Stevie Wonder, a 6-month-old German shepherd mix, was adopted by the Albuquerque Isotopes pitcher John Ely, who met the pup when the team volunteered at Watermelon Mountain Ranch, an animal shelter in Rio Rancho, N.M. The players were instantly taken with the dog and decided to give him a home at Isotopes Park.
Shelter workers said Stevie was a victim of abuse and was found wandering the streets. One of his eyes was so badly hurt that it had to be removed immediately, and his other eye was so infected that it had already gone blind, so veterinarians removed it as well. Ely says that Stevie will eventually move to Chicago with him, but for now Stevie will make his home at the ballpark and enjoy his fame as the Isotope’s official mascot.