Chicago White Sox sets record for most dogs at sporting event

The White Sox played the Cleveland Indians earlier this week, winning the game 8-1.

So what makes this a Critterfiles?

On that day, Sept 13, the Sox claimed a bigger title, setting a Guinness World Record for most dogs attending a sporting event during their annual Bark at the Park night.

Reviewed by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ adjudicator Michael Empric, the Sox claimed the title by hosting 1,122 dogs at U.S. Cellular Field. The pooches sat, stayed, sniffed and occasionally barked in designated areas in the outfield stands.

The Chicago White Sox had a clock in the outfield that counted the ten minutes down and they announced in the sixth inning that the record had been reached. Infielder Tyler Saladino, who bought his dog Luna, to the stadium that night, told the Chicago Tribune that he could hear the dogs throughout the game.

“It was just funny hearing them yelling, like they didn’t know what was going on,” Saladino said. “They were just yelling back and forth at each other. That was a fun game though.”

The Sox were the first major league team to create a dog-friendly day at the ballpark in 1996. Fans were allowed, as usual, to walk their pets around the warning track before game. Many were decked out in Sox garb.

A paid crowd of 15,588 humans joined the dogs, including second baseman Tyler Saladino’s female husky, Luna.

“She had a blast,” Saladino said. “I hope she didn’t cause too much trouble.”

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: Fans parade around U.S. Cellular Field with their dogs during the annual "Bark in the Park" day before the White Sox take on the Cleveland Indians at on September 13, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: Fans sit in the outfield at U.S. Cellular Field with their dogs during the annual "Bark in the Park" day, breaking a Guinness World Record title for the most dogs attending a sporting event, as the White Sox take on the Cleveland Indians at on September 13, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

 

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