What are the dog days of summer?

Fetching the slippers of enthusiasm for the master of apathy.

Updated: July 21, 2003, 3:33 PM ET
By   | ESPN The Magazine
Jason Varitek, catcher, Boston Red Sox: They're sometime in July, when heat and humidity are the worst. But why are they called the dog days? Maybe because it's so hot that dogs just lie around and do nothing all day. Like a DH? No comment.

Answer Guy

A.J. Pierzynski, catcher, Minnesota Twins: I think it's because when you run from first to home on a double, it's so hot that you have your tongue hanging out like a dog. Bow wow.