Similar to Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, White Sox catcher Dioner Navarro is also bringing home the bacon.
However, the micro pig named Sassy that Navarro bought his wife for a Valentine’s Day gift will be treated like a pet — not sent to the butcher like Cespedes’ prized hog.
Navarro said Thursday that micro pigs can live up to 30 years, an expected lifespan far greater than that of the 270-pound hog that the New York Mets outfielder reportedly purchased for $7,000 on Saturday.
The Navarros did their research and have a decent idea of what to expect, but said there’s no guide for raising a micro pig. He and his wife drove 90 minutes from their home in Tampa, Fla. on Feb. 14 to pick and purchase the pig for $850.
Navarro’s wife had wanted a micro pig for some time and Sassy is just one of several rare animals the Navarros keep as pets. They also have a French bulldog, a bearded dragon, a Nigerian Uromastyx, a chinchilla and a cat.
Navarro, who grew up in a small town near Caracas, Venezuela, said he never had any pets as a child.
“We never saw those things,” Navarro said. “Ever since I met my wife we’ve been attached to animals. The fact I wasn’t able to experience all that as a kid and now I’ve got an opportunity to experience it with my kids and my wife is huge.”