San Diego Padres pitcher Blake Snell’s dogs: Ken Griffey Jr., Deuce

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When Padres pitcher Blake Snell has a bad day, he turns to Ken Griffey Jr.

Well, not exactly.

Snell never got the chance to play with his favorite player, but he does spend a lot of quality time with Junior, the 10-year-old labrador retriever he named after the Hall of Fame outfielder.

It’s a strange honor that might not even be aware of, Snell says.

“I think I’ve told him, but I don’t think he would know or care to know,” Snell says. “It’s more I care. … It’s cool having a dog named after my favorite player.”