He doggedly did his work, this pooch who faithfully served minor leaguers while providing big-league entertainment.
Chase, the bat-retrieving golden retriever for the Trenton Thunder, a New York Yankees minor-league affiliate based in New Jersey, has died at age 13.
“Chase was there a long time. He put a lot of smiles on people’s faces,” Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain, who played in Trenton, said Tuesday night.
The Thunder said Chase died Monday. Veterinarians discovered in February that he had cancer.
His bat-retrieving legacy will live on with his son Derby, who continues to be part of the Thunder’s home-game entertainment. Another son, Ollie, performs with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Chase made his debut with the Thunder in 2002. He would trot out to the batter’s box in the bottom of the first inning to pick up bats with his mouth and take them back to the dugout. He also entertained fans by running down flying disks in the outfield.