On Tuesday, team officials announced that 2015 will be the last season for the awesome Labrador, Miss Babe Ruth. The Lab has had a long innings. She’s served as a bat and ball dog since August 2006. Her career began when she was only was just a 9-month old puppy.
Babe’s owner and Grasshoppers General Manager, Donald Moore, released this statement:
“Babe is such a fixture at our ballpark that it’s hard to imagine a game without her, but the time is coming. We have given this a lot of thought and hope she will have several years of good health and relaxation following her retirement. Babe will be 10 this fall and she deserves to slow down.”
There is a statue in honor of Babe Ruth at New Bridge Bank Park. The pooch also has her own souvenirs and baseball card.
Best estimates show that this pawsome Labrador has taken more than 3,000 baseballs to umpires and retrieved more than 4,000 bats during her nearly 580 consecutive games.
Happy tails, Babe Ruth! Enjoy your retirement when the time comes – you’ve sure earned it!
Here’s the awesome bat and ball Lab in a 2009 video!