The Diamondbacks have installed a dog park at Chase Field

Associated Press

There are people out there, believe it or not, who like dogs. I know, right? All of us normal, upstanding Americans doing what we can to make our country great by owning cats and yet some people still think that dogs are the better choice. I mean, good for the dogs — they’re innocent in this and at least someone is looking out for them — but the judgment of people who prefer them to cats is one of the greatest threats to our country. What’s next? We let them play center field? Perish the thought.

Anyway the Arizona Diamondbacks are catering to these monsters this year at Chase Field:

PetSmart, Inc. and the Arizona Diamondbacks are teaming up to create the first-ever season-long dog-friendly ballpark with a dedicated newPetSmart PatioPetSmart Park and the Dog Days of Summer program, where dog-loving fans can bring their dogs to all 13 Sunday D-backs home games in the 2016 season. Pet parents will be able to enjoy America’s favorite pastime with their best friends at Chase Field with exclusive seating, a grassy play area nearby, and the PetSmart adoption spot that will feature adoptable dogs ready to find their forever homes among the D-backs’ fan base.

First team to install a Cat Room — an enclosed space with a large sun-facing window that provides a commanding view of the playing field along with some comfy chairs — will be the true geniuses. I’ll purchase season tickets and change my allegience to whatever club does this. Providing, of course, I’m allowed to unwind in the cat room whenever I want.

As for the Dbacks: OK, fine. This is a nice gesture. For the dogs, I mean, who again are sweet and innocent here and who deserve a nice place to visit. I mean, they have to live with dog people for crying out loud, and that has to be a drag. So needy, they are. Insisting on having a pet that is all about catering to their craving for validation rather than one which will peacefully coexist on their own terms with self-assured people who don’t need all of that attention. The least we can do for the poor dogs is to let them go to a ballgame once in awhile.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.