Of course, Duke isn’t the only dog in the minors to gain title status this year. In Greensboro, Miss Babe Ruth has transitioned nicely from the field to the front office. The matriarch of the Grasshoppers’ trio of batdogs has acquiesced her position on the field to her two young disciples--Master Yogi Berra and Miss Lou Lou Gehrig--and has moved into a new role as special assistant to the team president.
At Greensboro’s NewBridge Bank Ballpark, Miss Babe is in charge of greeting fans on the concourse and keeping morale at its peak throughout each of the Hoppers’ 71 home games.
There are also Derby and Rookie--son and grandson of Chase--retrieving bats for the Trenton Thunder. Derby’s brother, Ollie, does the same for the Thunder’s Eastern League rival New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Brooks, the Frisco RoughRiders’ yellow lab, is listed on his Twitter page as a team ambassador and a future batdog.
That’s why Akron’s resident canine stands out. Most minor league dogs are in charge of making people feel welcome. Sir Duke is tasked giving intruders the boot.
And as long as Sir Duke Walsh is around, Akron’s geese are cooked.