2015 to be Popular Canine’s Farewell Season
GREENSBORO, NC April 14, 2015 – The Greensboro Grasshoppers announced today that Miss Babe Ruth will retire at the end of the 2015 season. The beloved Labrador Retriever bat and ball dog has entertained millions of fans since debuting as a 9-month old on August 2, 2006. Fans have grown accustom to watching her take baseballs to umpires, serve as the Grasshoppers bat girl, and run the bases nightly for 580 consecutive games.
“Babe is such a fixture at our ballpark that it’s hard to imagine a game without her, but the time is coming,” said Grasshoppers President and General Manager Donald Moore, and also Babe’s owner. “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.”
Babe’s popularity has grown immensely over the years, as she has her own statue in front of the ballpark, her own souvenir items, and her own annual baseball card. She greets fans after every Friday and Saturday ‘Hoppers game along with her brother, Master Yogi Berra, and her niece, Miss Lou Lou Gehrig.
The team estimates that Babe has delivered over 3,500 baseballs to umpires and retrieved upwards of 4,600 bats in her tenure. She has also generated over $200,000 in income through her career-long sponsorship with Novartis Animal Health.
The Grasshoppers kick off their 2015 home regular season this Thursday April 16 at 7:00 PM versus the Delmarva Shorebirds. For ticket information call 336-268-2255 or go to www.gsohoppers.com.