As if you needed another reason to curse cancer, Chase, the longtime team "bat dog" of the Trenton Thunder passed away Monday.
"Chase was such a tremendous part of the Trenton Thunder identity for more than 10 years," Thunder General Manager Will Smith said. "His presence at Arm & Hammer Park or in the community was the epitome of the wholesome family entertainment for which we strive."
The 13-year-old golden retriever was diagnosed with lymphoma in February and was honored Friday with a retirement party before the Thunder, the New York Yankees' Double-A affiliate, took the field. The first 2000 fans through the gate, received a Chase bobblehead. Fans were also encouraged to bring their dogs to the game.
“(Chase is) just a one-of-a-kind dog," Eric Lipsman, Trenton Thunder senior vice president of corporate sales, with whom Chase lived said Friday night at the retirement party. "That’s all I can say. He lived for this. He just absolutely loved to be out there on the field."
Chase is survived by, at least, two sons...Derby, who is currently with the Thunder and Ollie, who retrieves bats for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Your browser does not support iframes.