicago Tribune reports. All those furry fans woof-woof-woofed for the home team from the outfield seats at U.S. Cellular Field.
The dogs served as good-luck charms as well: The Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 8-1.
“They were a little noisy but it’s kind of fun,” Sox outfielder Adam Eaton told the Tribune. “It brings a different atmosphere to the ballpark. I think that’s one of the beauties of The Cell, really nothing is off limits.”
Second baseman Tyler Saladino said the dogs were vocal throughout the game. “It was just funny hearing them yelling, like they didn’t know what was going on,” he told the Tribune. “They were just yelling back and forth at each other. That was a fun game though.” (Apparently in ballparks, “barking” becomes “yelling,” LOL.)
A Guinness World Record adjudicator also attended the game to verify the number of dogs attending. The team was awarded with a certificate.
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