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Trenton Thunder’s Bat Dog

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Meg Baker went out to the ball game to meet Trenton Thunder's bat dog, Derby. Derby is new to the role, after his father, Chase sadly passed away in early July.

Thunder's Bill Cook told Meg that Chase "The Golden Thunder" was a part of the teams identity for over 10 years, passing away at the age of 13 from cancer.  Fans and players, especially former players, shared their thoughts on twitter and Facebook, about Chase and what he meant to the team.

Derby's handler, Jeff Hurley took Baker out onto the field with Derby to show what it takes to be a bat dog.  "He got the good genes from his dad Chase, and he definitely taught him well.  And Derby is going to continue that tradition," Hurley said.

Derby has been playing fetch at the stadium since he was a puppy; trained in New Jersey at Shelly's School for Dog's to pick up bats and bring water to the umpires and do other tricks.

Chasing New Jersey picked a good night to be in the dugout, Yankee's rehab-ers- Curtis Granderson and pitcher David Phelps were in Jersey to add to the excitement for fans.

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