Three Generations of Bat Dogs
Chase "That Golden Thunder"
Chase entertained fans at Trenton Thunder games from 2002 until his retirement in July, 2013. Chase, the original team Bat Dog, was a favorite with the fans, the players, the umpires and the various celebrities who visited ARM & HAMMER Park during the 10 years that Chase was part of the Thunder experience. During his time with the Thunder, Chase was featured worldwide on CNN and Japanese Television, nationally on ESPN, FOX and the YES Network and regionally on FOX-29, KYW-3, UPN-9, News 12 NJ, and Today in New York on WNBC-4…plus Chase has had his picture in Sports Illustrated and newspapers all over the country. When Chase passed away in 2013, news of his death spread around the world via social media and local, national and global news media.
CHASE TRIBUTE VIDEO
"Home Run" Derby
Chase's son "Home Run" Derby was introduced to Thunder fans as a puppy in 2008. Starting in 2010, Derby shared the bat dog duties with his dad. In 2013, he took over as the lone bat dog and brings water out to the umpires during the game. Derby continues to work out with the players in the bullpen and the outfield during pre-game warm-up and pose for pictures with the fans during & after games.
DERBY FEATURE ON MY 9 NJ
The legacy started by Chase over a decade ago will continue to a third generation, as Derby's son Rookie has been dubbed the Bat Dog of the future. Born December 15, 2013, Rookie will make many appearances at ARM & HAMMER Park during the 2014 season. He will be trained in the family business and should assume Bat Dog duties during the 2015 season.
VIDEO OF ROOKIE'S FIRST VET VISIT
If Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning are considered the first family of quarterbacks, then Chase's family would hold the same distinction as bat dogs. In addition to Derby with the Thunder, Chase has another son, Ollie who is following in his father's paw steps with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Baseball Club.
Derby & Rookie are presented by Arm & Hammer Pet Products. Their health & wellness is taken care of by the great staff at Newtown Veterinary Hospital. Derby and Rookie's training is provided by Shelly's School for Dogs at the Green Leaf Pet Resort and Hotel.