Derby & Rookie: The Trenton Thunder Batdogs!
** OGTV's second PETS & ANIMALS playlist selection of the week celebrates a couple of pups who make watching a baseball game a little bit more fun. Meet the Bat Dogs! **
The Trenton Thunder, a minor league baseball affiliate of the NY Yankees, has an unusual way of getting through the dog days of summer. Meet Batdog Derby and his son Rookie, a Batdog in training.
During the first inning of every Thunder home game, Derby replaces the regular batboy and retrieves the bats of the home team. We caught up with the dynamic duo during a "Bark in the Park" night, where fans were allowed to bring their own dogs to the game.
In his time with the Thunder, Derby has retrieved bats for Yankees players like Alex Rodriguez and Aaron Judge.
"It just brings joy to people. If you're having a bad day, its makes things better." Derby and Rookie are included when the annual team picture is taken. The players love it and consider them part of the team!
[NOTE: We are sad to report that Derby passed away recently, but we are glad that we had the opportunity to meet him and share his story. ]
This OnlyGood TV original story was produced and edited by Mitch Goldstein and photographed by Aaron Davis.
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