Sean Doolittle plays impromptu shadow baseball with boy

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When a baseball-loving boy stopped Oakland reliever Sean Doolittle by chance Monday to check out the A's bandanna worn by the pitcher's dog, the little guy got an impromptu opportunity to play shadow baseball with a big leaguer.

Doolittle and girlfriend Eireann Dolan were walking their Rhodesian Ridgeback dog, Stella, on Monday afternoon in San Francisco when 5-year-old Jordan stopped them to inquire about the dog's accessory and share how much he loves baseball. Dolan says that's when she told Jordan that Doolittle is an A's player – he is away from the team recovering from shoulder surgery – ''he didn't believe me,'' she said in a text message to The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

So, she showed him a photo of Doolittle in uniform. The boy proceeded to use her phone to snap a selfie with the red-headed, bearded closer.

Dolan posted the photo and video of their meeting on Instagram, and it was an instant hit.