MILWAUKEE — Two young sisters were giddy with excitement Monday, April 15 after receiving a new puppy — thanks to a home run crushed by Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and Major League MVP Christian Yelich.
When 6-year-old Lola and 4-year-old Libby Labodda attended a Brewers game on Saturday, March 30, they created a sign with their parents. It read, “Yelich, hit a homerun and my dad buys me a puppy!”
“I remember seeing it,” Yelich said of the sign. “I think it was Moose like, two or three innings later was like, ‘Puppy.'”
Well, Yelich came through — crushing a ball to left-center in his first at-bat against the St. Louis Cardinals that day.
For Lola and Libby, the home run meant that they would be getting a puppy after all.
On Monday, April 15, Yelich and the Brewers had a special surprise for the Labodda family. While the family watched the Crew take batting practice, Lola and Libby were presented with a mini goldendoodle puppy from Yelich himself.
“It was the Brewers — a great idea. They asked me if I’d be willing to present the puppy and I figured, ‘Why not?’ Of course, it’s a pretty cool story. I grew up loving dogs and we were hanging out back in the clubhouse — a couple guys and that’s awesome, finally brought it out. I wish I could (keep him). Our schedule doesn’t allow us to have pets. We go on those 10-day road trips — be a little tough to take care of a dog or have it survive for two weeks by itself. It’s cool to have him in the clubhouse and have him run around a little bit, and then we had to give him away. He’s going to a good place and a good home and everybody seems really happy.”
The pup was dressed for the occasion and hand-delivered to the family by #22.
The family is planning to name him “Yeli.”
“I think that’s a good name!” said Yelich.
Yeli will also help sniff out a life-threatening condition.
“It’s a moment we’ll never forget,” Lola and Libby’s father said. “It’s more about my daughter being Type 1 diabetic, and this breeder we were working with says that this dog can train to help my daughter survive for the rest of her life.”