ST. PETERSBURG -- Pitcher James Shields might be with the Royals now, but he's still a favorite in the Tampa Bay area.
Shields entered the Royals' clubhouse leading a black Labrador retriever which, he said, a Rays fan had named "Big Game James" in his honor and was an American Kennel Club grand champion. He had a framed certificate to prove it.
"If you want to be a champion, touch him," Shields told his teammates.
"Call him 'Shieldsy,'" he said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.