Chase That Golden Thunder has retrieved his last bat at home plate for Trenton, New Jersey’s minor-league baseball team.
The Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees said the 13-year-old golden retriever who made his debut with the team in 2002 died yesterday.
“Chase was such a tremendous part of the Trenton Thunder identity,” General Manager Will Smith said in a statement. “His presence was the epitome of the wholesome family entertainment for which we strive.”
Chase’s death came three days after a celebration of his life in what was a birthday and retirement party.
He leaves behind a legacy of bat-fetching golden retrievers. Two of his sons, Derby, with the Thunder, and Ollie, with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, perform the same duties. The Fisher Cats are the Double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays.
Last month, Chase became the first dog honored on the field at Yankee Stadium after a special invitation by Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, the Thunder said in their statement.
The team asked fans wishing to offer condolences to make a donation in his name to Trenton Thunder Charities or a local animal shelter or pet rescue.