“I got Bruce when Wrigley was getting older and we needed to get him some energy," says Cubs' pitcher Derek Holland. "Wrigley passed away from cancer a week before I got here. Bruce was the enlightenment.”
Our series Pro Pets presented by Nissan wraps up with Derek Holland, a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. His dog passed away a week before he was traded to the Cubs so Holland had cleats made with Wrigley's picture, as well as Bruce’s picture. It only seemed right that Derek wore them for his Wrigley debut.
Every morning, Derek wakes up to Bruce in his face, paw on his shoulder. Certainly a great companion to have before and after the games. While he misses Wrigley immensely, he is happy to have his buddy Bruce.
Pro Pets is a weekly short-form digital video series that presents compelling stories of high-profile athletes and personalities with the animals they love. To see more from our Pro Pets Series, check out our website: nbcsportschicago.com/pro-pets.
Series guests include Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy, Bulls analyst Kendall Gill, White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito, NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan, Blackhawk Alex DeBrincat, Cub Albert Almora Jr, and Chicago Red Star Vanessa DiBernardo.
“We will always have a dog.”
Our series Pro Pets presented by Nissan continues with our Cubs Pre and Postgame Host David Kaplan and his wife Mindy. They are joined by their dogs, 11-year-old mixed-breed Yoshi and 5-year-old Siberian Husky, Sparky.
Yoshi was adopted at a Wolves game where Kap dropped the puck for charity. A little black pup was up for adoption and his son Brett begged for the dog. After chatting with a volunteer at the event, Kap and his son, Brett, were told that the dog would be put down if he did not adopt him that night. A call was made to Mindy and then Yoshi was in the car going home with Kap and Brett.
“We are just the kind of couple that agrees that we want them sleeping in our bed," Mindy Kaplan said. "We want them snuggling with us.”
Pro Pets is a weekly short-form digital video series that presents compelling stories of high-profile athletes and personalities with the animals they love. To see more from our Pro Pets Series, check out our Pro Pets page: nbcsportchicago.com/pro-pets
Tune in to our Pro Pets Show on September 15 at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago.
A pet can be just what is needed after a long day at work, whether that be in an office or on an ice rink. We sat down with Blackhawks left wing Alex DeBrincat and his girlfriend, Lyndsey, as they introduce us to their dog, Ralph.
Ralph, otherwise known as ‘Ralph DeBrindog’ has a big social media following, ralph_debrindog on Instagram.
He’s a one-and-a-half-year-old Shiba Inu that took some time to find and is still learning how to be a good boy.
“If you would have asked me a few months ago, I probably would have said a one," DeBrincat said when asked how good Ralph is. "But he’s made a lot of improvements these last few months.”
Lyndsey wasn’t afraid to aim higher, calling him “a seven out of 10.”
But which of DeBrincat's Blackhawks teammates does Ralph remind Alex of?
"We’ll go Patrick Kane, because he’s the star of the show," Alex said. "He likes the attention and is the best little guy around.”
Just look at that face:
Now Lyndsey wants to find him a friend, but it’s going to take some convincing to get Alex on board.
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