Greensboro’s Baseball Bat-Dog Retires After 649 Consecutive Games!Ashley Maisano
Miss Babe Ruth, a black Labrador Retriever, has been a member of the Greensboro Grasshoppers (a Florida Marlins Class A affiliate) since 2006.
How can a dog be a member of a professional baseball team you might ask? Well, she has been living up to her breed’s name and has retrieved both bats and balls for players and umpires.
She has worked every home game since she started nearly a decade ago, and has finally retired after 649 consecutive games! The team even threw her a retirement party before Saturday’s game, where she arrived on the field in a bright red car and an orange tux.
Although Babe is retiring, a piece of her will remain. Her ball bucket will be donated to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
But don’t worry, bat-dogs will stay in the family! Babe’s brother, Master Yogi Berra, and her niece, Miss Lou Lou Gehrig, will take over for her.
Take a look at the opening ceremony for Miss Babe Ruth’s retirement party. How sweet is this?!