The Sultanes of Swing

Who else thinks that Baxter the Bobcat needs to be neutered with extreme prejudice? Well, on Saturday, March 29, the Arizona Diamondbacks host the defending Mexican League champion Sultanes de Monterrey in a one-game exhibition at Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street. It’s an interesting match-up in and of itself, but the real challenge will be determining the most ridiculous mascot – the D-Backs’ boneheaded Baxter or the Sultanes’ Perro Sultán, a.k.a. Sultan Dog. (Check out to see the dopey mutt dancing on Mexican TV.) Of course, the Sultanes are not all about stupid pet tricks. Akin to the Yankees of the Mexican League, the Sultans have won nine championships in their 69-year history, and they play in Mexico’s biggest baseball stadium (El Stadio de Beisbol Monterrey).
Sat., March 29, 5:10 p.m., 2008
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Jay Bennett
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