Dear dog people,
If you're not already a Daniel Mengden fan, you're about to become one.
The A's starting pitcher is currently with Oakland at spring training in Arizona, getting ready for the season ahead. But back in November, well, he was earning a save, just not in a baseball sense.
A major storm had been pummeling Houston, TX – where Mengden hails from – for days. As a result, two of man's best friend found themselves in a very precarious position.
Two puppies – one male, one female -- had been stuck in a storm drain for multiple days, which was rapidly filling with water. When Mengden encountered the group that had originally noticed the animals, he snapped into action.
Mengden and another pedestrian combined to get the furry friends out of the drain and into helping hands.
If that doesn't make you smile, well, maybe you're a cat person.
But the story gets better: Mengden adopted the female puppy.
The A's bullpen is perhaps their biggest area of strength, but it can't hurt knowing they have another player capable of coming up clutch with a critical save.