"If you want to be a champion, touch him," Shields told his teammates.
Salvador Perez petted the dog and Bruce Chen successfully told him to "sit." Shields said they didn't have to call the dog "Big Game James." Too formal.
"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.