Posing with a dog, this St. Louis Cardinals prospect has won the internet

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 06: A St. Louis Cardinals hat and glove sit in the dugout before the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on July 06, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 06: A St. Louis Cardinals hat and glove sit in the dugout before the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on July 06, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Sure, St. Louis Cardinals fans were absolutely excited to see which international prospects the team would sign over the weekend as Major League Baseball’s international signing period kicked into high gear. However, when one new member of the Cardinals organization appeared on social media with a dog after signing his contract, he immediately earned a promotion to the big leagues in the eyes of all dog lovers.

St. Louis Cardinals prospect Won-Bin Cho posed with a golden retriever after signing his contract and the internet went crazy.

The St. Louis Cardinals made a splash over the weekend, inking the Asian amateur player in the franchise’s history. Center fielder Won-Bin Cho is 18 and hails from South Korea. In a tweet, the Cardinals player development account describes him as “a toolsy, power-hitting centerfielder and one of the top high school prospects out of Seoul, SK.”

While the words in the tweet were great, that’s not what captured everyone’s attention. It was the golden retriever also posing for the photo.

Of course, everyone wanted more information about the dog … and ESPN’s Jeff Passan did not disappoint in his fact-finding mission.

You can check out Henny and his Instagram account, which has more than 50,000 followers (with more coming every day, no doubt) here.

While the dog may not belong to Cho, he is certainly earning plenty of points with baseball fans for including it in the picture.

He even went a step further the next day, making sure Henny had some (photoshopped) Cardinals gear to show off.

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Even in a world where Major League Baseball is still in a lockout and a pandemic is wreaking havoc, it’s amazing how a dog can brighten a day … and quickly elevate the status of a prospect in the eyes of Cardinals fans.