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July 10, 2013

Bat-retrieving dog for Yankees affiliate dies

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — He doggedly did his work, this pinstriped pooch who faithfully served minor leaguers of the New York Yankees while providing big league entertainment.

Chase, the bat-retrieving golden retriever for the Double-A Trenton Thunder who made highlight reels all across baseball for a decade, has died at 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.

"You know it's going to be sad, but his lineage is carried on. You know it's something that people are going to miss, but it was fun to me around Chase," he said.

Chase lived just long enough to be thrown a retirement party by the Thunder last Friday night — featuring Chase bobbleheads, no less. The team said he died Monday.

Chase had been diagnosed in February with a form of lymphoma and had arthritis.

The Thunder's website Tuesday featured a photo of their late mascot with a bat in his mouth and the caption, "In Loving Memory, Chase That Golden Thunder."

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 in the bottom of the first inning to the batter's box to pick up bats with his mouth and bring them back to the dugout. He also carried a woven basket with bottles of chilled water to the umpires and entertained fans by running down flying discs in the outfield.

At Friday's celebration, which coincided with his birthday party, fans were encouraged to bring their dogs to the game.

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