There might not be a sports thing as adorable as the Trenton Thunder's bat-fetching Golden Retriever. This is Derby:
This is Derby's father Chase:
Are the dogs as efficient as a batboy? Probably not. Their inability to comprehend a baseball game means they don't fetch as instantly as a batboy, and they need a second to adjust the lumber in their mouth. But they're still ADORABLE. So we are fully onboard with the Yankees' Double-A affiliate continuing to do this.
This past season, Chase, the dog featured in that second video, died of cancer at 13 years old after 11 years with the Thunder. However, don't be sad: the circle of bat-dog life goes on:
Yes, that's right, there's a bat-puppy out there, and he needs a name:
The puppy will be ready to fetch bats by the 2015 season. Anyway: if they need suggestions, we got them covered:
- Robinson Canine
- Steve Delabrador
- Miguel Monterrier
- Trevor Bau-wauer
- Lance Barkman
We did 50 of those.