TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – Chase That Golden Thunder, a 13-year-old team bat dog for the Trenton Thunder, passed away Monday, the team announced.
Chase's death comes just three days after a celebration of his life at Arm & Hammer Park in what was his birthday and retirement party.
Chase made his debut with the Thunder in 2002 and went on to entertain millions of fans at Arm & Hammer Park. He was also a fixture in the local community, visiting schools and special events throughout the region.
"Chase was such a tremendous part of the Trenton Thunder identity for more than 10 years," said Thunder General Manager Will Smith. "His presence at ARM & HAMMER Park or in the community was the epitome of the wholesome family entertainment for which we strive. Our ball players, staff, season ticket holders and all the men, women and children who he entertained and interacted with over the past decade will miss him dearly."
Chase leaves behind a legacy of bat-fetching Golden Retrievers as two of his sons, Derby with the Thunder and Ollie with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, have followed in their father's paw steps.
The Thunder is asking that in lieu of flowers or material objects, donations be made in Chase's name to Trenton Thunder Charities or a local animal shelter/pet rescue in their own community.
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