The Blue Jays' Mark Shapiro with his dog, Cleoh.

The age of Zoom and other videoconferencing press conferences and media appearances led to a lot of pets and kids showing up unexpectedly in the background, but it’s rarer to see that at an in-person press conference. That’s what happened to Toronto Blue Jays’ president Mark Shapiro during his press conference Monday on the team’s plans for the offseason, though.

That is Shapiro’s dog, Cleoh:

Here’s one of his previous posts on Cleoh:

More press conferences should be interrupted by dogs, please. Especially when the dogs are popping into frame this way, and then leisurely strolling through the shot without disrupting the answer. Well done, Cleoh.

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.