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Trenton Thunder bat dog dies

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Chase That Golden Thunder, the bat-retrieving dog of the New York Yankees' Double-A team, died Monday at age 13.

The lovable canine had delighted fans since his 2002 debut with the Trenton Thunder and has received worldwide recognition over his loyal years of service at Waterfront/ARM & HAMMER Park. The pup has been seen on CNN, Japanese television, ESPN, FOX and the YES Network as well as numerous local television stations.

Chase died three days after the team held a celebration his contributions during a retirement ceremony.

"Chase was such a tremendous part of the Trenton Thunder identity for more than 10 years," Thunder GM Will Smith said in a statement. "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."

Two of Chase's sons have also followed in their father's paw steps. Derby took over with the Thunder and Ollie works with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double-A team of the Toronto Blue Jays.
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