How Better To Get Pumped For Baseball Than With Pictures Of Players Holding Puppies?

The San Diego Padres have fun on photo day.

As February comes to a close, MLB spring training has finally gotten underway. Baseball as a sport may be suffering with the casual sports fan due to its slow speed, but it's still got a loyal, hardcore following, and is actively targeting young viewers with rule changes and various creative marketing efforts. Sometimes that means picking the low-hanging fruit, which is exactly what the San Diego Padres did on their photo day. Their fruit in this case was a tried-and-true attention grabber: puppies. Who doesn't like puppies?

A heartless cynic, that's who. Although puppies don't really have a single thing to do with baseball, they're basically Nutella at this point: they make everything better and you can never have enough. To think otherwise is to admit you don't have a soul.

Anyway, here's a sample of the puppy love:

Is there anything better than @therealmattkemp holding puppies? 😍 #PadresST

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They call him the puppy whisperer 🐶#PadresST

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Hedges and puppies on photo day 😍 #PadresST

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Puppies. Baseball. Opening day is 34 days away.

(H/T: Bleacher Report)